Looking For Your Own Mini-Castle Complete With Turret? 3007 W. Hollywood in Peterson Woods

This 4-bedroom vintage brick bungalow at 3007 W. Hollywood in the Peterson Woods neighborhood of West Ridge came on the market a month ago.

Built in 1928 on an oversized 65×200 corner lot,  it looks like a mini-castle because of its 2-story turret.

It also boosts many of its original vintage features including a bridal staircase, leaded glass windows and 18 foot ceilings.

There is crown molding throughout as well as wainscoting.

There’s a library (or is that the office?) with wood paneling. The house has 2 fireplaces.

The listing also says that there is a “family room w/Rathskeller”.

I had to look up what “rathskeller” was. The online dictionary says it is a tavern below street level or a cellar. Perhaps someone more familiar can fill us in as to what this means in this house.

The pictures show what look to be the original baths, complete with colored tile.

Personally, I am obsessed with the blue bathroom and its tile- especially the black trim up near the ceiling. Amazing.

The kitchen has also not been renovated, although I couldn’t tell you its era.

It has a 2-car garage, a gazebo and central air.

Will this house command its $999,900 price in this neighborhood?

Maureen Barone at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

3007 W. Hollywood: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 half baths, 2 car garage, no square footage listed

  • I couldn’t find a previous sale
  • Currently listed for $999,900
  • Taxes of $11025
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 19×14 (main level)
  • Bedroom #2: 16×14 (second level)
  • Bedroom #3: 14×10 (second level)
  • Bedroom #4: 13×11 (second level)
  • Family room: 40×32 (basement)
  • Library: 14×12 (main level)

A 2-Bedroom Loft With Vintage Charm Sells in River North: 333 W. Hubbard

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We last chattered about this 2-bedroom loft in the Union Square Lofts at 333 W. Hubbard in River North in March 2013.

See our prior chatter here.

It was a bit unusual because it had been upgraded with vintage features including crown molding and wainscotting in the bedrooms.

Some of you wondered why you’d buy a loft if you wanted vintage.

Others thought it was priced too high and would be lucky to get the 2005 price of $345,000.

However, this loft just sold for $15,000 over the 2005 price – at $360,000.

If you remember, the bathrooms had been upgraded and the fireplace had a marble surround with built in bookcases on either side.

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

It seemed that just one of the two bedrooms had a window.

This unit had some exposed brick and tall concrete ceilings with exposed ductwork.

The loft also had an in-unit washer/dryer and central air.

But there was no parking with the unit.

Is anyone surprised by the final sales price?

Richard Wright at Rowhouse Realtors had the listing. You can still see the pictures here.

Unit #507: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1207 square feet

  • Sold in April 1998 for $189,000
  • Sold in December 2005 for $345,000
  • Was listed in March 2013 at $364,900
  • Sold in June 2013 for $360,000
  • Assessments of $641 a month (includes heat, a/c, gas, doorman, cable)
  • Taxes of $5163
  • No parking
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 14×11
  • Bedroom #2: 13×10

What the Finishes Look Like in a Brand New $5 Million Condo: 2550 N. Lakeview in Lincoln Park

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This 4-bedroom re-sale in Lincoln Park 2550 at 2550 N. Lakeview in Lincoln Park came on the market in March 2013.

At 5175 square feet it has the preferred south, east/Lake views and 3 terraces.

You can see from the listing pictures that every room has both floor and ceiling crown molding, including the bathrooms. There also appears to be molding around the doorways.

The bathrooms also appear to have stone up the entire walls surrounding the bathtubs and in the shower areas.

The kitchen has dark wood cabinets (the listing doesn’t disclose the brand) which go all the way to the ceiling (so no space between the cabinets and the ceiling.) There are luxury stainless steel appliances.

It has a full-sized laundry room.

Two car parking is also included.

Are these the types of finishes, and attention to detail, you would expect to see in a $5 million condo in Chicago?

What else would  you expect in this price range?

Thomas Gorman at Baird & Warner has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #S-1306: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5175 square feet, 2 car parking

  • Sold in February 2013 for $4,160,500 (according to Redfin)
  • Originally listed in March 2013 for $4,995,000
  • Currently still listed for $4,995,000
  • Assessments of $1893 a month (includes doorman, pool)
  • Taxes are “new”
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 25×17
  • Bedroom #2: 15×14
  • Bedroom #3: 13×13
  • Bedroom #4: 13×12


The Penthouse “Deal of the Year” is Back on the Market for $4.75 Million: 6 N. Michigan in the Loop


We’ve chattered about this 6400 square foot penthouse apartment in the Park Millennium Condos at 6 N. Michigan across from Millennium Park in the Loop several times over the past year.

It was owned by the developer and in late December 2012 it finally sold for just $1.9 million.

Originally listed for $4.5 million, I asked if it was the “deal of the year” given the space and the location.

See our January 2013 chatter here.

