Get a 3-Bedroom Duplex Up for Under $650,000 in East Lincoln Park: 2141 N. Clark


This 3-bedroom duplex up at 2141 N. Clark in East Lincoln Park came on the market in June 2016.

It has soaring ceilings and multiple exposures.

The kitchen has granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

It has the preferred layout with all three bedrooms on the second floor.

There’s also a family room on the main floor that the listing says can be used as a dining room.

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

This location is truly “east” Lincoln Park. It’s just steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The listing also says its in the Lincoln school district.

This unit has been reduced $14,500 to $645,000 since June.

However, it last sold only a year ago for $620,000.

Will it get the premium over the sale just 12 months ago?

Mario Greco at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2200 square feet, duplex up

  • Sold in March 1996 for $212,000
  • Sold in June 2000 for $395,000
  • Sold in April 2003 for $485,000
  • Sold in Mary 2006 for $720,000
  • Sold in October 2015 for $620,000
  • Originally listed in June 2016 for $659,500
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $645,000
  • Assessments of $220 a month (includes exterior maintenance, scavenger)
  • Taxes of $11,800
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 22×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 14×11 (second floor)


The Most Bizarre Listing Ever on Crib Chatter? A Row House at 848 W. Belden in Lincoln Park


This 3-bedroom historic row house at 848 W. Belden in Lincoln Park just came on the market.

Built between 1884 and 1889, these row houses make up the McCormick Row House District. They are found on both Fullerton and Belden as well as Chalmers Place, which is the secret street in between.

The picture above is of the second grouping on Belden which is numbered up to 858 W. Belden. 848 W. Belden would be on the far right of this group of row homes.

They were apparently originally built to provide rental income for the nearby McCormick Theological Seminary.

They were designated Chicago Historic Landmarks in the 1970s.

There are 56 total homes. I also believe there’s a homeowners association with an assessment, although the listing for this row house says it is “fee simple” and doesn’t list any HOA fees.

These were built in the Queen Anne style. Some of them still contain their vintage features like crown moldings and fireplaces.

We don’t know what remains inside this one because there are no interior pictures with the listing.

Here’s what the description says:


For comparison purposes, only one other row house is currently on the market.

This end unit at 841 W. Chalmers Place is a 5400 square foot 5-bedroom home. It has been on and off the market since 2013.

It is currently listed at $1,749,850.

You can see pictures of that row house here.

Even with that requirements of listing, given the nearby comps, could this row house be a deal for someone with the cash?

Michael Olszewski at Area Wide Realty has the listing. See the listing here.

848 W. Belden: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2904 square feet

  • Sold in July 1997 for $658,000
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in October 2009
  • Bank owned in January 2015
  • Currently listed “as-is” for $993,200
  • Cash only
  • Taxes of $14,157
  • Listing says no central air
  • Listing says 2-car parking
  • Bedroom #1: 19×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 13×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 12×10 (second floor)
  • Den: 12×11 (second floor)

Are Renovators Good for the Housing Market? 130 N. Garland in the Loop


This 2-bedroom in the Heritage at 130 N. Garland across from Millennium Park in the Loop just came on the market.

But some of you who have been looking in the Loop might recognize it as it was on the market in the spring.

Apparently, it was bank owned and for sale via auction.

It sold in April 2016 and is now back on the market completely renovated.

This unit used to be a 3-bedroom but the walls for the third bedroom were removed to make an expansive living room.

There are new hardwood floors throughout.

There’s also new LED recessed lighting.

The kitchen has new Italian modern cabinetry and Viking appliances.

The bathrooms have been updated with marble.

It has east facing views along with central air and washer/dryer in the unit.

Deeded parking is available for $50,000 extra.

This unit was originally listed by the bank in February 2016 at $865,000.

It sold at an auction in April 2016 for $680,000.

You can see what it looked like at the time of the auction here.

It’s come back on the market listed for $419,000 above the auction sales price, at $1.099 million.

