Lease The Perfect Transitional Home in Highland Park

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Yes, that’s right. I said perfect. Why? Because it is.

Every inch of this Highland Park home has been thoroughly and thoughtfully planned, right down to the last inch. The result is a grand home with an intimate feel, one that is perfect played up or played down. It could accommodate a range of decor styles, and thanks to its muted, transitional exterior, is appealing to a broad set of potential tenants or buyers.

Truly, 4524 Westway is a masterpiece of design and architecture, and you can live here for a recently reduced $11,250 a month. Listing agent is Douglas Ratlif, a new agent with Lively Realty.

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What? Have some sticker shock? Well, let me tell you that this home is worth it. Jump to see why.

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First, let’s knock the stats out of the way: 4524 Westway has four bedrooms, four full and one half bath, and 5,295 square feet. Completely remodeled in 2008, this 1940 traditional was renovated with efficiency in mind. New wiring, plumbing, insulation, windows, and doors were installed, all of which are top-notch. The lot is more than a quarter acre and has plenty of mature trees, as well as a very private yard with tons of outdoor space. There are five living areas, three dining areas, and four truly gorgeous fireplaces.

If that wasn’t enough, there are two master suites, both of which are upstairs, with an upstairs living and laundry area with a kitchenette. I cannot stress the importance of having an upstairs laundry in a home this size. It’s near dang impossible to lug a laundry basket up a staircase without breaking your neck, so adding the laundry area upstairs is just smart planning. The kitchenette is a bonus, though, and perfect for those late-night hunger pangs where making the trek down to the kitchen seems like a journey from a Tolkein novel.

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Now, the location of this home, which, by the way, is also on the market for just south of $2 million, is truly fantastic for those who value access to Uptown and Oak Lawn, close proximity to the Tollway, and the tree-lined streets of the southern end of Highland Park. You’re also within a short jaunt of Whole Foods, which is fantastic for when you’ve accidently forgot the free-range chicken broth for your famous risotto.

Speaking of risotto, check out the amazing kitchen. I love that this home has a gigantic eat-in island that has such a cool shape, making the most of the room and supplying plenty of prep space. A large bar/butler pantry will come in handy, too. As you would expect, this home is equipped with commercial-grade, high-end appliances, including an oversized SubZero refrigerator. There are tons of cabinets, which, thanks to the size of the kitchen, don’t make the space seem claustrophobic. I adore that chandelier over the island, which is just one of several amazing designer light fixtures in this home.

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This home has plenty of space for entertaining, which is fantastic for a corporate relocation where an executive may be hosting several events and client dinners. I adore the formals in this home, which feature gorgeous chandeliers, and some of the most beautiful foil wallpaper in the dining room. It’s elegant but not overdone.

Of course, the master suite is just as you’d expect — flawless. Separate his-and-hers vanities with crystal pendant chandeliers that light the room. There’s a separate seated makeup station, too, which is perfect for that mobile blow-out service you’ve been hearing about. There’s a large free-standing tub as well as a full-sized shower, too.

Now, outside you’ll notice that there is one thing this home is missing: a pool. Honestly, considering the fun community amenities that Highland Park has, which includes a pool and tennis courts, as well as plenty of parks, you won’t even miss it. It’s just some extra maintenance anyway, right? Why not enjoy the outdoors on the spacious patio, which is partially covered, and take advantage of the shade offered by the canopy of trees. It’s just a wonderful cap on a spectacularly remodeled home. What do you think?

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