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Chicago ranks 10th among large metro areas in home price appreciation

RealtyTrac graphic

RealtyTrac just released its October 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report. According to the report: … the median sales price of U.S. single family homes and condos in October was $193,000, up 2 percent from the previous month and up 16 percent from a year ago to the highest level ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Streeterville convertible with a great layout

Streeter Place convertible

Superior finishes, good storage space, an in-unit washer / dryer and a semi-private sleeping alcove are among the reasons that led YoChicago to rank the convertible layout at Streeter Place as one of the best in Streeterville. The convertibles at Streeter Place span a generous 708 square feet. They include ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 26, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

429 West Melrose apartments, Lakeview East

429 W Melrose

429 West Melrose is a 3-story vintage six-flat apartment building in the Lakeview East neighborhood. The building was built in 1910. The apartments 429 West Melrose has 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with either 1 or 2 baths. In mid-November of 2014 2-bedrooms rented from $2,370 and 3-bedrooms from $2,694. Floor ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An on-site look at Wolf Point construction and views

Wolf Point, view east

Concrete was being poured for the 9th floor of Wolf Point, a 48-story, 510-unit apartment tower, at the time of my visit, and the green roof over the public garage was already well underway. It was mid-morning and the sun was just beginning to break through the clouds. I rode ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 25, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Floor plans, rents available for new West Loop apartment tower

Arkadia Tower

The website for Arkadia Tower, a new apartment building at 765 W Adams in the West Loop, has gone live with floor plans, rents, availability info and detailed renderings of the common areas and unit finishes. We’ll be updating our review page for Arkadia Tower. If you’re looking for an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 25, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

The Belmont by Reside Flats, 425 W Belmont Ave, Lakeview East

425 W Belmont

The Belmont by Reside Flats is a 3-story, 29-unit vintage apartment building at 425 W Belmont Ave in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The building is instantly recognizable by the brick piers and large balconies fronting Belmont Ave. The building has undergone a complete renovation following its recent acquisition by an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 25, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Lofts at River East update

Lofts at River East

The Lofts at River East recently sent us photo-realistic renderings of the building’s lobby and apartment finishes. The renderings illustrate a sophisticated lobby and apartments with elements of the classic loft aesthetic: large windows, high ceilings, wood floors and ceilings, and exposed heavy timber columns and beams. The 285-unit Streeterville ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The views from 1345 Wabash in the South Loop

View from 1345 Wabash

I recently rode the construction elevator to the 15th floor of 1345 Wabash and climbed two flights of stairs to the roof to be greeted by the panoramic view you see above. You’d have to swivel your head from to side to side to take in the full panorama. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 24, 2014

How fast your agent gets paid may bias which apartments you see

Aerial Grant Park

A recent comment at YoChicago: I am hearing thru the grapevine that some agents are actually quietly boycotting some buildings and management companies. The management companies that have been boycotted have been super late on paying out commissions and have clearly made demands about advertising and marketing that clearly makes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 24, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Reside at Belmont Harbor apartments, 426 W Belmont Ave, Lakeview East

426 W Belmont

Reside at Belmont Harbor is a 13-story, 98-unit vintage apartment building at 426 W Belmont Ave in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The building was completed in 1927. It was designed by Robert S. DeGolyer & Co, a firm that’s been said to have had “a remarkable design vocabulary.” The façade ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walk to the Michelin stars from K2 apartments

Sepia

The 2015 Michelin Guide restaurant star ratings and Bib Gourmand awards were released recently, and the big winners are residents at K2, the new luxury apartment complex in the Fulton River District. K2 residents have four 2015 Michelin-starred restaurants in the West Loop, within a 10-minute walk of their home. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 21, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A sunny, vintage one-bedroom in the Southport Corridor

1304 Waveland

The one-bedroom condo at 1304 W Waveland in the Southport Corridor has a large, light-filled living room with a bay window, and a separate dining room adjacent to a sunroom that could be a second bedroom. The 1,137 square foot home has fabulous original vintage detailing, including a rusticated brick ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 21, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Thanksgiving feast fixings are nearby at Lakeview’s Halsted Flats

Whole Foods

Next week, residents at Halsted Flats will be celebrating the first Thanksgiving at the new Lakeview high-rise, which opened earlier this year. If they’re hosting a holiday feast they won’t have far to travel for the fixings. Whole Foods is just a block south of the building, at 3640 N ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 21, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Belmont by Reside apartments, 3170 N Sheridan Rd, Lakeview East

3170 N Sheridan

Belmont by Reside is a 14-story, 341-unit vintage apartment building at 3170 N Lake Shore St in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The building was completed in 1923. It was designed by Fugard & Knapp, a prolific architecture firm whose commissions included three of the luxury buildings on East Lake Shore ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 21, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Today’s apartment deal – Free rent at Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower, a relatively new building in River North, has been undergoing a makeover. The new sundeck has a variety of seating areas, prairie landscaping, gas grills, and flat-screen TVs. It’s also a showcase for the panoramic views that residents enjoy from their apartments. Newly-renovated studios start at $1,755, 1-bedrooms ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Pet-friendlier new West Loop apartments

Mary Bartelme Park

Chicago has become a city of pet lovers in recent years and new apartment buildings have rushed to welcome pet owners by including a dog run in their amenities package. Circa 922, a new full-amenity building in the West Loop, will have an outdoor dog run and an unusual pet-pampering ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Student-friendly apartments in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Gold Coast

55 W Chestnut

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in dozens of buildings in prime River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park andLakeview East locations. Planned Property’s offerings range from vintage courtyards to contemporary mid-rises to full-amenity high-rises, and they’re all student-friendly according to Planned’s Dan McDonough. McDonough recently outlined the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Keeping residents happy at Echelon at K Station Apartments

Tim at Echelon

Apartment hunters are drawn to Echelon, a luxury high-rise in the Fulton River District, by the convenience of its location, the building’s amenities package and the skyline and city views. Residents become attached to life at Echelon by the boutique ambiance fostered by an attentive and service-oriented staff. When something ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

New Bridgeport homes expand a successful community

Lexington Square

Several months ago Lexington Square‘s third phase launched 20 new rowhomes and the second phase of Lexington Place began the sale of 19 new single-family homes. The new homes reflect the expansion of a successful community that has drawn scores of value-conscious buyers to a location steps from Bridgeport‘s popular ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeterville split-layout two-bedrooms with great views

Streeter Place

Apartment hunters who’ve been dismayed by the scant storage space at many apartment complexes will be delighted to visit the 2-bedroom, 2-bath K plan at Streeter Place. Each of the bedrooms in the 1,235 square foot plan has its own walk-in closet and there’s a separate coat closet in the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2014