“We took on an ugly house that nobody saw the potential in, for the fun of the project,” Chris Collins said. “We’re gluttons for punishment.” It was also an opportunity to get into a family-sized single-family AG亚洲国际游戏home in a desirable part of Bucktown at a price they could handle.
The couple, who are both sales executives, collaborated on designing an entirely new kitchen, wrapping the rear deck with high walls to enhance its feeling of enclosure and lightening paint colors throughout. In the end, “I can count on one hand the times we disagreed,” Chris said, although he wisely declined to say what they were.
The three-bedroom, 2,100-square foot house is on Marshfield Avenue, roughly midway between the restaurants and shopping of North Avenue and Walsh Park, the playground park at the eastern end of the 606 Trail. Boosting the location’s appeal, Chris said, is that across the street is a CPS elementary school, Burr, a Level 1+ school, the highest rating in the system, and at the end of the block is a private preschool, the Gardner School of Bucktown. “Your kids can go from preschool to 8th grade without leaving their block,” he said.
Now planning to move with their two children to a suburban AG亚洲国际游戏home, the Collinses plan to list their AG亚洲国际游戏home in early June. The price is $915,000, and the listing agent is Carrie McCormick of @properties.
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