Vintage With Views of the Lake for just $72 a Square Foot: 5555 S. Everett in Hyde Park

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This 1-bedroom in the Jackson Towers at 5555 S. Everett in Hyde Park has been on and off the market since May 2014.

Built in either 1924 or 1926 (the listings are all over the place with the date), it was designed by Walter W. Ahlschlager who also designed the Sheridan Plaza Hotel and the Uptown Broadway Building.

There are 72 units on 19 floors. Some of the units are quite grand with duplexes and simplexes.

This is one of the smaller units but it has views of the Lake and the Museum of Science and Industry.

At 1165 square feet, it has a dining room and the spacious room sizes you would expect from a vintage unit.

The listing says it has updated plumbing and electrical.

There’s no central air, only window units. And there’s no washer/dryer in the unit.

There’s also no parking with the building but according to this 2014 Chicago Magazine article about the building, there is a nearby lot that many park at which costs $200 a month.

Also according to Chicago Magazine, most of the major building renovations were completed a couple of years ago so there are no big special assessments coming.

This unit has been reduced to just $85,000, or $72 per square foot.

Is this a deal, even with the $988 a month assessment?

Pamela Tuggle at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit B8: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1165 square feet

  • Sold in April 1988 for $47,000
  • Originally listed in May 2014
  • Has been under contract
  • Was listed in June 2015 for $99,500
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $85,000
  • Assessments of $988 a month (includes heat, doorman, exterior maintenance, scavenger and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $2540
  • No central air- just window units
  • No in-unit washer/dryer
  • No parking – nearby lot is available for around $200 a month
  • Bedroom #1: 15×12
  • Living room: 18×14
  • Dining room: 14×16

This Crown Molding Beats Yours: A 4-Bedroom at 3400 N. Lake Shore Drive in Lakeview

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This 4-bedroom at 3400 N. Lake Shore Drive in Lakeview just came on the market.

Built in 1922, this unit still has the amazing original mahogany millwork and paneling in the living room and library.

It also appears to stretch into the 23×10 foyer.

They just don’t build them like this anymore. There aren’t the craftsmen who can do it.

The apartment has a carved mantle in the living room and 2 fireplaces in total, both with gas starters.

It just so happens we chattered about this unit the last time it was on the market in January 2009.

See our chatter here.

It did not sell in 2009.

The millwork is as beautiful now as it was then.

These are the pictures from the PRIOR listing.



Check out the intricate plaster ceiling in the dining room.


The listing says the master bathroom has been renovated.

It has the other features buyers of THIS era look for, including central air, washer/dryer in the unit and garage parking.

At 4,000 square feet, it is as big as most single family homes in the GreenZone.

Yes, the assessment is $2760 a month, but there are only 46 units in the building.

At $2 million, is this a bargain compared to all the new construction high rise units out there?

Meredith Manni at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #8EF: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 4000 square feet

  • Sold in September 2000 for $852,500
  • Sold in April 2002 for $1.05 million
  • Sold in June 2005 for $1.425 million
  • Was listed in January 2009 for $2.25 million
  • Withdrawn
  • Currently listed for $2 million
  • Assessments now $2760 a month (it was $2300 a month in January 2009)- includes heat and air conditioning
  • Taxes now $18,500 (they were $18,000 in January 2009)
  • Parking included
  • Central Air
  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Bedroom #1: 21×15
  • Bedroom #2: 15×14
  • Bedroom #3: 14×22
  • Bedroom #4: 13×13
  • Foyer: 23×10

Back on the Market for this South Loop 3-Bedroom Townhouse: 1426 S. Federal

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This 3-bedroom townhouse in Dearborn Park II at 1426 S. Federal in the South Loop came on the market in late March 2016.

It was under contract the first day but came back on the market in early April.

The listing says it is the largest floor plan in this complex.

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

There’s a 4th floor bonus room with a second kitchen which leads to a private rooftop deck with city views.

The kitchen has granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

There are also 3 wet bars.

This townhouse also has the nice feature of having attached, 2-car parking. No need to go outside to get your car.

At $899,000, is this a deal for a townhouse in this location given what even duplex down condos are going for around the GreenZone?

