A Hyde Park Home Packed With Play and Entertaining Spaces

From a full-size tennis court to a swing set and an outdoor patio, this family-friendly home has plenty of room for play and entertaining.

1204 W. Rookwood Drive

Photograph by Ross Van Pelt

Hyde Park is home to some of the snazziest houses in the city. For example, these three Carl Strauss masterpieces and this historic Observatory mansion. You can add this five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath brick traditional on Rookwood to the list. Loads of updates are sprinkled throughout the home making this a dream for any family.

Photograph by Ross Van Pelt

Photograph by Ross Van Pelt

The lavish entry hall features a grand staircase and plenty of room for a sitting area. There’s hardwood throughout the first floor, including in the formal living room, which boasts one of the home’s five (!) working (!) fireplaces and intricate twin chandeliers. Twin French doors lead to the sunroom, a dreamy oasis. The tiled room is surrounded with windows that draw in light, making it the ultimate spot for houseplants or just a peaceful spot to hang out. Off the sunroom, there’s a massive L-shaped patio atop the (three-car) garage, overlooking the driveway and front yard. Also on the first floor: the family room offers loads of shelving and cabinets for storage; the formal dining room holds another working fireplace; and the gourmet kitchen features warm tones with light wood cabinets, brown tile, and cream wallpaper.

Upstairs, the master suite is complete with a fireplace in the bedroom and a spa-like bath—think soaking tub, double vanity, glass-encased shower, and marble tile. The rest of the second floor bedrooms are oversized and carpeted, and there are two additional full baths, both with showers similar to the master.

Photograph by Ross Van Pelt

The lower level is just as impressive as the main floor. Immediately at the bottom of the steps is an area with coated concrete flooring and a wet bar with two drink fridges, cabinets for storage, and a sink. Around the corner, the family-slash-entertainment room area includes a stone fireplace and more built-in shelving and cabinets. And if this specially designated entertainment area downstairs isn’t enough, there’s a playground of every kid’s dream outside. The full-size tennis court doubles as a half basketball court and is enclosed with a fence and spotlight for games after dusk. While the big kids are busy over here, the littles can enjoy the swing set on the other side of the house, while you keep an eye out from the patio. And that makes everybody happy.

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