This modest single-family offers up some early 20th century details along with a location just a short walk from Highland Park.
While now known as 54 Highland Place, when it and its matching neighbors were constructed circa 1910, the street would have been known as Dresden Street. A resolution in 1918, reflecting the anti-German sentiment in the midst of World War I, led to the name switch. While no architect turned up in a quick dig through the historic newspapers, the houses are quite similar to those constructed by builder Frank Richards, who by 1915 had constructed dozens of homes near Highland Park.
The row of four brick houses all have Spanish tile roofs and columned front porches; the houses at either end of the row, including No. 54, have angled bays. While the windows have been changed, along with the front gate and the paint choices, the house looks much like it does in the historic tax photo.
There aren’t any floor plans with the listing but there is a 3D tour that provides a look through the entire house. The house has a living room, dining and kitchen on the first floor and four bedrooms and a full bath above. An additional full bath and laundry room are located in the basement.
The foyer, living and dining rooms have parquet floors with inlaid border. The foyer also has an original glass-doored closet, while the living and dining rooms have picture rails.
At the rear of the first floor, the kitchen has been opened up to the dining room with cabinets and a large expanse of counter somewhat awkwardly jutting into the dining room. High above it is an oddly placed bank of glass-fronted cabinets. The kitchen itself has a tile floor and wood cabinets along with a brown tile backsplash.
Linoleum-covered steps in need of a bit of repair lead up to the bedrooms, all with wood floors and all with their original doors with glass panes, although some have been painted over or in-filled with stained glass. The largest two bedrooms have closets.
The full bath, which is viewable in the 3D tour, has a stained glass skylight matching the one in the hall.
An enclosed, paved rear yard is separated by a low brick wall and a pergola. The rear half is rimmed with planting beds that appear to have some perennials and shrubs.
The house last sold fairly recently, in 2019 for $630,000. Listed with Patrick Mills of Core it is now priced at $720,000. Worth the ask?
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