Cynthia Bauer at Re/Max Premier has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #E: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, no square footage listed, 2 car attached garage

  • Sold in March 2002 for $563,500 (according to Zillow- as the Cook County web site was down)
  • Sold in September 2005 for $720,000 (according to Zillow)
  • Originally listed in March 2016 for $899,000
  • Contingent on the first day
  • Re-listed in April 2016 for $899,000
  • Assessments of $200 a month (includes scavenger, water and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $12,324
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 16×15 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 10×12 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 10×11 (third floor)
  • Party room: 15×10 (fourth floor)
  • Family room: 15×17 (main level)
  • Roof top deck


Move-In Ready and Lake Views for Under $325,000: 3430 N. Lake Shore Drive in Lakeview

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This 2-bedroom at 3430 N. Lake Shore Drive in Lakeview recently came on the market.

The building was constructed in 1955 and has 219 units.

This 14th floor unit has east and lake views from the living room with west views from the bedrooms, including of the Wrigley Field lights.

The listing says the unit was gutted in 2011 and has new dark hardwood floors, plumbing and kitchen.

The windows are new as of 2009.

The kitchen has dark cabinets, white counter tops, a tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances.

The bathrooms are Kohler bathrooms with mocha vanities.

It has central air but no in-unit washer/dryer. There is coin laundry in the building.

Parking is rental in the building.

With buyers wanting move-in ready properties, will this sell quickly?

Lisa Resek-Peck at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #14P: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in September 1998 for $144,000
  • Sold in April 2010 for $202,000
  • Currently listed for $320,000
  • Assessments of $1001 a month (includes doorman, cable, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $3225
  • Central Air
  • No in-unit washer/dryer- there is coin laundry in the building
  • Rental parking available in the building
  • Bedroom #1: 16×12
  • Bedroom #2: 14×11


Looking for that Spacious Brick and Timber Loft Like You See in the Movies? 2804 N. Lakewood in Lakeview

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This 3-bedroom loft at 2804 N. Lakewood in Lakeview came on the market in February 2016.

At 2100 square feet, it has the features true loft lovers crave including exposed brick and a timber ceiling.

On the top floor of the building, and a corner unit, it has industrial windows stretching across the unit.

The listing says it was featured in Chicago Magazine.

The kitchen has Subzero and Bosch appliances with concrete counter tops.

There’s a steam shower and a soaking tub.

All three bedrooms are on the main floor. There’s a sun room/Florida room on the roof that leads out to a private rooftop deck with built-in planters, a sprinkler system and a solar shower.

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

This is a small loft building with just 20 units.

Since February, it has been reduced $39,000 to $610,000.

This loft hasn’t been on the market in 21 years.

Is this a deal for a unique property?

Randee Wheeler at Conlon has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #202: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2100 square feet

  • Sold in June 1993 for $278,000
  • Sold in January 1995 for $285,000
  • Originally listed in February 2016 for $649,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed for $610,000 (garage parking included)
  • Assessments of $328 a month (includes exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal)
  • Taxes of $6183
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Bedroom #1: 19×14
  • Bedroom #2: 14×9
  • Bedroom #3: 13×13
  • Florida room: 14×10 (second floor)
  • Deck: 30×20 (second floor)

Looking For Your Own 1100 Sq Ft Landscaped River North Terrace? 200 W. Grand

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

Located on the 6th floor, it has a large 1100 square foot southwest facing private terrace.

But unlike most of those terraces which sit on top of the parking garage for the building, and are simply slabs of concrete, this one has actually been professionally landscaped by Chicago Specialty Gardens.

It has stereo speakers, a pergola, custom lighting, landscaping with irrigation & outdoor storage.

If this terrace looks familiar, that’s because we also chattered about it back in 2011.

You can see our chatter here.

The unit has new bamboo floors and a built-in wine bar.

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

One of the comments in 2011 was that the actual living space was too small. Yes, the living room is still 14×13.

It has central air, washer/dryer in the unit and there are 2 garage parking spaces included.

In 2011, most of you thought this property should sell for under $500,000. It sold for $475,000.

But that was at the bottom of the bust.

