Looking For Move-In Ready? A Big 1-Bedroom at 57 E. Delaware in the Gold Coast

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This large 1-bedroom in The Bristol at 57 E. Delaware in the Gold Coast recently came on the market.

The Bristol was built in 2000 and has 178 units along with a parking garage.

It’s a full service building with an indoor pool and was considered one of the top luxury buildings when it was built 17 years ago.

Many of the units still have their original finishes, but not this one, which was renovated.

The 1135 square foot corner unit, with South and West views, has new wide plank hardwood floors as well as a built-in media/storage unit along one wall.

There’s now a custom kitchen has dark cabinets with stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops with full  height backsplash and a waterfall island with seating.

There are motorized window treatments.

The unit also has a unique sliding door that leads into the bedroom.

It has a new powder room and washer/dryer.

The unit has central air and parking is included in the price.

Does the Bristol still have its old luxury cache in a crowded luxury market?

Patricia Papatheodore at Baird & Warner has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2101: 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, 1135 square feet

  • Sold in July 2000 for $371,000
  • Sold in June 2005 for $370,000 (included the parking)
  • Currently listed for $659,000 (includes the parking)
  • Assessments of $774 a month (includes doorman, cable, exercise room, indoor pool, exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $7663
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom: 14×13
  • Living room: 24×19
  • Kitchen: 9×9

Not Rich But Want to Live in Streeterville? A 2-Bedroom Under $300K at 222 E. Pearson

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This 2-bedroom in Pearson on the Park at 222 E. Pearson in Streeterville recently came on the market.

This building was originally apartments but was converted to condos in 2005. It has 220 units with valet parking.

This unit is a corner, north and west, unit with the original conversion finishes.

It has dark wood cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

It has the features that buyers look for including in-unit washer/dryer, central air, and parking is included.

This building is near the Northwestern Medical campus, the Northwestern Medical and Law schools, and is just east of the Mag Mile.

At just $299,900, is this a deal?

Carrie McCormick at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #909: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, no square footage listed

  • Sold in June 2010 for $252,500
  • Currently listed for $299,900 (includes parking)
  • Assessments of $758 a month (includes heat, a/c, cable, Internet, doorman, fitness room, exterior maintenance, lawn care and scavenger)
  • Taxes of $5187
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 16×13
  • Bedroom #2: 14×8

Want to Walk to Work in the West Loop? A 2-Bedroom for $695,000 at 845 W. Monroe

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This 2-bedroom at 845 W. Monroe in the West Loop came on the market in January 2017.

This complex was built in 2001 and has 42 units.

These were built with “loft-like” features, including exposed duct work, because that’s what was being converted and bought at the time these were built.

It has two outdoor spaces, from the living room and also from the bedrooms.

The kitchen has maple cabinets, granite counter tops, a tile backsplash and unique black stainless Samsung appliances. I don’t think we’ve seen those black stainless appliances before.

According to the listing, the baths have been “redesigned” and have Kohler fixtures and designer tile.

The listing says the den, which is 10×9, could be used as a third bedroom.

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

Originally listed for $720,000, it has been reduced $25,000 to $695,000.

Will this sell now that it’s under $700,000?

Douglas Stachowiak at Best Chicago Properties LLC has the listing. See the pictures here.

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

  • Sold in March 2001 for $394,500 (included the parking)
  • Sold in April 2006 for $335,000 (included the parking)
  • Originally listed in January 2017 for $720,000 (included the parking)
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $695,000 (includes the parking)
  • Assessments of $452 a month (includes exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $8803
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 18×13
  • Bedroom #2: 14×11
  • Den: 10×9

 

 

65% Appreciation in 27 Months in the West Loop: A 2-Bedroom Loft at 400 S. Green

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This 2-bedroom duplex loft in the Green Street Lofts at 400 S. Green in the West Loop just came on the market.

It’s a top floor penthouse with 20 foot high timber ceilings.

It also has exposed brick walls and large industrial windows.

The listing says it is a “newly remodeled kitchen” with a double oven, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops, including on the kitchen island.

The bathrooms have also been remodeled and are now “spa quality.”

There’s a separate laundry room with a sink.

One bedroom is on the main level with the second bedroom and an office are on the second floor.

It looks like there are skylights.

This property also has roof rights but no one has bothered to build a roof deck up there yet.

It has central air and deeded garage parking is available for $35,000 extra.

This unit last sold in 2014. You can see those pictures here if you have a Redfin account.

