Bertrand Goldberg Mid-Century Modern Available Again in Flossmoor: 1310 Brassie

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This 4-bedroom mid-century modern ranch home at 1310 Brassie in the south suburban town of Flossmoor came on the market in March 2017.

If it seems familiar, that’s because we last chattered about it in 2012, when it was last on the market.

See our chatter and some interior pictures from the prior listing here.

If you recall, the house was designed by famed architect Bertrand Goldberg in 1957. He designed River City and Marina Towers in Chicago but only a few single family homes, this being one of them.

The house has stunning vaulted wood truss ceilings and a steel fireplace.

There are walls of thermopane glass throughout.

The kitchen is described as a chef’s kitchen with modern stainless steel appliances and white cabinets.

The house is on a large 149.5×190 lot and has a 2.5 car heated garage.

It’s also just 3 blocks from downtown Flossmoor, with its popular Flossmoor Station restaurant, and the Metra stop.

Flossmoor Station Brewery 2017

Flossmoor downtown 2017

Flossmoor is a small village with a population around 9,400. It is best known for its proximity to country clubs including Flossmoor Country Clubs, as well as Olympia Fields, which has hosted major golf tournaments like the US Open.

The Metra schedule shows 42 minutes from Flossmoor to Millennium Park station during morning rush hour.

This house took several years to sell the last time it came on the market in the 2010-2012 time period, but that was also during the bust times of the market.

The house is now listed $25,000 under even the 2002 sales price, at $400,000.

Will a mid-century architecture fan snap this up?

Joe Kunkel at Baird & Warner has the listing again. See the pictures here.

1310 N. Brassie: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2.5 car garage, 2784 square feet

  • Sold in July 2002 for $445,000
  • Originally listed in August 2007 for $635,000
  • Reduced several times
  • Was listed in June 2010 for $485,000
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in January 2012 for $435,000
  • Sold in March 2012 for $420,000 (per Redfin)
  • Originally listed in March 2017 for $425,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $400,000
  • Listing says 2016 taxes were $13,936 (they were $12,383 in 2012 and $11,786 in 2010)
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 16×12
  • Bedroom #2: 15×10
  • Bedroom #3: 12×11
  • Bedroom #4: 11×10



12 Responses to “Bertrand Goldberg Mid-Century Modern Available Again in Flossmoor: 1310 Brassie”

  1. This is an interesting house. It’s too bad it’s in Flossmoor and that the taxes are insane.

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  2. the fact that its selling for below the 2012 price says quite a lot about the suburbs huh

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  3. a friend who lives in Floosmoor says that neighbors are always rating each other out about lawn and small, insignificant code violations. I’m sure that happens everywhere but she made it sound like it was more of an thing in Floosmoor.

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  4. I have bad associations with Flossmoor stemming from my slob coworker screaming at maids over the phone because they wouldn’t provide a guarantee that they wouldn’t break his mom’s antique perfume bottles. His mom lives in Flossmoor. I now associate that suburb with crazy people.

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  5. Flossmoor?

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  6. “selling for below the 2012 price”

    Which itself was below the ’02(!!) price.

    Think that it says something in particular about Southern Cook suburbs.

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  7. From my comments in 2012

    “If it were in P.R., Glenview, or one of my other favorites I’d be calling the movers.”

    Clio reply

    “uhhh- no you wouldn’t because it would be 600-800k!!!!”

    Well he was right. We ended up paying in that range for a MCM house a few years after his post and love it.

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  8. “They imagine how “awesome” their life would be if they lived in this “cool” space (the cool parties, the great mood they would be in every night when they came home) and they don’t realize how impractical this house is for everyday living”

    Clio was wrong on this statement – Life is awesome by design. Not by a home design but by life design. It starts with the key point that my wife and I get along great. We both make it a daily effort to see that the other person is happy. Life throws plenty of curve balls and problems but we do just fine together. Our kids and personal lives are fairly simple but based around being happy and having a laugh whenever possible.

    The cool house we live in is just the cherry on top. People really are surprised when they see the place. (There are some similarities to this place) We do have cool parties a few times a year but mostly we truly get in a great mood when we return home and pull into the driveway. I find our MCM design to be extremely practical in our everyday lives. Even after we spend a week at a five star hotel there truly is no place like home.

    Someone will enjoy living in this place! I know little about the area but have a customer in Flossmoor and when driving in the area find it to be a nice place. Seems pretty safe and the commute downtown isn’t terrible.

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  9. Looks great for parties. I don’t care for the kitchen chairs facing the wall.

    No basement? I have to wonder how the “concrete foundation” (slab?) has held up to 60 Chicago winters. If it’s like Marina City, it probably needs concrete work and that’s frick’n expensive.

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  10. I hate the house and I hate Flossmoor. Next.

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  11. I kind of hate it. I’m sorry. I tend to appreciate architectural individuality / uniqueness, but this place just kind of sucks. As does Flossmoor. I’d be surprised if it got 350.

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  12. I said it was a bargain in January 2012 and it looks like it might still be. But I’d never consider Flossmoor a place to live.

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