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$2.5M Face-Off: Stately Victorians Duke it Out in Lincoln Park

Dynamite housing stock is readily available in East Lincoln Park, but nothing is better suited for a luxury real estate deathmatch than this pair of vintage Victorian townhouses, on the market for roughly $2.5M. Each has, at one point in its listing history, asked $3M or more, and each has had a tempestuous go at it with a number of listings and de-listings over a five-year span. Who knows, maybe superimposing our artificial high-stakes competition will help corral a buyer?

First up is the 4-bed/4.5-bath Greystone at 2632 N Burling, built in 1900. The pristine home is a former 3-flat with simple finishes, hardwood floors throughout, a finished basement and five outdoor decks (including roof and garage-top)— a happy byproduct of once having to appease three sets of renters. The interiors could certainly use some decorative imagination. The challenger is a helluva fine red brick Victorian at 607 W Deming Place, currently parceled into two units (one of which rented for $3,500 last year). Conversion back to a single-family is easily done, but you may wanna keep the spiffed-up three-unit coach house for rental income. It has its own parking and patio thanks to the property's extra deep lot. The interior decor is a little more pleasing than the Greystone's and more original detailing and architectural quirks remain. And, according to realtor, blogger, and friend-of-Curbed Eric Rojas, former ABC-7 newsman Andy Shaw is the seller. Alrighty then, which one does the readership most dig?
·Listing: 2632 N Burling St. [Prudential Rubloff]
·Listing: 607 W Deming Place [Coldwell Banker]

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