Midcentury-inspired home sells in Itasca | Crain's Chicago Business

2022-06-15 18:22:28 By : Ms. Jenny Chou

A west suburban homebuilder who’s inspired by the zippy midcentury homes he’s seen in Palm Springs, Calif., has sold his second project. 

Mike Galvin’s Galvanized Construction sold the four-bedroom, 2,600-square foot house on Lloyd Avenue in Itasca for $840,000 yesterday. (See more photos below.)

The house, designed by St. Charles architecture firm CB III Designs, has a “butterfly” roof that tilts up into a slight V shape, walnut cabinetry, a blue-brick fireplace in the wood-paneled family room, starburst doorknobs, walls of windows and a rear courtyard, enclosed on three sides by the house, where Galvin envisioned the buyer building a kidney-shaped swimming pool.

These and other details were inspired by “a walking tour of Palm Springs looking at the modern houses there,” Galvin said. 

Galvin said his goal with his homes is to mix a stylish historical style with modern construction standards, such as energy-efficient windows and appliances, thick insulation and copper plumbing. “You get the look but not the old technology,” Galvin said. 

Authentic midcentury modern homes have been hot for a few years, often selling even faster than the fast market around them. Galvin’s first midcentury-revival house sold in 25 days, and the latest went under contract during construction. 

The buyer declined to comment. 

In the U-shaped house, the main living space is open, great-room style, one leg of the U is the family room and screened porch, and the other is the bedrooms. 

The newly sold house is next door to Galvin’s first, which sold in October for $699,000.

Both sales are well above the norm in west suburban Itasca, where the median home sale price so far in 2021 is $351,000, according to a mid-June report from Midwest Real Estate Data and the Chicago Association of Realtors. The new sale is not a record for Itasca but is the third-highest price there in the current runup in the housing market. 

Galvin is starting work on a third house in the same neighborhood. It will also have a butterfly roof, and the shape of the lot allows the garage to be concealed rather than sticking off to the side as the newly sold house is configured.  

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