The Perfect Townhouse Layout? A 3-Bedroom at 1757 N. Paulina in Bucktown

1757 n paulina

This 3-bedroom townhouse in the Paulina Manor Townhouses at 1757 N. Paulina in Bucktown just came on the market.

This complex sits right next to the new 606 trail.

Built in 1999, it has 2-car attached garage parking and central air along with a rooftop deck.

All 3 bedrooms are on the second floor along with 2 bathrooms.

The listing says the master suite has a “spa caliber” bath.

The main level has the living/dining and kitchen along with a patio and a half bathroom.

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

The third bathroom is in the lower level along with the family room.

It’s rare to find a townhouse with a bathroom on every level.

Is this the ideal townhouse layout?

Amanda McMillan at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #L: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in February 2000 for $449,000
  • Sold in July 2006 for $688,000
  • Sold in April 2014 for $668,000
  • Currently listed for $719,000 (includes 2-car attached garage parking)
  • Assessments of $376 a month (includes exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $9171
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 17×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 16×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 11×9 (second floor)
  • Family room: 22×10 (lower level)

 

28 Responses to “The Perfect Townhouse Layout? A 3-Bedroom at 1757 N. Paulina in Bucktown”

  1. nice if you like living in a fishbowl.

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  2. Nothing screams spend $750M then green stuff on the wood in the patio

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  3. Are blinds included?

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  4. nice floorplans, although you would have to be a goldfish to enjoy living here…

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  5. Aren’t the windows facing the private courtyard? In they case, only your neighbors see inside of the house not passerbys, right? If that is the case, I would not mind this.
    Also you can just lower the blind or put some semi opaque window treatments. I would not mind it.

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  6. So wait, your telling me that i need to pay $700k for a unit in a building that looks like it was transplanted from the east out of the communist block?

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  7. No! Not even close… 4 living levels and unattached parking? Terrible, And then all those windows looking just a few feet into your neighbors? no no no!

    Ideal Townhouse to me is 1 or 2 floors only, that way floorplates are big enough to live/entertain and stairs are annoying and take up lots of space. I remember looking at a few of these 4 story ones with the kitchen/living on the 2nd level and yeah.. no

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  8. Oh, no, the place has windows! It would be much better if the windows were smaller, glassblock or both!

    HOA is high for a townhouse, no? Even with the ‘underground’ parking.

    “an ideal Bucktown/Wicker Park location”

    I don’t know about that. What’s this actually close to other than the 606?

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  9. “4 living levels and unattached parking?”

    Only if you count the roof deck as a ‘living level’.

    Parking is under the center walkway–so, it’s attached, but shared.

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  10. “Ideal Townhouse to me is 1 … floor only.”

    Um, a ranch townhouse? Show me a single example of that, anywhere, in an actual city location.

    Remember, to be a “townhouse” there can’t be anyone living above or below you.

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  11. I’ve seen it before somewhere but yeah, just stating what would be ideal

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  12. I am normally someone who says just suck it up and deal with neighbors nearby when you live in the city. This place is ridiculous though. The neighbors are so close on all sides. Other townhouse complexes have more open space (University Village, Dearborn Park, etc.).

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  13. Ooh, another thumbs down vigilante!

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  14. “I’ve seen it before somewhere”

    Single floor, 2000 sf, “townhouses”? That aren’t retirement communities?

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  15. Luis_Carruthers on March 8th, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I like the layout, but who is buying this? Someone with kids? Wouldn’t send my kid to Burr.

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  16. “Single floor, 2000 sf, “townhouses”? That aren’t retirement communities?”

    you never said that was a requirement before 8)

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  17. “This place is ridiculous though. The neighbors are so close on all sides. Other townhouse complexes have more open space (University Village, Dearborn Park, etc.)”

    I think the ridiculous thing is someone want you to pay $700k and then $13,600 ever year after that to live here.

    Its just to close to neighbors and communist compound foot traffic on all sides to feel comfortable. Seems like each window you look out you are 2 feet from highfiving a neighbor. Groove like his nekkid days, this would not facilitate friendly interactions on those days.

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  18. “Someone with kids? Wouldn’t send my kid to Burr.”

    It’s convenient to Near North Montessori and British. It’s convenient to Skinner North; it’s proximity for LaSalle II and Drummond. There are reasonable options.

    Wells, of course, is not one for HS.

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  19. I like the layout, but this place reminds me of what I find so depressing about the 606. In some ways, it’s better than the highline in NYC (bikes! wider lanes!), but the great thing about the highline is the ability to get a different perspective on all the beautiful old buildings along the route. From the 606, 90% of the “architecture” that you see is crappy townhouse/condo developments that have been built since 1997.

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  20. Not enough privacy. St. John Park in River West is better and cheaper.

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  21. I love it when folks merely “occupy the premises” for a couple of years and put no money into a property and then want to find a sucker/buyer to ensure they get their down-payment back – – meanwhile the new owner has a veritable ton of cosmetic work to do on this place. God bless’ em. I am guessing HVAC and water heater are nearing the end of their useful lives too…..

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  22. “I am guessing HVAC and water heater are nearing the end of their useful lives too…..”

    The fridge looks like it is totally original to the unit, too. So that is last legs.

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  23. The location obviously does nothing for me, but the place is actually pretty nice. I bet it doesn’t feel quite as fish-bowlish in person. Maybe they should stage the roof deck. I would have painted the child proofing foam corners on the dining table before the photo shoot.

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  24. I like the layout, but yes it’s a fishbowl. Just the right amount of space IMO.

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  25. “I love it when folks merely “occupy the premises” for a couple of years and put no money into a property”

    Hey, a coat of white paint does cost money, and the brushes ain’t free. So what if they only painted the basement, living room and one bedroom. Egg shell white is a good $50 a can! and that purple needed a primer for the yellow green stripes to cover.

    So you’re saying that they don’t deserve $50,000 in 2 years?

    BTW, staging that roof deck can go a long way to justify that $50,000

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  26. architect_too on March 9th, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Again, I think the chatter trolls are coming out in full force. The layout of this place is actually really great for entertaining. The living and dining rooms open to the deck. That is not something common in Chicago. That said, architecturally it is a bit underwhelming on the outside. Can a troll please explain the difference in having your neighbors look at you across the shared walkway rather than across a gangway, alley, or conventional street? This is urban living people. Go back to Carol Stream.

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  27. “Can a troll please explain the difference in having your neighbors look at you across the shared walkway rather than across a gangway, alley, or conventional street? ”

    As I mentioned above a SFH will have ONLY 2 sides withing *highfiving distance. a SFH front will be about at *minimum the wingspan of Kawhi Leonard from the sidewalk. and if the the back yard wasn’t eaten for a gator deck and more interior sqtf the back will have a good 100 feet until the back neighbor peers in from the inside of their home.

    this place has all 4 sides at all levels within *highfiving distance of a neighbor through a window. and they are charging $720k for an entrance fee at that.

    BTW, just want to point out the definition of a troll is kind of what you did in your post. Also calling others a troll in itself is trolling. But hey, i agree on softies going back to carol stream!

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  28. I don’t see the $250k in added value over my townhouse a few blocks west… OK, they have a powder room on the main level & the ground level outdoor space, but other than that it’s basically same rooms/sizes.

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