Stephen Reed

Home & Garden

Hot Property: A Highland Park Gem Built in 1929

This sweet three-bedroom build has been thoughtfully preserved to maintain its historic feel.

4533 Southern Avenue isn’t a new build. It’s not spacious. It’s not contemporary. And that’s exactly why we like it.

This cozy centenarian has good bones, which is why it’s stood the test of time. Plus, you can’t beat the location–it’s nestled just a few blocks away from Highland Park Village, and it’s directly adjacent to the tollway for an easy commute.

4533 Southern Avenue’s façade exudes simple elegance. Its architectural symmetry is accented by two trees that frame either side. Neat landscaping keeps things polished without drawing the eye away from the inviting front porch. Two big windows and a glass front door let sunlight stream inside.

This home’s interior is an ideal blank slate. You won’t find trendy pendant lights, bold wallpaper, or other contemporary embellishments. Instead, the home’s traditional features anchor each space. A fireplace and mantel in the living room, for example, have an old-school charm, as does the iron railing on the stairs.

All three bedrooms are located on the second level. Soothing blue walls and a recessed ceiling give the master bedroom an airy feel, despite its compact square footage. The two other bedrooms are perfect for kids; they share a bathroom, and each has a little nook that can serve as a reading area or study space.

Though open floorplans are the norm for new builds, this 1920s home embraces its original layout. The galley-style kitchen has a wall cutout that looks out at a casual dining area and second living room. One wall has a built-in desk, a wet bar is tucked into the far corner, and a set of French doors offers a view of the quaint outdoor living space.

Outside, you’ll find an elevated deck with enough space for a roomy dining table. Two overhead fans are on hand to fight the summer heat, and an outdoor grill and additional seating area are positioned next to the small but inviting backyard.

Take a full tour of 4533 Southern Avenue with the gallery below.

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