Love Enclosed Kitchens? A Vintage 1-Bedroom at 73 E. Elm in the Gold Coast

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This 1-bedroom at 73 E. Elm in the Gold Coast most recently came on the market in December 2014 but it has been on and off the market since 2012.

At 1200 square feet, it has just about the same square footage as the large east facing 1-bedroom units in the new construction 2550 Lincoln Park.

This unit, however, has a dining room, that many owners, like this one, convert into a family room/media room. The new construction unit does not.

It has many of its original features including original rope moldings and a barrel vaulted entry.

The kitchen has white cabinets, black granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances but it is not open to the rest of the unit. It is galley style with a window for natural light.

The one bathroom is slate and appears to only have a big walk-in shower, but no tub.

This unit has central air but no washer/dryer in the unit. There is a building laundry room. It also doesn’t have parking.

Are you a fan of this older style of apartment layout, with the kitchen not the main focal point of the apartment?

Or is this layout a relic of a different era?

Victoria Amoroso at Baird & Warner has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #8D: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1200 square feet

  • Sold in September 1989 for $149,000
  • Sold in July 2004 for $320,000
  • Originally listed in June 2012
  • On and off the market from 2012-2014
  • Re-listed in December 2014 for $354,999
  • Reduced several times
  • Currently listed at $309,000
  • Assessments of $1108 a month (includes heat, water, cable, internet, doorman, snow removal, exterior maintenance)
  • Taxes of $5243
  • Central Air
  • No washer/dryer in the unit
  • No parking
  • Bedroom: 15×12
  • Living room: 13×23
  • Dining room/family room: 17×12
  • Kitchen: 15×7
  • Gallery: 12×5
  • Walk-in closet: 6×6

Will the American-Style Open Concept Kitchen Ever Go Out of Style? 2550 N. Lakeview in Lincoln Park

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This 1-bedroom in Lincoln Park 2550 at 2550 N. Lakeview in Lincoln Park came on the market in January 2015.

It is one of the large 1-bedroom units, at 1167 square feet, which also faces east so it has lake and park views.

The unit has 11 foot ceilings and oak floors.

The kitchen has Snaidero cabinets, Wolf, Subzero and Miele appliances along with granite counter tops.

The bathroom is a large master bath with a tub and shower. There’s no half bath in this unit.

The unit does have the rare side-by-side washer/dryer.

The kitchen, at 11×10, and the large bathroom, take up a sizable chunk of the space in this unit, which otherwise would be enough square footage for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath.

Are the large American-style open concept kitchens in condos a fading trend?

Or are large kitchens with big islands ingrained in the design psyche of buyers for ever?

Barbara Proctor at Baird & Warner has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit A7-16: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1167 square feet

  • Looks like it was never sold from the developer
  • Originally listed in January 2015
  • Currently listed for $899,000 (parking is extra)
  • Assessments of $686 a month (includes heat, a/c, gas, doorman, cable, pool, exercise room, snow removal)
  • Taxes are “new”
  • Central Air
  • Side-by-side washer/dryer
  • Bedroom: 19×11
  • Living room: 23×13
  • Kitchen: 11×10

Tired of Cookie Cutter? A 2-Bedroom at 646 W. Bittersweet in Buena Park

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This 2-bedroom at 646 W. Bittersweet Place in the Buena Park neighborhood in Uptown came on the market in March 2015.

The listing calls it a “cottage by the lake” because it has some unique features including exposed brick walls, parquet flooring and skylights.

The eat-in kitchen has honey oak cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances along with a wet bar.

The bathrooms have been recently renovated with the master bathroom sporting a cherry vanity.

There is a private walled in patio for the building.

It looks like the unit is in the back of building with north and west exposures.

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

It appears that it has a parking spot on the concrete driveway but I can’t tell for sure from the listing. The 2011 and 2007 listings both had the parking spot, however.

Listed in March 2015 for $275,000, it has been reduced $10,000 to $265,000.

Is this a deal for this neighborhood?

Jayne Alofs at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #4: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in May 1988 for $40,000
  • Sold in July 1991 for $120,000
  • Sold in September 1995 for $115,000
  • Sold in April 1999 for $190,000
  • Sold in April 2003 for $283,000
  • Sold in July 2007 for $275,500
  • Sold in June 2011 for $260,000
  • Originally listed in March 2015 for $275,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $265,000
  • Assessments of $299 a month (includes heat, water)
  • Taxes of $4402
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • I think there’s parking on a concrete driveway
  • Bedroom #1: 17×14
  • Bedroom #2: 15×11

The 900 Square Foot 2/2 Condo: 1737 W. Division in Wicker Park

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This 2-bedroom unit at 1737 W. Division in Wicker Park came on the market in June 2015.

It’s on a prime area of Division near popular shops and restaurants.

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

There is no kitchen island, however there appears to be room for a dining room table as the kitchen/dining area measures 9×18.

This unit has the features buyers look for including washer/dryer in the unit and central air.

There’s no parking but you’re just 3 blocks from the Division Blue Line el stop.

