Classic Victorian Outside Chicago Offers Suburban Village Life  

This thoroughly renovated home preserves a connection with an easier way of life
BY Phil Butler TIMEJuly 2, 2022 PRINT

Who says exclusive features and idyllic aesthetics have to verge on being priceless? A Victorian beauty set in All-American Downers Grove, Illinois, is the antithesis of such wisdom. Listed for $1.095 million, this stunning home is a reborn masterpiece from its 1893 original.

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On first entering the home, you’re greeted by the restored grand staircase, the gleaming, expansive hardwood floors, and other tasteful accents. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)

Completely restored and recently modernized, this four-bedroom, four-bath family home sits at the top of Fairmount Avenue, a baseball toss from beautiful Randall Park, and a score of other community centers. The upgraded 3,100-square-foot home is a perfect blend of period charm and modern convenience. Entering from the stone porch at the front, the house opens up into a highly livable but ultimately elegant family space, with hardwood floors throughout.

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The home’s kitchen has been expanded and upgraded to include the latest appliances, a large island, and additional cabinet space. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)

The outside wrap-around porches and deck of the home cradle the restored original grand staircase, sumptuous trim and moldings, and brilliant interior design aspects. An expanded gourmet kitchen with a six-burner oven also features a butler pantry, expansive cabinets, and every modern convenience. There’s a breakfast nook, a formal dining room, a cozy family room, and a heated sunroom on the first floor.

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Located in the heart of one of Chicago’s most coveted suburban villages, this Queen Anne Victorian home enjoys views of nearby Randall Park. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)

Upstairs, there are three large bedrooms, an office, a laundry room, a large bath with a walk-in shower, and generous closet space. On the third level, a huge master suite features a stunning bathroom with a walk-in shower, a soaking tub, and double walk-in closets. Remote-controlled skylights bathe the owner’s suite in ambient light, with a walk-in attic area providing additional storage space.

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A butler pantry was added during the refit to free up more space in the main kitchen. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)

Outside, large professionally landscaped lawns have integrated irrigation. In the basement below, a half-bath and a large utility room are connected to a massive three-car garage to finish off this extraordinary home located in one of Chicago’s most popular suburban villages.

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The formal dining room exhibits classic Victorian style and craftsmanship. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)

If your American dream includes a perfect house in a town where they still hold Soap Box Derbies, consider this Victorian stunner set just a few short blocks from downtown Downers Grove. There, you’ll find a score of fabulous shops, boutiques, restaurants, and countless community, nature, and sporting events year-round.

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The top-floor master suite features a delightful bath area with a walk-in shower, soaking tub, and skylights to bring in ambient light. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)

5256 Fairmont Avenue
Downers Grove, Illinois

4 bedrooms
3,100 square feet
4 baths

Key Features:
– Idyllic neighborhood
– Architectural home
– Custom features throughout
– Recent upgrades


Baird & Warner
Lesley Galligan

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The second-floor family/guest bedrooms look out over the park, the expansive lawns, and the quaint village spaces beyond. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)
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The wrap-around deck of the home features a pagoda, outdoor BBQ features, and cushy seating for relaxing outdoors. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)
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The neighborhood is a veritable nature park in and of itself. The wider area is dotted with green spaces, sports venues, trails, and multiple activity areas. (Courtesy of Baird & Warner)
Phil Butler
Phil Butler is a publisher, editor, author, and analyst who is a widely cited expert on subjects from digital and social media to travel technology. He's covered the spectrum of writing assignments for The Epoch Times, The Huffington Post, Travel Daily News, HospitalityNet, and many others worldwide.
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