YoChicago http://yochicago.com Real estate news, video, guides, blog | homes, apartments, neighborhoods | Chicago & suburbs Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:31:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.2 A mini-tour of the new Scott Residences in Old Town http://yochicago.com/a-mini-tour-of-the-new-scott-residences-in-old-town/36601/ http://yochicago.com/a-mini-tour-of-the-new-scott-residences-in-old-town/36601/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:07:40 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36601

It’s been just over 3 weeks since my last visit to The Scott Residences, a new 71-unit apartment building at the corner of Scott and Wells in Old Town.

There’s been a great deal of progress during that time period, beginning with the opening of the on-site Starbucks. Signage indicates that Massage Envy will be opening in November.

The lobby is complete, and there’s an adjacent “villa room” with a billiards table and TV. The lobby and villa room create a club-like ambiance. The 6th-floor fitness room, resident lounge, sundeck and other amenities are several weeks away from completion.

The building is one-third leased in just over a month. The model that I visited, an 855 square foot one-bedroom that rents from $2,713 a month, has been one of the most popular according to a leasing agent. Floor plans are available online.

The apartment has high ceilings, plank flooring that extends throughout, a full-size stackable washer / dryer with extra space in the appliance closet, and individual heating and air-conditioning units with exposed ductwork for a loft aesthetic. There’s a coat closet at the entry, and a very useful desk nook for an in-home office area.

The kitchen has ample cabinets, including a pantry, and good counter space. Kitchen designers have been noting a trend away from stainless steel, and the appliance package here is finished in black.

The bedroom has enough space for large furniture.

The oversized bath has a large vanity and a tile tub surround that extends to the ceiling. The bath opens from the entry hall and from the bedroom via a spacious walk-through closet.

The Scott Residences has convertible, 1, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. An on-site leasing office is now open seven days a week. Lease-up incentives vary, so inquire at the leasing office.

Note: Scott Residences is a YoChicago advertiser.

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Streeterville high-rise with new name, website gets another new name, website http://yochicago.com/streeterville-high-rise-with-new-name-website-gets-another-new-name-website/36605/ http://yochicago.com/streeterville-high-rise-with-new-name-website-gets-another-new-name-website/36605/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:06:18 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36605

Three months ago to the day we reported that the new Streeterville high-rise apartment tower that had been widely referred to as 435 North Park Drive had taken on a new identity, Revel, and launched a new website.

The building, in a move that we suspect was attorney-driven, has yet another name and website: North Water. We’re guessing the current name may have been more thoroughly vetted with regard to existing trademarks.

Site signage has been quickly conformed to the new identity, and suggests pre-leasing will begin in December.

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The tower crane at Eight O Five is poised to jump http://yochicago.com/the-tower-crane-at-eight-o-five-is-poised-to-jump/36610/ http://yochicago.com/the-tower-crane-at-eight-o-five-is-poised-to-jump/36610/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:05:14 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36610

Eight O Five, the new apartment tower under construction at 805 N LaSalle, had climbed to the 20th floor yesterday, on its way to topping out at 35 stories.

Before the building can climb much higher, additional sections will need to be added to the tower crane in a process that’s known as a “jump.”

In a jump, the “jacking crane” that frames part of the tower crane lifts the crane’s cab and jibs about twenty feet, opening a hole for the addition of another section to the crane. It’s a feat of technological wizardry, precision skills and ironworker muscle.

Marie Spear, one of the crane operators at the new K2 apartment tower, describes the process in the following video.

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Video – a tour of Bucktown’s Holstein Park neighborhood http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-a-tour-of-bucktowns-holstein-park-neighborhood/36597/ http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-a-tour-of-bucktowns-holstein-park-neighborhood/36597/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:08:26 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36597

The Holstein Park neighborhood in Bucktown is bordered on the east by Damen Ave (2000 W) and the Kennedy Expressway, on the south by Armitage Ave (2000 N), on the north by Fullerton Ave (2400 N) and on the west by Western Ave (2400 W).

Holstein Park is the center of community activity. It boasts a large outdoor pool, playgrounds, ball fields and a field house. A tranquil seniors park is across the street.

Join YoChicago and Sergio & BanksMelissa Govedarica for a drive around the neighborhood, and an insider’s look at some of the new homes, condos and retail development that are underway.

Note: Sergio & Banks is a YoChicago advertiser.

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Aviation Lofts, 1340 S Michigan Ave, South Loop http://yochicago.com/aviation-lofts-1340-s-michigan-ave-south-loop/36570/ http://yochicago.com/aviation-lofts-1340-s-michigan-ave-south-loop/36570/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:06:37 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36570

Aviation Lofts is a 7-story, 49-unit apartment building in the South Loop. A Giordano’s restaurant occupies the ground-level retail space.

The Neoclassical-style building was built in 1922 for the Interior Furniture Company and served as both a showroom and a warehouse. During later years it was the home of the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical University, hence its current name, and Cook County’s Domestic Violence Courthouse. The building’s distinctive terra cotta façade and its rich history landed it a slot on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building was converted to luxury loft apartments in 2014.

The lofts

Aviation Lofts offers seven different one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den and two-bedroom floor plans. Floor plans are available online. As of late September 2014 one-bedrooms rented from $1,700 and two-bedrooms from $2,400.

All of the apartments have individual heating and air-conditioning, wide plank flooring throughout, 12-foot ceiling heights, ample closet space and in-unit washer / dryers. Six of the seven plans have a balcony. Vertical sound transmission is minimized by deep concrete floors, a remnant of the building’s history as a warehouse.

Kitchens include gas ranges, 42-inch cabinets, quartz counter tops, custom tile backsplashes and a stainless appliance package. The oversized baths have large vanities, and the master bath in two-bedroom plans has a dual-bowl vanity.

The bedrooms in several of the plans have borrowed light and no windows.

Views. Almost all of the units at Aviation Lofts have good panoramic views to the north.

Amenities, services, policies

Aviation Lofts has limited common-area amenities.

Aviation Lofts has a stylish entrance lobby and elevator lobby.

The building is cat-friendly, but does not allow dogs. Parking is available in an on-site garage.

The location

Aviation Lofts has an attractive South Loop location a block-and-a-half from the south end of Grant Park.

The location affords residents quick access to shopping, dining, the Museum Campus, the Loop, McCormick Place and a number of local universities.

Shopping. Residents at Aviation Lofts have good access to grocery shopping.

For convenience shopping and specialty items, there’s a GoGrocer at the north end of the block.

Trader Joe’s and Jewel-Osco are a short walk from Aviation Lofts on Roosevelt Rd at Wabash.

