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Alderman’s Facebook page announces new Ravenswood development

Aerial view Clark & Lawrence

News about new developments surfaces in many venues. On April 12th, the Facebook page for 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar announced a proposed development at the northwest corner of Clark and Lawrence, a site that’s been vacant for more than half a dozen years. The site is zoned B2-3, which would allow a mixed-use retail ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 15, 2014
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A report from another discontented resident at Flats No. 5411

5411 Winthrop

Less than two weeks ago we were shown around Flats Chicago’s 5411 N Winthrop by a dissatisfied resident. Yesterday another disgruntled resident at Flats Chicago’s 5411 N Winthrop reached out by email to share the following experiences, which I’ve rephrased slightly without changing the substance: Torrential downpours in my bathroom (no exaggeration – multiple points ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014
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A video visit to the Backyard Andersonville rowhomes

Chase Park

Twenty of the 23 townhomes have been sold at Backyard Andersonville, 4832 N Clark St. The model home, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath priced in the mid-$400s is available for immediate occupancy. Phase II began construction a few weeks ago and occupancy is slated for the fall. Two 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes are available in Phase II, priced ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 4, 2014
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An update on Ravenswood Terrace apartments

Ravenswood Terrace

The new Sears Auto Center and LA Fitness on Lawrence Ave are already open. The new Mariano’s was running a well-attended job fair at the time of my visit on Monday and is slated to open next Tuesday. Work was continuing on the new Metra station on Lawrence Ave. The final piece of the Ravenswood ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014
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Only 3 townhomes left at Backyard Andersonville

Backyard Andersonville

Twenty of the 23 townhomes have been sold at BackYard Andersonville, 4832 N Clark St in Ravenswood. The model home, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath priced in the mid-$400s is available for immediate occupancy. Phase II began construction a few weeks ago and occupancy is slated for the fall. Two 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes are available in Phase ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2014
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A first look inside Edgewater’s Flats No. 5411

5411 Winthrop

Yesterday I walked through the common areas and an occupied apartment at Flats No. 5411, 5411 N Winthrop in Edgewater, at the invitation of one of the residents. There’s a fitness room adjacent to the furnished lobby. The fitness room was comparable to what I’ve seen in similar-sized buildings. The resident told me that the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 27, 2014
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A high-rise loft in a steps-to-everything Edgewater location

1122 Catalpa

The 2-bedroom, bath-and-a-half loft condo at 1122 W Catalpa in Edgewater has every feature that savvy buyers are seeking, including an affordable price tag: $209,900. The home has high ceilings, hardwood floors, an upgraded kitchen with gas range and granite counters, an in-unit washer dryer, a private balcony and great separation between the bedrooms. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 11, 2014
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A bright, affordable 1-bedroom overlooking Winnemac Park

4957 N Seeley

Unit 2N at 4957 N Seeley in Ravenswood has hardwood floors, large room sizes and windows that flood the home with light. The corner living room and up-to-date, eat-in kitchen have attractive views over Winnemac Park. The park is a lively venue that’s popular with neighborhood residents and their pets. The home has a very ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 3, 2014
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Phase II of Backyard Andersonville poised to break ground

Backyard Andersonville

Phase I of BackYard Andersonville is nearing completion, and the project will break ground on the nine-unit Phase II within a few weeks, according to Heather Gustafson of CMK Realty. Four of the Phase II units are under contract. The remaining two-story rowhomes, at 4832 N Clark St, are priced from the $430s. You can ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 21, 2014
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Grading Flats Chicago – Incomplete, Fail

5718 N Winthrop

As Flats Chicago cranks up its hype machine with an eye on the spring rental market, we’ll try to provide an occasional reality check. Start with the current screen cap from Flats’ website: reservations were being taken last June for four buildings, only one of which has apartments ready for occupancy. But first, a look ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 3, 2014
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New listing – A sunny 2-bedroom across from Winnemac Park

