Nate Berkus Lists Chicago Condo for $2.65M

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Interior designer Nate Berkus is trying to sell his 3,980-square-foot condo on Chicago's Gold Coast for $2.65 million, which would prove quite a return on investment since this 39-year-old paid only $500,000 for it in 2003.

"While the market has had it's share of ups and downs over the past few years, I think we're seeing some stability," listing agent Katherine Chez of Coldwell Banker told AOL Real Estate. That should bode well for Berkus.

Berkus, who grew his fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show, did several renovations on the three-bedroom, four-bath unit, including installing new hardwood floors, completely rehabbing the master bath with a custom English tub and white subway tiles up the walls, reconfiguring the master suite, and adding a new backsplash and appliances in the kitchen, according to the listing details.

With his own line of decor for the Home Shopping Network, Berkus also preserved the St. Charles kitchen cabinets.

"In fact, these are the original cabinets. I just had them painted army green, which is one of my favorite colors," he told Oprah fans in 2006.

"From the moment you walk through the front door, you feel welcomed," says Chez. "I think that's the feeling every homeowner is going for when they walk into a property they're considering."

Berkus perhaps increased the home's value by adding two-zone air-conditioning and new electrical wiring to the seven-room, full-floor unit in the 1928-built building.

He also retained some of the original architecture, such as the hand-brushed silver-leafed wall in the office, reported the Real Estalker.

There's also the oak paneling in the library, which was added when the house was renovated in the 1950's. To add texture and warmth Berkus simply (yes, simple for Nate Berkus), added leather with baseball stitching to the paneling.

"I love this room for so many reasons," Berkus once said. "Books are the heart of any home, and I spend hours going through books for design inspiration."

The color scheme throughout the home is, however, rather monotone. "Do not be surprised by
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the lack of color in this place. I like to keep things really simple," Berkus told Oprah when he gave viewers a tour of his home in this vintage building.

Berkus's designer touch can be seen daily in more than a dozen big cities now that the hour-long "The Nate Berkus Show" launched this fall.

In a recent episode he quips that everyone can be a designer. "To be a good decorator, you just need confidence, a vision, and a push in the right direction," as he recalls on his blog. "You don't need to be a professional interior designer to know what YOU like and what YOU want in your home."

I know what I want: for Nate to come decorate my home, particularly my family room.






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