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    Chicago’s Candyland House Is a Colorful Paradise in Need of an Artistic Buyer

    Candyland House in Chicago

    Locals refer to this 2,657-square-foot home in Chicago as the Candyland House—a name it’s earned thanks to the home’s vibrant colors, inside and out.

    It’s now on the market for $600,000, after being in the same owners’ hands for nearly five decades. The owners are also the subject of a recent documentary, “So Late So Soon,” by Daniel Hymanson, who chronicled the 50-year relationship of the homeowners, two artists, Jackie and Don Seiden.

    A review of the film describes the Seidens’ home as “a quirky, colorful locale out of a Wes Anderson fantasia.”

    Don died in 2019, and now the home—with five bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms—is available for a buyer with an artistic bent. It is located in the Rogers Park neighborhood, on the city’s far North Side.

    Built in 1891, it sits on two city lots, a rare configuration in the neighborhood, according to the listing agent, Kathryn Schrage.

    “It’s the most eclectic home I’ve ever seen,” says Schrage. “It’s literally pastel and glitter paint throughout the whole house, minus the back studio and the third-floor studio. The floors are painted, the walls are painted, and the ceilings are painted. Jackie’s the one who had the idea to paint the house. When they moved in, it was drab green, and they made it come to life. She was inspired by Miami Art Deco in the 1980s.”

    Not surprisingly, it is now a neighborhood landmark.

    “It’s quite the staple in Rogers Park,” she says. “A lot of people are curious about it.”

    Inside, the kitchen’s cool hues, in blues, peaches, and pinks, carry through to the living room and dining area, as well as the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms.

    It’s the exterior paint job, though, that truly stops traffic: Tones of butterscotch, pale green, and a reddish pink decorate every inch of railing and siding.

    Exterior of Candyland House in Chicago

    First floor



    One of the bathrooms

    Third-floor studio

    Studio in former coachhouse

    One of the two decks

    One of the two decks

    Back view

    Schrage is marketing the home to artists, who, she believes, will be drawn to the idiosyncratic palette.

    But beyond the current color theme, the home also features three artist studios. One spans two stories in the former coach house and another is on the home’s third floor. Both feature “wide open space and new windows and skylights,” she says.

    New windows were also added on the home’s second floor.

    “It’s definitely an artist’s dream house, because of the multiple art studios in the home,” says Schrage. “The house itself has been attracting local artists who want to refurbish it.”

    She adds that the next owner may want to make a few updates, namely in the 30-year-old kitchen. But mature landscaping is already in place, including a deck constructed around an ancient, towering tree that provides lots of shade. The home also features a second deck.

    And as if one movie featuring the fabulous Candyland home isn’t enough, a family friend—also a filmmaker—recently stayed in the home and plans to release a documentary this fall about its interiors, says Schrage.

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