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The next best thing to owning a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Oak Park is to own a residence associated with literary lion and prodigal son Ernest Hemingway. The tastefully renovated residence at 630 N. Kenilworth is located on the same block as the Hemingway boyhood home.

Built in 1908, this now completely renovated three-story home with a wide plantation front porch (and the quintessential wide lawn Hemingway is so famously quoted about Oak Park) most certainly was the location of entertainment of several generations of Hemingway family members.

This 11-room home features five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one powder room, a gourmet kitchen, finished basement and much more. The current owners lovingly renovated this large home, carefully preserving the best of the era and adding many up-to-date designer touches.

The living room (24×13), like all the rooms in the home, has refinished oak hardwood floors. Built in the style of the sweeping “double parlor,” this very spacious room can easily accommodate groupings of furniture, as is so popular in today’s decorator style.

The windows throughout the home are newer and capture the highly prized southern and western natural sunlight exposure. The wide glass panes provide beautiful views of tree-lined Kenilworth and the many grand, older homes on this multi-generational block of families.

Special attention has been made throughout the home to lighting. Track, recessed and many designer lights are featured to highlight and accent this lovely home.

A formal dining room (13×10) is perfect for celebrating special occasions or for entertaining guests and hosting parties.

The first-floor family room (13×12) offers a large, light-filled library-type study, perfect for casual gatherings.

Constructed of beautiful quarter sawn oak, the gourmet quality, eat-in kitchen will satisfy every homeowner’s inner Mario Batali, Julia Child or Rachael Ray. With accoutrements including industrial grade Viking appliances such as a double-oven, range and hood, built-in top of the line refrigerator and even your own wine steward, meal preparation is a snap.

Thoughtful additions such as a separate coffee preparation area and full pantry make this area appealing.

The second floor is the location of four large bedrooms with very generous closet space in each.

On the third floor, the expansive master bedroom suite (23×21) offers a truly exclusive retreat. A cozy reading nook offers a sweet repose and organizational features such as built-in media shelving make decorating easy. A third-floor heating and cooling system makes this room the perfect climate year round.

The new owners will take special delight in the indulgent master bathroom with its granite walk-in shower, double sink vanity and even private stackable washer and dryer.

The finished basement offers a huge recreation room (23×11) smartly outfitted in easy to care for vinyl flooring.

A separate ceramic tiled playroom (23×11) and second laundry area (09×07) complete the lowest level.

Professional landscaping and many perennials complete the lawn, which also has an in-ground sprinkler system.

Additional photos of this home and more information can be found online at

630 N. Kenilworth is being offered at $819,000. To tour the home, contact Monica Davidson Klinke of Better Homes & Gardens/Gloor Realty Company at 708-851-2228 or

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