Do You Love Private Rooftop Decks? A 3-Bedroom at 1426 N. Orleans in Old Town

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This 3-bedroom in 1426 N. Orleans in Old Town came on the market in June 2015.

The building was constructed in 2001 and has just 18 units and a parking garage.

This penthouse unit has 10.5 foot ceilings.

The master suite has custom California Closets.

The kitchen has wood cabinets, stainless steel appliance and granite counter tops.

The listing says the third bedroom is currently being used as an office.

In addition to the east facing balcony that overlooks the Brown line El tracks, there is a private rooftop deck that has views of the entire downtown Chicago skyline.

Since June, this unit has been reduced $40,000 to $849,000.

Is this a deal for a 3-bedroom in the hot Old Town market?

Louise Study at Baird & Warner has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #602: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2256 square feet

  • Sold in July 2002 for $721,500
  • Originally listed in June 2015 for $889,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $849,000 (includes 2 deeded garage spaces)
  • Assessments of $640 a month (includes water, exercise room, exterior maintenance, scavenger, and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $8607
  • Central Air
  • Side-by-side washer/dryer in the unit
  • Private rooftop deck: 720 square feet
  • Bedroom #1: 21×19
  • Bedroom #2: 12×12
  • Bedroom #3: 21×11

Million Dollar Views for Just $155,000 at 1555 N. Dearborn Parkway in the Gold Coast

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This studio in The Constellation at 1555 N. Dearborn Parkway in the Gold Coast came on the market in June 2015.

Located on the 23rd floor, the 450 square foot studio has floor-to-ceiling windows with Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan views.

The listing says the kitchen has been “updated”. It has maple cabinets, granite counter tops and a smaller than normal-size white refrigerator and stove.

There is laundry in the building as well as a roof deck.

It has a doorman and I believe there’s a rental garage in the building as well.

The unit has been reduced $5,000 to $155,000 since June.

This studio has only sold 3 times in the last 24 years.

Is this a deal for someone who wants an in-town in a prime location?

Suzanne Beu at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #23C: studio, 450 square feet

  • Sold in December 1991 for $42,000
  • Sold in December 1996 for $48,000
  • Sold in September 2005 for $165,000
  • Originally listed in June 2015 for $160,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $155,000
  • Assessments of $483 a month (includes heat, a/c, water, cable, doorman, exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $2344
  • Central Air
  • No washer/dryer in the unit- laundry room in the building
  • No parking- but I think there’s a rental garage in the building
  • Living space: 20×13

Prices Keep Rising in Bucktown: A 3-Bedroom for $850K at 1615 N. Wolcott

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This 3-bedroom in the Urban Sandbox at 1615 N. Wolcott in Bucktown recently came on the market.

We’ve chattered about this 8-unit modern building constructed in 2007 before but it was in relation to one of the penthouses which was listed over the summer for $1.5 million.

See that June 2015 chatter here.

This southeast facing unit is not a penthouse.

But it has luxury finishes such as Arclinea cabinets in the kitchen with Subzero and Miele appliances and quartz counter tops.

The master suite has dual vanities and an oversized shower.

While this unit is listed as a 3-bedroom, the listing says the “owner did not build out 3rd bedroom.”

You can see where the third bedroom was supposed to be (looks like it would eat into the living room space) on the floor plan in the listing.

It has central air, washer/dryer in the unit and heated garage parking is included.

The unit is listed for $216,000 more than the 2009 sales price at $850,000.

How high will Bucktown prices go?

Debra Dobbs at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #301: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in September 2009 for $634,000
  • Currently listed for $850,000
  • Assessments of $299 a month (includes water, parking, exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $8678
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Heated garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 12×15
  • Bedroom #2: 10×11
  • Bedroom #3: 9×11 (but it’s not built out- there are no walls)
  • Walk-in closet: 8×8

 

 

Views As Far As the Eye Can See For This 1-Bedroom: 125 S. Jefferson in the West Loop

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This large corner 1-bedroom at the Park Alexandria at 125 S. Jefferson in the West Loop came on the market in August 2015.

It has cherry hardwood floors throughout the main living areas.

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

There’s washer/dryer in the unit, central air and parking is available for $35,000 extra.

With south and west exposures, this unit has views for miles across the city.

Are views the most important criteria for downtown buyers?