If you recall, the space was unfinished but it had that spectacular, original great room with its wall of windows overlooking the park and lake. (see the picture above- which doesn’t even do it justice.)

We all wondered what would become of the space.

Wonder no more.

After a complete build out, the 4-bedroom penthouse can now be yours for $4.75 million.

The unit has four levels of living.

Three of the four bedrooms are on the second floor with the master bedroom on the third level.

There appears to be two family rooms with one of them located near the kitchen/dining room and another on the fourth floor with a massive skylight.

This doesn’t even include the massive great room.

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

It also has 2000 square foot of outdoor space, which is essentially the roof deck. From the listing pictures, it appears nothing was done to build that out. There is no landscaping etc.

It comes with 2 parking spaces and heat and air conditioning are included in the $6200 a month assessment.

With two high floor condos recently sold to make one big unit just down the street in the Legacy for $5 million, and very few true penthouses with views on the market, will this rehabber make a bundle?

Colin Hebson at Dream Town Realty has the listing. See the pictures of that beautiful great room and the rest of the unit here.

Unit #1901: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 6400 square feet, 4 levels

  • Originally listed in 2010 for $7 million (but was 8000 square feet)
  • Was listed as raw space in July 2012 for $4.5 million
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in October 2012 for $3 million
  • Sold in December 2012 for $1.9 million
  • Now re-listed after it was built out for $4.75 million
  • Assessments of $6200 a month (includes heat, a/c, doorman)
  • Taxes are $13,233. There is an 8 year historic tax freeze on the building but I believe it doesn’t transfer to the second owner. Only the current owner – or the first one after the developer- gets the tax freeze.
  • 2 car parking included
  • 2000 square feet of outdoor space
  • Bedroom #1: 23×18 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 18×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 19×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 16×15 (second floor)
  • Family room: 28×20 (fourth floor- with a skylight)
  • Great room: 35×34




This 5-Bedroom Old Town Penthouse Sells After 8 Months on the Market: 1515 N. Wells

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We last chattered about this 5-bedroom south facing penthouse at 1515 N. Wells in January 2013.

See our prior chatter here.

Back then, it was listed at $1.995 million. Most of you thought your money could go further in other properties in Old Town, especially a single family home.

Others thought, for a condo, a buyer could also do better for that money in other neighborhoods in a high rise.

It was reduced to $1.85 million in March 2013 before selling in June 2013 for $1.69 million.

If you recall, at 3600 square feet, it had hardwood floors throughout along with an unusual “staff quarters” with a full bathroom and a separate entrance.

The kitchen had stainless steel appliances, with two ovens, and granite counter tops.

It also had custom finishes such as Tre Piu doors, Bisazza & Sicis tile, Marvin triple pane windows and custom drapery rods.

The unit  had a rarely available 3 heated parking spaces in the building.

Is the luxury segment the hottest part of the market right now?

Charles Heaver at Prudential Rubloff had the listing. You can still see the pictures here.

Unit #6E: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3600 square feet, 3 car parking

  • I couldn’t find a prior sales price in the public records but Zillow says it sold in October 2007 for $2,597,500 (?).
  • Originally listed in November 2012 for $1.995 million
  • Was still listed in January 2013 at $1.995 million
  • Reduced in March 2013 to $1.85 million
  • Sold in June 2013 for $1.69 million
  • Assessments of $1151 a month
  • Taxes of $17,714
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 13×18
  • Bedroom #2: 10×14
  • Bedroom #3: 10×14
  • Bedroom #4: 11×14
  • Bedroom #5: 15×10

The East Lakeview Vintage 2-Bedroom With a Brick Garage for $350,000: 2821 N. Cambridge

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This 2-bedroom at 2821 N. Cambridge in East Lakeview just came on the market but it was also listed in 2012.

You can’t see the old listing history in the Redfin listing because it came on the market this time as Unit #1 when last year it was listed as Unit #1N.

The building was built in 1904 and is in a prime location for buyers looking to be close to the Diversey/Clark corridor.

But the one thing that sets this unit apart from everything else nearby currently on the market is the private 1-car brick garage. Parking of any kind is rare in this location, let alone a private garage.

The unit has many of its original vintage features including coved ceilings, crown moldings and what look to be the original hardwood floors.

As many vintage units do, it has a separate dining room with built-ins.

It also has a large private storage locker.

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

The unit has an in-unit washer/dryer but there’s no central air. Window units only.

Will this finally get snapped up this year?

And will the garage help sell it?

Karen Breen Elia at Re/Max Exclusive has the listing. See the pictures and a floorplan here.

Unit #1N: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1243 square feet, 1 car garage

  • Sold in March 1999 for $242,000
  • Sold in February 2001 for $289,000
  • Sold in June 2003 for $316,000
  • Sold in June 2009 for $342,000
  • Was listed in August 2012 for $342,000
  • Withdrawn
  • Currently listed at $350,000
  • Assessments of $268 a month  (includes heat)
  • Taxes of $5059
  • No central air- window units only
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 15×11
  • Bedroom #2: 13×10
  • Den: 10×9
  • Dining room: 14×14


General Discussion: Got Opinions On How the Forums Should Be Set Up?

