Historic Homes You Can Own in Central Illinois
*RETURN TO MARKET through no fault of sellers due to buyer contingency. *NEW* September 2022 professionally installed septic system. Now is your second chance to own this one-of-a-kind historic John Gregory home in Normal, situated on nearly an acre of land. This iconic home is “the oldest and most scrupulous piece of architectural restoration in the city of Normal, the finest Italianate-style structure in Normal, and one of the finest in central Illinois,” according to the city and an Old House Society Historic Preservation Award. recipient. The attention to detail and timeless effort to restore the home by the current sellers can be seen from the basement to the top of the cupola offering stunning 360 degree views of the city which is heated, insulated and air conditioned. Restored hardwood floors, cedar closets, built-ins, unique architecture, wood stove and fireplaces throughout. The entry features 100 year old reclaimed oak flooring and a one of a kind spiral walnut staircase. The attention to detail is an understatement: barn beams with mortise and tenon joints in the heated garage, 1” walnut on the walls as well as historic ceiling tiles in the kitchen. The living room includes avocado bookcases, a fireplace and access to your private terrace around the porch. Upstairs you will find 4 bedrooms including a room with a bookcase ladder with built-in units, a master bedroom, rooms spacious service rooms with a fireplace and a full bathroom with access to the separate stairwell. *NEW* 2020 water heater, *NEW* 2019 high end, high efficiency furnace and heat pump for upstairs, *NEW* professionally sealed dry lock basement 2019. *NEW* 2018 full insulation and cedar siding with foam insulation in the attic. *NEW* water softener and osmosis system 2020. *NEW exterior paint 2017*, *NEW* 5 inch gutters added. ALL devices to stay! Additional updates include restoring 1900s wallpaper, adding a water pressure pump, Rich Murray (Bartonville) installed custom granite counter tops with antique kitchen fixtures, Anderson windows in the cupola and an extended and covered driveway in 2021. The garage floor was professionally coated by TSR. Outside, a few private gardens, landscaped and maintained by professionals, as well as rubber mulch and mature trees. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or your evening glass of wine while watching the sunrises and sunsets. The 18 Douglas fir trees provide year-round greenery, as well as dianthus, rhododendrons, ground cover, rising sun redbud, two cherry trees, forsythia and hostas that provide color all summer long. All plants are established and doing well on their own. Maintenance is minimal. Unit 5 schools! Close to Illinois State University, stadiums, Uptown Normal, freeways, shopping and more. Make this home of a lifetime yours today!