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List Price: $1.45 million
The Property: The best of Lincoln Park comes together along Fullerton Parkway east of Clark Street, with the beautiful park, the lakefront, the zoo, the Caldwell Lily Pool, and the Notebaert Nature Museum all close at hand. Looking out on all this from the edge of the park is a series of apartment and co-op buildings, including the stately 399 W. Fullerton, built in 1927 in a regal Renaissance style.
In 2001, with their kids grown, Farhad Vossoughi, a surgeon, and his wife, Fafi, moved from their Hinsdale home to half of the 14th floor here, drawn, Fafi told me last week, by the all the neighborhood amenities within walking distance. “What else do you want in the city?” she asked.
They were also in thrall to the historical charms they found in the home. With scalloped marble windowsills, herringbone wood floors, ornate brass door hardware, decorative wire grills in the radiator covers, and lighted built-in curio cabinets, this is the most intact unit in the building, according to Emily Sachs Wong, the agent who is now listing the co-op unit for the Vossoughis. (Dr. Vossoughi spends too much time commuting from this address to work southwest of the city, his wife told me.)
The three main formal rooms—living, dining, and library—line the north side of the home, all looking out over the park, which Fafi calls “the front yard.” These rooms have high ceilings and lots of crown moldings. In the living room, a pair of formal pilasters flank a carved fireplace mantel, and in the library (originally designated a bedroom, with its own bathroom) are refined built-in bookcases and a bar. The dining room has something rare for this building: east-facing windows. While much of the view in that direction is of a younger, taller building, it also looks out at the lakefront (as do the room’s north-facing windows) and adds to the room’s daylit warmth.
The mostly Z-shaped layout of the home’s kitchen is a relic of the building’s origins, when it would only have been workspace for a servant. It’s been updated nicely with high-end appliances and countertops, but a new owner who wants a kitchen laid out for more family-style use could incorporate space from an adjacent laundry room and the butler’s pantry to make more of a rectilinear space.
Along the hallway running to the south end of the home are two family bedrooms, those charming curio cabinets, and a bathroom. The hall ends at a formal entrance to the master suite: a doorway with onyx side panels topped by a wooden capital.
The master suite combines what were several original rooms. It’s now a big dressing room fitted out with wooden shelving and fixtures, a large sitting room, and the bedroom and bath. The two southernmost rooms (the bedroom and sitting room) share a broad view that takes in the neighborhood, the downtown skyline, and, over the domed Elks building, the lakefront all the way to Navy Pier.
Price Points: The couple paid $1.25 million for the home in 2001, Fafi said. (Public records do not list the purchase price of homes in co-ops.) They first put it on the market asking $1.499 million, but dropped the price about a month ago. A unit two flights up sold in June for $1.15 million. Sachs Wong said that it’s smaller than this home and doesn’t have the east-facing window and vintage details. Because this is a co-op, assessments are high—$3,912 a month—but that includes property taxes, parking, and the cost of the building staff.