Archive for January 2012

Five Gold Coast single-family homes on a great block

Bellevue Place in the Gold Coast stretches from State St to Lake Shore Drive. It’s basically a single long block book-ended by Tavern on Rush and Gibsons on the west and Oak Street Beach on the east. Anyone setting out to select Chicago’s best blocks would have to consider Bellevue Place a contender. The tree-lined... Read more »

Apartment and condo rental deals in Lincoln Park

Eugenie Terrace, 1730 N Clark St, is offering $1,000 discounts on the first month’s rent on select studio and one-bedroom apartments. To qualify, however, you’ll have to start your lease no later than tomorrow. Start by February 14th and take $500 off your first month’s rent. Three high-floor, west-facing one-bedrooms are available now, priced from... Read more »

A manager's home in historic Pullman

The grand home at 602 E 112th St in the landmark Pullman neighborhood would have housed a higher-level manager in the days when Pullman was a company town. The home’s exterior is clad in stone, unlike most of the area’s brick-faced residences. Many of the home’s original details are intact, including hardwood floors, sliding pocket... Read more »

Renting a Lincoln Park condo at a bargain price

Condo rentals are often bargain-priced compared to managed apartments, especially at this time of year, says City Ranch Real Estate,’s David Nadler. In this video, the first of a series, Nadler takes me on a driving tour of the eastern stretch of Lincoln Park, chatting about some of the high-rise condos his clients have rented... Read more »

Urban classic condos pre-selling in Bucktown

Noah Properties has been selling its new homes and condos almost as quickly as they’re completed in a number of popular North Side neighborhoods. One of Noah Properties’ latest developments is a 3-flat and two 5-flats in a prime Bucktown location at 2115-23 W Wabansia St. The units will range in price from the high... Read more »

A video visit to The Havens in Auburn Gresham

Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood was 99.8% white in 1960. The area, often referred to simply as Gresham, underwent a rapid transition and 30 years later it was 98.7% Black despite serious community efforts to achieve stable, peaceful integration. Auburn Gresham has long had a reputation as one of the South Side’s more violent, crime-ridden neighborhoods.... Read more »

How to check public data about Chicago homes

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading 10s of 1,000s of comments on real estate websites, it’s this: few people know where to find public data about homes that are listed for sale, and very few of those few know how to interpret the data they find. How to interpret the data intelligently is... Read more »

What's the value of Lake View land?

You’ll find a number of multi-million dollar homes north of Addison along Wayne and Janssen. The home pictured above at 3804 N Janssen, for example, had once been listed for more than $3.5M and just came back on the market at an asking price of $3.295M. The 6-bedroom home, with 5 full and 2 half... Read more »

Dueling video tours of a new Lake View home

On rare occasions Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin does a video tour of home that I’ve already shot video at. Rodkin’s tour of a newly-built home at 1529 W Wolfram was just posted online. It’s embedded above, and you can read more about the home at his Deal Estate column. The home had been listed for... Read more »

A West Englewood rehab without a building permit

The 2-flat at 6219 S Marshfield Ave in Chicago’s radically depressed West Englewood neighborhood sold just a few months ago for $17,500 after a foreclosure. It’s been “completely rehabbed” according to the listing and is on the market for $249,900. The rehab work described in the listing included a number of items that would have... Read more »