As we previously reported, the Ford family lived in the 1922-era Tudor during the 1950s. Since 1970, the home hadn’t been available for sale until 2018.
Four years ago, it still had its original windows, plumbing, and electrical, and the interior spaces needed a serious refresh. It was listed for $399,900 and eventually sold for $350,000 in February 2019.
The new owner rehabbed the home and sold it for $600,000 in July 2020. Now, the sellers are upsizing, so this home is back on the market with a 25% price bump, according to listing agent Peter Bellert, with @properties Park Ridge.
The next owner might want to tear down the original garage and build a larger, three-car space, says Bellert. The driveway also needs to be repaved. Other than these issues, the home is move-in ready.
The style is unusual for the area, he notes. “English Tudors are not common. There are not too many in Park Ridge.”
And an English Tudor with a movie star connection in Park Ridge is rarer still!
The rehabbed, 2,132-square-foot home has been stripped of dated wallpaper, and now glows with a neutral gray and white palette.
A formal dining area with pendant lighting adjoins the large family room overlooking the backyard. The main level also features a powder room.
In addition, the former avocado-green kitchen has been totally redone with stainless-steel appliances, a butcher block island, a black-and-white tile backsplash, and a breakfast nook.
The living room retained its built-ins and fireplace. But the wall-to-wall carpet was removed and the original hardwood flooring was refinished.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and one full bathroom. An original balcony still stands, off of what is reported to be the actor’s childhood bedroom.
The basement, now finished, features a bar and rec area, as well as an office and laundry.
Other updates include new windows, recessed lighting, and baseboard radiators that fully bring the space into the 21st century.
Our one quibble: The renovation didn’t include the addition of another bathroom or two.
The property, now landscaped, has plenty of curb appeal. It’s in a prime location that is near downtown and is a half-block from Whole Foods and five minutes from the Metra station. Chicago is just 17 miles away.
Ford, 79, has starred in blockbusters since the 1970s. He played Han Solo in the “Star Wars” franchise, had the starring role in the “Indiana Jones” movies, and appeared in hits such as “Air Force One,” “Blade Runner,” and “The Fugitive.”
After graduating from Maine East High School in Park Ridge in 1960, the actor left for college in Wisconsin, and then headed to L.A. to get into the movie business. He reportedly lives on an 800-acre ranch in Jackson Hole, WY, with his wife, “Ally McBeal” star Calista Flockhart.
His former L.A. mansion, located in the tony Brentwood neighborhood, was purchased by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in 2016.
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