Target and Whole Foods are a bit further west along Roosevelt Rd, and a new Mariano’s recently opened on Clark St a few blocks southwest. There are full-service pharmacies in the Jewel and Target, and a Walgreens is two short blocks west on Roosevelt Rd.

The South Loop has long had a rap as being under-retailed, but that’s changing as the Shops at Roosevelt Collection fills its space. There’s also a large and growing cluster of big-box shops just west of the river along Roosevelt Rd, and State Street shops and Magnificent Mile shops are a few minutes’ away.

Dining, nightlife.
There are scores of dining and nightlife options within a few blocks’ walk of Aviation Lofts, and their number is growing.

There’s a popular Giordano’s in the ground-level retail space at Aviation Lofts.

Long-time local favorites Gioco and Zapatista are across the street from each other on Wabash Ave, just over a block from the building.

Breakfast options are abundant, but you can expect a weekend wait at the nearby Waffles, Bongo Room, Eleven City Diner and Yolk. Head a block east to the friendly Little Branch Café and avoid the crowds.

Sandwich lovers are a few minutes’ walk – or less – from Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s, Potbelly and Five Guys.

Square One is a few doors south of Aviation Lofts.

Blues lovers can head a few blocks north to Buddy Guy’s Legends. Sports enthusiasts can grab a donut and wash it down with a brew at Wabash Tap, a neighborhood hangout.

The Showplace Icon theaters at Roosevelt Collection is one of the few first-run movie venues in downtown Chicago. The lounge bar gets busy in the evening and has food available.

Parks, recreation. Aviation Lofts has Grant Park just over a block away.

Spanning nearly half a square mile, the 319-acre park accommodates a wide range of active recreational pursuits and spots for quiet contemplation.

Millennium Park, at the North end of Grant Park, is one of the most exciting and architecturally interesting public spaces in the country. Residents of Aviation Lofts will pass the Art Institute on the way to Millennium Park.

Northerly Island’s 12th Street Beach is a short bike ride from Aviation Lofts.

Transportation. Public transportation from the location is excellent.

The CTA’s Roosevelt Road station has Red, Green and Orange Line stops for easy access to north, south and west side locations and to Midway Airport.

A wide variety of CTA bus routes criss-cross the area, with stops near the building.

Taxi service is near-instantaneous at the front door. Zipcars and DIVVY bikes are available nearby.

I-90/94 and I-290 can generally be reached within a few minutes.

The competition

Aviation Lofts’ most direct loft competitor is likely to be the The Regal.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby loft condo buildings.

You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of downtown apartments.

Aviation Lofts in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Old courthouse will be renovated
  • Chicago’s seven most threatened buildings, 2006 (pdf)
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    The Fairbanks, 240 E Illinois St, Streeterville http://yochicago.com/the-fairbanks-240-e-illinois-st-streeterville/36588/ http://yochicago.com/the-fairbanks-240-e-illinois-st-streeterville/36588/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:05:55 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36588

    The Fairbanks at Cityfront Plaza is a 31-story condominium at 240 E Illinois St in Streeterville.

    The building has 42 loft units at its base and 239 units in the tower portion. The ground-level retail space, which had been a Dominick’s, will re-open in January of 2015 as a Whole Foods.

    The loft portion of the building was the podium for a Hilton Suites Hotel that was never completed. The Fairbanks began construction in 2005 as the first of three planned towers at Cityfront Plaza. The building was completed in 2008. The sites for the remaining towers were sold to architect / developer David Hovey who built Optima Center on the western site and plans apartments on the site adjacent to The Fairbanks.

    Centrum Properties was the developer of The Fairbanks and DeStefano + Partners was the architecture firm.

    The apartments

    The Fairbanks has a mix of one-bedrooms with a bath-and-a-half, and 2-bedrooms with either two or two-and-a-half baths. The units are larger than average and have generously-sized rooms.

    As of late September 2014, 1-bedrooms were listed for sale in the high $400s to low $500s, and 2-bedrooms from the low $500s to the mid-$800s.

    All of the apartments have gas cooking, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and in-unit washer / dryers. A number of the units have private balconies and terraces.

    Since the units are individually owned, finishes vary widely but are typically higher-end.

    Views. The Fairbanks has good views in every direction.

    The southwest view, above, was taken from a 30th floor balcony.

    Amenities, services, policies

    The Fairbanks has an extensive suite of amenities on a landscaped deck above the podium.

    The sundeck has open vistas to the south, east and west, affording direct sunlight throughout the day. There’s a small pool, landscaped seating areas, gas grills and a dog area.

    The Fairbanks has a nicely-equipped fitness room with an adjacent steam room and a yoga / Pilates room.

    The building has a party room with a pool table and kitchen. There’s also a media room with theater seating and a big screen, and a business center with computers and a conference room. Separate bicycle storage is available on the first level of the parking garage.

    The Fairbanks has on-site professional management by Draper and Kramer, an on-site engineer, and 24/7 door staff.

    Finances, litigation. Information about the building’s financial condition is unavailable at this time. As of late September, 2014 a search of the Clerk of Circuit Court‘s electronic docket revealed no non-routine litigation pending on behalf of or against the association.

    Leasing. Owners are permitted to lease their units. Information about rental caps and policies is unavailable at this time.

    Rules & Regulations. A copy of the building’s Rules & Regulations and governing documents is unavailable online.

    Parking. Deeded garage parking is available on-site.

    Pets. The building is pet-friendly, subject to limits, and has a dog area on the sundeck.

    The location

    Illinois is a multi-level street at The Fairbanks. The building’s lobby is at the upper level and garage access is on the lower level. The upper level of Illinois St provides pedestrian access to Michigan Avenue while the lower level accommodates through traffic headed for Navy Pier and the lakefront.

    Shopping. Whole Foods grocery is opening in the building in January 2015. Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a few blocks northeast.

    A Walgreens Pharmacy is a short walk east of The Fairbanks.

    Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops begin three blocks west of the building.

    Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
    The building’s near-Michigan Ave location has good proximity to the River North‘s dense restaurant scene.

    There are literally 100s of dining and nightlife options within blocks of The Fairbanks. Yolk, Flour & Stone and D4 are just east of the building.

    If you’re a bowling or movie buff you can loft a few over the lanes at Lucky Strike then head downstairs to catch a movie at AMC River East, just east of The Fairbanks.

    Parks, recreation. The Fairbanks has decent park access. It’s three blocks west of Navy Pier, Jane Addams Memorial Park, Ohio Street Beach and the Lakefront Trail.

    There is a tree-lined plaza with benches directly across Illinois from the building.

    Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is half a dozen short blocks north.

    Transportation. Access to CTA and Metra train lines is inconvenient from The Fairbanks. CTA bus service, via multiple routes, is excellent along Michigan Ave and lower Illinois (one-way East-bound) and Grand Ave (one-way West-bound). Many residents at The Fairbanks are likely to opt for cabs as their preferred mode of public transit, and cabs are always plentiful.

