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Unique artist-owned ‘Moon Gate House’ in Edgewater lists for $1.1M

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The highly customized home features an eclectic blend of Art Nouveau and Asian design influences

Photos by VHT, courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group

Situated in the historic Magnolia Glen district of Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, this 1910 North Side two-flat turned single family home certainly stands out from the pack.

Known as the “Moon Gate House” for its Chinese-inspired circular entranceway, the brick structure manages to be eye-catching yet still quintessentially Chicago from the curb. The real magic of the former two-flat, however, lies in its highly-customized and eclectic interior.

The inside of the home was a labor of love for current owner and artist Michael Popilek and his late wife Julie Barringer. The couple spent countless hours hand-crafting architectural details inspired by various designs from around the world, listing agent Steve Northey of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group tells Curbed Chicago.

Notable features include a wood and leather-wrapped foyer with a stunningly detailed Art Nouveau-inspired staircase, reclaimed 1890’s oak pocket doors, and a dining room lined with Chinese canvas scrolls woven together to create a single mural. The newly updated chef’s kitchen sports high-end stainless appliances and a small balcony overlooking a landscaped rear garden.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom Moon Gate House at 1264 W. Elmdale Avenue is currently listed for $1.1 million. “This home is truly a work of art that will speak to its next owner,” added Northey.