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A Canaryville home with a one-of-a-kind history wants $600K

The home was originally purchased for $75K in 2001

A home with Victorian era details like a front porch with white banisters, a turret, and purple siding. There is landscaping all around the front yard. Photos by VHT Studios

It’s rare to find a Victorian era home like this in Chicago, and even more so one that dates all the way back to 1875.

Back in 2001, the home was purchased for $75,000, according to the listing agent Michael Samm of Keller Williams. But there was more to the house than a good deal and hefty renovation project—it has an interesting history, too.

The owner believes it’s possible that the home pre-dates the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, but it’s hard to tell with homes this old. It originally belonged to a doctor who ran his practice out of small, wooden frame house next door. There used to be an underground tunnel connecting the two properties that was discovered after the purchase.

The 6,000-square-foot property needed a substantial rebuild, but there were historical details worth restoring like the grand turret. About $500,000 worth of renovations were put into the six-bedroom, five-bathroom house which included a spiral staircase, a two-bedroom garden unit, and new Brazilian wood flooring. The original crown molding was also recreated throughout the home.

For $599,000 you can scoop up this 150-year-old home at 4430 S. Emerald Avenue.

A remodeled kitchen with a large breakfast island, dark wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.
A grand foyer with a curved staircase, art glass, vintage rugs, and crown molding.
A reading room at the top of the turret with green and white panels. There is hardwood, large windows, a chandelier, and upholstered seating.
The backyard with brick pavers, a pergola, and planters.