Mirror, mirror on the wall, and just about everywhere else in this Illinois home that didn’t confuse potential buyers.
Bids came in within hours for this time capsule home in Oak Brook with mirrors on nearly every surface, including the fridge.
“It was pretty much decorated in the 80s and has stayed that way. I’ve never experienced the kind of response I have on this house,” the listing agent says Kathy DiValerio, with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. “I’ve never had multiple people reach out to me and say, ‘We’re digging this pattern,’ so that was pretty interesting.”
The four-bedroom home landed on the market a month ago for $733,000, and the agent was feeling a little apprehensive. This feeling quickly disappeared.
“I can enjoy the past, but I didn’t think most people would,” DiValerio says. “We had a lot of shows, and I’d say half a dozen people contacted me asking if the furniture was for sale. I’ve never seen so many mirrors in my life.
The 4,256 square foot home has had the same owners since it was built in 1979.
“The woman had a certain style and could do whatever she wanted with the house,” says DiValerio. “Over the years, she has put her touch in every corner of the house.”
One room has a ceiling with rolls of fabric that look like waves and another has wallpaper made of pebbles.
“It was almost like a museum when you see it in person. It’s very unique and a blast from the past with everything following pretty much the same era and feel,” DiValerio says.
Mirrors are all over the residence, but no fingerprints were found.
“In my house, if you don’t wash your mirror, it fogs up, and this house didn’t seem to have that problem,” says DiValerio.
She adds that she has no idea what kind of cleaner made the mirrors so spotless.
“It’s really something else,” she said.
Those same mirrors made photographing and measuring the house a bit difficult.
“They spent a hell of a time doing the floor plan because the floor plans are done with a robot. And the mirrors kept rejecting that,” DiValerio explains. “It took a long time, and it wasn’t as easy as in a house with no mirrors everywhere.”
While the decor isn’t for everyone, DiValerio says she enjoys the home’s wild theme.
“It’s not how I would really decorate my house, but it was cool to see how you clearly have the personality of the person living there,” she says.
The first offer came hours after the home was advertised, and the buyer plans to make changes.
“Inventories are so low that anything happening in the market now gets a lot of attention,” she says.