How Do You Fit 2-Bedrooms Into 700 Sq. Feet? 751 W. California Terrace in Lakeview

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This 2-bedroom in Victorian Lane at 751 W. California Terrace in Lakeview just came on the market.

This is a top floor vintage unit with north and south treetop views.

It has bamboo floors and a wood burning fireplace.

There is one bathroom and the listing says it has been remodeled with a jetted tub and rain shower.

The kitchen has white cabinets.

There’s a small terrace/balcony off the kitchen.

The unit has several features that buyers look for including central air and in-unit washer/dryer, which the listing says is rare for the building.

There’s no parking. However, it can be rented in the neighborhood.

This property is just 700 square feet, yet it has 2 bedrooms and even a walk-in closet.

How does it fit it all in?

Are most modern condos poorly laid out compared to this vintage unit?

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

Or go see it at the open houses on Saturday, January 27 from 1-3 PM and on Sunday, January 28 from 1-3 PM.

Unit #3: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 700 square feet

  • Sold in July 1988 for $61,000
  • Sold in July 2000 for $185,000
  • Sold in December 2006 for $227,000
  • Currently listed for $224,700
  • Assessments of $355 a month (includes exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $3706
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • No parking
  • Bedroom #1: 14×11
  • Bedroom #2: 9×11
  • Kitchen: 8×11
  • Living room: 13×21
  • Walk in closet: 4×6

 

16 Responses to “How Do You Fit 2-Bedrooms Into 700 Sq. Feet? 751 W. California Terrace in Lakeview”

  1. JAN TERRI LUVS TINY HOMES AND WELL STAGED PHOTOS!!!
    TAXES LOOK GOOD LOLZ!!!!
    GO OLD STYLE!

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  2. JAN TERRI LUVS TINY HOMES AND WELL STAGED PHOTOS!!!
    TAXES LOOK GOOD LOLZ!!!!
    GO OLD STYLE! HA

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  3. “Sold in December 2006 for $227,000
    Currently listed for $224,700”

    Looking for a bidding war? Or is this part of LV now a C location?

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  4. Nice place for the price and location.

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  5. In answer to the question about lay-outs: This has an unusually efficient floor plan. Most new construction and most major rehabs have a terrible layouts with useless space. There is no reason why 700 SF for a two bed / 1 bath need feel cramped.

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  6. The assessor’s site lists this place at 1700 sq feet, not 700 sq ft. I think the realtor just made a typo.

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  7. Kudos on the floor plan. 2/1 in 700 SF is a ship in a bottle. But how in the world do you watch that TV?

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  8. What would something like this in NYC cost with a similar commute time and neighborhood amenities? How about LA? SF? Philly? Seattle? DC? Boston?

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  9. in NYC? Probably $1 – $1.5 million. I had a co-worker with a place similar to this in Chelsea and I think he had paid around $750,000 for it and that was 16 years ago!

    Same with SF. Financed a 2/1 for around $800k. It sold recently for $1.2ish IIRC. Clients relocated to Ohio and bought a 5000 sqft house on 10 acres with their gain…

    Did a 2/1 in Boston for around $600k about 5 or 6 years ago.

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  10. “similar … neighborhood amenities?”

    Similar to the Clark Dog/Clark Street Bar combo basically outside your door? Unpossible!

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  11. “The assessor’s site lists this place at 1700 sq feet, not 700 sq ft. I think the realtor just made a typo.”

    I might believe that there was a typo, as I see it all the time. But there’s no way this place is 1700 square feet. It’s the assessor who has the typo, I’m afraid.

    Only the duplex downs in this complex could possibly be 1700 square feet.

    All you have to do is add up the square footage here.

    There’s really just 4 rooms and no hallways.

    You can fit a lot into 700 square feet if it’s laid out correctly, there aren’t big closets and hallways.

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  12. “Looking for a bidding war? Or is this part of LV now a C location?”

    Did you look at the kitchen pictures?

    Buyers are picky right now. This is square footage of a 1-bedroom and doesn’t have parking. And you’d have to gut the kitchen. Most buyers don’t want to gut anything. If it’s not move-in ready, forget it.

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  13. “in NYC? Probably $1 – $1.5 million. I had a co-worker with a place similar to this in Chelsea and I think he had paid around $750,000 for it and that was 16 years ago!”

    People in Chicago don’t understand how good they have it on housing.

    Yes, prices have gone up but you can live in ALL of Chicago’s most prestigious neighborhoods for under $300,000 (with a variety of size units). In none of the other major cities is that true. Good luck finding a 1 or 2-bedroom with 700 square feet in, say, Venice Beach in LA or the Marina (ha!) in San Francisco or in DuPont Circle in DC for under $300,000.

    We are sooooooo lucky.

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  14. My friend lived here. The big problem is mail. Dummy post workers think this is North California ave. Not many people know there is a tiny West California over in Lakeview. Naming this little alleyway California was ridic when California is such an artery street. If I lived here, I’d get a Po box for sure.

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  15. Looking for a bidding war? Or is this part of LV now a C location?

    Not sure about “this part of LV”, but when I was condo shopping in the early/mid-90s, this building was the only place in ALL of Lakeview where a 2-bed was in my price range. (I bought a 1-bed in a better building)

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  16. Not my favorite part of Lakeview. Really ugly corner and always has been, even back in the 70’s when I was a kid. I remember this building going condo back then and it seemed odd even to me at the time, so long narrow and in such a busy location. They did their best, but there wasn’t much to work with.

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