Every neighborhood has that house everyone seems to know, and is dying to see inside. This Andersonville icon is that home.
Known as The Castle on Berwyn, this greystone has been owned by the same family for more than four decades. It’s finally for sale, which means you’ll get a peek inside.
The house was built in 1904 by architect George Pfeiffer for Danish immigrant Christian Christensen, a wholesale liquor distributor in the city’s early days. Next door there’s another greystone, that one was also designed by Pfeiffer for Christensen’s brother.
Located at 1430 W Berwyn Avenue, the home has highly detailed ornamentation such as little patina figurines framing the top windows. The limestone exterior uses Classical, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival styles.
The interior is an extraordinary work of preservation. There are original oak floors, stunning millwork, original stained glass (which makes up the entire front door), an original wood mantel fireplace, and built-in hutches with elegant mirrors. The decor is noteworthy as well: chandeliers, ornate cabinets, precious antique rugs, and Neoclassical sofas.
The first floor features a three-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with a formal living room and dining room. The second floor and garden level spaces are both two-bedroom apartments which are currently being used for short term rentals.
The property sits on a large lot, 50 by 125 feet, and is surrounded by lush landscaping. There’s a 100-year-old Elm tree, ivy covered walls, and a cobblestone side yard.
1430 W. Berwyn Avenue is listed for $1,195,000 with Keith Goad of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.