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Snag a condo in the Gold Coast’s famous Moorish ‘keyhole’ building for $700K

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The two-bedroom residence occupies the entire second floor of the distinctive Dearborn Parkway building

A three-level building with a tan brick facade. The design has circular, arched window openings with darker brown brick ornamentation. There is a fence in front of the building and taller apartment buildings on both sides.
Dating back to 1887, the Mantonya Flats stands at 1325 N. Dearborn Parkway.
Photos courtesy Simona Garcia, @properties

Homebuyers with an eye for Chicago history and one-of-a-kind architecture will find plenty to like about this two-bedroom condo in the Gold Coast’s famous Mantonya Flats building on North Dearborn Parkway.

Known for its distinctive Moorish Revival style exterior with arched “keyhole” stained glass windows, the property dates back to 1887 when architect Curd H. Gottig built the structure as a single-family home for local entrepreneur L. B. Mantonya. The space was later divided into apartments and now houses three for-sale condominiums.

This 1,700-square-foot residence—which spans the entire second level—is an appealing blend of new and old. In addition the aforementioned iconic stained glass windows, the space boasts original hardwood floors and a pair of old-school wood-burning fireplaces with inlaid tilework.

“It’s a unique property with so many vintage elements,” listing agent Simona Garcia of @properties tells Curbed Chicago. “Some people are going to love it, and some might say ‘this is not really my look.’” Recent additions include a coffered ceiling, a fresh coat of paint, a newish kitchen with granite counters, and a new air conditioning system installed last year.

The current $700,000 asking price includes two assigned parking spots and additional storage space. And the $450 monthly assessment fee is relatively low, considering the building’s age and its desirable Gold Coast location.

A keyhole-shaped window with and arched top flanked by two smaller stained glass windows. There is a small bench in front.
The living room windows are the home’s most distinctive feature and offer a tree-level view of Dearborn Parkway.
A long living room with light colored chairs and sofa and a wall-mounted TV above a fireplace. There are stained glass windows at the far end.
The living and dining rooms both offer 10-foot coffered ceilings, original hardwood floors, and wood-burning fireplaces.
A large wood table sits in the middle of living room with coved ceilings and a fireplace. The table is surrounded by six chairs.
There’s ample room to entertain.
A kitchen with red wood cabinets and granite counters on both sides. There are black appliances and hardwood floors.
The gallery style kitchen has stone countertops and cherry cabinets.
A bedroom with gray walls and carpet with three windows, a ceiling fan, and a bed against the wall.
The roomy master bedroom has windows on three sides and a generous walk-in closet.