Gold Coast, Gardens Galore and More

When you live in an urban city like Chicago, backyard gardens are hard to come by. Roofs and balconies tend to dominate the Chicago real estate market, while terraces, yards and grass fall by the wayside. That’s why it’s a treat to see a Chicago home with amazing “garden potential” hit the market.

Nestled in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, just blocks from the lake, stands a two-story luxury home at 55 E. Scott St. with the perfect amount of space for an urban jungle. Its 30′ x 27′ 6″ backyard is a luxury among many Chicago homes and it couldn’t be in a better location.

55 E. Scott St.

55 E. Scott St.

Each year, the North Dearborn Association puts on a garden walk within the Gold Coast community, which includes a tour of over 20 rear gardens, ranging from minimalistic to classic and patio/terrace designs. Live jazz and classical performances are scattered throughout select gardens and tickets include a narrated architectural tour of historic Dearborn Street. This year’s walk is Sunday, July 19 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $30.

With some dedication, 55 E. Scott St. could easily be featured on next year’s walk with its Gold Coast neighbors. Every other day of the spring/summer season, you could grab a bottle of wine from the home’s temperature controlled wine room and enjoy the warm weather.

Temperature controlled wine room

Temperature controlled wine room

If you’re not a horticulturalist, don’t worry, this Chicago home has plenty of understated elegance inside. For starters, it’s 28 feet wide, compared to the usual 25 feet, and the 700-square-foot living room has vaulted ceilings that span more than 25 feet with stunning skylights up top.

Living with vaulted ceilings

Living with vaulted ceilings

This 1890s home underwent a complete gut renovation, allowing for some modern updates. The master bath, which also includes a skylight, features a heated stone floor for those cold Chicago winters. And if the fab garden isn’t enough, a second bedroom has an attached balcony that overlooks Scott Street.

Whether you’re an indoors or outdoors kind of a person, 55 E. Scott St. has everything and more.

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