Prefer a simpler, slower pace like times long ago? Seeking old world charm but demand modern amenities? Want to walk to a vibrant nationally acclaimed downtown Naperville, the Metra train AND SD203 schools ALL year round? Then meet 106 N. Columbia “Once Upon a Time” home in Naperville’s sought after, “Happily Ever After” Historic District.
As you stroll down the mature tree-lined sidewalk, up the custom paver entry steps to the full length bead board (recently installed) covered front porch, you’ll already have fallen in love with this stately home. Time practically stands still while relaxing on the front porch talking with neighbors or watching young ones play outdoors once again. Upon entering this 1911 built home (with a 1997 addition & renovation!), a sense of warmth and peace envelopes you. From the 1st & 2nd floor 9’ ceilings, the executive original & maintained trim work, the multiple wall-flush built-in cupboards, curved crown molding and 2” thick solid wood pocket doors (and more customs throughout) there’s no denying this home is uber-unique. Two screened porches (one private to the Master Bedroom!) serve as your own private sanctuaries to escape the outside world’s stress & busy schedules. The Dining Room trimmed with a stamped tin square panel ceiling, gorgeous original glass chandelier & floor-to-ceiling/wall-to-wall bay bump-out window sets the stage for a traditional dining experience as it should be. LOTS of living space (5,196 SF between 4 finished levels!) will confidently serve the largest of households. For those demanding modern technology and utilities, the home was completely gutted in 1997 to install all NEW plumbing & electrical lines. Wired for Surround Sound in the expansive yet still cozy, fireplace enhanced Family Room. Did I mention the Family Room’s stylish up-to-date wall-to-wall wet bar with bar fridge? Kitchen? Yep, there’s Corian tops, an honestly built-in cabinet paneled side-by-side refrigerator, a generous breakfast bar island and a bonus eating/sitting area complete with a custom Kitchen fireplace (there’s 3 FP’s JUST on the 1st floor!) and built-in glass door cupboards & drawers flanking the room. “Old” meets “new” truly is at every turn in this home.
There’s plenty more to appreciate on the 2nd and 3rd level (finished Attic). The 2nd floor provides a Princess Suite Bedroom with a Private Bathroom, Hall Bath with separate claw foot cast iron tub (did you know they keep water warmer for a longer time?) & standing shower (this Bathroom has BIG floor space to run a serious production line of little ones), a Master Bedroom Suite complete with Luxury standards Bathroom, Walk-in Closet, custom wood & brick mantle fireplace and private Screened Porch (looking out at the mature trees makes you feel like a kid in a tree house!). Climb the true staircase to the 3rd level finished Attic to discover an expansive Bonus Room trimmed with original Dutch swing open windows (adorable!), a ginormous Bedroom with Sitting Area, Walk-in-Closet and another Private Full Bath.
Need some REALLY private space to get away? Finish the full stair access, stand-in attic space over the 3 car garage. It’s an absolute perfect area to run a studio or personal practice with possible private exterior access for your clientele! Some of the space is even studded for an intended bathroom (sorry, no plumbing installed yet but some electrical has been installed). Just outside a brick paver lush garden fairy tale complete with a very clean, well-maintained hot tub. Couldn’t be a better way to unwind after a busy day at work!
Enough said for now. All the “calls you home” features need to be experienced in person. Beware, once you do visit, you may start unpacking!