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Bowling alley apartments score $32.5M in West Loop

by Joe Zekas on 2/13/14

The bowling-alley configuration of apartments at the recently renovated 13Thirteen didn’t deter an institutional investor from ponying up $32.5 million for the 74-unit West Loop building. Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported the sale yesterday.

Will renters continue to spare the dollars for this location, or will they go on strike and split for the more than 1,000 new apartments opening this year and next further east in the West Loop. Did the new buyer roll a gutter ball here?

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Irishpirate February 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Joe,

you live for these type of puns don’t you?

You were born too late. You should have been a screenwriter working on punnish film noir in the forties and fifties.

“I walked into the bowling alley at 3am. The air was filled with the stench of stale cigarettes and bad perfume. There she was standing under the Pall Mall display and asking me for a light. The only question then was whether I would throw a strike or a gutter ball. Then again I’m the narrator in a film noir. You just know it’s going to end badly. The question is for who?”

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Joe Zekas February 13, 2014 at 8:45 PM

IP,

My films would have had music from Ten Pin Alley.

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the urban politician February 15, 2014 at 7:36 AM

It’s too bad the article doesn’t mention this building’s occupancy, or average rents. That would be interesting.

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the urban politician February 15, 2014 at 7:41 AM

By the way, the ‘multipurpose room’ as bedroom is a common practice, as I’m sure a person like Joe would know. As is the den as ‘multipurpose room’.

Frankly I’m not sure why building code is so strict regarding bedrooms. So what if your bedroom doesn’t have a window? It’s not like this is 19th century industrial Chicago, where poor starving children are huddled in the corner of a dark tenement. We have something called electricity now, and…you know…light bulbs.

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the urban politician February 15, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Oops, above I meant to say den as ‘bedroom’

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Joe Zekas February 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

tup,

The building code was relaxed about 20 years ago to facilitate the conversion of more loft buildings to residential use. As you can see from the above floor plan, one of the rooms without a window can still be legitimately called a bedroom since the kitchen wall doesn’t extend to the ceiling.

A lot of people have an intense dislike for this type of bedroom, since it doesn’t afford much privacy or insulation from noise in the rest of the apartment.

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