Lake Bluff|Price: $1,197,000

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This extraordinary vintage home is beautifully nestled in a premier location overlooking the boulevard on East Center Avenue in Lake Bluff, just two blocks from Lake Michigan.

520 East Center Avenue

Price: $1,197,000
Address: 520 East Center Avenue
City: Lake Bluff
State: Illinois
Zip: 60044
Lot Size: .21 acres
Year Built: 1893
Square Feet: 3400
Beds: 5
Baths: 3 1/2
Garage Size: Two Car


Property Description

Originally built as a summer cottage for a doctor from Chicago, this truly cherished home has been owned only by three families. Stepping into the home, it is obvious why families move in and don’t want to leave. Stunning vintage detailing, sun-filled rooms, an open floor plan, and soaring ceilings come together to create an airiness felt throughout the home.

The distinctive wraparound enclosed front porch now functions as a sunroom, providing additional spaces for dining, lounging, and entertaining year round. The first floor centers around the striking wood burning fireplace, creating a seamless flow between the living, dining, and family rooms. The recently renovated eat-in kitchen continues the versatility of the floor plan with multiple areas for dining and gathering. It features high-end stainless steel appliances, slate gray honed granite countertops, ample white shaker style cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, plus it has easy access to first floor laundry facilities and the powder bathroom. A bonus private side deck can be accessed from both the living room and kitchen.

The extensive list of upgrades and improvements demonstrates the great care given to preserving the authenticity of the home, while enhancing the amenities for modern living. The rich vintage millwork, thoughtfully restored and replicated, beautifully complements the glistening hardwood flooring. The second floor can be accessed by the front or back staircases. The elegant master suite includes a walk-in closet and fully renovated bathroom with two vanities, separate shower, and soaking tub. Three additional family bedrooms, a renovated family bathroom with two sinks, and a sitting room complete the second floor.

The finished lower level is an additional living area adorned with bead board moulding and chair rails and includes a recreation room, 5th bedroom, 3rd full bathroom, a built-in berth that is an ideal sleepover bunk, plus nice storage spaces. The attention to detail given to the exterior of the home is just as impressive as the interior. It is no surprise that the home was awarded the Vliet History Museum’s Distinguished Home Award for reflecting the “character” of Lake Bluff by preserving the heritage, streetscape, and personable feel of this special community. From the paver lined driveway to the new two car garage to the stone walkways to the extensive landscaping and gardens, everything was thoughtfully selected to blend with and complement the exquisite exterior design.