Colin Hebson at Dream Town Realty has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1406: 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, 1051 square feet

  • Sold in December 2003 for $268,000
  • Sold in June 2004 for $268,000
  • Originally listed in August 2015 for $299,999 (parking at $35,000 extra)
  • Currently still listed at $299,999 (with parking at $35,000 extra)
  • Assessments of $540 a month (includes heat, a/c, water, parking, doorman, cable, exercise room, scavenger, snow removal, exterior maintenance)
  • Taxes of $3824
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom: 12×14

Does Outdoor Space Matter? A 1-Bedroom in 333 N. Canal in River West

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This 1-bedroom in River Bend at 333 N. Canal in River West came on the market in July 2015.

It has floor-to-ceiling 12 foot windows that face down the Chicago River and have east views of Wolf Point.

The unit has a loft-like feel with concrete ceilings.

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

There is stone tile in the bathroom.

Garage valet parking is included and it has washer/dryer in the unit.

If you’re an investor, the building allows 12-month leases.

Most of the units in this building have River facing balconies but this unit does not.

Is the lack of outdoor space a deal killer for buyers in Chicago?

Do buyers HAVE to have a balcony?

Laura Meier at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1406: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1047 square feet

  • Sold in January 2002 for $337,000
  • Sold in July 2004 for $295,000
  • Sold in May 2013 for $320,000
  • Sold in December 2014 for $325,000
  • Originally listed in July 2015 for $390,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $354,000 (includes valet garage parking)
  • Assessments of $680 a month (includes a/c, water, gas, parking, doorman, cable, exercise room, scavenger, lawn maintenance, snow removal, exterior maintenance)
  • Taxes of $5676
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom: 12×14

The 5-Bedroom Fugitive House is Still Available in Lincoln Park: 336 W. Wisconsin

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We’ve chattered several times about the 5-bedroom single family home at 336 W. Wisconsin in Lincoln Park, also known as “the Fugitive House.”

See our November 2012 chatter here and our May 2013 chatter here.

Back in May 2013, when the market was red hot, some of you thought the house would finally sell.

But this property is still on the market 2 years later.

The listing still says “Nothing else compares!”

If you recall, it was built in 1981 on a larger than average Chicago lot of 32×126.

It has a lot of features you don’t normally find in single family homes including a sauna, an elevator and an indoor pool.

It also has a 3 car garage.

The kitchen has white cabinets and a stainless steel refrigerator.

There are 3 master suites.

The Fugitive movie was released in 1993. Given that it’s 22 years old, does it even warrant a mention in a real estate listing anymore?

After years on the market, will this house finally find a buyer in 2015?

Margaret Wilczek at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff still has the listing. See the pictures again here.

336 W. Wisconsin: 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 6129 square feet, 3 car garage

  • Sold sometime before 1994 (?)
  • Originally listed in June 2011 for $3.95 million
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in March 2012 at $3.699 million
  • Under contract briefly in August 2012
  • Was listed in May 2013 at $3.699 million
  • Was still listed in 2014
  • Was re-listed in May 2015 for $3.65 million
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $3.5 million
  • Taxes now $54,188 (they were $48,774 in May 2013)
  • Central Air
  • Sauna
  • Elevator
  • Indoor pool
  • Bedroom #1: 15×19 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 12×22 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 13×16 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 13×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #5: 14×18 (fourth floor)
  • Family room: 17×20 (main floor)

Who Will Buy This 12-Bedroom Gold Coast Mansion? 1547 N. Dearborn Parkway

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This 12-bedroom Gold Coast mansion at 1547 N. Dearborn Parkway was originally listed in May 2013.

The Romanesque-style house was built in 1891 by architect August Fielder and is on an oversized 82.5×133 lot.

It has an 8-car garage and central air.

The house has some of the original stained glass, moldings and carvings.

It has 9 wood burning fireplaces, a library and a sunroom.

The kitchen has dark wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

The house has lawn sprinklers and a power generator.

Originally listed in June 2013 for $18.75 million, it has been reduced $7.75 million to $11 million.

At 18,590 square feet, it is one of the bigger homes for sale in the neighborhood.

Who is the buyer for a house of this size?

How many more years will it take to sell it?