    Zipcar and DIVVY bike locations are nearby.

    The Fairbanks has convenient access to and from Lake Shore Drive. Reaching I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can often be time-consuming. Expect near-gridlock conditions when there’s a major event in the neighborhood.

    Chicago Water Taxi offers seasonal commuter service between Michigan Avenue and Madison Street, affording The Fairbanks residents a pleasant, low-cost way to reach the West Loop and the Willis Tower.

    The Fairbanks in the news

    More recent items are listed first.

  • Centrum closing out at The Fairbanks
  • Fairbanks starts with big base of sales
  • Developer scraps Streeterville condo project, sells site
  • Lehman sells interest in Streeterville development
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    625 W Division Apartments, Near North Side http://yochicago.com/625-w-division-apartments-near-north-side/36580/ http://yochicago.com/625-w-division-apartments-near-north-side/36580/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:03:22 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36580

    625 W Division is a 16-story, 240-unit apartment tower that is under construction on the Near North Side. Occupancy is slated for mid-2015.

    Portland, OR-based Gerding Edlen is the developer and Lend Lease is the general contractor.

    The apartments

    Information about the unit mix and apartment finishes is not yet publicly available.

    Views. The location affords sweeping, uninterrupted, dramatic views of the Chicago skyline to the north, east and south.

    Amenities, services, policies

    The amenities package has not been formally announced.

    The location

    The developer’s website touts the location as being in the “emerging SoNo / Clybourn Corridor neighborhood.” The Clybourn Corridor is a cluster of big-box retail more than a half-mile to the northwest, and SoNo is merely a condo / apartment complex, also more than half a mile northwest.

    The location offers most renters the fewest advantages of any of the new Near North Side apartment towers. It’s not a pedestrian-friendly location, unless you work at the 18th District Police station, which is next door to the building. The New City development, a half-mile northwest, will add somewhat to the location’s appeal when it’s complete.

    Shopping. A new Target is directly across the street from 625 W Division.

    The new Plum Market is a half-mile east, just north of Division on Wells St in the 1225 Old Town building.

    Whole Foods is three-quarters of a mile northwest of the building. The store spans 75,000 square feet and was the third-largest Whole Foods in the world when it opened in 2009. The Mariano’s slated for New City will be larger than the Whole Foods, and will be more accessible to residents of 625 W Division.

    Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Residents at 625 W Division will have a hike to dining and drinking establishments. There’s nothing within a few blocks of the building.

    Panera and Starbucks are in a strip center about a 6-minute walk east of the building. The start of the Wells Street strip of restaurants and bars in Old Town is about a 10-minute walk.

    Parks, recreation. Stanton Park, a short block north of the building, has a field house with an indoor pool, a gym and two club meeting rooms. The 6 1/2-acre park also has baseball fields, a football / soccer field and basketball courts.

    Seward Park, which has softball / soccer fields, outdoor basketball courts and a field house with two gyms and a boxing ring, is a few blocks east of the building.

    Transportation. Public transportation is poor, apart from the #70 Division bus, which connects to the CTA Red Line and Blue Line stops on Division.

    The #8 Halsted bus route travels into the nearby River West, Fulton River District and West Loop neighborhoods.

    625 W Division has relatively close access to I-90/94 via Division St. At peak hours, however, travel can be tediously slow. The Division St bridge is temporarily closed but a temporary bridge is slated to open in mid-October 2014.

    Zipcar locations, DIVVY bike stations and taxi service are not as readily available as they are in more established neighborhoods further east.

    The competition

    625 W Division’s most direct competitors among the newer buildings, all of which have far stronger locations, are 1225 Old Town, Scott Residences, New City and SoNo East.

    You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

    625 W Division in the news

    More recent items are listed first.

  • Demolition complete at Division Street apartment site
  • After fall of Cabrini, 240 apartments rising across the street
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    Video tour – New West Loop luxury apartments at Circa 922 http://yochicago.com/video-tour-new-west-loop-luxury-apartments-at-circa-922/36554/ http://yochicago.com/video-tour-new-west-loop-luxury-apartments-at-circa-922/36554/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:07:17 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36554

    Circa 922, a new boutique apartment building, will be ready for occupancy in January of 2015 at 922 W Washington. A leasing office is currently open at 123 N Sangamon, an adjacent loft building that will share amenities with Circa 922.

    Circa 922 has a terrific West Loop location, steps from a park, dining, nightlife, public transportation, and with quick access to I-90/94 and I-290.

    Circa 922 will be a pet-friendly, full-amenity building with a pool, resident lounge, fitness center and a rooftop deck with spectacular skyline views.

    The apartments will have in-unit washer / dryers, open-plan kitchens with quartz counters, large islands and pendant lighting, and private outdoor space.

    Join YoChicago in the video for a first look at the views and a brief tour of the location.

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    Up to 3 months free rent at new Lakeview East high-rise http://yochicago.com/up-to-3-months-free-rent-at-new-lakeview-east-high-rise/36564/ http://yochicago.com/up-to-3-months-free-rent-at-new-lakeview-east-high-rise/36564/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:05:22 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36564

    Halsted Flats, the new luxury apartment tower in Lakeview, is nearing full occupancy after opening this past spring. Winter is also approaching, and that translates into fewer renters in the market, and great deals for those fortunate few.

    Halsted Flats is offering up to three months’ free rent for 15- to 18-month leases on select apartments. Floor plans and near real-time pricing and availability info can be accessed online. Consult the leasing office for details on qualifying for the free rent offer.

    All of the apartments have plank flooring in living areas, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer / dryers, oversized baths, and kitchens with quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Select units have balconies.

    Halsted Flats is a pet-friendly, steps-to-everything, full-amenity building with on-site management and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff. Parking is available on-site.

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    Craft beer and condos in the South Loop http://yochicago.com/craft-beer-and-condos-in-the-south-loop/36560/ http://yochicago.com/craft-beer-and-condos-in-the-south-loop/36560/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:04:45 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36560

    If you want to indulge your craving for craft beer close to home, check out the new condos at 1345 Wabash in the South Loop.

    There are dozens of bars and restaurants serving up local beers within a short walk of 1345 Wabash, but several are standouts in the suds department.

    The Scout Waterhouse is on the corner and the new Vice District Brewing Co is a block south on Michigan Ave. A little further south on Michigan, Kroll’s touts its 99 beer choices. On the way there you’ll pass the South Loop Market and just might marvel at the array of beers you’ll find there.

    The walk-in beer cooler at Mariano’s has a good selection and there’s a Binny’s just past Whole Foods.

