Chicago Mag's Dennis Rodkin struck gold with this listing for a Dankmar Adler-designed 1868 row house in the Gold Coast. The stone-faced 4/2 was built in a boom along with its attached brethren as one of the area's earliest developments. The marvelous vintage living spaces haven't been enjoyed for years and the listing agent notes the interior is "untouched since WWII." Many rooms are avoided in the photo gallery, and Rodkin, having filmed a video walk-through, attests to the need for soup-to-nuts restoration. "Genteel decay" is how he puts it, a perspective reinforced by the New Orleans manor-like broad windows and narrow shaded yard.
Modernist architect Gertrude Kerbis (Greenhouse condos) bought the property in 2007 with plans for a restoration and addition. Her daughter Kim, who's also the listing agent, tells Rodkin that health issues tripped up those plans. The asking price—$985K—is a good buy considering it's just $25K above the 2007 purchase price. If you'd rather pick up an Adler row that's move-in ready go for the immediate neighbor, still on the market for $1.385M.
·Listing: 55 W Schiller St. [@properties]
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