Tired of Renting? A 1-Bedroom Duplex in the Heart of Old Town: 200 W. Menomonee

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This 1-bedroom duplex in the Williamsburg Gardens at 200 W. Menomonee in Old Town just came on the market.

The 4-story brick building was built in 1905 and has 15 units.

The unit has tiger oak floors and crown molding along with a unique carved closet door.

There is a half bath off the living room and a renovated full bath on the second floor.

The bedroom is on the second floor with a small sitting or office area.

The kitchen has white cabinets and the listing says there are new carrara quartz countertops, a marble backsplash and stainless steel appliances.

It has a washer/dryer in the unit but no central air. There are window units. There is also no parking but there’s rental parking in the neighborhood.

This unit is in the middle of the restaurants and shops of Old Town and near several forms of public transportation.

Is this perfect for someone tired of renting?

Laurie Popovich at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #12: 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, 933 square feet, duplex

  • Sold in July 1990 for $121,000
  • Sold in June 1992 for $160,000
  • Sold in June 2000 for $249,000
  • Sold in July 2004 for $337,000
  • Sold in December 2012 for $260,000
  • Sold in July 2015 for $315,000
  • Currently listed for $349,900
  • Assessments of $242 a month (includes exterior maintenance, scavenger and snow removal)
  • Listing says there are $55,000 in reserves
  • No rental restrictions in the building
  • Taxes of $4583
  • No central air- window units only
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • No parking
  • Bedroom: 15×14 (second floor)

A Vintage 4-Bedroom at 434 W. Oakdale Returns With Full Renovation in East Lakeview

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This vintage 4-bedroom at 434 W. Oakdale in East Lakeview came on the market last year in May 2016.

Built in 1891, the building has 4 units.

If it looks familiar, that’s because we last chattered about it in 2011 when it was priced near the 1996 price. Back then, the agent admitted it needed a new kitchen and baths.

See our prior chatter here where many of you thought it needed $150,000 to $200,000 in work.

The current owner  has done a complete “gut renovation.”

The vintage woodwork has all been painted white, including the coffered ceiling in the dining room.

The kitchen now has solid walnut cabinets, caesarstone countertops, a carrara marble backsplash and Wolf and Subzero appliances.

The bathrooms are now natural stone and the master bathroom has an oversized spa shower with heated flooring.

The living room’s wood burning fireplace has a Nublado marble surround.

There’s a private back deck and covered parking.

The unit also has central air and side-by-side washer/dryer.

In 2011, this was a 3-bedroom unit but it’s now a 4-bedroom unit as it looks like they closed off the room next to the living room with frosted sliding doors.

After it sold in 2011 for $410,000,  just $10,000 above the 1996 price, I asked if someone got a deal on this property.

Icarus said:

“I guess if you had to pay $400K to buy this in 1996, and that was pre-bubble, then I’ll agree with Chris that it is a fair price, but not a steal. Me thinks my $400K will be better spent elsewhere.”

Jenny said:

“Seems like a very fair price to me considering the square footage and included parking. I think it has been overpriced going back as far as 1989.”

You can see our chatter here.

Originally listed in May 2016 for $849,000, or 107% higher than the 2011 purchase price, this unit was reduced until it went under contract at $775,000.

It was then withdrawn, without closing.

It’s now listed at $749,000.

I’ll ask again:

Was the 2011 a deal for this amount of space and location?

And will this lower price get the deal done?

Jeff Lowe at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff now has the listing. See the pictures here.

Or you can see it in person at the Open House on Sunday, from 11 am to 1 pm.

Unit #2: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2400 square feet, covered parking

  • Sold in May 1989 for $275,000
  • Sold in May 1991
  • Sold in September 1996 for $400,000
  • Sold in September 2005 for $675,000
  • Originally listed in April 2010 for $699,900
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in March 2011 as a “short sale” for $525,000
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in April 2011 for $499,900
  • Sold in October 2011 for $410,000
  • Originally listed in May 2016 for $849,000
  • Reduced
  • Under contract in November 2016 at $775,000
  • Withdrawn
  • Re-listed for $749,000
  • Assessments are still $389 (they were $389 a month in 2011)
  • Taxes are now $8890 (they were $9794 in 2011)
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 14×14
  • Bedroom #2: 13×10
  • Bedroom #3: 14×13
  • Bedroom #4: 15×10
  • Dining room: 18×13
  • Laundry room: 8×4

How High Will Prices Go in 2017? A 2-Bedroom at 110 W. Superior in River North

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This 2-bedroom at 110 W. Superior in River North just came on the market.