    When you settle in to your stylish new home at 1345 Wabash your short commute will give you time to explore many more local venues where you can quaff your thirst.

    1345 Wabash is the first new-construction condominium in the South Loop in years. One-bedroom condos are pre-completion priced from $219,900 and two-bedrooms from $289,900. Floor plans, detailed specifications and more information can be found at the 1345 Wabash website. The cost of owning a one- or two-bedroom at 1345 Wabash compares favorably with renting a comparable unit.

    A sales and design center is open at 1620 S Michigan Ave.

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    A YoChicago special – Gold Coast 3-bedroom apartments http://yochicago.com/a-yochicago-special-%e2%80%93-gold-coast-3-bedroom-apartments/36556/ http://yochicago.com/a-yochicago-special-%e2%80%93-gold-coast-3-bedroom-apartments/36556/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:02:17 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36556

    Planned Property currently has several scarce 3-bedrooms available at 1111 North Dearborn in the Gold Coast.

    The homes have space-expanding bay windows that flood them with light and are attractively priced from $3,400. Availability is immediate.

    Active roommates are attracted to the location for its proximity to the nearby bar, restaurant and nightlife scenes. The big draw for families is that 1111 is within the Ogden International School attendance boundaries and close to parks, beaches and grocery shopping. Everyone loves the rooftop pool, the highest in a Gold Coast apartment building.

    The deal: A month’s free rent if you ;mention YoChicago when you visit.

    Book your appointment online and receive a credit toward your first month’s rent.

    Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in prime Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview East locations.

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    Somerset Place – is Uptown ready for upscale rentals? http://yochicago.com/somerset-place-is-uptown-ready-for-upscale-rentals/36545/ http://yochicago.com/somerset-place-is-uptown-ready-for-upscale-rentals/36545/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:07:29 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36545

    It’s been 10 years since I’ve been in Somerset Place, 5009 N Sheridan Rd in the Margate Park neighborhood in Uptown. At the time it was a place where you didn’t want to linger.

    It’s been over six years since I stopped by and took the above shots. I pass through the area periodically, but haven’t seen anything that drew me out of the car. The last time I visited the neighborhood, several months ago, police with drawn guns were in the middle of Sheridan just north of Argyle preparing to chat up some teenagers.

    DNAinfo is reporting that the makeover of Somerset Place into upscale apartments is nearly complete. The building will have extensive common-area amenities and an unusually high level of interior finishes for the neighborhood. Occupancy is slated to begin early next month.

    Studios in the building will rent from $1,200 to $1,399, one-bedrooms from $1,350 to $2,150, and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments from $1,939 to $2,400. Utilities are individually controlled and not included in the rent.

    My guess is that it’s going to take a hard sell on the part of the rental services to renters who don’t have a grip on what they can find in more attractive areas further south for comparable rents. Am I missing something, or is this part of Uptown ready for upscale rents?

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    New Roscoe Village condos sell out before completion http://yochicago.com/new-roscoe-village-condos-sell-out-before-completion/36548/ http://yochicago.com/new-roscoe-village-condos-sell-out-before-completion/36548/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:06:42 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36548

    Three condos are nearing completion at 1908 W Belmont Ave in Roscoe Village, but they were sold months ago.

    Dolyva Development builds homes with a mix of modern and traditional elements that buyers find appealing. White kitchens with large islands and granite counters are a sharp contrast to dark-stained hardwood floors. One of the developer’s signature features is an oversized shower in the spacious master bath.

    The Roscoe Village homes included private outdoor space and garage parking. List prices for the 3-and 4-bedroom homes ranged from the $420s to the $590s.

    Dolyva Development has a new 3-unit building under construction across the street at 1905 W Belmont.

    Brian Morand of Sergio & Banks is your host in the video.

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    Today’s deal – a month free on a Streeterville studio http://yochicago.com/todays-deal-%e2%80%93-a-month-free-on-a-streeterville-studio/36552/ http://yochicago.com/todays-deal-%e2%80%93-a-month-free-on-a-streeterville-studio/36552/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:04:43 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36552

    Streeter Place has a good selection of studio apartments available for immediate to late-November occupancy.

    The apartments have gorgeous lake views, a large walk-in closet, an in-unit washer / dryer and the popular open-kitchen plan. Dog-friendly units are available.

    Streeter Place is a full-amenity, full-service building with on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff. Studios rent from $1,746 to $2,031, convertibles from $1,774 to $2,009, 1-bedrooms from $2,016 to $3,028, 1-bedroom plus den apartments at $2,598, 2-bedroom, 2-baths from $2,853 to $3,536 and 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartments from $5,446.

    The deal: Renters who apply for a 13-month lease within 48 hours of their initial visit receive a month’s free rent on studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments.

    Streeter Place has an enviable location in Streeterville, close to parks, shopping, dining and nightlife, and steps from the 18-mile lakefront trail.

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    Chicago-area home sales down 12.9% in August http://yochicago.com/chicago-area-home-sales-down-12-9-in-august/36550/ http://yochicago.com/chicago-area-home-sales-down-12-9-in-august/36550/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:02:20 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36550

    The following arrived via a news release from Redfin:

    This past August, typically one of the hottest selling months of the year, the number of newly listed homes dropped 9.3% nationally (month over month), while the median sale price dipped 1.4% (MoM). Usually lower inventory serves as a driver of higher prices, making August 2014 one of the strangest months in recent memory.

    So what’s going on? As we report in Redfin’s latest Real Time Housing Market Tracker, our take is that the seemingly incongruous August numbers reflect the mindsets of buyers and sellers. Buyers want to buy, but they’re patient, and more careful not to overpay. At the same time, sellers are adjusting to having less power, which seems to have put a damper on some listing their homes.

    Dovetailing with the national trends, Chicagoland shows a marked decrease is the number of homes sold in August – the number of total sales dropped by 12.9% as compared to August 2013. And this was in the face of an incredible increase in the number of Chicagoland homes for sale – up a whopping 25.7% as compared to last year.

    Which means that Chicago buyers are being picky, even as prices are relatively steady. And sellers are starting to catch on: month over month, the number of new listings in Chicagoland dropped by 9.1% in August, consistent with the national numbers.

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    Is demolition near at Lincoln, Belmont and Ashland? http://yochicago.com/is-demolition-near-at-lincoln-belmont-and-ashland/36538/ http://yochicago.com/is-demolition-near-at-lincoln-belmont-and-ashland/36538/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:07:55 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36538

    Six weeks ago Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that the “Target site” in Lakeview had been sold to Novak Construction in “a possible first step toward redevelopment…”

    A second step appears imminent. There’s construction fencing at the north end of the site and signage from a demolition company.

