Sunday, November 20, 2011

The blue "White House" is back....

This time as one of four of other White House replica homes around the country and this is the write-up courtesy of Yahoo! Real Estate for this home located at 8401 S. Michigan Avenue in Chatham:
Slightly less expensive, at $899,900, is a Chicago variation on the White House theme. It has the distinctive two-story portico and columns, and some of its trim work has federalist touches.

It's also blue.

Shaunda Brown, an agent for Bradley Myles Realty, has lived in the house in the Chatham neighborhood on the city's South Side for six years and listed it for sale in September 2010.

"I don't know why the builder went for that look, but it was built as a copy of the White House," she said of the original owner, who constructed the home in 1966. "It was in poor condition, so I did a complete rehab."

Brown didn't buy it for the portico, etc., she said.

"I don't know why they picked blue brick," she said. "I wasn't truly crazy about that, but I later found out the bricks had been imported from Italy. I do like the pillars."

She said the house's White House look is both a plus and a minus. For one thing, everybody knows the house. Just recently, she said, she was talking by phone to a help-desk technician who said he was in Kalamazoo, Mich., but had spent time in Chatham in the past.

"He said, 'I remember there was this huge blue, brick house,'" Brown said.

Although that struck her as funny, she'd prefer the house to be less prominent.

"I'm not crazy about the fact that everybody knows the house and wants to know who you are and what you do (if you live in it)," she said.
This home has been featured several times on this blog. It had also been featured on Curbed Chicago as well. Check out this post with a video tour that was posted here on the blog back in March.

Hat-tip John Ruberry!

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