Historic Converted Church House
Impressive Structure – Timeless Character and Boundless Potential
Built in 1858 as a Methodist Episcopalian church, the bell tower of this historic converted church house was added in 1902 and retains the original bell that once summoned worshipers.
Fast-forward to 2000 – a comprehensive renovation revitalized the interior with modern conveniences. The first floor underwent a remarkable transformation when the cement floors were replaced by the beauty and warmth of 6”-wide oak flooring atop a foundation of pea gravel, vapor barrier, and an underfloor fan system. Extensive upgrades included new 200-amp electrical systems, new plumbing, and an automatic exhaust system to vent the roof.
Flexibility within the 3,000 square foot first floor offers a versatile layout. Traditional doorways were expanded to 8’ providing an airy ambiance. In addition to the 10’ ceilings, pocket doors grace the rooms along the 50’ main hallway adding to the open flow.
The current configuration encompasses a master bath with a spa tub, two bedrooms, a well-appointed kitchen with a nearby walk-in pantry, separate dining room, living room, a family room/office, convenient laundry and utility areas.
The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel sinks and appliances (new refrigerator in 2020), oak wall cabinets and a substantial 52” W x 72” L granite-covered island with built-in oak cabinets and electric outlets. An impressive oak-framed stained-glass window gracefully separates the kitchen from the dining room.
The spacious living room has a fireplace adorned by an antique oak mantle. Wide glass-paneled pocket doors bookend the room. Two Casablanca fans with ambient lighting contribute to the modern elements and classic elegance. The windows are framed with curved arches and 14” deep sills covered with granite – perfect for the plant lover. All rooms have oak framed doorways and 10” high oak baseboards. Rooms on both floors are wired with stereo speakers connected to a main control panel.
The addition of a charming 3-season sunroom looks out upon a fenced-in woodland garden with paver pathways.
The second level, once the sanctuary, presents a majestic 20’ ceiling and a light-filled expanse of 6” oak flooring. An original 8’ diameter round stained-glass window and the stunning, albeit inoperable, pipe organ command attention. 6 Casablanca fans swirl overhead, and a half-bath completes the scene. 4 HVAC units are housed behind mirrored closet doors for easy access. 2 furnaces were replaced in 2019/2020. This level provides a blank slate of life/work options: a refined work-from-home office or home school, yoga/barre studio, gym, music-recording studio or arts & craft area….endless possibilities.
Ideally located in a peaceful residential area near Mendota Golf Club, Lake Mendota and Kakusha for outdoor pursuits, and Starved Rock State Park & Lodge for nature and hiking enthusiasts. Northern Illinois University is approx. 45 min. away.
The pricing has been thoughtfully adjusted to reflect any future exterior renovations that will add to the appeal. A new roof was recently installed in 2020/2021.
Seize this unique opportunity to own and personalize this expansive and very livable home. Request all the finer details today!
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|Address:||601 6th Avenue|
|Bathrooms:||1 Full, 1 Half|