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For $850K: Architect's Whimsy Transforms Old Town Structure

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Returning to market six months after a sale, the owners of this strange and delightful 4-bed are pushing hard for a profitable flip. The new ask—$849,900—is up $120K over the December sale price but right in line with the prior asking price. We're not sure how much work was put in in the interim, but the place is looking mighty fine. Architect Rob Steffen of Steffen + Schwerin Architects gave an 1880 structure the contempo treatment two decades ago. The result: something that looks at first like a piddling townhome, but unfolds into a dynamic and surprising living space. Coming in at 3,100 square feet, the Old Town property begins with a two-story skylit atrium and continues with pillared-passageways, a crazy looking fireplace, a master suite w/ sauna and jacuzzi, multiple decks, a rabid garden, and a walk-out finished basement w/ full kitchen and bath. The kitchen's dose of cloudy, marble-like paint might take some getting used to— or, if you find it loathsome, simply paint over it.
·Listing: 1508 N Cleveland Ave. [Curbed Marketplace]