It’s now listed just $1500 under the 2007 price at $600,000.

Will the terrace make it a quick sale?

Liz Prassas Licata at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #603: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed but in 2011 it was 1250 square feet

  • Sold in June 2004 for $486,000 (included the parking)
  • Sold in November 2007 for $601,500 (included the parking)
  • Originally listed in April 2011 for $559,000 (included the parking)
  • Reduced
  • Sold in June 2012 for $475,000 (included the parking)
  • Assessments now $791 a month (they were $783 a month in June 2011) (includes heat, a/c, gas, doorman, cable, wifi, scavenger, exterior maintenance, exercise room)
  • Taxes now $6277 (they were $3693 in June 2011)
  • Central Air
  • In-unit washer/dryer
  • Bedroom #1: 13×13
  • Bedroom #2: 14×10
  • Terrace is 1100 square feet

A Bank Owned Starter Condo for $208,000 in Old Town: 143 W. Burton


This 1-bedroom condo in 143 W. Burton in Old Town just came on the market.

The building is art deco and has 6 units. Those are the original leaded glass windows.

This is a Fannie Mae Homepath property.

This unit is on the first floor and faces east.

It has hardwood floors.

There are no pictures of the kitchen.

The listing says “owner offers only, no investors.”

It looks like it has central air and that there might be a parking space behind the building (there ARE some there.) I think there is laundry in the basement.

At just $208,000 is this a deal for someone who is handy with paint and renovations?


Rakesh Parikh at Coldwell Banker has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #1S: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 800 square feet

  • Sold in October 1994 for $97,500
  • Sold in April 1997 for $128,000
  • Sold in January 2002 for $192,000
  • Lis pendens foreclosure filed in June 2012
  • Bank owned in February 2016
  • Homepath property
  • Currently listed at $208,000
  • Assessments of $270 a month (unclear what this includes)
  • Taxes of $4706
  • Central Air
  • 1-car parking appears to be included
  • Bedroom: 14×12

Who Will Buy the 406 Luxury Condos in Lakeshore East’s Wanda Vista?

The Wanda Vista hotel and condo tower in Lakeshore East has been approved and is moving forward.

A sales center recently opened up downtown.

This is not a small building. At 93-floors, it will be the third tallest in the city.

The condo portion of the building will have 406 residences.

The prices will range from $1 million for the smallest 1,000 square foot 1-bedroom to $17 million for the penthouse.

This is coming at a time when construction on million dollar condos and single family homes has never been hotter.

But even with a hot market, some buildings are still trying to sell million dollar units left over from the bust years including The Legacy on Millennium Park and the Ritz on Michigan Avenue.

With about 30 condos left to sell in the 356-unit Legacy at Millennium Park, the owners yesterday unveiled lower pricing on most of them.

The cuts were not steep, going in several cases from slightly above $2 million to slightly below. For some units, the price did not change.

“We want to close this building out this year,” said Jim Hanson, who was a principal with Mesa Development, which developed the 72-story tower, completed in 2009.

Actor Vince Vaughn has been trying to sell his penthouse in the luxury Palmolive building at 159 E. Walton in the Gold Coast for several years.

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It is 12,000 square feet and takes up the top 3 floors.

In 2015, it had been reduced to $13.9 million and still didn’t sell.

You can check out the interior pictures of it here.

He has since withdrawn it from the market.

Where will all the buyers for these units come from at these price points?

Is the Wanda Vista just another doomed development like the ambitious Spire?

You can check out the official website of the Vista Residences here.

Rare Joseph Silsbee East Lincoln Park Row House Available for Under $1 Million: 2113 N. Clark

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This 6-bedroom Queen Anne row house at 2113 N. Clark in East Lincoln Park came on the market in early March 2016.

It was built in 1891 by Joseph L. Silsbee, a well known Chicago architect who served as a mentor to many younger architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright.

It has many of its vintage features still intact including 4 original wood burning fireplaces. Check out the fireplace mantel on that first floor beauty.

It also has the original wood staircase and 2 gable and dormer windows on the top floor.

Are those the original wood floors in some of the rooms? They appear to be.

There’s a parlor on the first floor and the living room is on the second floor with the master bedroom.

