Looking for a 2/2 Penthouse in a Vintage Graystone? 2229 N. Seminary in Lincoln Park

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This top-floor 2-bedroom in this vintage graystone at 2229 N. Seminary in Lincoln Park recently came on the market.

Built in 1910, it has a vintage façade but has been upgraded with modern amenities.

The unit has a private interior staircase with a skylight.

There is crown molding and recessed lighting along with plantation shutters in the living room.

The kitchen has white cabinets and luxury appliances including Subzero, Bosch and Dacor.

There is a new ensuite master bath.

This unit also has two decks, including a private rooftop deck accessible from a spiral staircase just outside the back door.

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

If you’ve always wanted to live in a vintage graystone, now is your chance.

It appears that this is the first time this unit has been on the market in 20 years.

Jennifer Ames at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1430 square feet

  • Sold in May 1995 for $252,500
  • Currently listed for $650,000 (includes assigned parking)
  • Assessments of $138 a month (includes exterior maintenance, lawn care, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $6525
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Private rooftop deck
  • Bedroom #1: 13×12
  • Bedroom #2: 11×13

 

It’s Lincoln Park Week on Crib Chatter

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This week, all the posts will be about Lincoln Park because . . . why not?

The real estate is hopping in the most prestigious neighborhood in the city, including a LOT of new construction, mostly of multi-million dollar single family homes.

Is Lincoln Park simply becoming the playground of the mega-rich?

Can middle class buyers even live there anymore?

Will it lose its vintage charm as the old homes are torn down for the new, limestone homes?

 

Why Isn’t This Lincoln Park 2-Bedroom Selling? 1437 W. Diversey

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This 2-bedroom at 1437 W. Diversey in Lincoln Park came on the market in June 2015.

The building was constructed in 2009 and has 5 units.

This unit has modern finishes including wide plank floors.

The kitchen has modern, European-style espresso cabinets and Jenn Air stainless steel appliances.

There are decks on the front and back of the unit along with motorized blinds.

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

Originally listed for $535,000, it has reduced $60,000 to $475,000.

Buyers like “new” and this building is less than 10 years old.

Why isn’t this selling in a low-inventory market?

Mark Miles at Dream Town has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2E: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in March 2009 for $475,000
  • Originally listed in June 2015 for $535,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $475,000 (parking included)
  • Assessments of $150 a month (includes water, scavenger)
  • Taxes of $4628
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 17×14
  • Bedroom #2: 12×11

Are You Sold on the Renovation? A 2-Bedroom at 2045 W. Concord in Bucktown

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This 2-bedroom at 2045 W. Concord in Bucktown just came on the market.

It’s a top floor unit with north and west views and 10 foot ceilings. Yes, that’s the El running right next to the building.

The listing says it has been “updated from top to bottom.”

It now has new hand scrapped grey oak floors (there’s those light wood floors again. Bye-bye walnut and espresso).

The kitchen has new white Italian cabinets with new quartz counter tops and a Thassos marble back splash. There’s also a new wine cooler.

The master bathroom has been upgraded with quartz counter tops.

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

This unit actually sold just 17 months ago for $322,000. It was being rented. You can see those pictures here.

It has come back on after the renovation listed for $399,000.

Buyers want “new.” Will they pay the premium?

D. Waveland Kendt at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #601: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in July 2002 for $233,000 (included the parking)
  • Sold in January 2006 for $347,500 (included the parking)
  • Sold in July 2008 for $332,000 (included the parking)
  • Sold in June 2014 for $322,000 (included the parking)
  • Currently listed for $399,000 (includes the parking)
  • Assessments of $327 a month (includes water, parking, exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $3931
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 16×12
  • Bedroom #2: 11×9

 

Update on Crib Chatter’s Winter Schedule

We’re in the winter market now where inventory and new listings normally drop.

But this year, with already record low inventory, it’s worse than ever. It’s already difficult to find interesting properties to post on. It will only get worse as the holidays approach.

Therefore, Crib Chatter is returning to 1 post a day until 2016 when the inventory improves.

Thanks,

Sabrina

A 1924 Vintage 2-Bedroom With Lake Views in Edgewater: 6334 N. Sheridan

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This 2-bedroom in the Rockefeller-McCormick Building at 6334 N. Sheridan in Edgewater came on the market in September 2015.

Built in 1924, the building was part of the building boom along Lake Michigan that extended from the South Shore to the far north neighborhoods of Edgewater and Rogers Park. It has 42 units, many with lake views.

This unit has east and west exposures with some lake views.

At 1700 square feet, it has the features of vintage apartments of this era including a foyer, a separate dining room and a wood burning fireplace.

The kitchen has wood cabinets and some stainless steel appliances.

While it doesn’t have central air, but window units, it does have in-unit washer/dryer which is rare for a building of this time period.

There’s no parking with the unit.

At just $269,000, is this affordable living along the lake in Chicago?

Tanya Hamilton at Jameson Sotheby’s has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #6E: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1700 square feet

  • Sold in August 1988 for $100,000
  • Sold in September 1992 for $98,000
  • Sold in September 1996 (no price listed)
  • Sold in August 2006 for $266,000
  • Originally listed in September 2015 for $269,000
  • Currently still listed for $269,000
  • Assessments of $741 a month (includes heat, water, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $2283
  • No central air- window units only
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • No parking
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Bedroom #1: 15×13
  • Bedroom #2: 17×14
  • Dining room: 16×14
  • Foyer: 10×7

 

 

The building boom of the 1920s extended from the South Shore neighborhood to the far north neighborhoods of Edgewater and Rogers Park.   6334 N. Sheridan, also known as the Rockefeller-McCormick Building, was built during that decade of the large luxury apartment buildings.

