Archive for June, 2015

Now’s Your Chance to Buy in the Carl Street Studios: 155 W. Burton in Old Town

  This 4-bedroom in the Carl Street Studios at 155 W. Burton in Old Town recently came on the market. The Carl Street Studios is one of the most unique properties in Old Town. Originally built as a mansion in the 1880s, it was converted into the “studios” in 1927. There are only 15 units. […]

New Record High Prices For 2/1 Lofts in the Sexton? 360 W. Illinois in River North

This 2-bedroom loft in The Sexton at 360 W. Illinois in River North only came on the market a few days ago. If you needed confirmation about how hot this market is, this unit is already under contract in less than a week. The loft is in the concrete portion of the building so it has concrete […]

Crib Chatter on Vacation Through the July 4th Weekend

I’m in Harbor Country in Southwest Michigan on vacation through the Fourth of July Weekend. Therefore, there will be more limited posts. But I DO have some planned to end this week and one or two for next week. The housing market seems to be taking a break after a red hot spring. There isn’t […]

Market Conditions: Sales Jump 10.1% YOY as the Median Price Continues to Rise

The spring market continues to be hot as home sales and median price rose in May. From the Illinois Association of Realtors: The city of Chicago saw sales of 2,700 homes in May 2015, up 10.1 percent from last year when 2,453 homes were sold. The median price of a home in Chicago was $287,500, […]

Stretching the Price Point in River North: A 2/2 at 700 N. Larrabee

This 2-bedroom plus a den at River Place on the Park at 700 N. Larrabee in River North just came on the market. Built in 2006, at the peak of the housing boom, the building has 220 units and sits on the Chicago River. This is a Southeast corner unit with city views east of the John […]

A Crilly Court 3-Bedroom With a Rare Parking Spot: 211 W. St. Paul in Old Town

This 3-bedroom in Crilly Court at 211 W. St. Paul in Old Town came on the market in May 2015. Crilly Court is a 90-unit development that was apartments for decades and converted into luxury condominiums in 2007, at the height of the bubble. It has four buildings around a center courtyard.  The building in […]

Vintage Elegance (and Pocket Doors) in East Lakeview: A 3-Bedroom at 559 W. Surf

  This 3-bedroom vintage unit in the Green Brier at 559 W. Surf in East Lakeview came on the market in March 2015. The building was built in 1903 and has 78 units. Most of the units, including this one, have many of the vintage features of that era including 10 foot ceilings, thick crown molding […]

Looking for Pocket Doors? A 3-Bedroom at 1210 N. Astor in the Gold Coast

This 3-bedroom vintage unit at 1210 N. Astor in the Gold Coast just came on the market. The Holabird & Roche designed building was constructed in 1897 for John McConnell, who had recently purchased the corner lot. Called the McConnell Apartments, there were 2 units per floor in the 8 story structure. According to Neil […]

Not Everything is Selling in Hours: A 1-Bedroom Penthouse at 340 W. Superior in River North

This 1-bedroom penthouse at 340 W. Superior in River North has a market time on Redfin of 52 days. Yet, we chattered about it last year, in September 2014. You can see our chatter here. At 1016 square feet, it is a “true” penthouse with a 31×12 private terrace that looks west with “sunset and […]

A New Peak Price for 2-Bedroom Lincoln Park Townhouses? 1814 N. Bissell

This 2-bedroom townhouse at 1814 N. Bissell in Lincoln Park recently came on the market. If it looks familiar, it’s because we chattered about it twice in 2010 and 2011. It was bank owned in June 2010 and sold for $19,720 under the 1999 sales price. Five months later, it came back on the market as a gut […]