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Snag a rehabbed workers cottage in Old Town for $1.4 million

The all-black exterior is hard to miss

A living room with a double height window. There is a long grey couch, a marble fireplace, and built-in shelving and cabinets.
1516 N. Wieland Street.
Photo by VHT Studios

Old Town used to have some of the city’s best examples of workers cottages, but the housing type now dwindles with more frequent demolitions and new developments. So, this workers cottage, built in 1881, is a rare find.

The property was completely rehabbed in 2017, so it doesn’t retain the traditional style. However, the modern take features an all-black exterior, a living room with a 20-foot ceiling, and garage with a heated driveway (no ice!).

The double-height windows in the living room overlook the backyard area and there’s a contemporary fireplace surrounded by built-ins made from salvaged wood. There are four bedrooms on the upper levels and the master features a sitting room, walk-in closet, and double-vanity.

The garage is located on the home’s lower level, which is a nice perk during winter. It’s much more typical for Chicago homes to have a standalone garage facing the alley.

Right near the Sedgwick station, 1516 N. Wieland Street is listed for $1,399,000 with Alley Ballard of @properties.

A view of the exterior with a raised staircase and black exterior.
The owners turned the lower level of this workers cottage into a garage with a heated driveway.
There is a black door with lighting on either side. Two potted plants and a concrete step.
A detail of the exterior lighting and front door.
There is a grey ottoman, a white fireplace mantel, and a built-in shelving unit.
The living room gets the most natural light and features a cozy fireplace.
There are also white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a yellow stool at the breakfast bar.
The new kitchen has a large island.
There is patterned wallpaper, a mirror with a gold frame, and a black wooden bench.
The entryway features emerald and gold wallpaper.