1970 Winnemac

The spacious 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo at 1970 W Winnemac in Ravenswood has southern and western exposures overlooking Winnemac Park. The completely renovated home has some period details, including a gas-burning fireplace and a sunroom. The master suite is unusually large for a vintage conversion and has a wall of closets. The eat-in kitchen, adjacent to ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2013
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BackYard Andersonville rowhomes draw a crowd

BackYard Andersonville

The truly awful weather on Sunday didn’t deter a steady stream of buyers and brokers from attending the first open house for the BackYard Andersonville rowhomes. The model was being completed just minutes before the scheduled opening time, and half a dozen buyers were already on the scene when I arrived. I hung around for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2013

Flats Chicago – proceed with caution, renters

5718 N Winthrop

We’ve been following the progress – or lack thereof – on Flats Chicago buildings for some time. Our interest was initially piqued by what struck us as a near-zero correlation between the company’s hype and the facts behind it. Back in June we reported, with a skepticism not exhibited in other media reports, Flats Chicago’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 14, 2013
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BackYard Andersonville townhome model open Sunday

BackYard Andersonville

BackYard Andersonville, 23 new townhomes at 4832 N Clark St in Ravenswood, will host its first model opening Sunday, November 17 from noon to 4. The two-story homes range in size from 1,710 square foot 2-bedroom plus office, 2-bath units to 2,280 square foot 3-bedroom plus media / office room, 2 ½ baths. Phase I ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 14, 2013
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Construction update: Ravenswood Station Mariano’s, Ravenswood Terrace

Mariano's Ravenswood

Ravenswood Station will host a new Mariano’s, LA Fitness and Sears Auto Center on Lawrence Ave in Ravenswood. The building is closed in, and appears to be nearing completion amid a flurry of activity. This video tour of a Mariano’s store with pastry chef Sarah Jordan is a good glimpse into why the chain has ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 14, 2013
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Apartments in Buena Park, Ravenswood, Sheridan Park or just Uptown?

Blue light camera

Buena Park, just north of Lake View and west of Lincoln Park, is one of the more desirable parts of the Uptown community, so it’s natural that an apartment owner might lay claim to the neighborhood name for a nearby property. A part of the Uptown community, west of Clark St between Montrose and Foster, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 19, 2013
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Media math not very sharp on Flats Chicago

1020 W Lawrence

Nearly a year ago the Sun-Times’ David Roeder reported that the seven buildings being branded as Flats Chicago totaled 1,200 units. Two days ago Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that Flats Chicago was adding the troubled Lawrence House, 1020 W Lawrence in Uptown, to its portfolio. Flats Chicago’s Jay Michael was quoted as saying ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 8, 2013
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Ravenswood Terrace, 150 new apartments in Ravenswood

Ravenswood Terrace

The new Ravenswood Terrace apartments will be immediately north of a Mariano’s that’s currently under construction, and a short walk from the Ravenswood Metra stop. Belgravia Group, the project’s developer, is better known recently for building luxury condominiums on Lake Shore Drive and in the West Loop, but the company has a lengthy history in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 2, 2013
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Innovative rowhomes at Backyard Andersonville

Ranquist, Horowitz, Pappageorge

Backyard Andersonville is unusual in a number of respects. The development’s 23 rowhomes are on a large site that belies its Clark Street address by being tucked behind two mid-rise buildings. The architecture is a departure in style for the firm of Pappageorge Haymes in its clean lines, exterior cladding and two-story height. Backyard Andersonville ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 25, 2013
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Is the north lakefront rental market getting softer?

Chicago's north lakefront

As of yesterday evening there were 616 MLS-listed homes and condos for rent in the six north lakefront ZIP Codes that we track periodically: 60614, 60657, 60613, 60640, 60660 and 60626. The current inventory is 13.6% higher than it was a month ago, and the highest number we’ve seen since we began tracking a year ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 19, 2013