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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A nearly-new, large and light East Village 5-bedroom

1848 W Erie

The 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 1848 W Erie in East Village was built by Noah Properties just two years ago. It’s come back on the market as a resale, listed at $899,900 and has been attracting a high volume of showings. The home has an unusually bright, open floor plan with multiple outdoor ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 14, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Tower of Pizza Hut apartments available for rent

1611 W Division

DNAinfo reported on Friday that 1611 West Division, the 11-story building now less and less frequently referred to as the “Tower of Pizza Hut” based on the site’s former use, is renting for October occupancy. The development’s website has floor plans and amenities lists available for its studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Contrary to ...

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

Hot item – an East Village Noah Properties resale

1848 W Erie

The 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath Noah Properties home at 1848 W Erie in the East Village had barely been completed when I shot a video tour two years ago with Sergio & Banks’ Izabela Sloma. The home sold and closed shortly after that. It was one of three Noah Properties homes in the 1800 block ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 8, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Construction update: Catalyst, 111 W Wacker, River Point and more

Catalyst, 630 W Washington

Recent visits to the roof of Hubbard Place in River North and a penthouse at K2 in the Fulton River District gave me good vantage points to look at the progress of a number of developments. Workers are completing the second floor of Catalyst, a 22-story, 223-apartment building pictured above at 630 W Washington in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is East Village the next Bucktown?

1900 block Chicago Ave

The fact that we’re even asking the headline question is an indication that the real estate market has taken a turn for the better this year. During the past half-dozen years, speculation about the “next hot neighborhood” was a way to elicit well-justified scorn. During those years, however, without much fanfare, 100s of new homes ...

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

A look at Division Street, from Wicker Park to Humboldt Park

1900 block Division St

Division Street from Ashland Ave almost to Western Ave – a stretch that divides Wicker Park from East Village and Ukrainian Village – is one of the most vibrant, attractive, pedestrian-friendly strips in Chicago. The vitality of Division Street comes to an almost complete halt just east of Western Ave at the border of Humboldt ...

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

An East Village apartment standout

Division and Ashland

The new 11-story, 99-unit apartment building at the southwest corner of Division and Ashland isn’t fully clad yet, but it is already a very distinctive presence in the East Village neighborhood. The building, designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, will have retail space at the ground level and second-floor office space. When it was announced, it ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 4, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New single-family homes coming soon to East Village

1807 W Ohio

Noah Properties’ high-style amenity-laden homes typically sell before completion. That was the case with the four 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath homes Noah recently built in the 1800 block of Ohio in the East Village. The homes were sold in the mid-$800s. The standard, highly-individualized Noah Properties home includes all of the options that buyers desire ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 6, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Fifield plans luxury apartments in East Village, eyes Wicker Park, Bucktown

1850 Chicago Ave

Fifield Company is best known for developing high-rise office buildings in the West Loop, the recently-opened K2 luxury tower and other high-rise apartments in the Fulton River District. A year ago, after seeing people staying longer in the city and looking for larger spaces in emerging neighborhoods, Fifield Company set out to identify neighborhood sites ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2013

Keeping watch on Ukrainian Village and East Village

East Village streetscape

With the recent demise of EveryBlock, Facebook is becoming a more active venue for sharing neighborhood information. Check out the very active (nearly 1,400 members) Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Watch Group, for example, to stay informed on events, shots fired, burglaries, gang graffiti and more. The group, which is closed and requires an invite, covers Ukrainian ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Market for MLS-listed downtown rentals shows continued strength

New East Side aerial

About a year ago the inventory of MLS-listed downtown Chicago rentals reached stasis and we stopped tracking it on a weekly basis. A correspondent’s suggestion that the market for MLS-listed rentals was a lot softer this year than at the same time last year prompted us to do an updated tally. The data don’t lend ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 28, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

If the Grand Avenue Corridor exists, where is it?

Abbey Brown

If you do a Google search for the Chicago neighborhood that TimeOut calls the Grand Avenue Corridor you won’t find many results. And you won’t find any solid guidance as to the neighborhood’s boundaries. The March 14 issue of TimeOut offers some teaser clues to the neighborhood’s location: Advantages Close to Randolph Street restaurants; easy ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New construction checkup at the Polish Triangle

1601 Division Chicago

East Village residents prevailed in their wish for higher-density development on the site where a Pizza Hut once stood at 1601 W Division St. The developer scrapped plans for a drive-through bank and agreed to build an 11-story tower housing two floors of commercial space and 99 apartments. As of yesterday afternoon, as pictured above, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 8, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Redfin names Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods

Cleo's on Chicago

Market conditions being what they’ve been, it’s been years since “Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods” was a phrase that didn’t immediately elicit ridicule. With a number of analysts concluding that 2012 marked the bottom of the market downturn, it’s perhaps respectable to talk about pockets of strong activity, i.e. “hot neighborhoods.” Redfin recently announced its top 10 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 15, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New East Village and Ukrainian Village single-families and condos

2007 W Erie St Chicago

Noah Properties has been one of Chicago’s best-selling developers the past several years. The six 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath single-family homes that Noah has under construction in the 2000 block of Erie have all been sold prior to completion. At the time of this video none of the Ukrainian Village homes was even completely framed ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 11, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Work underway on East Village “tower of Pizza Hut”

1601 W Division Chicago

Caisson drilling has begun on the southwest corner of Ashland and Division in East Village. An 11-story tower housing 2 floors of commercial space and 99 apartments is being built on the site, which was formerly home to a Pizza Hut. You can find more details on the site’s history, and the controversy surrounding its ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 9, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New construction from RD Precision in East Village

RD Precision video

We recently visited a home built by RD Precision at 2550 W Huron St in Smith Park both while it was under construction (video below) and after it was completed (video above). Another new home by RD Precision was just listed for sale at 1644 W Huron St in East Village, with similar specs to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 26, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Quote of the day – Alderman rejected it straight away

1600 W Division Chicago

First Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno appears to be vying for the Brendan Reilly do-it-my-way award. From today’s email newsletter: The 1600 N. Ashland project (former Pizza Hut site) will be a showcase for mixed-use, transit-oriented development. They propose to have 11 stories, between 70 and 80 units for rent, with commercial space at the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 23, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A comfortable new East Village 5-bedroom

1838 W Erie Chicago video

Noah Properties has recently completed three new contemporary homes in the 1800 block of West Erie in Chicago’s East Village. The first two sold rapidly and this one, at 1838 W Erie St, has just come on the market. The three homes have similar exteriors but very different interiors. This one has a very homey, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 17, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A more traditional new East Village single-family

1842 W Erie Chicago video

Each of the homes I’ve seen from Noah Properties has had a few signature touches: lavish kitchens and baths, high-style lighting fixtures, hardwood floors throughout the main living areas, high-ceilinged highly functional lower levels, and a front-bedroom on the second level with huge street-facing windows. Despite the similarities, each of the homes has been a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 9, 2011