A peek inside the condos at The Park Monroe, a new office conversion in the Loop

In the Park Monroe

In the bedroom at the Park Monroe

The Park Monroe‘s condos, on six floors of converted office space at 55 E Monroe St, are speeding towards completion, company reps say, with phase one units likely to be completed by mid 2008. To hammer this point home, the sales center on the building’s 41st floor includes model units you can walk through, showcasing the interior architecture of Pappageorge/Haymes, Ltd. If you like sleek appliances with rounded edges (guilty) or the kind of modern furniture you might find in the store Room & Board (guilty), the model might tempt you to, say, plunk down on the couch or sink onto the bed (not guilty, I swear).

But if you’re hoping to bathe your gorgeous decor in natural light, The Park Monroe might give you pause. The floor plans show long, narrow units with windows at one end, sometimes a necessary evil of office conversions. It remains to be seen whether buyers will balk at the layouts. The building is 48 percent sold, according to Nicole Richardson, a sales associate, with sales picking up in recent months.

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