Archive for August 2011

HUD grant to spur $272 million investment in Woodlawn

The morning email brought news that a $30.5 million grant has been awarded to the City of Chicago and Preservation of Affordable Housing for Woodlawn‘s Grove Parc Plaza under Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. We’re told that: Choice Neighborhoods grants transforms distressed neighborhoods and public and assisted projects into viable and sustainable mixed-income... Read more »

The Impact of Professional Home Staging in Chicago

The Impact of Professional Home Staging in Chicago
Guest post by Phoenix Rising Interior Design The impact of Home staging: 1625 W North Shore, Chicago IL I can remember the first time I walked through 1625 W North Shore Drive, inChicago.   This was a busted condo rehab project.  3 out 15 units were completed and sold.  The 12 remaining units needed work, lots... Read more »

A handicapped-accessible Bridgeport home on three lots

The current owners bought this Bridgeport home over 20 years ago after seeing an ad in the Chicago Reader that said “your dream north side house might be on the south side at one-third the price.” Today you might have to revise that ratio to ¼ or 1/5th the price. In the sponsored video Wally,... Read more »
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Should Wright's Robie House be a World Heritage site?

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Hyde Park is one of a number of Wright buildings nominated for inclusion on the United Nations World Heritage List. The list of nominated Wright properties includes Fallingwater, his most celebrated work. I’ve always been fascinated by Fallingwater, in part because I had the privilege of visiting its grounds... Read more »

Why you should stage your home…..that is if you want top dollar in less time!

Why you should stage your home…..that is if you want top dollar in less time!
Guest post by Phoenix Rising Interior Design If you’re trying to sell your home, or if you’re in the business of selling real estate, you know just how difficult and challenging today’s market is. Your homes and listings are competing with foreclosed homes, short sales and the largest inventory of available homes we have seen!... Read more »

Follow the bouncing prices at Kenwood's Lake Park Gateway II

Unit 2E, a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo in Lake Park Gateway II at 1231 E 46th St, was first listed in June of 2007 at $289,800. The price escalated to $299,900 in August of 2008 and to $339,900 in January of 2009. After 3 price reductions, the unit was listed at $275,900 in June of 2010.... Read more »
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Views that speak for themselves – from the roof at Aqua

Join Todd Wendell, who was the project manager for the design team at Aqua, on the roof above the penthouse level, over 800 feet above Chicago, chatting about some of the challenges of building Aqua. It was a sunny clear day and the views were “beyond fantastic.” We focus more on the views in the... Read more »

Parkside of Old Town offers reduced prices, special incentives

The new homes at Parkside of Old Town have a convenient location, two blocks from Wells Street shops, bars and restaurants, close to the Gold Coast, River North and Lincoln Park. A Starbucks and a Dominick’s supermarket are directly across the street, and a new Target will also be built across the street at Division... Read more »

What type of home should be staged? A condominium or a single family home?

What type of home should be staged? A condominium or a single family home?
Guest post by Pheonix Rising Interior Design What type of home should be staged? We are in the field a lot, talking to Agents and sellers about the power of staging.   We often hear that staging is for luxury homes, not for smaller condominiums.  That could not be further from the truth. For many of... Read more »
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Penthouses hit the rental market at Grand Plaza in River North

Several of the penthouse units at Grand Plaza, 545 N Dearborn, in the River North neighborhood have just become available for rent. The building has an impressive 50,000 square foot amenities floor that you can tour in the above video. Unit 3601, a 2-bedroom plus den, 2-bath corner unit with large rooms and a 2-story... Read more »