YoChicago http://yochicago.com Real estate news, video, guides, blog | homes, apartments, neighborhoods | Chicago & suburbs Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:06:45 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.2 Six months free parking in a walk-to-everything location http://yochicago.com/six-months-free-parking-in-a-walk-to-everything-location/37596/ http://yochicago.com/six-months-free-parking-in-a-walk-to-everything-location/37596/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:06:45 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37596

K2 is the newest luxury high-rise in the popular Fulton River District.

A private bridge connects K2 residents to Jewel-Osco, Radio Shack, a Chase Bank branch and service establishments. There are DIVVY bikes outside the Jewel and summer movies in the park across the street from Jewel. A dedicated bike lane outside K2 speeds residents into River North and the Loop.

K2 residents have a large private dog park on-site and a smaller one outside the lobby. Dozens of bars and restaurants are within a few minutes’ walk of K2 in the Fulton River District, and the adjacent West Loop, River North and River West neighborhoods. CTA Blue, Pink and Green Line stops and Metra’s Ogilvie Center are a few blocks away. Zipcars are available on-site at K2.

Add into consideration K2′s resort-level amenities, services and on-site events and you might wonder why you’d need or want a car when you live at K2?

There are as many answers to that question as there are people who own cars, all of whom will take note of K2′s quick access to Chicago’s expressway grid. Some of those car owners will appreciate having an electric car charging station in the garage.

K2 is currently offering new renters six months free parking in the on-site garage. You can access floor plans and near real-time info about available apartments and rents at K2′s website.

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Two months free at new West Loop apartments http://yochicago.com/two-months-free-at-new-west-loop-apartments/37602/ http://yochicago.com/two-months-free-at-new-west-loop-apartments/37602/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:02:02 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37602

Circa 922 is a new, full-amenity boutique high-rise in a steps-to-everything West Loop location.

The first residents will be moving into the building in mid-January of 2015. Renters can take advantage of the staged delivery schedule for new buildings to sign a lease now and lock in some of Circa 922′s most desirable units.

Circa 922is offering two months’ free rent for move-ins prior to March 31, 2015, and that attractive offer has the building leasing up quickly.

Studio rents range from $1,740 to $2,325, 1-bedrooms from $2,005 to $2,575, 2-bedrooms from $2,675 to $3,325 and 3-bedrooms from $4,825 to $5,275.

Contact the leasing office at 312-455-9922 for details on the free rent offer and to arrange a tour.

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Meet Aleisha, a 1345 Wabash buyer http://yochicago.com/meet-aleisha-a-1345-wabash-buyer/37587/ http://yochicago.com/meet-aleisha-a-1345-wabash-buyer/37587/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:08:43 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37587

Aleisha is a freelance writer who currently rents in the South Loop. When looking for her new home, her priorities were equal parts a convenient location and a live / work space where she would love to spend her time. At 1345 Wabash, she found both and much more. Here’s what Aleisha had to say about her recent purchase.

Why did you choose to purchase at 1345 Wabash?
I knew that now was a great time to buy, especially in the South Loop. The neighborhood is growing so much and condo prices are only going to increase. So, one day, when I was walking past 1345 Wabash, I saw the construction zone (the building was just a couple floors high at the time!), and thought, “wow, this is a great location!” I immediately pulled up the 1345 website, checked out floor plans, and scheduled a meeting to get more information. I honestly didn’t even look anywhere else. I knew 1345 Wabash was where I wanted to be.

What do you like about the South Loop?
As far as I’m concerned, the ideal neighborhood comes down to two things: city living and the lake. In the South Loop, you get both. I can easily go for a run along the lake, get some peace away from it all, and still enjoy awesome views of the city. Meanwhile, pretty much every place I love in the city is never more than 30 minutes away by DIVVY or the train. My favorite restaurant, Acadia, is just down the street.

What were the deciding factors for you in buying at 1345 Wabash?
For me, purchasing a unit in a new construction building was huge. Buying here means that not only is everything new, it’s customized to my exact tastes and needs. I was able to select flooring, cabinets, appliances, etc., that were in line with both my design preferences and budget. Until I met with the 1345 Wabash consultants, I truly never thought such a luxurious city space was in my future.

One-bedroom condos at 1345 Wabash start at $228,900 and two-bedrooms at $290,900. 1345 Wabash is targeting first occupancy early in the spring of 2015. The sales and design center is at 1620 S Michigan Ave.

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Revere Flats, new condos in the Bell School district http://yochicago.com/revere-flats-new-condos-in-the-bell-school-district/37591/ http://yochicago.com/revere-flats-new-condos-in-the-bell-school-district/37591/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:07:26 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37591

Noah Properties, one of Chicago’s hottest-selling developers, has just opened a model apartment at Revere Flats, 2457 W Irving Park Rd in North Center. The 30 units are in five 6-flat buildings in the sought-after Bell School attendance area.

The units have the high level of finishes and all-inclusive approach that Noah Properties has become known for. They have hardwood floors, high ceilings, large windows, showplace kitchens with quartz countertops and high-end appliances, hardwood floors, garage parking and more.

The two-bedroom, 2- and 3-bath units are priced from the mid-$300s.

Tina Culver and Phyllis Bisceglie of Sergio & Banks are your tour guides in the video.

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Space for a home office in a large Streeterville one-bedroom http://yochicago.com/space-for-a-home-office-in-a-large-streeterville-one-bedroom/37585/ http://yochicago.com/space-for-a-home-office-in-a-large-streeterville-one-bedroom/37585/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:05:03 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37585

The H plan one-bedroom at Streeter Place in Streeterville offers the advantages of a one-bedroom plus den at a lower price point for comparable floors, making it one of the community’s more popular floor plans.

The H plan is available on the 14th through 53rd floors of the building and spans 929 square feet – as much space as many two-bedrooms in the neighborhood. It has a nook when you first enter the apartment that works out exceptionally well for a home office, and can be creatively adapted to other uses.

The H plan one-bedrooms have great east views and rent from $2,286 to $2,623 a month, while one-bedroom plus dens range from $2,357 to $2,410. Studio apartments at Streeter Place rent from $1,706 to $1,791, convertibles from $2,010 to $2,225, one-bedrooms from $1,895 to $2,738, 2-bedrooms from $2,800 to $3,450 and 3-bedrooms from $5,216.

Streeter Place is a full-amenity, full-service community with on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

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Lakeview’s new Halsted Flats almost fully occupied http://yochicago.com/lakeviews-new-halsted-flats-almost-fully-occupied/37582/ http://yochicago.com/lakeviews-new-halsted-flats-almost-fully-occupied/37582/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:02:52 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37582

Halsted Flats, the first full-amenity rental high-rise built in Lakeview in nearly 3 decades, has rented up rapidly. A single one-bedroom and a few 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments are all that remain available at the new luxury apartment tower.

The pet-friendly Halsted Flats boasts resort-style amenities, a high level of resident services, on-site parking and a walk-to-everything location – including the 2015 World Series at the revamped Wrigley Field.

Visit Halsted Flats’ floor plan page and mouse up and down the floors to see what’s available on each. The interactive approach makes it easy for you to know whether your preferred apartment type is available with the exposure you favor.

Join YoChicago in the video for a quick tour of Halsted Flats and its location.

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Lexington Station nears a sellout in Morton Grove http://yochicago.com/lexington-station-nears-a-sellout-in-morton-grove/37579/ http://yochicago.com/lexington-station-nears-a-sellout-in-morton-grove/37579/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:11:24 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37579

Only a few of the 31 new rowhomes remain available for sale at the popular Lexington Station in Morton Grove. The remaining homes span 1,603 to 1,913 square feet and include 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and a 2-car garage. The homes are priced from $312,990.

