An East Lakeview Vintage 3-Bedroom With All The Bells And Whistles: 432 W. Oakdale

This 3-bedroom top-floor vintage unit in 432 W. Oakdale in East Lakeview just came on the market.

It appears to be a 3-unit building.

The property has crown molding and hardwood floors throughout.

It also has a private rooftop deck.

The listing says it has a new kitchen and baths. The kitchen has maple cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

The unit has a south facing sunroom and a large family room.

It has all the bells and whistles that buyers look for, and which are unusual in vintage units, including central air, in-unit washer/dryer and garage parking.

It’s listed $129,000 above the 2006 price.

Will it be able to command the premium?

Jennifer Ames at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #4: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2500 square feet, 1 car garage

  • Sold in January 1996 for $175,000 (per Zillow as I couldn’t find the public record for this property)
  • Sold in January 2006 for $590,000 (per Zillow)
  • Currently listed for $719,000
  • Assessments of $380 a month
  • Taxes of $9233
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 13×14
  • Bedroom #2: 9×12
  • Bedroom #3: 13×12
  • Family room: 22×15
  • Sunroom: 12×8

34 Responses to “An East Lakeview Vintage 3-Bedroom With All The Bells And Whistles: 432 W. Oakdale”

  1. Love it. Shame it lacks a powder room, but it’s otherwise pretty great.

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  2. Beautiful. Not crazy about the built-ins in the sunroom, but it’s otherwise fantastic.

    The “family room” is actually the dining room, right? And they’ve enclosed a back porch to create the breakfast room?

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  3. Madeline:

    Floorplan: http://apps.leapre.com/best/pdfviewer.aspx?g=af5fef03

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  4. I can’t believe this place didn’t go under contract immediately.

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  5. “I can’t believe this place didn’t go under contract immediately.”

    It was listed yesterday. It still has time today. Which seems ‘immediate’ to me. Tho I bet they wait at least the weekend.

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  6. It appears to be a 3-unit building.

    Probably 4 units – this is unit #4 and listing says:
    Building Information(continued)
    •# of Units: 4

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  7. Two kids, suburbs?

    From that floor plan, I think the current owners are using the “Dining Room” as a family room which makes sense since the “family room” is only 16×9.

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  8. Beautiful place and great location. Don’t think I could ever buy in one of these small associations, though. It’s tantamount to entering into a partnership with a small group a strangers. One or two deadbeat neighbors and everyone suffers.

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  9. Lovely place. Seems priced a little high, though, considering one of the bedrooms is basically an office. But I love the feel of this unit, and the rooftop deck. Location can’t be beat, either.

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  10. Probably 4 units – this is unit #4 and listing says:
    Building Information(continued)
    •# of Units: 4

    The public records only listed three PINs which is why I went with 3.

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  11. Anonny, I wouldn’t let the lack of a powder room keep you from buying this place. It seems like it has all the other things you’re looking for, particularly the fact that it’s a nice place within a block of the lake and in a good school district. It is expensive, I’ll grant you, but maybe it’ll stick around a few weeks and you can get it to go under $700,000.

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  12. This would be a great “kids have moved out” place for my wife and me. I’d make the “family room” back into a dining room, and we’d have plenty of space with the other 2 bedrooms used as guest room/den and office. If only this were 10 years from now!

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  13. “Anonny, I wouldn’t let the lack of a powder room keep you from buying this place.”

    When you have guests over, and they need to use the restroom, do they use your sons’ primary restroom (where they bathe, brush their teeth, go to the bathroom, etc.)? I realize that lots of people grow up with just one bath (I did). But with the exception of a couple of extremely expensive areas of this country, for $700k, it’s totally feasible to have a master bath, a bath dedicated to kids, and at least a third toilet and sink that’s common to the house/convenient for guests.

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  14. I see your point. It is an inconvenience. But no unit will ever be perfect.

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  15. Anonny, I gotta agree with Dan #2 you have to make certain concessions living in the city, especially in prime locations. Remember this is or was a vintage unit so you’re probably lucky to have as much as it already does.

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  16. I grew up in an apartment with two bathrooms – one was an MBR in my parents’ room; the other was a hall bath that my brother and I used. Guests used our bathroom. It was no big deal. We lived there for 9 years, so my parents must not have felt it was much of an inconvenience, either.

