Archive for August, 2016

How Hot is West Lakeview? A Top Floor 2-Bedroom at 1348 W. Wellington

This top floor 2-bedroom in a vintage greystone at 1348 W. Wellington in Lakeview recently came on the market. The greystone was built in 1878. The listing says it was originally a mansion for a local physician. The house now has 4 condo units. Unfortunately, none of the vintage features survived in this unit. It […]

Are Brass Faucets Back In Style? A 2/2 at 1325 N. State Parkway in the Gold Coast

This 2-bedroom in the Ambassador House at 1325 N. State Parkway in the Gold Coast recently came on the market. The listing says it has been “completely gutted.” The kitchen has custom cabinetry, a honed marble counter top and backsplash and brass waterworks fixtures. The brass fixtures follow through in the dining room chandelier and […]

Market Conditions: July Home Sales Fall 11.9% YOY But Market Times Fall Too

It was a little delayed, due to my vacation, but here is the update on the July market. From the Illinois Association of Realtors: The city of Chicago saw an 11.9 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in July 2016 with 2,714 sales, down from 3,082 in July 2015. The median price of a home in […]

Crib Chatter on Vacation This Week

There’s time for one last summer fling so Crib Chatter will be on vacation this entire week. Chatter amongst yourselves. I’ll have the update on the market conditions when I come back. Meanwhile, Gary always provides links to his data ahead of time so you can check the July data there. Fall is a good time to […]

Who Can Afford the Rents? Unwind in Luxury at 1714 W. Roscoe in Lakeview

The Centrum Lakeview, a luxury boutique apartment building, at 1714 W. Roscoe in Lakeview just finished construction and is now leasing. Anyone who takes the Brown Line from the north side has watched this building go up because it is right next to the Paulina Brown Line stop. It has 39 units and just 7 parking spaces, but the […]

What’s It Like to Live on the 80th Floor? A 3-Bedroom Penthouse at 225 N. Columbus

This 3-bedroom duplex penthouse in the Aqua Tower at 225 N. Columbus in Lakeshore East just came on the market. It’s on the 80th floor and faces north so there are views of the John Hancock Building as well as the Lake. The main floor appears to have about 12 foot ceilings and has the […]

What Should Assessments Be on a 2/2 in a Full Service High Rise? 33 W. Ontario in River North

This 2-bedroom corner unit in Millennium Centre Tower at 33 W. Ontario in River North just came on the market. Built in 2003, the building has 365 units and a parking garage. This unit is on the southeast corner. The kitchen has cherry cabinets, black appliances and granite counter tops and is open to the […]

Is It Like Living at a Resort? A 2/2 at 2020 N. Lincoln Park West in Lincoln Park

This 2-bedroom on the 18th floor at 2020 N. Lincoln Park West in Lincoln Park just came on the market. It has southwest views with a peak of the Lake and Park. There are hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen has a kitchen island with granite counter tops and a rare kitchen window. There’s a west […]

What’s a Lot Worth in North Center? 63 Days on the Market at 3536 N. Damen

This 2-bedroom house at 3536 N. Damen in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of North Center came on the market in June 2016. The house is being marketed as a teardown so it’s being sold “as-is.” It’s on a standard Chicago lot measuring 25×125. There are other teardowns with new construction single family homes on this block […]

Looking for a Gold Coast Retreat With a Private Terrace? 1510 N. Dearborn Parkway

This top floor 2-bedroom at 1510 N. Dearborn Parkway in the Gold Coast just came on the market. The building was constructed in 1900 and has 18 units and an elevator although it doesn’t look like any vintage features survived from the building’s origin. It also has something else rare to the Gold Coast vintage […]