Lexington Station is close to I-94, and less than a 10-minute walk from the Morton Grove Metra stop and its half-hour commute to Chicago’s Union Station.

Residents at Lexington Station will enjoy a 3-minute walk to an intersection with a small town feel where they’ll find restaurants, a coffee shop and the Morton Grove Public Library.

The bike trails, picnic areas and other attractions of the St Paul Woods forest preserve are also nearby.

The sales office for Lexington Station is open daily at 8342 Concord Dr in Morton Grove.

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The hot Fulton River District is poised to get hotter http://yochicago.com/the-hot-fulton-river-district-is-poised-to-get-hotter/37576/ http://yochicago.com/the-hot-fulton-river-district-is-poised-to-get-hotter/37576/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:50:31 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37576

Two giant office developments currently underway will add 2.5 millions square feet of office space and 3 acres of riverfront parks and plazas to the Fulton River District neighborhood. Workers at the new 52-story River Point and 53-story 150 North Riverside towers will enjoy spectacular views east along the Chicago River and on-site restaurants bolstering an already thriving dining scene

The new towers are a short walk from Echelon, a luxury boutique apartment tower across the street from Jewel-Osco. Many of Echelon’s residents currently enjoy walking or biking to work in the adjacent River North and West Loop neighborhoods, and returning home to resort-style amenities.

Echelon is currently offering a month’s free rent on 18-month leases of 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments. Two-bedroom rents start as low as $2,522 a month for apartments available now, and in late January and early February. Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online.

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Apartments Management Group racks up negative reviews at Yelp http://yochicago.com/apartments-management-group-racks-up-negative-reviews-at-yelp/37571/ http://yochicago.com/apartments-management-group-racks-up-negative-reviews-at-yelp/37571/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:05:58 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37571

It’s not unusual for property management companies to receive negative reviews at Yelp.

Apartments Management Group, a successor to Beal Properties, stands out for the near-unanimity of its negative reviews. Yelpers who claim to have rented from the company have panned it in great detail.

A five-star reviewer amusingly reports being “always so beyond well taken care of” where she lives.

It is an old building, and there are problems. The water stops working sometimes, the elevator breaks down on occasion, things like that.

My fridge stopped working, I had a new one the next day.

My pipes were clogged and there was standing water in the bathtub, and the building manager sent her husband to fix it the next day.

When there was a problem with homeless people sleeping on the 5th floor, she paid attention, caught the person, and had them arrested.

When a tenant let their dog pee on the floor, she had signs put up about pet maintenance in the building.

My list could really go on and on.

There are often signs in the lobby complaining of stolen packages. Here is the thing: yes, if you live here and have packages get sent here, they will probably be stolen. There is not a working camera in the lobby, and they won’t do anything for you to help you recover the package.

If you’re working with one of Chicago’s rental services to find an apartment, you should always learn the name of the management company or property owner and do some research before filling out an application. A landlord’s reputation is just one of the things that rental services often don’t want you to know.

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Evanston apartment review, 1509 Hinman Ave http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1509-hinman-ave/37567/ http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1509-hinman-ave/37567/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:02:12 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37567

1509 Hinman is a 3-story, 33-unit courtyard apartment building at 1509 Hinman Ave in Evanston.

The handsome brick and limestone building was completed in 1923 and has been recently remodeled. The elaborate limestone detailing on the building’s façade was a contributing factor to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The apartments

1509 Hinman has a mix of 1- and 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments. Floor plans are available online. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,895.


The apartments have bright, spacious living rooms with hardwood floors and large windows. Vintage trim includes built-up crown, baseboard and chair rail moldings.


The apartments have a separate dining area. Updated galley kitchens have a decent amount of cabinet and counter space, gas ranges and dishwashers.


Apartments have a foyer and hall, with built-ins, that separates the living and bedroom areas. Bedrooms have hardwood floors.

Baths have been updated.

Amenities, services, policies

1509 Hinman has limited amenities, but more than you’ll find in many vintage buildings of its size.


The building has a fitness room and a laundry room.

There’s a bicycle storage room and there are resident storage lockers.

A limited amount of parking is available on-site. Cats are welcome, dogs aren’t. Heat is included in the rent.

The location

1509 Hinman is in a solid edge-of-downtown location, close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, public transportation and Lake Michigan parks.

1509 Hinman is a few blocks from the Northwestern University campus.

Shopping. 1509 Hinman has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.

Whole Foods, the nearest full-service grocery, is two blocks northwest on Chicago Ave.

Sea Ranch Fish Market is about a six-minute walk south of 1509 Hinman. Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are just over a half-mile south on Chicago Ave.


Downtown Evanston offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..

Residents of 1509 Hinman who are setting up their first apartment will find much of what they need at Lemoi Ace Hardware and Affordable Portables a few blocks from the building.

The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is accessible by a bus route that stops just outside the building.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within a few blocks of 1509 Hinman.


If highly-caffeinated is your preferred state of being, you won’t have to go far to maintain it. Kafein, Other Brothers, Peet’s and Starbucks are nearby.


There’s an abundance and variety of restaurants near 1509 Hinman, including Addis Abeba, Giordano’s, Edzo’s, Trattoria Demi and Tapas Barcelona, to name just a few.

Wine aficionados look forward to the twice-weekly tastings at Vinic Wine, a block east of 1509 Hinman.


Downtown Evanston is a pedestrian-friendly environment and a number of restaurants have outdoor seating areas.


As you’d expect in a college town, national brands have a strong presence, but there are enough one-of-a-kind restaurants near 1509 Hinman to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.


You won’t find much of a club scene in Evanston, but you will find drinking establishments ranging from Bar Louie to Tommy Nevin’s within a few blocks of 1509 Hinman.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is a 10-minute walk from 1509 Hinman. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1509 Hinman
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Parks, recreation. The location has good proximity to public parks and outdoor recreational areas.

Raymond Park, a few doors south of the building, has greenery and benches and not much more.

Evanston’s lakefront parks and public beaches are a few blocks east of the building.

Transportation. Residents of 1509 Hinman have reasonably good access to public transportation.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St less than a half-mile northwest of the building. The CTA Purple Line stop at Dempster St is a few blocks south of the building.

Several Northwestern shuttles stop near 1509 Hinman. The #205 CTA bus stops a block east of the building.

All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.

Both Enterprise and Zipcar have a car sharing location several blocks from the building. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building

The competition

There are quite a few apartment buildings in the immediate area.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

Share your take on 1509 Hinman

If you’ve lived at or visited 1509 Hinman, and are not a real estate agent, add your thoughts in a comment. Comments are moderated, and commercial messages are not allowed.

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Santa Paws visits high-rise apartments http://yochicago.com/santa-paws-visits-high-rise-apartments/37561/ http://yochicago.com/santa-paws-visits-high-rise-apartments/37561/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:12:13 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37561

Planned Property owns and manages 30 apartment buildings in prime River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview East locations. All of the buildings are cat-friendly and five are dog-friendly.

Last week Santa Paws visited two of the dog-friendly buildings, 1000 N LaSalle and 3130 N Lake Shore Dr.

Santa brought along his pawtographer and invited residents to pose for pictures with their pets. Several residents who didn’t have pets posed for pictures to send home for the holidays.

If you book an appointment online with Planned Property you’ll receive up to a $300 discount on your first month’s rent.

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Evanston apartment review, 1410 Chicago Ave http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1410-chicago-ave/37547/ http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1410-chicago-ave/37547/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:04:32 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37547

1410 Chicago is an 8-story, 84-unit contemporary brick apartment building at 1410 Chicago Ave in Evanston.

1410 Chicago was built in 1957 and has been recently remodeled.

The apartments

1410 Chicago has a mix of studio, 1- and 3-bedroom apartments. Floor plans are available online. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,025 to $2,595 depending on apartment size.


