Condominium review, 2650 Lakeview, Lincoln Park

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2650 Lakeview is a 44-story, 398-unit full-amenity contemporary high-rise at 2650 N Lakeview in Lincoln Park. It’s easily recognizable by its strong vertical risers and bay windows.

The building was built in 1972 as a rental building, and was converted to condominiums in 1979.

The architect for the building was Loebl, Schlossman, Bennett & Dart and the general contractor was McHugh Construction.

The apartments

2650 Lakeview has a variety of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom floor plans with 1 to 3 baths.

The apartments have been renovated by owners over the years in a wide variety of styles, but they share some common characteristics: floor-to-ceiling windows, bay windows, relatively spacious and efficient layouts, good closet space and all-electric kitchens.

Ceiling heights are typical of 70s-era construction, i.e. lower than what you’ll find in most new construction condos. None of the units have balconies.

Views. The building is oriented on an east-west axis. The southeast corner units enjoy the best views over the park and lake.

The building’s floor-to-ceiling windows and bay windows afford decent views of the park and lake from most of the units. West-facing units have good view corridors looking over the city.

Recent selling prices. Studio prices have ranged upward from the mid-$100s, 1-bedrooms from the low $200s, 2-bedrooms from the low $300s and 3-bedrooms from the $600s.

Amenities, services, policies

2650 Lakeview has one of the most extensive suites of common-area amenities among Lincoln Park condo buildings.

There’s a nice-sized indoor pool on the top floor that opens to a west-facing sundeck. The only other Lincoln Park condo with an indoor pool is Lincoln Park 2550, a nearby luxury building.

There’s also a large top-floor sundeck on the east side of the building, with great views over the park and lake.

There’s a community room with a catering kitchen adjacent to the east sundeck.

The building also has a well-equipped fitness room, a sauna, and two tennis courts. Storage lockers are available for residents. There’s also an on-site valet / cleaners.

Management, services. The building is professionally managed by Sudler Property Management and has 24/7 door staff.

Parking. Parking spaces in the attached garage can be rented on a monthly basis.

Pets. 2650 Lakeview does not allow pets.

Assessments. Monthly assessments include heat, air-conditioning and basic cable service. As of late August there were no special assessments outstanding.

Finances, litigation. Information about the building’s financial condition is unavailable at this time. There was no litigation pending on behalf of or against the condo association as of August 23, 2014.

Leasing. Owners are permitted to lease once in a twelve-month period. Leases are subject to processing, application and move-in / move-out fees. The association does not have a right of first refusal on leases.

Governing documents. Copies of the building’s governing documents are available for purchase online.

The location

2650 Lakeview is on a residential street that directly fronts a tranquil part of Lincoln Park, the park. It’s an attractive, convenient location close to a wide selection of bars, restaurants and neighborhood shops.

Shopping. 2650 Lakeview has good proximity to grocery shopping, beginning with a small convenience store in the building.

The Market Place, a spot that draws mixed reviews, and a 7-Eleven are a block north on Diversey.

Trader Joe’s on Diversey and Walmart Neighborhood Market on Broadway are a few short blocks from the building. The Walmart has a pharmacy.

There’s a flagship Walgreens at Clark and Diversey.

Affordable Portables, Discount Mattress and Bed Bath & Beyond are a short walk away.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
There’s a good selection of bars and restaurants along Clark, Broadway and Diversey, and nearby in the park.

Dunlay’s, The Edge and The Wiener’s Circle are a few of the many venues in a blocks-long strip along Clark St, two short blocks west of 2650 Lakeview.

Duffy’s Tavern, Pars Cove and Miss Asia are just a few of the venues you’ll find clustered along Diversey, a block north of 2650 Lakeview.

Chipotle, Starbucks, Potbelly, Panera and Yolk are also on Diversey, just north and west of 2650 Lakeview.

Grill in the Park is a little-noticed spot to grab a quick bite when the weather’s good. North Pond is a highly-rated restaurant in a beautiful setting steps from 2650 Lakeview.

Century Centre Cinema is just north of Diversey on Clark St.

Parks, recreation.
Lincoln Park has too many attractions to list.

The Zoo, the Conservatory and its gardens, the landmark Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and other Lincoln Park draws are all within a half-dozen blocks of the building.

The peaceful North Pond and a popular children’s playground are almost directly across from 2659 Lakeview.

Active recreation opportunities are abundant, some of them unexpected. Fly fishing lessons, for example, are available at nearby North Pond in the park and the golf driving range at Diversey is open year-round. There are clay tennis courts and miniature golf adjacent to the driving range.

Diversey Harbor is a short walk from the building.

The park also offers endless opportunities for quiet relaxation.

Transportation. 2650 Lakeview’s access to public transportation is good, but not great.

The #151 bus is one of several routes that connect to the Loop via stops in the park just east of 2650 Lakeview. The #22 Clark and #36 Broadway buses are three short blocks west, and also connect to the Loop.

The nearest CTA train stop, at Diversey, is about an 18-minute walk from 2650 Lakeview, but it can also be reached via the #76 bus along Diversey.

Taxi service is nearly always available near the building. Several Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.

Access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient, and can be a source of major misery during peak hours.

Similar buildings

Lincoln Park, the park, is bordered by a number of high-rise condo buildings. We’ll bring you links to their reviews as they become available, and begin a discussion of the comparative merits of the buildings.

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2650 Lakeview

Address 2650 N Lakeview
City Chicago
# of Units 397
Pets No pets are allowed.
Parking Monthly, in attached garage
Completed 1972
Management Sudler Property Management

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