The renovation shows are popular again on various cable stations like HGTV and DIY.

Buyers want “new.”

Are renovators doing a service in this tight housing market by upgrading the housing stock?

And will this renovator get the premium on this unit?

Robert White at Conlon has the listing. It is agent owned. See the pictures here.

Unit #3803: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1758 square feet

  • Sold in July 2005 for $1,004,000 (no parking included)
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in October 2012
  • Bank owned in October 2013
  • Was originally listed in February 2016 for $865,000
  • Withdrawn
  • Auctioned
  • Sold in April 2016 for $680,000
  • Renovated and now listed for $1.099 million (parking available for $50,000 extra)
  • Assessments of $1042 a month (includes gas, cable, Internet, doorman, pool, lawn care, scavenger, exterior maintenance, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $12,436
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 17×13
  • Bedroom #2: 13×13
  • Living room: 25×28


Did You Go to Open House Chicago Last Weekend? 2601 W. Lunt in Indian Boundary Park


This 5-bedroom bungalow at 2601 W. Lunt in the Indian Boundary Park neighborhood of West Ridge came on the market in August 2016.

Built in 1926, it is on an extra large 56×124 corner lot diagonally across the street from the Indian Boundary Park.

Several neighborhood buildings were on the recent Open House Chicago map, including the Indian Boundary Park cultural center.

Built in 1929, 3 years after this house across the street, in the Tudor Revival style, it was nearly destroyed in a fire in 2012 but has now been restored.

Here’s an interior picture of that beautiful building.


This house also has beamed ceilings just like the cultural center.

The listing says there is a “new gourmet kitchen” with a 36 inch Wolf range, stainless steel appliances, 42 inch cabinets, granite counter tops and a farmhouse sink.

The basement has been waterproofed and there are new gutters.

It also has a landscaped back yard along with a 2-car garage.

There’s no central air, but the house has space pac cooling.

The house is listed for $550,000 and hasn’t reduced.

Is over $500,000 the new price point for this neighborhood in this hot market?

Denis Girard at Keller Williams Team Realty has the listing. See the pictures here.

2601 W. Lunt: 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in November 2009 for $373,000
  • Originally listed in August 2016 for $550,000
  • Still listed for $550,000
  • Taxes of $6587
  • No central air- but there’s space pac cooling
  • Bedroom #1: 15×14 (main level)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×13 (main level)
  • Bedroom #3: 19×13 (second level)
  • Bedroom #4: 14×12 (second level)
  • Bedroom #5: 12×10 (second level)
  • Florida room: 15×9



Go to Open House Chicago This Weekend: A 3-Bedroom at 7321 S. South Shore


This 3-bedroom at the Windsor Beach Apartments at 7321 S. South Shore in South Shore has been on and off the market since 2007.

If you were one of the five people reading this site when it first launched in 2007, you would remember this building and unit as we chattered about it in October 2007.

See our prior chatter here (which was really no one at that time!).

But there’s no denying the coolness of this building.

According to Emporis, construction was started on this building in 1927 when there was a flurry of building of luxury lake front apartment buildings in Chicago.

With 64-units, it was completed in 1928, just before the stock market crash.

Designed by Robert De Golyer, it is in the Renaissance Revival style with Moorish architecture, including arches.

Its footprint resembles a Maltese Cross.

The building is also one of the few that has a private beach on Lake Michigan.

It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

This unit has a grand foyer and vintage moldings.

The listing says it has Northeast views.

It has a rehabbed bath.

The kitchen has modern cabinets, with stainless steel refrigerator and a convection oven. The listing says it has custom lighting.

There is no in-unit washer/dryer or central air. The building has a private parking lot next door with a camera and security guards with rental spots for $20 a month.

This building is a co-op with a doorman. The HOA apparently includes the taxes.

In 2007, this was listed at $97,500. It apparently never sold.

9 years later, it is now listed at $105,000.

