Now’s Your Chance to Own a Corner 2-Bedroom in the Brewster: 2800 N. Pine Grove

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This 2-bedroom at the Brewster at 2800 N. Pine Grove in East Lakeview just came on the market.

The Brewster is a historic building that was constructed in 1893 and has 94 units but no parking.

The interiors have been used as movie sets on several films.

This is a northeast corner unit with rounded windows in the dining nook.

The two bedrooms are in the preferred split floorplan.

It still has many of its vintage features including restored woodwork, 10 foot ceilings, oversized windows, and a wood burning fireplace along with exposed brick.

The kitchen has maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

There are window a/c units and coin laundry in the building.

There’s also a part-time doorman.

If you like painted woodwork, Unit #1K is also on the market (minus the dining nook.) It is listed for $235,000.

The #1K listing says that unit was rented for $2,000 a month.

You can see those pictures here.

Is this a good starter condo for a first time buyer in this trendy neighborhood?

Lee Cherney at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #6K: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, no square footage listed

  • Sold in April 1992 for $80,000
  • Sold in January 2004 for $207,000
  • Sold in July 2004 for $216,500
  • Sold in July 2008 for $260,000
  • Currently listed for $249,900
  • Assessments of $411 a month (includes doorman, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $3465
  • No central air- only window units
  • No laundry in the unit (coin laundry only)
  • No parking
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Bedroom #1: 13×11
  • Bedroom #2: 12×11
  • Living room: 16×16
  • Kitchen: 8×6


13 Responses to “Now’s Your Chance to Own a Corner 2-Bedroom in the Brewster: 2800 N. Pine Grove”

  1. It’s a great interior but I’d hate to come home to a movie set in my lobby. I’m surprised how reasonable the HOA is.

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  2. Beautiful building and common areas. Both of those units need a bit of work to realize their potential, that’s for sure. The painted wood is sad in comparison with the stained woodwork. The coin laundry and window AC units do scream “first time buyer” to me. I don’t see this area as “trendy” at all, more just classically desirable for many.

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  3. I first looked for the HOA too. Seems very reasonable all in for the space and location. I think this is a great starter condo or investment property. I wonder if there are any rental caps in the association.

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  4. Think I may have seen that these don’t have any rental caps. It is a very nice building, but the no parking option, window air, coin laundry, and 1 bath aren’t ‘ideal’. But for the space and location-can’t really expect much more for the money These don’t seem to command a great deal of money, and have always seemed fairly priced-anyone know why?

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  5. lovely small place with honest character. Somehow reminds me of apartments in NYC.

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  6. Is that the “real” G? Is this the 2d sign of a coming crash?

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  7. “Sold in July 2008 for $260,000
    Currently listed for $249,900”


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    Great for first time buyer (who will re-sell in under three years after putting no money into it). Transient building with only the location going for it.
    GO CUBBIES LOLZ!!!!!!!!
    And Old Style!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Cool building and the price seems fair. I think it would be a good option for a new college grad who is used to not having parking or an in-unit washer/dryer. After living there for a few years, the owner could rent it out and make a bit of money.

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  10. Laura Louzader on July 12th, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Very,very good deal for a 2-bedroom unit in this great neighborhood- 2 bed units with comparable space and features are selling for that much in Edgewater & even Rogers Park. This is also one of the most attractive units in the building, and the common areas are gorgeous.

    I’ll be surprised if the unit isn’t under contract by the weekend.

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  11. “Is that the “real” G? Is this the 2d sign of a coming crash?”

    No. It’s not the original G. I let it through though.

    I haven’t heard from the original G in many years. I’m assuming he passed away.

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  12. Connectedspace on July 13th, 2017 at 7:29 am

    What a fabulous unit, in a fabulous building in a fabulous location. Great place for a young family. I wish Chicago only had units like this. Tasteful, prewar, walkable, dense, no parking.

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  13. I think the assessments are low because they don’t cover heat – it’s those nasty electric heat pumps (not ac units). With the exposed brick I can see the units being hard, and expensive, to heat, if not cold. While the atrium is cool, when I’ve been there, I wasn’t impressed with the maintenance level (particularly dust – and this was for Open House Chicago, you’d have thought they would have cleaned for it) and the corridors looked like an 80’s “Victorian” hotel.

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