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  17. And, as I so often wish I could tell my boss, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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  18. In our prior place (a rental), we had two baths, and the value of having a powder room never even occurred to me. But at that point, the non-master/common bathroom basically served as a powder room, with the tub used by one kid (under two). Have a third bath or a powder room thus wasn’t even among the original Unicorn Criteria. But we ended up buying a place that not only met all of those original UC, but also has a powder room. A couple of years of potty training and frequent resident kid and visitor use later, I now cannot fathom going without one (well, I could see renting another place without one – heck, maybe even the subject property – but not buying).

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  19. “I grew up in an apartment with two bathrooms – one was an MBR in my parents’ room; the other was a hall bath that my brother and I used. Guests used our bathroom. It was no big deal. We lived there for 9 years, so my parents must not have felt it was much of an inconvenience, either.”

    Agreed. If we’re talking about a unit all on one floor, just buy a nice, neutral shower curtain and who cares if the bathroom has a tub? When you have guests coming over, do the 5 minute clean up and put all the kids’ stuff away, etc.

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  20. A 4th floor walkup is not worth $700k no matter how prettied up it is. That is all.

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  21. I tend to agree with Pete. The price is too high for what this is. I forgot what that nice place on Barry went for last year, but I think lower than this.

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  22. Yeah, I am looking for something like this and have been for over a year. But the walkup factor sort of kills it for me. It limits resale value and is a major bummer.

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  23. So let me get this straight.

    Unicorn criteria expands?

    such that no shared dining living area (traditional) but also
    2 full bath &&&&& a powder room for guests (modern)

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  24. “So let me get this straight. Unicorn criteria expands?”

    Yes. As I’ve explained, while looking for a place with (among other Criteria) non-shared dining and living areas and two full baths, we found a place with two full baths and a powder room.

    Should one’s standards/aspirations be unchanging? I used to want a different color puma suit and matching wide laces for each day of the week; decades later I thought a 32 inch flat screen Sony tube tv was the bee’s knees; and now desire, and have thus expanded the Unicorn Criteria yet again, a 3/2.5 with a family room (or two living areas, mainly in order to have a dedicated tv room, even if windowless), private outdoor space, in unit w/d, central air, and one garage parking space, on or within a few blocks of Lakeview Ave, LPW or North Ave (between Clark and LSD), for roughly $3,500/mo (rent, or buy with 10% down).

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  25. “Should one’s standards/aspirations be unchanging?”

    yes they should evolve, but your unwillingness to concede your hard-on for closeness to ONLY ONE lake seems a bit hard headed

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  26. “your hard-on for closeness to ONLY ONE lake”

    I work in Chicago. What other lake should I want to live near?

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  27. “I work in Chicago. What other lake should I want to live near?”

    Crystal?

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  28. “I work in Chicago. What other lake should I want to live near?”

    just saying

    and really all you describe for unicorn has me wondering why not the south loop? you can get all that your looking for and more at a lower price, have a quicker commute, have your lake/ocea,n be next to great museums, a top school in the sloop, walking distance to all you need and more, and actually get a lake view if you go the condo route.

    and why not hyde park at that? if your going private school anyway.

    or is there a snob factor you need to function in daily life?

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  29. Hyde Park is a good idea. You get more for your money and you’re still near the lake. Lots of good “unicorn” places down there.

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  30. “Hyde Park is a good idea.”

    all my ideas are good, people just dont listen to them and thats why the world is f’ed up

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  31. No comment on that one, Groove.

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  32. “Should one’s standards/aspirations be unchanging?”

    I don’t blame you – I just hate on not having the $*#$&($#@ wiki

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  33. A couple of you thought this would go under contract immediately.

    26 days later and still available.

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  34. “A couple of you thought this would go under contract immediately.

    26 days later and still available.”

    Didn’t you just post that the market was SO hot? There are SOME places that are hot, but I am seeing more of these units that seem to be great deals but are just sitting and reducing their prices. Not all is a fairy tale in real estate.

    Yes, some places are hot….but many are not. It is NOT 2006, even with low inventory.

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