By COLlive reporter
The owner of an English-style residence north of downtown Chicago has been inundated with interest since COLlive.com has reposted about its sale.
The home, priced at $2,200,000, is built with a striking resemblance to the iconic red-brick building of Lubavitch World Headquarters with its 3 column steeply pitched roof.
The fact that the 5,000 square-foot home was built not far from the Chabad center in Wilmette, led some to hope that it would be purchased by a Lubavitcher or a Chabad institution.
Such replicas of 770 Eastern Parkway have been built from scratch in Kfar Chabad, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Milan, Melbourne, S. Paolo and other cities around the world.
Following the news of the sale, local Shlucha Esther Leah Teldon of Chabad of Wilmette, took an 8 minute drive to the home in Kenilworth and learned that the broker is, in fact, the home’s owner.
The owner is Annette Plocienniczak and she told Teldon that she is not Jewish and had no idea about the significance of the home’s design.
“She was very confused at first as to the commotion surrounding the home, as she has been flooded with calls and inquiries about it ever since people saw the listing,” Teldon told COLlive.com.
“I explained the background and significance to her, and that many people spend a lot of money to specifically design their Chabad centers in this exact style.”
Plocienniczak said she has never heard of Chabad or 770 before. She said her husband, who also isn’t Jewish, built the home in 2007 inspired by English architectural style.
Teldon noted that the small town of Kenilworth had a policy, up until not many years ago, that people of the Jewish faith were not allowed to become residents.
Now there are a small number of Jewish residents there, Teldon says, many of whom attend programs at Chabad.
While the Plocienniczaks may not have understood what all the commotion is about regarding the home, she said she hopes “the popularity will at least lead to a sale.”
Teldon commented that while the home is certainly large enough to house a Chabad center, it’s unlikely they would purchase it, since they recently completed building a brand-new, state-of-the-art Chabad center nearby.
“Even if we would want to purchase it as a center, it would probably be too difficult to get the zoning permits in the neighborhood,” she said. “There are many rules and regulations here.”
That leaves the door open for a Lubavitch family to move in…