5023 Osage Ave – SOLD

Posted on 10/02/2014

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The owners of this home have spent the last decade dreaming of living on a farm, which clearly influenced the design choices they made as they lovingly renovated their city home. Lucky for you, they’ve taken the plunge and bought an actual urban farm (!) and are moving on from this near-perfect combination of size, location, original character and thoughtful customizations. The great details begin with the front yard’s mature perennial garden, leading to the rebuilt mahogany porch with original front door. Through the charming foyer are the spacious and open living and dining rooms, with original features like a dramatic coffered ceiling, leaded glass windows, a decorative fireplace and a beautiful original turned staircase. A sweet built-in bookcase connects the dining room to the farmhouse-chic kitchen with white beadboard and honeycomb tile floor. Where to start with the kitchen features: the awesome open butler’s pantry? Or the soapstone island, counter and farmhouse sink with built-in drinking water filter? Appliance junkies will appreciate the stainless steel Viking stove and GE Monogram dishwasher. The amazing rear yard is a gardener’s paradise: A large deck, with discreet built-in bins for recycling, overlooks a huge multi-level patio and garden with five raised beds. (Your produce is covered if you decide to just grow flowers; there’s a CSA pick-up three porches down.) And don’t miss the downspout planter and rain barrel along the side of the house. Upstairs you’ll find a large sun-drenched front bedroom with bay window; a large rear and middle bedroom, each with three windows; and a cozy fourth bedroom, which would make a great office or nursery. The airy and spacious bathroom is in keeping with the rest of the house, with its leaded glass window, clawfoot tub and low-flow toilet. On top of the great aesthetics, the owners have done plenty of the nitty-gritty work, including putting in a new high-efficiency furnace and water heater and running new ductwork so adding central air would be a cinch. This quiet one-way, tree-lined street, which ends at Malcolm X Park, has a tight-knit block association that’s been active since the 1970s.

  • SOLD – $328,000
  • 4 beds/2 baths
  • 1,700 sq ft
  • Renovated twin

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