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The Scott Residences, 211 W Scott, Old Town

by Joe Zekas on 9/20/13

The 5-story, 71-unit Scott Residences at 211 W Scott St in Old Town broke ground in the summer of 2013 and is slated for occupancy late in 2014.

The building will include 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail space and 72 parking spots.

The developer is Harlem-Irving Cos with JDL Development.

The apartments

The unit mix includes studios, convertibles, 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms. Floor plans and details of unit finishes have not yet become publicly available.

Amenities, services, policies

According to the developer, the building will have “boutique hotel inspired amenities including a fitness center and large shared terraces.”

The location

Wells Street north of Division St (1200 N) is one of the most interesting and attractive pedestrian-scale venues in Chicago.

Nearly all of the funky vibe that made the strip a tourist mecca in the 60s and 70s has vanished, but a few traces remain.

Neighborhood festivals, highlighted by the wildly popular Wells Street Art Festival and Old Town Art Fair, add to the location’s area-wide appeal.

Walk Score gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” score of 97 and an “Excellent Transit” score of 89.

Shopping. Grocery shopping doesn’t get much more convenient than having Plum Market, a full-service high-end grocer across the street. Jewel and Dominick’s are a few blocks in either direction on Division St, and the original Treasure Island is a few blocks north on Wells St. A new Target is nearing completion several blocks west on Division St. Walgreen’s pharmacies are nearby on Division St and Wells St.

Wells Street is home to an eclectic array of boutiques and other retail establishments. Big-box retailing is available at the nearby Clybourn Corridor, and Scott Residences is within walking distance of Oak Street boutiques and Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops.

Dining, nightlife. Wells Street is a destination restaurant row, with a wide and growing variety of eating and drinking establishments and outdoor dining along its broad sidewalks. A new Hash Browns Café is opening soon at Division and Wells.

Zanies Comedy Club and The Second City are both a few minutes north on Wells St.

Just east along Division is another strip of bars and restaurants. Head a block south on State St toward Rush St and the dining and nightlife scene intensifies even further.

Parks, recreation.
Oak Street and North Avenue beaches and the best of Chicago’s fabulous Lincoln Park are a short walk from 1225 Old Town.

Ball fields and playgrounds are nearby at Seward Park, at a local elementary school and at Walter Payton College Prep.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent. The Clark & Division Red Line stop is two short blocks from the building for quick connections to the Loop.

North / south and east / west CTA bus routesare a block from 1225.

Cross-town access to I-90/94 on Division St can be time-consuming, but southbound travelers may save time by heading for the Ontario St on-ramp.

The competition

The building’s most direct competitor will be 1225 Old Town, directly the across the street. The only other new rental high-rise in Old Town is SoNo East, but it’s in a very different location. Eugenie Terrace, a few blocks north in Lincoln Park, is also a competitor.

You might also consider condos for rent in nearby buildings – they’re occasionally available at sharply lower rents than you’ll find in the rental buildings, in part because they don’t offer comparable amenities packages.

You’ll find additional tips and options at YoChicago’s Old Town Apartment Rental Guide and our at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

The Scott Residences in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Scott Flats gets new name, coat of arms
  • Visiting six new construction sites
  • Developers plan 71 apartments in Old Town
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    Sherian October 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    If the pictures I saw of this building are the building, well, then it’s UGLY. It’s just another glass and brick military style barracks building, has no class, no character, just glass and more glass and bland. I don’t think everything should be modern, not everything in this world is modern, modern does not appeal to everybody……………when are people going to design a building with something that is more in character with being traditional………will not live in that building at all.

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    Joe Zekas October 27, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Sherian,

    Read the rules for comments – “if you’ve visited …”

    What kind of a juvenile idiot makes judgments based on “pictures” that may not even represent the building? Talk about no class, no character – you’re beyond deficient in both.

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    Mother Lolo August 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    I recently visited the Scott Residences during a “hard hat tour” and found the development lacking. It is definitely not worth the more than $4,000 price tag for a 2-bedroom, 2- bath apartment.

    Granted, there are some major pluses: location, indoor parking, walk-in closets, terraces for the east side apartments, the square footage (averaging 1,290 for two bedrooms), washer/dryer, renters of an apartment in Scott Residences are paying for the neighborhood name.

    I wondered, who decided on the amenities–a pool table instead of a swimming pool.
    The stand-out balconies were a bit intimidating, and the cabinets look cheap.

    If you are willing to go a little further north or even south,
    one can get a better bang for his or her buck.

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