5 Historic & Updated Homes on the Illinois Market

Plenty of charm and functionality in these historic homes that have gone through a full or partial renovation recently. Check them all out below!

Once In A Lifetime! | $795,000

21 Oak Ave, Grayslake, IL
Listing agent: Nano Engdahl

Once in a Lifetime opportunity to own this amazing piece of history with this home set in the heritage area. It has been beautifully updated & expanded upon, yet still has vintage charm! Truly-one of kind with both design, location just across from the lake & amount of space inside (approx. 5,000 sq ft) & outside ( just under 1 acre).


Size: 4,642 sf


Price: $795,000


Listing details: Welcoming wrap around porch & entryway lead you to traditional spaces of formal living, dining and family rooms that all surround an amazing gourmet kitchen w/granite, luxury appliances & large island plus a unique eating area. 2nd floor finds luxury primary bedroom w/spa-like bath w/walk-in shower & claw foot tub.


Contact: Nano Engdahl, Baird & Warner, +1 847.814.5543

605 Lyman Ave | $778,000

605 Lyman Ave, Oak Park, IL
Listing agent: Jenny Delaney

Spruce and Douglas home development is the new kid on the proverbial block, but she’s not afraid to be unique. Jane Borjon is a standout local developer that seeks to preserve “the soul and bones” of each home while “renovating for modern function.” She seeks to break the biases surrounding renovations and prove that they can be done well and with intention.


Size: 2,200 sf


Price: $778,000


Listing details: Her latest project in historic Oak Park is proof that quality renovations are not an idea of yesteryear. This stately American Foursquare, built in 1908, has survived everything from the “roaring twenties” to COVID-19. Purchased mid-pandemic, this home was deconstructed to its original wood beams, then rejuvenated to modern standards.


Contact: Jenny DelaneyColdwell Banker Realty, +1 312.402.1882

218 Walker Ave | $729,900

218 Walker Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL
Listing agent: Janice Dusina

Location A++ walking distance to charming downtown Clarendon Hills and Metra station. Almost 2400 square feet! Much larger inside than it looks!4 bedroom, 3 full baths with a master en suite and walk-in closet! 4th bedroom on main floor or use as an office. Entire kitchen brand new with solid quartz counter tops, Top of the line Bertazzoni appliances- 48” stove with double ovens. Wine frig.


Size: 2,331 sf


Price: $729,900


Listing details: All newly restored hardwood floors throughout.New paint inside and out. New landscaping, new asphalt coating. Installed basement drain tile and water guard system and thermal dry wall system.Installed brand new sump pump. Upgraded electrical system to 200 service. Upgraded plumbing. Over 200 k in upgrades. 2 car detached garage.


Contact: Janice Dusina, Keller Williams, +1 630.853.0204

610 Elm St | $609,000

610 Elm St, Glen Ellyn, IL
Listing agent: Lisa Cleaver

This fabulous home is located just a few blocks from Lake Ellyn and sits on an over sized lot (2 parcels) with mature trees. The curb appeal is off the charts with the professionally landscaped yard and recently renovated exterior (2019) featuring concrete fiberboard siding, soffits, fascia and Marvin windows and doors.


Size: 1,786 sf


Price: $609,000


Listing details: Inside, this home offers the perfect blend of modern updates combined with vintage details including beautiful trim work, arched doorways and hardwood floors. The sunny living room with gas log fireplace is the perfect place to curl up with a good book. The spacious formal dining room is a great place for large gatherings of family and friends.


Contact: Lisa Cleaver, RE/MAX, +1 630-670-7093

1332 Bunker Ave | $579,900

1332 Bunker Ave, Flossmoor, IL
Listing agent: Susan Jenner

Looking for the perfect retreat? Prepare to fall in love with this impressive 5BR two story lifestyle home in prestigious Flossmoor Estates on just under an acre located near historic downtown, schools & metra to Millenium Station or University of Chgo.


Size: 3,448 sf


Price: $579,900


Listing details: The details – over 4800 total living space, a gorgeous newer granite KT with alder cabinetry, large island, separate breakfast bar for 6, generous breakfast room and SS professional appliances that opens to a massive great room w/beamed cathedral ceiling & stone FP! This & the peaceful screened porch overlook a fabulous 30,000 gallon salt water built-in pool, paver patio, composite deck, fire pit, pro landscaped fenced grounds!


Contact: Susan Jenner, Baird & Warner, +1 708.829.1820