Vintage Elegance (and Pocket Doors) in East Lakeview: A 3-Bedroom at 559 W. Surf


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This 3-bedroom vintage unit in the Green Brier at 559 W. Surf in East Lakeview came on the market in March 2015.

The building was built in 1903 and has 78 units.

Most of the units, including this one, have many of the vintage features of that era including 10 foot ceilings, thick crown molding and pocket doors.

This unit also has a decorative fireplace and a foyer with a pier mirror.

From the listing pictures, it looks like most of the moldings are in original condition (i.e., not painted.)

This particular tier of units has all 4 exposures.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances.

Even though this unit is vintage, it has many of the features buyers look for including central air, washer/dryer in the unit and parking is available for $25,000.

Is this unit a vintage lover’s dream?

Kim Kerbis at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #400: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2000 square feet

  • Sold in November 2000 for $341,500
  • Originally listed in March 2015 for $465,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $437,000 (plus $25,000 for parking)
  • Assessments of $979 a month (includes doorman, cable)
  • Taxes of $7058
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Decorative fireplace
  • Bedroom #1: 15×14
  • Bedroom #2: 17×14
  • Bedroom #3: 17×14


8 Responses to “Vintage Elegance (and Pocket Doors) in East Lakeview: A 3-Bedroom at 559 W. Surf”

  1. Gotta love those bedroom sizes; a true 3 bedroom place. If assessments included a bit more like heat, I’d say $1k/month wouldn’t be terrible; but they don’t include much it seems.

    Living room looks smaller than certain bedrooms; probably from stuffing it with too much furniture. Kitchen cabinets & countertops need updating. Decent price for that much square footage but you pay on the backend with assessments.

    It makes more financial sense to either compromise and get an awesome 2bd/2bth with reasonable assessments, or explore smaller 3bd/2bth with reasonable assessments. 545 W Belmont Ave 1W, and 2615 N Halsted St (a SFH!) seem like much better deals, the former being a deal for modest increase in price compared to this Surf property. Although many wouldn’t want to live on those noisy streets which explains the pricing structure.

    Is it pocket-door week on CribChatter?

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  2. “Is it pocket-door week on CribChatter?”

    yep and next week is “Gourmet/Chefs Kitchen week”

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  3. I do like all these old courtyard buildings in lakeview… I wouldn’t like that location but i’m sure someone will think its “fabulousssss” and scoop it up quick.

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  4. This is quite nice actually.

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  5. “Living room looks smaller than certain bedrooms; probably from stuffing it with too much furniture.”

    The actual living room is quite massive actually. It’s something like 30 feet long. But some of the unit owners split it into two making half of it a “den” and the other half the living room. Otherwise, a lot of the space is wasted unless you have a pool table or a piano or something to fill it up.

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  6. Great looking place and a beautiful building. The location is probably noisy right on Broadway.

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  7. I don’t usually like courtyard buildings, but this one is really nice.

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  8. Buzz, your kitchen, woof.

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