The building has twelve units per floor, almost all studios and one-bedrooms in varied layouts. One-bedrooms have spacious living rooms with hardwood floors.

Updated kitchens have cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliance packages with built-in microwaves, electric ranges and dishwashers. Cabinet and counter space varies depending on the floor plan.

Baths have been updated.

Bedrooms have hardwood floors and are large enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture. The apartments have varying amounts of closet space, none of them overly generous.

The all-electric apartments have baseboard heat and through-the-wall air-conditioning units

Amenities, services, policies

1410 Chicago has limited amenities.


The building has a fitness room and a laundry room. There’s also a bicycle storage room.

Parking is available on-site.

The location

1410 Chicago is in a solid edge-of-downtown location. The building is close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, public transportation and Lake Michigan parks.

1410 Chicago is about a half-mile from the Northwestern University campus.

Shopping. 1410 Chicago has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.

Whole Foods, the nearest full-service grocery, is two blocks north on Chicago Ave.

Sea Ranch Fish Market is a few minutes’ walk south of 1410 Chicago. Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are two-and-a-half blocks south on Chicago Ave.


Downtown Evanston offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..

Residents of 1410 Chicago who are setting up their first apartment will find much of what they need at Lemoi Ace Hardware and Affordable Portables a few blocks from the building.

The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is accessible by a bus route that stops just outside the building.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within a few blocks of 1410 Chicago.


If highly-caffeinated is your preferred state of being, you won’t have to go far to maintain it. Kafein, Other Brothers, Peet’s and Starbucks are nearby.


There’s an abundance and variety of restaurants near 1410 Chicago, including Addis Abeba, Giordano’s, Edzo’s, Trattoria Demi and Tapas Barcelona, to name just a few.

Wine aficionados look forward to the twice-weekly tastings at Vinic Wine, less than a block south of 1410 Chicago.


Downtown Evanston is a pedestrian-friendly environment and a number of restaurants have outdoor seating areas.


As you’d expect in a college town, national brands have a strong presence, but there are enough one-of-a-kind restaurants near 1410 Chicago to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.


You won’t find much of a club scene in Evanston, but you will find drinking establishments ranging from Bar Louie to Tommy Nevin’s within a few blocks of 1410 Chicago.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is a few blocks from 1410 Chicago. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1410 Chicago
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Parks, recreation. The location is reasonably convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas.

Raymond Park, a few doors north of the building, has greenery and benches and not much more.

Evanston’s public beaches are less than half a mile east of the building.

Transportation. Residents of 1410 Chicago have good access to public transportation.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is three blocks northwest of the building. The CTA Purple Line stop at Dempster St is just over a block from the building.

Several Northwestern shuttles stop near 1410 Chicago. The #205 CTA bus stops steps from the building.

All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.

Enterprise and Zipcar have car sharing locations several blocks from the building. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building

The competition

There are quite a few apartment buildings in the immediate area.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

Share your take on 1410 Chicago

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Evanston apartment review, 1575 Oak Ave http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1575-oak-ave/37551/ http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1575-oak-ave/37551/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:02:11 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37551

1575 Oak is an 8-story, 57-unit contemporary apartment building at 1575 Oak Ave in Evanston.

The building was completed in 1961 and has been recently renovated.

The apartments

1575 Oak has a mix of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,055 to $1,755 depending on apartment size. Floor plans are available online.


The apartments have spacious living / dining areas with hardwood floors.

Kitchens and baths have been updaated. The kitchens have maple cabinets, ample cabinet and counter space, and an appliance package that includes a dishwasher, built-in microwave and electric range.


Bedrooms have hardwood floors and are typically large enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture. Corner units have two walls of wall-to-wall windows with terrific views of downtown Evanston.

The apartments have reasonably good closet space.

Amenities, services, policies

1575 Oak has limited common amenities – not unusual for a building its size and age.


There’s a small fitness room and a laundry room.

Outdoor, covered and garage parking spaces are available on-site.

Cats are welcome, dogs aren’t. The building has on-site maintenance staff.

Retail space at the corner along Davis includes Delbe’s Corner Café, a nail salon, a dry cleaner, a yoga studio, a boutique and a florist.

The location

1575 Oak is just south of Davis St, at the edge of downtown Evanston. The location is close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and public transportation.

1575 Oak is just under a mile from the Northwestern University campus.

Apartments on the north side of the building look out on the limestone bas relief sculptures adorning the Evanston Post Office, just west of 1575 Oak.

Shopping. 1575 Oak has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.


Whole Foods, the nearest full-service grocery, is just over half a mile east on Chicago Ave. The nearest Jewel-Osco is a mile away on Chicago Ave. Davis Pantry, a convenience store, is a block west of 1575 Oak.

Evanston’s downtown farmers market, the best on Chicago’s North Shore, draws more than 50 vendors to a location several blocks north of the building.


Downtown Evanston offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..

Residents of 1575 Oak who are setting up their first apartment will find much of what they need just east of the building at Lemoi Ace Hardware and Affordable Portables.

The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is 3 ½ miles west of 1575 Oak.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance of 1575 Oak.


Walk east on Davis St and you’ll feel a great neighborhood vibe, passing a variety of locally-owned restaurants and shops. Cozy Noodles, Dream about Tea and Gigio’s Pizzeria are within a block of 1575 Oak.

Bennison’s Bakery, a block east of the building, traces its history to 1938. Third-generation family members serve up savories that draw rave reviews.

You’ll almost always have a weekend wait for breakfast at Le Peep or its next-door neighbor Dixie Kitchen, a few blocks north of 1575 Oak on Church St.


Downtown Evanston is a pedestrian-friendly environment and a number of restaurants have outdoor seating areas.


As you’d expect in a college town, national brands have a strong presence, but there are enough one-of-a-kind restaurants near 1575 Oak to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.


You won’t find much of a club scene in Evanston, but you will find drinking establishments ranging from Bar Louie to Tommy Nevin’s within a few blocks of 1575 Oak.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is two blocks from 1575 Oak. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1575 Oak
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Parks, recreation. The location is not convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas. Alexander Park, a small park with a playground and chess tables, is a block south and west of 1575 Oak.

Evanston’s public beaches are less than a mile from the building.

Transportation. Residents of 1575 Oak have good access to public transportation.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is two blocks east of the building.

The CTA Purple Line stop at Davis St is just beyond the Metra stop.

Northwestern’s Evanston loop shuttle stops at the corner steps from 1575 Oak. Four bus routes, #205, #208, #213 and #250, are steps from the building on Davis.

All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.

Both Enterprise and Zipcar have a car sharing location several blocks from the building. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building

The competition

There are a number of apartment buildings in the immediate area.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

Share your take on 1575 Oak

If you’ve lived at or visited 1575 Oak, and are not a real estate agent, add your thoughts in a comment. Comments are moderated, and commercial messages are not allowed.

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A random look at new downtown apartment construction http://yochicago.com/a-random-look-at-new-downtown-apartment-construction/37537/ http://yochicago.com/a-random-look-at-new-downtown-apartment-construction/37537/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:07:37 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37537

Last week I visited a number of the new apartment projects under construction in downtown Chicago to check on their progress.

Site prep has just begun at 1001 S State. Construction is making rapid progress at 1000 S Clark, pictured above, which is targeting occupancy late in 2015.

The Wolf Point apartment tower is advancing at the rate of a floor every three days toward its eventual 48-story height and late-2015 occupancy.

The Gino’s signage has been removed from 167 W Erie, the site of a planned 39-story, 400-unit tower, but construction activity has yet to begin.

Erection of the tower crane has begun at 703 N Wells, a planned 12-story apartment building. The demolition of the adjacent Hoard Johnson motel for a new apartment tower has not begun.

