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639 Fair Oaks Ave., Oak Park – $990,000

by Chicago Agent

Co-op commission 2.25%
Designed in 1908 by Eben E. Roberts, a friend and contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, 639 Fair Oaks Ave. is an example of rectilinear design and is listed in the Hasbrouck Sprague survey of significant local architecture. The exterior features geometric pattern work on the porch supports and horizontal bands of wood trim on the corners of the second story. The inflated third floor dormers are characteristic of Roberts’ hip-roofed homes. This home was originally commissioned by Charles Schwerin and built for his daughter, and he built a second home directly to the south for another daughter. The drive between the two properties led to a large, shared carriage house, now separated by a wall. The carriage sliding doors still remain on the now oversized two-car garage. Inside, this home features more than 50 original art glass windows and several sets of bifold art glass doors. There are many original light fixtures, including a signed Quezal. The home has a mosaic vestibule and natural woodwork, including oak wainscoting and beamed ceilings in the living room, formal dining room, music room and office. Some of the many updates include an open gourmet kitchen with custom cherry cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a separate breakfast room. There are five second floor bedrooms and a third floor master suite, office and bathroom.

For more information, call Alice McMahon of RE/MAX in the Village Realtors at 708.386.1400 or Dale Anderson at 708.386.1400.

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