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Own this unusual Edgewater condo inside a converted ComEd substation for $470K

The lofted two-bedroom home features exposed brick, ample headroom, and a striking metal ceiling

Photos by VHT Studios

Situated on the top floor an old ComEd substation, this two-bedroom Edgewater home makes no secret of its prior life as an 1920’s-era utility building. The biggest clue to its industrial past is undoubtedly reflected in its metal ceiling—complete with a wheeled beam trolley that once supported a movable overhead hoist.

A lofted kitchen, powder room, and dining area overlook a sunken living room sporting 22 feet of headroom, floor-to-ceiling windows, and siding doors that leads to an outdoor balcony. The lowest portion of the condo contains a pair of bedrooms, a study nook, and two full baths.

The split-level layout mirrors a neighboring two-bedroom unit that sold for $415,500 last year. The ivy-covered building at 1128 W. Ardmore Avenue was converted into private residences in 2008. The structure retains some of the old ComEd equipment in its common areas, including old-school electrical dials and switches in the hallways.

Located close to Hollywood Beach, the Red Line, and Whole Foods, the unusual Edgewater property hit the market earlier this week with an asking price of $469,500. It includes a single outdoor parking space and use of the building’s bike storage room.