805 N LaSalle was one floor away from attaining its full 35-story height. The 367-unit, 35-story State & Chestnut development was topped out and glass installation was nearing completion.

The 6-story, 23-unit apartment building at 858 N Franklin appeared to be nearly ready for occupancy.

Foundation work was still underway at 545 N McClurg, site of a 44-story, 490-unit apartment tower.

The 16-story, 240-unit 625 W Division, across from the new Target, is nearing the point at which it should begin climbing rapidly.

The New City apartment building is fully closed in. The tower crane is down and first occupancies may occur in late spring of 2015.

There are, of course, many more new apartment projects planned and underway in downtown Chicago, and you can see them all on our at-a-glance list.

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New lofts slated to begin construction near Wicker Park http://yochicago.com/new-lofts-slated-to-begin-construction-near-wicker-park/37541/ http://yochicago.com/new-lofts-slated-to-begin-construction-near-wicker-park/37541/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:06:15 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37541

Wicker Park Apartments has obtained an $8.175M construction loan for a 40-unit “soft loft” apartment building near Wicker Park in Noble Square.

Developer Mark Sutherland reports that construction will begin at Wicker Park Lofts, 1515 W Haddon, as soon as this week and occupancy will be available late next summer.

The location is a short walk from the Blue Line stop at Division and the attractive boutique / bar / restaurant scene west of Ashland on Division.

The development will have a mix of studio to 3-bedroom apartments.

Rents are estimated to begin at $1,400 for studios, $1,800 for 1-bedrooms, $2,300 for 2-bedroom, 1-baths, $2,800 for 2-bedroom, 2-baths and $3,200 for 3-bedroom, 2-baths.

The majority of the units will be studios and 1-bedrooms, which are currently scarce in Wicker Park.

Visit the Wicker Park Lofts website for additional details on unit finishes and building amenities.

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Evanston apartment review, 1420 Chicago Ave http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1420-chicago-ave/37531/ http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1420-chicago-ave/37531/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:02:20 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37531

1420 Chicago is an 8-story, 28-unit contemporary apartment building at 1420 Chicago Ave in Evanston.

1420 Chicago was built in 1962 and has been recently remodeled. Locals call it “the blue building” for reasons that are readily apparent.

The apartments

1420 Chicago has a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. Two- and 3-bedroom apartments have two baths. Floor plans are available online. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,295 to $2,675 depending on apartment size.


The building has only four units per floor. The apartments have bright, spacious living rooms with hardwood floors and wall-to-wall windows.

Updated kitchens have good counter space, electric ranges and dishwashers.
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Two- and three-bedroom units have two updated baths.

Bedrooms have hardwood floors and are large enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture. The apartments have good closet space.

The apartments have baseboard heat and through-the-wall air-conditioning units

Amenities, services, policies

1420 Chicago has limited amenities, but more than you’ll find in most buildings of its size.


The building has a fitness room and a laundry room.

There’s a bicycle storage room with direct access to the outside.

Parking is available on-site. Cats are welcome, dogs aren’t.

The location

1420 Chicago is in a solid edge-of-downtown location. The building is close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, public transportation and Lake Michigan parks.

1420 Chicago is about a half-mile from the Northwestern University campus.

Shopping. 1420 Chicago has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.

Whole Foods, the nearest full-service grocery, is two blocks north on Chicago Ave.

Sea Ranch Fish Market is a few minutes’ walk south of 1420 Chicago. Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are two-and-a-half blocks south on Chicago Ave.


Downtown Evanston offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..

Residents of 1420 Chicago who are setting up their first apartment will find much of what they need at Lemoi Ace Hardware and Affordable Portables a few blocks from the building.

The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is accessible by a bus route that stops just outside the building.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within a few blocks of 1420 Chicago.


If highly-caffeinated is your preferred state of being, you won’t have to go far to maintain it. Kafein, Other Brothers, Peet’s and Starbucks are nearby.


There’s an abundance and variety of restaurants near 1420 Chicago, including Addis Abeba, Giordano’s, Edzo’s, Trattoria Demi and Tapas Barcelona, to name just a few.

Wine aficionados look forward to the twice-weekly tastings at Vinic Wine, less than a block south of 1420 Chicago.


Downtown Evanston is a pedestrian-friendly environment and a number of restaurants have outdoor seating areas.


As you’d expect in a college town, national brands have a strong presence, but there are enough one-of-a-kind restaurants near 1420 Chicago to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.


You won’t find much of a club scene in Evanston, but you will find drinking establishments ranging from Bar Louie to Tommy Nevin’s within a few blocks of 1420 Chicago.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is a few blocks from 1420 Chicago. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1420 Chicago
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Parks, recreation. The location is reasonably convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas.

Raymond Park, a few doors north of the building, has greenery and benches and not much more.

Evanston’s public beaches are less than half a mile east of the building.

Transportation. Residents of 1420 Chicago have good access to public transportation.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is three blocks northwest of the building. The CTA Purple Line stop at Dempster St is just over a block from the building.

Several Northwestern shuttles stop near 1420 Chicago. The #205 CTA bus stops steps from the building.

All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.

Enterprise and Zipcar have car sharing locations several blocks from the building. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building

The competition

There are quite a few apartment buildings in the immediate area.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

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Evanston apartment review, 1576 Oak Ave http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1576-oak-ave/37521/ http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1576-oak-ave/37521/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:50:51 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37521

1576 Oak is a 3-story, 36-unit courtyard apartment building at 1576 Oak Ave in Evanston.

The brick and limestone building was completed in 1917. The large limestone quoins on the first-floor corners and sunrooms facing Oak Ave give the building a distinctive presence. The building also has frontage on Davis St with ground-level service establishments and retail shops.

The apartments

1576 Oak has a mix of studio to three-bedroom apartments. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,050 to $1,725 depending on apartment size.

The apartments have been renovated but retain a number of vintage touches, including crown moldings, stained glass and hardwood floors. Some of the units have decorative fireplaces and built-ins.

A number of the units have nice-sized sun rooms with three walls of windows.

Kitchens and baths have been renovated. The kitchens have maple cabinets, ample cabinet and counter space, and an appliance package that includes a dishwasher, built-in microwave and electric range.


Bedrooms have hardwood floors and are typically large enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture. The apartments have good closet space.

Radiator heat is included in the rent.

Amenities, services, policies

1576 Oak has limited amenities, but more than you’ll find in many vintage buildings.


There’s a fitness room with treadmills, ellipticals and weight machines. The laundry room is adjacent to and open to the fitness room.

The building has a bicycle storage room and resident storage lockers. Parking is not available on-site.

Cats are welcome, dogs aren’t. The building has on-site maintenance staff.

Ground-level retail space in the building includes Delbe’s Corner Café, a nail salon, a dry cleaner, a yoga studio, a boutique and a florist.

The location

1576 Oak is on the southwest corner of Davis and Oak, at the edge of downtown Evanston. The location is close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and public transportation.

1576 Oak is just under a mile from the Northwestern University campus.

Apartments on the Davis St side of the building look out on the limestone bas relief sculptures adorning the Evanston Post Office.

Shopping. 1576 Oak has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.


Whole Foods, the nearest full-service grocery, is just over half a mile east on Chicago Ave. The nearest Jewel-Osco is a mile away on Chicago Ave. Davis Pantry, a convenience store, is a block west of 1576 Oak.

Evanston’s downtown farmers market, the best on Chicago’s North Shore, draws more than 50 vendors to a location several blocks north of the building.


Downtown Evanston offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..

Residents of 1576 Oak who are setting up their first apartment will find much of what they need just east of the building at Lemoi Ace Hardware and Affordable Portables.

The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is 3 ½ miles west of 1576 Oak.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance of 1576 Oak.


