2-Bedroom Vintage Grandeur in a Gold Coast Mid-Rise: 21 E. Elm

This 2-bedroom in the mid-rise vintage building at 21 E. Elm in the Gold Coast just came on the market.

Built in 1916, it still has some of its vintage features including 2 wood burning fireplaces.

The listing says it has been renovated.

It has Venetian plaster (NOT “plastic”- my mistake) walls and ceilings.

The kitchen has custom wood-made cabinetry and herringbone floors along with luxury appliances.

It has central air and an in-unit washer/dryer but it doesn’t have parking. There is parking available in the neighborhood, including in the high rise across the street.

Will this be a harder sale because it’s just a 2-bedroom instead of the popular 3-bedroom?

Harry Pfaff at Prudential Rubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2C: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in October 1998 for $345,000
  • Currently listed for $724,900
  • Assessments of $688 a month (includes heat, cable)
  • Taxes of $10,019
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • No parking- but available for lease in the neighborhood
  • Bedroom #1: 17×14
  • Bedroom #2: 18×11

 

27 Responses to “2-Bedroom Vintage Grandeur in a Gold Coast Mid-Rise: 21 E. Elm”

  1. “It has Venetian plastic walls and ceilings.”

    Plastic walls & ceilings!!! Ha:)

  2. “Venetian plastic”

    One of Sabrina’s (quite rare, really) typos, it would appear–linked listing sez ‘plaster’.

  3. I love classic units like this – the details are beautiful, just look at the doorknobs. Lack of parking is a drag.

  4. This is the type of place where I would love to live, plus a great location. I might even be able to give up the deeded parking in this case. The assessments also seem really low for this area.

  5. anon’s gone from troll to suckup!

  6. This is a lovely apartment, easy to like and live in. No parking is a drawback … or someone could be very urban and not have a car. The location makes that doable.

  7. It is on the noiser end of Elm but I can see this for 625. The kitchen is a killer for me. No external venting when there could have been- it seems more about “looking good” rather than cooking. Parking is the same for everone around here so that is a given.

  8. Place is too dark and cave-like. For the same price you could get a 2/2 in a boring modernist box, with lake views and copious amounts of natural light. Never thought I’d say I’d prefer the latter.

  9. I was *really* hoping that the listing had the error. Hoping for too much, I guess.

  10. “No external venting when there could have been”

    Honest, serious question: how can you tell? I have an externally-vented hood on an inteior wall–what about this one makes you sure it isn’t? Not saying you’re incorrect, just want to know the tip-off (or have you seen the unit?).

  11. Great looking place, but really, THAT much money for a two bedroom? Not more then one person ever stays over for the holidays or to sleep it off after a night on the town?

  12. *Not more then one person ever stays over for the holidays or to sleep it off after a night on the town?*
    Ever heard of a HOTEL??

  13. Beautiful apartment and nearly perfect. I’ve always loved this building.

    The kitchen could stand the addition of an island- doesn’t have quite enough work space. Other than that, I’m fine with it- I hope that glass cooktop is induction.

  14. “I was *really* hoping that the listing had the error. Hoping for too much, I guess.”

    Sorry- NOT in the listing. It was my error. Just a little slip (and the result of working too late again.) I did have to laugh when I saw you guys point it out though. A plastic ceiling would be a first on Crib Chatter. :)

  15. “Ever heard of a HOTEL??”

    Uh, bitchy response and all, but I will answer nicely…your mom comes to visit and your having her stay in a “HOTEL??” Your having a party and your best friend and his wife had a little too much and shouldn’t drive so you send them to a”HOTEL??” Relatives. friends from out of town, out of the country come to visit your great place in the city, in the middle of it all and you have to have them stay in a “HOTEL??”

    Wow, hospitality is your hallmark.

  16. Ed – “Nobody” COOKS in this neighborhood! Why would you, when there are so many wonderful restaurants, carry-out places and grocery stores with “ready to eat” deli departments nearby? So the kitchen is only necessary for warming up doggy-bag leftovers or perhaps frozen gourmet foods.

