Spellbinding Lakeview Renovation Lists for $4.9 Million

It’s the kind of magnificent before-and-after where expert craftsmanship, bold strokes and an appeal to the senses take an imaginative turn.

Photo by: Coldwell Banker Everything about this living room is pitch-perfect. The patterning is truly intricate and symmetrical without overwhelming. Note the lovely inlaid wood flooring, marble fireplace, and dramatic arches and columns. Not shown: the first-floor Jacuzzi and home gym.  

This is a masterful revamp. Built in 1906 the two-story last sold in March 2005 for $938,500, according to public records. It was designed by Chicago architecture and interior design firm Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates, whose portfolio includes commissions to rehab the Chicago Heights Flat Iron Building as part of a preservation project, and a historic Logan Square home considered to be one of the top 100 buildings in Illinois. Vasilios counts postmodernist Charles Moore as mentor, an architect known for explosive color palettes and colliding styles. (His Piazza d’Italia in New Orleans is a good bookmark for these merging, flexible ideas.) 

And the first impression of Vasilios' bold “flexibility” is a waterfall gently drifting from the top of the house to the entry level. When’s the last time you saw that? The 6,000-square-foot 3-bedroom, 5-bath Lakeview house is “designed within axes celebrating space in horizontal and vertical manners,” read the production notes. Designers talk like that. But this is one of those homes that deserves to be experienced, because counting the fireplaces or listing amenities like the outdoor dining areas and Jacuzzi are a pale substitute. 

The high-end prices of this northern Chicago neighborhood for a single-family home knock on the $2 million-plus door. Put $1 million down on the 1457 W. Addison St. property and the mortgage smiles back at $18,525 per month on a 30-year fixed. You’re within shouting distance of Wrigley Field and the intimate Senza, a New American-cuisine restaurant on Broadway some foodies are voting as the next Michelin-star eatery in Chicago. 

Lincoln Motor Company is sponsoring an open house this Saturday, Sept. 14., between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (RSVP for the event). While there you can slip behind the wheel and test drive their two new luxury SUV models, the MKK and MKZ. There’s a goodwill perk, too: For every test drive, Lincoln will donate $20 to your top local charity. 

Repped by Chaz Walters of Coldwell Banker. Asking $4.9 million.

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