As most people know, I’m going to attempt to convert CribChatter to a Forum site so that all of you who want to chatter about a certain property or part of the city can do so more easily.

With inventory so low, it’s become difficult to find content that is remotely interesting. I thought I’d create a way for all of us to talk about real estate at least until the inventory situation improves.

For example, Milkster posted some questions recently about mold remediation and whether or not she should go through on a house purchase. The forum would be the perfect platform in which to ask this question.

I will have the site default to the Forums page so that everyone can easily see who is posting new topics and on what. The old content will not be lost. You will still be able to search the archives for the 5+ years of posts on properties.

I want to keep the Forum manageable and also easy to use.

From the previous site re-design, I know many of you have strong opinions about what works and what doesn’t and what you’d like to see.

What categories do you want as the Forums?  Here are some possible examples:

  1. General Housing Market Conditions
  2. The GreenZone
  3. Inner Suburbs

Please chime in.

We’ll see how this goes. If it gets boring using Forums, we can always go back to individual posts on properties. Change is good.



Not Every Property Is Selling Within a Day in the GreenZone: 3236 N. Seminary in Lakeview

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We last chattered about this top floor 2-bedroom at 3236 N. Seminary in Lakeview in April 2013.

See our prior chatter here.

Back then, some of you thought this was priced too high at $449,000 for a 2/2. Others thought that with the hot market it would still sell quickly.

However, it’s still available and was recently reduced another $20,000.

If you recall, at 1200 square feet, it has cathedral ceilings in the living room and master bedroom and a deck off the back (but no roof top deck.)

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

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

The 2/2 market got hammered in the housing bust.

Is the 2/2 still among the most difficult sale?

Jenny Ames at Coldwell Banker still has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1200 square feet

  • Sold in December 2000 for $369,000
  • Sold in April 2006 for $437,500
  • Sold in July 2010 for $395,000
  • Originally listed at the beginning of April 2013 at $469,000
  • Reduced
  • Was listed in late April 2013 at $449,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $429,000
  • Assessments of $130 a month
  • Taxes of $6956
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 16×12
  • Bedroom #2: 10×11

This 3-Bedroom West Town Townhouse Returns Completely Rehabbed: 642 N. Armour

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We chattered about this Fannie Mae-owned 3-bedroom townhouse at 642 N. Armour in West Town several times last year.

See our November 2012 chatter here.

Back then, it was listed for $309,000 but most of you thought, given its condition and the neighborhood, that it would sell in the low $200,000s.

Most of you thought it was too much work to sell for anything more as it needed to be gutted.

It finally sold in February 2013 for $250,000.

And sure enough, it has been completely renovated and is back on the market just 4 months later.

The listing says it has new plumbing, decks and HVAC.

The kitchen is new and has granite counter tops and a Bosch appliance package.

All the baths are new.

You can see what it looked like before in this YouTube video (warning- music!).

Two bedrooms are on the second floor and the third is on the top floor.

There are several decks and a lower level den.

The townhouse has returned to the market at $399,950.

Will it sell for the premium now that it’s “new”?

Nick Patterson at Kale Realty has the listing. See the pictures here.

642 W. Armour: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, no square footage listed, one attached garage

  • Sold in May 1996 for $198,000
  • Sold in September 2003 for $365,000
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in June 2011
  • Fannie Mae Homepath property
  • Was listed in August 2012 for $374,900
  • Reduced several times
  • Was listed in November 2012 at $309,900
  • Sold in February 2013 for $250,000
  • Currently listed at $399,950
  • Taxes of $4488
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 17×13 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×12 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 14×10 (third floor)
  • Den: 14×13 (lower level)


Looking for a 2-Bedroom Duplex West Town Loft? 2250 W. Ohio

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This 2-bedroom duplex loft at 2250 W. Ohio in West Town came on the market in May 2013.

At 1350 square feet the listing says either bedroom can be used as a master bedroom.

One is on the main floor and the second is on the second floor. The upstairs bedroom has a area in which you can walk out onto a deck (which the listing says needs to be built-out.)

It has exposed brick walls and high wood ceilings.

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

The loft has all the other amenities that buyers look for including washer/dryer in the unit, air conditioning and garage parking.

The loft is listed $3500 over the 2007 purchase price.

Will it get the premium?

Rachel Kalocinski at Century 21 Affiliated has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #209: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1350 square feet

  • Sold in May 1995 for $196,000
  • Sold in July 2007 for $389,000
  • Originally listed in May 2013 for $400,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $392,500
  • Assessments of $315 a month
  • Taxes of $4373
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 20×15 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 16×12 (main floor)