Mid-century Park Ridge home with private beach sells for $1M

Suburban Chicago home was designed by student of Frank Lloyd Wright

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May.May 05, 2022 12:21 PM
227 N Redfield Ct in Park Ridge, IL with architect Don Erickson (Redfin, Don Erickson Architect Blogspot)

227 N Redfield Ct in Park Ridge, IL with architect Don Erickson (Redfin, Don Erickson Architect Blogspot)

A mid-century home in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge with its own private beach sold for $1.06 million.

Designed in 1962 by architect Don Erickson, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, the 7,480-square-foot home at 227 North Redfield Court sold for about 60 percent of the original $1.75 million asking price, Crain’s reported.

Inside the home (Redfin)

Inside the home (Redfin)

The ranch house is one of about 25 properties along Park Lake in western Park Ridge. The sellers, Miguel and Janice Digioia, bought the home in 1995 for $750,000 and hired Erickson to come back and design a second floor, which more than doubled the size of the house.

From the water, the home appears to have three stories, including the basement. Inside the home is a circular metal staircase that resembles the outdoor stairs at another of Erickson’s designed buildings — the “BirdCage” apartments building on Ridge Avenue in Rogers Park.

The home showcases the 1960s design with curved walls and windows at bizarre angles. The inner staircase has a custom-designed railing made of what appears to be repurposed bamboo.

Inside the home (Redfin)

Inside the home (Redfin)

The first and second floors of the home each have primary bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets. There is also an in-law suite/maid’s quarters in a wing of the home.

Inside the home (Redfin)

Inside the home (Redfin)

The kitchen has maple cabinets, granite countertops, a large granite island and a matching granite kitchen table. In addition, it is outfitted with a Wolf stove and fan hood, Sub Zero refrigerator, two Sub Zero wine coolers, two Miele dishwashers, a Wolf warming drawer and granite flooring throughout.

Outside, there’s a two-level brick patio that overlooks the private stretch of beach on Park Lake.

Erickson, who interned with Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona from 1948 to 1951, designed multiple buildings in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs — mostly houses. His most famous design is the Indian Lakes resort in Bloomingdale. Erickson died in 2006 at the age of 77.

[CCB] — Victoria Pruitt





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