Beaux Arts Beauty Across From Lincoln Park Reduces Another $350K: 2344 N. Lincoln Park West

2344 n lincoln park west

We’ve chattered about this 5-bedroom full floor unit at 2344 N. Lincoln Park West across from Lincoln Park several times over the last year.

See our October 2012 chatter here.

It’s still available. Originally listed at $2.8 million, it has been reduced several times and is now listed at $2.25 million.

Many of you have stated over the last year that while you love the location you thought it should sell closer to $2 million.

If you recall, it was built in 1916.

It commands the entire floor of a 6-unit building with 4 exposures, including Lincoln Park and the lake front.

The building has an elevator and there is rare 2 car parking with the unit.

It has the features you would expect from construction in this era including crown molding and wainscoting.

The unit has a 35 foot foyer and a formal dining room.

It also has space pak cooling and a washer/dryer in the unit.

The upper bracket has been hot in 2013. What’s holding this one back?

Berg Properties now has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 4250 square feet, 2 car parking

  • I couldn’t find a prior sales price
  • Was listed in March 2012 for $2.8 million
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in October 2012 at $2.6 million
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $2.25 million
  • Assessments of $1890 a month (includes heat)
  • Taxes now $20,594 (they were $17398 in October 2012)
  • Space pak cooling
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 19×14
  • Bedroom #2: 13×13
  • Bedroom #3: 14×11
  • Bedroom #4: 16×13
  • Bedroom #5: 11×10

Get a 3-Bedroom English Tudor in Forest Glen For Under $380,000: 4852 W. Catalpa

This 3-bedroom brick English Tudor at 4852 W. Catalpa in Forest Glen recently came on the market.

Built in 1939, it is on an oversized 30×164 lot and has a back deck and 2-car garage.

Two bedrooms are on the second floor with a bathroom while the master bedroom is on the main floor.

This is also a lower level family room with its own bathroom.

The kitchen looks like it has been recently renovated. It has white cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

The house has central air.

Is this house a smart way to get a starter home in an upscale neighborhood?

Lucy Kozlowski at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

4852 W. Catalpa: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1400 square feet, 2 car garage

  • Sold in December 1989 for $330,000 (not sure I believe the sales price- maybe $230,000?)
  • Currently listed for $379,000
  • Taxes of $5257
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 15×10 (main floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 18×8 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 11×11 (second floor)
  • Family room: 22×20 (lower level)

This 3-Bedroom French Normandy is the Most Expensive House For Sale in Galewood: 1901 N. Newcastle

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This 3-bedroom French Normandy single family home at 1901 N. Newcastle in Galewood recently came on the market.

It had been for sale previously- between 2009 and 2011.

Built in 1948 on an oversized corner lot measuring 37×125, it has hardwood floors throughout the first floor and crown molding.

There is a marble fireplace in the living room.

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

The listing also says that there is a bathroom on each floor but it looks to have 1 full bath and 2 half baths.

There’s a family room in the finished basement.

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

At $360,000 it is listed at $70,000 under its 2007 purchase price.

Will this house find a buyer now that the market is hot?

Christine Todde at Century 21 Grande Realty has the listing. See the pictures here.

1901 N. Newcastle: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 2 half baths, 2000 square feet, 2 car garage

  • Sold in April 1997 for $210,000
  • Sold in May 2007 for $430,000
  • Previously listed from 2009-2011
  • Currently listed for $360,000
  • Taxes of $5667
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 15×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×10 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 13×12 (second floor)
  • Family room: 20×11 (basement)

Not Everything Is Selling Within a Day: A 2/2 Bank Owned Loft at 1645 W. School in Lakeview

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This 2-bedroom (or is it really a 1-bedroom with den?) loft at the 60657 Lofts at 1645 W. School in West Lakeview has been on and off the market for over a year.

Last year, it was being sold as a short sale but the bank ultimately took it back in December 2012.

The bank re-listed it in February of this year but it still isn’t selling.

At around 1000 square feet, it doesn’t have any of the authentic loft features you would expect to find (no brick or timber) but it does have tall ceilings and exposed duct work.

