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Are there timber lofts on Lake Shore Drive?

Lake Shore Drive Chicago

If you want to live in a true timber loft on Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville, you really have only one option: 540 N Lake Shore Drive. The building was built in 1912 as a Borg-Warner warehouse. It later housed the John O. Butler Company, a toothbrush innovator. Columbia College rented space and held classes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 16, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A video tour of vintage lakefront co-ops

Vintage co-op video

Many Chicago real estate agents will pass their entire career without ever setting foot in one of the city’s great co-op buildings, while a select few agents come to know them intimately. Koenig & Strey’s Heather Bilandic and Monique Crossan are among that select group. In the video they show us three co-op apartments and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 27, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The views from a drive along Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive video

We’ve been looking at Chicago from high in the air the past few days, and we’ll return to the sky tomorrow. Sunday’s a great day for running north on Lake Shore Drive, checking out the ground-level views of Chicago’s spectacular skyline. The first part of our drive, above, starts at about 3900 South and heads ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 14, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Views from 1200 Lake Shore Drive, Libertyville, Chatham

East Lake Shore Drive

Earlier today I visited the rooftop sundeck at 1200 N Lake Shore Dr with Coldwell Banker’s Meladee Hughes. The views were quite a contrast with the home I met her at in Libertyville yesterday morning. My visit to Lake Shore Drive followed a tour of Chatham earlier this afternoon. What a wonderful city we live ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 11, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

25% off over 11 months at 3150 North Lake Shore

Unit 7A at 3150 North Lake Shore in Lake View was listed last June at $699,900. Last week a price cut (the home’s third) brought the home down to $525,000. Is anyone interested yet? According to the listing by Koenig & Strey‘s Stephen Bognar Jr, the 2,200 square-foot, three-bedroom / 2.5-bath condo offers views of ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 3, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A rare rental at 999 N Lake Shore Drive

999 N Lake Shore Drive Chicago

Built in 1912, 999 N Lake Shore Drive, became the anchor for what would become one of Chicago’s most sought-after addresses – East Lake Shore Drive. A rare rental just came on the market in this Benjamin Marshall-designed classic. The 3-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home is listed at $9,500 a month with Coldwell Banker’s Katherine ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 20, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Stuff that sells: Lake Shore Drive landmark sells for $5.15 million

1260 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

One of the four lavish, landmarked mansions in the 1200 block of North Lake Shore Drive sold this month for $5.15 million. 1260 N Lake Shore Dr, built in 1911 by Holabird & Roche, has five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and 5,024 square feet spread throughout four floors and a finished basement. The listing pictures above ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 23, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1000 Lake Shore, Drive vs. Plaza: Similar addresses, different price points in the Gold Coast

1000 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

So I’m casually browsing Gold Coast over a morning coffee, and I start to detect an unnaturally wild spread in pricing at one location: 1000 North Lake Shore, near Lake Shore Drive’s big bend. Three bedrooms from the $350s to almost $2 million? That can’t be right…right? It’s not, because I was looking at listings ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 16, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

Build your own home on Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Estates, 3022 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

You rarely see new single-family homes spring up along Lake Shore Drive, that’s what someone has in mind in Lake View. In September Emily Sachs Wong of Koenig & Strey posted a sample listing for Lake Shore Estates, an “exclusive enclave” of lots zoned for single-family homes, located near the corner of Lake Shore and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 11, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

Chopping block: $100,000 trimmed over 18 months at 3300 North Lake Shore condo

Unit 5C at 3300 North Lake Shore has been on the market since April 1, 2009. In the year and a half since, Realtor Mike Liska has adjusted the home downward five times, from an original price of $499,900 to today’s new price of $399,000. That’s still twice as much as the current owner paid ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 14, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walking Lake Shore Drive: Francesca and Joe on 600 Lake Shore

Video: Walking Lake Shore Drive, 600 North LSD

The two towers of 600 Lake Shore Drive are among Francesca Rose‘s favorite new buildings. The towers are considered by many to be some of the best work of the prolific architectural firm of Pappageorge / Haymes. In this video from their walk down Lake Shore Drive earlier this summer, Francesca and Joe Zekas talk ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 5, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walking Lake Shore Drive: Joe and Francesca on 680 Lake Shore

680 Lake Shore Drive was formerly the American Furniture Mart, and had an address of 666 N Lake Shore Dr. After the building’s conversion to a mixed-used condo development, the address was changed at the behest of the Playboy Company as a condition of its moving into the building. In this video, Joe Zekas and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 2, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Renovated Carlyle condo gets $1.05 million markup from 2008 sale price

One of the 200-plus homes that went on the market this weekend is this 3,020 square-foot, three-bedroom / 4.5-bath condo at the Carlyle, the 40-story, 129-unit tower at 1040 N Lake Shore Dr in the Gold Coast. It’s worth noting simply for its list price of $2.68 million, which is a good 65 percent higher ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on August 23, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walking the drive with Francesca: 850 LSD, 840 LSD, and Lake Shore Park

The only rental building Joe Zekas and Realtor Francesca Rose passed during their walk down Lake Shore Drive earlier this summer was the luxury senior-living complex seen in the video above, located in the old Lake Shore Athletic Club building at 850 N Lake Shore Dr. In the segment below, Joe and Francesca discuss the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 18, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walking the Drive: Mies' four black boxes

In this segment from their Lake Shore Drive walk, Joe Zekas and Francesca Rose look at the Mies van der Rohe-designed co-ops at 860-880 N Lake Shore Dr and the Esplanade Apartments condominium towers at 900-910 N Lake Shore Dr. Along with the 5,000 square-foot triple-combo unit Francesca mentions in this video, homes currently listed ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on July 13, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Around the bend at 999 North Lake Shore Drive

At the eastern end of East Lake Shore Drive, where the road curves back to the south and becomes North Lake Shore Drive once more, is 999 North Lake Shore Drive, a vintage, 12-unit co-op designed by Marshall and Fox. Completed in 1912, 999 was the first building on the landmarked block of East Lake ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 28, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Mayfair, East Lake Shore Drive's only condo building

The Mayfair, 189 E Lake Shore Dr, is the only condo building on the highly prized, architecturally cohesive stretch of East Lake Shore Drive. The other landmarked buildings are held in cooperative ownership. In this video, Joe Zekas and Francesca Rose stop in front of The Mayfair to discuss its homes, before moving on to ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 10, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From the Drake to the river: a walk down Lake Shore Drive

This weekend Joe Zekas and Prudential Rubloff agent Francesca Rose went on a long stroll down Lake Shore Drive, starting from the intersection of Lake Shore and Michigan Avenue and making their way all the way around to the Chicago River. The duo set the scene here with talk of Gucci, Chanel, high tea at ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 2, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

Shark bites: Landmark luxury on Lake Shore

A Lake Shore Drive address in the Gold Coast rarely comes cheap (unless you’re buying at auction this weekend, perhaps), but it’s especially pricey when you’re looking for one of the Drive’s rare single-family homes. The 115-year-old home at 1258 N Lake Shore Dr has been on the market since July 2008, when it was ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 23, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

Lake Shore Drive, north from Lake Point Tower

The second leg of our drive up Lake Shore Drive took us past Lake Point Tower and into Chicago’s North Side, where the wall of high-rises lining the drive in Streeterville and the Gold Coast soon give way to the lawns and ponds of Lincoln Park.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 1, 2010