If You Love Vintage You’ll Love The Pattington: 688 W. Irving Park in Uptown

This 3-bedroom in The Pattington at 688 W. Irving Park Road in Uptown has been on the market since May 2012.

The Pattington was built in 1903 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

This unit has cherry bookshelves, oak hardwood floors, original crown molding and a wood burning fireplace.

You know what is missing from most modern condo construction (even in luxury units)?

The entrance foyer.

But this unit has one.

The kitchen has white cabinets, butcher block counter tops and white appliances.

There is a washer/dryer in the unit but no central air. Parking is available to rent for $85 a month.

Originally listed at $301,500, it has been reduced to $289,000.

Is this a deal?

Marko Beric at Koenig & Strey Real Living has the listing. See the pictures here.

Or you can see it in person at the Open House on Sunday June 17 from 11 am- 1 pm.

Unit #D7: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1500 square feet

  • Sold in August 1990 for $150,000
  • Originally listed in May 2012 for $301,500
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $289,000
  • Assessments of $692 a month (includes heat, cable)
  • Taxes of $3697
  • No central air- window units
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking is $85 a month
  • Bedroom #1: 10×17
  • Bedroom #2: 10×13
  • Bedroom #3: 8×10
  • Dining room: 12×16

 

The Vintage 4-Bedroom Victorian Under $450,000: 4502 N. Kildare in Mayfair

This 4-bedroom Victorian at 4502 N. Kildare in the Mayfair neighborhood of Irving Park just came on the market.

Built in 1906 on an extra wide lot of 45×145, it has a 2.5 car garage.

Many of its vintage features remain including a wood staircase and stained glass window and a built-in hutch in the dining room.

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

All four bedrooms are on the second floor.

There is also what appears to be semi-finished attic space that could be used as an artists studio or playroom.

The house is listed $91,500 under the 2005 purchase price.

Is this a deal for Mayfair?

Donna Nugent at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

4502 N. Kildare: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2272 square feet, 2.5 garage

  • Sold in April 2002 for $330,000
  • Sold in April 2005 for $532,500
  • Currently listed for $441,000
  • Taxes of $7021
  • Space pak cooling
  • Bedroom #1: 21×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 9×9 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 9×8 (second floor)
  • Office: 9×7 (main floor)
  • Attic: 19×16 (third floor)

 

This Roscoe Village 3/3 Duplex Down Is Listed $10,000 Under The 2003 Price: 3320 N. Damen

This 3-bedroom duplex down at 3320 N. Damen in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of North Center has been on the market since April 2012.

It is a short sale. The listing says “close in 60 to 90 days.”

The unit has all the features of newer construction including central air, garage parking and in-unit washer/dryer.

It has crown molding and 2 fireplaces.

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

Originally listed for $424,900, it has been lowered to $389,900.

That is $10,100 under the 2003 purchase price.

Is this a deal for the location which is nearly in the heart of Roscoe Village?

How many units are there like this all over the GreenZone that have to go into short sale before this housing bust is over?

Richard Richker at Exit Strategy has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, no square footage listed, duplex down, garage parking

  • Sold in February 2003 for $400,000
  • Sold in February 2006 for $488,000
  • Originally listed in April 2012 for $424,900
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed as a “short sale” at $389,900
  • Assessments of $175 a month
  • Taxes of $7384
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 17×11 (main level)
  • Bedroom #2: 12×10 (main level)
  • Bedroom #3: 11×10 (lower level)
  • Family room: 22×17 (lower level)

 

Get a 3-Bedroom Modern Penthouse for Under $300,000 In West Town: 2408 W. Rice

This 3-bedroom penthouse at 2408 W. Rice in West Town recently came back on the market.

The modern building at the corner of Rice and Western Avenue, was built in 2008 and has 12 units.

It looks like this penthouse, Unit #404, never originally sold from the developer.

At 1500 square feet, it has a balcony with city views and a private rooftop deck.

The listing says there is an “exotic Wenge kitchen” and “resort caliber baths” with quartz counter tops.

There are hardwood floors throughout.

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

The unit has been reduced about 39% since February 2009 to $299,000.

Will this lowered price finally lead to a sale?

