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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is the Gold Coast’s grandest yard at risk?

Gold Coast Lurie

The 19,000 square foot Gold Coast home at 1547 N Dearborn Pkwy has one of the most beautifully landscaped side yards on Chicago’s north side. It’s a true urban oasis that has to be a constant source of delight to its owner. You can see some of the yard in the above video and more ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 11, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Roscoe Village single-family sales appear to be hot

3400 block Oakley Ave

We drove around most of Roscoe Village yesterday looking for apartment for rent signs and saw only one. We did note about a dozen new homes, major renovations and teardowns underway. A brief scan of the area at Redfin reported scores of single-family homes having been sold in the neighborhood within the last 12 months, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2014
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Obscure Chicago neighborhoods – Brynford Park

Brynford Park

Brynford Park is an easy-to-overlook, tiny pocket of Chicago’s North Park neighborhood. The neighborhood takes its name from its southeastern corner intersection of Bryn Mawr Ave and Pulaski Rd, formerly Crawford Ave. Brynford Park is a mere six square blocks hosting just over 100 1920s-era homes, many in a Dutch Colonial style on 30-foot and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 24, 2014
News & trendsMarket conditions

Million dollar home sales up 40% year-over-year

2700 N Paulina Chicago

The following market update arrived via a news release from RE/MAX Northern Illinois: Winter winds and frigid thermometer readings couldn’t cool the activity level in the luxury home segment of the metropolitan Chicago real estate market during the first two months of 2014. Compared to the same period in 2013, the number of $1 million-plus ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 20, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

A grand Victorian charmer in Evanston’s Ridge Historic District

1700 Asbury Evanston

) 1700 Asbury in Evanston will make you forget every assumption you once had about Victorian-style homes. Unusually large windows flood the rooms in this home with light and emphasize the open flow of the grand spaces. Classic architectural details include 11-foot ceilings, crown, picture and chair rail moldings, elaborate woodwork, an impressive staircase, three ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 12, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A new 6-bedroom Lincoln Park home in a prime location

1131 Lill

The distinctive luxury homes built by Noah Properties have been selling as quickly as they’re completed. Noah’s latest offering is a 6-bedroom, 4 ½ bath single-family on tranquil, tree-lined Lill Street, steps from Jonquil Park and Supera Playlot. The home, at 1131 W Lill St, has all of Noah Properties’ signature features: great light from ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 7, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A new Bucktown classic redefines urban luxury

1858 N Paulina

The new Bucktown home from Urban Living Chicago is destined to become an instant classic that redefines urban luxury. The 5,400 square foot 5-bedroom, 5 ½ bath home takes advantage of its corner lot to flood the interior with light through large metal industrial-style windows. Wide random plank flooring throughout the home is the perfect ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 17, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

New construction in McKinley Park for $439K

Brighton Park video

Yesterday’s new listings alert included a 3-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home, one of several new homes on a bleak stretch of 32nd St in McKinley Park. The home was listed for sale at $439,000 and listed as under contract within a day. I don’t have any specific information about this property, but I have seen ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 31, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park luxury on four-and-a-half lots

2700 N Paulina Chicago

The rarest of luxury goods in Lincoln Park is land. Very few homes have the luxury of being centered on four-and-a-half city lots, enabling an open, gracious layout flooded with light on even an overcast day. This one-of-a-kind home has 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, 12-foot ceilings, a 4-car garage with direct access to the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 13, 2014
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Edgebrook Glen projects 30 new single-family sales in 2013

Edgebrook Glen

Edgebrook Glen, a development of 64 single-family homes in Jefferson Park, launched about 7 years ago, and it’s been nearly two years since our last visit to the site. At the time, we mocked what we considered a severe disconnect between the reality of the project and its marketing. Yesterday’s email brought a lengthy “news ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 6, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Luxury new construction on an extra-wide Bucktown lot

1660 N Claremont

The newly-built 6-bedroom home at 1660 N Claremont St features 4 full and 2 half baths and a 3-car garage on an oversized lot. The Bucktown home has all of the high-end luxury touches that buyers have come to expect from Noah Properties. It also boasts 3 large decks in addition to yard space. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 22, 2013
North ShoreHighland Park

Lease a vibrant villa in Highland Park

1074 Clavey Highland Park

It isn’t often that you’ll see a 2-bedroom, 1-bath home described as a “hand-built country villa.” But then, how would you respond if challenged to describe this one-of-a-kind polychromatic pad? The home, at 1074 Clavey Rd in Highland Park, was recently listed for rent, fully-furnished, for $2,500 a month. Click on the listing link to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 15, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Are values coming back at the Chatham Club?

Chatham Club streetscape

Chatham has long been one of the South Side’s proudest, most attractive communities. At the beginning of the year The New York Times characterized it as battered but vibrant. The Chatham Club, a development of new single family homes, was built in the late 90s on the former site of the A.J. Canfield Company, which ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 15, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Innovative design in a Southport Corridor home

3652 N Bosworth

The bold façade of the single-family home at 3652 N Bosworth Ave in the Southport Corridor announces that something special lies within. This innovative hyper-contemporary home boasts soaring two-story spaces and sleek finishes. Wood is used liberally on walls and ceiling areas to add warmth. An open catwalk connects a second-floor family room with the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 11, 2013
News & trendsMarket conditions

MLS-listed rental inventory up sharply on north lakefront

Aerial view Senn High School

The number of homes and condos listed for rent in six north lakefront ZIP Codes ticked up ever so slightly in the past two weeks, from 703 to 707. How does that square with our headline? The short answer is that the aggregate number masks a drop in available units in 60614, 60657 and 60613 ...

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

Market for MLS-listed downtown rentals softens

View from Hubbard Place

We’ve been tracking the number of homes and condos listed for rent in the MLS in 14 downtown ZIP Codes for nearly 4 years. It would be reasonable to expect that this year’s strong for-sale market and increasing prices would motivate “accidental landlords” to list their properties for sale, reducing the number of units available ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 21, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Live like a land baron in Washington Park

Google Street View image

One thing we don’t do at YoChicago is write about properties as if we’ve been there when we haven’t. We haven’t been to the 5700 block of South Perry in Washington Park in several years. When we did visit, we found the area to be much as pictured in the Google Street View image above. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 16, 2013
North ShoreWinnetka

On a sandy beach in Winnetka

Sheridan Rd Winnetka

There’s a chill in the evening air at this time of year that may inspire you to dream about life on a sandy beach in a warmer clime. Or it may just have you looking forward to summer’s return and an idyllic waterfront home on the North Shore. There are currently only five lakefront homes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 15, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

A renovated Lakeview Victorian with a 2-bedroom coach house

1336 W George

The 3-bedroom Victorian at 1336 W George in Lakeview has been lovingly renovated by its owners. The light and open home has high ceilings and soaring 2-story spaces. It manages an ideal balance of openness and privacy, with enough room to accommodate a family with more than one child or an owner who entertains guests. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 15, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

The 2700 block of Lakewood is nearing completion

2700 block Lakewood

We’ve looked in on the 2700 block of Lakewood from time to time. In May of 2011 we saw large stretches of vacant land on both sides of the block, and paused to shoot video. When we stopped by last October, a single house was under construction on the east side of the block and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 10, 2013