110 W. Superior was a new construction building in 2009, during the bust, so it took some time to sell out the building, even though there are just 57 units.

This unit is a southwest corner unit with floor-to-ceiling windows which have electronic sun shades.

It also has custom lighting with remote control and ceiling speakers.

The kitchen has Snaidero cabinets, quartz counter tops and Subzero and Wolf appliances.

The bathrooms have Snaidero and Grohe fixtures.

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

This unit last sold in 2013. It has come back on the market 31.6% higher, at $825,000.

At 1325 square feet, that’s $623 a square foot.

That’s a new all-high for this unit.

How high will prices go in 2017?

David Wiencek at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1402: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1325 square feet

  • Sold in July 2010 for $585,000 (included parking)
  • Sold in September 2013 for $627,000 (included parking)
  • Currently listed for $825,000 (parking included)
  • Assessments of $739 a month (includes parking, doorman, exercise room, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $9360
  • Dual HVAC system with Nest
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 13×12
  • Bedroom #2: 10×10

 

The Spring Buying Season is Here: A 2-Bedroom Loft at 616 W. Fulton in the Fulton Market

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This 2-bedroom brick and timber loft in the China Club Lofts at 616 W. Fulton in the Fulton Market neighborhood of the West Loop came on the market in January 2016.

The China Club Lofts were converted in the 1990s and has 112 units plus a heated parking garage.

When they were originally converted, this area was pretty sparse but there are now some of the cities best restaurants and the French Market not to mention the hottest area of the city, the Fulton Market area, just blocks away.

This loft has 14 foot ceilings and dark, diagonal wood floors.

The listing says it has a custom kitchen with quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a glass backsplash.

Neither bedroom has full walls, which is common in many Chicago lofts.

The loft has central air, washer/dryer in the unit and garage parking is available for $15,000.

The spring buying season “officially” starts after the Super Bowl.

With warmer than normal weather, and no snow to be seen, will buyers be out even earlier  here in Chicago?

Pasquale Recchia at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #302: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in December 1996 for $174,000 (included parking)
  • Sold in March 2001 for $292,000 (included parking)
  • Sold in August 2012 for $277,000 (included parking)
  • Currently listed for $469,000 (parking is $15,000 extra)
  • Assessments of $434 a month (includes doorman, cable, Internet, exercise room, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $5101
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 16×12
  • Bedroom #2: 10×10

Vintage Charm in the Heart of the Gold Coast: A Studio at 1255 N. State Parkway

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This studio in The Churchill at 1255 N. State Parkway in the Gold Coast just came on the market.

The Churchill was built in 1926 and has 66 units.

This studio has southern exposure with high ceilings and moldings.

It has oak floors throughout, including the 8×8 dining room.

The kitchen has white cabinets, counter tops and appliances.

There’s no central air, just window a/c. There’s also no in-unit washer/dryer although some units in this building do have it in the unit.

There’s no parking with the building but there’s a rental lot across the street.

In the agent notes on Redfin, one agent wrote:

“Elevator modernization complete and completing roof deck project – major special assessment.”

If you have a budget under $200,000 but want a Gold Coast location, is this a good option?

Collin Wasiak at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #4G: studio, no square footage listed

  • Sold in April 1997 for $55,000
  • Sold in August 1998 for $85,000
  • Sold in September 2002 for $140,000
  • Sold in July 2005 for $165,000
  • Sold in July 2008 for $182,000
  • Currently listed for $169,000
  • Assessments of $735 a month (includes heat, electric, gas, cable, doorman, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $2817
  • No central air- window units only
  • No in-unit washer/dryer
  • No parking. Rental parking available across the street.
  • Living room: 21×13
  • Dining room: 8×8
  • Kitchen: 8×7

A 2-Bedroom Duplex Loft Under $400,000 at 3151 N. Lincoln in West Lakeview

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This 2-bedroom duplex up loft at 3151 N. Lincoln in West Lakeview just came on the market.

This building has 52 concrete lofts with a heated parking garage.

It has exposed brick and ductwork along with industrial windows.

The living/dining and kitchen are on the main floor.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

The two bedrooms are on the second floor with a spiral staircase in the second bedroom that accesses the private rooftop deck.

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

The new huge Whole Foods is being built directly across the street, on Belmont and Ashland.

Properties listed under $400,000 with the features buyers look for (including parking) have been selling almost immediately due to tight inventory.

This loft is having an open house on Saturday. Will it be under contract before then?

