1956 Ranch – Ottawa, IL – $334,900

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Added to OHD on 5/29/20   -   Last OHD Update: 7/1/20   -   31 Comments
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108 Forest Park Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350

  • $334,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 2726 Sq Ft
  • 1.48 Ac.
First time on the market, original owners! Classic mid-century modern 2,726 square foot brick ranch situated among impressive oak trees and sitting on very rare 1.48 acres in town. This home was designed and built with quality in mind and features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths plus a partially finished basement for another approx. 1,700 square feet of living space. Large living room includes wood burning fireplace with birch wood accents and is a perfect area for entertaining or simply relaxing. Enjoy the walnut paneling, gas fireplace, built in bookshelves, and expansive windows in the den. The bedrooms offer plenty of space and light with the master featuring a before its time master bath. Partially finished basement includes a family room, wet bar, card playing area, hobby room, sewing area, laundry, and work shop. Extra wide 2 car garage for lots of storage. Back patio with lighted knee wall. Rear lots offer possibility of being split off and sold. Home warranty included.
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Doug Carroll, RE/MAX 1st Choice
(815) 434-3337
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31 Comments on 1956 Ranch – Ottawa, IL – $334,900

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  1. RossRoss says: 2471 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Please, please, PLEASE tell me it comes furnished.

  2. JonJon says: 93 comments

    I vote for furniture to convey as well!

    To use a Salieri quote from _Amadeus_: “Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall…I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink-strokes at an absolute beauty.”

    (Replace music words with architecture ones and it’ll make a little more sense.)

  3. ScottScott says: 323 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    I saw this one on Facebook and my first thought is that the original furnishings simply have to stay with the house. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how much it would cost to recreate and curate a collection like that. My guess is that it couldn’t be done.

  4. Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1741 comments
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    1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside

    Agree about the furniture, yes. It’s a huge pleasure to see how much of the original elements remain — the kitchen cabinets & drawers are a knockout. Please please, whoever buys this grand house, love it as is!

  5. RivermeadRivermead says: 2 comments

    Ottawa, IL is not exactly in the center of an architectural hotbed, which makes this house even more amazing. I agree, I hope the contents convey, but if not I will be first in line at the estate sale…

  6. JoAnnJoAnn says: 127 comments
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    1903 Melissa, TX

    I suspect the furniture conveys unless the family wants it. Someone able to build/buy this house in 1956 is likely now well into their 90s and likely downsizing at this point.

  7. WinneWinne says: 19 comments
    1930 Greensboro, NC

    As much as I love old houses seeing this one with all the wonderful spaces for everything-laundry room, game room, T.V. room, craft, hobby, sewing areas, and a large kitchen makes me wish I had all that space and on only two floors.

  8. CthulhuCthulhu says: 1010 comments
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    1918 Bunkhouse

    We all agree that this place is a rare and highly desirable time capsule. The only real question is… Are there any humans out there who are able to both afford and appreciate this sliced of Design Nirvana while simultaneously having the desire to purchase real estate in Ottawa, Illinois, with the express purpose of keeping it intact?

  9. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2213 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    Sectional sofas – cycled back into being the ‘in’ thing recently! This house isn’t my thing, but… it looks great (well, except the the deer head); pristine.

  10. woeismewoeisme says: 137 comments
    1990 suburban
    Vacaville, CA

    Oooooh! A train set!

  11. JimHJimH says: 5004 comments
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    This great house was built for Dr. Albert L. Oberto, the son of a local coal miner who worked his way through school, served in the Philippines in WW2, and was a surgeon in Chicago before moving back to Ottawa. He and his wife were married in 1940 and raised 3 children. He died in 2006 at age 87; his widow is 98 and no longer lives in the house.

  12. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1117 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    OMG, this is literally a time capsule! Original furniture it looks like in virtually every room—wow, incredible. How well it’s all been taken care of, much looks new like the day it was built. Please let the new owners appreciate what they’re getting and not rip everything out and paint it all greige.

  13. brigidbrigid says: 502 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    When I first came to OHD it was for the ‘old’ houses, but I am beginning to love the ‘young’ ones, too. MCM was never on my radar – guess I grew up during that era so it didn’t appeal to me – but they now make me very nostalgic in the same way looking at the ‘old’ ones made me think of ancestors.
    This house is an awesome time capsule. Surely the new owners will have been looking for this style when they come across it.

  14. ThadaBThadaB says: 36 comments
    1934 cape cod

    Guess they didn’t play much pool 🙂

    Ditto all the compliments.

  15. evelynwalkerevelynwalker says: 88 comments
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    Oakland, CA

    What an amazing piece of 1950s history! The home should be opened for guided tours.

  16. RosewaterRosewater says: 6254 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN


  17. JeffJeff says: 130 comments
    1876 Rural Victorian

    One word: Awesome! That basement rumpus room is absolute perfection. Complete with deer head stuck on the wall.

  18. Glass shower doors first used in 1963

  19. What am I seeing in the background of the 4th basement picture. The head with the big ears. Is it a kangaroo?

    • TXJewelTXJewel says: 362 comments
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      1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
      Strawn, TX

      It’s a pronghorn antelope. If you zoom in you can see his horns. It’s a pretty good specimen. I used to hunt when I was younger, but now at age 60 I can’t stand the thought of it.

  20. Till the one-day when the lady met this fellow and they knew it was much more than hunch. ❤️

  21. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1020 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I too vote for the house to come furnished! What a spectacular testament this home is to the optimism and prosperity of mid-century America, and the emphasis on family and entertaining. So many delights everywhere — my favorites being the statement front door, and that etched-glass shower!

  22. JTGJTG says: 35 comments
    1834 Greek Revival
    Boston - Metrowest, MA

    Nice millwork throughout. The bookcase would make a great Zoom background.

  23. I love this house. The flowered bedspreads remind me of being a kid. I think Hollywood would be smart to buy this house as a set.

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