We Love 1500 Sq. Ft. Authentic Brick And Timber Corner Lofts: 835 N. Wood In West Town

This 2-bedroom loft in the Meter Building at 835 N. Wood in West Town just came on the market.

It has south and west exposure through its industrial windows.

The top floor loft has the features loft lovers crave including a ton of exposed brick walls, exposed duct work and 12 foot timber ceilings.

The kitchen has white cabinets and appliances.

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

While it is listed as a 2-bedroom, the walls for the second bedroom have been removed (the listing says they’re “easy to add”). But that leaves you with a large 1500 square foot wide open loft space.

What is better:  listing it as a massive 1-bedroom loft or listing it with 2-bedrooms only to have it really be a 1-bedroom when buyers tour it?

Or are loft buyers too savvy to care?

Ivona Kutermankiewicz at Koenig & Strey Real Living has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #402: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1500 square feet

  • Sold in November 1993 for $139,500
  • Sold in February 1999 for $195,500
  • Sold in December 2000 for $256,000
  • Sold in April 2004 for $342,500
  • Currently listed at $385,000
  • Assessments of $314 a month
  • Taxes of $4309
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 25×14
  • Bedroom #2: 14×12 (walls taken down)

 

This 5-Bedroom Bucktown Single Family Home Tests The Hot Market: 2050 W. Churchill

This 5-bedroom single family home at 2050 W. Churchill in Bucktown was first listed in December 2010 and stayed on the market for 7 months.

It never sold.

It’s back on the market and has been reduced. I couldn’t find the original 2010 list price but in January 2011 it was listed at $1.199 million.

It’s now listed at $999,900.

It’s on the corner of Churchill and Hoyne so that gives it a rare front entrance on the side of the house.

The listing says it has a “chef’s kitchen” with granite counter tops, maple cabinets and upgraded stainless steel appliances.

3 of the 5 bedrooms are on the second floor. The other two are in the lower level along with the family room.

Built on a smaller than standard Chicago lot of 24×100, it has a deck on top of the 2-car garage for entertaining.

There is also the possibility of a rooftop deck (you can see the easy access door in one of the listing pictures.)

The house is listed just $64,900 above the 2003 purchase price.

Is this a deal for the location and square footage?

Beth Ryan at Ryan Realty & Associates has the listing. See the pictures here.

OR see it at the Open Houses on Saturday March 9 from 10:30 to 11 AM or Sunday March 10 from 11- 12 PM.

2050 W. Churchill: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3200 square feet, 2 car garage

  • Sold in August 2003 for $935,000
  • Originally listed in December 2010 (I couldn’t find the original list price)
  • Was listed in January 2011 for $1.199 million
  • Withdrawn in June 2011
  • Recently re-listed for $999,900
  • Taxes of $9788
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 20×16 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 13×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 14×11 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 15×12 (basement)
  • Bedroom #5: 12×10 (basement)

2500 Square Feet Of Elegance In This Vintage Duplex Penthouse: 3100 N. Sheridan In Lakeview

Ever wonder what the penthouses are like in the grand pre-war buildings of Chicago?

This 3-bedroom duplex penthouse in The Barry at 3100 N. Sheridan in East Lakeview recently came on the market.

It has a private entry off the elevator and 2 private terraces.

All 3 bedrooms are on the second level.

Vintage features include crown moldings, an Italian marble fireplace mantle, and arches.

The listing says it has a “newer” galley kitchen with maple cabinets and granite counter tops. It also has a 13×3 pantry.

It has features buyers look for like central air and washer/dryer in the unit. The listing says parking is “available.”

This penthouse appears to have last sold in 1986 so this is a rare opportunity to own this kind of space in this building.

Priced at $725,000, is this priced to sell given its uniqueness?

Paul Solitro at Dream Town has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #14D: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2500 square feet, duplex up

  • Last sold in 1986 (no price given)
  • Currently listed for $725,000
  • Assessments of $1877 a month (includes heat, gas, doorman, cable)
  • Taxes of $9579
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking is “available”
  • Bedroom #1: 17×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 13×10 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 18×10 (second floor)
  • Family room: 16×10 (main floor)

Get A Turret And a Private Roof Top Deck For Under $500K In East Lincoln Park: 353 W. Dickens

If this building at 353 W. Dickens in East Lincoln Park looks familiar, it’s because we chattered about the building in November 2012.

See our prior chatter here.

Back in November, it was a top floor unit with a “crow’s nest” which had a private roof top deck but few renovations. It was listed at $499,000 but was withdrawn from the market in February of this year.

It’s sister unit, #4W, just came on the market but it has a renovated interior.

The exposed brick has been painted white but it still has the 18 foot ceilings and turret.

It has custom moldings and wainscotting along with 2 wood burning fireplaces.

