blog 05.07.2013I’m sitting on the front porch of a lovely Victorian home at the corner of Paulina and Bryn Mawr in Andersonville in Chicago. I’m thinking about the past week’s events. We went on the market on Monday and by Friday night had a solid offer with the contract negotiated and accepted on Saturday, after conducting 12 showings in five days. I must say that I am pleasantly surprised at how quickly the home sold given the questions and comments from buyers as they walked through.

Buyers love the original woodwork, hutches, oak panel doors and more. But many felt that the home would need reconfiguring for modern living. Some wanted to remove the wall between the dining room and kitchen. Others talked of plans to build a two story addition on the back of the house, adding a family room on the first floor, and a master bedroom and bath on the second floor. All felt the kitchen and bath needed updating.

The Victorian home, circa 1902, has quickly found its new owner. I know the new buyers are thrilled to move to Andersonville from a condo in Uptown. As for the home owner/seller, she is happy to move ahead with plans to relocate to sunny Florida and has enough time to find a new home. Since prices there are relatively low, she will be able to get a lot for her money, opting for a new home this time so that she can spend more time in her garden.

So in the end, the buyers have selected the home for the vintage feel that they love. Surely they will do some updates to the kitchen and upstairs bathroom but they are pretty happy with this wonderful find. The inspection will happen this week and hopefully there won’t be too many surprises uncovered as inspectors use the latest technology such as thermal cameras and x-ray vision to examine the home. What would you do with the home? Follow this link, take a look at the photos and floor plan and let me know your thoughts –  Bryn Mawr Victorian Home. For more about the Andersonville neighborhood, visit Chicago-Househunter.


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