  17. Mitch – sometimes the best way to PRESERVE your good relationship with family/friends is to have them stay in a “HOTEL” rather than the guest quarters at your house!

  18. da fuq is wrong with you people, never cooking dinner, making friends/relatives stay in a frickin expensive ass downtown hotel… what?

  19. “da fuq is wrong with you people, never cooking dinner, making friends/relatives stay in a frickin expensive ass downtown hotel… what?”

    And spending a nice chunk of change to have a place where you can’t cook or have anyone stay over! What’s the point of having a house…someplace to shit and sleep?

  20. gringozecarioca on April 18th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    “And spending a nice chunk of change to have a place where you can’t cook or have anyone stay over! What’s the point of having a house…someplace to shit and sleep?”

    I have plenty of space to cook and have people sleep over. That being said… I do cook all the time and no one ever stays over, heck my parents have not been in any of my homes since the new millenium… and sorry ass friends that can’t pick up a room at the 4 seasons for a few nights.. means you need new friends!

  21. “And spending a nice chunk of change to have a place where you can’t cook or have anyone stay over! What’s the point of having a house…someplace to shit and sleep?”

    I’ve known plenty of people who buy a property with an extra bedroom so they can have a room for “guests” but in reality, the “guests”, if they come to stay, do so only once a year. For the extra price they pay for the “guest room” which otherwise just gathers dust, they can definitely put the guests up in the nice boutique hotel nearby.

    I always laugh now whenever someone tells me they “need” that extra bedroom. Because they will rarely use it.

  22. “Your having a party and your best friend and his wife had a little too much and shouldn’t drive so you send them to a”HOTEL??””

    If you live at 21 E. Elm you get them a cab and they go home. Problem solved. It’s not like this is the suburbs. Has anyone over the age of 25 ever had a drunk “best friend and his wife” stay over night in their apartment after a party? Really? Come on!

    And yes, plenty of relatives and people from out of the country would have no trouble staying at the hotel down the street (in this neighborhood there are plenty to choose from.) Heck, even in Lakeview, they will now be able to stay in the new hotel across from Wrigley.

  23. gringozecarioca on April 19th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    “I always laugh now whenever someone tells me they “need” that extra bedroom. Because they will rarely use it.”

    To me it’s about having a certain amount of “space”. I “need” hallways for that reason too. Love hallways!

  24. Hallways are for hanging your artwork dur

  25. “If you live at 21 E. Elm you get them a cab and they go home. Problem solved. It’s not like this is the suburbs. Has anyone over the age of 25 ever had a drunk “best friend and his wife” stay over night in their apartment after a party? Really? Come on!”

    Ah, yea, I’m way over the age of 25, but then, we have fun parties where no wants to leave..good food (in that kitchen we use) good wine, etc. We always have room and breakfast in the morning…(as opposed to, “There is a diner down the street.”) Of course, I live in the burbs so I don’t want anyone going out and hurting anyone…but still would want room for someone to feel comfortable. You dont have to be frat house drunk for it not to be a wise idea to drive.

    “And yes, plenty of relatives and people from out of the country would have no trouble staying at the hotel down the street (in this neighborhood there are plenty to choose from.) Heck, even in Lakeview, they will now be able to stay in the new hotel across from Wrigley.

    Its not about people not willing to stay in a hotel, its about being gracious and offering close friends and family your home. Wow, the hotel across from Wrigley that would be personal and homey!!

  26. That “guest room in the basement” eventually becomes the inner sanctum/boy cave for the oldest son once he becomes a teenager and can’t stand to spend more than minimal (eating) time in company with the ‘rents. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the lower-level bedroom decorated with sports gear, computer equipment, musical instruments etc. (and probably “secret stuff” under the bed.)

  27. gringozecarioca on April 19th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    “Hallways are for hanging your artwork dur”

    Nope.. for putting one foot on each side and climbing up the wall so you can pretend you are Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell.

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