Archive for September, 2017

Has the Oak Club Kept Its Prestige? A 3-Bedroom Townhouse at 123 W. Oak in the Gold Coast

This 3-bedroom townhouse in the Oak Club at 123 W. Oak in the Gold Coast came on the market in March 2017. The Oak Club was built in 1995 and has 52 townhouses with an underground parking garage. Some face the street and some face the inner courtyard. This townhouse faces the street and has […]

On the Market Over 5 Months in Lakeview: A 3-Bedroom Duplex at 820 W. George

This 3-bedroom duplex at 820 W. George in Lakeview first came on the market in May 2017. Built in 1993, it is a rare first floor duplex up as this style of construction isn’t built anymore (they are almost always duplex downs.) The living room, dining room, kitchen and family room are on the main floor […]

How Long Do You Live in a Loft? A 1-Bedroom at 711 S. Dearborn in Printers Row

This 1-bedroom loft in the Donohue Building at 711 S. Dearborn in Printers Row just came on the market. The Donohue Building is one of the original loft conversions in this neighborhood and is considered one of the top loft buildings in the city. It has a timber and a concrete side. This loft is […]

Should You Buy Ahead of the Big South Loop Related Development? 1530 S. State

This 3-bedroom duplex up at 1530 S. State in the South Loop recently came on the market. At 3150 square feet, it has as much square footage as many single family homes and townhouses in the Green Zone. The corner unit has 75 feet of floor to ceiling windows with, the listing says, protected skyline […]

This Gold Coast Row House Has Been On and Off the Market for 8 Years: 47 E. Bellevue

This 4-bedroom greystone row house at 47 E. Bellevue in the Gold Coast came on the market in June 2017. Built in 1885, it has 5400 square feet and 3 outdoor spaces. It has some of its original features including crown molding, the grand staircase and bay windows. The listing says there were new mechanicals […]

Jenny’s Dream: A Townhouse Under $500K Close to Downtown: 467 N. Armour in Noble Square

This 2-bedroom townhouse at 467 N. Armour in the Noble Square neighborhood of West Town just came on the market. Sorry, I don’t have a picture of this 8-unit complex, but I wanted to crib on it anyway because Jenny is looking for a townhouse with these criteria: “There are too many people who want […]

Market Conditions: August Sales Fall 4.5% in Chicago: What’s to Blame?

The Illinois Association of Realtors is out with the August sales data. Yes, sales slowed at the end of the summer. The city of Chicago saw a 4.5 percent year-over-year home sales decline in August 2017 with 2,716 sales, down from 2,844 in August 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago […]

Looking for a True Mid-Century Modern Apartment? 1040 N. Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast

This 2-bedroom in The Carlyle at 1040 N. Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast recently came on the market. The Carlyle was built in 1964 and has 128 units. It’s a full service building overlooking the Lake with doormen, an exercise room and an indoor rooftop pool. This unit on the 27th floor has […]

Market Conditions: Could Chicago’s Housing Market Handle Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters?

Since Amazon announced it wanted to open up a second headquarters in North America, it has become like the quest to host the Olympic Games among major city (and some not-so-major) mayors and governors as they rush to put together the best “bid.” Amazon has requirements, however (sorry Gary, Indiana, Tulsa and others hoping to bid), including: At […]

Should You Restore That 1960s Vintage Kitchen? 1300 N. Astor in the Gold Coast

This 1-bedroom in Astor Tower at 1300 N. Astor in the Gold Coast recently came on the market. The listing says this is a designer-owned corner unit. It has new porcelain tile throughout. And instead of ripping out the original 1960s kitchen, this home owner chose to restore it instead. Yes, those are yellow mid-century modern […]