The Market’s “Hot” So Will This Lakeview 2/2 Finally Find a Buyer? 1658 W. Belmont

It’s back!

We’ve chattered about this 2-bedroom at 1658 W. Belmont in Lakeview several times over the last 3 years. (Yes, 3 YEARS!)

See our August 2012 chatter here.

Listed as high as $324,900 in 2010, it was reduced to $275,000 the last time we chattered about it in August 2012.

But it didn’t sell and was withdrawn from the market last November.

The unit has come back on the market listed $10,000 higher at $285,000.

If you recall, the vintage building appears to have been converted into condos in 2006-2007.

It is a rare vintage 2-bedroom unit which also has a second bathroom as most are 2/1s.

The kitchen has the new construction finishes with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

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

With inventory at multi-year lows, this HAS to sell this spring, right?

Jeremy Fisher at Prudential Rubloff still has the listing. See the pictures and floorplan here.

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

  • Sold in March 2008 for $315,000
  • Originally listed in February 2010 for $324,900
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in November 2010 for $310,000
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in October 2011 at $289,999
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in August 2012 at $275,000 (parking included)
  • Withdrawn in November 2012
  • Re-listed at $285,000 (parking included)
  • Assessments of $185 a month
  • Taxes now $4816 (they were $4590 in August 2012)
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 12×11
  • Bedroom #2: 10×9

 

We Love Unique 3-Bedroom Triplex Lofts in the Donohue: 711 S. Dearborn in Printers Row

This 3-bedroom triplex loft in the Donohue Building Lofts at 711 S. Dearborn in Printers Row just came on the market.

This is one of the most popular loft buildings in the city. I know many of you love it. If you haven’t been in it, be sure to check out some of the unique lofts in the annual South Loop loft walk (are they still doing that???).

Built in 1883, it was the first building converted into residential lofts in Printers Row in the 1980s.

This particular unit is one of the more unique ones I’ve seen in the building.

The listing says it is 3 one-bedroom units stacked on top of each other and connected with an internal staircase.

The top floor of the triplex is the top floor of the building so even though it has timber ceilings, there is no one above you and only your unit below you on the other two floors.

It has exposed brick on each floor and arched windows on the top floor.

The loft actually faces east so it does NOT face Dearborn.

It also has some quirks like 2 kitchens.

The main kitchen has maple cabinets and black appliances while a smaller white kitchen is on the lowest level.

At 2450 square feet, there is a library on the second floor and a 8×8 laundry room.

The loft has central air.

There’s no parking with this building but it’s available for purchase in the nearby high rise on Plymouth for $35,000.

Curbed Chicago covered this loft a few days ago and said it was bank owned.

I don’t find any indication in the public records that it is owned by the bank.

In fact, the owner appears to be one of the original owners as the last purchase was made before 1985.

That means it’s been nearly 30 years since this unit changed hands.

At $500,000, is this loft a deal for the size and location?

(And if anyone can figure out the layout- i.e. where the bedrooms are actually located – please share.)

Margie Smigel at The Margie Smigel Group has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #808: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2420 square feet

  • Sold before 1985
  • Currently listed for $500,000
  • Assessments of $1336 a month (includes heat and cable)
  • Taxes of $7285
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking available for $35,000 extra nearby
  • Bedroom #1: 16×16 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 14×15 (second floor)
  • Living room: 15×30 (main floor???)
  • Dining room: 14×16 (main floor???)
  • Laundry room: 8×8 (second floor)
  • Library: 15×15 (second floor)

Tired of the Same Old Cherry/Granite Kitchen? A 2-Bedroom in 200 W. Grand in River North

This 2-bedroom corner unit in The Grand on Grand at 200 W. Grand in River North just came on the market.

Normally, it would be just like every other 2/2 in the newer high rises in River North that were all built in the last 10 years.

But the listing says it has a “redesigned kitchen” by a Merchandise Mart Designer.

No more dime-a-dozen cherry cabinets and stock granite countertops here.

The seller was nice enough to put a picture of the kitchen “before” so we can compare it with the “after.”

A wall was removed and it now has Wood Harbor custom built-ins, Wolf Commercial, Subzero and Ann Sacks tile.

The unit is located on the floor right underneath the penthouses and has north and east city views.

It is listed, if you include the parking which is being sold for $33,500, about $100,000 more than the 2007 purchase price.

Will putting in the completely custom kitchen pay off?

(By the way- before some people complain about the assessments, remember this building only has 106 units and it has a doorman.)

