Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is becoming increasingly full of newly constructed, turn-key single family homes finished with the most modern bells and whistles. This unusual and eclectic 1886 mansion, however, is not one of those homes. Spread across five levels accessed via a dramatic central spiral staircase, the five-bedroom residence is a real mash-up of classic, rustic, and post-modern styles. Yet, despite its scattered and somewhat dated sense of decor, the spacious house has plenty of redeeming features like original exposed stone and brick, timber support beams, and iznik style bathroom tiles.
The 19th-century masonry home would certainly suit a well-heeled buyer seeking a one-of-a-kind renovation project. While updating such an unusual building may not fit every shopper’s vision of an ideal dream house, it's difficult to argue against 5,400 square feet of vintage quirkiness on a picturesque tree-lined street just blocks from Chicago’s lakeshore. According to the listing, the home is seeking $1,400,000 via a short sale.