House of the week

You can't beat a multilevel house if you are looking for spaces where some residents can seek privacy and quiet while others seek play time, socialization and loud entertainment.

This lovely brick home has been providing wonderful family spaces since its construction in 1963 and it is located in the premier community of Park Ridge, which is close to Chicago with its plethora of jobs, services, entertainment and shopping. Transportation downtown and to its surrounding suburbs, as well, is plentiful, making this home ideally located.

The home features four bedrooms and three baths, a large living room with hardwood floors, a lovely lower-level family room with fireplace, a dining room with built-in custom cabinetry and an enviable kitchen with custom cabinets, Thermopane windows and a full complement of appliances. There is also a whole house gas backup generator and a large subbasement that accommodates a billiards table.

The fenced yard features beautiful, mature landscaping.

Listing agent Gerald Berkowitz of Century 21 Elm gives additional details from the homeowners:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"Lush, perennial gardens surround this home, which is bigger than it appears from the street. Inside there are lovely custom cabinets and hardwood floors throughout and there is also a 2½-car garage with an additional overhang."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"A family would appreciate this house because of the multilevel living spaces, as would a couple thinking of starting a family. In addition, adults would like the location and accessibility - to the airport, the expressways and the train, as well as the Blue Line L."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"The mix of people and architectural styles are fascinating. Many trees line the streets and there are friendly, helpful neighbors. The uptown area of Park Ridge is close by and Dairy Queen is just a short walk away, but the schools and park district are the crowning elements."

What TV show can you picture taking place in this home?

"The Brady Bunch."

What is one adjective you would use to describe this home?


Tell us about three trees, shrubs or plants featured in the yard.

"Red Maple tree, boxwood shrubs and hostas. We could go on and on: peonies, painters pallet, hydrangea …"

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Living room
Family room

On the market

<span class="fact box text bold">Open House:</span> 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20

<span class="fact box text bold">Address:</span> 1126 Peale Ave., Park Ridge

<span class="fact box text bold">Asking price:</span> $490,000

<span class="fact box text bold">Square footage:</span> 2,137

<span class="fact box text bold">Bedrooms/baths:</span> 4/3

<span class="fact box text bold">Year built:</span> 1963

<span class="fact box text bold">Listing agent: </span>Gerald Berkowitz, broker, Century 21 Elm

<span class="fact box text bold">Contact:</span> (847) 652-8382,,

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