Tour Stop 5: 614 Delmar Avenue
Michael, Jason, Stella, and Gus Berzsenyi
Michael and Jason lived just a block south of their current home for nearly five years. They often walked by this house, and it always grabbed their attention, according to Michael. “We became more intrigued every time we walked by it,” she said. “The moment we found out it was for sale, we jumped on the chance to restore this unique home.”
Built in 1915, the front part of the house was once Smithloff Grocery Company, and it served the neighborhood from the 1920s until at least the 1960s. Though the home was in dreadful shape when the Berzsenyis bought it — poorly made into a quadplex, they took great joy in restoring what they could and renovated the rest. The conversion of the storefront into a home office and library is the owners’ absolute favorite thing about the house. The former stock room is now the primary bedroom suite.
The family opened up the back of the house and transformed it into an open living concept with a renovated kitchen. The dining and living space spills out onto a back patio with an outdoor fireplace. (The open floor plan would not have been practical in the original home since the owners at the time had eight children!) The Berzsenyis added a butler’s pantry and outfitted one of the home’s original doors as a swing door for ease when entertaining. They also added all new bathrooms.