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Three dramatic new homes steps from the Bloomingdale Trail

1833 N Fairfield

Ultimate Homes has three new luxury single-families under construction in the 1900 block of Rockwell in Logan Square. The location is steps from an entry to the Bloomingdale Trail, two blocks from a CTA Blue Line stop, close to restaurants and bars, and with easy access to the Kennedy Expressway. The 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 31, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A first look inside the Flexhouse2 model

Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2 held its model grand opening late yesterday afternoon and one of the well-attended event’s main attractions was the model’s master suite, which occupies the entire top floor of the home. The oversized master bath has a large window and two entrances. A large walk-in closet, additional closets and a spacious master bedroom complete the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 13, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Model grand opening at nearly sold-out Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

If you’ve been paying attention to the market for new condos in the city you’ve doubtless noted that quality infill projects from established developers have been selling out prior to their completion. Ranquist Development’s Flexhouse2, for example, has only three rowhomes still available at 2640 N Ridgeway in Logan Square. One of those units is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 11, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Construction update: Flexhouse2 in Logan Square

Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2 is edging closer to occupancy for its Phase I rowhomes at 2650 N Ridgeway in Logan Square, and Phase II units are making rapid progress. Ranquist Development and Sedgwick Investments teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop the project, which has 15 innovative rowhomes in its first two phases. A furnished model recently opened ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 21, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Innovative architecture in Logan Square at Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

Ranquist Development and Sedgwick Investments have teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop Flexhouse2. Flexhouse2 rowhomes are modest, efficient, urban, and cool — appealing to sustainable lifestyle choices. Rather than rigidly defined rooms and hallways, the Flexhouse flows, is more open and allows easy adaptation to a variety of uses and lifestyles. The Flexhouse offers ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

The dish on Logan Square’s Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

Ranquist Development has a well-earned reputation for building in a distinctive architectural style. At Flexhouse2 in Logan Square Ranquist has teamed Sedgwick Investments and with award-winning, Philadelphia-based ISA Architecture. Phase I of Flexhouse2, 2630 N Ridgeway in Logan Square, is at the pre-drywall stage and a third of the units have already been sold. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 1, 2014
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A corner 3-bedroom on the boulevard in Logan Square

2623 W Logan

Unit 1W at 2623 W Logan Blvd is a bright corner 3-bedroom, 2-bath with a number of great features. The home boasts a huge living dining area open to the kitchen, 10 ½ foot ceilings, a fireplace, an unusually large amount of storage space, a walk-out patio and parking. The home has a terrific kitchen ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 7, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Are mom and dad moving to Wicker Park?

Damen Ave bikers

Several months ago The Wall Street Journal weighed in on the topic of baby boomers moving to trendy New York neighborhoods: Hip urban neighborhoods are aging, as a growing chunk of adults in their 50s and 60s and older give up their longtime homes and head for trendy condos. The invasion of older, moneyed buyers ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 12, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Only three townhomes left at Row 18 in Logan Square

2066 N Stave

Only three of the 18 townhomes at Row 18 are still available for sale. One is a furnished unit featured in the video. The 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and tons of cabinets. A private rooftop deck with city views is perfect for entertaining ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 26, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Mariano’s updates – Bucktown and Ravenswood

Mariano's

Foundation work appeared to be nearly complete on the new Ravenswood Mariano’s Fresh Market when I stopped by last Saturday. The site is on the north side of Lawrence and is bounded on the east by the Metra tracks. The site of the Bucktown Mariano’s, pictured above, is at Webster and Ashland, just east of ...

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

What happened to Wicker Park?

Joeff Davis image, Wicker Park, Chicago

The Talk section of Yelp occasionally surfaces a fun and informative discussion of Chicago neighborhoods. Several days ago Yelper Chacha M posted the headline question and the following: I just moved back after living abroad for the last ten years and this neighborhood has gone to yuppie / lulu lemon hell. I could barely walk ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 21, 2013
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Condo buyers need to do their homework

Springfield View video

Just over a year ago I visited the Springfield Vue condominium, a/k/a The Springview, at 1920 N Springfield, on the border of Logan Square and Hermosa. You can see the video from my visit, above. Every unit in the project has been in foreclosure at least once, and several have made multiple trips to Chancery ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 22, 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
ChicagoNorth Side

Logan Square’s Hairpin Lofts receives preservation award

Hairpin Lofts video

The landmark Morris Sachs building at 2800 N Milwaukee Ave in Logan Square, which had sat vacant for nearly 20 years, has been transformed into Hairpin Lofts, a community resource where Logan Square artists can gather, perform, display their creations, work – and live affordably. The first floor is retail space. The entire second floor ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 15, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Logan Square’s Flex House nears pre-construction sellout

Flex House Logan Square

You know a developer is doing something right when 5 of the 8 homes in a project are sold before completion in a challenging market. That’s the status of Flex House, new 3-bedroom, 2-bath rowhomes in Logan Square, priced in the low $400s. The homes, in the 2800 block of W Shakespeare, offer an unusually ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 13, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Calling a bottom at Logan View in Logan Square

3125 W Fullerton Chicago

It’s been 5 years to the day since we reported price reductions and a “developer closeout” at Logan View Condominiums, 3125 W Fullerton, in Logan Square. After glancing at the record of a 3-bedroom, 2-bath unit that sold for $388,000 in 2006 and resold last month for $200,000, I headed to the site yesterday for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Quote of the day – basic First Amendment law

Eat more chikin

According to a Tribune report, Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in the 1st Ward because of statements allegedly made by the company’s owner. Moreno dismissed concerns about the owner’s First Amendment rights: “You have the right to say what you want to say, but zoning is not a right.” UCLA Law Professor Eugene ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 25, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Similar asks, different answers in Logan Square

1838 N Fairfield Chicago

Five years ago we focused our attention on two single-family homes that were under construction over a mile apart at 1838 and 2738 N Fairfield in Logan Square. The homes offered similar interior finishes and were on standard city lots. The 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 1838 N Fairfield had an asking price of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 25, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Five years later and $300K lower in Logan Square

2311 N Rockwell Chicago

When the 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 2311 N Rockwell first came to our attention, five years ago, it had an asking price of $1,299,000. The home sold several months later for $1,225,000. The Logan Square home, which boasts a luxurious master suite, is on an oversized 30 x 190 lot across the street ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 24, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

The Bloomingdale Trail and the High Line

High Line, New York

It seems like every article about Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail contains a mandatory reference to New York’s High Line. Last Saturday I made my second visit to the High Line. I visited the initial phase two years ago, and this was my first look at the second phase. I’ve been along the path of the Bloomingdale ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 4, 2012