I Want This House! The Heart of Lincoln Park for $2.3M

Lincoln Park has been on the list of "hot" Chicago neighborhoods since the Great Fire warmed its southern boundaries. Today the heat is provided by a young, energetic demographic (fueled by DePaul University and a staggering number of restaurants, bars and clubs) and rows of luxury single-family townhomes. It's been a frequent destination of mine for work and play over the last 10 years, and it's one of my top locations for a dream Chicago home.

And I may have found it.

1220 West Wrightwood, a 4,400 square foot 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home listed just under $2.3M, sits right in the heart of the neighborhood, along tree-lined Wrightwood Avenue within walking distance to campus, shops, nightlife and the lake. Of course, all the homes in the area share the "location, location, location" perk, and most of the newer homes offer similar amenities to the brick-and-limestone facade, premium oak floors and wood-burning fireplace featured here.

The detail that grabbed me here is the back yard - I've always had a soft spot for a good deck, especially in a city environment; there's nothing like a soul-cleansing cup of coffee on a crisp fall morning surrounded by wood and nature. This back yard is designed for cleansing souls - a small private deck sits above a stone patio, and a huge brick, wood-burning fireplace rises from the patio to deck level, creating an intimate outdoor refuge from the excitement of Lincoln Park.

The interior blends wood and stone as well, with flowing rooms and a high-coffered ceiling. A 2-car attached garage with a front entrance makes the tricky street parking irrelevant, and the open kitchen / dining room makes me glad there's room in the garage for guests. And after dinner, we're all heading to the back yard to chat by the fire.
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