A little over 2 years later, it’s come back on the market for 65% more (without the parking).

Is the sky the limit for a 2-bedroom loft in this hot neighborhood?

Edward Skae at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #507: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1500 square feet

  • Sold in May 1992 for $150,000 (included the parking)
  • Sold in December 2004 for $345,000 (included the parking)
  • Sold in January 2007 for $426,000 (included the parking)
  • Sold in October 2014 for $363,000 (included the parking)
  • Currently listed for $599,000 (parking is $35,000 extra)
  • Assessments of $384 a month (includes cable, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $6170
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 14×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×10 (main floor)
  • Laundry room: 8×6 (main floor)
  • Office: 14×6 (second floor)

Market Conditions: Was Tight Inventory the Reason Sales Fell 4% in February YOY?

Statue of Abe Lincoln in Lincoln Park

The Illinois Association of Realtors is out with the February 2017 home sales.

Tight inventory has been an issue at price points under $1 million.

According to the IAR, home sales fell year over year even with the best winter weather ever.

The city of Chicago saw a 4.0 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in February 2017 with 1,505 sales, down from 1,567 in February 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in February 2017 was $246,000, up 4.2 percent compared to February 2016 when it was $236,000.

Remember, February home sales usually went under contract in December and January.

Here is the sales data for February going back to 1997 (courtesy of G). It is slightly different from the IAR’s data:

  • 1997: 881 sales
  • 1998: 991
  • 2000: 1383
  • 2001: 1151
  • 2002: 1677
  • 2003: 1566
  • 2004: 1814
  • 2005: 2228
  • 2006: 1855
  • 2007: 1703
  • 2008: 1454
  • 2009: 870
  • 2010: 1257
  • 2011: 1092
  • 2012: 1250
  • 2013: 1411
  • 2014: 1361
  • 2015: 1497
  • 2016: 1567
  • 2017: 1505

Here is the Median Price Data also going back to 1997 (thanks G!):

  • 1997: $117,000
  • 1998: $132,000
  • 1999: $143,750
  • 2000: $161,500
  • 2001: $180,200
  • 2002: $212,000
  • 2003: $215,000
  • 2004: $229,900
  • 2005: $268,900
  • 2006: $267,500
  • 2007: $270,000
  • 2008: $290,000
  • 2009: $218,125 (with 31% being REO/Short Sales)
  • 2010: $176,000 (with 46% being REO/Short Sales)
  • 2011: $150,250 (with 50% being REO/Short Sales)
  • 2012: $140,300 (with 52% being REO/Short Sales)
  • 2013: $158,000
  • 2014 $175,000
  • 2015: $212,000
  • 2016: $236,000
  • 2017: $246,000

Strangely enough, last year, we were complaining about the tight inventory impacting sales as well. This is the second year in a row when it has been difficult to buy.

“We’re in an active home sales environment,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “We are seeing listings offered in advance of the spring market, with condos, in particular, benefitting from increased consumer confidence. The recent announcement of a rate hike, plus the hot stock market and higher wages, heralds an increase in home prices and a rapid decline in market time in the months to come.”

Statewide, market times continued to sink to 74 days from 81 days a year ago.

The average 30-year mortgage rate was 4.17% in February, up from 3.66% in February 2016.

“Prices continue to move in a positive direction,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “While consumer confidence reflects optimism about the economy, the housing inventory continues to shrink suggesting that while more optimistic, many homeowners are not yet tempted enough to consider moving to a larger or more expensive home.”

If inventory remains this tight in the spring market, what will buyers do?

Illinois home prices increase in February; sales lower amid tight inventory [Illinois Association of Realtors, Press Release, March 22, 2017]

A 120% Gain in 3 Years in the Fulton Market? A 2-Bedroom Loft at 1101 W. Lake

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This 2-bedroom loft at 1101 W. Lake in the Fulton Market just came on the market.

It is a 9-unit brick and timber loft building with heated garage parking.

Yes, the El is across the street from the building.

This is a southwest corner unit.

It has 14-foot timber ceilings and exposed ductwork with dark stained oak flooring.

The listing says it has a new and expanded kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

The bedrooms appear to have 3/4th walls (i.e. they don’t go all the way to the ceiling.)

The listing says there are custom window treatments.

It has central air and a side-by-side washer/dryer in its own laundry room.

This loft was bank owned in 2013 and sold in 2014 for $295,000.