Michael Andrikanich at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Or see it at the Open House on Saturday at 12 PM.

Unit #321: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, duplex, 1400 square feet

  • Sold in April 1997 for $217,000
  • Sold in May 2000 for $300,000
  • Sold in April 2002 for $310,000
  • Sold in April 2007 for $333,000
  • Currently listed for $385,000 (includes parking)
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 14×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×15 (second floor)
  • Private rooftop deck

The Theurer-Wrigley House Returns With Pictures of Its Wonderful Ballroom: 2466 N. Lakeview

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The Theurer-Wrigley 9-bedroom mansion at 2466 N. Lakeview in Lincoln Park has returned to the market.

We’ve chattered about it several times over the years, with the last time in November 2014 when it recently came back on the market.

See our chatter here.

Back in 2014, it was unclear what was happening with it as a lis pendens foreclosure had been filed.

Now we know.

According to Dennis Rodkin at Crain’s, the mansion reverted to Bank of America in September 2016.

From Crain’s:

The palatial house was built in 1896, designed by architect Richard Schmidt in a late-Italian Renaissance style for Joseph Theurer, president of the Schoenhofen Brewing Company. In 1911, he sold it to William Wrigley, Jr. the chewing gum company’s founder. He died in 1932, but the family held onto the home until 1984.

The house was empty much of that time, and at one point was considered for use as the official residence of the mayor of Chicago. It was declared a Chicago landmark in 1979. An art publisher, Nicholas Jannes, bought the mansion from the Wrigley family in 1984 and put it through an extensive renovation over the next four years. He sold it to the Tetzlaffs in 2004.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

It has much of the features of a mansion built in 1896 including original cherry and mahogany wood paneling and staircases. It has crown molding and 5 fireplaces along with herringbone floors.

The main house has 9-bedrooms in 13,705 square feet. 5 of the bedrooms are on the second floor, three are on the third and one is in the lower level.

From the listing of what else the house includes:

“a grand foyer; a solarium; butler’s pantry; wine bar; walk-in vault; game rooms; staff quarters; a mahogany paneled library; sprawling master suite with his and hers baths; and top floor ball room with unobstructed Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan views.”

Where else have you seen a house with an actual ballroom? You MUST look at the pictures. They seem so much better this go-around.

There is also a 2000 square foot coach house with 2 residential units on the 85×120 property with 5-car parking, 3 cars in a garage and 2-cars on the driveway.

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There’s no central air, only window units.

And, according to the Crain’s story, the kitchen needs updating.

Given the bones of this house, and the strong luxury market, will this sell quickly at this lower price?

Anthony Disano at Parkvue Realty has the listing. See the pictures and floor plan here.

2466 N. Lakeview: 9 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, 13,705 square feet in the main house, coach house with 2 apartments, 5 car parking

  • Sold in April 2004 for $9 million
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in May 2011
  • Was listed in October 2011 for $9.5 million
  • Withdrawn in October 2012
  • Was listed in November 2014 for $8.695 million
  • Withdrawn
  • Bank owned by Bank of America in September 2016
  • Currently listed for $7.15 million
  • Taxes are now $150,325 (they were $145,294 in 2014 and $118,395 in 2011)
  • No central air- window units only
  • 2 apartments in coach house for staff
  • 5 fireplaces
  • Bedroom #1: 20×17 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 18×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 14×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 20×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #5: 15×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #6: 18×13 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #7: 19×16 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #8: 11×10 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #9: 15×12 (lower level)

Want a Vintage East Lakeview Penthouse? A 2-Bedroom at 433 W. Briar

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This 2-bedroom penthouse in the vintage building at 433 W. Briar in East Lakeview just came on the market.

The building was built in 1929 and has 34 units.

We’ve chattered about this building many times but most of it was in 2008-2011. The building was converted in 2007, at the end of the housing bubble, and it got caught in the bust.

This penthouse has tall ceilings with crown molding and wainscoting.

There are hardwood floors, arched doorways and French doors.

There’s no pictures of the kitchen (directly) but you can see it in one of the pictures. All the kitchens and baths in this building were replaced in 2007 when the building was converted.

It appears to have wood cabinets and a stainless steel refrigerator.

Where do the stairs go? (see the pictures)

Is this a duplex?

The listing says there’s a master bedroom designer suite. Is that what is on the second floor?

This unit has central air and washer/dryer in the unit. There’s no parking with the building but the listing says you can buy it across the street for $40,000.

The listing also says it’s leased until 2/28/2017.

At $619,000 is this a deal for a penthouse in this neighborhood?

