A deceptively large yellow brick rowhouse fired off by famed architect John Wellborn Root just prior to his death has found a buyer after three years of price chops. Typically an "architectural renovation" adds value to a dated or declining shell. Not so here, where the new interiors erase every element of the 1891 design. The seller purchased the Gold Coast five-bed for $3.95M in 2007 and walked away with just $2.7M. The spaces are far from terrible, but totally out of synch with a preserved historic facade that channels a touch of the legendary Potter Palmer castle. Among the new amenities we count a chef's kitchen, six marble fireplaces, hi-tech lighting and sound systems, a guest apartment, and a 1,200-square-foot back deck.
·Listing: 32 E Bellevue Place [Coldwell Banker]
·Huge Root-Designed Gold Coast Rowhouse Needs Offers [Curbed Chicago]