Get a Trendy In-Town Loft in River North for Under $250K: 225 W. Huron

225 w huron

This 1-bedroom loft at 225 W. Huron in River North came on the market in June 2017.

This building was converted from apartments to condos in 2006.

It is located in the trendy River North gallery district.

This loft is on the top floor and has exposed brick walls, exposed ductwork and 12 foot timber ceilings.

It faces south.

It has hardwood floors throughout the living/dining and bedroom areas with tile in the kitchen.

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

The bedroom is not enclosed, and doesn’t appear to have a window, but that’s common in lofts.

There’s no parking with the building nor is there in-unit washer/dryer. It’s coin laundry in the building.

The loft has central air.

The building has a rooftop deck, with city views. You can see the pictures in the listing.

Since June, it has been reduced $9,100 to $249,900.

Is this a good in-town possibility for someone who wants to be in River North?

Ashley Leavitt at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #601: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 720 square feet

  • Sold in May 2006 for $208,500
  • Originally listed in June 2017 for $259,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $249,900
  • Assessments of $289 a month (includes cable, Internet, doorman, exercise room, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $2617
  • Central Air
  • No in-unit washer/dryer. Coin laundry in the building.
  • No parking
  • Bedroom: 8×12
  • Living room/dining room: 14×30
  • Kitchen: 11×12

 

19 Responses to “Get a Trendy In-Town Loft in River North for Under $250K: 225 W. Huron”

  1. As someone looking at 1 beds in RN, I have considered quite a few units in this building. This one specifically looks directly into a balcony at Flair Tower. To actually get a view, you’d have to go on the rooftop (just one floor up luckily), which is losing a big chunk of its vistas due to all the highrises just built (and being built) on Wells. Also important to note that many of the units have hooked up their own in-unit laundry.

    Based on what other units have recently sold for in the building, this is priced about right imo.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  2. This place seems priced about right. There are a few questionable design choices that I would want to remedy. I feel bad complaining about such an inexpensive home, but these things bother me:

    -Is that a pipe running through the center of the kitchen? I once toured a house that had similar piping and I could hear water running through it. The pipe in that place was in a different location, so I could have covered it with dry wall to block out the sound.

    -Why is the kitchen tiled? It looks weird, but I suppose that’s easy to fix.

    -Is the hood decorative or is it functional? If decorative, then I’d rather just have the microwave above the stove.

    -There are way too many different types of cabinetry in the kitchen – stainless steel, wood, glass. It’s just too much. Again, that can be remedied for not much money. I would remove the cabinet with the glass cover and change the face of the stainless cabinets.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: -1 (from 1 vote)
  3. jeez, old photo Sabrina, Grahm Elliot closed, turned into Oak and Char which closed and now its ??? (Legal & Limbo?)

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  4. And oh god I’ve been in one of these units before and holy crap are they small… theres a reason this unit is staged empty because that living room is so small you can barely fit a love seat in it

    Good rental unit for a single dude maybe

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)
  5. “-Is that a pipe running through the center of the kitchen?”

    my guess is that the kitchen wasn’t as open to the living area in the past and the pipe was once behind a wall or column.

    “-Why is the kitchen tiled?”

    i never understood the idea of tiling the floor of an open concept kitchen when it transitions to wood floor. are people concerned their wood floor will get ruined in the kitchen due to some water getting on it? just looks terrible.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  6. These units are fine for a single person in their 20s, and not many other people. I’ve been in a unit right below this one with the same floor plan and they are small and somewhat dark, but for the money livable, and those taxes are a bargain for Chicago.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  7. “my guess is that the kitchen wasn’t as open to the living area in the past and the pipe was once behind a wall or column.”

    Outline of the wall is visible on the ceiling.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  8. “I’ve been in a unit right below this one with the same floor plan and they are small and somewhat dark”

    Why are they dark Sid? Is there a building on the back side that blocks the light? Because this faces south and the windows are pretty big industrial size windows so the light should be outstanding in there most of the day.

    But I’ve never been in a south facing unit in this building- so that’s why I’m asking.

    Obviously the bedroom has no window so that area would be dark.

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  9. “jeez, old photo Sabrina, Grahm Elliot closed, turned into Oak and Char which closed and now its ??? (Legal & Limbo?)”

    I think it’s from the last time we chattered about this building- in 2012.

    With thousands of buildings (not to mention townhouses and SFH) in the city, you think I actually update my photos every year or something? That’s a good one Sonies.

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)
  10. Regarding tile, if anybody cooks, kitchen floors get trashed. I had wood floors in a kitchen in a place, and they buckled. Food drops, water spills, lots of traffic, etc. Plus, it is bad feng shui to have all one kind of floor. So, for practical, or more energy reasons, the tile in the kitchen is a no brainer. (Again, if you are a cook, and believe in FS).

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: -1 (from 3 votes)
  11. “bad feng shui to have all one kind of floor”

    Hokey religions and ancient flooring are no match for a good mop at your side, kid.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +4 (from 4 votes)
  12. Sabrina, Flair Tower is just across the alley to the south of this building, so the units are all dark, before the construction of that tower this building had some amazing rooftop views but no longer…

    also I was just ragging on your photo, thought it was interesting that its already been changed around a few times, Chicago is always changing so fast

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  13. ” if anybody cooks, kitchen floors get trashed. I had wood floors in a kitchen in a place, and they buckled. Food drops, water spills,”

    sounds like you’re just messy. never had a problem with my wood floors in the kitchen and my wife and I cook all the time.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)
  14. Different flooring in an open kitchen just helps visually separate the space.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)
  15. “Different flooring in an open kitchen just helps visually separate the space.”

    that’s a dated point of view. continuous flooring is much more appealing to the eye and makes a space feel larger.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +1 (from 3 votes)
  16. Marco, there is a difference between popping something in the microwave or actually cooking from scratch. Workspaces get messy. And, I’m also talking about kitchen use, like kids getting water, spilling, grandmas rolling in on their walkers…kitchens, if used properly get much wear and tear.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: -2 (from 4 votes)
  17. They are dark because they are long and narrow and only have windows on one side, though south facing. The living room/kitchen wasn’t really that dark but the rest of the place was and the floorplan kind of cuts off the back half of the unit from the front half even though it’s all open. But that was before the building across the alley so I’m sure it’s worse now.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  18. “They are dark because they are long and narrow and only have windows on one side, though south facing.”

    This is true of nearly every loft building. They are usually built deep- because of their prior industrial uses. No way to have windows deep in the interior. So unless you’re in a building with an unusual layout (the Pencil Factory Lofts in Roscoe Village comes to mind with it’s unique “w” shape which allows for more windows) or you’re lucky to get a unit on the corner, lofts are designed to be dark in the interior. That’s the trade off.

    Usually it’s the bedrooms in the interior of the unit. You’re only supposed to be sleeping in those, right? So who cares if they’re dark?

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: -1 (from 1 vote)
  19. “Who cares if they’re dark?” Obviously not you, but I’ve been in plenty of sunny lofts without the only windows on one, narrow side of a rectangular layout that got adequate sun. They’re not all dark.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: -1 (from 1 vote)

Leave a Reply