David Baran at Prudential Rubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2106: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in January 2005 but there was no price listed
  • Sold in March 2007 for $582,500 (included the parking)
  • Currently listed for $659,900 (plus $33,500 for parking)= $683,400
  • Assessments of $794 a month (includes heat, a/c, doorman, cable, exercise room)
  • Taxes of $3622
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 15×13
  • Bedroom #2: 11×11

 

 

 

Get a 2-Story West Loop Penthouse with Downtown Views for Under $600K: 909 W. Washington

This 2-bedroom at 909 W. Washington in the West Loop has been on the market since August 2012.

It’s not your typical newer construction 2-bedroom.

It’s one of two penthouse units in the building.

This corner unit has 2-story floor to ceiling windows with north and east city views.

There are two bedrooms on the main floor and a second story lofted den which is open to the living space below.

The listing describes the kitchen as a “chef’s kitchen” with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

The unit has the amenities buyers look for such as central air and in-unit washer/dryer. Parking is available for $25,000.

Since last August, the property has been reduced $54,000.

It is now listed $35,500 under the 2006 purchase price (if you include the parking) at $570,000.

Is this a deal?

Ryan D’Aprile at d’aprile properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1012: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in January 2006 for $605,500 (included the parking)
  • Originally listed in August 2012 for $599,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $545,000 (plus $25,000 for parking)
  • Assessments of $624 a month (includes doorman)
  • Taxes of $8124
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 11×20 (main floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 9×12 (main floor)
  • Den/loft: 12×17 (second floor)

 

 

Do You Have Teenagers and Want Lake Views? A 4-Bedroom in 2100 N. Lincoln Park West in Lincoln Park

This 4-bedroom duplex unit in The Pierre at 2100 N. Lincoln Park West in Lincoln Park came on the market in October 2012.

At 2850 square feet, it has views of Lincoln Park and the lake.

There’s no floor plan with the listing but Redfin agents who have seen the unit said in the notes that there are 2 bedrooms on one level and 2 bedrooms on the second level.

There are also two kitchens.

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

The second kitchen is smaller, with white cabinets and appliances.

Each floor also has a living room space.

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

The unit has been reduced $176,000 since October and is now listed at $999,000.

Is this the perfect floor plan for a family with teenagers?

Chris Stockwell at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #6-7BS: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2850 square feet, 2 – 4 car leased parking

  • Sold in October 1996 but I couldn’t find a price
  • Originally listed in October 2012 for $1.75 million
  • Reduced several times
  • Currently listed at $999,000
  • Assessments of $2003 a month (includes heat, a/c, doorman, cable, pool)
  • Taxes of $9596
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 19×18 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 18×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 13×18 (main floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 11×14 (main floor)

 

The East Lakeview Vintage 2/2 For Just $315,000: 427 W. Aldine

This 2-bedroom in Cortina Court, the courtyard building at 427 N. Aldine in East Lakeview, just came on the market.

We’ve been chattering about a lot of $500,000+ vintage units recently, but what about one that’s listed at $315,000?

Built in 1926, this high first floor unit has a formal entry, crown molding and several built-ins including a hutch and book cases.

It also has a stone carved fireplace mantel.

The kitchen has been remodeled and has white cabinets, marble counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

However, this unit is missing some of the features of the more expensive units including central air, washer/dryer in the unit and parking, which is leased in the neighborhood.

The unit is listed $20,000 under the 2008 purchase price.

Is this an entry level property for vintage lovers in this neighborhood?

Michael Frank at Keller Williams Preferred has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1N: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage

  • Sold in April 1988 for $124,000
  • Sold in August 2003 for $270,000
  • Sold in April 2008 for $335,000
  • Currently listed for $315,000
  • Assessment of $424 a month (includes heat and cable)
  • Taxes of $4517
  • No central air
  • No washer/dryer in the unit
  • No parking (rental available in the neighborhood)
  • Drapes excluded
  • Bedroom #1: 14×10
  • Bedroom #2: 14×10
  • Dining room: 17×13
  • Foyer: 9×8

Looking in South West Town? A 3-Bedroom SFH Listed Under $450K: 1617 W. Hubbard

This 3-bedroom contemporary style single family home at 1617 W. Hubbard in West Town has been on and off the market since May 2011.

Built in 2001, on a standard 25×125 lot, it has an interesting design with a rare 2-car garage in the front of the house.

It has 20-foot vaulted ceilings in the living space with an open concept floor plan on the main living level.

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

Two of the bedrooms are on the second floor with the third in the lower level along with the family room.

It has central air and a back deck.

The house has been under contract at least 3 times since it was first listed in 2011.

The price has also recently been increased by $10,000 to $449,000.