Emily Sachs Wong at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

1547 N. Dearborn Parkway: 12 bedrooms, 12.5 baths, 18,590 square feet

  • I couldn’t find a prior sales price but Zillow says it sold in 1995 for $5 million
  • Originally listed in June 2013 for $18.75 million
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $11 million (includes 8-car garage)
  • Taxes of $142,242
  • Central Air
  • Law sprinklers
  • Power generator
  • 9 wood burning fireplaces
  • Library
  • Sunroom
  • Master bedroom: 21×18 (second floor)

A 3-Bedroom Brick and Timber Loft Right on the 606: 2111 W. Churchill in Bucktown

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This 3-bedroom corner penthouse loft at Churchill Row at 2111 W. Churchill in Bucktown came on the market in July 2015.

Churchill Row was converted into 39 condominiums in the early 2000s. It was a former cabinet factory.

This loft has exposed brick, timber ceilings and timber beams and 19 foot vaulted ceilings on the main level along with large industrial windows.

2 out of the 3 bedrooms are on the second floor.

It has two outdoor spaces, including a south facing terrace and a private rooftop deck with city views.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

It has all the features buyers look for including central air, washer/dryer in the unit and deeded parking.

The building is also directly on the highly popular new public park, the 606.

At 2000 square feet, this loft has more square footage than many single family homes in the neighborhood.

Originally listed for sale by owner last July, it has been reduced $40,000 to $725,000.

Now that it’s open, is being right on the 606, instead of simply being “close” to it, a selling point for a property?

Emily Sachs Wong at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #307: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2000 square feet, corner penthouse

  • Sold in November 2002 for $498,500
  • Originally listed for sale by owner in July 2015 for $765,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $725,000 (parking included)
  • Assessments of $525 a month (includes parking, cable, exterior maintenance, lawn care and scavenger)
  • Taxes of $9013
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 14×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 13×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 9×13 (main floor)

 

Your Dream Walk-in Closet Awaits: A 2-Bedroom at 30 W. Oak in the Gold Coast

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This 2-bedroom at 30 W. Oak in the Gold Coast came on the market in August 2015.

It went under contract almost immediately but then came back on the market.

30 W. Oak is one of the most popular buildings in the Gold Coast with units re-selling quickly and at high price points. Most of the units are large and face south.

But this unit is one of the rare smaller units.

At 1500 square feet, it faces north and west.

It has 11 foot ceilings and a Poggenpohl kitchen with Meile, Thermador and Subzero appliances.

The unit has honed Bianca White marble floors in the living/dining/kitchen area and espresso hardwood floors in the master bedroom.

The listing indicates the second bedroom is more like a den/office.

The unit, however, has one unique feature: the master bedroom’s walk-in closet is bigger than the second bedroom/den.

It has central air, washer/dryer in the unit and heated garage parking is available in the building.

The listing says “it’s a lifestyle” about the building.

Why hasn’t this sold yet?

Lisa Allegra at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures and the floor plan here.

Unit #5E: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1500 square feet

  • Sold in October 2006 for $722,500
  • Originally listed in August 2015 for $750,000
  • Was under contract in August
  • Currently still listed at $750,000
  • Assessments of $829 a month (includes heat, a/c, gas, doorman, cable, internet, exterior maintenance, scavenger, and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $11866
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 15×13
  • Bedroom #2: 8×11
  • Laundry room: 5×5
  • Walk-in closet: 15×12

Million Dollar Views Without the Million Dollar Price Tag: 1 E Scott in the Gold Coast

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This 2-bedroom penthouse at 1 E. Scott in the Gold Coast just came on the market.

The corner unit faces south with views of most of the city skyline, including the John Hancock.

Built in 1969, the building has 240 units, a doorman, a rooftop pool with city and lake views and an attached parking garage with rental parking.

The unit has floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors throughout, central air and in-unit washer/dryer.

There’s a master suite with a walk-in closet.

The second bedroom has a custom built-in office and desk.

The kitchen has maple cabinets, black appliances and granite counter tops as well as a large kitchen island that seats 3.

At just $389,900, is this a good entry level apartment to live the Gold Coast life style?

Kaylin Goldstein at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2304-05: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in April 1993 for $70,000
  • Sold in March 2004 for $360,000
  • Sold in March 2009 for $374,500
  • Currently listed at $389,900
  • Parking is leased at $400 a month in the building
  • Assessments of $1041 a month (includes heat, a/c, water, gas, cable, doorman, exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal, roof top pool)
  • Taxes of $5308
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 18×24
  • Bedroom #2: 11×15