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John Baird’s role in saving the DePaul neighborhood

John Baird

The death of Baird & Warner‘s John Baird at the age of 98 is rightfully receiving a great deal of attention in both local and national real estate circles. You can learn some of Mr Baird’s accomplishments, and a bit about his impact on Chicago, in the Tribune, Sun-Times and Chicago Real Estate Daily obituaries. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 31, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Blending modern and vintage in Chicago’s grandest courtyard

The Pattington

The grand connected courtyard buildings that span more than 400 feet a half-block from Lincoln Park are among Chicago’s most recognizable landmarks. Welcome to The Pattington, a Landmarks Preservation Council award-winning building with on-site resident parking, a private children’s playground, and a park-like tree-shrouded seating area. Unit 7F at 674 W Irving Park Rd is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 4, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Michigan Avenue’s Richelieu Flats under new ownership

Richelieu Flats video

Crain’s recently reported the bulk sale, for $4.5 million, of the 5-unit Richelieu Flats, 318 S Michigan Ave. The units had been offered for sale individually at an aggregate price of over $8 million. Baird & Warner’s Millie Rosenbloom still has the units, two of which are under contract, listed for sale. You can tour ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 12, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An open, light-filled 2-bedroom with 180-degree River North views

Unit 2502, 500 W Superior

The Montgomery, 500 W Superior St, in River North, is the 28-story former corporate headquarters of Montgomery Ward. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, completed in 1972, and converted to condos in 2004. The striking marble-clad verticals that brace the building’s four corners give it a distinctive presence on the city’s skyline. Unit 2502 is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 21, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An update on Michigan Avenue’s Richelieu Flats

318 S Michigan view

The full-floor fifth-floor unit at Richelieu Flats, 318 S Michigan Ave, has seen a price reduction of $100,000 to $1.265M since I shot the above sponsored video with Baird & Warner’s Millie Rosenbloom late last July. The 4,300 square foot top-floor duplex unit, which includes a 1,000 square foot private terrace with the above view, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 9, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Living the dream in Chicago’s Gold Coast

Tessi Neuhauser

I recently sat down with Tessi Neuhauser in a boutique condo building across from Washington Square Park to hear Tessi’s take on the Gold Coast. Tessi has a strong emotional bond with the Gold Coast neighborhood. She visited occasionally with her mom when she was a young girl, dreamed of living there some day, and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 14, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The endless 44th floor amenities at the Hancock

Hancock amenities video

Residents of the Hancock building, 175 E Delaware, have access to what may be the most extensive fully-enclosed amenities package of any high-rise building in Chicago – and it’s all on the 44th floor. There’s a concierge, management office, high-ceilinged sky-lobby / lounge, a large indoor pool, sprawling fitness rooms with lockers, sauna and showers, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 30, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A grandly-proportioned 3-bedroom at 840 North Lake Shore Drive

840 Lake Shore Drive

Lucien Lagrange’s Parisian-influenced 840 North Lake Shore Drive sits at a prominent corner across from Lake Shore Park and Lake Michigan. The 7-year old building has no more than three units per floor, all of them luxurious, all with high ceilings and the kind of thoughtful, comfortable layouts you rarely see in newer construction but ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 18, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Riverfront duplex penthouse back on the market

Streeterville penthouse video

The spectacular duplex penthouse at 445 E North Water St was listed for sale at $4.89 million when I toured it with Prudential Rubloff’s Prudential Rubloff‘s Joanne Nemerovski several years ago. A year later the price had fallen to $3.49M, and the riverfront property was in foreclosure. It sold for $2.85M for $2.85M, a price ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 27, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

A renovated 5-bedroom Bronzeville showplace

4539 S King video

This may be the “most home for the money” that I’ve seen in the city of Chicago in years. The 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home at 4539 S King Dr in Bronzeville spans over 6,300 square feet on an oversized 35 x 125 lot with a 2 ½-car garage. The home was recently completely renovated, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 21, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Moving from the North Shore to the Gold Coast

