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The Belden Townhouses in east Lincoln Park are the work of Midcentury Modern architect Ralph David Anderson, who had a short but productive local career mostly in private residences. This early 1970s grouping of 16 townhouses reminds of the reclusive dwellings of I.M. Pei, some of which can be found in Hyde Park. The entrance is through an interior street and the private courtyards are front-facing but guarded by high masonry walls. According to a site dedicated to the memory of Anderson, the landscape designs are heavily influenced by Japanese traditions. Anderson was after "a feeling of repose", and he got it in this listed 2-bed unit. Though the "crackling fire" doesn't reflect the same on a white-painted timber ceiling as it would a raw one (Anderson's original intent), there's still a great rustic quality to the interiors thanks to the brick walls and knotty floors. A spiral staircase connects the three levels: two top floor bedrooms; a large ground floor living room, dining room, and new kitchen; and, a finished basement w/ family room and laundry. This isn't a huge home, but it has absolutely no wasted space. The ask? $419K.
·Listing: 515 W Belden Ave. #15 [Curbed Marketplace]
·Official Site: Ralph David Anderson