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Ranch-style home in East Riverside-Oltorf asks $525K

Low-slung, large ranch house with off-white brick, walled front courtyard, red trim, big oaks
1600 Sunnyvale Street 
Courtesy of Green Mango Real Estate

Just opposite the massive lakefront development along East Riverside Drive, in an area sometimes called “East Travis Heights,” there are a more than a few homes of an older, more modest scale than those that now line the river. Some are midcentury; some are older, but most are still part of quiet neighborhoods with tidy lawns and longtime residents.

This ranch-style house, built in 1964, has either the bonus or the drawback of having been very well-kept—preserved, really—in a style that reads like it’s from the late 1960s or early 1970s but with the original bones under the lime-green wallpaper and pink tile intact. In other words, it might be perfect as-is for some, who need only move in the furniture, but it has the potential to be transformed to an earlier—or more current—modern style without changing the structure much, if at all. (There is, however, a special place in hell for anyone who removes the green-bubbled glass divider in that one bathroom.)

Custom room dividers and built-ins are some of the features that provide continuity throughout the 2,574-square-foot home. An open-concept plan and an expansive wall of glass in the dining and living areas showcase its large, walled front courtyard.

The kitchen features more built-ins and a large breakfast area with ample storage.

The home has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. The master suite has two walk-in closets and a private entrance to the sunroom. There is also an office and separate laundry room.

An enclosed porch/sunroom with a hot tub looks on to the large, fenced backyard. There is a gardener’s shed in the back, and the home has a two-car garage.

1600 Sunnyvale Street [Green Mango Real Estate]