Walk east on Davis St and you’ll feel a great neighborhood vibe, passing a variety of locally-owned restaurants and shops. Cozy Noodles, Dream about Tea and Gigio’s Pizzeria are within a block of 1576 Oak.

Bennison’s Bakery, a block east of the building, traces its history to 1938. Third-generation family members serve up savories that draw rave reviews.

You’ll almost always have a weekend wait for breakfast at Le Peep or its next-door neighbor Dixie Kitchen, a few blocks north of 1576 Oak on Church St.


Downtown Evanston is a pedestrian-friendly environment and a number of restaurants have outdoor seating areas.


As you’d expect in a college town, national brands have a strong presence, but there are enough one-of-a-kind restaurants near 1576 Oak to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.


You won’t find much of a club scene in Evanston, but you will find drinking establishments ranging from Bar Louie to Tommy Nevin’s within a few blocks of 1576 Oak.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is two blocks from 1576 Oak. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1576 Oak
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Parks, recreation. The location is not convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas. Alexander Park, a small park with a playground and chess tables, is a block south and west of 1576 Oak.

Evanston’s public beaches are less than a mile from the building.

Transportation. Residents of 1576 Oak have good access to public transportation.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is two blocks east of the building.

The CTA Purple Line stop at Davis St is just beyond the Metra stop.

Northwestern’s Evanston loop shuttle stops at the corner across the street from 1576 Oak. Four bus routes, #205, #208, #213 and #250, are steps from the building on Davis.

All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.

Both Enterprise and Zipcar have a car sharing location several blocks from the building. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building

The competition

There are a number of courtyard apartment buildings in the immediate area.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

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Evanston apartment review, 1717, 1717 Ridge Ave http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1717-1717-ridge-ave/37509/ http://yochicago.com/evanston-apartment-review-1717-1717-ridge-ave/37509/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 06:02:32 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37509

1717 is a new 8-story, 175-unit apartment building at 1717 Ridge Ave in Evanston.

The building was completed in 2013 and has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The development team included Focus Development and Atlantic Realty Partners. Focus was the general contractor and Booth Hansen the architecture firm.

The apartments

1717 has a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in both loft and traditional styles. Floor plans are available online.

In mid-December 2014 studio rents started at $1,520, one-bedrooms at $1,690, two-bedroom, two-baths at $2,440 and three-bedroom, two-baths at $3,390.


First-floor units have a loft aesthetic with high ceilings, exposed ductwork and concrete ceilings. Some of the loft-style units have a full laundry room, an office nook and a walk-out terrace.

Apartments have high ceilings, wood-look floors in living areas, and kitchens with ample cabinet and counter space. Kitchens have granite counter tops, tile backsplashes and stainless steel appliance packages with gas ranges, dishwashers and built-in microwaves.

Interior finishes are available in both dark espresso and light wheat finishes.

Bedrooms are typically large enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture. Several two-bedroom plans have the split-bedroom layout that’s popular with roommates and people who work from home.

Baths have large vanities. All of the units have in-unit washer / dryers.

Most of the units have balconies or terraces. Penthouse-level units have floor-to-ceiling windows.

Views. West-facing units look over the homes of the Ridge Historic District.

Higher-floor east-facing units have views of downtown Evanston.

Some of the penthouse-level units have views of the Chicago skyline.

Amenities, services, policies

1717 has unusually extensive amenities for a 175-unit building.


There’s a large landscaped pool deck with multiple seating areas and gas grills.


Adjacent to the pool deck there’s a resident lounge / café and a fitness room with strength training and cardio equipment.


1717 has a first-floor theater / game room adjacent to an additional resident lounge.

The building also has a business center.

1717 is pet-friendly and smoke-free. The building has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff. Garage parking is available on-site.

The location

1717 is on busy Ridge Ave at the edge of downtown Evanston. The location is a few blocks from shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and public transportation.

1717 is just under a mile from the Northwestern University campus and just over a mile from Evanston Hospital.

Shopping. 1717 has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.

The nearest full-service grocery, Whole Foods, is just over half a mile east on Chicago Ave. The nearest Jewel-Osco is a mile away on Chicago Ave.

Evanston’s downtown farmers market, the best on Chicago’s North Shore, draws more than 50 vendors to a location several blocks from the building.


Downtown Evanston, a few blocks east of 1717, offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..

The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is 3 ½ miles west of 1717.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance of 1717.

Some of the locals contend that Buffalo Joe’s, a few blocks from 1717, has the best wings in America.

You’ll almost always have a weekend wait for breakfast at Le Peep or its next-door neighbor Dixie Kitchen, a few blocks east of 1717 on Church St.


Downtown Evanston is a pedestrian-friendly environment and a number of restaurants have outdoor seating areas.


As you’d expect in a college town, national brands have a strong presence, but there are enough one-of-a-kind restaurants near 1717 to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.


You won’t find much of a club scene in Evanston, but you will find drinking establishments ranging from Bar Louie to Tommy Nevin’s.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is a few minutes’ walk from 1717. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1717.

Parks, recreation. The location is not convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas.

Evanston’s public beaches are about a mile from the building.

Transportation. 1717 has good access to public transportation.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is about a 5-minute walk from the building.

The CTA Purple Line stop at Davis St is just beyond the Metra stop.

Northwestern’s Evanston loop shuttle and four Pace Bus routes, #201, #205, #208 and #213, are steps from the building on Church St. Northwestern’s Intercampus shuttle is just north of 1717 on Emerson.

All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.

Enterprise has a car rental location just over a block from 1717. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building

The competition

1717′s most direct competitor will be the new E2 apartments, which is slated to open early in 2015.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

1717 in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • New Evanston apartment building sells for $70 million
  • Carlyle invests in Evanston apartment project
  • Share your take on 1717

    If you’ve lived at or visited 1717, and are not a real estate agent, add your thoughts in a comment. Comments are moderated, and commercial messages are not allowed.

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    Construction underway on new South Loop apartment tower http://yochicago.com/construction-underway-on-new-south-loop-apartment-tower/37507/ http://yochicago.com/construction-underway-on-new-south-loop-apartment-tower/37507/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:07:00 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37507

    Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported yesterday that Golub & Co had begun construction on its new 397-unit, 41-story apartment tower at 1001 S State in the South Loop.

    I was in the area and stopped by for an updated look at the site. Construction is still in the preliminary phase of clearing the site and prepping it for foundation work.

    According to Crain’s, first occupancies will occur in 2016.

    We’re currently estimating that nearly 6,000 new apartments will open in downtown Chicago in 2016. You can see all of the new downtown Chicago apartment projects on our at-a-glance list.

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    Brokers get first look at new South Loop condos http://yochicago.com/brokers-get-first-look-at-new-south-loop-condos/37502/ http://yochicago.com/brokers-get-first-look-at-new-south-loop-condos/37502/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:05:41 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37502

    1345 Wabash, a new condo tower in the South Loop, was the site of a broker’s open house yesterday. Real estate brokers donned hard hats, safety vests and glasses and trekked up to view framed-in units on the fourth floor.


    High ceilings and open-plan living areas make the units feel spacious and floor-to-ceiling windows expand the space with a view of the skyline.


    The event was well attended and 1345 Wabash received positive reviews for its architecture, finishes, location – and price.

    One-bedroom condos at 1345 Wabash start at $228,900 and two-bedrooms at $290,900. 1345 Wabash is targeting first occupancy early in the spring of 2015. The sales and design center for 1345 Wabash is at 1620 S Michigan Ave.

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    New Palatine townhomes with a flexible loft space http://yochicago.com/new-palatine-townhomes-with-a-flexible-loft-space/37505/ http://yochicago.com/new-palatine-townhomes-with-a-flexible-loft-space/37505/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:03:51 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37505

    As more people work from home or telecommute a few days a week, the need for a home office becomes compelling.