The listing calls the kitchen “gourmet.” It has white cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

This unit also has a private roof top deck, central air and in-unit washer/dryer.

But it doesn’t have parking. That is rental in the neighborhood.

It has been on and off the market since February 2011. It appears to have been rented in February 2012 for $3000 a month.

The unit is now listed $81,000 under the 2009 price.

Is it priced to sell?

Sam Shaffer at Chicago Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Or see it in person at the Open House on Sunday March 10 from 1- 3 PM.

Unit #4W: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1800 square feet

  • Sold in July 1991 for $245,000
  • Sold in July 2004 for $645,000
  • Sold in May 2009 for $580,000
  • Originally listed in February 2011 (I couldn’t find the list price)
  • Was listed in July 2011 for $569,900
  • Withdrawn
  • Rented for $3000 a month in February 2012
  • Currently listed for $499,000
  • Assessments of $215 a month
  • Taxes of $8284
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • No parking- rental in the neighborhood only
  • Private roof deck
  • Bedroom #1: 15×14
  • Bedroom #2: 20×12

 

Are You A Fan Of Modernist Architecture? A 2-Bedroom Penthouse At 320 W. Oakdale In Lakeview

This 2-bedroom penthouse in 320 W. Oakdale in East Lakeview has been on the market since September 2012.

Yes, it is a “real” penthouse.

It’s on the top floor and it has a massive private terrace which has views of Lincoln Park and the lake.

It was apparently the home of the architect who designed the building in 1955: Milton Schwarz.

320 W. Oakdale is considered one of the finer examples of Chicago modernist mid-century architecture.

Its floor to ceiling windows were ahead of its time.

The property is being sold as an estate sale. I don’t know if some of the furniture will transfer with the property.

In this post from Curbed Chicago in September 2012, you can see the blue bathtub and toilet in one of the bathrooms. It’s not in the current listing.

The kitchen is also not pictured.

But a buyer would redo the kitchen and baths anyway- right?

 It has central air but no in-unit washer/dryer.

Parking is also available in the building with a $1000 one time transfer fee.

The unit was recently reduced $40,000 to $629,000.

Who has the vision to take this on?

And at what price?

Donald Breitfelder 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, March 10 from 1- 3 PM.

Unit #2102: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • No prior sales price- estate sale
  • Originally listed in September 2012 for $669,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $629,000
  • Assessments of $1369 a month (includes cable and doorman)
  • Taxes of $1431
  • Central Air
  • No washer/dryer in the unit
  • Parking can transfer for $1000 fee
  • Private terrace
  • Bedroom #1: 20×15
  • Bedroom #2: 15×15

 

What A Difference 2013 Makes For This 2-Bedroom East Lincoln Park Coach House: 337 W. Armitage

We’ve chattered about this 2-bedroom coach house at 337 W. Armitage in East Lincoln Park several times over the past 20 months.

See our April 2012 chatter here.

Most recently listed in June 2011 for $500,000, most of you thought it was overpriced and would end up selling around $400,000.

It was ultimately reduced to $430,000 in 2012 but it still didn’t sell and was withdrawn from the market in June 2012.

But just 8 months later and the whole market is different.

Re-listed at the same price of $430,000 the coach house went under contract within 10 days.

If you recall, it does not have the vintage feel of most coach houses. Instead, it has contemporary styling.

The kitchen has modern cabinets, a stainless steel island and luxury appliances by SubZero, Miele and Bosch.

One of the 2 bedrooms is on the second floor with the other in the lower level.

Built on a 22×35 lot, there is a patio and central air but no parking.

It’s also a fee simple coach house with a 4-unit homeowners association.

Will this sell for around $400,000 as some of you originally guessed years ago?

Robert John Anderson at Baird & Warner now has the listing. See the pictures here.

337 W. Armitage: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1400 square feet

  • Sold in August 1990 for $193,000
  • Sold in October 2002 for $145,000
  • Sold in June 2004 for $440,000
  • Originally listed in 2007/2008- never sold
  • Re-listed in June 2011 for $500,000
  • Was listed in November 2011 for $500,000
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in April 2012 at $430,000
  • Withdrawn in June 2012
  • Re-listed in February 2013 for $430,000
  • Under contract in 10 days
  • Assessments of $145 a month
  • Taxes now $2800 (they were $2164 in 2012)
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • No parking
  • Bedroom #1: 17×17 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 18×11 (lower level)
  • Living/dining combo: 17×9 (main level)
  • Kitchen: 17×8 (main level)

 

3 Years After Our Last Chatter And Still No Buyer: A 3-Bedroom Rowhouse At 4050 N. Paulina In Lakeview

We last chattered about this 3-bedroom vintage rowhouse at 4050 N. Paulina in Lakeview in March 2010.

See our prior chatter here.

The main discussion focused on whether or not this property was in the Graceland West neighborhood and not so much the price.