It is a south facing corner unit with a massive private terrace. However, one of the Redfin agent comments from last year said that it needs to be completely replaced.

The kitchen is intact and has an island with granite counter tops and white appliances.

This loft comes with washer/dryer in the unit, central air and a heated parking space.

It’s in a popular location, across from the Whole Foods and down the street from the Paulina El stop.

It came back on the market from the bank at $282,900 and was recently reduced to $275,000.

It is a Fannie Mae Homepath property which means you can buy it for just 3% down.

How low will this go before a buyer determines this is way cheaper than renting?

John Federici at Krain has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #221: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, (a prior listing called it a 1-bedroom plus den however), 1000 square feet

  • Sold in September 1999 for $240,000
  • Sold in August 2007 for $348,000
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in March 2012
  • Bank owned in December 2012
  • Re-listed in February 2013 for $282,900
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $275,000
  • Assessments of $449 a month (includes cable)- interestingly they were just $257 a month in last year’s listing
  • Taxes of $4498
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Heated garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 17×11
  • Bedroom (or den?) #2: 11×9


How Hot Is Old Town? The 700 Sq Ft 2-Bedroom in Gaslight Court Sells: 1407.5 N. Wells

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We’ve chattered about this 2-bedroom in Gaslight Court at 1407.5 N. Wells in Old Town 3 times over the last 4 years.

See our latest chatter in March 2013 here.

If you recall, it was listed for $70,000 over what it had sold for just 2 1/2 years before.

Many of you were obsessed with the realtor’s description of it as “sheque and inviting.” But at least one who chimed in about price thought we shouldn’t be concerned about the property’s past price history.

Listed at $320,000 it just recently closed for $277,500, or $27,500 over the 2010 price.

If you recall, in 2009, the square footage was listed at just 700 square feet.

The kitchen is the same as it was previously. It has maple cabinets, white appliances and an island.

There was no central air. It is window units only.

There also wasn’t any parking with the unit, but it does have an in-unit washer/dryer.

The unit has just come back on the market as a rental available June 1 for $2300 a month.

Was this a good rental investment property given how hot Old Town is?

Kenneth Beltran at D’Aprile properties had the listing.  You can check out the rental listing (with pictures) here.

Unit #3E: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, approximately 700 square feet (according to the 2009 listing)

  • Sold in January 2002 for $190,000
  • Sold in June 2009 for $235,000
  • Sold in September 2010 for $250,000
  • Originally listed in March 2013 for $320,000
  • Sold in May 2013 for $277,500
  • Assessments now $350 a month (they were $266 a month in 2010)
  • Taxes now $3678 (they were $2642)
  • Now available to rent for $2300 a month
  • No central air- window units only
  • In-unit Washer/dryer
  • No parking
  • Balcony
  • Bedroom #1: 11×11
  • Bedroom #2: 10×10
  • Living room: 19×13
  • Kitchen: 13×9


Host Grand Parties All Summer On Your Private Rooftop Deck In East Lakeview: 3144 N. Sheridan

3144 n sheridan

We last chattered about this 3-bedroom top floor vintage unit at 3144 N. Sheridan in August 2012.

See our prior chatter here.

Many of you liked the unit but thought it would be too noisy living on Sheridan.

It didn’t sell last year and is now back to try again.

If you recall, the building, has to be one of the original in the neighborhood as it was constructed in 1914.

The living/dining/sunroom has several sets of French doors, a wood burning fireplace and crown molding.

It has its own laundry room, measuring 5×7.

The unit also has a new marble master bathroom.

The third bedroom is currently being used as a den and has a wet bar.

The kitchen has a combo of black and stainless steel appliances.

It has central air, but no parking. That is available for rent next door.

You can’t miss the spiral staircase in the vintage dining room, however. It leads to a 27×33 private rooftop deck with, the listing says, “lake & harbor” views.

Unit #2A, in the same building, has been on and off the market since March of last year. It is now under contract at the list price of $440,000. But it doesn’t have the rooftop deck, of course.