    We first reported on plans for development of this prominent site into retail and lofts back in February of 2007.

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    K2 Apartments awarded LEED Silver Certification http://yochicago.com/k2-apartments-awarded-leed-silver-certification/36535/ http://yochicago.com/k2-apartments-awarded-leed-silver-certification/36535/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:05:57 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36535

    Chicago-based Fifield Companies and national developer Wood Partners have announced that K2, the partnership’s 496-unit luxury rental tower at 365 Halsted St. in Chicago’s Fulton River District, has been awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

    To achieve the prestigious LEED designation, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, K2 applied for 58 possible points in the USGCB’s rating system and achieved every one. Project highlights included: brownfield redevelopment, alternative transportation-public transportation access, water use reduction, using recycled and regional materials for construction, development density and community connectivity, among many others.

    “Fifield Companies has made a concentrated effort to develop environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient buildings with all of our new construction projects,” said Steve Fifield, chairman and CEO of Fifield Cos. “We find that it makes sense on all levels. It’s the right thing to do for the environment and it makes sound business strategy. Today’s renters and corporate tenants want to reside and work in energy-efficient buildings. They want to be as green as possible and live a more sustainable lifestyle. We are helping them achieve that.”

    Fifield has previous experience with large-scale LEED projects as the firm achieved LEED Gold status in 2011 for K2’s neighboring project, Alta at K Station. At the time, the 848-unit, two-tower luxury rental building at 555 W. Kinzie St. became the largest LEED Gold certified apartment project in the country.

    “The practices and innovations we started at Alta we wanted to carry over to new projects,” said Fifield. “It allowed us to look at developments and designs in a different light and we challenged ourselves to come up with engaging ideas to promote environmental best practices. At K2, we installed electric car charging stations for our residents’ convenience and we included a storage area for up to 200 bikes that opens directly to designated biking lanes on Kinzie Street, promoting alternative and less energy-intensive forms of transportation. Both innovations have been a hit with our residents.”

    K2 opened in March of 2013 and is currently 93 percent leased.

    Residences at K2 include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Interiors feature luxury finishes such as nine-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, blue tooth amplifiers with in-wall speakers, plank flooring and Grohe fixtures. Rents range from $1,650 for a studio to $6,500 for a three-bedroom, three-bath penthouse.

    Building amenities at K2 include a state-of-the-art exercise facility complete with men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms, showers, and lockers; a basketball court/yoga studio; a screening room with the largest screen for a Chicago apartment building at 185-inches; and a business center with 10 computer stations and an AV/TV-equipped separate boardroom for residents’ business needs.

    At the center of K2’s outdoor gathering area is a 70-foot lap pool with four full-sized swimming lanes. The pool deck features four WiFi wired cabanas, including two that can be completely enclosed for outdoor massages. The outdoor lounge area comes with a gas fire pit and direct access to both interior party rooms and lounge areas. K2 also provides a half-acre fenced-in dog park, complete with hills and a dog washing station as well as a bike kitchen and air pump in the garage. Every conceivable amenity and service has been imagined and brought to this serene property, said Fifield.

    “The market continues to favor luxury rental developments and we have been fortunate to initiate new projects in under-served areas of Chicago,” said Patrick Trask, partner at Wood Partners.

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    Lexington Oaks townhomes in Palatine are all about convenience http://yochicago.com/lexington-oaks-townhomes-in-palatine-are-all-about-convenience/36541/ http://yochicago.com/lexington-oaks-townhomes-in-palatine-are-all-about-convenience/36541/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:02:08 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36541

    Lexington Oaks is a boutique development of fifteen new townhomes in three 5-unit buildings, pre-completion base-priced from $336,990.

    There are two home styles to choose from, both with 3-bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. One of the plans features a master suite on the first floor and two bedrooms and a loft on the second. The other plan has three bedrooms upstairs. Both styles include a full basement, an attached 2-car garage and the innovative touches that have been the hallmark of Lexington Homes throughout its 40-years of building in Chicagoland.

    Lexington oaks is conveniently near downtown Palatine, and less than a mile from the Palatine Metra station.

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

    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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    Reasonably-priced luxury 2-bedrooms in the Fulton River District http://yochicago.com/reasonably-priced-luxury-2-bedrooms-in-the-fulton-river-district/36543/ http://yochicago.com/reasonably-priced-luxury-2-bedrooms-in-the-fulton-river-district/36543/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:01:44 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36543

    If you’ve experienced sticker shock at the rent for luxury 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments in a newer high-rise, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you visit Echelon at K Station.

    The full-amenity, high-service Fulton River District apartment tower has an adjacent park, a Jewel-Osco across the street, and spectacular views of the city skyline. The location affords walk-to access to West Loop, River North and Fulton River District dining and nightlife.

    Available two-bedroom, 2-bath apartments currently rent from $2,666 and include in-home washer / dryers, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.

    Echelon is a boutique building with on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff, and 24-hour door staff. Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online.

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    What do rental service agents really earn at Live Here Chicago? http://yochicago.com/what-do-rental-service-agents-really-earn-at-live-here-chicago/36529/ http://yochicago.com/what-do-rental-service-agents-really-earn-at-live-here-chicago/36529/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:07:06 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36529

    We’ve previously written about fraudulent reviews of Live Here Chicago, one of the rental services on our do-not-call list. We’ve also called attention to a former agent at the firm trashing the firm on Yelp. Another former agent has been writing at Google Plus and on the firm’s Facebook page about having been paid to write false reviews.

    We’ve also singled out the firm as one of the 10 most prolific Craigslist apartment ad spammers. A recent comment on that post linked to the above recruiting ad for the firm at Craigslist, and expressed skepticism about a six-figure income claim in the ad.

    We sampled dozens of Live Here Chicago apartment ads at Craigslist and identified eight individual agents. All of the agents were rookies, some so new that they aren’t yet in the IDFPR licensing database. We couldn’t find an agent roster at the firm’s website to try to reach out to more experienced agents (if any exist) at the firm. An agent roster is a feature you’ll find at virtually every legitimate brokerage firm.

    In the meantime, we’re deeply skeptical about the firm’s income claims. One claim early in the ad is, on its face, laughably untrue with regard to rental services: “Our agents enjoy working in an area of real estate that offers a steady income throughout the year.”

    I’m at a complete loss to understand how anyone who researches this firm would consider working with or for it.

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    Video – A rare Frank Lloyd Wright rowhouse in The Gap http://yochicago.com/video-a-rare-frank-lloyd-wright-rowhouse-in-the-gap/36519/ http://yochicago.com/video-a-rare-frank-lloyd-wright-rowhouse-in-the-gap/36519/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:06:46 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36519

    The Roloson Houses in the 3200 block of South Calumet are a Chicago Landmark, in part because they’re the only rowhouses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

    The exterior of 3215 S Calumet Ave is nearly pristine Wright, and the interior has been completely made over in a still that respects its original layout and Wright’s aesthetic.