Looking in Lakeview? 8 Condos Listed on the Same Day in 3033 N. Sheridan

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8 units in 3033 N. Sheridan in East Lakeview recently came on the market on the same day from the same seller.

All of the units were 1-bedrooms.

Each listing says “$5000 closing credit on all contracts before Dec 31, 2015.”

It looks like the seller is trying to sell 11 total units, however, including at least one 2/2.

Some units have been on and off the market over the past year.

Take Unit #403, for example.

It looks like it has been completely remodeled with new hardwood floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, a tile backsplash and porcelain tile in the bathroom.

It has an in-unit laundry hook-up, wall air conditioning and parking is available in the building for $35,000.

With inventories near all time lows, is now the perfect time to be listing a dozen condos for sale in a prime neighborhood?

Also isn’t buying one of these units much cheaper than renting in this location?

Tim Knipper at Conlon has all the listings. See the pictures here.

There’s also going to be a mass open house of all 11 units in the building this Sunday, Nov 8 from 12 to 2 PM.

Unit #403: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, no square footage listed

  • No prior sales price- sold in a special warranty deed in October 2011
  • Originally listed in May 2014
  • Currently listed for $224,000 (plus $35,000 for parking)
  • Assessments of $318 a month (includes water, doorman, cable, internet, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal, exterior maintenance)
  • Taxes of $1789
  • No central air- wall units
  • Laundry hook-up in the unit
  • Bedroom: 15×11

What Do Families Look For? A 3-Bedroom in 30 W. Erie in River North

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This 3-bedroom top floor unit at 30 W. Erie in River North came on the market in January 2015.

This building was constructed in 2008 and has just 2-units per floor and only 20 total units.

It was designed to be more “family” oriented with 3-bedroom units.

This unit has north, south and east views and a private terrace off the living room.

The eat-in kitchen has luxury appliances like Subzero and Wolf along with wood cabinets and a kitchen island.

There is a master suite and a den.

It has central air, a laundry room and 2-car parking is included.

Although small, the building still has a doorman and exercise facilities.

Originally listed in January 2015, it has since been reduced once since August.

With 3-bedroom units in demand from families, why isn’t this one selling?

Sophia Worden at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1402: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2300 square feet

  • Sold in April 2008 for $1,424,500 (included 2 parking spaces)
  • Originally listed in January 2015
  • Was listed in August 2015 for $1.49 million
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $1.45 million (2 parking spaces included)
  • Assessments of $1506 a month (includes water, parking, doorman, exercise facilities, exterior maintenance, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $17,793
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 20×13
  • Bedroom #2: 12×11
  • Bedroom #3: 12×10
  • Laundry room: 9×9

 

Making a 2-Bedroom in Lake Point Tower Look Modern Again: 505 N. Lake Shore Drive

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This 2-bedroom on the 28th floor in Lake Point Tower at 505 N. Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville just came on the market.

Lake Point Tower was built in 1968 and has over 750 units.

Some of the units in the building are still in their original condition.

This property, however, has been completely transformed. It last sold in 2013 as a foreclosure but looks nothing like it did then.

It now has Rift Sawn oak floors throughout.

The kitchen has been remodeled with White Tundra granite countertops, a 13 foot kitchen island and luxury appliances including Thermador, Subzero, and a Bosch dishwasher.

There are some unique touches such as wine storage, remote blinds and a custom built-in entertainment center.

The master suite has a marble and granite bathroom.

The only room that looks intact from the 2013 sale is the guest bathroom with its white carrara marble. You can see the 2013 listing pictures here.

It’s a corner unit with views all directions, including the Lake and the city.

It has a washer/dryer in the unit, wall air conditioning and parking is available for lease in the building.

Lake Point Tower is a full service building with a doorman, pool and exercise facilities and even its own private park.

Will this sell within the week?

Jean Ward at @Properties has the listing. See the current pictures here.

Unit #2811: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1430 square feet

  • Sold in October 1995 for $316,000
  • Sold in July 2007 for $642,000
  • Bank owned in June 2012
  • Sold in February 2013 for $500,000
  • Currently listed for $795,000
  • Assessments of $963 a month (includes water, doorman, cable, internet, exercise room, pool, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $10,110
  • No central air- window units only
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking available for lease in the building
  • Bedroom #1: 11×20
  • Bedroom #2: 16×12

 

Townhouse Living Within a Historic Mansion: 1500 N. Astor in the Gold Coast

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This 3-bedroom townhouse in the Patterson-McCormick Mansion at 1500 N. Astor in the Gold Coast came on the market in February 2015.

Built in 1891, the mansion was converted into 9 units in 2001.

This unit is called a “townhouse” in the listing because it covers four floors and has an attached garage.

The listing also says it is in the David Adler section of the house and has crown molding tray ceilings.

There’s also an elevator if you don’t want to take the stairs.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

It has the preferred townhouse layout, with all three bedrooms on the same floor, including the master suite.

There is a lower level family room and exercise room.

It has central air and first floor washer/dryer.

This unit has been reduced $129,000 since February.

Townhouses with as much square footage as many single family homes are rare in the Gold Coast. Why isn’t this one selling?

Chaz Walters at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2735 square feet, 1 car attached garage

  • Sold in December 2005 for $800,000
  • Originally listed in February 2015 for $1.399 million
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $1.27 million
  • Assessments of $1201 a month (includes water, parking, cable, exterior maintenance, lawn, scavenger and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $12,100
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Elevator
  • Bedroom #1: 15×13 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 13×10 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 12×10 (third floor)
  • Exercise room: 17×17 (lower level)