Tucked away on a quiet tree-lined street near Andersonville in the Lakewood Balmoral Historic District, you’ll find this attractive brick foursquare that blends contemporary style with historic—albeit not necessarily original—details.
The archways in the living room look like original millwork but were not there when the current owners bought the property, explains Eric Casper of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago. The fireplace was another addition that uses a vintage mantle from a different property.
The current owners also refinished the hardwood floors and added wainscoting to the walls of the dining room and master suite. The latter features extra headroom after the existing drop ceiling was removed and includes a stunning master bathroom remodel with chic shower doors and wallpaper.
While some elements of the home look magazine-ready, other parts are very much a work-in-progress. “My clients love restoring older properties, but they need more space, so some projects were left undone,” says Casper. The home is being offered in “as is” condition, but the sellers are willing to transfer architecture plans they drafted for future improvements like a kitchen remodel and a new rear deck.
For buyers searching for a fixer-upper that’s already off to a good start, the home at 5544 N. Magnolia Avenue is listed for $775,000.