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Unusual condo amenities – a private running track

Domain

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 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Affordable South Loop condos with designer finishes

1345 S Wabash

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 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Two-bedrooms in East Village and Noble Square vie for buyers

1406 W Chicago

A newly-listed 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo at 855 N Paulina in East Village caught my eye because it’s listed at $415,000, a substantial premium over the $315,000 it sold for 3 years ago. The building is on a stretch of Chicago Ave, where retail development hasn’t kept pace with the changes in the neighborhood. Several blocks ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 15, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1345 Wabash buyer snapshot: Meet Craig and Jennifer

Craig and Jennifer 1345

Jennifer and Craig currently reside in a rental residence in the South Loop. They recently purchased a new condominium at 1345 Wabash, and were kind enough to share with us some of the reasoning surrounding their purchase. What did you choose to purchase at 1345 Wabash? We love that 1345 Wabash is a no-amenities building. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 11, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Webster Square condo details emerging

Webster Square

An @properties webpage has begun surfacing details of the condo offerings at Webster Square, 550 W Webster in Lincoln Park. Residences at Webster Square, the condo portion of the development, will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom condos with 1 ½ to 3 ½ baths, priced from $480,000 to $2,000,000. South-facing units will have dramatic skyline ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Scenes from the Bash on Wabash, next door to 1345 Wabash

Bash on Wabash

The Bash on Wabash is an annual weekend event sponsored by the Greater South Loop Association. It’s held in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Wabash – just outside the new condos under construction at 1345 Wabash. 1345 Wabash is the first new condo development in the South Loop in nearly half a dozen years, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 3, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Own a new South Loop condo for far less than rent

1345 S Wabash

CMK Companies‘ 1345 Wabash, the first new-construction condominium in the South Loop in years, offers buyers a compelling value proposition: a high-style, architecturally-distinctive home in a prime location for substantially less than the cost of renting. A new 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo at 1345 Wabash can be purchased for $305,900. Buyers can currently lock in 30-year ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 29, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeterville rental shootout – The Fairbanks vs Optima Center

Optima Center

Optima Center is a new rental tower at 200 E Illinois in Streeterville. The Fairbanks, just to the east at 240 E Illinois, is a six-year old condo building. There are currently MLS-listed 2-bedroom, 2-bath units available in both buildings. Unit 2901 at Optima Center spans 1,217 square feet and is listed at $3,985 a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2014

Rental service lies – the largest database of apartments

Aerial view downtown

If you scan help wanted ads for Chicago rental services at Craigslist, or visit their websites, you’ll find a number of them claiming to have the largest database of apartments. For all but one, it’s an untruth. Almost all of the rental service do have access to the largest database of rentals – the local ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Assembling the South Loop’s newest condos

1345 S Wabash

The site of 1345 Wabash, the first new condo development built in the South Loop in years, is currently a busy staging area for skilled trades shaping and assembling a bewildering variety of forms and materials. The end result of all the activity will be a sleek building that makes a distinctive statement in the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 20, 2014

Has condo pricing gone off the rails again?

Shoemaker Lofts

Lately I’ve been seeing nearly identical new condominiums – in some cases from the same developer – selling for similar prices in locations that I consider to differ widely in value. It’s possible, of course, that I’m misjudging the appeal and underlying value of the locations I’m comparing. I don’t think that’s the case. It’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Parks and more at new South Loop condos

Coliseum Park

Grant Park, Chicago’s 319-acre “front yard,” is a few short blocks from 1345 Wabash, the new condos under construction in the South Loop. The sloping lawn at the new skate park under construction at Grant Park will serve up dramatic views of the wall of buildings fronting the north and west sides of Grant Park. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 14, 2014
ChicagoNorthwest Side

New condos nearing completion on Wellington

2806 W Wellington

New 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath condos were nearing completion at 2806 W Wellington when I stopped by just over a week ago. Melissa Govedarica of Sergio & Banks is representing the project. The homes are priced from $409,900 and, like many smaller infill projects, they’re not yet listed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Developments ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos making rapid progress

1345 S Wabash

If you’re at Gioco, Zapatista, Asian Outpost, Flo & Santos or The Scout, head a few feet south from that quintet of outstanding restaurants to check out the progress at 1345 Wabash. The architecturally-distinctive new condo tower is rising rapidly out of the ground on a block that’s a South Loop dining destination, and close ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 8, 2014

YoChicago launches condominium review series

55 East Erie, fitness

Late last year we began a series of apartment reviews and they’ve proven popular, contributing to a more than 70% year-over-year increase in our traffic in July. We’re waiting on the stats from our server logs, but YouTube Analytics indicates that we reached more than 90,000 unique visitors last month. Condo buyers need access to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

55 East Erie Condominiums, 55 E Erie St

55 East Erie

55 East Erie is a 56-story, 214-unit condominium tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. When 55 East Erie was completed in 2004 it surpassed Lake Point Tower as the tallest all-residential high-rise in Chicago, and the building’s website still accords it that status. It has since been overtaken by 340 on the Park, Legacy and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Stylish new condos in a fun stretch of West Town

1327 W Grand

Grand Avenue in West Town has a lively restaurant and bar scene, convenient public transportation, grocery shopping nearby and the beginnings of a retail and boutique scene. It’s a fun location that resulted in a pre-completion sellout of six new condos at 1327 W Grand. The stylish new condos from Dolyva Development sold from the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Start of construction spurs sales at 1345 Wabash

1345 S Wabash

The new 15-story condominium at 1345 Wabash in the South Loop has begun to rise out of the ground and is on pace to add a floor every five working days. 1345 Wabash is the first new condo tower in downtown Chicago in years, and it’s targeting occupancy in March of next year. “We have ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 1, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

All but one unit sold at 1611 Hermitage in Bucktown

Hermitage Sixteen11

Hermitage Sixteen11 sits on the Bucktown side of North Ave, the dividing line between Wicker Park and Bucktown. When I stopped by yesterday, the building was one floor shy of its full four-floor height. Despite its pre-completion status, all but one of the building’s seventeen units are under contract. The remaining home is Unit 303, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2014

Available MLS-listed rentals at a high on North Lakefront

Lincoln Park

As of late yesterday there were 832 homes and condos listed for rent in local Multiple Listing Service in ZIP Codes 60614, 60657, 60613, 60640, 60660 and 60626. Those ZIP Codes span Chicago’s lakefront from Lincoln Park north to Rogers Park. The number of available rentals is at its highest level since we began tracking ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 30, 2014