Back then, it was subject to lender approval.

It is STILL on the market 3 years later and, from the pictures, looks pretty much the same inside.

The rowhouse is attached to one other unit and was built in 1892.

It has a unique 2-story living room with a second floor loft.

There are also 4 stone baths and a “partial” finished basement.

The kitchen appears to have black appliances.

Central air, 2 fireplaces and a 2 car garage complete the picture.

The rowhouse is also only about a 5 minute walk to the Irving Park Brown Line stop.

However, the listing now also says that the rowhouse has “minor water damage” and that it will need “some” but “not much” work. (See the pictures.)

It also says “Amazing value here.”

Who’s at fault when a property is on the market for 5 years?

Will this stay listed until the bank finally takes possession (but when? It’s been 4 years since the lis pendens) and re-lists it for much less?

George Patrick at Koenig & Strey Real Living now has the listing. See the pictures here.

4050 N. Paulina: 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 car garage, 3500 square feet

  • Sold in May 2006 for $575,000
  • Originally listed in December 2008 for $969,000
  • Reduced numerous times
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in February 2009
  • Was listed in March 2010 for $575,000 and “subject to lender approval”
  • Was under contract in September 2012
  • Recently re-listed for $519,000
  • Taxes now $8801 (they were $7974 in March 2010)
  • Central Air
  • 2 fireplaces
  • Bedroom #1: 18×12 (second level)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×9 (second level)
  • Bedroom #3: 13×10 (main floor)

 

37% Appreciation In 4 Years For This Lincoln Park Vintage 2/2: 1849 N. Cleveland

We’ve chattered about this 8-unit vintage greystone building at 1849 N. Cleveland in Lincoln Park numerous times over the years, especially the larger duplex downs.

But this 2-bedroom top floor unit just came on the market.

It has a unique living/dining/kitchen area that is almost loft-like with exposed brick walls and an exposed beamed ceiling.

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

The unit also has a private 900 square foot roof top deck.

It has the other amenities buyers look for including central air, washer/dryer in the unit and an assigned parking space.

It doesn’t appear that the building has an elevator, however.

The unit has come on the market 37% higher than the 2009 purchase price at $679,000.

At just 1200 square feet, that is $566 a square foot.

Will this seller get the premium?

Dee Thompson at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #4N: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1200 square feet

  • Sold in January 2005 for $500,000
  • Sold in April 2009 for $495,000
  • Currently listed at $679,000
  • Assessments of $275 a month
  • Taxes of $8527
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking space
  • 900 square foot rooftop deck
  • Bedroom #1: 12×17
  • Bedroom #2: 10×12

A River North Brick And Timber Loft As Big As A Single Family Home: 152 W. Huron

We’ve chattered about this boutique loft building at 152 W. Huron in River North several times in the past.

This 3-bedroom brick and timber loft has 4000 square feet on one floor which is larger than many single family homes.

It has 13 foot high ceilings and a custom modern build-out.

The listing calls the kitchen “gourmet” with stainless steel appliances. Is that a concrete counter top on part of the kitchen island?

All three bedrooms are en suite.

There’s a private elevator and 1-car garage parking.

The listing says this loft is in the Ogden school district.

Is this a good single family home alternative?

Jennifer Ames at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #300: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4000 square feet, 1 car parking

  • Sold in May 2003 for $833,000
  • Originally listed in April 2012 for $1.8 million
  • Withdrawn
  • Recently re-listed for $1.879 million
  • Assessments of $1,137 a month
  • Taxes of $9260
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 17×16
  • Bedroom #2: 17×13
  • Bedroom #3: 12×16

 

6-Bedroom East Lakeview New Construction Single Family Home Now Under $3 Million: 550 W. Oakdale

We last chattered about this 6-bedroom new construction home at 550 W. Oakdale in East Lakeview in August 2012.

See our prior chatter here.

At that time, it was listed at $3.2 million and we debated whether or not a single family home could sell for that much in that location.

Since then, the house has been reduced to $2,999,999.

The 7000 square foot house has a 53 foot atrium center and radiant heat floors.

It has ten foot ceilings and eight foot doors.

The kitchen has the usual upscale appliances like SubZero and Viking.

The house has 4 decks and parking for 4 cars on a 25×140 lot.

And if you’re wondering how you’ll cool it all, the house has 4 HVACs.

What price will it take to finally sell this house?

Marius Tatarunas at Home TRG Inc. still has the listing. See the pictures here.

550 W. Oakdale: 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 half baths, 7000 square feet, 4 car parking

  • Originally listed in June 2012 for $3.2 million
  • Was still listed in August 2012 for $3.2 million
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $2,999,999
  • Taxes of $37,897
  • Central Air
  • 4 Decks
  • Bedroom #1: 20×15 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×18 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 10×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 12×18 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #5: 10×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #6: 11×22 (basement)