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Here's Your Chance To Live In A 90-Year-Old Castle With An Art Deco Pool

By Linze Rice | November 24, 2015 5:45am
 The Park Castle Condominiums were designed and built between 1925 and 1928 and for $1,100 you can rent one.
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WEST RIDGE — For $1,100 a month, you can rent part of a 68-unit historic West Ridge castle, complete with its own private art deco pool, pond and statues galore.

In an advertisement listed on Craigslist, the two-bedroom condominium promises four Indian Boundary Park-facing living room windows, built-in bookshelves, antique lighting fixtures and "honey-colored" hardwood floors.

In the bathroom, the ad claims renters will be privy to some of the building's original details — including the original 1920s-era tile floor and china handles in the shower.

To complement the building's exterior gargoyle statues, the rental also touts a maintenance man who will "take care of the dragons."

Throughout the property, working fountains, statues and flowers decorate the double-courtyard complex.

The building at 2416-58 W. Greenleaf Ave. was designed by architect Jens J. Jensen and was constructed between 1925-28. It has been featured regularly as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago tour of historic sites.

It sits next to Indian Boundary Park, and was formerly separated by a moat filled with walkways and swans, according to the architecture tour's website. 

Though the moat no longer exists, evidence of its retaining walls and bridges still exist — and residents have spotted other wildlife like geese and ducks swimming in the pond today.

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