    One of the plans at Lexington Oaks, fifteen new townhomes under construction in Palatine, has a first-floor master suite. The second floor has a large, flexible loft area that can serve as a highly-functional home office.

    Lexington Homes has refined the townhome form over its more than 40 years of building 1,000s of homes throughout Chicagoland. The innovative, light-filled floor plans at Lexington Oaks span more than 1,800 square feet, plus a full basement, and include 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and an attached 2-car garage. The homes are base-priced from $336,990.

    The Palatine Hills Golf Course and the popular Palatine Trail can be accessed just north of Lexington Oaks.

    Lexington Oaks is near downtown Palatine and less than a mile from the Palatine Metra station.

    A sales and design center is open daily at 395 W Northwest Hwy, across the street from the Lexington Oaks site.

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    West Loop deal of the day – two months free rent at Circa 922 http://yochicago.com/west-loop-deal-of-the-day-%e2%80%93-two-months-free-rent-at-circa-922/37492/ http://yochicago.com/west-loop-deal-of-the-day-%e2%80%93-two-months-free-rent-at-circa-922/37492/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:07:27 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37492

    Circa 922 , a new luxury apartment tower in the West Loop, is offering two months’ free rent for move-ins prior to March 31, 2015.

    Circa 922 is a boutique full-amenity building in a steps-to-everything location. The first residents will be moving into the building in mid-January of 2015. Renters can take advantage of the staged delivery schedule for new buildings to sign a lease now and lock in some of Circa 922′s most desirable high-floor units.

    Studio rents range from $1,740 to $2,325, 1-bedrooms from $2,005 to $2,575, 2-bedrooms from $2,675 to $3,325 and 3-bedrooms from $4,825 to $5,275.

    Contact the leasing office at 312-455-9922 for details on the free rent offer and to arrange a tour.

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    A wonderfully renovated Lincoln Park Victorian home http://yochicago.com/a-wonderfully-renovated-lincoln-park-victorian-home/37494/ http://yochicago.com/a-wonderfully-renovated-lincoln-park-victorian-home/37494/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:05:35 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37494

    The painted lady Victorian at 2615 N Burling has been completely renovated in a contemporary open plan while retaining its original charm.

    The home is on a quiet, tree-lined residential street. It has 3 ½ baths and currently has 3 bedrooms but could be adapted to host five.

    One unusual aspect of the home is that it has no basement but opens into a bright, expansive den space that leads to a guest bedroom and bath, and a large TV / exercise / office area. A warm interior walkway connects to the attached 2-car garage. A cozy first-floor patio has a stair to a deck above the garage.

    The home’s second floor has a high-ceilinged kitchen / family room with access to the deck, a dining room that can seat 12 for formal entertaining, and a 2-sided fireplace separating the dining and living areas. The living area has a west-facing bay window, ample space for seating and a grand piano.

    The top-floor bedrooms both have large en suite baths, peaked ceilings and generous closet space. The skylit master has a fireplace and its own private deck overlooking the patio and deck above the garage.

    Berkshire Hathaway’s Joanne Nemerovski is your tour guide in the video. The home will be on the market in the near future.

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    Lakeview apartment deal – 12 months free parking at Halsted Flats http://yochicago.com/lakeview-apartment-deal-%e2%80%93-12-months-free-parking-at-halsted-flats/37497/ http://yochicago.com/lakeview-apartment-deal-%e2%80%93-12-months-free-parking-at-halsted-flats/37497/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:04:07 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37497

    Halsted Flats is almost fully leased in well under a year. The rapid rent-up is a measure of the excitement that’s accompanied the first new rental high-rise in Lakeview in three decades.

    Halsted Flats’ extensive amenities rival those found in much larger buildings, and have been a major draw. A rooftop dog park overlooks a sprawling landscaped sundeck with a pool, whirlpool, multiple seating areas, a fire pit and BBQ grills. Adjacent to the deck are a demonstration kitchen with commercial grade equipment and a comfortable club room lounge. A wide hallway leads to a fitness room with cardio and strength-training equipment. The fitness room opens to an east-facing deck.

    The 15-story, 269-unit Halsted Flats offers studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments.

    The deal: If you move into a 2-bedroom before December 31 you’ll live free until the end of the month and get 12 free months of garage parking.

    Visit Halsted Flats’ floor plan page and mouse up and down the floors to see what’s available on each. The interactive approach makes it easy for you to know whether your preferred apartment type is available with the exposure you favor.

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    Chicago’s foreclosure rate 4th highest among top 20 metro areas http://yochicago.com/chicagos-foreclosure-rate-4th-highest-among-top-20-metro-areas/37499/ http://yochicago.com/chicagos-foreclosure-rate-4th-highest-among-top-20-metro-areas/37499/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:02:04 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37499

    RealtyTrac just released its US Foreclosure Market Report for November 2014, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 112,498 U.S. properties in November, a decrease of 9 percent from the previous month and down 1 percent from a year ago. November was the 50th consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease in overall foreclosure activity. The report also shows one in every 1,170 U.S. housing units with a foreclosure filing during the month.

    A total of 55,906 US properties started the foreclosure process in November, a decrease of 1 percent from the previous month but a 6 percent increase from a year ago, the first year-over-year increase following 27 consecutive months of year-over-year decreases.

    Five of the nation’s 20 largest metro areas posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity: New York (up 71 percent), Houston (up 70 percent), Philadelphia (up 43 percent), Boston (up 27 percent) and Baltimore (up 22 percent).

    Among the nation’s 20 largest metros, those with the five highest foreclosure rates were Miami (one in every 394 housing units with a foreclosure filing), Tampa (one in every 432 housing units), Baltimore (one in every 576 housing units), Philadelphia (one in every 625 housing units), Chicago (one in every 716 housing units) and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario in Southern California (one in every 725 housing units).

    “The housing market is struggling to find the new normal when it comes to a tolerable level of foreclosure activity in this post-Great Recession economy,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “Finding that new normal requires striking a balance between too much loan risk, which would result in another housing meltdown, and too little risk, which could result in a stunted recovery.

    “Foreclosure rates on 2014-originated loans are actually higher than 2013-originated loans nationwide and in many markets, indicating that lenders are open to a slightly higher level of risk than we’ve seen over the past five years of extremely tight lending standards,” Blomquist continued. “But it’s unlikely that lenders will dial up that risk level too quickly going forward given that many are still dealing with working through a lengthy and messy foreclosure process on risky loans from the last loose lending spree.”

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    River North apartment tower takes a step forward http://yochicago.com/river-north-apartment-tower-takes-a-step-forward/37488/ http://yochicago.com/river-north-apartment-tower-takes-a-step-forward/37488/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:22:33 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37488

    Construction bids are being solicited for a 33-story, 392-unit apartment tower planned for the southeast corner of Clark and Chestnut in River North. The site is in the lower foreground in the photo.

    The project, which was designed by Antunovich Associates, received Plan Commission approval in October. BicClerk is reporting the start date of construction as September of next year.

    You can see all of the new downtown Chicago apartment projects on our at-a-glance list.

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    Take a 10-second tour of a Streeterville studio http://yochicago.com/take-a-10-second-tour-of-a-streeterville-studio/37485/ http://yochicago.com/take-a-10-second-tour-of-a-streeterville-studio/37485/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:05:20 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37485

    Spend a few seconds scrolling through the photos in this post and you’ll see that the J plan studio at Streeter Place has everything you’re looking for in a Streeterville studio. Click on any photo to enlarge it to full screen size.

    At 655 square feet, the studio is larger than a number of one-bedrooms in the neighborhood. There’s space to accommodate different functional furniture groupings.


