A 122-year-old Brownstone in Wicker Park hit the market last week for a whopping $2.2 million. The nine-bedroom, five-bathroom abode is spitting distance from the buzzing intersection of Milwaukee, Damen and North Avenues, and is one of the more historic homes in a neighborhood that's being modernized by the day.
The place is currently being leased out as a non-conforming multi-unit, so whoever ends up purchasing it will likely have the pleasure of bouncing the tenants out, making a run of upgrades and living in it as a single-family home. But with a price tag that high, it could also be a good old fixer-upper that gets flipped for an even bigger wad of cash.
The home is three stories tall, and was built in 1894—a time when Milwaukee Avenue was a popular route for herding cattle instead of cyclists in tight-pants. A good portion of the original woodwork is still in place, which gives the home a haunted "there's definitely ghosts in here" kind of vibe.
In any case, the home is a good reminder that Wicker Park has a deep and rich history beneath its surface of boutique shops and brunch spots.
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