RDM has a Vision of luxury for Wicker Park

Interior rendering of Vision, 1624 W Division St, Chicago

RDM Development President Robert Mosky is a delightful guy who loves to go against the grain. A few years ago he began a condo development at Division and Wells streets. He liked it so much that he started another one right next door, in a kind of “Burger King/McDonald’s approach,” as he would undoubtedly say.

Now, despite a shaky economy, RDM is creating Vision, a four-story contemporary glass, steel and concrete boutique condominium building located at 1624 W Division St in Wicker Park, just a stone’s throw from the Polish Triangle.

Slated for completion in late summer of 2009, Vision includes 33 condos, about 9,000 square feet of commercial space and roughly 111 parking spots.

“Vision really attempts to add some new architectural context to the area,” says Mariano Barrigan of Wallin Gomez Architects, who designed the project. “On the one hand, we wanted to pay homage to the colors and materials that surround the building, but the structure really makes its own statement.”

The expansive use of glass and metal adds a much-needed contemporary look to the area, but because Vision is a boutique residential structure, it does not overwhelm its neighbors architecturally. The building’s real flair can be found in the interiors, according to Barrigan, who points to the large windows and the high-end finishes as being as stylish as they are functional.

“The floor plans are traditional in the sense that there is no loft design,” he says, “but the unique window designs and the finishes set this project apart from almost everything else. When you add to that the fact that these are large units – 1,300 to 2,000 square feet – RDM has truly come up with a great value.”

Two- and three-bedroom residences with two baths make up the unit mix. Buyers will have 15 floor plans from which to chose and two different finish choices that range from modernist concrete to luxurious travertine.

“The Urbanite” package has a more minimalist look with 1.5-inch concrete kitchen countertops, natural backsplashes and Jerusalem stone in the baths. “The Luxe” features 1.25-inch travertine countertops and backsplashes and travertine marble in the baths. Both styles come with floating six-drawer European bath cabinets, wide-plank wood flooring, Liebherr refrigerators, Fisher & Paykel dishwashers, Wolf stainless-steel ovens and microwaves, and Grohe fixtures. All units come with floor-to-ceiling windows and recessed balconies. Prices will range from the $440s to the $590s.

Karen Goodman Cable, vice president of marketing for RDM, thinks the project is a natural for the area.

“There is so much going on in terms of restaurants and retail space in the area that bringing in more luxury residential living will do nothing but enhance it,” she says.

Mosky says Vision is already 30 percent sold for a number of reasons.

“We have a great track record in the city and we have financial accountability,” he says. “People know we have a quality product and we deliver on our promises. Buyers are always more comfortable with developers who have been around for a while. I’ve gotten a tremendous response without even putting out much advertising.”

He has indeed gotten a great response, according to Bob Kohler of Coldwell Banker’s Matt Garrison Group, exclusive agents for the property, who says that 11 of the units are already under contract.

No sales center has been established for Vision, but virtual presentations of the project may be seen by appointment by calling Matt Garrison or Bob Kohler at 773-573-9200.

Wicker Park
Two to three bedrooms
$440s to $590s

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