Archive for July 2011

A snapshot of the DePaul / Sheffield single-family market

The area bounded by Armitage Ave (2000 N), Fullerton Ave (2400 N), Halsted St (800 W) and Racine Ave (1200 W) is the heart of the Sheffield Historic District (pdf), and one of the most attractive residential areas in the city. I say that with more than a little prejudice, since I lived there for... Read more »

Tour a light-filled Lincoln Park townhome

Lincoln Park developers refined the art of townhome planning and design over a span of 30 years. By the time The Pointe was built, in the mid-90s, on the former site of Augustana Hospital, luxury townhomes had achieved a high state of livability and came to be seen by many buyers as viable alternatives to... Read more »

Lincoln Park single-family with large deck, skyline views

What’s said to be one of the largest homes on a single lot in Lincoln Park just came on the market after 15 years with the same owner. The 5,100 square foot home, at 1821 N Mohawk St, was purchased for $1,405,000 in 1996 and is currently listed at $2,995,000. It features 6 bedrooms, 6... Read more »

A scarce 3 bedroom condo rental in the Prairie District

Three-bedroom rentals are scarce in the South Loop‘s Prairie District, and finding one for under $3,000 a month can often present a challenge. There’s currently a 3-bedroom, 2-bath unit that’s said to approximate 1,600 square feet available at Prairie District Tower, 1717 S Prairie Ave. The $2,500 a month rent includes a parking space, heat... Read more »

An architect-designed reverie in stainless steel at Water Tower Place

When Chris Hancock greeted me on the 57th floor of Water Tower Place she said that “this home is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.” Having seen many thousands of homes, I quickly dismissed that suggestion. I should have held my thought – Chris was right. Unit 5706 at 180 E Pearson was imagined by... Read more »

Incentives, prices, location draw new home buyers to West End

The new homes at West End at Jackson Square are conveniently located near the Eisenhower Expressway, Medical District and United Center, just a few minutes from downtown Chicago. The few remaining new construction 2- and 3-bedroom condos and duplex townhomes are priced from the mid-$150s to the mid-$200s. For a limited time new home buyers... Read more »

A video tour of New East Side high-rise apartments

Stephanie Konow and Katie Bommarito grew frustrated with their employment in the apartment rental service business and set out to connect Chicago tenants directly with landlords by founding Chicago Rentals Direct. Tapping into their knowledge, I asked them to lead me on a tour of the six rental high-rises in the New East Side neighborhood... Read more »

Check out the views from 1200 North Lake Shore Drive

When 1200 North Lake Shore Drive was built in 1912 it attracted residents with some of Chicago’s most storied names: Field, Armour and Wrigley. Noted architect Benjamin Marshall designed the 39-unit building, originally known as The Stewart Apartments, in the neo-classical style with a refined, stately, monochromatic façade. 1200 North Lake Shore Drive has an... Read more »

Chatham, a neighborhood in transition

In a recent series of articles , the Sun-Times focused on the changes in Chatham, a neighborhood that has long been considered the crown jewel of Chicago’s African-American community. After reading the articles I reached out to Worlee Glover, a man who knows Chatham well and who operates the Concerned Citizens of Chatham page at... Read more »

Chicago ranks near the bottom on the "boom town" list

Over at Joel Kotkin explores the topic of cities that are “best positioned to grow and prosper in the coming decade.” Of the 52 metro areas studied only Providence (RI-MA), Detroit and Cleveland ranked lower than Chicago, which was tied with Los Angeles for 47th place. How were the rankings determined? We started with... Read more »