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Downtown's record building matched by record buying in 1st quarter of '05

If 2004 was a big year for new housing in downtown Chicago – and hefty sales figures and ubiquitous construction cranes leave little doubt &#821 ...

Brick veneer can present problems in new masonry homes

In recent years masonry problems have been cropping up in new construction all over the city. The trend is ironic given Chicago's history. After all, ...

Historic conversions offer landmark savings at both ends of price spectrum

All adaptive reuse condominiums in the city are not created equal. According to Appraisal Research Counselors' latest "Downtown Chicago Residential B ...
Chicago's best new homes 2005

Chicago's best new homes 2005

The experts choose the top city developments of 2005 The most difficult choice for this year's New Homes Awards was in the category of best new highr ...

Affordable vision on State Street

During the '80s and much of the '90s, the South Loop was known as the downtown community where buyers could find affordable new homes close to the Loo ...
Hyde Park spurs growth in North Kenwood-Oakland, Woodlawn

Hyde Park spurs growth in North Kenwood-Oakland, Woodlawn

Story by Jefferey Steele Conjure an image of the ideal urban neighborhood, and you might visualize Hyde Park on a recent warm Sunday morning. On sun- ...

A loft by any other name…

When New Homes ran its comprehensive loft living feature in February, we didn't include the Thrush Companies' 14-story new-construction tower at 740 F ...

550 St. Clair courts modern aesthetic

It wasn't long ago that real estate agents and developers were insisting that modern design would not sell when it came to Chicago real estate. Today, ...

Roosevelt Square breaks ground on Near West Side

Some residents of the Near West Side feel that the community never fully recovered from construction of the expressways and the University of Illinois ...
Cornering the market in Printer’s Row

Cornering the market in Printer’s Row

Winthrop's Printers Corner brings fresh look to popular South Loop enclave Winthrop Properties plans to cut a lot of corners in building its new Pri ...
Thrush's Jazz on the Boulevard hits a high note in North Kenwood-Oakland

Thrush's Jazz on the Boulevard hits a high note in North Kenwood-Oakland

No, Jazz on the Boulevard is not, as the name might suggest, a nightclub, but the development of new homes by the Thrush Companies is meant to create ...

Bulk of condo problems found in common areas, not units

One of the questions I mulled over while preparing the final exam for students in my home inspection class was what percentage of building problems ar ...

Gold Coast real estate was money in bank as prices soared

Remember 1984? The Dow Jones average was 1,154, compared to a sky-high 10,791 in 2004. A gallon of gasoline for your brand new $20,000 Corvette cost ...
A good time to buy?

A good time to buy?

As market booms, buyers should consider quirks, risk of buying new Is now a good time to buy a new home? During 2004, plenty of buyers in Chicago tho ...
Edgewater builds on winners as business plays catch-up to housing

Edgewater builds on winners as business plays catch-up to housing

At first, it's a little hard to square Bek Allen's vision of Edgewater as the promised land with the view of Granville out the coffee shop window, but ...
View from the top

View from the top

Developer: no building in city offers as many stunning views For almost 15 years, the tenants at 474 N. Lake Shore Drive have been enjoying perhaps t ...
Triple threat

Triple threat

RDM's Trio optimizes location, pricing, design in 1 cool complex RDM Development's Robert Mosky always has shied away from becoming a signature devel ...

Simple review can prevent hazards on Chicago porches

As spring rolls around and the weather improves, city residents will take to the outdoors, and for many of us, that means making use of that longstand ...

Downtown Chicago condo market rocks with record sales in 2004

Condos of all sizes and shapes were king of Chicago's downtown housing market last year. With the interest rates at historic lows, the downtown marke ...
Boom towns

Boom towns

Buyers are flocking to the mega projects that increasingly dominate downtown housing In the coming decade, buyers of new homes in Chicago will be sho ...
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