Archive for October 2010

Presidential Towers, the good and the bad

With 20 entries to its name, Presidential Towers, 555 W Madison St, is the second most reviewed development in the downtown area at Yelp. Why does it have a 2.5 out of 5 right now? Here’s a sampling of what those reviewers had to say: “If you are a newcomer to the city, this is... Read more »

An example of Schorsch Village's charming housing stock, priced under $250K

Join Joe Zekas and Sergio & Banks agent Izabela Sloma for a walk through 7004 W Roscoe St, a three-bedroom single-family home priced at $249,900. The home is situated on a tree-lined street in Schorsch Village, just steps from Shabbona Park. (This video was originally produced as sponsored content for Sergio & Banks at Read more »

Red Seal Homes to fill in the Villa District's open space with Avondale Closeout

If you’ve ever been to the Villa District in Irving Park, you’ve probably noticed a wedge of undeveloped land bounded by Hamlin and Avondale avenues, anchored by one lonely new-construction home. After looking at Chicago Agent’s events calendar last week, I learned that Red Seal Homes intends to build 19 more homes there, and is... Read more »

Pulaski International School: a viable alternative for area families

Pulaski Fine Arts Academy, the neighborhood school located a few doors from Jim Gramata‘s Bucktown home, was known for years for its poor test scores. The school now has a new principal, renovation funds, and a new program. It’s now Pulaski International School and, perhaps, a viable alternative for area families.

A sleek single-family in Bucktown's "fourth quadrant," priced at $799K

Since developer-agent Jim Gramata moved to 2321 W McLean Ave in 2003, what he calls the “fourth quadrant of Bucktown” has become, in his view, the premier part of the neighborhood. A major draw for area families is Holstein Park, one of the city’s jewels, and a place where the community gathers for swimming, baseball... Read more »

At $2M+, this home stands alone in the Northwest Side market

At $2.19 million, the 9,850 square-foot, seven-bedroom / six-bath home at 3757 N Keeler Ave in Irving Park holds the distinction of being the most expensive listing within the city limits, west of Western Avenue. The new-construction home sits on a 60′ x 171′ lot at the corner of Keeler and Grace Street and features... Read more »

Choice cuts: $100K lopped from 3300 Lake Shore condo over 18-month period

Unit 5C at 3300 North Lake Shore has been on the market since April 1, 2009. In the year and a half since, Realtor Mike Liska has adjusted the home downward five times, from an original price of $499,900 to today’s new price of $399,000. That’s still twice as much as the current owner paid... Read more »

Trump Tower: What's selling, and what's similar?

In an attempt to pick up the pace of sales, Trump International Hotel & Tower is about to do something it’s never done before: put together furnished models. According to the Tribune, 14 developer units sold between mid-June and mid-September, which isn’t all that bad, all things considering. Trump faces competition from places like the... Read more »

The Chicago French Market: Not yet a success

Last December Joe Zekas and I took a trip to the newly-opened Chicago French Market in the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the West Loop. The market wasn’t quite what we expected, but our disappointment slowly faded as we considered the amount of traffic the center probably got from its intended clientele — the Loop’s daytime... Read more »

SoNo's got a great location, but is it really "steps to the lake"?

View Larger Map The latest full-page ad for SoNo, 860 W Blackhawk St, declares the commercial center around North and Clybourn avenues “the hottest new neighborhood,” and maps out 23 restaurants, gyms, and big box stores to prove it. The ad also promotes SoNo’s proximity to Old Town with an arrow pointing “this way,” and... Read more »