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1800s Chicago Dairy Barn Turned Modern Mansion Wants $8.5M

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Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price: $8,500,000

Converted from a 19th-century dairy barn and commercial space, this stunning modern home in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood has the ultimate "surprising reveal. Since it's located in a historic district, the building had to keep its traditional brick façade. Inside, though, the place is all about a cozy-luxe feel, thanks to to a total revamp by local firm Vinci-Hamp Architects in 2012. The nearly 10,000-square-foot property sits on all four property lines, a rarity in Chicago, with all first floor rooms opening onto the dreamy indoor courtyard, a tree-lined area currently also adorned by a currently adorned by a metal giraffe sculpture by American sculptor John Kearney (who actually used part of the property as his studio before the big makeover.)

It certainly looks like no expense was spared in renovating the five-bedroom residence, which also features large mahogany windows, a grand steel-and-glass staircase, heated terrazzo floors, and what looks like a Lindsey Adelman chandelier.The property first came on market in April for $9.25M, becoming the third most expensive in the neighborhood, per Curbed Chicago. A couple of weeks ago, it was reduced to $8.5M.

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