Drexel Boulevard on Chicago’s south side is an architecture lover’s dream thanks to its stunning stock of historic homes that can often be had at a relatively attainable price point. The building at 4545 S Drexel is certainly no exception. Part of a complex that includes a handsome 1886 mansion originally designed by legendary firm Burnham and Root and a 1916 limestone-clad annex building, the property underwent a conversion to 20 individual condominiums in 2002.
This particular two-bedroom, two-bath unit recently hit the market asking $250,000. The 2,300-square-foot home offers a bright living room, large lower level family room, and a small but updated open-plan kitchen. Though the home’s interior doesn’t quite match the same ornate design details of its exterior, it still features plenty of unique historical touches like high ceilings, oversized antique casement windows, and examples original exposed brick and stonework.
While the $512 monthly HOA fees may rival some of the richer downtown condo towers, those building’s would be hard-pressed to replicate 4545 S Drexel’s historic charm and architectural pedigree.
UPDATE: This article first indicated that this unit was located in the mansion portion of the condo complex. A discussion with the listing agent later clarified that unit 1C is instead located in the adjacent structure which is believed to be a former rectory or school.