Archive for May, 2016

Can You Afford Wicker Park? A 2/2 for $579,000 at 1741 W. Division

This 2-bedroom at 1741 W. Division in Wicker Park just came on the market. Built in 2006, the building has 3 units and what looks to be outdoor parking. This unit has 1640 square feet with a 650 square foot private deck off the back. The kitchen is “contemporary” with dark cabinets, stone counter tops […]

The 5000 Square Foot Loft Penthouse: 8 W. Monroe in the Loop

This 4-bedroom 2-story penthouse at 8 W. Monroe in the Loop came on the market in May 2016. It appears to be a loft on the main level, with high ceilings. The building is a former office building that was converted during the housing boom last decade. It has north, south and east facing views. […]

Get a 2/2 in a Classic Beaux Arts Building at 3314 N. Lake Shore Drive for Under $200K

This 2-bedroom in 3314 N. Lake Shore Drive in Lakeview has been on and off the market since 2013. It most recently came back on the market in February of this year. If you’re a fan of Parisian architecture, this is the building for you. Built in 1916, it was the first shoreline high rise apartment […]

11 Months on the Market for this Manhattan Building 3-Bedroom: 431 S. Dearborn in the Loop

This 3-bedroom in the Manhattan Building at 431 S. Dearborn in the Loop came on the market in June 2015. The Manhattan Building was built in 1891. It was converted to condos in the late 1990s. It’s a doorman building. This unit is 1 of only 4 top floor units. It has south and west […]

Vince Vaughn Splits Penthouse Into 2 and They Are Already Both Under Contract: 159 E. Walton in the Gold Coast

We’ve chattered about Vince Vaughn’s Palmolive penthouse at 159 E. Walton in the Gold Coast several times over the years. You can see the 2012 chatter here. He’s been trying to sell it since 2011 to no avail. Last week, he took the unusual step of splitting the triplex penthouse into two units composed of […]

Market Conditions: Best April in 8 Years Even With Record Low Inventory

As we already knew, things are hot, hot, hot. I know this “news” is from last week, but it’s our duty to chatter about the monthly sales numbers so here it is. From the Illinois Association of Realtors: The city of Chicago saw a 7.9 percent year-over-year home sales increase in April 2016 with 2,628 […]

Crib Chatter is On Vacation This Week

Record low inventory? It is WORSE than 2013 when I had to go to like 2 posts a month because there was nothing to chatter about. But, there’s a lot that appears to be coming on the market in the upper bracket. We may have to concentrate on the upper bracket market for the rest […]

Cheaper Than Renting? A Studio in The Brewster at 2800 N. Pine Grove in Lakeview

This studio in the historic Brewster building at 2800 N. Pine Grove in East Lakeview just came on the market. The Brewster was built in 1893 as a luxury apartment building and it has internal iron staircases, cat walks and a huge skylight. Not only did Charlie Chaplin live in one of the penthouses in 1915-1916, […]

4-Bedroom Victorian on a Double Lot in Roscoe Village Returns: 1805 W. Cornelia

This 4-bedroom single family home at 1805 W. Cornelia in Roscoe Village just came on the market. If it looks familiar that’s because we chattered about it numerous times in 2012. You can see our original April 2012 chatter here. In 2012 it was described as a “Victorian”. Built on a double sized Chicago lot […]

Live Near the Hot Division Street Corridor: A 2/2 at 1058 N. Paulina in the East Village

This top floor 2-bedroom at 1058 N. Paulina in the East Village neighborhood of West Town just came on the market. For those of you have been reading this blog a long time, you might recognize it as we chattered about it when it was on the market in 2010. See our chatter here. Back […]