Not many homes come with their own meat locker (top), but this one has kept its cooler from a previous life as a meat market and corner store. Located in the townhomey Magnolia Grove neighborhood of Brunner, south of Washington Ave. and east of N. Shepherd Dr., the former Laurnicella Meat Market (later Snow’s Corner Store) had living space upstairs for the proprietor. A 3-year renovation with various reconfigurations by the current owners (on top of efforts by their predecessors) converted the 1921 building into a tin-roofed home (middle) with back yardlet (above). Its listing, posted last Thursday, asks $2.1 million.
Renovations discovered — and uncovered — a ceiling finished in old growth Douglas fir. Now restored, the planks cap various “rooms” that share sections of the open floor plan on the first floor:
What’s now the library has access to a small “Zen” courtyard:
Some of the wooden flooring comes from a Kentucky tobacco barn:
At the back of the home, the family room has windows on 3 sides. The curio cabinet on one wall isn’t a cabinet at all. It’s a collection of boxes from around the world:
Meat may have been sequestered in the refrigerator, but wine gets a small room of its own:
Now, about that former meat locker. It’s been converted into a funky powder room — but kept its original hinges and foot-thick door:
All bedrooms are upstairs. Eight skylights now punctuate the ceiling of the master suite . . .
which might more precisely be called a bed and bath . . .
since all functions share the 19 ft. by 22 ft. space:
The master closet has a small vanity within it:
Three of the 4 secondary bedrooms are also on this level:
From the sitting area, a staircase leads to the 4,128-sq.-ft. home’s fifth bedroom:
Its pop-out window faces east:
For a tad more living space, there’s a wrap-around porch. An account of the renovation (accompanied by a video full of interior and exterior drone shots) says the original proprietor regularly hung lists of the daily meat specials from the upper deck. It also recounts Prohibition-era (and later) tales of the property.
This stretch of lawn has artificial grass. The peaked glass walkway connects home and carport:
Once an exterior sign, a hand-painted logo fills an interior wall of the 1-car “show-car garage,” which also has a window into the Zen garden:
The last time the property changed hands, in 2010, it sold for $539K. Back in 2000, the unrenovated building went for $162,500.
- 701 Patterson St. [HAR]