    The 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath, 4,500 square foot home is “a lot of home for the money,” according to listing agent Nadine Ferrata of Coldwell Banker. The home was recently listed for sale at $595,000.

    Join Nadine and Tim, one of the owners, for a tour in the video.

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    Video – A luxurious Old Town single-family on a tree-lined street http://yochicago.com/video-a-luxurious-old-town-single-family-on-a-tree-lined-street/36516/ http://yochicago.com/video-a-luxurious-old-town-single-family-on-a-tree-lined-street/36516/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:04:06 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36516

    The luxurious home at 1442 N Wieland has many features that make it an unusual find in Old Town.

    The home has an attached 3-car garage with a heated driveway / snow-melt system, elevator access to all of its levels, outdoor living spaces on all levels, and uncommonly large bedrooms, four of which are en-suite.

    The home is listed for sale at $2,499,900 with Sergio & BanksMelissa Govedarica, your tour guide in the video.

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    An updated look at Wolf Point http://yochicago.com/an-updated-look-at-wolf-point/36525/ http://yochicago.com/an-updated-look-at-wolf-point/36525/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:07:53 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36525

    Construction on the 48-story, 510-unit apartment tower at Wolf Point began early this year. If it appears that the project is progressing slowly, the reason is the enormous amount of infrastructure work that needed to be complete before the tower could begin to rise.

    The first level of the apartment tower appears to be nearing completion, a marker that indicates the project will begin to rise more rapidly.

    You can see all of the new apartment projects that have been recently completed and are proposed or underway in downtown Chicago on our at-a-glance list.

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    Sleek new Noble Square condos from Noah Properties http://yochicago.com/sleek-new-noble-square-condos-from-noah-properties/36521/ http://yochicago.com/sleek-new-noble-square-condos-from-noah-properties/36521/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:05:54 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36521

    Two sleek contemporary condos from hot-selling Noah Properties are available at 1404 W Chicago Ave.

    The south-facing 2-bedroom, 2-bath units have good natural light, two balconies, garage parking. Noah Properties‘ distinctively-styled homes and all-inclusive approach to finishes have been popular with new home buyers.

    Unit 2 is priced at $429,900. Unit 3, which also has a private garage-top roofdeck, is priced at $449,900.

    The building is just west of the Ida Crown Natatorium at the 8-acre Eckhart Park in Noble Square. The Chicago Ave Blue Line stop is about an 8-minute walk to the east, and the #66 bus stops across the street.

    Note: The condos are listed with Brian Morand and Izabela Sloma of Sergio & Banks, a YoChicago advertiser.

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    Video – A River West townhome in a quiet, convenient location http://yochicago.com/video-a-river-west-townhome-in-a-quiet-convenient-location/36514/ http://yochicago.com/video-a-river-west-townhome-in-a-quiet-convenient-location/36514/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:04:09 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36514

    Just over a block from the vibrant intersection of Chicago Ave and Milwaukee Ave is a quiet oasis of townhomes flanking a large, open courtyard. That short distance takes you from a distinctively urban scene to a vision of suburban tranquility.

    The 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath townhome at 849 N May boasts hardwood floors, a stainless-steel and granite kitchen with an island, a 2-car attached garage and a roof deck with skyline views. The home is listed for sale at $549,900.

    The River West home has great access to the CTA Blue Line and to I-90/94.

    Tina Culver of Sergio & Banks is your tour guide in the video.

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    A surge in MLS-listed downtown rentals http://yochicago.com/a-surge-in-mls-listed-downtown-rentals/36496/ http://yochicago.com/a-surge-in-mls-listed-downtown-rentals/36496/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:07:45 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36496

    The number of homes and condos listed for rent in the 14 downtown ZIP Codes that we tracked rose 14% from 6 weeks ago, and 13% over the same time a year ago.

    The overall increases mask significant differences among the Zip Codes. While most remained relatively flat or declined, a number showed substantial increases in inventory.

    During the past 6 weeks MLS-listed rentals surged 27% in 60607, 40% in 60610, 28% in 60622, 25% in 60654 and 30% in 60661.

    On a year-over-year basis, the number of MLS-listed rentals increased 45% in 60607, 12% in 60610, 33% in 60622, 51% in 60654 and 30% in 60661.

    At the end of the summer rentals season it appears that more aggressive price discounting at new rental buildings is having an impact on MLS-listed homes and condos. The impact is most pronounced in the West Loop, near west and River North neighborhoods.

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    New one-bedrooms with balconies in a foodie’s paradise http://yochicago.com/new-one-bedrooms-with-balconies-in-a-foodies-paradise/36502/ http://yochicago.com/new-one-bedrooms-with-balconies-in-a-foodies-paradise/36502/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:05:33 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36502

    K2 a new luxury apartment tower in the Fulton River District, is a foodie’s paradise.

    K2′s gateway location affords its residents convenient access to the restaurant clusters in the West Loop, River North and River West, and the Fulton River District itself.

    Many of the local restaurants have delivery and take-out options, and Fooda vendors make frequent dinner-time appearances in K2′s lobby.

    Residents who prefer home-cooking on their gas range can cross the bridge that connects the building to Jewel-Osco, or venture a few blocks to Mariano’s, the French Market and the West Loop Farmers Market. Whole Foods will be opening early next year on Halsted, a few blocks south of K2. K2′s lavish pool deck has gas grills to satisfy fans of outdoor cooking.

    K2′s unique layout has six corner apartments, four of them one-bedrooms with balconies. Three of the tiers have units available, offering a choice of city skyline and north views. Rents for available units in these tiers start at $2,465 a month, before any concessions.

    K2 is a full-amenity, pet-friendly, high-service community with on-site management, leasing and maintenance staff, and 24/7 door staff.

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    Today’s apartment deal – large, dog-friendly Streeterville one-bedrooms http://yochicago.com/todays-apartment-deal-large-dog-friendly-streeterville-one-bedrooms/36505/ http://yochicago.com/todays-apartment-deal-large-dog-friendly-streeterville-one-bedrooms/36505/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:04:20 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36505

    The “I” tier one-bedrooms at Streeter Place boast expansive views over a nearby park toward the lake.

    The park is a popular gathering spot for dog owners.

    The “I” tier one-bedrooms span 846 square feet, nearly one-third more space than you’ll find in many area one-bedrooms. The apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-look or carpet flooring in living areas, an open-plan kitchen with gas range, and in-unit washer / dryers. Dog-friendly units are available on select floors.