It has come back on the market for $649,000. That’s a 120% gain in just 3 years.

The Fulton Market is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city and lofts for sale in its actual boundaries are rarely on the market.

Will this loft get the premium?

Sam Jenkins at Conlon has the listing. See the pictures here.

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

  • Sold in July 2006 for $395,000
  • Lis pendens filed in October 2008
  • Bank owned in June 2013
  • Sold in April 2014 for $295,000
  • Currently listed for $649,000 (includes heated garage space)
  • Assessments of $402 a month (includes exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $6910
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 12×14
  • Bedroom #2: 14×13
  • Laundry room: 5×8

This Lincoln Park Single Family Home is Priced at Just $500,000: 2700 N. Wilton

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This 2-bedroom single family home at 2700 N. Wilton in Lincoln Park came on the market in August 2016.

But if it looks familiar, that’s because we’ve chattered about it several times. The last time was in November 2009.

You can see our chatter here.

It was bank owned in 2007 and sold in 2008.

According to Zillow, it appears that it was rented for a time.

The kitchen has white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

The master suite is on the second floor while the second bedroom is on the main level.

Here are some pictures from the 2009 listing. The finishes are the same.

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There’s an unfinished basement.

The house has central air and a 2-car heated garage.

What’s the catch?

Yes, those are the El tracks just behind the property.

This house has been reduced $100,000 to $500,000 since last August.

What will it take to get this sold?

Should it be staged?

Or is it all about price?

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

2700 N. Wilton: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in December 1992 for $7,339
  • Sold in December 1994 for $12,966
  • Sold in September 1996 for $170,000
  • Lis pendens filed in January 2007
  • Bank owned in October 2007
  • Sold in February 2008 for $540,000
  • Originally listed in August 2009 for $649,000
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in November 2009 for $549,000
  • Withdrawn
  • Originally listed in August 2016 for $600,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $500,000
  • Taxes now $7615 (they were $8627 in 2009)
  • Central Air
  • 2-car heated garage
  • Bedroom #1: 35×22 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 12×10 (main level)
  • Den: 9×9 (main level)

Should We Be Worried About the Rising Million Dollar Home Inventory? 2820 N. Paulina in Lakeview

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This 5-bedroom contemporary single family home at 2820 N. Paulina in Lakeview came on the market in November 2016.

But for those long time readers, they would remember this house because we’ve chattered about it several times before, including in 2013 when it was bank owned.

See the 2013 chatter here.

This was a new construction build in 2007, at the height of the housing bubble, and no one lived in it until the bank took possession and finally sold it in 2013.

Built on a smaller than standard Chicago lot of 25×118, it has a 2-car garage.

It had heated sidewalks and built-in iPod docking stations (remember those?) back in 2013.

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This picture is from the original listing of the house.

There’s no mention of the iPod docking stations in the current listing, however.

The house has a full limestone façade as well as a central staircase with glass and steel railings.

There’s an eat-in chef’s kitchen with Wolf appliances.

There are several outdoor spaces, including a rooftop deck and a deck over the garage with a pergola.

Two of the five bedrooms are on the second floor, with a third on the third floor and two other bedrooms in the basement, along with a family room.

The listing says the house is in the Burley school district.

There are currently about 89 single family homes for sale over $1 million in Lakeview (those that are not under contract.)

Crain’s recently documented the surge of million dollar inventory in Lincoln Park.

In February, sellers put 69 luxury houses on the market in Lincoln Park, more than during any month in the past two years, according to a report compiled by Niko Apostal, a Keller Williams broker. The new listings brought the total to 183, also a two-year high.

At the same time, “sales have remained steady,” Apostal said, which leaves a disproportionate number of homes unsold as inventory swells.

The asking prices on existing listings are feeling the downward pressure, and so are their sellers. A handsome house for sale on Montana Street recently took a price cut to below the $2.1 million that its sellers paid for the place in 2007. Listed since June at $2.1 million, it’s now asking just under $1.94 million.

“It was time to talk turkey,” said Jeff Lowe, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group agent who represents the house at its new price. (It was previously with a different agent.) Lowe says he told the seller, “if you want to get it sold, you have to react to the market. The over-supply is definitely telling people to make their prices more realistic.”

But it’s not just Lincoln Park and Lakeview which are in the million dollar home game. North Center, thanks to Roscoe Village, actually had more million dollar home sales in 2016 than Lakeview.

