Archive for April 2011

The plusses of a Lakeview East four-plus-one

The Chicago four-plus-one takes its name from the four residential floors above a single floor that houses a lobby and parking underneath the building. Their often plain exteriors have earned four-plus-ones a negative reputation in some quarters, but as Planned Property‘s Dan McDonough says in this sponsored video, some four-plus-ones offer a combination of features... Read more »

Dog-friendly apartments hard to come by in the Gold Coast, Old Town, and the Near North Side

If you’re searching for a dog-friendly apartment, you might as well skip most of the buildings on the Near North Side, including those in the Gold Coast and Old Town. According to our at-a-glance spreadsheets, the Near North Side has a lower percentage of buildings that allow dogs than any other neighborhood near downtown. Out... Read more »

An architect's family-friendly home in Ravenswood, priced at $850K

When architect Pat FitzGerald set out to build a home for himself and his family, he had comfort and function, rather than architecture, as his priorities. Having lived in lofts, he placed a high value on openness, light and volume space. FitzGerald and Property Consultants‘ Bill Senne were Joe’s tour guides through this three-bedroom /... Read more »

New-ish 2BR lofts in the South Loop, priced to rent at under $2K

If you like the loft aesthetic — timber, brick, concrete, high ceilings, big windows, etc. — but also want a home that feels new, you’ll probably gravitate toward the city’s most recent loft conversions, where you’re more likely to find that holy trinity of granite countertops, 42-inch cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Several of those... Read more »

Estate-sale home in Beverly priced at $600K awaits a buyer's 'magical touch'

The people of Beverly love the old mansions overlooking Longwood Drive, so don’t be surprised if someone snatches up this hilltop home in short order. The 1889 Colonial-style home at 10154 S Longwood Dr was listed Monday as an estate sale priced at $600,000, $15,000 below its 2002 sale price. The three-story mansion, located on... Read more »

Our guide to Lake View apartments

Finding an apartment in many Chicago’s neighborhoods is a quick, pleasant walk in the park compared to finding one in New York and many other cities. In a number of Chicago’s downtown neighborhoods, for example, the rental options are limited to homes and condos listed in the MLS, and a dozen high-rise buildings that have... Read more »

A surprisingly spacious Gold Coast one-bedroom, perfect for living and entertaining

Unit #1003 in the 39-unit boutique high-rise at 1155 N Dearborn St in the Gold Coast was originally a 2,650 square-foot two-bedroom with a den and with 2.5 baths. Its current owners converted it into a sleek, contemporary one-bedroom with an expansive library / office / TV room and a large master suite. The home... Read more »

Deserted Division Street development reborn as apartments, restaurant

If you’ve been in the 1800 block of Division Street in recent years, you’ve surely noticed the unfinished building at the northwest corner of Division and Marion Court. Two years ago, it was marketed as a nine-unit building with two-bedroom / two-baths ranging from the $390s to $790s. By August 2009, developer Joseph Annunzio had... Read more »

The latest on the Children's Hospital redevelopment in Lincoln Park

In the video, Belgravia Group founder Buzz Ruttenberg talks about the status of his firm’s proposal (video) to redevelop the Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park. As part of the redevelopment process, Ruttenberg is subject to a confidentiality agreement that limits what he was able to disclose. Ruttenberg related that US Equities, which is... Read more »

What $2,000 will rent in the South Loop

The median price for a downtown home listed for rent on the MLS is holding steady at $2,000 a month. In the past seven days, two condos, both in the South Loop, have been listed at that exact price. Here’s a little info on each: Unit #103 at 1169 S Plymouth Ct: A two-bedroom /... Read more »