    Rents for this floor plan range from $2,097 to $2,357. Studios in the building start at $1,653, convertibles at $2,057, one-bedrooms at $2,010, two-bedroom, 2-bath apartments at $2,692 and three-bedroom, 2-baths at $5,473.

    Renters who lease within 48 hours of their initial visit receive one month’s free rent on a 12-month lease or two months free on an 18-month lease.

    Streeter Place has a convenient location, steps from a park and a block from Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier. Popular restaurants Yolk and Flour & Stone are in the building, and D4 is across a landscaped plaza.

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

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    Deal of the week – 3 months free rent on new Lakeview apartments http://yochicago.com/deal-of-the-week-%e2%80%93-3-months-free-rent-on-new-lakeview-apartments/36491/ http://yochicago.com/deal-of-the-week-%e2%80%93-3-months-free-rent-on-new-lakeview-apartments/36491/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:08:48 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36491

    Halsted Flats, the new luxury apartment tower in Lakeview, is nearing full occupancy after opening this past spring. Winter is also approaching. That translates into fewer renters in the market, and great deals for those fortunate few.

    Halsted Flats is offering three months’ free rent for a 15- to 18-month lease on three floor plans: 1-bedrooms in the “21″ tier, and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments in the “02″ and “14″ tiers. Before incentives, the 1-bedrooms rent from $1,928 to $2,018 and the 2-bedrooms from $2,913 to $3,108.

    Other available apartments, including alcove studios, are eligible for two months’ free rent on a 12- to 14-month lease.

    To qualify for these deals, renters must move in within 30 days.

    All of the apartments have plank flooring in living areas, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer / dryers, oversized baths, and kitchens with quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Select units have balconies.

    Halsted Flats is a pet-friendly, steps-to-everything, full-amenity building with on-site management and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff. Parking is available on-site.

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    Unusual condo amenities – a private running track http://yochicago.com/unusual-condo-amenities-%e2%80%93-a-private-running-track/36479/ http://yochicago.com/unusual-condo-amenities-%e2%80%93-a-private-running-track/36479/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:07:06 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36479

    Newer downtown apartment buildings have vied to deliver elaborate amenities packages. Lavish landscaped pool decks with gas grills and fire pits, fitness centers, resident lounges, demonstration kitchens, business centers, theaters and more are common.

    We’ve identified three condo buildings that can boast an unusual amenity: a private running track.

    Domain, 900 N Kingsbury, has a quarter-mile rooftop track with spectacular city and skyline views.

    Grand Plaza, 540 N State St, has both apartment and condo towers and a track that’s shared by all the residents. There are several putting greens adjacent to the track.

    The condos at Aqua, 225 N Columbus Dr, are on the top floors of the building and share a running track with rental apartments and a hotel on the lower floors.

    Have we missed any Chicago buildings that have a private running track?

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    Circa 922, new apartments steps from the best of the West Loop http://yochicago.com/circa-922-new-apartments-steps-from-the-best-of-the-west-loop/36483/ http://yochicago.com/circa-922-new-apartments-steps-from-the-best-of-the-west-loop/36483/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:05:08 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36483

    Chicago’s West Loop ranges a mile-and-a-half from east to west, from the Chicago River to Ashland Ave (1600 W), and nearly a mile from Lake St (200 N) on the north to the Eisenhower Expressway on the south. In a neighborhood this large, some locations are far more convenient than others.

    The new Circa 922, 922 W Washington St, has an enviable location in the West Loop, steps from shopping, dining, nightlife, transportation and a popular park.

    Randolph Street’s restaurant row, a Chicagoland destination dining spot with dozens of foodie venues, is a short block north of Circa 922.

    Head in any direction from Circa 922 and you may be overwhelmed by the number and variety of local restaurants.

    Greektown is largely a tourist draw, but some of the restaurants are definitely worth a visit.

    Mariano’s is a few blocks away and Whole Foods will be opening early next year just two short blocks east of the building.

    Park space is scarce in the West Loop. Mary Bartelme Park, a popular spot for dog owners, is two short blocks south of Circa 922.

    Circa 922 will be a walk-to-work location for many residents, but there’s frequent bus service into the Loop a block south on Madison, and CTA service to the Loop and near-west suburbs a few minutes’ walk to the northwest. There’s a bike lane along Washington outside the building, and cabs are always plentiful in the area.

    Circa 922 is adjacent to and will share some facilities with an existing 7-story, 45-unit loft building at 123 N Sangamon. Circa 922′s amenities will include a swimming pool and sun terrace, fitness center, cyber café, coffee bar, rooftop lounge and heated parking garage.

    Apartments at Circa 922 will feature plank flooring in living areas, and kitchens with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and subway tile backsplashes. The apartments will have private balconies, ceiling fans, and in-home washers and dryer.

    Floor plans and rent information can be accessed at Circa 922′s website, which is a work in progress.

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    Affordable South Loop condos with designer finishes http://yochicago.com/affordable-south-loop-condos-with-designer-finishes/36489/ http://yochicago.com/affordable-south-loop-condos-with-designer-finishes/36489/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:04:28 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36489

    CMK has developed a following among buyers who want to live in an architecturally distinctive building.

    At 1345 Wabash, CMK is setting a new standard for interior finishes, and attracting a style-conscious buyer who also wants a strong location and value pricing.

    1345′s finishes will include brands typically found in pricier homes:. Florense cabinetry, for example, is the standard at new Gold Coast condos priced up to $7 million. Duravit floating vanities, Grohe fixtures, TOTO toilets and TransCeramica architectural tile are some of the other premium brands that are standard at 1345 Wabash.

    1345 Wabash is the first new-construction condominium in the South Loop in years. One-bedroom condos are pre-completion priced from $219,900 and two-bedrooms from $289,900. Floor plans, detailed specifications and more information can be found at the 1345 Wabash website. The cost of owning a one- or two-bedroom at 1345 Wabash compares favorably with renting a comparable unit.

    A sales and design center is open at 1620 S Michigan Ave.

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    Video – new Gold Coast condo tower breaks ground http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-new-gold-coast-condo-tower-breaks-ground/36469/ http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-new-gold-coast-condo-tower-breaks-ground/36469/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:07:43 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36469

    Convexity Properties held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday for 4 East Elm, the first new condominium high-rise to begin construction on Chicago’s North Side in five years and the first in the Gold Coast since 2007. The development offers 35 half- and full-floor condominiums ranging in price from $2.2 million to $7.2 million.

    Sales began this past summer and nearly half of the building is under contract.

    The 27-story building at the northeast corner of State and Elm streets will feature three-bedroom, 3.5-bath floor plans ranging from just under 3,100 square feet to 3,515 square feet. Plans can also be combined, allowing for full-floor residences with more than 6,600 square feet of living space.

