One of the most seductive landmark homes in the Gold Coast, a product of Burnham & Root in 1887, has hit the market for $2.5M. The four-floor, 4/4.5 Victorian belongs to the storied James L. Houghteling row of three landmark properties (a fourth was lost to the 1961 Astor Tower immediately to the south). According to Design Slinger, Houghteling was a business associate of Potter Palmer's and was invited to assist in the build-out of a fledgling Gold Coast 130 years ago. Apparently John Wellborn Root was so enamored of his firm's work, he claimed one row home for himself. The listing insinuates 1308 Astor was it, but the architect actually chose neighboring 1310.
The property is in near-perfect condition thanks to a top-to-bottom renovation. The burning question now is whether prospective buyers will find the improvements heavy-handed. Except for isolated spots where an old fireplace or original molding is highlighted, it looks and feels like a new-build. Sumptuous baths, walk-in closets, and inset lighting abound. There's also an in-law suite, private terraces, finished basement with a wine cellar, and an elevator— none of which is awful, mind you. The new roof terrace w/ built-in bench seating and outdoor fireplace is particularly enchanting. Alright, your move.
·Listing: 1308 N Astor Street [Prudential Rubloff]
·Burnham & Root's James L. Houghteling Houses [Design Slinger]