    Floor-to-ceiling windows expand the space with a view over the neighboring park to Lake Michigan during the day and the seasonal Navy Pier fireworks at night.

    The kitchen has a generous amount of cabinet and counter space, granite counters, and a stainless steel appliance package that includes a dishwasher, built-in microwave and 4-burner gas range.

    The apartment has a stackable washer / dryer.

    The large bath has an oversized vanity with drawers.

    The entry foyer has space for furniture and could serve as a home office. There’s an adjacent coat closet and a spacious walk-in closet off the entry hall.

    Streeter Place is a full-amenity, full-service community with on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff. The location is convenient to shopping, dining, nightlife and parks.

    Streeter Place studios- rent from $1,448 to-$1,644 a month, convertibles from $1,954 to $2,179, 1-bedrooms from $1,918 to $2,747, 2-bedroom, 2-baths from $2,738 to $3,366. A 3-bedroom two bath is available at $5,216.

    Streeter Place is currently offering a “look and lease” special. Rent within 48 hours of your initial visit and the $400 admin fee will apply toward your first month’s rent.

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    More apartments headed for the South Loop http://yochicago.com/more-apartments-headed-for-the-south-loop-2/37481/ http://yochicago.com/more-apartments-headed-for-the-south-loop-2/37481/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:07:47 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37481

    The 398-unit AMLI Lofts opened recently in the South Loop and a 469-unit apartment tower at 1000 S Clark St is targeting occupancy for late next year. Hundreds of additional units have been proposed for sites at 1001 S State and 1333 S Wabash.

    Student housing is a major part of the residential market in the South Loop. Arc at Old Colony is slated to open soon at 37 W Van Buren. We’d consider that the Loop, although the building is marketing its location as South Loop.

    The latest proposed development calls for 140 units and ground-floor retail on a site at the southwest corner of Clark and Harrison currently occupied by a multi-level parking garage. The project is being designed by Thomas Roszak Architecture. The new building would be immediately adjacent to Columbia College’s Dwight Lofts.

    You can follow all of the new downtown apartment projects on our at-a-glance list.

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    Pop-up entrepreneurs and a penthouse at K2 apartments http://yochicago.com/pop-up-entrepreneurs-and-a-penthouse-at-k2-apartments/37479/ http://yochicago.com/pop-up-entrepreneurs-and-a-penthouse-at-k2-apartments/37479/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:05:57 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37479

    K2, a luxury apartment community in the Fulton River District, sponsors a whirl of on- and off-site social events for residents throughout the year.

    Resident events range from happy hours at local bars to cooking demonstrations to pool parties to yoga classes.

    The grand entry concourse and one of the resident lounges hosted a production by Popup Events Chicago. Meet some of Chicago’s innovative entrepreneurs in the above video from the event.

    One of K2′s few penthouse apartments, a 3-bedroom, is currently available for $5,500 a month. Two parking spaces are included free for 6 months.

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    New life for a Bridgeport loft building? http://yochicago.com/new-life-for-a-bridgeport-loft-building/37465/ http://yochicago.com/new-life-for-a-bridgeport-loft-building/37465/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:07:33 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37465

    It’s been nearly 9 years since we first wrote about Bridgeport Place, a proposed condo development at 35th and Morgan.

    At one point the project was reconceived as a rental, and just over two years ago we added it to the Dubious Dubin Development Deadpool.

    Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that the project may be revived under the aegis of a new developer, the owners of the neighboring Zhou B Art Center.

    The project is just down the street from the delightful Polo Café where my friend and former partner Dave Samber hosts a sing-along Gospel Brunch every Sunday from noon until 2 pm.

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    South Loop apartments gain a world-class neighbor http://yochicago.com/south-loop-apartments-gain-a-world-class-neighbor/37471/ http://yochicago.com/south-loop-apartments-gain-a-world-class-neighbor/37471/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:06:29 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37471

    The new “world class” Grant Park skate park opened last Saturday, and it was an instant hit.

    If you were anywhere in the vicinity you saw a stream of mostly teens and tweens headed for the park on their boards, bikes and blades. Once you arrived at the park you had to marvel at how quickly a crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the action.

    Residents at Park Michigan and Astoria Tower, two luxury apartment towers near the new park, shouldn’t be surprised if they suddenly become popular with their younger relatives. With any luck their visitors will have the skills on display in the above video.

    Note: Park Michigan and Astoria Tower are YoChicago advertisers.

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    Should you take your home off the market for the holidays? http://yochicago.com/should-you-take-your-home-off-the-market-for-the-holidays/37468/ http://yochicago.com/should-you-take-your-home-off-the-market-for-the-holidays/37468/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:05:30 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37468

    If you have your home listed for sale you might have a variety of personal or family reasons for sitting out the holiday season and returning to market after the first of the year.

    Berkshire Hathaway’s Joanne Nemerovski has been one of the top-tier Chicago agents for several decades, and has presided over nearly $1 billion in home sales. Last week I shot video with Joanne at two luxury single-family listings in Lincoln Park. After we were done, I asked her take on the perennial question of whether, from a market standpoint, it makes sense to take one’s home off the market for the holidays. You can see her answer in the video, and glimpse one of the distinctive homes we visited.

    Note: Joanne Nemerovski and Berkshire Hathaway Koenig Rubloff are YoChicago advertising clients.

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    Sign a longer lease and save on rent http://yochicago.com/sign-a-longer-lease-and-save-on-rent/37473/ http://yochicago.com/sign-a-longer-lease-and-save-on-rent/37473/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:02:54 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37473

    The Chicago apartment market typically slows down in the winter season, one reason why local landlords don’t like to have leases expiring during the winter months.

    Some landlords offer incentives to winter renters who are willing to sign a lease that expires during the more active spring and summer seasons.

    One building, for example, is offering renters the option of a month’s free rent on a 12-month lease or a month-and-a-half free on a 15 month lease. The free rent is almost always required to be taken early in the lease rather than amortized in a lower monthly payment. If you’re analyzing what the incentive is worth, a free month is an 8.33% discount on a 12-month lease and 1.5 months is a 10% discount on a 15-month lease.

    You can also occasionally find discount offers for less than 12-month leases, but they’re not as common.

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    Is Flats Chicago a vacation rental scofflaw? http://yochicago.com/is-flats-chicago-a-vacation-rental-scofflaw/37460/ http://yochicago.com/is-flats-chicago-a-vacation-rental-scofflaw/37460/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:23:47 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37460

    Chicago’s Vacation Rental Ordinance (“Ordinance”) has been on the books for several years, but a quick scan of Airbnb provides evidence that it’s being routinely ignored.

    Back in July we questioned whether Flats Chicago had the licenses required by the Ordinance for its Airbnb listings at 4875 N Magnolia. We also questioned whether Flats Chicago had made proper license disclosures and whether the units conformed to occupancy and zoning restrictions.

    An email and phone conversation with a disgruntled ex-employee of the company (I’ve heard from several over time) prompted me to revisit Flats Chicago’s Airbnb’s listings.

    The company currently has ads for what appear to be eight separate units at 4875 N Magnolia. The Ordinance limits the number of licensed vacation units in a building to six. A former flats employee has told me that the company also has seven short-stay apartments at each of two other properties.

    A current detailed scan of Flats Chicago’s website didn’t surface the license disclosure that the Ordinance requires.

    I’ve placed a phone call to Anthony Mugnolo at Flats Chicago requesting clarification, but haven’t heard back as of the time of this post. I’ve also filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the City of Chicago to determine the licensing status of the three properties.

    The Ordinance provides for a fine of $500 to $1,000 for each violation and for each day that a violation continues. It also provides that “any person who operates a vacation rental without a license issued under this chapter may be subject to incarceration for a period not to exceed six months.”

