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‘Painted Lady’ Victorian

146 Keystone Avenue, River Forest , , 60305
  • 5 baths
  • 5 beds
  • 4,000 sq ft
  • 12,800 sq.ft
, Date Posted: November 13, 2018


Circa 1886

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About This Old House

A 3 year complete restoration, retains the Victorian ‘Painted Lady’ look. 5 bedroom 3/2 bathroom, and 4,000 sq. ft. The house has 3 sets of large pocket doors which, when open, reveal an open modern floor plan. It retains the original 6” trim, 10” baseboards, hardware, and modern colors that add to its open feel. The kitchen has all the features of a ‘gourmet’ kitchen, but retains the Victorian features of a farmhouse sink, a large movable Victorian style table, and a tin ceiling. Carpeted ‘Harry Potter’ room under the stairs. The house won the 2017 River Forest Historic Home Preservation Award.

The Restoration: Exterior wood was stripped and restored • All windows have been restored and 85% converted to double pane glass with vinyl or aluminum tracks • Roof stripped and replaced • Wood floors throughout were repaired, and refinished, or replaced • All interior woodwork was stripped and restored • Doors throughout were restored or replaced with matching 5-panel doors and hardware • Master bathroom added • Family bathroom was re-built with Victorian theme • Adjustable Closetmaid shelves installed in all closets • 3rd floor bedroom , large office/playroom • 3rd floor full bathroom • 3 Zone Central heating and AC • 200-amp electrical service • All wiring has been replaced, 98% installed in conduit • High efficiency boiler/hot water heater • Smoke and CO2 detectors hardwired and linked • All plumbing was replaced with copper or PVC • Drain tile and sump pumps • New copper 1.5” water service • Foundation walls were tuck pointed in 2005 • Chimneys were re-built in 1997 two fireplaces were rebuilt and chimneys were lined • Front porch with virgin redwood trim replaced in 1992 and south porch replaced in 2017 • Sun room and rear porch were added in 2014 • New, historically appropriate tile installed in entry and sun room • Basement floor re-poured and sealed • 300-bottle, glass enclosed insulated wine cellar • All walls and ceilings have been insulated where possible to current codes • New cedar fence • New brick driveway • Original well water pump was reinstalled • 2-car garage built to architecturally match the house in 2015. Detailed history of the house available on request.

The Location: The house is in the historically and architecturally significant suburb of River Forest, with state A+ rated schools, easy 20-25 minute commute by CTA or Metra to downtown Chicago, and 25 minutes to airports. The house is in a very child friendly neighborhood with 25 children living on this block.

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