Abbott Avenue in Highland Park has always been a bit of a hodgepodge, architecturally speaking. There are the bungalows and Craftsmans, the occasional Mediterranean, that boxy beauty with a windowless, Brazilian Ipe wood facade, a sparkling new townhome development, and older duplexes with a lot of character. And then, there’s 5004 Abbott Avenue, the most mysterious of them all.
Concealed behind a white concrete gate and some very attractive xeriscaping, the only real hint you have at what 5004 Abbott could be is the tip of its angular roof, visible just over the treetops. And unless you were invited into the home, designed by Bernbaum Magadini Architects in 2001, that was the only glimpse you ever would have got. Until this June, when for the first time since it was built, the architectural treasure hit the market.
The home doesn’t disappoint either—all clean lines, walls of towering windows, soaring ceilings, and a Koi pond. (Love a Koi pond.) There are some hints at its 2001-ness, mainly in the kitchen, with its shiny black countertops and tan cabinets that match a tan floor. And yet, somehow, this home pulls it off. (Though surely no one would object to a slight update.) Pool and garden views from the spacious first-floor master could also more than make up for any early aughts design sins.