    Added 12/8: The City provided a one business day response to my FOIA request. You can click the following image and note that the City’s records contain no vacation rental licenses for Flats Chicago units at 4875 N Magnolia, 5411 N Winthrop or 5051 N Kenmore.

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    Is Jerome Bressler Chicago’s sleaziest rental agent? http://yochicago.com/is-jerome-bressler-chicagos-sleaziest-rental-agent/37453/ http://yochicago.com/is-jerome-bressler-chicagos-sleaziest-rental-agent/37453/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:25:35 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=37453

    A year ago in October we questioned whether Jerome Bressert was Chicago’s sleaziest rental agent.

    We didn’t receive any nominations for that award, but we did just receive a comment on our post wondering whether Bressert was doing business under the name of Jerome Bressler.

    We checked Bressert’s website and his profile at Exit Strategy Realty (pictured above) and, sure enough, Jerome Bressert has become Jerome Bressler.

    I placed a call to Nick Libert, the managing broker at Exit Strategy who informed me that he has a copy of a Cook County document verifying that Bressert has legally changed his name to Jerome Bressler. Libert indicated that the name change had been forwarded to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). The IDFPR license database does not yet reflect the name change and Libert stated he will follow up to ensure that it does.

    Libert reports that he was spoken with clients of Bressert / Bressler, and that they have given him very positive reviews.

    After speaking with Libert I checked the procedures for a name change in Cook County. Among other requirements: “must have no convictions or any felonies, otherwise you must wait 10 years to change your name.” We had previously reported on a guilty plea by Bressert in DuPage County to a Class A misdemeanor that apparently doesn’t bar a name change.

    If you’re handing over the keys to your apartment to Jerome Bressler, or getting in a car with him to view apartments, you should ask yourself whether you’re comfortable dealing with Jerome Bressert. I wouldn’t be. In my opinion, a rogue by any other name doesn’t smell any sweeter.

    Bressert’s name change is a first for a Chicago agent in my experience, except for changes incident to marriage. It led me to wonder whether this is his first name change.

    On a separate note, Libert reports that he promptly terminated Brian Duffy after Duffy’s most recent arrest. According to the IDFPR database, Duffy’s Illinois broker license is still active and is sponsored by DTZ Americas.

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    Mid-January move-in dates at new West Loop apartments http://yochicago.com/mid-january-move-in-dates-at-new-west-loop-apartments/37451/ http://yochicago.com/mid-january-move-in-dates-at-new-west-loop-apartments/37451/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:08:10 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37451

    Circa 922 is a boutique, full-amenity, pet-friendly building in a steps-to-everything location. The first residents will be moving into Circa 922 in mid-January of 2015. Renters can take advantage of the staged delivery schedule for new buildings to sign a lease now and lock in some of Circa 922′s most desirable units for move-ins as late as April, 2015.

    Circa 922 is currently offering hardhat tours that will include a look at the dramatic views from the building’s higher floors. The number of participants in each hardhat tour is limited. Contact the leasing office at 312-455-992 to reserve a slot on one of the tours and to inquire about current leasing incentives.

    Apartments are also available for immediate occupancy in the lofts adjacent to Circa 922. The lofts will share amenities with the new building.

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    Apartments for the road warrior http://yochicago.com/apartments-for-the-road-warrior/37447/ http://yochicago.com/apartments-for-the-road-warrior/37447/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:06:31 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37447

    If your work takes around Chicagoland or around the world, you’ll want to live in a location that makes it easy to get everywhere and walk to everything when you return home.

    K2, the new luxury apartment community in the Fulton River District, is a transit-oriented development steps from scores of bars and restaurants and convenient to parks and shoopping.

    Residents who commute by car will appreciate K2′s quick access to the expressway grid, and those who rely on public transportation will appreciate how many options are within a short walk.

    The nearby CTA Blue Line stop connects to downtown, to O’Hare airport and to Wicker Park and Bucktown dining and nightlife. Pink and Green Line stops at Clinton and Morgan take residents to the Loop, the Medical District, the IIT campus and Oak Park. The nearby Metra station has trains to the northern suburbs.

    Buses stop at K2′s front door. There’s a protected bike line just beyond its side door, and Divvy bikes next door at the Jewel-Osco.

    Seasonal water taxis at the nearby Metra station offer a quick and joyful ride to Michigan Avenue shopping, Chinatown dining, and the cluster of big-box retailing in the Clybourn Corridor. Metra trains take residents to Lake Forest and other North Shore suburbs.
    K2 is a pet-friendly, full-amenity, high-service new apartment tower with a range of studio to 3-bedroom apartments. K2 has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

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    Winter made easy at Streeter Place apartments http://yochicago.com/winter-made-easy-at-streeter-place-apartments/37449/ http://yochicago.com/winter-made-easy-at-streeter-place-apartments/37449/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:04:34 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37449

    It won’t take another polar vortex to make Chicagoans wish they had restaurants, bars and day-to-day shopping steps away from their home. A normal Chicago winter is harsh enough to make every step seem like one too many.

    Residents at Streeter Place, a luxury apartment tower, have Yolk and Flour & Stone in the building.

    D4, a solid selection for a neighborhood pub, and Dollop Coffee are next door.

    Streeter Place is pet-friendly and there’s a Kriser’s Pet Food across the street, with a grooming service.

    Whole Foods and Target Express are setting up shop a block from Streeter Place early in 2015.

    The best antidote to cold weather cabin fever may be the sweeping views from Streeter Place’s floor-to-ceiling windows.

    Streeter Place is a full-amenity building with a fitness center, a landscaped pool deck with grill area, resident lounges and a business center. Streeter Place has on-site management and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

    Currently available studios rent from $1,475 to $1,677, convertibles from $1,958 to $2,088, 1-bedrooms from $1,944 to $2,760, 1-bedroom plus den from $2,389 to $2,420 and 2-bedroom, 2-baths from $2,754 to $3,367. A 3-bedroom, 2-bath is available for $5,216.

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    South Loop penthouse apartments available http://yochicago.com/south-loop-penthouse-apartments-available/37441/ http://yochicago.com/south-loop-penthouse-apartments-available/37441/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:07:42 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37441

    There’s a special feeling that comes with living in a penthouse apartment and having no one living above you. That special feeling is enhanced by the perks that often come with penthouse living. The desire to live in a special way results in penthouse apartments turning over infrequently and renting quickly when they do.

    A 1-bedroom and two 2-bedroom penthouse apartments are currently available for immediate occupancy at The LEX, a 35-story luxury tower at 2138 S Indiana Ave in the South Loop.

    One of the two-bedroom plans includes a den and a master suite with an extra-large walk-in closet. The open-plan kitchen / dining / living area has two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and opens to a rambling wraparound terrace with spectacular views.

    Renters who apply for one of the two-bedrooms within 24 hours of their first showing will receive their second month’s rent free.

    The LEX is a full-amenity, high-service community located steps from McCormick Place and close to Mercy Hospital. The LEX has convenient access to shopping, transportation, dining and nightlife.

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    This 3-bedroom Ravenswood short sale is the deal of the year http://yochicago.com/this-3-bedroom-ravenswood-short-sale-is-the-deal-of-the-year/37443/ http://yochicago.com/this-3-bedroom-ravenswood-short-sale-is-the-deal-of-the-year/37443/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:05:00 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=37443

    The 3-bedroom, 2-bath duplex at 1949 W Foster Ave in Ravenswood has all of a buyer’s wish-list items: a recent renovation with a separate family room, a ton of space and light, central air, in-unit laundry room, hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and parking included in a great neighborhood steps from Winnemac Park.

    See why Eric Rojas of Kale Realty, your tour guide in the video, calls this short sale “the deal of the year” at a list price of $299,900.

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