Cooking Around an Overhauled Oak Forest Rancher



When everyone gravitates to the kitchen (top) of this overhauled 1953 ranch-style home on Hewitt Dr. near T.C. Jester, there might actually be room for them. The opened-up prep space is just off the combo living-dining room, and there’s room for grilling out back, too. The listing appeared on the market last week with a $369,000 asking price. A 2012 attempt to sell the property — for $70K less — didn’t pan out. The home was renovated in 2011; the current owners purchased it in 2010 for $145,000. Welcome to Oak Forest!



Once through the entry door (above), much of the 1,207-sq.-ft. home’s shared living space is right there:


The sliding glass doors in the dining area look across the covered patio and back yard of the mid block 7,200-sq.-ft. lot, 2 blocks south of W. 43rd St.:


A change-up in flooring from original oak  hardwoods to harlequin tile indicates the kitchen domain . . .




Could this built-in office niche have been a breakfast area before the presto-change-o? Access to the in-house utility room and door outside appears to be tucked between some of the dark-stained cabinetry over a few more granite countertops:



The floor plan contains 2 bedrooms, each 11 ft. wide:



They share the home’s only bathroom, fitted with a tub and a glassed-in shower stall with in-tile shelving that appears to be a bit challenged by the array of hair products in the listing photo:


Outside, there’s a pavilion-scaled covered patio — with a grill area — across most of the width of the home, but there’s still a lot of lot left over:




The home has a 1-car garage; it’s on a street of similarly-sized homes, all 1,100 to 1,500 sq. ft., some of which have an added carport out front.

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7 Comment

  • Oooohh a built in desk desk! What a perfect place to stack mail and other garbage and not utilize as a workspace!

  • This place is actually super cute. It’s a great example of an alternative to a McMansion in the neighborhood.

  • 1200 Sq ft? I would hope for more than that outside the loop.

  • I’ll take a McMansion any day over that ugly thing. You can’t polish a turd.

  • That is one depressing place to live, I mean if you lived there as choice (not a need) then you really gave up on life and should end it post haste.

  • Kitchen is overkill for that house I would have taken some of the money they spent on it and used it to add 400sqft to 700sqft to the home. That price is a little high for the size of home and location price needs to be dropped $45k to $75k

  • Looks like a great house for a single person or a couple who love to entertain!