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‘Fortress-like’ West Ridge Tudor revival home lists for $695K

The 5,000-square-foot structure is big on both space and character

2246 W. Greenleaf Avenue
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Affectionately known as “The Fortress,” this 1927 home in Chicago’s West Ridge community certainly sets itself apart from its neighbors. Featuring 15-inch Concrete Walls and 5.5-inch concrete floors, the sturdy home’s castle-evoking nickname certainly goes deeper than its Tudor revival facade.

Inside, highlights include an open living space illuminated by a 30-foot curving wall of original stained and leaded glass windows. While some rooms could certainly benefit with better, more scale-appropriate staging, the roomy North Side house has plenty of character thanks to its plaster detailing, hardwood floors, carved mahogany banister, and arched doorways. The previous owners have rather playfully utilized bright color in its four bedrooms and three baths—enhancing its one-of-a-kind charm.

According to records, the property at 2246 W. Greenleaf last sold back in 2000 for $480,000. It re-entered the market in mid 2015 with some upgrades asking $749,900. After taking a series of modest price chops since, the unusual brick-, limestone-, and slate-clad home is currently seeking $695,000.