If They Build It, You Will Buy It: 1348 W. Diversey in Lakeview

New construction three unit buildings are hot again.

This building at 1348 W. Diversey in Lakeview just came on the market.

The units are priced as follows:

  • Unit #1: 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths, duplex down listed for $679,900
  • Unit #2: 2 bedrooms/2 baths, listed for $419,900
  • Unit #3: 2 bedrooms/2 baths, listed for $489,900

The finishes are modern and include Viking and Bosch appliances in the kitchen with quartz counters.

The listings say that there are “unique” floorplans.

Given what we’ve seen with other new construction, will these units sell by the end of 2012?

Timothy Sheahan at Conlon has all the listings. There is an open house at the building this Sunday, Sep 9, from 11:30 to 1:30.

(Yes, that is another new construction building right next door.)

See the pictures on Unit #1 here.

See the pictures on Unit #2 here.

See the pictures on Unit #3 here.

43 Responses to “If They Build It, You Will Buy It: 1348 W. Diversey in Lakeview”

  1. The inside has some nice finishes, but the exterior of those units is HID-E-OUS. For that price, it needs to look great inside and out.

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  2. Another frame house torn down and replaced with these ugly flats. On diversely too. Ergh. I hope the bedrooms are in the back

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  3. “Another frame house torn down and replaced with these ugly flats. ”

    isn’t it better to have one of these than a frame house on a busy street like Diversey? Especially when it gets converted into rentals

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  4. Yuck. It looks like one of those 60s three flats, but squished to make it fit in a smaller spot. The prices seems very high, but with the dearth of new construction, they will probably find suckers to buy these places…

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  5. Modern done wrong. What’s with the fireplace in the kitchen island. Are they assuming people will mount the TV there too. Looks like it’s wired for it. Also, that glass room in the duplex down…don’t get it.

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  6. Can we line up and shoot all that had a hand in building these boring boxes across chicago?

    how in the city of great architecture in the last 150 years allow such horrible disrespect to the wonderful buildings around it.

    I am sadden for the human kind that shyte like this gets built and a**holes end up buying it which will drive more of these shytef**k places to get built.

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  7. Sawdonkey Jackson on September 7th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    That indoor/outdoor room is terrible (in the duplex down). I can’t really tell what it is all about from the pictures, but it appears to really split up the space. Those glass walls just don’t look like they should be an interior wall. I imagine that it creates a not so great “outdoor” space and it really ruins the indoor space.

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  8. There are 4 really high cabinets in the kitchen. Practically unusable. Needs a pantry. Is the kitchen below grade ?

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  9. Not my bag, but I bet they’ll sell fairly quickly, and not too far from asking price.

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  10. “isn’t it better to have one of these than a frame house on a busy street like Diversey? Especially when it gets converted into rentals”

    +1

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  11. No, it is not. That’s because these stupid buildings are too damned big for a 25 x 125 lot.

    Go walk down the alley behind these McCrappos and what you will see are garbage cans and often trash all over the place as the builders didn’t take that into account when shoehorning a 3 car garage into the back. So the garbage cans get pushed all over, cars hit them trying to park, etc.

    Second, did you note the absence of windows along the side? These things are DEPRESSING, and that’s speaking as someone who grew up in dark Victorian two flats across the alley.

    Also depressing is due to the building size they don’t have space for a yard much less a lovely, shade-providing tree. That means no stormwater absorption, which means more basement floodings. No shade means more air conditioning, which means more energy consumption, which in Chicago means coal-fired and nuclear plants, all of which are getting old and are major health hazards. Not to mention increasing drain on the system means more risks of brownouts.

    “isn’t it better to have one of these than a frame house on a busy street like Diversey? Especially when it gets converted into rentals”

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  12. Having driven by these in person, they are at least somewhat different than the 2 or 3 cookie cutter templates that seem to have multiplied like rabbits across the city in the past decade. The stone wall above the door is a nice exterior detail to differentiate the building a bit. Not as big a fan of the metal cladding, however.

    As for the exteriors, I do not get them at all… the glass living room? Because we all want our living room at home to resemble the conference room at work? The fireplace in the kitchen island? Some strange design decisions made here.

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  13. Not exactly related, except that it’s also in Lakeview, but I had friends who rented an apartment over the holiday weekend at Roscoe and Kenmore, and they said the yard and building were infested with rats. Has anyone in the area had problems with rodents recently? I hear the hot summer made things worse. Doesn’t make me want to move back to Lakeview.

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  14. “at Roscoe and Kenmore, and they said the yard and building were infested with rats. Has anyone in the area had problems with rodents recently? I hear the hot summer made things worse.”

    Yes. It’s not the hot summer, but the previous mild winter, that’s more to blame. I’m not at Roscoe and Kenmore, but my little pocket of LP has seen an increase over the past month or so. Rats are pretty much my biggest qualm with city living, more than crime, school uncertainty/expense and limited private indoor/outdoor space combined.

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  15. “they said the yard and building were infested with rats. Has anyone in the area had problems with rodents recently? I hear the hot summer made things worse.”

    1. Rat problems *all over* town.
    2. Rahm just increasd the nubmer of rat patrols a bit.
    3. Bigger problem was the warm winter, that didn’t kill off as many as usual.
    4. Tell em to (a) call 311 and get on the list for baiting (need to make sure that the rat patrol as permission from appropriate party to come thru backgate), and (b) go to a hardware store and buy some rat poison (I like the little enclosed bait stations, as safer for pets and kids) themsleves, and put out next to fences and foundations.

