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Tour a furnished 3-bedroom model at 1225 Old Town

1225 Old Town

Three-bedroom, 2-bath apartments are scarce in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, but a furnished model is currently available for viewing at 1225 Old Town, a new boutique high-rise on Wells Street. Rooftop pools and upscale in-building grocery stores are even scarcer – there’s actually only one of each, and they’re both at 1225 Old Town. Plum ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 28, 2015
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The enduring appeal of living in Old Town

Old Town

Old Town was the neighborhood of choice in the 60s and 70s when the north side of Chicago began its decades-long and continuing revitalization. Throughout the years it remained the neighborhood of choice for Chicagoans who wanted to live in a lively, low-density, pedestrian-friendly, architecturally diverse environment close to one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, bars, parks, Oak ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 22, 2015
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Fun, food and fitness at Old Town apartments

1225 Old Town

Residents at 1225 Old Town can take part in on-site wellness and fitness events four days a week: Pilates on Saturday, yoga on Sunday, Zumba on Monday and Boot Camp on Tuesday. The fitness center at the luxury apartment tower is open 24/7 for residents who prefer a self-guided workout or one with their personal ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 13, 2015
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Ride an Old Town elevator to great grocery shopping and coffee

Plum Market

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and an unexpected number of guests have polished off the liquid refreshments and munchies by halftime. You could call one of the new liquor or food delivery services and learn that the game has generated long wait times for service. Or, if you live in one of the luxury apartments at ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 6, 2015
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Old Town’s Scott Residences more than 50% leased

Scott Residences

It’s been just over two months since The Scott Residences began offering hardhat tours for prospective renters, just over a month since first offerings. Finish detailing is still underway at some of the apartments, but the building is already more than 50% leased. Scott Residences is an unusual offering in the hyper-active market for new ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 13, 2014
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Free fitness, fun and food at 1225 Old Town apartments

Plum Market Old Town

Residents of 1225 Old Town frequently have tough choices to make: step outside and enjoy the great Old Town neighborhood, or stay home and attend one of the many social activities taking place at their luxury apartment community. On Wednesday, November 12, Plum Market will host a free private wine tasting exclusively for 1225 residents. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 5, 2014
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A first look at the amenities at Old Town’s Scott Residences

Scott Residences

The Scott Residences, a 6-story, 71-unit boutique building in Old Town is gearing up to receive its first occupants later this month. I stopped by several days ago for a first look at some of the amenities, which are extensive for a building the size of Scott Residences. The lobby, which will have 24/7 door ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 10, 2014
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A mini-tour of the new Scott Residences in Old Town

Scott Residences lobby

It’s been just over 3 weeks since my last visit to The Scott Residences, a new 71-unit apartment building at the corner of Scott and Wells in Old Town. There’s been a great deal of progress during that time period, beginning with the opening of the on-site Starbucks. Signage indicates that Massage Envy will be ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 30, 2014
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Video – A luxurious Old Town single-family on a tree-lined street

1442 N Wieland

The luxurious home at 1442 N Wieland has many features that make it an unusual find in Old Town. The home has an attached 3-car garage with a heated driveway / snow-melt system, elevator access to all of its levels, outdoor living spaces on all levels, and uncommonly large bedrooms, four of which are en-suite. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 23, 2014
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Scott Residences in Old Town prepping for October occupancy

Scott Residences

The Scott Residences in Old Town has begun offering hardhat tours of the new apartments at 211 W Scott St. I joined in briefly on one of the tours in the early evening yesterday. Interior finishes at some of the apartments are nearing completion, and first occupancies are slated for early October. The one-bedroom in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 3, 2014
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A large Old Town 2-bedroom with terrific outdoor space

1522 N  Cleveland #2

This spacious 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo at 1522 N Cleveland in Old Town presents an opportunity for great urban living. It has just been listed for sale at $499,900. The home has a front terrace off the living room, high ceilings, a gas / woodburning fireplace, hardwood floors, and an updated kitchen with ample cabinet and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 12, 2014
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Floor plans, pricing online for The Scott Residences in Old Town

211 W Scott

Floor plans and pricing are now available at the website for The Scott Residences, 211 W Scott St in Old Town. The 71-unit building was in the midst of window installation when I stopped by mid-day yesterday. The website is touting fall 2014 occupancy for convertible to 3-bedroom apartments. Convertibles rent from $1,963 a month, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 1, 2014
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A step forward for Atrium Village

Aerial view of Atrium Village site

It’s been nearly two years since we noted a Sun-Times report that the Chicago Plan Commission had approved a proposal for the redevelopment of the 7-acre Atrium Village site at Division and Wells. The site could eventually encompass a 2-acre terraced park, four high-rises, townhomes, retail space and 1,500 apartments. Chicago Real Estate Daily reported ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 1, 2014
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A close-up look at New City’s construction progress

New City

New City is a huge, mixed-use, transit-oriented development at Halsted and Clybourn on the Near North Side. New City will have about 400,000 square feet of office, retail, entertainment and dining space, an 1,100-car parking garage and a 19-story, 199-unit apartment tower. New City will be anchored by an 80,000 square foot Mariano’s which, probably ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2014
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A Near North new construction update

858 N Franklin

An affiliate of Fifield Companies received Plan Commission approval yesterday to move forward on a 31-story, 310-unit apartment tower at Chestnut and Orleans. The development will include 174 parking spaces and ground-level retail space. Construction is estimated to begin early next year. The first two phases of Basecamp River North are sold out, but construction ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 16, 2014
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Does Chicagoland Property Group’s Collin Walker deliberately lie on Craigslist?

1225 screen cap

After having looked at many of Collin Walker’s repetitive ads at Craigslist, my considered opinion is that his ads often contain deliberate lies. We posted on what we deemed a Walker lie yesterday, and here’s another … Walker had seven ads active on Craigslist yesterday for “beautiful new” and “beautifully updated” Lincoln Park and Old ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2014
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Brokers brave the cold for Basecamp River North event

Basecamp River North rendering

A bitter cold evening couldn’t keep a crowd of brokers from turning out to learn about Basecamp River North, the first new rowhomes built on Chicago’s near north side in nearly a decade. All of the two- and three-story homes will have sleek contemporary interiors, private outdoor space, 2-car garages and roof decks. Three-bedrooms start ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 6, 2014
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Basecamp River North 40% sold pre-groundbreaking

Basecamp River North rendering

Basecamp River North will be the first new rowhomes built on Chicago’s near north side in nearly a decade. All of the two- and three-story homes will have sleek contemporary interiors, private outdoor space, 2-car garages and roof decks. Three-bedrooms start in the mid-$500s and 4-bedrooms from the high $600s. About 40% of the 47 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 27, 2014
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A brief look inside the new Plum Market in Old Town

Plum Market

I dislike grocery shopping and I dislike cooking even more. The ultimate apartment amenity for me would be having a full-service grocery in the building. Residents at the new 1225 Old Town apartments have a pool, a fitness center, a theater, party rooms, a business center and more. They also have the one amenity I’d ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 5, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

45-story, 264-unit high-rise proposed for Clark and North

Lincoln Park

From a Chicago Tribune report: Plans are underway by the Burnham Development Co. for the construction of an apartment complex at Clark Street and North Avenue that will use parts of the existing old Germania Club Building, integrating it into the entrance lobby of the new complex. The club itself will be restored, inside and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 29, 2013