Located at the rear portion of a property's lot, coach houses (once strictly the province of horses and buggies) often get a bum rap: the buildings stand behind the main home where residents literally live in the shadow of the street-facing structure.
One newly-listed West Wolfram coach house in Lakeview has no such shortcoming. Following an apparent renovation and boldly re-christened as a "town home," the three-story space is going for $678,900, up from its last selling price of $463,000 in 2004, according to Curbed Chicago.
Described as "sophisticated" and "one of a kind" on "one of the best blocks in East Lakeview" according to Estately, the house has a luxe getaway feel with a spa-like bathroom and sun-drenched skylights over the shower.
The sharp design continues in the rest of the house that manages to be beautiful despite the mash-up of details ranging from urban loft to rustic home to industrial modern condo: think an amalgam of exposed brick, open staircases, ebony wood floors and archways.
A huge deck, garage and swanky kitchen appliances provide the must-have modern updates, which are something of a rarity in Chicago: currently, the city's zoning laws dont' permit the construction of new coach houses making an up-to-date beauty like the one at 832 W. Wolfram all the more special.