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The South Loop’s best apartments – finishes and features

by Joe Zekas on 12/26/13

Earlier posts in our series on the best apartment towers in the South Loop concentrated on their location. We spotlighted the South Loop apartment buildings with the best views, the most convenient grocery shopping, the best access to public transit, parks and beaches, retail shoppingthe expressway grid, dining and nightlife, retail shopping, and the shortest walk to the Loop.

We then shifted focus to the buildings themselves, beginning with affordability, the topic that’s top-of-mind with many renters, and moving on to the best building amenities, boutique ambiance and pet-friendliness.
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It’s time to move on to the apartments themselves, starting with a look at finishes and features.

Four buildings are contenders for first place in the “best apartment finishes and features” category: Burnham Pointe, Astoria Tower, The LEX and Lofts at Roosevelt Collection. All four buildings were built as condos and converted to rentals as a result of the market downturn. They all have attractive finish packages that include in-unit washer / dryers and upgraded kitchens and baths.

Burnham Pointe, we think, has a slight overall edge over the other buildings. All of its apartments have high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors throughout and private outdoor space.

Astoria Tower is the only building among contenders that has studio apartments, and The LEX is the only one to offer 3-bedrooms.

Buildings in the South Loop have been upgrading recently to remain competitive, and you may find individual apartments that match one in the buildings we’ve singled out as having the best finishes and features.

Chime in with a comment if you disagree with our selections.

You’ll find links to our objective, visually-rich apartment reviews of South Loop buildings, and links to near real-time availability checks for most of the buildings, at our at-a-glance list, and some tips and advice at our Guide to renting in the South Loop.

Next topic: Private outdoor space.

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