    Homeowners will also have access to a variety of amenities, including a landscaped sundeck, an outdoor pool and spa, clubhouse lounge with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV, movie screening room, fitness center, 24-hour door staff and private garage parking.

    4 East Elm is scheduled for completion early in 2016.

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    Video – 14 new Noah Properties homes in Logan Square http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-14-new-noah-properties-homes-in-logan-square/36471/ http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-14-new-noah-properties-homes-in-logan-square/36471/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:06:23 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36471

    A Logan Square block is about to be transformed by the construction of fourteen new single-family homes by hot-selling builder Noah Properties.

    The development, billed as the Artisan Collection, will have 12 homes fronting the 2600 block of tree-lined Medill St and 2 homes around the corner on Belden.

    The free-standing homes, pre-construction priced from the high $700s, will be across the street from a playground and park, and within a short walk of restaurants, shops and a CTA Blue line stop.

    Brian Morand and Melissa Govedarica of Sergio & Banks are your hosts in the video.

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    Video – Flexhouse2 in Logan Square nears sellout, launches new phase http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-flexhouse2-in-logan-square-nears-sellout-launches-new-phase/36473/ http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-flexhouse2-in-logan-square-nears-sellout-launches-new-phase/36473/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:04:38 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36473

    Ranquist Development has teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop Flexhouse2 in Logan Square. All but one of the rowhouses in the first two phases have been sold and Flexhouse2 has just launched its final phase of 16 homes.

    Flexhouse2 rowhouses are modest, efficient, urban, and cool — appealing to sustainable lifestyle choices.

    Rather than rigidly defined rooms and hallways, the Flexhouse flows, is more open and allows easy adaptation to a variety of uses and lifestyles. The Flexhouse offers further flexibility for the owner to customize their finish options to their personal tastes.

    In the end it is an extremely flexible model that brings semi-custom modern design to a new neighborhood at a price point that could previously not be afforded in Chicago.

    The 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes boast a 49-foot yard and a 2-car detached garage. The homes are pre-construction priced from the mid-$400s.

    Berkshire Hathaway’s Karen Ranquist and Danielle Dowell are your tour guides in the video.

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    Video – party time at Planned Property apartments http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-party-time-at-planned-property-apartments/36475/ http://yochicago.com/video-%e2%80%93-party-time-at-planned-property-apartments/36475/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:02:14 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36475

    Planned Property hosts a series of “resident appreciation events” throughout the year. They’re a great way for people to meet their neighbors while enjoying good food, drinks and a good time.

    Last Sunday’s event was a Bears viewing party at Dave & Buster’s, a short walk from four of Planned Property’s Gold Coast“>Gold Coast high-rises.

    Another resident party was held last week to kick off the opening of a new dog park at 632 W Addison in Lakeview East.

    Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in prime Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview East locations. Book an appointment online and receive a credit toward your first month’s rent.

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    Today’s apartment deal – a bargain-priced Streeterville 2-bedroom http://yochicago.com/todays-apartment-deal-%e2%80%93-a-bargain-priced-streeterville-2-bedroom/36465/ http://yochicago.com/todays-apartment-deal-%e2%80%93-a-bargain-priced-streeterville-2-bedroom/36465/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:38:51 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=36465

    Unit 401, a 1,226 square foot 2-bedroom, 2-bath at Streeter Place is available for October 18 rental for $2,692 a month on a12-month lease. The southwest corner unit has a similar layout to the model in the video tour, above.

    To sweeten the deal, renters who sign a lease within 48 hours of their initial visit will receive a month’s free rent on a 12-month lease or two months free on an 18-month lease. The discount brings the rent below the monthly cost of many Streeterville one-bedrooms.

    The apartment has the popular split-bedroom layout, a balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows and in-unit washer / dryer.

    Streeter Place has a convenient location, steps from a park and a block from Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier. Popular restaurants Yolk and Flour & Stone are in the building, and D4 is across a landscaped plaza.

    Streeter Place is a full-amenity, pet-friendly building.

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    How Al Friedman helped create River North http://yochicago.com/how-al-friedman-helped-create-river-north/36463/ http://yochicago.com/how-al-friedman-helped-create-river-north/36463/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:05:23 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36463

    The first night I ever spent in Chicago was in a fleabag hotel on Wells Street in the late-60s. The area now known as River North was then one of Chicago’s Skid Rows and my room was swarming with roaches.

    Business Week recently spotlighted River North’s transition into its current affluence and a destination for tech-oriented offices. The Business Week article quotes Al Friedman, who may have been the single most important individual in the neighborhood’s transformation, and who remains a major property owner in the area.

    If you watch YoChicago’s four-part interview with Al Friedman you can learn a great deal about how neighborhoods change. The second, third and fourth parts of the interview, which took place seven years ago, are below.

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    The reason it was called Cloud Gate http://yochicago.com/the-reason-it-was-called-cloud-gate/36460/ http://yochicago.com/the-reason-it-was-called-cloud-gate/36460/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:04:40 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36460

    Chicagoans call Anish Kapoor’s Millennium Park sculpture The Bean, but its formal name is Cloud Gate.

    Viewed from the plaza level it’s easy to understand how the sculpture came by its nickname. Viewed from above in the right kind of weather conditions, it’s a gateway to and from the clouds.

    The above shot was taken from the roof of Millennium Park Plaza.
    Millennium Park Plaza.

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    Cloudy-day views from the sundeck at Park Michigan apartments http://yochicago.com/cloudy-day-views-from-the-sundeck-at-park-michigan-apartments/36456/ http://yochicago.com/cloudy-day-views-from-the-sundeck-at-park-michigan-apartments/36456/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:02:44 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=36456

    My plans to shoot the views from the sundeck at Park Michigan were disrupted by the weather – cloudy and gloomy. I opted for some close-ups of what’s close by the South Loop apartment tower.

    Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are steps from the sundeck grills.

    Target, the Shops at Roosevelt Collection, and Whole Foods are within walking distance of the CTA stops a block west of Park Michigan.

    The view immediately east looks out on the Agora sculptures, the new skate park under construction, and the Metra Electric Line stop in Grant Park that provides service to Hyde Park, the University of Chicago and points south. In the foreground are shelters serving some of the many bus lines that criss-cross the area.

    The view further east along Roosevelt Road stretches past Lake Shore Drive to the Shedd Aquarium and Museum Campus.

    The sundeck is one of the new amenities at Park Michigan. There’s also a new Snap Fitness on-site, a resident lounge and a business center.

    Floor plans, rents and availability information can be accessed online.

    Note: Park Michigan is a YoChicago advertiser.

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