A lis pendens foreclosure was also filed a year ago, in April 2012.

What’s going on with this property?

Is it a deal at this location?

Richard DiVito at Koenig & Strey has the listing. See the pictures here.

1617 W. Hubbard: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 car garage, no square footage listed

  • Sold in August 1998 for $30,000
  • Sold in May 2001 for $200,000 (new construction then)
  • Originally listed in May 2011 for $469,900
  • Reduced
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in April 2012
  • Was listed at $400,000 in October 2012
  • Has been under contract at least 3 times
  • Recently raised $10,000 to $449,000
  • Taxes of $9573
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 18×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 10×9 (lower level)
  • Family room: 16×12 (lower level)

 

The Vintage East Lakeview 3/3 With All The Bells And Whistles: 521 W. Roscoe

This 3-bedroom at 521 W. Roscoe in East Lakeview recently came on the market.

At 3,000 square feet, it has the large rooms which are the tell-tale signs that it’s a vintage unit.

It appears to be the top floor unit.

Built in 1925, it has crown molding and some built-in bookcases as well as 2 wood burning fireplaces, including one in the master bedroom.

The kitchen has German-made custom green cabinets by SieMatic from the Mick de Giulio collection. (Finally- someone said “no” to cherry and/or white.)

There are no pictures of the bathrooms all of which are ensuite.

The unit has features you rarely find in vintage units this close to the lake including central air, washer/dryer in the unit and one parking space.

It came on the market just $39,000 above its 2001 purchase price.

Is this a deal for the square footage?

Meredith Meserow at Koenig & Strey Real Living has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3000 square feet

  • Sold in March 1988 for $287,500
  • Sold in July 2001 for $640,000
  • Currently listed for $679,000
  • Assessments of $780 a month (includes heat)
  • Taxes of $10451
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking space included
  • Bedroom #1: 20×12
  • Bedroom #2: 12×12
  • Bedroom #3: 15×10
  • Sunroom: 13×9

 

After 6 Years, And a Price Increase, This West Town 2/2 Tries Again: 2157 W. Division

We last chattered about this 2-bedroom at 2157 W. Division in West Town about a year ago, in May 2012.

See our prior chatter here.

If you remember, at that point, the unit seemed to be developer owned and had been on and off the market for 5 years.

The building is a 6-unit elevator building constructed in 2007.

Back then, it was listed at $474,800 and most of you thought it was overpriced for the location.

It was withdrawn from the market last May but returned this March and is now listed higher, at $499,800.

If you remember, the building was originally a Ranquist development which is known for its contemporary style.

It has 10 foot floor to ceiling windows with cedar accents.

The unit has upscale finishes including an Arclinea designed kitchen with white cabinets and SubZero, Gaggenau and Miele appliances.

The master bath has Ann Sacks tiles.

The unit has the other features that buyers look for including heated garage parking, washer/dryer in the unit and central air.

2012 was not so lucky for this unit. But with the hot market in 2013, will it finally find a buyer?

Danielle Dowell at Koenig & Strey Real Living now has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #301: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Still developer owned?
  • Originally listed in March 2007
  • Was listed in December 2011 for $519,800
  • Reduced several times
  • Was listed in May 2012 for $474,800
  • Withdrawn in May 2012
  • Re-listed in March 2013 for $499,800
  • Currently listed at $499,800
  • Assessments now $370 a month (they were $280 a month in May 2012)
  • Taxes still $8755
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Heated garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 12×14
  • Bedroom #2: 10×13

Will 2013 Be The Lucky Year For Sellers? A 2/2 At 1117 W. Armitage In Lincoln Park

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but a lot of properties that we’ve chattered about in the past several years or which have simply been on the market off and on are returning to the market to try again.

This 2-bedroom at 1117 W. Armitage in Lincoln Park is one of those. It was on and off the market in both 2010 and 2011. It just recently returned to the market.

It is an extra wide unit with 1520 square feet in an elevator building.

The unit has 9’6″ ceilings.

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

It also comes with a large 322 square foot private deck.

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

The last time it was listed, in August 2011, it was listed at $599,000.

It has come back on the market just $4,000 under that at $595,000.

Will this unit finally find a buyer in this hot market?

Jeanne Martini at Kinzie Real Estate Group has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2W: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1520 square feet, 1 car parking

  • Sold in August 2001 for $540,000
  • First listed in 2010
  • Last listed in August 2011 for $599,000
  • Withdrawn
  • Currently listed for $595,000
  • Assessments of $338 a month
  • Taxes of $9335
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 15×15
  • Bedroom #2: 13×11