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Colorful designer-owned bungalow in Portage Park asks $390K

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This thoughtfully decorated North Side home won’t break the bank

Photos courtesy of Arlyn Tratt

While Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood is known for its healthy supply of well-maintained, turn-of-the-century bungalows, this particular example stands out from the crowd with its sunny interior and bohemian meets midcentury modern vibe.

Built in 1913, the Dakin Street property acted as owner Layne Jones Postillion’s blank canvas and muse. While decorating the bungalow she discovered a passion for home design and launch her own design business. The home was later profiled by blog Design Sponge.

Inside, the first floor boasts a living room with stained glass windows, a dedicated dining room, sunny family room, two bedrooms, a full bath, and hardwood floors. The second level has two more bedrooms while the partially finished basement includes a second full bathroom.

If there’s a weak link in the interior, it’s arguably the kitchen which, despite its nicely updated cabinetry, appliances, and countertops, lacks the vibrant colors and textures of the other rooms.

The bright bungalow listed this week for $389,900, earning it a well-deserved place in Curbed Chicago’s Under $400K Club. A rear patio, yard, and single-car garage are also included.