This unit has come on the market for about $10,000 less than it was listed for when we chattered about it last year, at $549,900.

With little on the market, and no competition from the unit below it, will this finally sell quickly?

Robin Miner at @Properties still has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3A: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1850 square feet

  • Sold in October 1992 for $320,750
  • Sold in August 1996 for $229,000
  • Originally listed in September 2009 for $598,000
  • Withdrawn in 2010
  • Was listed in September 2011 for $574,900
  • Reduced 
  • Was listed in April 2012 for $559,000
  • Was still listed in August 2012 for $559,000
  • Withdrawn
  • Now listed for $549,900
  • Assessments of $559 a month (includes cable)
  • Taxes of $6847
  • Central Air
  • In-unit washer/dryer
  • No parking- available for rent next door for $200 to $260 a month
  • Bedroom #1: 21×16
  • Bedroom #2: 13×13
  • Bedroom #3: 14×9

Market Conditions: Prices Back to 2005, or Nearly Peak Levels in “Core Locations”

1201 s prairie

According to Crain’s, 120 condos out of 500 have gone under contract since coming back on the market early this year in the South Loop.

Related isn’t saying how many of the sales were in each building. It is selling units in Harbor View at 1901 S. Calumet, The Grant at 1201 S. Prairie and Adler Place at 1629 S. Prairie.

From Crain’s:

“We certainly thought there was going to be a strong reaction to this, with great pent-up demand, but not at this accelerated level,” Mr. Bailey said. “People are seeing the South Loop for what it is: an extremely vibrant and great neighborhood to live in.”

Related’s momentum offers another piece of evidence that the city’s condo market is pulling itself out of its funk.

The South Loop was hit especially hard: A Crain’s analysis last year found that more than half of the 44 boom-era condo projects in the neighborhood ran into financial trouble in the past five years, and a survey of large downtown condo buildings found South Loop owners lost 30 percent of their property value between 2008 and 2012, the worst performance of any downtown submarket during that time.

Now, with the market back on the upswing, Related is raising prices on its condos by about 10 percent, Mr. Bailey said.

“That hasn’t stopped demand from continuing. It’s terrific to be in this position,” he said.

If you didn’t buy last year, it sounds like you’re out of luck as some believe prices are back to their peak, or 2005 level, in certain locations.

Related’s pace is impressive, but not surprising to Marc Realty Residential Principal David Ruttenberg, who specializes in acquiring distressed condo projects, including a failed 94-unit development at 2300 S. Michigan Ave.

Mr. Ruttenberg says home prices have risen back to 2005, or nearly peak, levels in “core locations,” including parts of the South Loop, amid a sudden change in buyer philosophy.

“There’s more demand than supply, really, for newer assets,” Mr. Ruttenberg said.

Are prices really back to 2005 peak in the South Loop which, as the article says, saw a 30% decline during the bust?

And if prices really are spiking 20% or 30% why aren’t more accidental landlords getting out while the getting is good?

Sales surge at South Loop condo towers [Crain’s Chicago Business, David Lee Matthews, May 9, 2013]

3-Bedroom With “Exclusive Rights” to the Lower Level Returns to the Market: 2227 N. Bissell in Lincoln Park


It seems like a lot of properties we’ve seen in the past several years that didn’t sell are suddenly coming back on the market. And who can blame them for trying again with these market conditions?

We last chattered about this first floor 3-bedroom at 2227 N. Bissell in Lincoln Park in April 2010.

See our prior chatter here.

There is apparently a 3-bedroom, 2 bath unit on the main floor and then a second unit on the lower level.

In the prior listing, it described it as a “unique” space which had a kitchen, bedroom, den and bathroom.

This time, it says “1st floor has exclusive rights to 1000 square foot lower level.”

It’s still not clear if there is a separate entrance for this 1000 square foot lower level or if you access it from within the main unit.

But just to refresh your memory, the kitchen has stainless steel appliances and is open to the dining room. There are hardwood floors throughout.

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

The downstairs kitchen has white cabinets and black appliances. I’m not sure about the central air there.

Confused yet? Go check out the pictures.

