3944 sq. ft.: 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths
Built in 1910
This corner property is fully fenced with chain link filled in with roses, ivy and butterfly bush, and a Victorian horse pedestal mailbox sits just inside the front gate. This is a two-story Queen Anne-style house decorated in white, green and maroon with a columned, curving, covered porch. What a great place to sit and watch the hustle and bustle of Hyde Park through a screen of mature plantings. The beautiful stone foundation is typical Queen Anne, and the original front door—with working doorbell, sidelights and transom—leads into a front entry with an archway ahead and another pillared archway to a parlor. The parlor features an exquisite fireplace surrounded by tile with two oak mantels and an inset mirror and a 10-foot coved ceiling. Off the parlor is a full bathroom. Another archway leads to a big family room with a door that leads to the end of the porch.
Opening off the family room are the deep rose-colored master bedroom and a hunter-green office. Between the hall and the kitchen is a second full bathroom that, like all the aforementioned rooms, is floored in glowingly refinished dark original hardwood. The doors, trim and eight-inch baseboards are made of the same hardwood, and there are picture rails and several pocket doors.
In the remodeled country kitchen, the appliances are stainless steel, and there's a breakfast counter with stools and an attractive tile backsplash. A dining room table fits easily in the corner. Carpeted stairs lead up from the kitchen to a second floor featuring two bedrooms, a bathroom and a TV room. All the bathrooms in the home are remodeled.
Stairs also lead from the kitchen to a most amazing basement with a wine cellar, a library with built-in bookcases, an oversized window, a utility room and a half bath. In the basement, there's also a British pub. Yes, a British pub. Its centerpiece is an elaborate dark wood and granite bar flanked by pillars. Along the walls are built-in shelves and places for two large TV sets. One set is surrounded by overstuffed furniture, and the other is visible from the bar. There is also a built-in dartboard. The floor is covered in earthy yellow, rose and brown tile, and there's a door that leads to the back patio.
Back up in the bright kitchen, a glass door leads down to the cozy covered back patio, which is shielded on the south by a luxuriant grape vine. Beyond lays a small garden space and a gate to the alley.
Off the patio, a door opens to an oversized, finished two-car garage with a luxurious apartment above: an 800-square-foot space, painted hunter green and lit by several windows and skylights. Two sleeping nooks hide behind rich, elaborate drapes. The living room and kitchen ceilings are vaulted. There's one bathroom with a big bright shower lit by a skylight.
The side yard has a number of foundation plantings, and two huge fir trees shade the front yard. The parking strip is filled with wood chips and several flourishing street trees. The rest of the yard is watered by automatic sprinklers. The electrical service, air conditioning, plumbing, roof and paint were all redone three years ago.
Pros: All the original interior wood preserves the Victorian era. The parlor fireplace is the most beautiful I've ever seen. I love the deep, rich green and rose decor. The back patio is private and inviting. The basement pub begs for parties. The apartment could probably be rented for as much as $1,200.
Cons: There's a large window in the basement, but it's not low enough to be an egress window. However, the door to the back yard may suffice.