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Neighboring David Adler Designs Grapple in the Deathcage

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Imagine you're looking to purchase yourself a house designed by early-20th-century architect David Adler, and you've successfully narrowed it down to two in just the right neighborhood of the Chicago suburbs—in fact, they're just down the street from one another. How do you choose between them? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. Yep, that's right: it's time for a Real Estate Deathmatch.

Both of these Adler-designed houses were built in 1915, both are on Moffett Road in Lake Bluff, Ill., and both boast five bedrooms and more than 4,000 square feet. One asks $2.7M and has more contemporary (read: zebra'd) decor, the other wants $2.15M and has a much more traditional (read: chintz'd) appeal. There's much to discuss, but first, let's do a side-by-side stats comparison.

109 Moffett Road for $2.7M

Boasted as "sophisticated living at its best," this renovated and expanded Adler coach house comes with a black marble foyer and bluestone patio with a—contented sigh—wisteria loggia "for al fresco dining." At $2.7M, it's more expensive than its opponent, despite being also smaller, but, well, wisteria loggia. Check out the photos, above.

115 Moffett Road for $2.15M

↑ While its challenger is the coach house, this Adler property, asking $550K less than its neighbor, is the slightly larger gate house, which was renovated and expanded in 2000. The decor's a little more dated, but also a bit more classic. It, too, comes with summer dining options, including a "quintessential french gravel courtyard overlooking the rill and spectacular ravine views." There's also a library with a "handsome bar." Have a look through the gallery, above.

Poll results

· Not One, But Two Neighboring David Adler Homes For Sale [Curbed Chicago]
· Stunning David Adler-Designed Coach House Lists for $2.7M [Curbed Chicago]
· All David Adler coverage [Curbed National]
· All Real Estate Deathmatches [Curbed National]