Archive for June, 2010

Forget Chicago, Live Near Ravinia For Less: 426 Pleasant in Highland Park

We chatter about starter homes in Chicago all the time, but what about one on the North Shore within walking distance of Ravinia? This 2-bedroom vintage home at 426 Pleasant in Highland Park just came on the market for less than what you’d pay in many Chicago north side neighborhoods. Built in 1936, the home is on […]

Waiting for a Buyer in the East Village: 823 N. Winchester

This 2-bedroom vintage unit at 823 N. Winchester in the middle of the East Village in West Town has been on the market since April 2010. It has not been reduced. The top floor unit has some of its historic features including a stained glass window in the living room and exposed brick in several […]

Flip This House: A 5-Bedroom Renovated Colonial in Jefferson Park: 5145 N. Lovejoy

This 5-bedroom colonial at 5145 N. Lovejoy in Jefferson Park has been completely renovated so that it has all the amenities of a “new” house. The kitchen has new 42 inch cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and marble floors. There are hardwood floors throughout the first floor. The basement has been finished with […]

Forget New Construction, Get a Lincoln Park Greystone Unit Instead: 1940 N. Cleveland

We’ve chattered about a lot of new construction luxury condos over the years but what about the luxury vintage greystone unit such as this one at 1940 N. Cleveland in Lincoln Park? Built in 1890, this unit is on the top floor and has some of its vintage features intact including a wood burning fireplace. […]

“Builder ran out of $$” on 8900 Sq. Ft Mansion: 2959 N. Honore in Lakeview

This 5-bedroom new construction home at 2959 N. Honore in West Lakeview has been on and off the market since February of 2006. The current listing states that the “builder ran out of $$” so any buyer would need to put money into the house. The listing estimates $700k to complete it. There are no […]

Whatever Happened to 400 N. LaSalle in River North?

The last time we chattered about the apartment-to-condo conversion high rise at 400 N. LaSalle in River North it was January 2008. See our January 2008 chatter and pictures here. Back then, some of the units were under distress. Since then, the developer tried to sell the remaining units. If you read the Tribune, they had a […]

One Year Later: 700 Sq. Foot 2-Bedroom Returns: 1407.5 N. Wells in Old Town

We chattered about this 700 square foot 2-bedroom unit at the historic Gaslight Court building at 1407.5 N. Wells in Old Town several times in 2009. See our prior chatter in June 2009 and pictures here. It sold in June of 2009 for $21,000 under the original list price. Just one year later, the unit […]

Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables: 4434 N. Tripp in Irving Park

This 4-bedroom American Four-Square at 4434 N. Tripp in Irving Park has several features that make it stand out from the pack. The listing says it has an 800 square foot organic vegetable and herb landscape and it also has a 3-car garage/coach house. The 1905 house is built on an oversized 175×50 lot. 3 out of […]

Market Conditions: Homeowners Turn to Bankruptcy When Short Sales Won’t Save Them

The Chicago Tribune had an interesting article over the weekend describing one 32-year old Lakeview condo owner’s decision to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy when a short sale wouldn’t have saved him from still owing money on his $212,500 1-bedroom condo. Here’s the story in a nutshell: Del Phillips buys a 1-bedroom $212,500 condo in a […]

Live on the Penthouse Floor in River North: 100 E. Huron

This 2-bedroom penthouse floor unit at Chicago Place, at 100 E. Huron in River North, has more square footage than some of the newer 3-bedroom units downtown. At 1657 square feet, developers clearly built heftier condos in 1991, when the building was constructed. The unit was recently reduced and is now listed for $96,000 under the 2004 […]