Anthony Zaskowski at Keller Williams has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #11C: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1690 square feet

  • Sold in October 2007 (no price listed in the CCRD)
  • Sold in April 2011 for $423,000
  • Currently listed for $619,000
  • Assessments of $533 a month (includes exterior maintenance, scavenger, and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $7426
  • Parking available across the street for $40,000
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 18×13
  • Bedroom #2: 13×12

How Closely Do You Look at the Condo Association? A 2/2 at 1749 N. Wells in Old Town

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This 2-bedroom duplex in Kennelly Square at 1749 N. Wells in Old Town came on the market in January 2017.

The listing says it has been fully rehabbed with a new kitchen and baths.

The wraparound kitchen has granite counter tops,  including on the breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and wood cabinets.

The two bedrooms are on the top floor accessed by a spiral staircase.

While the unit has central air, it doesn’t have in-unit washer/dryer and parking is rental in the building.

Built in 1972, Kennelly Square is a full service building with an outdoor pool, doorman and exercise room.

Many of Chicago’s 1960s and 1970 apartment and condo towers are facing repair.

From DNAInfo:

An Old Town condominium building is facing an estimated $18 million repair bill — leaving some residents on the hook for one-time payments of as much as $80,000.

Bruce Theobald, a condo owner at the Kennelly Square condominium at 1749 N. Wells St., said the more than 260 unit owners had been told that estimated repairs were $18 million, requiring a special assessment.

According to Theobald, that would mean “rough numbers” of about $30,000 for a studio, $50,000 for a one-bedroom and as much as $80,000 for a two-bedroom.

“This problem has been developing literally for decades,” Theobald said, adding that repairs were put off too long.

Theobald, who is also a real estate broker, said that makes a compelling case for selling the building in a so-called deconversion, returning it to apartments. He accused the Kennelly Square Condo Association Board of not adequately pursuing that as an option.

Theobald called it “a building in a state of crisis,” saying that the property manager had passed along figures that the city was mandating $2 million in necessary repairs, while “reskinning” the building — a practice that has been called an “energy-saving face lift” — would bring the total cost to $18 million.

The building is supposedly assessed at about $60 million.

It is considering its options, including de-converting back to apartments. According to DNAInfo, it was converted to condos in 1979.

How closely do you look at the condo association when you’re buying?

And is the day of reckoning coming for many older buildings who have put off repairs?

Joel Holland at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #409: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1400 square feet, duplex

  • Sold in September 1991 for $132,000
  • Sold in June 2013 for $295,000
  • Currently listed at $375,000
  • Assessments of $863 a month (includes heat, doorman, cable, exercise room, outdoor pool, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $5348
  • Central Air
  • No washer/dryer in the unit. Laundry room in the building
  • Garage parking is rental
  • Bedroom #1: 21×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×13 (second floor)

 

A 2-Bedroom Penthouse Loft in Lincoln Park With Rooftop City Views: 1445 W. Belden

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This 2-bedroom penthouse loft in the Thomas School at 1445 W. Belden in Lincoln Park came on the market in June 2016.

The Thomas School is a converted school with 18 units and parking in west Lincoln Park.

This unit has 15 foot ceilings and dark wood floors along with big windows with multiple exposures.

The open kitchen has maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances including a wine refrigerator and granite counter tops. There’s also a skylight in the kitchen.

The master bedroom has a fireplace and a spa master bath.

The second bedroom is currently being used as a den/office and leads out to a shared deck (looks like it shares it with the other penthouse.)

There’s a spiral staircase that leads to a private rooftop deck.

The unit has central air, a side-by-side washer/dryer and a private garage space is included.

Originally listed for $785,000 in June 2016, it had been reduced to $699,000 before being withdrawn in December.

It has come back on the market at $675,000.

Will this new price get the sale done?

Connie Atterbury at Dream Town Realty has the listing. See the pictures and floor plan here.

Unit #4J: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2060 square feet

  • Sold in May 1994 for $295,000
  • Sold in August 1997 for $339,000
  • Sold in November 2003 for $480,000
  • Sold in January 2007 for $650,000
  • Originally listed in June 2016 for $785,000
  • Reduced several times
  • Listed in December 2016 for $699,000
  • Withdrawn
  • Re-listed in January 2017 for $675,000 (parking included)
  • Assessments of $492 a month (includes exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $6059
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • 2 decks including rooftop deck
  • 2 fireplaces including one in the master bath
  • Bedroom #1: 14×16
  • Bedroom #2: 16×12
  • Laundry: 7×4