The listing says it’s just 900 square feet.

The “small home” movement is now a big deal.

Could you live in a 900 square foot 2/2?

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

Unit #403: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 900 square feet

  • Sold in June 2007 for $312,500
  • Originally listed in June 2015 for $309,900
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $299,900
  • Assessments of $236 a month (includes water, garbage)
  • Taxes of $4094
  • Bedroom #1: 14×10
  • Bedroom #2: 10×10
  • Living room: 19×14
  • Kitchen: 9×18

 

Want Vintage and “New”? A 2-Bedroom at 5000 S. East End in Kenwood

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This 2-bedroom in the vintage high rise at 5000 S. East End in Kenwood came on the market in April 2015.

5000 S. East End was built in 1927 and, until the 1960s, was the tallest building on the south side of the city.

Some of you might remember it from a few years ago when Crain’s reported that it was being converted to condos from co-ops.

We chattered about it here.

The conversion is complete so these are now condo units.

The listing says this unit has been completely renovated.

It has a new kitchen with dark cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and porcelain tile floors.

The two bathrooms are also new and one has a walk in shower.

It has dark hardwood floors, crown molding, French doors, archways and a decorative fireplace.

The unit has east/west views with views of the Lake.

It appears to have space pac cooling (although some of the other units in the building have central air) and washer/dryer in the unit.

The building also has an outdoor parking lot with assigned spaces for $120 a month.

Assessments are $1348 a month but include heat, water, gas, and cable, along with an exercise room.

Originally listed in April 2015 for $397,500, it has been reduced to $369,750.

Is the Kenwood neighborhood a good alternative for those looking for more space for their money?

Lauren Schreyer at Related Realty has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #22B: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1600 square feet

  • Sold in June 2014 for $60,000
  • Originally listed for $397,500
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $369,750
  • Assessments of $1348 a month (includes heat, water, gas, cable, doorman, exercise room, exterior maintenance)
  • Taxes of $1925
  • Space Pac cooling(?)
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Assigned leased outdoor parking for $120 a month
  • Bedroom #1: 12×20
  • Bedroom #2: 15×16

 

Love Mid-Century Modern? A 2-Bedroom Duplex at 235 W. Eugenie in Old Town

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This 2-bedroom duplex at 235 W. Eugenie in Old Town came on the market in July 2015.

235 W. Eugenie is a mid-century modern building designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese (who also designed DC’s metro system.)

It was built in 1963 and has 23 units.

This unit duplexes up and has two decks on the second level, one facing north and one facing south.

It appears the bedrooms are also on the second level.

The listing says the kitchen has been renovated. It has white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops and a kitchen island.

There is exposed brick in the living room (but you can’t see it in any of the listing pictures.)

This unit has 3 wall air conditioners but it does have in-unit washer/dryer.

It also comes with a coveted outdoor parking space, which is rare for Old Town.

It’s been reduced $5,000 in the last 30 days.

Given its prime location, why isn’t this selling?

Jason Rowland at Fairgreen Real Estate has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #T6: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1300 square feet

  • Sold in February 2010 for $352,500
  • Originally listed in July 2015 for $429,500
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $424,500
  • Assessments of $242 a month (includes exterior maintenance and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $5926
  • No central air- 3 wall units
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Exterior parking spot included
  • Bedroom #1: 12×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×13 (second floor)

 

 

Would You Say Oui to This Parisian-Like Gold Coast 3-Bedroom? 31 E. Elm

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This top floor 3-bedroom at 31 E. Elm in the Gold Coast just came on the market.

The building was built in the pre-war era, in 1912, and has 12 units.

But if you’ve dreamed about running away to Paris, but it’s just not practical, perhaps buying a Parisian-like apartment is the next best thing.

The listing says this apartment has recently been renovated.

This unit has tall ceilings with crown molding and custom built-ins and millwork.

It has 2 custom stone wood burning fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the master bedroom.

The kitchen has white cabinets and appliances except for a stainless steel stove. Are luxury white appliances that blend in with the cabinetry the next appliance trend?

The bathrooms are white marble.

There’s also a lower level bonus room which the listing says has been finished with new windows, lights and rubber flooring so it can be a playroom or an exercise room.

But it is the French windows which are most Parisian like. New construction builders rarely build with them. The listing says they were just replaced.

This unit has central air and washer/dryer in the unit but there’s no parking with this building. It is available to rent directly across the street at the condo building at 30 E Elm for $315 a month.

Will there be a quick sale of this property in this hot market?

Millie Rosenbloom at Baird & Warner has the listing. See the pictures here.

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

  • Sold in May 1989 for $360,000
  • Sold in October 1995 for $356,000
  • Sold in November 2006 for $732,500
  • Sold in November 2010 for $752,000
  • Currently listed at $878,000
  • Assessments of $721 a month (includes water, gas, cable, exterior maintenance, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $10,993
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • No parking- but available across the street for $315 a month
  • Bedroom #1: 15×15
  • Bedroom #2: 10×20
  • Bedroom #3: 15×9

Will the Stock Market Correction Slow Luxury Sales? 1542 W. Nelson in Lakeview

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This 6-bedroom single family home at 1542 W. Nelson in Lakeview came on the market in June 2015.