Karen Biazar at North Clybourn Group has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #404: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1500 square feet, 1 car garage parking

  • New construction in 2008
  • Originally listed in November 2008
  • Was listed in February 2009 at $489,900
  • Reduced many times
  • Currently listed at $299,000
  • Assessments of $160 a month
  • Taxes of $7211
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 17×14
  • Bedroom #2: 12×11
  • Bedroom #3: 13×9

How Hot Is The Market? Listed at 15% Above the 2009 Price at 448 W. Wrightwood in Lincoln Park

We last chattered about this 7-unit vintage building at 448 W. Wrightwood in June 2011 when a first floor unit was being marketed as being like the apartment in the movie “The Break-Up.” (which was actually filmed on a sound stage)

Unit #1, a 3/2 with 2100 square feet sold within 5 months, in June 2011, for $20,000 above the 2007 purchase price at $660,000.

See our prior chatter here.

Now Unit #3E, a top floor 3-bedroom, has come on the market at $699,000.

It also has vintage features including original woodwork, french doors, coffered ceilings, and original built-ins.

It has two outdoor spaces, one overlooking the front of the building and a deck in the back.

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

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

It is listed about 15.5% higher than the 2009 purchase price.

In a market with low inventory, will this unit sell for that much of a premium?

Kris Mork at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

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

  • Sold in December 1994 for $332,000
  • Sold in August 2000 for $570,000
  • Sold in November 2006 for $558,000
  • Sold in April 2009 for $590,000
  • Currently listed for $699,000
  • Assessments of $375 a month
  • Taxes of $9339
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 15×13
  • Bedroom #2: 14×10
  • Bedroom #3: 11×9
  • Family room: 15×14
  • Laundry room: 4×4

Because We Love Soaking Tubs In the Bedroom: 990 N. Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville

This 3-bedroom at 990 N. Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville recently came on the market.

Built in 1973 on the corner of Walton and Lake Shore Drive, it is a southeast corner unit with lake and Navy Pier views.

It has a few interesting features including solar panel shades in the living and dining rooms.

The unit also has a step up black soaking tub in what looks like one of the bedrooms.

The eat-in kitchen has black appliances and purple cabinets.

The listing says there are hardwood floors under the carpeting.

It has a washer/dryer in the unit and central air. Parking is leased in the building.

We’ve never chattered about this building before. I don’t even have a picture in my stock photos.

Was the big tub a necessary feature of condo living in the 1970s and 1980s?

Is this a steal for the views and the square footage?

Suzi Landsman at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #19A: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2000 square feet

  • Sold prior to 1987
  • Currently listed for $650,000
  • Assessments of $1483 a month (includes a/c, doorman, cable, pool)
  • Taxes of $9219
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking is leased for $210 to $250 per month
  • Bedroom #1: 18×16
  • Bedroom #2: 11×10
  • Bedroom #3: 13×14

Millennium Park 3-Bedroom Reduces Another $50K: 6 N. Michigan

We last chattered about this 3-bedroom at 6 N. Michigan across from Millennium Park in the Loop in January 2012.

See our prior chatter here.

Back then, many of you were confused by the layout (thinking it was a 2-bedroom with den) and that the finishes weren’t up to other units in the building.

If you recall, this building is in a prime Millennium Park location, directly across from the park.

This unit is in the premier Southeast corner tier with direct views of the park and lake.

It has 10 foot ceilings.

The kitchen has walnut cabinets and SubZero and Bosch appliances.

It is lacking the interior details, like curtains, that other 03 units currently on the market have, but it is also still the cheapest for sale in this tier.

At $854,000 (including one parking space), it is now listed for $210,000 below the 2008 purchase price.

How low will this go?

Kathleen Malone at @Properties still has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #603: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1979 square feet

  • Sold in November 2008 for $1,075,000 (included one parking spot)
  • Originally listed in November 2011 for $950,000
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in January 2012 at $850,000 (plus $55,000 for parking)
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $799,000 (plus $55,000 for parking)
  • Assessments of $1263 a month (includes a/c, doorman)
  • Taxes aren’t listed. The building has a historic tax freeze good only for the original buyer.
  • Central Air
  • Full laundry room
  • Bedroom #1: 17×13
  • Bedroom #2: 15×12
  • Bedroom #3: 12×10

Getting a Yard For Your Half a Million: 1738 N. Newport in Lakeview

A half a million dollars doesn’t get you much in the prime neighborhoods these days (even after the bust) but you can still get a house with a yard like this 3-bedroom cottage at 1738 W. Newport in Lakeview.

