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Location: Evanston, Illinois
With strong 1898 bones, numerous restored Victorian details, and an enviable location a short walk from Lake Michigan (and a beach!), this brick home in Evanston’s Lakeshore Historic District is an understated winner.
Completely renovated in 2016 by local firm Paul Janicki Architects, the five-bedroom, 2,810-square-foot house features a polished wraparound porch, quarter sewn oak floors, original tiled wood-burning fireplaces, and restored doors and fixtures. The kitchen has a more modern look with a suite of new stainless steel appliances, soapstone countertops, and breakfast bar seating around the center island.
Upper level highlights include the third floor, done up with its own HVAC system and two large, updated rooms, plus several revamped baths with plenty of subway tiles. And in the backyard, a quaint garden has ivies running up the fence and a flagstone patio.
- 325 Greenwood St. [Sotheby’s]
- 18 of the Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Houses for Sale in 2015 [Curbed]