These days, it isn’t easy to surprise us. When you’ve been around homes as long as we have, you tend to get an idea of what to expect from any given property simply by staring at it from the sidewalk.
But every now and then, a truly unique house comes along and reminds us that, with enough attention to detail (and maybe just a little bit of faith), any place can be transformed into the perfect idea of home.
On a corner lot in Whiting, Indiana — a short 18 miles southeast of the city of Chicago — sits 1701 Cleveland Ave. This amazing four bedroom, four bathroom all-brick home boasts an open-floor concept, ample natural light, and impeccable craftsmanship, nestled on a quiet street in a peaceful neighborhood.
Oh, and did we mention that just 9 years ago, the property was known as St. John Lutheran Church?
The home’s owners, Monica and Thomas McKeown, converted this place of worship into a truly unique living space in 2012. Thomas had purchased the lot two years prior, after the Evangelical Lutheran ministry saw its congregation dwindle down to just a handful of regular members.
Originally constructed in 1914, the building’s foundation is as solid as they come; the walls of the lower level are several feet thick, reinforced by steel beams. The church was originally built to serve not only as a beacon for those looking for spiritual guidance, but also as a shelter, should the horrors of World War I ever reach the mainland.
Some might hesitate at the challenge of converting a church into a primary residence, but after years spent as a certified gemologist and jeweler, Monica knew exactly how to spot a diamond in the rough. The couple chose to retain much of the original structure’s look and feel, and to preserve every inch of stained glass the property had to offer. But the wiring and plumbing would be completely redone, and the space itself be molded and shaped, in order to provide all of the domestic amenities a person would need to feel at home.
Today, a century’s worth of history has been combined with just the right amount of comfort and style, resulting in a home that can appeal to even the most particular of tastes. Features include a brand new roof, several walk-in closets resulting in ample storage space, an art studio, and even a fully-functioning bell tower (which of course, was rung in celebration of the Cubs 2016 World Series Championship).
After living in the home for over 9 years, Monica and Thomas have decided to sell. The property’s full furnishings are being gifted to the eventual buyer (down to the piano). Situated just a short commute from Chicago, and only a half mile from Whihala Beach on beautiful Lake Michigan, 1701 Cleveland could be the perfect residence, vacation home, or investment property for you!
For more information, or to schedule a private tour, please contact the listing agent, d’aprile properties’ own Vince Kisala.