The unit has come back on the market $33,000 less than its price in April 2010.

What will be the fate of this property this go around?

Tiffany Moret at @Properties now has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1000-square feet of lower level living space, 1 car parking

  • Sold in May 1998 for $320,000
  • Sold in February 2000 for $395,000
  • Sold in July 2004 for $600,000
  • Listed in January 2010 for $624,900
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in April 2010 for $598,000
  • Withdrawn
  • Currently listed for $565,000
  • Assessments still $125 a month
  • Taxes now $7515 (they were $6690 in 2010)
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 13×11 (main level)
  • Bedroom #2: 12×11 (main level)
  • Bedroom #3: 10×9 (main level)

Get Ready For Summer With Your Very Own City Lights Hot Tub: 221 E. Walton in the Gold Coast

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We’ve chattered about this 3-bedroom at 221 E. Walton in the Gold Coast several times over the years.

See our August 2012 chatter here.

Many of you have loved the 18 foot floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Lake and the private terrace with a hot tub with city views (imagine that in the summer!).

But it was always the price that bothered you. Listed at $1.399 million at that time, most of you thought it should sell between $1 million and $1.1 million.

If you recall, the unit has dentil and crown molding as well as custom built-ins.

2 of the three bedrooms are on the second floor with the third on the main level. From the floorplan, it appears that the master bedroom is the room open to the living room and that the second bedroom has been turned into a master bedroom closet.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

The unit also has 12 skylights.

You also get outdoor space, and city views, from the third floor terrace which, yes, has that great hot tub.

It has washer/dryer in the unit and deeded parking is available for $50,000 each. 

But it doesn’t have central air. It is wall unit cooling. The building was constructed in 1981.

It has come on the market at $1.295 million this time but one parking space is no longer included as it was last year.

The sister penthouse without the hot tub (but it DOES have a terrace) is under contract at $899,000.

Will this finally sell in 2013?

Eudice Fogel at Prudential Rubloff still has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #20PE: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2355 square feet

  • Sold in May 2001 for $1.375 million
  • Sold in September 2002 for $1.2 million
  • Originally listed in March 2011 for $1.499 million
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in November 2011 at $1.399 million (included one parking space)
  • Was listed in August 2012 at $1.399 million (included one parking space)
  • Withdrawn
  • Currently listed at $1.295 million (parking is $50,000 extra each)
  • Assessments now $1563 (they were $1471 a month in August 2012) (includes doorman, cable)
  • Taxes  now $7395 (they were $6821 in November 2011)
  • Wall unit air conditioning
  • In-unit washer/dryer
  • Bedroom #1: 18×17 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 20×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 13×12 (main floor)

There’s Nothing Like a Vintage High Rise Apartment: A 2-Bedroom at 415 W. Aldine in East Lakeview

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This 2-bedroom 15th floor vintage unit at 415 W. Aldine in East Lakeview just came on the market.

Built in 1927, the building has just 2 units per floor.

At 2000 square feet, it has features you don’t see in modern apartments including a barrel vaulted entry foyer.

The kitchen has white cabinets, granite counter tops and backsplash and luxury appliances by Viking, Bosch and Bertazzoni.

The unit has 3 exposures: North, South and East.

There’s no central air (only window units) or in-unit washer/dryer. The listing also says parking is “available”- does that mean just rented in the neighborhood?

It is listed $65,000 higher than the 2010 purchase price (I can’t tell if the kitchen was put in after that sale or not.)

That’s 19.4% appreciation.

Will this unit get it?

415 w aldine #2

Violet Sudler at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #15D: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2000 square feet

  • Sold in September 1991 for $180,000
  • Sold in September 1993 for $180,000
  • Sold in October 2003 for $285,000
  • Sold in March 2007 for $332,500
  • Sold in December 2008 for $345,000
  • Sold in May 2010 for $335,000
  • Currently listed for $400,000
  • Assessments of $797 a month (includes heat, cable, Internet)
  • Taxes of $4128
  • No central air – window units only
  • No in-unit washer/dryer
  • Parking available in the neighborhood