New to the market: Wide awake in Pilsen

Exterior of Reawakening Pilsen 1745, 1745 W 18th Pl, ChicagoA less inventive developer would have christened this “The Renaissance on 18th” and thought nothing of it. Fortunately for us, the folks behind the condos at 1745 W 18th Pl took that general theme and crafted something far more ambitious and dramatic.

For your consideration, I give you Reawakening Pilsen 1745.

Wow, that’s a lot of pressure for a handful of homes in Pilsen. After all, how instrumental can one five-unit rehab be in one neighborhood’s rejuvenation? I wouldn’t name my son “Two-time Cy Young Award Winner Askins,” even if I thought he had a good shot at making it to The Show. It’s just a heavy burden to shoulder.

From a marketing standpoint, of course, it’s genius. I did a double-take when I came across the project on, and I’m willing to bet a lot of buyers will have the same reaction.

Enough about the name – what about the homes? At least two are currently for sale: a three-bedroom / two-bath, single-floor home with 1,200 square feet, and a two-bedroom / two-bath duplex with 1,100 square feet. There are three other duplexes in the building, but I’m still trying to find out whether they are available.

The three-bedroom is listed in the $230s, although Redfin says the home was priced in the $240s as recently as May. The duplex is selling in the $200s; likewise, Redfin says the home was priced in the $210s last month. Deborah Ritchey of Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage is handling sales.

As you can see from the images below, the homes have a lot of the standard condo finishes: hardwood floors floors, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and the like. The facade has also been restored, according to Coldwell Banker’s Web site. The homes located are a few doors east of Harrison Park, a few west of the Pink Line track, and just a block south of the 18th Street ‘L’ stop.

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Living area and kitchen of Reawakening Pilsen 1745, 1745 W 18th Pl, Chicago Bedroom of Reawakening Pilsen 1745, 1745 W 18th Pl, Chicago

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