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Bowmanville charmer under contract in two days

Recent market statistics show sharp increases in home sales over last year. And real estate brokers will tell you that well-priced homes in good condition are being snapped up quickly. And that’s not simply broker hype. A charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath home on a quiet block in the Bowmanville area of Lincoln Square just came on... Read more »

Chicago home and condo prices see sharp recent increase

Yesterday was the last Tuesday of the month, a/k/a Case-Shiller Tuesday, and the results are in for June home price trends. The seasonally-adjusted index for metro-area Chicago single-family homes gained 1.73% from the previous month and dropped year-over-year by 1.84%. This places the current index at price levels prevailing in June of 2001. The seasonally-adjusted... Read more »

The morning of the Fourth on Chicago's lakefront

The parking lot at the North Avenue Beach was full by the time I arrived there at 8:20 this morning, but the ticket machine was still dispensing tickets. I was able to take the above shot through the light haze and leave during the 10-minute grace period before a minimum $12 charge for the first... Read more »

Janice and Marshall's gardens at Lake Shore Park

The next time you visit Streeterville’s Lake Shore Park, take a few seconds to look around for Janice and Marshall. You’re likely to find Marshall composting, or planting flowers, or weeding one of the more than a dozen gardens he and Janice have created over the past half-dozen years toward the eastern end of the... Read more »

How to avoid unlicensed rental agents

How to avoid unlicensed rental agents
The following is an excerpt from an e-mail exchange forwarded to me recently. I’ve removed identifying information: Ok, it will show up as [name of licensed person] because I am waiting on my MLS application to go through. I just was licensed recently, so if you can just confirm with me that would be great.... Read more »

Number of homes listed for rent in downtown neighborhoods falls again

Another Friday brings another low number of downtown homes listed for rent on the MLS. At this time last year, 1,350 condos, townhomes, and single-families in 14 downtown ZIP codes were available; as of this morning, there are 817. Leading the 182 homes listed in the last 7 days is a three-bedroom / three-bath on... Read more »

Restoring the Del Prado in Hyde Park

The Del Prado, built in 1918, is one of a group of distinctive buildings that mark the gateway from Lake Shore Drive into Hyde Park in Chicago. The buildings comprise a National Register of Historic Places district. MAC Apartments is currently restoring the exterior and interior of the Del Prado, and will have studio to... Read more »

Down to three townhomes at Wabansia Row II in Bucktown

This weekend I noticed that @properties had amended the sign outside of the Wabansia Row II townhomes in Bucktown, changing “4 homes left” to “3 homes left.” The project’s long road to completion has been well documented from our end, and as a neighbor I must say it’s refreshing to actually see people coming and... Read more »

Your four condo rental choices in 60602: all one-bedrooms, priced from $1,250 to $2,150

The 60602 ZIP code, which covers the part of the Loop stretching from Michigan Avenue (and therefore Millennium Park) west to Wells Street and from Randolph Street south to Madison Street, is typically light on condo rental listings compared to most other downtown ZIP codes. Each of the four homes in 60602 currently listed on... Read more »

A single-family with a townhome price, near the Lincoln Park / North Center border

Yesterday afternoon I met up with Realtor Eric Rojas at Chi Che Wang Playlot Park, near the border of the Lincoln Park and North Center community areas, and together we made our way into the nearby gated Picardy Place community, where Eric has listed a three-bedroom / three-bath single-family home at $474,900. The light-filled home... Read more »