In Oak Forest, there’s a forest of knotty pine (top) and other hardwoods inside a 1953 home located east of Donna Bell Ln. north of W. 43rd St. But is it doomed? An “as-is” listing of the property posted Tuesday (price tag: $284,900) mentions all the remodeling and new construction going on throughout the midcentury neighborhood. Some original flourishes and finishes remain inside this pinewood derby of a home, though.
A few polished-by-time spindles, for example, fill in the space above a half-wall (above) separating the foyer from the living room — and there’s a once-handy phone stand in the middle of the hallway serving the bedroom wing (on the left wall, below):
In the timberland territory of the kitchen, cabinetry glowing from decades of rubdowns features turned trim and exposed H-hinges. The kitchen’s vintage stove (in the top photo) is excluded from the sale, the listing says.
Paneling works its way around a kitchen dining nook on the way to the adjacent (and similarly paneled) family room, located in an updated former breezeway between the house and attached 2-car garage. One set of jalousie windows faces the street:
Another set, near a window into the kitchen over its corner sink, faces the back yard. With window flaps up, any crossbreeze flows:
The 1,722-sq.-ft. home’s bedroom wing lines up 3 chambers. This master suite has a shower-only setup in its private bathroom, though it’s not shown in the listing photos:
The other bathroom has a classic cranberry and gray — and yellow — tile pairing:
There’s a brick-rimmed patio out back. This view of the home shows off one of the window units:
Lot shoppers (this one’s 9,000 sq. ft.) and ranch remodelers both are invited to view the property at a Saturday afternoon open house.
- 1906 De Milo Dr. [HAR]