Tour Stop 9
511 Cherokee Avenue
Molly Baroco and Satchel, the cat
Several years ago, Molly almost landed the ideal historic starter-home in the neighborhood, but the deal fell through and she decided perhaps Grant Park wasn’t in the stars. Instead, she settled on a Kirkwood bungalow in dire need of TLC. While she enjoyed renovating and restoring it over the next few years, her heart still longed for the historic architecture, the park, the trees and the streets of Grant Park.
This past summer, Molly decided to start the hunt again and found the perfect bungalow with everything she’d ever wanted — a front porch overlooking the park, rich heart pine floors, 12-foot ceilings, four fireplaces with beautiful mantels and original mottled tile, even a Victorian-era “abacus” spandrel in the hallway. It reminded her of the house she almost snagged the first time around, so she crossed her fingers after placing a “back-up” contract on the property. A few days later, the agent called to say the three-bedroom, two-bathroom Victorian jewel box was hers!
While it came with a semi-renovated kitchen, Molly didn’t waste a minute getting to work installing a new sink and countertops as well as repainting the interior walls throughout. The bathrooms include custom-made vanities from heart pine boards similar to the flooring and trim work in the house, and there’s even a separate office building in the zen-like backyard.
As you walk through the house this evening, note the 19th century santo from a Philippine church in the dining room along with photos and artwork throughout by Jody Fausett, R. Land, Michael Eastman and Laszlo Layton. And hey, if the candlelight is just right, perhaps you’ll see the resident ghost — a lady walking down the hall in a white flowing gown — who’s been seen at least twice by former homeowners.