This is far west Lakeview (does North Center start at Ravenswood?) and is NOT on the El side of Newport.

Built in 1886 on a wider than standard lot of 30×125, the listing describes it as a “cottage.”

It is built on the back end of the property making for a long front yard that is fenced in for privacy.

The listing says it has a 1-car garage and central air.

The kitchen has black appliances.

There is a wood burning fireplace and an unfinished basement.

2 of the 3 bedrooms are on the second floor with the third on the main level.

Originally listed in April 2012 for $529,900, it was recently reduced $10,000.

Is this house a good townhouse or duplex down alternative?

Suzanne Gignilliat at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

1738 W. Newport: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed, 1 car garage

  • Sold in November 1989 for $170,000
  • Sold in September 1990 for $176,500
  • Originally listed in April 2012 for $529,900
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $519,900
  • Taxes of $7631
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 14×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 10×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 9×11 (main floor)

The Truly “Open” Bathroom Concept: 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast

This 3-bedroom at 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast recently came on the market.

It is bank owned.

It has some unique features including a large terrace and a bathroom which appears to have a shower curtain as the only thing separating the bathtub from the bedroom.

From the pictures, the kitchen appears intact with granite counter tops, white cabinets and white appliances.

It doesn’t have central air (wall units only) or in-unit washer/dryer.

But it is 1800 square feet with a terrace for under $300,000 in the Gold Coast.

Is this a deal?

Joseph Thouvenell at P.R.S. Associates has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #305: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1800 square feet

  • Sold in January 2002 for $390,000
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in August 2010
  • Bank owned in December 2011
  • Currently listed for $289,900
  • Assessments of $1393 a month (includes heat, gas, cable)
  • Taxes of $4779
  • No central air- wall units only
  • No in-unit washer/dryer
  • Terrace
  • Bedroom #1: 19×13
  • Bedroom #2: 16×11
  • Bedroom #3: 15×12

 

In The Last 13 Months, This Bowmanville 4-Bedroom Greystone Reduced 18%: 1944 W. Farragut

We last chattered about this 4-bedroom greystone at 1944 W. Farragut in Bowmanville in February 2012.

See our prior chatter here.

Originally listed for $1.349 million in May 2011, you all chimed in as to whether the Bowmanville neighborhood, which is part of Lincoln Square, could command that high of a price.

The consensus was: “no” (or “hell no” as roma put it.)

Most of you thought it wouldn’t sell for over $1 million.

4 months later, the house has been reduced another $150,000 to $1.099 million.

If you recall, the listing indicates it was formerly a two flat that was converted into a single family home.

The house has 3 fireplaces, crown molding and a box ceiling in the living and dining room.

Four of the six bedrooms are on the second level, with the remaining two in the lower level where there is also a recreation room.

The rear of the house has also been updated to have a wall of windows, which the listing indicates is from the basement to the second floor.

There are also $23,000 in custom window treatments included with the house.

It has an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a large island and stone counter tops.

The house is on a 125×29 lot, has a 2-car garage and 2 decks, including one on the roof of the house and one on the roof of the garage.

It is still the most expensive single family home on the market in the immediate neighborhood.

How hard is it to sell the most expensive house in a neighborhood?

Mary Foley at Conlon still has the listing. See the pictures here.

You can also see a video presentation here.

1944 W. Farragut: 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4500 square feet, 2 car garage

  • Sold in March 1995 for $168,000
  • Sold in December 2001 for $417,000
  • Originally listed in May 2011 for $1.349 million
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in February 2012 at $1.249 million
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $1.099 million
  • Taxes of $9800
  • Central Air
  • 3 fireplaces
  • Bedroom #1: 14×23 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 11×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 13×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 9×7 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #5: 13×13 (lower level)
  • Bedroom #6: 12×11 (lower level)
  • Family room: 23×15 (main level)
  • Recreation room: 21×23 (lower level)