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What’s for Sale at Chicago’s Prettiest Former Military Base?

One of many nicest locations in Metro Chicago is Fort Sheridan, the outdated Military base tucked into Highland Park. And whereas “former Military base” wouldn’t usually set hearts aflutter, this explicit one was designed by Holabird and Roche, the structure agency based by proteges of William Le Baron Jenney, father of the skyscraper. (Soldier Discipline and the Board of Commerce constructing are amongst their well-known tasks.)

And there’s extra! The landscaping at Fort Sheridan was designed by O.C. Simonds, the superintendent of Graceland Cemetery and one other former worker of Jenney. Together with the good Jens Jensen, who’s in all probability extra acquainted to Chicagoans, he’s credited with pioneering the Prairie Type of panorama structure.

The top result’s a completely lovely campus, proper subsequent to a completely lovely forest protect, which drops right down to a public seashore. The outdated Holabird and Roche buildings have been transformed into personal residences — some homes, some condos. Right here’s what’s on the market proper now.

For $1.35 million, you possibly can stay within the 6,000-square-foot captain’s dwelling simply off the lake. It’s bought 5 beds, 4 baths, and two powder rooms, with a rooftop deck and lake views from the main bedroom. Inside it’s been restored to a traditional-contemporary however tasteful look across the authentic woodwork; outdoors it retains a superb outdated patina.

Smaller and a bit inexpensive — $1.25 million — however cooler is that this low-slung  former firehouse. The primary lounge is a masterpiece: a hipped roof with authentic woodwork above and uncovered brick under, encasing an enormous open house. The remainder of the deceptively massive inside (5 beds, 4 and a half baths, and 5,400 sq. toes) has been carved up into equally wealthy areas surrounding the attractive centerpiece.

It’s not only a intelligent identify; this townhome was really a secure. However it was an Military secure, so it’s huge: 1,783 sq. toes with two beds and two baths for $469,000. For apparent causes, it hasn’t been restored precisely, but it surely retains the distinctive beams that mirror its outdated use over the lounge, workplace, and eating room.

Should you want a step up from the stables, you will get a giant barracks apartment for $584,900. It has three beds, two and a half baths, an 800-square-foot balcony, and 30-foot vaulted ceilings that, like different Fort Sheridan buildings, body lovely outdated wood beams. At 2,561 sq. toes, there’s a variety of further house, together with a mezzanine loft that may function an workplace or fitness center, plus two walk-in closets in the main bedroom.

For a extra conservative look — and much more huge beams — think about this three-bed, 2.5-bath barrack apartment in the identical constructing, which is a bit smaller (2,153 sq. toes) and a bit inexpensive ($539,000). The ceilings are decrease, a mere 20 toes, but it surely additionally options two walk-in closets; a porch overlooking the parade grounds is equally gracious; one bed room opens out onto a again porch, which wraps round a nice courtyard.


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