A Crilly Court 3-Bedroom With a Rare Parking Spot: 211 W. St. Paul in Old Town

Crilly Court approved

This 3-bedroom in Crilly Court at 211 W. St. Paul in Old Town came on the market in May 2015.

Crilly Court is a 90-unit development that was apartments for decades and converted into luxury condominiums in 2007, at the height of the bubble.

It has four buildings around a center courtyard.  The building in the picture above is of the Wells Street side of the complex. I don’t think I have a picture of the St. Paul side.

In that courtyard are only a handful of outdoor parking spaces (I want to say something like 8 to 10 spots). They were originally sold only with the most expensive 3-bedroom units in the complex.

Everyone else was out of luck.

This 3-bedroom unit in the St. Paul side of the building is one of those few units WITH the coveted parking space.

It has 4 exposures and a large terrace that faces south.

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

The master bedroom has a fireplace and a master suite bathroom.

The listing says this unit is in the Lincoln school district.

Crilly Court has always commanded top prices.

This unit is now listed $181,000 higher than the peak bubble pricing of 2007.

How high will prices go in this complex?

Timothy Salm at Jameson Sotheby’s has the listing. See the pictures here.

Or you can see it at the Open House on Saturday, June 20 from 1:00- 3:00 pm.

Unit #3: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in March 2007 for $534,000 (included the parking space)
  • Sold in December 2011 for $625,000 (included the parking space)
  • Originally listed in May 2015 for $729,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $715,000 (parking included)
  • Assessments of $468 a month (includes water)
  • Taxes of $8558
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 19×14
  • Bedroom #2: 13×10
  • Bedroom #3: 13×10

20 Responses to “A Crilly Court 3-Bedroom With a Rare Parking Spot: 211 W. St. Paul in Old Town”

  1. On Redfin, if you click on the link of the previous listing that sold in 2011, the photos are the same. Did this agent not even bother taking new pictures of the place.

    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/211-W-Saint-Paul-AVE-60614/unit-3/home/26810078/mred-07856758

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  2. The courtyard place posted yesterday is so much nicer than this place and almost $300,000 cheaper. I don’t understand the appeal of this place compared to the one from yesterday.

    Visible fire escape and stores below? So depressing especially at that price.

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  3. I love the location, but am not an actual huge fan of Crilly Court.

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  4. This place (sorta kinda nearby) is much nicer:

    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/2043-N-Mohawk-St-60614/unit-3S/home/13349637

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  5. On another topic

    http://www.zillow.com/research/affordability-job-growth-june-2015-9863/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emm-0615_prdigest-0610sweetspotheader

    Chicago is right at the median in terms of affordability – 2.9 ratio

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  6. “Visible fire escape and stores below?”

    This particular unit is around the corner in a separate building that shares a courtyard (used for parking) with the building Sabrina pictures which fronts on Wells.

    So, no, no visible fire escape, and no stores below this unit.

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  7. “The courtyard place posted yesterday is so much nicer than this place and almost $300,000 cheaper. I don’t understand the appeal of this place compared to the one from yesterday.”

    This location is nicer. $300 nicer, we’ll see, but it does command a premium. Even though there are stores below, this stretch of Wells has little foot traffic.

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  8. “Even though there are stores below”

    Not below the actual unit, which is around the corner on St Paul. The pic on this post is not of the building that the unit is in, but of another building in the association.

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  9. Guess Heitman was right…

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  10. Mohawk is a VERY different vibe

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  11. Tiny, cramped rooms and one of those kitchen/LR/DR combos for over $700,000? Fail.

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  12. I may be in the minority, but I like the Broadway and Surf location of yesterday’s courtyard just as much as the Wells Street/Old Town location of the Crilly Court apartment. Both neighborhoods are quite charming, near the lake, and provide easy downtown access. Yesterday’s condo was far more charming and a lot less expensive than today’s, so that one wins.

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  13. This is one of the best locations in the city. I lived in Crilly Court when it was a rental. The units were completely redone with an open living room kitchen instead of the kitchen in back. The kept some nice features and of course the high ceilings.

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  14. It just doesn’t look like anything here should cost that much. I mean judging by the outside. I realize the actual unit isn’t in the building pictured, but hard to believe anything in the complex is worth the expenditure.

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  15. Hi Dan,
    First, welcome back. Second, I think the perception of what a price is worth is very subjective. I know you live in a suburb and you love it. I am sure it is great in many ways, but I would rather live in a smallish 2BR in the city than have a mansion with a huge garden in the nicest suburb.
    It doesn’t matter what we think about the price, as long as it sells at the asking price, then indeed that price was its market worth.

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  16. Awesome location. Live in th complex. Those parking spots have to be worth 40k by themselves.

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  17. “Awesome location. Live in th complex. Those parking spots have to be worth 40k by themselves.”

    For those who actually live in this complex (or have lived here) what is it like having one of those parking spaces in the central courtyard?

    I always thought it would be kind of weird because EVERYONE would know your business if you owned a spot. Basically, every single unit in the complex overlooks that courtyard. There is no mistaking your coming and going with your car out of there. It wouldn’t take long before everyone knew your schedule. I feel like it wouldn’t be very private at all. That other unit owners could be like, “there’s Joe, going to work a half an hour later today. I wonder why?”

    And does that make the back porch area loud for all the other units? What if you come home at 2 am and have to open the gate and drive in and then you’re parking and slamming doors in that courtyard. Is that an annoyance for everyone else?

    It’s a unique set up. Normally, parking for large buildings is at the back of the building (or in a garage) and NOT in the central courtyard where every single unit can see it.

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  18. I’ve learned growing up that people dont care about what you are doing nearly as much as you yourself think…. I live on ground level and couldn’t tell you one thing about the people that park there.

    But in a 90 unit complex, a gated parking spot in the heart of old town is pretty desirable. Dont really notice the cars late night.

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  19. “But in a 90 unit complex, a gated parking spot in the heart of old town is pretty desirable. Dont really notice the cars late night.”

    Thanks for the update Greg. I’ve lived in small buildings and it’s ALL I’ve noticed. I can even tell you the work schedule of people, when they go on vacation, when they stay out late with their girlfriends, who their new girlfriend was, who is cheating on whom, etc. etc.

    It was annoying. Really NO privacy. I moved as a result.

    But that’s why I’ve always wondered about these spots in the middle of this building. No privacy.

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  20. I lived right next to a parking area for 5 years and never paid attention to anyone. Some of my neighbors did though and I was stunned when they would tell me long boring stories about what was going on in the parking lot. I would smile pleasantly, but think “really, you so need a life”.

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