Making the two-bedroom / two-bath scene: Low to high in Lake View

3133 N Lakewood Ave, Chicago

This week’s premise: You’re dead-set on finding a two-bedroom / two-bath condo in a lakeside neighborhood on the North or Far North Side. Using these criteria, you’ve decided to focus on three neighborhoods: Lake View, Uptown, and Edgewater. From all three, you can easily access Lincoln Park, Lake Shore Drive, the Red Line, so hopefully you’ll be set for work and play.

You have plenty of options in each neighborhood — an MLS search within all three boundaries brought up more than 30 new construction two-bedroom / two-baths in each area. While it’s never safe to make assumptions, you’d be right to guess that prices drop the further north you go: The median price in Edgewater is just about half the median price in Lake View.

For each neighborhood, I singled out three homes: the least expensive, the most expensive, and the one exactly in-between. Today’s post focuses on Lake View, where I found these new condos:

Lake View

  • Least expensive: Unit #202 at 1358 W Belmont Ave, priced in the $340s. The 1,162 square foot unit, marketed by D’Aprile Realty, is located in a elevator-serviced six-flat and features granite kitchen countertops, stainless-steel appliances, a marble bath, a gas fireplace, and outdoor space. Garage parking is available for an additional $25,000.
  • Median: Unit #4B at the 3133 Lofts (seen at top), 3133 N Lakewood Ave, priced in the $440s. This unit, marketed by Jameson Real Estate, is in one of the few remaining new loft developments on the North Side. It’s a top-floor “penthouse” unit with 13-foot ceilings, Pella windows, cherry hardwood floors, 42-inch kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, stone baths, and exposed brick. The unit has been approved for FHA-backed loans and may come with a free deeded garage space. (The parking offer technically expired on the 15th, according to the listing.)
  • Most expensive: Unit #3 at 3713 N Clifton St, priced in the $560s. This home, marketed by Real Living Helios Realty, is the top unit in a new-construction three-flat located just north of the Waveland Avenue wall of Wrigley Field. It comes with exclusive rooftop rights and views of the stadium, and features floor-to-ceiling windows, and a master bath with steam shower, air tub, and heated floors. Indoor garage parking is included.

Check back later this week for similar segments from Uptown and Edgewater.

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