Historic Homes You Can Own in the Central Illinois Area | Local news

Now’s your 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 painstaking 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 . Attention to detail and the current sellers’ timeless efforts to restore the home can be seen from the basement all the way to the top of the cupola that showcases a stunning 360 view of the city that is heated, insulated and air-conditioned. Hardwood floors throughout that have been restored, cedar cabinets, built-ins, unique architecture, wood burning stove and fireplaces throughout. The entrance has a 100-year-old salvaged oak floor and a unique spiral walnut staircase. Attention to detail is an understatement: barn beams with mortise and tenon joints in the heated garage, 1″ hickory on the walls along with historic ceiling tiles in the kitchen. The living room has lawyer bookshelves, a fireplace and access to your private tile patio and wrap-around porch. Upstairs you will find you 4 bedrooms including a room with a library ladder w/ built-ins, master bedroom, spacious utility quarters with fireplace and full bath that has access to the separate stairwell.*NEW* 2020 water heater, *NEW* 2019 top-of-the-line, high efficiency furnace and upstairs heat pump, *NEW* 2019 professionally sealed dry lock basement. *NEW* 2018 full blown insulation and cedar siding along with foam insulation in the attic. *NEW* 2020 water softener and reverse osmosis system. *NEW 2017 exterior paint*, *NEW* 5″ in. gutters added. ALL appliances to stay! Additional updates throughout include restoration of 1900s wallpaper, added water pressure pump, Rich Murray (Bartonville) installed custom granite countertops w/ antique kitchen lights, Anderson dome windows and widened driveway and top coating in 2021. Garage floor was professionally refinished by TSR. Outside have a couple of private gardens, professionally landscaped and maintained along with rubber mulch and mature trees. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine while watching sunrises and sunsets. The 18 Douglas firs provide year-round greenery, along with dianthus, rhododendrons, ground cover, rising sun redbud, two cherry trees, forsythia and hostas provide color throughout the summer. All plants are established and do well on their own. Maintenance is minimal. Unit 5 schools! Close to Illinois State University, stadiums, Uptown Normal, freeways, shopping and more. Make this house of a lifetime yours today!

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