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Vesta Preferred, where raw rental rookies rate rave reviews

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Vesta Preferred bills itself in Craigslist recruiting ads as the “Highest rated Real Estate Company on Yelp.” That statement simply isn’t true, as you can easily determine from a brief scan of the Chicago rental services reviewed on Yelp. Early last year we wondered whether the company’s reviews reflected actual ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2014
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A stolen porch in Humboldt Park

Avers & Augusta

Yesterday morning I accompanied veteran appraiser Michael Walsh of Citywide Services on part of his daily rounds. Our first stop was at a foreclosed home in Humboldt Park, just past three police cars parked in the middle of the block. There was a Police Observation Device a/k/a blue light camera ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2014

Are websites increasing racial and economic segregation?

Homefacts

It’s been 10 years since journalist Bill Bishop began writing about “the big sort” and five years since the publication of his book. Amazon summarizes Bishop’s thesis: Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2014
News & trendsNeighborhoods

Is the crisis in the Ukraine improving Realtor spelling?

St Nicholas

Ukrainian Village is probably the most commonly misspelled neighborhood name in Chicago. Is that changing as a result of the saturation coverage of recent events in the Ukraine? A search at Redfin turns up 12 listings that reference Ukrainian Village and spell it correctly. Six listings refer to Ukranian Village. ...

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

Construction underway on new South Loop condos

1345 S Wabash

A Komatsu hydraulic excavator, a team of surveyors and a supervisory crew from Lend Lease were on-site at 1345 S Wabash in the South Loop yesterday, preparing for the construction of a 15-story high-rise condo building. 1345 Wabash will be the first new high-rise condo built in Chicago in years, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

An extra-wide top-floor Lakeview East home on a prime block

622 Oakdale

The newly-listed 3-bedroom, 2-bath top-floor home at 622 W Oakdale Ave has been highly-upgraded and boasts a number of unusual features. The home’s width enables all of the rooms to be generously-sized and allows for plentiful storage. A spacious kitchen has ample cabinet and counter space, a high-end appliance package ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

A move-in ready home in a convenient near-south location

3216 S Prairie

The 3- to 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 3216 S Prairie Ave was built 7 years ago but has the appearance of a new home. The home has high-ceilings, hardwood floors and generously-sized rooms. The living / dining area flows into an expansive kitchen / family room with an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A view from the Roosevelt Road bridge

Roosevelt Road bridge

If you’re driving across the Roosevelt Road bridge, headed for the Museum Campus, slow down for a closer look at the sculptures that prefigure your destination. You’ll see dolphins (the Shedd Aquarium), an astrolabe (the Adler Planetarium) and prehistoric creatures (the Field Museum). Better yet, park at the Whole Foods ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

3130 North Lake Shore Drive apartments, Lakeview East

3130 LSD

3130 North Lake Shore is a 26-story, 287-unit apartment tower at 3130 N Lake Shore St in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The building was completed in 1952 and designed by the prolific architecture firm of Shaw, Metz & Dolio, which also designed strikingly similar buildings at 3121 N Sheridan, 350 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2014
North ShoreNorthfield

A $5.25M Northfield home built in 2013 and completed in 2010

2202 Martin Ln Northfield

According to the current listing, the 7-bedroom home at 2202 Martin Ln in Northfield was built in 2013 and spans approximately 21,000 square feet. The listing has been active at Redfin for 194 days. The home was complete, except for a few finishing touches, when I walked through it and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2014

High-rise spider talk starts early this year

Hancock aerial

Dan Goodwin, a/k/a SpiderDan, perched high on the John Hancock building’s façade only once, but spiders of another species do it annually. If you haven’t lived in a Chicago high-rise you might be unaware of the annual spider migration that annoys some residents, frightens others and amuses many who dwell ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

441 West Oakdale apartments, 441 W Oakdale Ave, Lakeview

441 W Oakdale

441 West Oakdale is a 15-story, 70-unit contemporary high-rise at 441 W Oakdale Ave in Lakeview East. The building was designed by the architecture firm of Schiff & Freides and completed in 1965. The glazed-green brick on the building’s façade roots it definitively in the 60s. The apartments 441 West ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1000 North LaSalle apartments, Gold Coast adjacent

1000 N LaSalle

1000 North LaSalle is a 9-story apartment building situated at the cusp of the River North, Old Town and Gold Coast neighborhoods. The building was completed in 1981. Barancik Conte & Associates was the architecture firm for the building. Burton Lipman Associates was the general contractor. The apartments 1000 North ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2014

Is Flats Chicago practicing review fraud?

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YoChicago has zero tolerance for the comment fraud and review fraud that some inept landlords and rental services seem to find attractive. Our Privacy policy provides that you expressly waive its protections if you engage in deceit on behalf of a business in our comments. On April 14 a commenter ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 21, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Twenty-five new apartments headed for Halsted

2940 N Halsted

Sappanos Paint closed several years ago after a long run at 2940 N Halsted in Lakeview. The one-story building on the site had been completely demolished and workers were stacking up the salvageable brick when I stopped by late last week. Plans are in the works for a 4-story all-residential ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 21, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

350 West Oakdale apartments, 350 W Oakdale Ave, Lakeview

350 W Oakdale

350 West Oakdale is a 14-story, 148-unit contemporary high-rise at 350 W Oakdale Ave in Lakeview East. The brick and concrete building was completed in 1951, and was one of the first modern high-rises built in Lakeview East. It was designed by the architecture firm of Shaw, Metz & Dolio, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1111 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

1111 N Dearborn

1111 North Dearborn is a 32-story, 286-unit, full-amenity apartment tower. The building was completed in 1981, making it the second newest rental high-rise in a true Gold Coast location. Capital Associates Development was the developer, Barancik Conte the architecture firm and Burton Lipman Associates the general contractor. The broad white ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 21, 2014

Do smoke-free apartment buildings outnumber unicorns?

River North

Yesterday’s email included the following from a resident of a River North high-rise with a smoke-free policy: I have had smokers on my floor for some time now – since last summer. The building I live in is ‘smoke free.’ I have notified the front office staff numerous times over ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 18, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Hyde Park’s Vue53 moving forward

Vue53 rendering

McHugh Construction, the general contractor for Vue53, announced on its Facebook page that it will be hosting an outreach event on Thursday, April 24, for qualified union subcontractors interested in working on the development. Additional signs that Vue53 is progressing include the dismissal of a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 18, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

New listing: a Lincoln Park triplex rowhouse with two income units

2323 Halsted

The fully-renovated triplex at 2323-25 N Halsted boasts 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, high ceilings, parking and wonderful vintage touches. The home has elaborate crown and baseboard moldings, an original fireplace mantle, plaster medallions and period fixtures. Directly adjacent to the owner’s unit are two apartments that rent easily for ...

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