Hip Designers Totally Retool Rare Lincoln Park Home

From its sumptuous entry, breezy terraces and custom millwork, this tri-level "smart house" captures Chicago living with a brilliant flair. And it's on the market for the first time.

Photo by: Zillow / Prudential Rubloff Lower Level: The owners have taste. Witness this epic 4,800-bottle wine cellar tiled with blocks of reclaimed terra cotta. Every bottle of the collection is cataloged and managed via a CellarTracker system. (The software will even tell you the wine's peak time to drink.) See the Zillow listing.

What's it take to pull off a custom reboot this ambitious? First and last, the team. To make the home swing into the future and maintain a respect (reverence?) for classic lines and traditional motifs, the very hands-on owners lined up Chicago's Cannon / Frank to draw up their vision. All the architectural details and many of the furnishings are based on this brew of ideas, from the doors and hardware casings to the lighting fixtures. Luxe Interiors + Design magazine gave a deep bow to the firm with its "Interior Design Firm of the Year" award in 2012, putting this oh-so-hip company in the Design Hall of Fame.

Built in 2004, the 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath brick-and-limestone East Lincoln Park residence spins a fantasy of forward-thinking high-tech fused with Celtic touches and bold space planning. The 6,200-square-foot home doesn't ring any ostentatious bells; it doesn't overstate or try to do too much. 

But it does deliver a holistic style of luxury entwined in the very flow of the rooms and exterior spaces. From the selection of stones and the stone work, to the wrought-iron Celtic railings and dramatic mahogany front door (and herringbone mahogany plank flooring on the first level), the living room's Adler wood paneling and built-in closets with skylights (!), it impresses without shouting, even when you're taking the elevator down to the spectacular 4,800-bottle wine cellar. 

Represented by Janet Owen of Prudential Rubloff. Asking $4.395 million. See the Zillow Listing.

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