Live Among Gold Coast Million Dollar Mansions for Less: 1450 N. Dearborn Pkwy

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This large 1-bedroom vintage unit in an old mansion at 1450 N. Dearborn Parkway in the Gold Coast just came on the market.

It was built in 1874 and has 4 units.

The listing says it “feels like Paris.”

The unit has many of its vintage features intact including 2 fireplaces, 12 foot ceilings with the original moldings and built-in bookcases.

At 1000 square feet, the unit has a dining room.

The galley style kitchen has a mixture of maple and white cabinets with Subzero and Bosch appliances.

It has features buyers look for including washer/dryer in the unit and coveted parking behind the building.

However, there’s no central air.

This unit hasn’t been on the market in 12 years.

Is now the time to get your dream property?

Linda Lyons at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2A: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1000 square feet

  • Sold in August 1989 for $160,000
  • Sold in September 2003 for $480,000
  • Currently listed for $450,000 (includes parking)
  • Assessments of $484 a month
  • Taxes of $6086
  • 2 fireplaces
  • No central air- window units only
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom: 14×20
  • Dining room: 8×10
  • Kitchen: 5×9

15 Responses to “Live Among Gold Coast Million Dollar Mansions for Less: 1450 N. Dearborn Pkwy”

  1. Does anyone know what the special through June is for?

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  2. Those floors are beautiful, that kitchen is certainly not for those that like to cook! Pretty nice vintage space, the facade of the building is great too. Not my cup of tea but I’m sure some old geezer will scoop this up quick

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  3. That kitchen is plenty big to make an egg salad sandwich. It’s a pretty hood and I reckon the buyer will own a 2009 Lexus with 3,000 miles, and small, white dog.

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  4. It’s beautiful, in a perfect neighborhood. Love the floors and the architecture.

    The kitchen would be somewhat improved by changing out that conventional glass-top electric range for an induction range, and perhaps adding a small island for additional work space.

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  5. “The kitchen would be somewhat improved by changing out that conventional glass-top electric range for an induction range, and perhaps adding a small island for additional work space.”

    How do you add an island to a galley kitchen that is 5 x 9? You can barely stand in a kitchen that small, let alone add an island.

    I suppose you can put it out in that hallway or something. But this unit wasn’t built to have the big, American style island and all of that crap that Americans love now. The description of it being a bit of Paris is actually quite correct because Parisians have very small kitchens like this one. They don’t have kitchen islands. They don’t create their space to revolve around the kitchen, like Americans do.

    So when you go into a Parisian apartment that is only 900 square feet, you’ll find two bedrooms, a dining room and two baths and you’ll wonder, “how does that all fit in here?” and it’s because the kitchen is only 5×9 instead of some absurd size like Americans build them like 10 x 20.

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  6. “So when you go into a Parisian apartment that is only 900 square feet, you’ll find two bedrooms, a dining room and two baths”

    So, I looked at some for sale apartments in Paris (on a site seemingly catering to expats–but *not* principally NA Swine) that have 2 beds and are about 900-1100 sf. I didn’t see any with dining rooms, 2d baths are rare (rarer than kitchens with large dining tables in them), and there are quite a lot of open kitchens.

    Are the rentals like what you describe? Sure, maybe, but … so?

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  7. I don’t mind the small kitchen…you can do as much cooking in galley as you can a big one, and the plus is that people get so cramped no one comes in and is talking to you, getting in the way, etc. Its that sink that is the problem! It looks like a wet bar sink and you couldn’t wash a Le Crusset in that!

    Love this place, sigh, I guess I am old. But its classy, but not uptight, light and bright, enough room for a single or an older, gay or child less couple, and I love that it has two fireplaces. The other units that have been on sale in the recent past were on the third floor and they are dark and dingy.

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  8. That’s an alcove kitchen, not a galley. If you’re going to have something like that, it should have a pocket door, so you can close it off. Especially since that’s (pretty obviously) there to make ez breakfast and serve as a glorified wetbar (also to maintain it as a ‘true’ dwelling unit)–this is a pied a terre extraordinaire, where no one is really eating dinner in.

    Should have a half bath, but understand why it doesn’t.

    Call in the bay a ‘separate dining room’ and calling it 8×10 are both extremely farcical.

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  9. “Love this place, sigh, I guess I am old. But its classy, but not uptight, light and bright, enough room for a single or an older, gay or child less couple, and I love that it has two fireplaces.”

    I agree. This place is classy and nice in every way. They should just sell it furnished. I read that some Millennials are anti-fireplace because they’re not “green” and they pollute.

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  10. PS Look at the two pics of the kitchen. Has the first one been manipulated (ie. stretched horizontally) to make it look wider? Look at the white cabinets, the sink and the black part of the dishwasher.

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  11. “I read that some Millennials are anti-fireplace”

    You read it (via) here. Here’s the link again (just bc it amuses me that much):

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/garden/20fire.html?pagewanted=all

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  12. I thought that too about the kitchen. The first on looks stretched like there is more room you don’t see. That kitchen would be a big problem as it IS a glorified wet bar.

    Millennials can be so goofy….(God love em!) I feel like lighting a big fire outside (my inside is a ventless gas so maybe they think its greener?) and having a toast to their goofiness!

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  13. “I read that some Millennials are anti-fireplace because they’re not “green” and they pollute.”

    Oh I thought it was because their arms were too skinny to chop wood

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  14. “You read it (via) here. Here’s the link again (just bc it amuses me that much)”

    I love that article as much as anyone, and I love saying millenials too, but not really a millenial story, exceptinsofar as one millenialish person said somehting to enough to qualify for nyt trend.

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  15. “not really a millenial story, exceptinsofar as one millenialish person said somehting to enough to qualify for nyt trend”

    which does = “Some Millenials are Anti-Fireplace”

    at least as much as “Some Millenials” are anything.

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