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  16. “The stone wall above the door is a nice exterior detail to differentiate the building a bit”

    They look like crap on every 50/60/70s building that did something similar.

    Also, as it appears likely that it’s over block, I’d be concerned about water flow and maintenance.

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  17. I don’t mind rats as long as they aren’t in my house. I would rather have rats than hear someone dribble a basketball outside or smell the stench of grilling food.

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  18. Right across the street from that ghetto BP station… no thanks

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  19. We seem to have a bunny infestation in my area, which seems better than a rat infestation.

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  20. “We seem to have a bunny infestation in my area, which seems better than a rat infestation.”

    cute

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  21. Amateur. Why not build a six flat that shares stairwells and allows for wider units?

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  22. Thanks for the advice. My friends were only in town for the weekend and got the apartment through some apartment-sharing service. Luckily, they’re now back in NYC, which of course has no rats at all.

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  23. ” Sonies (September 7, 2012, 12:54 pm)

    “We seem to have a bunny infestation in my area, which seems better than a rat infestation.”

    cute”

    please mail your Man Card back to us at;

    1234 W DudeGrowAPair Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60610

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  24. These will likely sell before completed. At least, that is how fast these things sell in Wicker Park.

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  25. Though…. after looking at the photos maybe not. Weird finishes and floor plans might hold these things back.

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  26. Thats it groove, i challenge you to a duel!

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  27. ” Sonies (September 7, 2012, 2:44 pm)
    Thats it groove, i challenge you to a duel!”

    momma taught me never to fight a woman.

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  28. “We seem to have a bunny infestation in my area, which seems better than a rat infestation.”

    That’s our problem as well, I’ve never seen a rat in Chicago. The damn bunny’s ate our strawberry plants to the ground. Too bad my youngest loves bunnies….

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  29. Groove, be wary of bunnies

    Bunnies aren’t just cute like everyone supposes.
    They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses, and what’s with
    all the carrots!?
    What do they need such good eyesight for anyway!?
    Bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies!!

    and Bunnies will kill you
    http://youtu.be/XcxKIJTb3Hg

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  30. “…I’ve never seen a rat in Chicago.”

    Wut?

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  31. There’s a skunk infestation in my neighborhood. Every morning when I walk out my door I smell skunk. they’re everywhere these days. I found skunk roadkill no more than 100 feet from my door on Wed. morning. I’m trying to decide what’s worse – disgusting rats and vermin coming up from the sewer grates and running across your feet, or the smell and fear of skunks burrowing under your front and back porches and attacking your dog/cat when you let them out.

    I do know this, however, and this is why my comment will get 20+ thumps up: I’d rather have skunks AND rats than have to deal with cockroaches.

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  32. “…I’ve never seen a rat in Chicago.”
    “Wut?”

    Not even one of these? (Original credit to groove, happy friday @fo.)

    https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=off&q=41.864917,-87.625853&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=0x880e2c84d6f89855:0xadb69d9891bb613f,%2B41%C2%B0+51'+54.18%22,+-87%C2%B0+37'+33.17%22&gl=us&ll=41.865006,-87.625759&spn=0.0006,0.000871&t=h&z=21&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=41.865006,-87.625759&panoid=Tmt5Vf_45GQMMJgakM5OCQ&cbp=12,248.35,,0,6.03

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  33. “There’s a skunk infestation in my neighborhood.”

    I think your neighbors don’t like you HD…

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  34. “I do know this, however, and this is why my comment will get 20+ thumps up: I’d rather have skunks AND rats than have to deal with cockroaches.”

    That is a very tough call. I think it would depend entirely on the numbers involved.

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  35. Roaches? Remember Creepshow? That was a large number of roaches.

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  36. @DZ, I stand corrected.

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  37. LOL DZ that is hilarious

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  38. What exactly were these idiots try to do with this building? This piece of shit needs a good old fashion case of arson asap. The interiors are a clusterfuck of eurotrash aesthetics and the exterior makes the new CHA buildings look stately by comparison.

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  39. I like Studio Dwell a lot better. These are too expensive for the location and I agree with others that the outside is quite ugly.

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  40. Also it looks like an office space for the most part. Especially the duplex down that has the glass box.

    ALL the fireplaces are in weird locations.

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  41. If you’re never seen a rat in Chicago, you’re just not paying attention. They’re all over downtown in the alleys, in the subways, sometimes in the main streets, they run from sewer grate to sewer grate. The live all along the el – subway or elevated and along the metra embankments too. They’re in the alleys, in teh streets. OFten when they tore down old buildings it would send the rats fleeing all over neighbors property….

    ” Vlajos (September 7, 2012, 2:52 pm)

    “We seem to have a bunny infestation in my area, which seems better than a rat infestation.”

    That’s our problem as well, I’ve never seen a rat in Chicago. The damn bunny’s ate our strawberry plants to the ground. Too bad my youngest loves bunnies….”

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  42. Looked at these units and thought the finishes looked really good. They also seemed to be built well because we could not hear the traffic in the middle of the day on Diversey. A design firm picked the colors and cabinets and tile so everything was coordinated and beautiful. Rooms were small and not a lot of closet space in the two bedroom. Builder owns both buildings. Can’t decide if I like the front of these buildings but they are a little different than so many buildings that look alike. Ugly gas station across the street but at least it doesn’t block the sun. Family room in the back seems kind of dark because it faces north.

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  43. The cars out front in the pic are just faboo and “vintage” and “rad” and “groovy” and all that. I wouldn’t want to see them everyday though.

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