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Hardwood floors often poorly installed

Hardwood floors are more popular than ever in new construction, and with good reason. They offer buyers versatility and a rich, natural look. With pro [...]

Zero-down payment loans too good to be true

Just when home foreclosure rates started to decline a bit in Chicago, some crafty lenders began touting amazing new shortcuts to homeownership. The l [...]
A dream deferred?

A dream deferred?

Shrinking numbers, soaring prices put new houses out of reach for families When Paul Bertsche and his wife, Wendy Andrews, began searching for a home [...]
Stepping-stone

Stepping-stone

Townhouses boost space and privacy for move-up buyers without the cost and maintenance of single-families. So why aren't more getting built? When Chr [...]
Silver Tower to rise in River North

Silver Tower to rise in River North

Silver Tower, a 38-story glass highrise planned for 303 W. Ohio St. might seem alien among the brick and limestone of River North, but its modern sc [...]
The Marquee shows French influence

The Marquee shows French influence

The Marquee, a 25-story tower planned by Sedgwick Properties in the South Loop, might look at home in the Gold Coast or amidst the historic building [...]
Lakefront development big as Loop about to put South Chicago on map

Lakefront development big as Loop about to put South Chicago on map

It's hard to imagine that any of Chicago's 29 miles of lakefront would be available for development in 2005. It's even harder to believe that a lakefr [...]
Deco design marks Astoria Tower

Deco design marks Astoria Tower

Some architecture buffs equate contemporary design with innovation, but that's a mistake, according to Pat FitzGerald, associate president of FitzGe [...]

Edgebrook single-families under $1 million

CA Development recently filed an application with the city for Edgebrook Glen, a planned development of 64 luxury single-family homes at 5200 W. Armst [...]
Own to rent

Own to rent

Buyers embrace hotel condos but struggle with options, projections From beach houses to timeshares, Americans are always looking for new means of esc [...]
Gaining converts

Gaining converts

Highrise condo conversion boom is biggest since '79 Rob and Linda Williams spent a year and a half scouring Chicago for the perfect condominium, but [...]
On the rise

On the rise

Something good is happening to highrise design in Chicago It must be tall, every inch of it tall. The force and power of altitude must be in it, the [...]
The height of luxury

The height of luxury

Waterview raises soaring profile with hotel condos, amenities Waterview Tower, a luxury highrise planned for 111 W. Wacker Drive, has plenty of featu [...]
Double take

Double take

A colorful condo design turns heads in Edgewater When fireman Dan Buganski saw an ad for Catalpa Gardens Condominiums last January, he decided to wal [...]

Shop around, use caution in buying new construction condos and houses

After 19 years as a home inspector, I've seen everything imaginable during the home buying process, including one suicide and a homicide. We'll leave [...]

Millennium Park condominium boom creating shortage of affordable parking

The amazing popularity of downtown Chicago's Millennium Park has sparked a boom in condominium development, but it also is fueling a race for parking [...]
The real world

The real world

As new generation seeks Jefferson Park's charm, old-timers stay put Tell fellow Chicagoans from Lincoln Park to South Shore that you live in Jeffers [...]
Horizontal emphasis marks 30 W. Oak design

Horizontal emphasis marks 30 W. Oak design

About 75 percent of the units have been sold at 30 W. Oak, according to developer Smithfield Properties. The highrise came online in early 2004, but [...]
Developer recreates heavy timber lofts in new condos

Developer recreates heavy timber lofts in new condos

Since lofts came to dominate Chicago's condo market in the'90s, we've seen all manner of new construction masquerading as "lofts." Lofts, as far as [...]
Rezmar to start Riverside District in 1st quarter '06

Rezmar to start Riverside District in 1st quarter '06

Rezmar Development Group will open residential sales at the Riverside District, a 62-acre mixed-use community planned for the South Loop, during the [...]
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