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Highland Park 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival is a restoration dream

Highland Park 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival is a restoration dream

5422 Montrose, Highland Park
 The home was designed in 1925 by Fooshee & Cheek, the architects known for Highland Park Village. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
Distinctive features include an arched doorway and period hardware. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
 The kitchen has the original telephone nook with phone intact. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
In the gourmet kitchen are Danby marble and French limestone counters, copper farm sink, and vent hood over a commercial grade Viking range. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
Originally a side porch, the light-filled study is flanked by arched windows with colorful stained glass. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
The living room has a stunning cast stone fireplace mantel, and custom bookshelves surrounding Portella steel doors opening to a private study. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
The spa-like master bath has a freestanding copper bathtub, seafoam green tile shower, and double walk-in closets.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
The cabana could serve as a living area or guest house. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
A Spanish-style resort pool is the highlight of the backyard. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
5422 Montrose, Highland Park
5422 Montrose, Highland Park

An historic estate designed by the architects responsible for Highland Park Village has been lovingly restored and listed on the market for just over $2 million. Ideally situated on a gracious lot in Greenway Parks, the 1925 Fooshee & Cheek Spanish Colonial Revival at 5422 Montrose Drive has both provenance and architectural interest.

Remarkably cared for, the home is nestled in a significant setting overlooking one of two beautiful interior parks. It affords 5,039 square feet of luxury living and entertaining with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half-bathrooms, a sparkling pool, loggia, and cabana, all designed with architectural integrity.

The current owners — one an attorney, the other a designer — say they have loved restoring the home.

“I have been stopped in the yard by two prior owners, one of which was born in one of the upstairs bedrooms, and the other had spent the early part of her marriage raising their family her — both wanting me to know what fond memories they have and saying it is still their favorite house,” says the owner.

Restoring homes has become old hat to the couple, who previously restored another significant estate on Swiss Avenue.

For Montrose, they restored and expanded the home in 2007 with additional updates in 2012 and 2017.

“Great care was taken to preserve its details, such as the original telephone nook with phone intact,” says listing agent Gretchen Brasch ​and Elly Holder with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s a property that could easily be called Greenway Parks’ Home, admired by many for its distinctive façade, arched doorway, period details, front balconies, and charming exterior staircase.”

Exquisite design touches include Moorish doorway openings, textured plaster walls, vaulted and beamed ceilings, light white oak floors, upscale window treatments, and designer papers from Thibaut, Cole & Son, and Osborne and Little. A gourmet kitchen has Danby marble and French limestone counters, Ann Sacks tile backsplash, copper farm sink and vent hood over a commercial grade Viking range, plus stainless Liebherr refrigeration.

The attractive living room features a stunning cast stone fireplace mantel and custom bookshelves surrounding Portella steel doors that open to an impressive private study. Originally a side porch, the light-filled study is flanked by arched windows at each end featuring colorful stained glass, and a built-in desk that is ideal for study or work.

The master suite was given just as much attention, adorned with a soaring vaulted ceiling, sitting area, and spa-like bath with marble counters, freestanding copper bathtub, seafoam green tile shower, and double walk-in closets.

The lushly landscaped backyard has a Spanish-style resort pool and loggia connecting to a well-appointed cabana, which adds another 650 square feet and could serve as a living/entertaining space or guest house with full bathroom and kitchen.

The delightful designer home sits in Greenway Parks, a neighborhood prized for its timeless design and strong sense of community — it was created by famed architect Dave Williams in the late 1920s, and provides an unending passion for many of its historic homes.

Brasch, the agent, personally vouches for the neighborhood.

“After restoring several older homes through the years, my husband and I decided Greenway Parks was where we really wanted to live and raise our girls,” she says. “There is a true sense of appreciation for the architecture and story each home tells.”

5422 Montrose Drive is currently listed for $2,075,000.

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A version of the story originally was published on Candy's Dirt.