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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Night and day at Helmut Jahn’s 600 North Fairbanks

View from 600 North Fairbanks

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin recently visited 600 North Fairbanks in Streeterville for a tour of a 40th floor southwest corner condo. The unit is scheduled to hit the market shortly, and will reportedly be listed at $1,575,000 with Prudential Rubloff’s Francesca Rose. Rodkin toured the unit in the evening, and the night views of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 20, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North short sale draws 80 showings, 33 offers in a week

River North Chicago

Well-located, attractively-priced properties, especially if they’re distressed, are once again generating a frenzy of activity on the part of buyers. If you doubt that, consider the email that Prudential Rubloff’s Donna Urbikas recently sent to the losing bidders on a River North listing: Thank you very much for submitting your offer for my short sale ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 7, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will the new West Loop Mariano’s raise nearby condo prices?

West Loop Mariano's

Within the past week two of Chicago’s more successful Realtors, both Prudential Rubloff agents, called my attention to the new West Loop Mariano’s. Christine Hancock, who lives in the West Loop, suggested a need for “a twelve-step program to overcome” her developing addiction to Mariano’s. Francesca Rose emailed that she found herself eating regularly at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 20, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Tour an unusual urban oasis in Lincoln Park

2628 Lakewood video

The beautiful single-family home at 2628 N Lakewood is on a 60 x 125 lot — unusual for Lincoln Park. The home takes unusual advantage of the lot’s width, opening virtually every room directly onto or with a view of the spacious lawn and gardens. The home has 4 large bedrooms on the second floor ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 2, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Play croquet in Lincoln Park for half a million less

643 W Arlington Chicago

It isn’t often that you’ll see the phrase “perfect for croquet” in a listing for a Lincoln Park home, but then there are very few Lincoln Park homes that have a lawn the size of the one at 643 W Arlington Pl. That leisurely game of croquet just became half a million dollars less expensive. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 19, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Half-million price drop on a riverfront townhome

Streeterville townhome video

When the weather’s as gorgeous as it’s been you’ll want to start your home tours up on the roof, especially if the roof directly overlooks the Chicago River in Streeterville. If there’s a better townhome roof deck than the one at 439 E North Water St, I haven’t seen it, and I doubt that one ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 21, 2012

Stop using Craigslist to shop for rentals, says real estate veteran

Dennis Dooley on rental services

Dennis Dooley is a seasoned veteran of the real estate industry, having served in management positions at both a local and national level. He’s recently become very concerned about the “unscrupulous” practices of Chicago’s rental service firms, also known as apartment finders and apartment locators. Dooley has three suggestions to help Chicago renters protect themselves. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 20, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

Wilmette open house pick – New construction for $1.395M

1148 Isabella St Wilmette

Isabella St defines a large part of Wilmette’s southern border with Evanston. On the north side of the street west of Green Bay Rd, in Wilmette, there has been quite a bit of teardown activity and new homes built over the past decade. On the south side of the street, in Evanston, there’s been nowhere ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 30, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

A large, character-laden South Loop loft

1617 S Michigan video

When you think of a loft you conjure sunlit sprawling spaces with high ceilings, exposed brick, and a lot of character. Too often all you find is a dark space with all the character of a bowling alley. The 3,000 square foot, 3-bedroom, 3-bath top-floor loft at 1617 S Michigan Ave is likely to satisfy ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 8, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

$400K price reduction on Lincoln Park single-family

2325 N Orchard Chicago

A renovated 19th century home in Lincoln Park just came on the market as a new listing, although it’s been listed on and off since April of 2009. The 6,700 square foot, 6-bedroom, 5 ½ bath, 15-room home is on an extra-wide 30 x 125 corner lot at 2325 N Orchard St. The location enables ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 21, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park home with an indoor lap pool, croquet-perfect yard

643 W Arlington Chicago

It isn’t often that you see the phrase “rear yard perfect for croquet” – or meet a real estate agent who doesn’t think croquet is a munchie at a broker’s open house. The spectacular Wheeler Kearns-designed single-family home at 643 W Arlington is on an unusual 50 x 175 lot. Everything else about the home ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 6, 2011
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A Ravenswood 2-bedroom with a unique duplex-down option

Ravenswood condo video

What’s unique about the 2-bedroom condo at 2200 W Winona is the full lower level directly below the unit. It could easily be expanded into to create a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with a family room at a price, according to listing agent Eric Rojas, well below a comparable 3-bedroom in the Ravenswood neighborhood. The home, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 14, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The rooftop views from Haberdasher Square Lofts

View from Haberdasher Square

This is my second consecutive day of visits to mid-rise roof decks. Today’s foray was to Haberdasher Square Lofts, 728 W Jackson, where I shot video of a 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit listed by Prudential Rubloff’s Chris Hancock before heading up to the roof. Check back in a day or two for the video. The panoramic ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 4, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown MLS-listed rentals renting at torrid pace

The MLS-listed rental inventory in the 14 downtown ZIP codes that we track dipped slightly during the past week from 782 units to 763 units. Of the new units that came to market during the past week, 276 are still available. If all of the units that left the market were rented, at least 38% ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 29, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Stanley Tigerman’s sophisticated spaceship at Water Tower Place

Water Tower Place condo

Chris Hancock greeted me on the 57th floor of Water Tower Place saying “this home is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.” Having seen many thousands of homes, I quickly dismissed that suggestion. I should have held my thought – Chris was right. Unit 5706 at 180 E Pearson was imagined by award-winning architect Stanley ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 21, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

Lake View condo sales down sharply in first half of year

3127 N Clifton video

Prudential Rubloff’s Eric Rojas sent along the following market update for the Lake View / Lakeview neighborhood, where he’s hosting an open house this Saturday, July 9, from 11 to 1 pm at 3127 N Clifton. The home, which I toured with Eric in the above video, is priced at $424,900 after a recent reduction. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 8, 2011

Bell and Coonley – market updates by school district

North Center tour video

Over at his lively Chicago Real Estate Local blog, Prudential Rubloff’s Eric Rojas has been surveying home prices in sought-after “buzz” elementary school districts. Eric recently focused on North Center’s Coonley School district, which saw 51 single-family home sales in the past 12 months. He also looked at the long-popular Bell School neighborhood, where 20 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 30, 2011
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston’s most beautiful lakefront home

Evanston Lakefront home

When I saw listing copy describing 581 Ingleside in Evanston as the “most beautiful lakefront home” I was skeptical. So, I called the listing agent, Sally Mabadi in Evanston of Prudential Rubloff and arranged a tour. A quick walk around the home and the grounds quickly overcame my skepticism. If this isn’t the most beautiful ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 24, 2011
ChicagoFar North

Saturday open house pick – Lincoln Square 4-bedroom for $469K

5137 N Oakley Chicago

I’ll be in Lincoln Square tomorrow morning, checking out the highly-rated Winnemac Park on my way to video an open house a short block away from the park. A Saturday open house? Yes. Prudential Rubloff’s Eric Rojas, one of our clients, often hosts open houses on Saturdays, and he has one scheduled tomorrow from 11 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

An open plan duplex on a gorgeous Lake View block

3127 N Clifton video

I enjoy looking at homes with Eric Rojas. Eric is always knowledgeable about the neighborhoods we visit. He tends to work with sophisticated buyers and has a keen sense of what they’re looking for in a home, and how homes actually live. Eric’s blog is one of the sources we link to frequently on our ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 17, 2011