According to Crain’s, these were the sales totals of single family homes in 2016:

  1. Lincoln Park: 165 sales
  2. North Center: 120 sales
  3. Lakeview: 106 sales

This house was originally listed at $1.725 million. It has been reduced $50,000 to $1.675 million.

Is there a buyer’s market in luxury homes in the GreenZone?

According to the Crain’s article on Lincoln Park, high inventory appears to be putting pressure on prices.

It’s been a lot of years since there have been price reductions or even falling prices in the luxury market in the GreenZone.

Does it have any implications for the rest of the Chicago housing market?

Timothy Salm at Jameson Sotheby’s has the listing. See the pictures here.

2820 N. Paulina: 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 4475 square feet, 2 car garage

  • Built in 2007
  • Was listed in June 2008 for $2.275 million
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in December 2009
  • Bank owned in December 2012
  • Was listed in June 2013 for $1.54 million
  • Sold in July 2013 for $1.475 million
  • Originally listed in November 2016 for $1.725 million
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $1.675 million
  • Taxes are now $26,579 (they were $26,612 in 2013)
  • Central Air
  • Radiant floor heating
  • Bedroom #1: 18×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 17×17 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 17×17 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 11×13 (lower level)
  • Bedroom #5: 17×10 (lower level)
  • Den: 10×13 (third floor)
  • Family room: 14×22 (lower level)

 

 

Just How Hot is the Market Under $400K? A 2-Bedroom at 2729 N. Racine in Lincoln Park

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This 2-bedroom at 2729 N. Racine in Lincoln Park just came on the market.

But we’ve chattered about it twice before: in 2011 (when it didn’t sell) and again in 2015 (when it did finally sell).

See our February 2015 chatter here.

If you recall, this is a 2-unit building where the units share only a wall. Is this a townhouse then?

The kitchen remains the same as the other times we’ve chattered about it, with maple cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

There are skylights in the staircase which leads to the master suite on the second floor.

The second bedroom is in the lower level.

There’s a private deck off the back and an outdoor parking space.

The unit also has central air and a washer/dryer.

The first time we chattered about this property, many of you were obsessed with the assessment being $225 a month even though it only included water and common insurance. It was also $225 in 2015. Since then, it has apparently been reduced as the listing now says it’s $150 a month.

This property has come back on the market for $40,000 more than it sold for just 2 years ago: listing at $385,000.

The hottest market is anything listed under $400,000.

It had first showings on Sunday, March 19.

Will this already be under contract as of today?

Andrew Northrup at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

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

  • Sold in October 2001 for $329,000
  • Sold in August 2005 for $425,000
  • Originally listed in September 2010 for $409,000
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in October 2011 for $349,000
  • Withdrawn in October 2011
  • Was listed in February 2015 at $369,000
  • Sold in April 2015 for $345,000
  • Currently listed for $385,000
  • Assessments are now $150 a month (they were $225 a month in 2011 and 2015) (includes water and common insurance)
  • Taxes are now $5944 (they were $6025 in February 2015 and $5452 in October 2011)
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer
  • 1 Outdoor Parking Space
  • Bedroom #1: 14×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×13 (lower level)

Live the Hipster Life in a 2-Bedroom Authentic Brick Loft in the Fulton Market at 312 N. May

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This 2-bedroom in the Warehouse Lofts at 312 N. May in the West Loop just came on the market.

This building was part of the Loftminium conversion of loft rental apartments into condos in 2000-2001 in the West and South Loops.

The building has 66 lofts but no parking.

This loft has soaring timber ceilings (painted white) and exposed brick walls  (also painted white).

I can’t tell from the pictures but at least one of the bedrooms doesn’t have full walls or a door.

The second bedroom also has a lofted space which can be accessed via a ladder. The listing says it could be used as a den/office or for storage.

There are hardwood floors throughout.

The kitchen has black cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

The unit has central air, washer/dryer in the unit, but there’s no parking.

The Fulton Market is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city.

Will this loft go under contract by this weekend?

Will there be multiple offers?

And what do you think of the painted brick?

J. John Maggio at Conlon has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #4H: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1545 square feet

  • Sold in November 2000 for $231,000
  • Sold in August 2004 for $290,000
  • Sold in October 2013 for $294,000
  • Currently listed at $475,000
  • Assessments of $315 a month (includes exterior maintenance, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $4948
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • No parking
  • Bedroom #1: 15×14
  • Bedroom #2: 16×10 (has a “loft” which measures 9×7)