Looking in South West Town? A 3-Bedroom SFH Listed Under $450K: 1617 W. Hubbard

This 3-bedroom contemporary style single family home at 1617 W. Hubbard in West Town has been on and off the market since May 2011.

Built in 2001, on a standard 25×125 lot, it has an interesting design with a rare 2-car garage in the front of the house.

It has 20-foot vaulted ceilings in the living space with an open concept floor plan on the main living level.

The kitchen has maple cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

Two of the bedrooms are on the second floor with the third in the lower level along with the family room.

It has central air and a back deck.

The house has been under contract at least 3 times since it was first listed in 2011.

The price has also recently been increased by $10,000 to $449,000.

A lis pendens foreclosure was also filed a year ago, in April 2012.

What’s going on with this property?

Is it a deal at this location?

Richard DiVito at Koenig & Strey has the listing. See the pictures here.

1617 W. Hubbard: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 car garage, no square footage listed

  • Sold in August 1998 for $30,000
  • Sold in May 2001 for $200,000 (new construction then)
  • Originally listed in May 2011 for $469,900
  • Reduced
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in April 2012
  • Was listed at $400,000 in October 2012
  • Has been under contract at least 3 times
  • Recently raised $10,000 to $449,000
  • Taxes of $9573
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 18×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 10×9 (lower level)
  • Family room: 16×12 (lower level)

 

32 Responses to “Looking in South West Town? A 3-Bedroom SFH Listed Under $450K: 1617 W. Hubbard”

  1. You call it comtempo… I call it “zany”. And I could not come home to my zany house. This house must have been designed by a trigonometry teacher.

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  2. “This house must have been designed by a trigonometry teacher.”

    Or a Moldovan architect two years out of Universitatea Tehnic? a Moldovei whose view of western architecture is filtered through an Eastern European lens, and this house is inspired by a spring break tour of new construction in east Berlin in 1996. Somehow he won the visa lottery and now designs modern Stalinist architecture with a distinctly Carpathian flavor.

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  3. The biggest mistake in my opinion would be the lack of a third bedroom upstairs, but, since it’s been under contract 3x, that can’t be too much of a distraction, especially since most that live here probably don’t have children.

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  4. I kinda like it, in a zany way. Not sure how I’d feel about being surrounded by light manufacturing, however.

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  5. I like this crazy house. The vertical blinds are terrible though and I imagine it would cost a future for new window treatments.

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  6. “Has been under contract three times” suggests that house has a significant flaw discovered during inspection.

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  7. “Has been under contract three times” suggests that house has a significant flaw discovered during inspection.

    Like a cracked foundation? Agree this has some big issue.

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  8. so foreclosed under contract three times,

    but i dont know what it is i still would consider this place in a search. i am oddly attracted to it.

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  9. Looks like Dryvit – if water gets in behind there, it’s bad news. Those crazy window shapes probably aren’t helping on that front.

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  10. Hell to the no

    This psycho house in this subpar location for nearly half a million bucks?

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  11. ““Has been under contract three times” suggests that house has a significant flaw discovered during inspection.”

    Would such a flaw have to be disclosed to subsequent buyers?

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  12. looks like an easy place to decorate for Halloween

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  13. http://s12.postimg.org/leyle8etp/scary_house.jpg

    spooky

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  14. “http://s12.postimg.org/leyle8etp/scary_house.jpg

    spooky”

    I now nominate you, ch, to set up the cc image dump website. Since Icky won’t do it.

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  15. Dryvit, people run from that stuff like they run from the plague. You don’t have to disclose dryvit because its not a defect even though most buyers treat it as such.

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  16. I don’t understand how despite going in and out of contract the price keeps going up.

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  17. “Or a Moldovan architect two years out of Universitatea Tehnic? a Moldovei whose view of western architecture is filtered through an Eastern European lens, and this house is inspired by a spring break tour of new construction in east Berlin in 1996. Somehow he won the visa lottery and now designs modern Stalinist architecture with a distinctly Carpathian flavor.”

    hd: will you please stop defaming Moldovans? this ugly crap is as kosher as Daniel Libeskind. Stick to what you know, which isn’t culture.

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  18. I like the 1998 price.

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  19. “hd: will you please stop defaming Moldovans? this ugly crap is as kosher as Daniel Libeskind. Stick to what you know, which isn’t culture.”

    Will you stop defaming Poles?

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  20. I remember watching this place get built and wondering “why” every time I went past it.

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  21. “Will you stop defaming Poles?”

    Daniel Libeskind is ashkenazi Jewish, not “Polish”. “Pick-up” Polish architecture is preferable to Jewish- inspired stuff like the subject property, and that of Libeskind, etc. That’s a compliment to the Poles. I never, ever put down Eastern Europeans with derisive comments like you do. over and out.

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  22. This place is so depressingly ugly and it was not because of lack of trying.

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  23. You know a lot of eastern europeans are jewish though, right HH?

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  24. How is this area in general though? How far south/west can you go while still feeling safe to walk around at night?

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  25. StanfordMom: I don’t like this deal but in my opinion while this area looks sketchy/ industrial it seems safe and the area around it is improving too. This is less than a 3 block walk from Twisted Spoke & Starbucks on Ogden, Breakfast Club on Hubbard and Uncle Mike’s Place & Upper Crust Bakery on Grand. Bari, D’Amato’s and Vinnie Sub’s are maybe a 4-5 block walk as is the El stop on Lake Street.

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  26. I live in this area and feel that it’s pretty safe; I don’t see sketchy groups of people wandering or just hanging out at night, maybe b/c there’s not much around. I generally like the area, but I don’t like west of Ashland nearly as much; mostly because you lose the convenience of the blue line/highway somewhat. I’m less worried than I was living in Old Town or Lincoln park, had bad experiences in those neighborhoods.

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  27. Yeah this is not the house for us but the area is really convenient for us logistically, just not too familiar with it. Thanks for the info!

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  28. Hubbard St. btw “hubbard cave” and Ogden is pretty cool. This location sucks. Grand & Ashland is a dismal with capital D intersection, I think at the NWC there’s a 4 am bar/club which attracts a “vibrant” Latino crowd, it used to be an area for heroin dealers, didn’t the Smashing Pumpkins’ blonde get busted there? found it:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/former-pumpkins-bassist-nabbed-on-drug-charges-20000209 plus: “The ex–Smashing Pumpkin and a friend were arrested after allegedly buying three bags of crack cocaine on the 1600 block of West Grand Avenue. D’arcy’s lawyer cut a deal in narcotics court requiring her attendance in drug awareness and prevention school. To replace D’arcy, Corgan quickly hired Hole’s Melissa Auf Der Maur, effectively stealing Courtney Love’s treasured bassist.”

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  29. “NWC there’s a 4 am bar/club ”

    bettys blue star. never thought much of that place but a buddy met his wife there

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  30. Iirc Betty’s Blue Star shut down when former property owners were foreclosed & new bar owner renamed bar GrandBar.

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  31. You’re showing your age, Helmet. Who is Courtney Love?

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  32. i stand corrected. bettys blue was on the street-view but looks like grandbar opened in late 2011.

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