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List Price: $3.25 million
The Property: With Belmont Harbor at one end and the shopping and dining options of Broadway at the other, the block-long Hawthorne Place is one of Lake View’s great urban streets. But it also feels quite suburban, with big homes built on extra-large lots, mostly in the 1890s and the early 20th century. Among the youngsters on the block is today’s home, apparently built in the 1920s and rebuilt or remodeled a few decades later—and now completing another major overhaul.
In the recent rehab, the developer Larry Weiner matched the open spaces of the neighborhood with an opened-up, light, and airy floor plan. He removed several walls between rooms and took away one entire room as well: Where a second-floor rear bedroom used to be, there is now an open space with windows above the breakfast room that brings lots of natural light into the back ends of both the first and second floors (each arranged as a family room). With five skylights and large glass doors opening onto a garage-top terrace off the master bedroom, the house takes advantage of the neighborhood’s openness and many trees.
At the front of the first floor is a living room and dining room pairing that, thanks to a partial wall, is both together and separate. The living room looks into a garden that was being completed when we shot our video last week. Both rooms are adjacent to a foyer whose sweeping stairs and wrought-iron balustrade lead up to a curved landing. Beyond there are a handsome kitchen, the family room, and that breakfast room, all more open to one another than they were when Weiner got the house. They open via sliding doors onto a secluded backyard whose landscaping was not finished when we visited.
On the second floor are four large bedrooms, including a master with high ceilings, big windows, a fireplace, and a large master bath with an adjacent dressing room. To the rear of the bedrooms and two family baths, the second-floor family room is light and spacious enough to ensure that nobody will miss the bedroom that was sacrificed in the rehab.
Price Points: Weiner bought the property in 2006 for $2.224 million, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. His agents, Tim and Bridget Sheahan, would not say what has been spent on the renovation, but at the standard conservative estimate of $200 per square foot, the rehab of this 5,000-square-foot home would come to at least an additional $1 million.