This beautiful family home only recently made its debut to the market, offering an abundance of space and nice touches that make it unique and special.
A brick and siding colonial-style home, it has a large finished basement that now contains a pool table, weight room and an extra television viewing area for the kids, as well as a laundry room with table for folding, shelves and a clothes chute connecting to the upstairs bedrooms (a necessity with a large family).
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On the MarketAddress: 155 E. Kimberly Ave., Palatine
Open house: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
Asking price: $549,900
Square footage: 3,401
Bedrooms/baths: 5 bedrooms, 3½ baths
Year built: 1964
Listing agent: Kathy Muno, Prudential American Heritage
Call: (847) 791-7741
The main level features lots of recently refinished hardwood floors in the foyer, kitchen, eating area and the living and dining rooms. Only the large family room is carpeted. The kitchen has a wood-burning fireplace, closet pantry, breakfast bar, stainless steel range and dishwasher and granite countertops. The dining room features a cozy window seat, while the family room is the site of the home's second fireplace.
The five upstairs bedrooms are all carpeted. The master suite boasts a vaulted ceiling and a whirlpool.
There are even large, comfortable outdoor living spaces on this very private (thanks to 20 mature trees), larger-than-normal corner lot. A new 8-by-12-foot treehouse, complete with a front porch, adds even more interest and fun to the property.
Listing agent Kathy Muno of Prudential American Heritage offers more details:
What is this home's hidden gem?
"The true gift of this home is how large and comfortable it is. It has warm and neutral colors throughout that welcome everyone who enters. The updated kitchen has a fireplace, as does the family room, and they both have been wired for flat-screen televisions so you won't miss a minute of the action during your game day festivities. This home is filled with oversized living spaces to accommodate a large family or lots of guests and it has a great floor plan with no wasted space."
What would your perfect buyer look like?
"This house is a family home. It has room for your current family, the family you hope to grow into, or it can welcome back your grown family for the holidays. It has large bedrooms overall -- from the master, to the princess suite and three more secondary bedrooms -- all upstairs.
What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?
"Forest Estates has winding, tree-lined streets that are popular with joggers, dog walkers and kids on their bikes. There's always a neighbor to catch up with, borrow a tool from, and frequently there are those evenings when they gather in each other's homes or around an outdoor fireplace. It is an authentic family-friendly neighborhood with large enough lots that they don't live on top of each other, but with a neighborliness to make people always feel welcome. Yet once you leave the neighborhood, you are only minutes from restaurants, shopping, transportation and the highway."
What television or movie character can you picture living in this home?
"Steve Martin could have lived here in many of his movie roles. It's big enough to be the home in "Cheaper By The Dozen." It is made to be filled with laughter and birthday parties, as in his movie "Parenthood." Or it could have been the site of the father/daughter basketball game in "Father Of The Bride." It is a home for making memories.
What is one adjective that you would use to describe this home?
Name three trees, shrubs or plants featured in this yard.
"Countless hostas, peonies, lilacs, lilies and more than 20 mature trees, including a cherry tree."