Monday, August 5, 2013


This fetching 17-room home completed in 2009 sold July 29 for the highest price ever paid for a publicly-traded home in Western Springs. In fact, it blew past the previous record-holder, a house just two blocks away that sold for half a million dollars less back in 2009. One reason: it’s so darn pretty. “It’s everybody’s darling,” says Dawn McKenna, the Coldwell Banker agent who listed the home. “This gal who built it had a great designer’s eye and did everything in high style, executed it flawlessly.” It also has location going for it; the home is on a block of stylish houses—some new, some old—that is a short walk from a Metra station, the well-regarded elementary school, from the diminutive center that includes a few restaurants. Also nearby is the Bemis Woods forest preserve. The home’s allure starts, McKenna notes, by taking maximum advantage of its corner lot: Multiple dormers and rooflines keep the impression from being flat. “It’s not just a jazzed-up front and you don’t see the side and back,” she says. “There are three vantage points [front, side and rear], and each wall was perfected.”
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