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Evanston midcentury on the lake wants $3.3M. Will it be torn down?

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A buyer could live in the 65-year-old home or tear it down for something new

A corner living room with views of a large body of water through floor-to-ceiling windows.
2809 Lakeside Court, Evanston IL.
Photos Larry Malvin, courtesy the Mabodi Group

In Evanston, well-heeled buyers can get unobstructed Lake Michigan views through a wall of windows in this midcentury modern home—or opt to tear the whole thing down and build the waterfront residence of their dreams.

Built in 1955, the ranch at 2809 Lakeside Court offers single-level living thanks to a master suite and two bedrooms on the main floor. A later addition above the garage includes a fourth bedroom, currently being used as a home office and exercise area.

“Any lakefront property is difficult to find in Evanston, and this one has such a large frontage,” listing agent Sally Mabadi of the Mabadi Group tells Curbed Chicago. And, thanks to an easement to the north, the desirable property is shielded from any potential view-blocking developments next door.

But with such a prime chunk of waterfront real estate on the table, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the otherwise charming midcentury building torn down to make way for something newer and bigger.

“I think it depends on what the buyer’s goals are,” adds Mabadi. “The house works really well as it is. If someone is looking for more of a mansion, the property can accommodate that as well.” Sounds like quite the dilemma for anyone with $3.3 million to spare.

A wooden dining table stands on gray carpet in a midcentury living room with white wood beam ceilings above.
In addition to the sweet views, the living room has a white tongue and groove wood ceiling.
A white modern kitchen with a tile countertop and flat-top cooking range on the island.
The white kitchen isn’t brand new, but has certainly been updated since 1955.
A grassy yard overlooks a large body of water.
A slice of Lake Michigan, all to yourself.
An aerial image of a ranch home on a lake with large stones forming a breakwater. There are stairs down to the shoreline.
The .31-acre property has mature oak trees and a recently restored shoreline with an observation deck extending out over the rocks.