Moving to the Gold Coast

Diane Freeman grew up on the East Coast, raised her family on Chicago’s North Shore and moved to the Gold Coast 8 ½ years ago. A real estate agent with more than 20 years’ experience, Diane really enjoys working with people who are making a similar transition from the North Shore and other affluent suburbs ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 30, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A vintage Gold Coast 2-bedroom that lives like a home

1427 N Dearborn Chicago IL

This 2-bedroom plus den, 2 full bath condo is in the Cordova, 1427 N Dearborn St, in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, just three short blocks from Lake Michigan and two blocks from Lincoln Park. The home provides tremendous separation of formal living and private sleeping areas within its 1,700 square feet. Unlike many ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 20, 2011
DealsChicagoNorthwest Side

Sunday open house pick: Ravenswood Manor price chop

2860 W Giddings Chicago IL

Ravenswood Manor is one of Chicago’s great small-town neighborhoods. At its heart is the family-centric Ravenswood Manor Park, just a few steps from a Brown Line stop. It’s a neighborhood that attracts long-term residents, and where homes are infrequently available. When Yo checked earlier this year, only three single-families were on the market. The home ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 19, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A three-bedroom lakefront home at 600 Lake Shore Drive

Video: A three-bedroom lakefront home at 600 Lake Shore Drive

The 04 tier in the north tower at 600 Lake Shore Drive has a broad sweep of living and dining space fronting Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. This tier, one of the first to sell out at the newest towers on Lake Shore Drive, has great separation between the living and sleeping areas. The 2,159 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 22, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

Choice cuts: Lake View single-family now $50K below ’03 sale price

On Monday a contemporary single-family home at 1527 W Nelson St in Lake View dropped from $849,000 to $790,000, $50,000 below its August 2003 sale price. The 4,200 square-foot, four-bedroom / 3.5-bath home was listed in August for $899,000; yesterday’s cut was the third since that time. According to the listing by Judith Pielet of ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 11, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Fran rounds up her 2010 condo and co-op reviews

Baird & Warner agent Fran Bailey walked through a number of condo and co-op buildings during broker tours this year, and she profiled many of them afterward on her Chicago Metro Area Real Estate blog, pulling together photos, building histories, sales data, WalkScore maps, and listing descriptions into her posts. Yesterday she rounded up links ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on December 30, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

$399K ‘Pre-short sale’ surfaces at Park Monroe

Park Monroe, 65 E Monroe St, Chicago

I’ve noticed several resales listed at Park Monroe, 65 E Monroe St, over the course of the year, but today is the first time I can recall seeing a short sale listing in the building. At least that’s how Redfin characterizes it; the condo’s agent, Nicholas Colagiovanni of Baird & Warner, calls the two-bedroom a ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on December 6, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Inside a remodeled two-bedroom at the Park Alexandria in the West Loop

Earlier this summer Ted Guarnero and I visited the Park Alexandria at 125 S Jefferson Ave in the West Loop, where Ted is marketing unit #2004, a remodeled two-bedroom / two-bath condo with 1,300 square feet, at a price of $369,900. The home features a split floor plan, hardwood floors throughout; an open kitchen with ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 17, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Wrigley takes new tack for $14 million Gold Coast penthouse space

The Tribune reported in late June that Wrigley chair Bill Wrigley Jr was taking a new approach to selling 12,120 square feet of raw penthouse space in the Gold Coast, the highest priced residential listing in all of Chicago. Instead of trying to unload the whole thing at a desired price of $14 million, he’s ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on July 8, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Inside a duplex gut rehab at Dearborn Park

Ted Guarnero is our guide to West Loop lofts, but that’s not his only area of expertise. He certainly knows his way around Dearborn Park in the South Loop — after all, he once lived in the very unit featured in this video. Last month, the two of us took walk through the two-story, two-bedroom ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 8, 2010