If you want to see the building, and its distinctive architecture, it will be on the Open House Chicago tours on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

If you want to see some of Chicago’s finest architecture, this weekend is your chance.

It’s free.


Will this co-op finally sell in this hot market?

Ray Blaney at Re/Max Premier has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2D: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2400 square feet

  • I don’t have a prior sales price because it’s a co-op
  • Was listed in 2007 for $97,500
  • Was on and off the market since
  • Currently listed at $105,000
  • Assessments of $836 a month (includes heat, gas, taxes, doorman, cable, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes are included in HOA
  • Parking is $20 a month in private lot
  • No central air
  • No washer/dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 17×12
  • Bedroom #2: 17×12
  • Bedroom #3: 12×9
  • Dining room: 17×13

Is Now the Time to Buy? $26,000 Reduction on this Lincoln Park 2/2: 630 W. Wrightwood


This 2-bedroom at 630 W. Wrightwood in Lincoln Park came on the market in June 2016.

Built in 1996, there are 40 units.

Similar buildings were built on both sides of the street on this stretch of Wrightwood.

This is an elevator building with garage parking and a common rooftop deck.

This unit has an extra wide living room along with crown moldings, built-in bookshelves and a gas fireplace.

It has French doors with a Juliet balcony.

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

It has the other features buyers look for including central air and rare full-size washer/dryer.

At 1800 square feet, this unit is bigger than many townhomes in that neighborhood.

This unit was under contract in July. The listing says a home contingency fell through. It has recently been re-painted in Revere Pewter, the most popular paint color in America.

Originally listed for $585,000, it has been reduced $26,000 to $559,000.

Is this unit now a deal?

David Lutman at Conlon has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3W: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1800 square feet

  • Sold in October 1996 for $279,000
  • Sold in March 1998 for $335,000
  • Originally listed in June 2016 for $585,000
  • Under contract in July 2016
  • Re-listed
  • Reduced several times
  • Currently listed for $559,000
  • Assessments of $339 a month (includes exterior maintenance, lawn care and scavenger)
  • Taxes of $7442
  • Central Air
  • Full-size washer/dryer
  • Garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 20×14
  • Bedroom #2: 12×11

Full Floor Living Instead of a Single Family Home: 1142 S. Michigan Overlooking Grant Park


This full floor unit in 1142 S. Michigan overlooking Grant Park in the South Loop came on the market in September 2016.

This boutique building was converted into condos in 2000 and has just 8 units, with a heated attached garage.

It has high ceilings and crown molding along with 2 fireplaces.

The listing says it has a “state of the art” kitchen with white cabinets, luxury stainless steel appliances and a blue kitchen island with white stone counter tops.

This unit has all the features condo buyers look for including central air, washer/dryer in an actual laundry room and 1-car parking.

I don’t believe the building has any amenities or a doorman.

But this unit does have unobstructed east views of Grant Park and several exposures.

Is this a good single family home alternative?

Randy McGhee at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures and floor plan here.

Unit #2AB: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in July 2000 for $840,000
  • Originally listed in September 2016 for $1.475 million
  • Still listed for $1.475 million
  • Assessments of $1725 a month (includes snow removal)
  • Taxes of $18625
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • 1-car heated garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 19×15
  • Bedroom #2: 18×15
  • Bedroom #3: 20×11
  • Bedroom #4: 10×15

A Typical Fall Market or a Slowing Market? 1500 N. LaSalle in Old Town


This 2-bedroom in 1500 N. LaSalle in Old Town came on the market in July 2016.

The building was designed by Edmund Krause (1859-1935) in 1892. He designed 61 buildings in his lifetime. He specialized in mid-rise apartment buildings such as this one and also designed The Commodore at Surf and Broadway in Lakeview.

Krause’s best known building is the Majestic Building at 22 W. Monroe in the Loop, better known as the Schubert Theater.

This building has 24-units with an elevator.

The original vintage features in this unit have been removed but it does have a fireplace and some built-ins with 11 foot ceilings.