The kitchen has white cabinets and counter tops with black appliances.

There’s a sun room on the back deck on the second floor.

There’s also a finished basement with a laundry room and one of the bedrooms.

There’s no backyard but there are 2 side-by-side parking spaces.

It even has central air.

It’s a fee simple row house, so there’s no assessments. That’s also probably what accounts for the different colors of the trim on the roof of these row houses (in the picture above.)

This property was under contract once already but it has come back on the market.

This is the first time this row house has been on the market since 1994.

Is this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a vintage lover?

Tracy Boyce at @Properties has the listing. See the pictures here.

2113 N. Clark: 6 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3500 square feet, 2-car parking

  • Sold in September 1986 (no price provided)
  • Sold in September 1994 for $280,000
  • Originally listed in March 2016 for $950,000
  • Under contract
  • Re-activated still priced at $950,000
  • Fee simple- no HOAs
  • Taxes of $12,437
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 17×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×15 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 12×10 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 12×7 (third floor)
  • Bedroom #5: 12×9 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #6: 12×9 (lower level)

Flipping an East Village 2-Bedroom Loft for $182,500 in 6 Months: 1137 N. Wood


This 2-bedroom duplex up loft at 1137 N. Wood in the East Village just came on the market.

If it looks familiar that’s because we chattered about it twice last year.

You can see our first chatter in July 2015, when it was priced at $500,000, here.

That chatter kind of went off the rails about women postponing marriage, the job market for those in the trades etc.

It wasn’t selling despite the low inventory so it was reduced.

We chattered about it a second time in September 2015 which you can see here.

Here are the comments even after it was reduced:

From Jenny:

“The pole in the kitchen, the view of an alley littered the power line poles, the outdated sinks in the bathroom, the low building reserves, the barely green zone location… $480k for this place is ridiculous.”

From Kathryn:

“I live in this building and I will tell you that the reserves are a non-issue, and that another unit that was on the market at the same time just sold for a higher price than this is listed for. The location cannot be beat and I am sure that plenty of people will be willing to pay the money to do minor updates at this price. Also, the building is a converted factory which is why there’s a pole in the kitchen, not because someone thought it was “cool.” Stroll down the street, you are next to all the bars and restaurants with three community gardens on the block and the building is extremely quiet at night, with parking and an elevator in a 4 floor building. Hard to find something comparable.”

This unit finally sold in October 2015 for $467,500.

Just 6 months later, it has returned with some changes and a $650,000 price tag.

The dark walnut floors are gone. They are now a lighter wood.

The second floor master suite was carpeted. It now has the same lighter wood as the first floor.

There’s a new kitchen island that is bigger than the prior one. The countertops are now marble. The appliances have been upgraded to Viking. There are also white cabinets that now go up to the ceiling.

The prior ceiling, by the way, was supposedly 17 feet. The listing now says they are 14 feet.

There is also custom designed shelving in the living room and a barn door entrance to the bedroom on the main floor.

A pergola was also added to the second floor deck that is off the master bedroom.

The bathrooms also appear to have been rehabbed. The master bathroom now has a frameless glass shower.

However, the pole that some people complained about last year, is still in the kitchen.

There was no square footage listed for the loft last year and there isn’t again this year.

You can still see the 2015 listing pictures here if you want to see what was done to the unit.

Buyers want new.

Inventory is still low.

It’s listed for $182,500 more than it sold for 6 months ago.

Will this set a new comp in the East Village neighborhood?

Bonnie Mersten at Baird & Warner has the listing this time. See the current pictures here.

Unit #2B: 2 bedroom, 2 bath, duplex up, no square footage listed

  • Sold in May 2006 for $415,000
  • Originally listed in July 2015 for $500,000
  • Withdrawn in August 2015
  • Re-listed in September 2015 for $480,000
  • Sold in October 2015 for $467,500
  • Currently listed for $650,000
  • Assessments still $310 a month (includes snow removal, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger)
  • The old listing said there were $12,000 in building reserves. There are 16 units in the building.
  • Taxes are now $5223 (they were $5120 in 2015)
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Garage parking included
  • Bedroom #1: 17×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 14×10 (first floor)