A fully remodeled Gold Coast mansion wrapped in a historic 19th Century shell is back on the market. Designed by legendary Windy City architect John Wellborn Root of Burnham & Root fame, the 1891 structure’s detailed facade conceals an updated—albeit completely non-original—open plan interior. The deceptively large home spans 6,000 square feet and contains five bedrooms, six bathrooms, six stone fireplaces, a separate guest apartment, and a rear rooftop deck.
The home was listed for $4 million in 2010—roughly what the previous owner paid for the property three years prior. After languishing on the market for another three years (including a brief stint as a rental property), 32 E. Bellevue sold to its current owner in December of 2013 for $2.7 million. The stone and brick rowhouse was once again put up for sale yesterday, currently asking a rather optimistic $4.1 million.
While this one may take some time (and perhaps a few price adjustments to sell), the home’s historic next-door neighbor at 34 E. Bellevue finally found a buyer of its own. Previously listed for $5 million before reducing its asking price down to $4.5 million, the gut-rehabbed 1885 mansion ultimately changed hands in February for $3.75 million, according to records.