The Berwyn Avenue house, built in 1906 on a corner lot, belonged to a family for about 40 years before Sharon Wolfson’s rehabilitation firm, Wolfson Design Build, bought it in January 2020 for just over $ 1.07 million.
Woflson, who is also a Kale Realty agent and represented the house, told Crain that she did a thorough job in the interior. Inside the drawn historical shell in 1906 by architect Berkeley Brandt, the new interiors include a large contemporary kitchen that opens up to a family room and breakfast room, stylish contemporary bathrooms and a tile pattern in the foyer that recalls the old hexagonal tile pattern from Chicago bathroom, but with much larger pieces .
Some historic finishes have been preserved. They include wooden beams on the ceiling in the living room and a large fireplace.
Wolfson said he finished the third floor of the house as a multi-purpose space with several windows, but that several potential buyers said it would work well as a home gym during the COVID era “because it is not buried in the basement”.
The front of the house is the long south-facing side along Berwyn, which provides both the large front porch and the interior with a good deal of natural light, Wolfson said. The lot is a bit shy of being double: it’s 15 by 123 feet, while the Chicago standard lot size is 25 by 125.
Lakewood Balmoral, about 12 square blocks east of Broadway between Bryn Mawr and Foster, is “Edgewater’s sweet spot,” said Wolfson. Clark Street’s restaurants are a few blocks to the west, the lakeside park and Foster Avenue beach are several blocks to the east, and the surrounding area is filled with old trees and beautiful vintage houses.
Wolfson initially listed the house for just under $ 2.6 million in September. It cut the price to just under $ 2.5 million the following month. The house was hired at the end of October for buyers who closed on January 7. Not yet identified in the public records, they were represented by Millie Rosenbloom of Baird & Warner.