There’s no shortage of gorgeous houses throughout the greater South Side. From the architectural significant homes in Kenwood to the untouched gems in the South Shore, there’s something in every price range in the neighborhoods that line the south lakeshore. Here’s a look at three homes in various price ranges but all three have seen either minor or extensive rehabs over the years.
There’s a lot to like and dislike about this house on South Luella Avenue in the South Shore. First, the good: It’s a very handsome home with great bones. It’s something of a cross between the classic American Foursquare and the Chicago bungalow—basically, this is a really cool and uniquely Chicago style house.
However, the story is a lot different inside. The interior is all brand new, which is great for someone who is looking for a fully rehabbed house, however, this one is going to look dated soon. In fact, some of it already looks dated. A lot of work into rehabbing this one, but the builder grade River North luxury condo look doesn’t really match up with the classic red brick exterior.
The best thing here is the price though. This spacious four-bedroom home can be had for just $265,000.
This lovely house on South Harper Avenue isn’t exactly a rehab. It has been updated somewhat however over the years with some new bathroom finishes and other details. Unlike the house on Luella, the interior and exterior match up nicely here. Photos in the listing show that vintage details like the original door hardware has survived. And to top it off, there’s a generous backyard with a deck area and lots of shrubbery.
With a size listed at 2,900 square feet, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is seeking $720,000.
Alright, so you’re looking for a legit mansion. This old Queen Anne on Dorchester Avenue is fully loaded and move-in ready. With six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms spanning 6,500 square feet, there’s more than enough room for a large family in this one. It’s not exactly unique for Kenwood considering the area’s respected inventory of architectural homes, but this one is large and fully remodeled.
While the rehab job is not offense, this classic house appears to have few—if any—original interior architectural details remaining. However, one of the big plusses here is the brand new (and rather nice) two-car garage and the paved patio space. This one listed today and can be had for $1.699 million.