One of the bathrooms in 123 S. Winnetka when the Calhouns purchased it in 1978. (Courtesy Photo)
[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]
From Joanna England: Just about every home we cover here on CandysDirt.com has a story, and just like the houses, no two are alike. What I’m particularly drawn to is a story about rebirth — about taking a neglected home and restoring it to the condition it deserves. This particular story was made even more interesting by the anecdotes offered by the Realtor, Diane Sherman, who is an expert in historic homes. She marketed this house, which was listed by the very couple who brought 123 S. Winnetka back to life.
If you read our Thursday Three Hundred yesterday, you know that love stories are our thing. Well, here’s another one, but this time it’s a two-story Foursquare in Winnetka Heights. This home was in desperate need of some love when Jim and Kathy Calhoun purchased 123 S. Winnetka in 1978. “This is a labor-of-love, come-a-long-way, urban-pioneer story,” says listing agent and fellow Winnetka Heights resident Diane Sherman, who has listed this fully restored beauty for $539,500. “The wallpaper was wild!”
I can see what she means. Of course, the transformation will astound you!
123 S. Winnetka had been converted to a duplex when Jim and Kathy Calhoun purchased the 1913-built Foursquare in 1978. (Courtesy Photo)