In a moment of real estate serendipity, a handful of Victorian charmers are up for grabs on historic Alta Vista Terrace
The 40 quaint Roman brick row houses that line Alta Vista Terrace (20 on each side and mirror images of their mates across the street) are famed for their dapper architectural demeanor and coveted for the great lifestyle they offer as landmark properties (think tax freezes) and single-family homes a mere block from Wrigley Field, an L stop, a Whole Foods store and more. As of early September, five were up for sale at once, a rare occurrence that gives buyers some bargaining power on the block, where houses usually go from $500,000 to $800,000 — even in tough times.
“They were all built as a planned development on 24-foot-by-40-foot lots by Samuel Eberly Gross right after he returned from a trip to London in 1900. The attached terrace houses so enchanted him that he named the block for them [terrace] and the land’s slight topographical rise [alta],” explains @Properties broker Susan Lawrence, who is marketing 3809, the home of a former model and socialite, for a rock-bottom $500,000. The “as is” four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom property sports many of its original assets, such as charming Victorian woodwork, crown moldings, a vintage chandelier that once illuminated the Marshall Field’s beauty salon and burnished oak floors. For some, the kitchen could use an update, though vintage lovers will delight in the retro 1960s design.
Susan Lawrence, (773) 334-7740, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A quick glance at the other four:
• 3800, one of four corner homes, which means extra windows and plenty of light as well as vintage details, chandeliers, an enlarged kitchen and remodeled bathrooms; $649,900. Contact Baird & Warner broker Darlene Lyons, (773) 858-5431, Darlene.email@example.com.
• 3825, one of four center houses that have a third level with two additional bedrooms and another bathroom, as well as a luxury chef’s kitchen, skylights, a garage and more; $780,000. Contact Coldwell Banker broker Arden Fowler, (773) 425-2113, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 3837, containing the perfect blend of original architectural details and woodwork and newer mechanical features; $500,000. Contact Coldwell Banker broker Pete Rodriguez, (630) 886-6397, email@example.com.
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