Built in 2011 on an oversized lot measuring 35.8 x 124, it has 6600 square feet and an attached 3-car garage.

The house has 4 fireplaces and built-in bookcases as well as multiple terraces 4 of the bedrooms are on the second floor with the fifth on the third and the sixth in the lower level.

The kitchen has white cabinets and appliances with a large kitchen island with stone counter tops.

If the house looks familiar it’s because we chattered about it 4 years ago in August 2011.

See our chatter here.

Back then, the house had newly been built, but the market was much different.

Listed for $2.25 million, it was reduced and then finally sold in November 2011 for $1,534,500.

It came back on the market in June of this year for 60% higher, at $2,690,000.

The house has since been reduced to $2.595 million.

This is the hottest luxury market since the boom years.

Will the recent stock market correction slow luxury sales?

Or will it take an even bigger stock market sell off to put a damper on the upper bracket?

Linda Shaughnessy at Jameson Sotheby’s has the listing. See the pictures here.

1542 W. Nelson: 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half baths, 6600 square feet, 3 car garage

  • Old frame house being sold for the land value originally listed in September 2008 for $745,000
  • Reduced numerous times
  • Sold in January 2010 for $480,000
  • New construction home listed in May 2011 for $2.25 million
  • Reduced
  • Sold in November 2011 for $1,534,500
  • Originally listed in June 2015 for $2,690,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $2.595 million
  • Taxes are $27,086
  • Central Air
  • 4 fireplaces
  • Bedroom #1: 18×18 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 17×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 14×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 12×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #5: 21×15 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #6: 18×15 (lower level)
  • Media room: 15×12 (lower level)
  • Recreation room: 28×18 (lower level)

Live in One of Lakeview’s Grand Dames: A 2-Bedroom in 3750 N. Lake Shore Drive

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This 2-bedroom in 3750 N. Lake Shore Drive in Lakeview came on the market in August 2014.

3750 N. Lake Shore Drive is one of the grand dames of the co-op buildings.

Designed by Robert DeGolyer and built in 1926, it has 127 units. It’s a full service building with one of the best indoor pools in the city. It also has an exercise room and a doorman.

This unit has north and east exposures with lake views.

The listing says it has a new kitchen, with white cabinets and black granite counter tops along with stainless steel appliances and a wine refrigerator.

It also has “upgraded” baths with heated floors.

Not all units have washer/dryer in the unit, but this one does, along with central air.

There’s no parking directly with the building but it can be leased right behind the building.

Yes, the assessments are $2074 a month. But that includes heat, gas, cable and taxes, among other things.

There are 9 units on the market in the building and 3 are under contract but they are the units listed under $190,000. Several of the other units are also estate sales and the units need full renovation.

This building was built to be homes in the sky with generous room sizes and “maid’s” quarters.

But in 2015, who’s the target buyer for this building?

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

Unit #4B: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, no square footage listed

  • I couldn’t find a prior sales price because it’s a co-op
  • Was originally listed in August 2014
  • Currently listed at $549,000
  • Assessments of $2074 a month (includes heat, gas, water, cable, taxes, doorman, pool, exercise room)
  • Taxes of $5377
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking available for lease behind the building
  • Gas burning fireplace
  • Bedroom #1: 21×13
  • Bedroom #2: 19×13
  • Den: 18×8
  • Galley: 16×9

 

Love City Views? A 2-Bedroom Penthouse at 235 W. Van Buren in the Loop

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This 2-bedroom penthouse on the 45th floor of 235 W. Van Buren in the Loop just came on the market.

It has CMK aesthetics with 10 foot concrete ceilings.

The unit has city and lake views (looks like north and east) with a clear view of Chicago’s loop skyline.

It has dark stained wood floors.

The kitchen has dark cabinets, granite counter tops, a tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances.

The listing talks about the possibility of a third bedroom as the “den” can be enclosed.

Both bedrooms have ensuite baths.

It has central air, washer/dryer in the unit and tandem parking is available for $44,000 extra.

If this unit looks familiar to some of you it could be because a penthouse unit came up in discussion about this building years ago after YoChicago posted a December 2010 sponsored video titled “Lauren and Matt’s penthouse at 235 W Van Buren”.

You can watch the 13 minute video here.

I don’t know if it’s the same unit, but the finishes and view are similar to the pictures in the current listing.

Now that the market is red hot, will this penthouse sell quickly?

Scott Newman at Newman Realty has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #4501: 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1879 square feet

  • I couldn’t find the public listing as the PINs seem really messed up for this building but Redfin says it sold in August 2010 for $687,000
  • Currently listed at $600,000 (plus $44,000 for parking)
  • Assessments of $756 a month (includes a/c, gas, cable, doorman, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $8499
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 16×13
  • Bedroom #2: 11×10
  • Den/Media Room: 13×17