25 White Oak


3,276 SQ FT





Built 2008

96 x 210

2-car Garage

HOA Fee: $0/yr

Special Features:


- Single-family

- 0.46 acres

- Based on Chicago Bungalow-style

- Designed by Allen Coit Ransome

- Built by Gary Frakes

- Bridge entry

- 11' ceilings

- Extensively manicured and landscaped lot

- Fenced yard

- Automated gate entry

- Stamped-brick concrete driveway

- Front porch

- Open floor plan

- Designed for entertaining

- Living-family-dining combo

- Gas fireplace

- Stained Craftsmans trim

- Hickory hardwood flooring

- Ceiling speakers

- Built-in bookshelves

- Designer-appointed kitchen

- Commercial appliances

- Rare green veined marble island

- Quartz counters

- Built-in stained glass pantry

- Dry bar off kitchen hall

- Temperature controlled wine cellar

- Large master suite

- Master walk-in closet

- Double vanity

- Tumbled glass tiled master shower and bath

- Main level laundry

- Screened porch

- Deck with access to yard

- Heated flooring

- Lower second family room

- Large study

- Mudroom

- Two-car garage

- Geo-thermal

- Dog run

- Hot tub

- Rock streams

25 White Oak Place

Located in the River Heights

Modern Bungalow

An Architectural Home Designed to Open Up To and Celebrate its Setting



This home is a study in nostalgia with a nod to today and tomorrow.  The Chicago Bungalow style has been popular since the 1910’s-30, when over 80,000 bungalows were constructed in Chicago areas referred to as the Bungalow Beltway.

Renown interior designer Allen Coit Ransome was inspired by the design and craftsmanship of the Chicago Bungalow, and envisioned 25 White Oak Place, a place he was to call home.  Constructed by Gary Frakes Construction, also known for his ability to incorporate the earthy elements and horizontal designs found in the Arts & Crafts movement, this home included the modern conveniences and flourishes in which Allen Ransome wanted to live but does so with a sense of style and yesteryear elegance which Ransome so appreciates.








The architecture of this home extends from the building to each plant and tree carefully designed in harmony to another. The house sits on a sloping site and has a bridge accessing the front veranda entrance. Drawn from the street is a beautiful leafy yard that meanders along a river of stone to the private backyard.




The house blends with its surroundings. Tall lanterns and over-sized windows create a contemporary nature contrasting with traditional aesthetics such as dark painted siding and “clinker brick” that give an earthy quality. From the covered front veranda entry is an open-plan designed for entertaining. With is grand tall ceilings, this light-filled space opens to the main living and entertaining areas of the home including the formal dining (with a Taj-palace inspired light fixture), living and family entertainment areas. A luxurious, modern designer kitchen features high-end fixtures and a practical designed cabinetry layout to keep the chef prepared. Through the central hall and open staircase is a bar area with a built-in glass pantry and walk-in wine cellar. The indoor-outdoor living is designed seamlessly with the staircase landing opening to a side pavilion and grill deck designed for relaxing and entertainment.








The front entertaining wing is matched by the master bedroom wing which overlooks the scenery at the rear of the home. The master bedroom is ‘hidden’ behind the central hall giving a sense of privacy from the entertaining spaces. This large suite features sitting areas with abundant windows designed to weave into its setting. Luxury continues into the walk-in closet featuring fine craftsmanship and built-in shelving while the master bath features tumbled glass tile walls and abundant natural light.

At the center of the home, the main and lower levels are connected through a central staircase. Featured in this staircase is a custom light fixture made from the car wheel cover of a late 1950s Ford Edsel.  The lower level is designed as living spaces for the homeowner with two bedrooms, bathroom, study and a second family room. Though the spaces are more personal, they still attract the quality of light, the use of materials and detailing as the main level. In addition, the colour scheme, materiality and form of the design had to be respectful to the outdoor setting.

Geo-thermal heating and cooling brings an up-to-date element to the day to day operations of the home, as do the kitchen’s functional design and appliances.




From the street, the house is disguised from its urban neighborhood. Using a landscape designer, the outdoor layout, texture, special design and overall aesthetics are a sympathetic extension of the home. Accessing the garage is a stamped brick design concrete driveway with an automatic gate. A river of stone flows along the backyard edge where tall trees border the rod-iron fencing providing shade and privacy to the outdoor spaces. The landscape design is carried out with detail and skill to complete a feeling of privacy in this natural setting. It is much like the relationship between a great designer and builder:  they each offer a unique skillset, complementing each other with the right partnership and understanding of the design aesthetic. With its architectural detailing amongst a natural setting, this home is full of today’s amenities yet embraces the finest materials and craftmanship best known in yesteryear.



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Adam Pretorius

Amy Pretorius

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