For Chicago Agent’s Who’s Who issue, which came out June 6, a big part of creating the issue is finding uniquely beautiful spaces as a setting for the participants’ photos.
Millie Rosenbloom, a consistent top producer for Baird & Warner in Chicago, was gracious enough to offer two of her own listings as photo shoot locations for us, because they are truly unique spaces. 838 W. Webster and 2030 N. Magnolia are both minimalistic yet dramatic, making each home ideal for our Who’s Who photo shoot.
838 W. Webster sits on an oversized 48 feet by 115 feet lot. It is an AIA Awards winner and in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Built with a steel frame and superior commercial quality construction, Webster is currently on the market and listed at $4.4 million. “It has minimal space with drama, yet functional,” Rosenbloom says. Designed by the architect Avi Lothan of DeStefano Partners, the home’s design was drawn on a napkin while Lothan and his wife were vacationing in Europe.
The home was designed around a 22 feet by 40 feet landscaped main courtyard. The two-story living room, which looks out onto the main courtyard, features 20-foot ceilings, glass walls and a wood-burning fireplace. The property has several additional outdoor spaces, some private and some public. The home is made of aluminum-clad siding and red masonry exterior. The stainless steel Poliform kitchen features black granite counter tops, black granite back splash and top of the line appliances. The home also has an attached three-car garage.
2030 N. Magnolia is an equally unique property, although the layout is completely different. The house, built on a triangular lot, allows an abundance of natural light to enter the home throughout the day. The home was designed by Pappageorge/Haymes who also supervised the construction in collaboration with Dale Carol Anderson, noted interior designer; the home was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Art institute of Chicago architecture retrospective Chicago Architecture and Design 1923-1993 – Reconfiguration of an American Metropolis.
The owners, a couple who built the home, have lived there since its completion in 1992. The two have no children and are working professionals, and had the home designed for their adult lifestyle with particular emphasis on real home offices and regular entertainment of friends, colleagues and clients; the home accomplished these goals with its dramatic sculptural circular staircase, grand rotunda and outstanding outdoor terrace to the European style garden.
The present owners’ needs only required two master bedrooms, so it has a unique floor plan compared to the typical Lincoln Park rectangle floor plan. In this regard, the home, on the market for $2.9 million, presented a challenge to Rosenbloom, but being the top-producing agent she is, she took the challenge in stride. She worked with the owners and their architect to come up with creative options for potential buyers who may want additional bedrooms in addition to the two masters on the top floor. The owner’s architect created a new plan for the now home office and exercise space on the lower level, creating three en-suite bedrooms, media room, gallery and powder room.
The home is capable of meeting the needs of a variety of potential buyers’ needs and, given the work done by the owners in getting the architect and contactors to establish plans and costs for the various configurations, any potential buyer will not need to go through that process.
Rosenbloom is confident these new options will entice potential buyers, should they desire those options to work with the owners to sell this wonderful, one of a kind, architecturally significant home. As Rosenbloom says, “not only is this a unique, elegant, and gorgeous home, but the buyers who want change will not have to deal with figuring out how much the changes will cost.”
While both homes differ in style, they offer a luxury of living to the consumer that is looking for something unique. They both have width and drama, two qualities missing in typical cookie-cutter Chicago homes that high-end buyers desire most. Webster with its contemporary glass and steel combination, and Magnolia being such a beautiful home focused around a stunningly landscaped yard made perfect choices for this year’s Who’s Who photo shoot.
If interested in either property or to be sent a property brochure, please email Millie Rosenbloom at [email protected].