One of the solar panels catching some rays on a clear day.
I wrote about this home at 4610 N Wolcott in Ravenswood (and it's cousin right next to it) just a little while back. I had a chance to stop by today and talk about the house with the listing agent Dan Sullivan. Dan was able to discuss the reclaimed materials, local vendors and energy efficiencies that make the home attractive to those concerned about the environment, wasted energy and craftsmanship. The agent remarks on the MLS claim it is "70%-75% more energy efficient".
Poor Dan had to talk to me for almost an hour. At least he had the wet bar to lean on.
My impression is a well built home that does it's best with a narrow, but long, lot. The finishes have a very coherent design... and the materials are great to look at and feel. Small things like a back staircase and mudroom off the great room and a brick garage with wood burning fireplace make the home more appealing to me than other area new construction competitors in the price range.
Check out the developer's web site for the rundown of green building features.
As I wrote earlier, it suffers from the Brown Line train tracks that curve by directly across the street. But I toured the home for an hour and was not disturbed by the passing train that I can recall. Another minus is the buildings to the north and south are not very attractive. Although, the building to the south is a tear-down that has been on the market and should be something more pleasing one day. The price has been reduced to $1,390,000 from it's original list price of $1,550,000.
There is a comparable single family home "fire sale" of a 3 year old new construction single family home for $999,900 on the same block. I'm not a fan of the finishes throughout that house... but you'd have to really want to hug a tree for an extra $300,000.
If you are a single family home buyer over $1,000,000 that likes the Ravenswood neighborhood, I would recommend viewing this home. It is classy, modern but not overly so, and has small features that show thoughtfulness.
Little things...rear staircase and mud room, wood burning fireplace off the brick garage, functional yard and patio, "green" low maintenance landscaping on roof, and a not so little refrigerator.