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147 Gale Avenue

River Forest, Illinois 60305

Michael Pochron

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Property Type
Single Family
River Forest

History, artistry, elegance and flowing space abound in this 7 bedrooms, 4 full baths brick bungalow featuring three levels of finished living space. Much of the impressive original details and finishes have been lovingly restored or maintained by the current owner of two decades. Sprawling main floor is an entertainer's dream featuring hardwood floors, foyer, sun-room, large living room with wood-burning fireplace, large formal dining room, sunny office, two bedrooms, full bathroom, spacious kitchen with original black and white tiles, new dishwasher, stove, and attached breakfast room with own sink and fridge, and a mudroom that leads to attached two car heated garage. Upstairs features four large bedrooms with ample custom built closet space and extra storage and two full baths including a whirlpool tub. Incredible basement is approximately 2,300 sq.ft. of finished, light-filled space, with ample storage, new porcelain and stone/tile floors. Legend has it, this massive basement was a speak-easy in the late 1920s! Earlier used as a recreational room with pool table, bar and lounge seating, now it is used as an art gallery; possibilities are endless in the approximately 1,200 sq.ft. open space which includes marble wood-burning fireplace, gallery style lighting and hanging systems. Basement also boasts a bedroom, two bonus rooms, three storage rooms, laundry room, and a full bath with all-marble sauna room. One of those bonus rooms was previously a kitchen featuring marble walls and could easily be reconverted for complete intergenerational, student, au pair, or extended guest living. Basement also has independent entry and exit. Two-level forced air cooling and heating, plus all-level hot water radiator heating. Lot features mature oak and maple trees, fenced in yard and a restored ten feet tall stone barbecue pit. Situated on one of the friendliest streets of River Forest, just blocks from outstanding River Forest schools, parks, forest preserve and easy access to Metra, this TRULY unique property is a gem!

Upcoming Open House Times

Open House: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Sunday, August 9th, 2020

Full Features
Architecture Style: Bungalow
Exterior Type: Brick
Basement: Finished
Beds Above Grade: 6
Beds Below Grade: 1
Cooling System: Central Air, Zoned
Heating System: Gas, Forced Air, Radiators
Appliances: Oven/Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer
Main Level Primary Bedroom: No
Fireplace: Yes
Pool: No
Age: 100+ Years
Parking Type: Garage,Space/s - Driveway
Parking Spaces: 4
Roof Type: Asphalt/Glass (Shingles)
Room Count: 14
Water Front: No
Square Feet: N/A
Tax Amount: $18,295
Tax Year: 2018
Internal Features: Sauna/Steam Room, Hardwood Floors, 1st Floor Bedroom, 1st Floor Full Bath
External Features: Patio, Outdoor Grill

Room Information
Living Room: 27X17 - Main Level
Dining Room: 19X15 - Main Level
Kitchen: 23X14 - Main Level
Family Room: 32X26 - Basement
Primary Bedroom: 14X12 - 2nd Level
2nd Bedroom: 14X13 - Main Level
3rd Bedroom: 14X14 - Main Level
4th Bedroom: 15X14 - 2nd Level
5th Bdrm: 17X15 - 2nd Level
6th Bdrm: 17X15 - 2nd Level
Sunroom: 14X9 - Main Level
Bonus: 15X13 - Basement
Exercise Rm: 15X14 - Basement

Taxes & Assessments
Taxes: $18,295

Listing information updated today (8/5/2020)

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School District(s)
Oak Park - River Forest SD 200, River Forest SD 90
Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School, Roosevelt School
Middle School
Roosevelt School
High School
Oak Park & River Forest High School

School information is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. This information should only be used as a reference and does not warrant or guarantee enrollment. Please contact applicable schools or school districts directly to verify information and enrollment eligibility.

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Nearby Public Transportation

CTA Rail

at Forest Park (0.78 miles away)

Milwaukee District West, Union Pacific West

at River Forest Metra (0.29 miles away), River Forest


147 Gale Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 is a single family home currently listed at $999,000. 147 Gale Avenue features 7 bedroom(s) and 4 bath(s). This single family home has been listed on @properties since July 28th, 2020 and was built in 1918. Nearby schools include Lincoln Elementary School, Roosevelt School, Oak Park & River Forest High School. The nearest transit stops include Forest Park CTA Blue line, Milwaukee District West River Forest Metra. Want to learn more about 147 Gale Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305? Contact an @properties agent to request more info.