Cicero Hine may not register in the pantheon of Chicago architects today, but he was pretty active 100+ years ago, cobbling together little clusters of Victorians like this Queen Anne as part of the Hines cottages on the 4100 block of South Berkeley. Looking at a 2007 flickr set of the cottages, many have come back from the brink of death. This three-bed is one of the nicest and most carefully restored, to our mind. And others seem to think so too: the home was awarded the Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence. Built in 1886, the ornate and multi-faceted exterior gives way to supple interiors of mahogany-stained woodwork, marble floored-foyer, and stained glass. The paint job is great, the wallpapering exact. The house also has a gorgeous front porch, a back deck, and a finished basement. Square footage is unspecified, but it ain't 'cozy'. On the market for the first time since rehab, the asking price is a highly manageable $319K.
·Listing: 4121 S Berkeley Ave. [Bronzeville Properties]