Built in 1960, this 8,578-square-foot ranch in a northwest Chicago suburb appears as if time stood still for decades.
Located in Des Plaines, 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, it’s a two-home compound on the market for $850,000. There’s a five-bedroom, five-bathroom main house and an 850-square-foot guesthouse with two bedrooms.
Inside, you’ll journey back in time. Of course, the wood paneling is plentiful. You’ll also spot parquet floors, burnt-orange shag carpeting, Moroccan-style pendant lamps, and ornate iron railings on the mezzanine and staircase.
As for that staircase, it’s flanked by what looks to be a dead and blackened indoor tree. We hope it isn’t an omen for the home’s future.
One bathroom features original pink bath tile and fixtures; another is adorned in biscuit-beige; and yet another sports a sunken soaking tub in a hue of baby blue.
The main house has two primary suites, a first-floor office, several family rooms (great spots to hang the disco balls), and four fireplaces.
A floor-to-ceiling, Georgian white-marble wall is paired with a granite fireplace in the enormous living room. Heavy drapery and a pair of old chairs make the room look dreary, but a new owner can surely appreciate the many windows letting in all that natural light.
In the kitchen, you’ll see a built-in brick grill (for firing up a Tiki-themed barbecue?), center island, breakfast nook, and three-sided fireplace crafted from Portuguese marble.
For the buyer who wants a space to tinker with vintage cars, there’s room for that in the six-car garage. One of the listing photos shows a dusty Ford Model T on display on the home’s lower level.
Hobbyists can also carve out additional room in the garage’s lower level, which currently functions as a storage room.
The wooded 4-acre lot backs up to the Kloempken Prairie Forest Preserve, which means privacy as well as calming views.
The listing notes the home is being sold as is and will need some updates. Even so, the bones of this midcentury classic are solid—it was crafted from commercial-grade Flexicore concrete and exterior brick.
Tom George with Discover Real Estate has the listing.
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