Why Not Raise Your Kids in a Loft? A 3-Bedroom at 1439 S. Michigan

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This corner 3-bedroom loft in Trevi Square at 1439 S. Michigan in the South Loop came on the market in October 2014.

It is a concrete loft (preferred by many loft lovers because it is virtually soundproof) with exposed brick and 3 exposures: North, South and West.

There are hardwood floors throughout and 2 fireplaces as well as 2 balconies.

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

The loft also has a coveted in-unit laundry room.

It has central air and there is 2-car parking available for an extra $40,000.

The listing says this loft is in the South Loop Elementary school district.

With 3-bedrooms, shouldn’t this loft be getting snatched up by a city family?

Connie Gunwaldt at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #312: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in November 1995 for $92,000
  • Sold in June 2013 for $475,000 (doesn’t look like it included the parking)
  • Currently listed for $519,000 (with 2-car parking for $40,000 extra)
  • Assessments of $493 a month (includes cable)
  • Taxes of $4885
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 19×12
  • Bedroom #2: 12×11
  • Bedroom #3: 11×10
  • Laundry room: 8×5

10 Responses to “Why Not Raise Your Kids in a Loft? A 3-Bedroom at 1439 S. Michigan”

  1. Overall not bad, tho the 2 fireplaces in the living room is questionable

    1/2 of the living room could be used as a childs play area Might throw a divider wall across part of the space

    Still a lot of coin with parking

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  2. Because even though my household income is more than 3x the city average, $560k+30k in updates is well out of reach.

    What’s the school situation here?

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  3. “What’s the school situation here?”

    a-a school is SLoop elementary.

    HS is Phillips, but that doesn’t matter.

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  4. “HS is Phillips”

    andover or exeter? bc you know it matters.

    “The listing says this loft is in the South Loop Elementary school district.”

    It is, though I don’t see that on redfin listing. And how does realtor fail to list Jones as a “alternatve” HS?

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  5. Lofts are for gays and hipsters, not families. Exposed duct work and brick walls? That’s not “family-ish”. Maybe some extreme left wingers would like this, they could be close to the south end of Grant Park for demonstrations etc. and their kids could learn that stuff.

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  6. Lofts are awesome for kids. I know from experience as we have three kids and a great loft space. Where else can you have a 100 foot long” drag-strip” for their toy wheelie races. At times a loft can be a bit noisy as sound travels but overall they can also be quite flexible and fun spaces. Especially if they are all on one level like ours.

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  7. “Lofts are awesome for kids.”

    Sure, if they’re your kids. If they’re your neighbors kids, it sucks. I lived in a timber loft and the noise from kids running around or crying was pretty disruptive.

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  8. “I lived in a timber loft and the noise from kids running around or crying was pretty disruptive.”

    This loft is concrete. Noise (above and below) wouldn’t be an issue. Timber lofts are notorious for noise problems. In the oldest, original lofts, you can literally see through the planks into the unit above (because the only thing separating you and your neighbors is that actual piece of wood.)

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  9. Noise issues are not limited to timber lofts.

    As Sabrina suggested some are made with zero separation and have obvious noise transfer issues. Others are not bound by that poor workmanship.

    Before you throw a loft under the bus for noise issues I’d check with friends living in most green zone condos built during the boom. My loft is actually better at noise reduction between units than my former Bucktown condo built in 1996.

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  10. I’ve seen a unit in this building and everything just seemed really tight and narrow. To JP3’s point, I lived in a timber loft and while there were noise was an occasional issue, it was nothing like my 2nd floor vintage in Uptown where there was a “clomperella” living upstairs that would walk around in heels in the wee morning hours.

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