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

The listing says the unit has a new furnace, new windows, a new washer/dryer and new ceiling fans.

There are hardwood floors in the living/dining rooms.

There’s no parking with this unit.

It has been on the market nearly 3 months.

Originally listed in July 2016, it has been under contract once. It has also been reduced $32,500 to $440,000.

Is the market slowing or has the market been so hot that we don’t know what a typical fall market is like?

John Barr at Griffith, Grant & Lackie has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2C: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1400 square feet

  • Sold in November 1988 for $140,000
  • Sold in February 1991 for $145,500
  • Sold in November 1994 for $165,000
  • Sold in July 2000 for $279,000
  • Sold in July 2013 for $380,000
  • Originally listed in July 2016 for $472,500
  • Reduced
  • Under contract in September
  • Currently listed for $440,000
  • Assessments of $488 a month (includes exterior maintenance)
  • Taxes of $6289
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • No parking
  • Bedroom #1: 14×14
  • Bedroom #2: 12×10
  • Den: 13×9


Here’s What a New Construction SFH Looks like in Sauganash: 6028 N. Hiawatha


This 5-bedroom single family home at 6028 N. Hiawatha in Sauganash came on the market in March 2016.

It’s new construction on a 104x140x64x54 lot.

It has a rare 2-car front attached garage (like you would get in the suburbs.)

4 out of the 5 bedrooms are on the second floor with the 5th in the basement.

There’s a family room on the main level and a large recreation room in the basement.

There’s a “Chef’s kitchen” with stainless steel appliances and black granite counter tops.

This is a neighborhood with mostly older homes.

This house was under contract in May but remains available.

The price has been reduced $49,000 to $950,000.

It’s not the only new construction available in the neighborhood. The lot right next door to this house is also going to have a new construction single family home.

Is the teardown phenomena going to take off in Sauganash?

Barbara O’Connor at Dream Town has the listing. See the pictures here.

6028 N. Hiawatha: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4483 square feet, 2 car attached garage

  • New construction
  • Listed in March 2016 for $999,000
  • Under contract in May 2016
  • Re-listed
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $950,000
  • Taxes are “new”
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 18×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 11×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 15×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #5: 12×13 (lower level)
  • Recreation Room: 21×22 (lower level)
  • Family room: 13×14 (main level)

Designer Apartment Living in the Gold Coast: A 2/2 at 1555 N. Astor


This 2-bedroom at 1555 N. Astor in the Gold Coast just came on the market.

The building was constructed in the mid-1970s and has 104 units. It has views of Lincoln Park, the Gold Coast, and, depending on where you are in the building, of the Lake.

The listing says this unit is the home of designer Susan Fredman and has been completely renovated.

It has leather flooring, custom Iris lighting, sound and light automation systems and custom built-in cabinetry.

The kitchen has Calcutta gold marble countertops, Subzero, Wolf and Miele appliances.

The dining area has a custom banquette.

The master bath has heated stone floors and a walk-in shower with a Kohler digital system.

The second bath has a concrete counter top.

The unit has an in-unit washer/dryer but no central air. It has the built-in wall units that were common in the 1970s high rises.

There is rental parking in the building that other listings say includes a weekly car wash and unlimited valet guest parking.

This unit is on the fourth floor and has tree top views.

For those tired of the same old highrise layouts and finishes, is a custom unit like this one a breath of fresh air?

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

Unit 4SE: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1480 square feet

  • Sold in June 1992 for $252,500
  • Sold in April 2010 for $390,000
  • Currently listed for $699,000
  • Assessments of $1190 a month (includes exercise room, indoor pool, tennis court, patio with grills, doorman, exterior maintenance, scavenger and snow removal.)
  • Taxes of $10,781
  • No central air- electric wall units
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking is leased: a different listing says it’s $135 a month and includes weekly car wash
  • Bedroom #1: 16×12
  • Bedroom #2: 13×12