The stretch of LaSalle Street from Lincoln Park to the heart of the Loop ranks just behind Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue as one of the city’s classic drives.
Marking the midpoint of this historic route, at 150 W Superior St, on the northwest corner of LaSalle and Superior in chic River North, sits KLB Construction and Affinity Development’s new gem of a building. Though not a towering skyscraper, The Superior at LaSalle – a 15-story, 54-unit boutique condominium building – rises above the rest in its originality of design and quality of craftsmanship.
Founded 32 years ago by Kevin Loughlin, KBL specializes in new and renovated residential and commercial properties. Six years ago, Loughlin’s son Jamie established Affinity Development, a high-end luxury development firm that plans and develops premium residential and commercial properties. In collaboration with Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, they created an upper-echelon niche with The Superior at LaSalle, attracting a broad spectrum of buyers in the process.
“The team put together a terrific package,” says sales and marketing manager Eric Dick, “Features like 15-foot ceiling heights, two walls of glass in each unit, and finishes that are a step above the competition. They explain why we are attracting buyers ranging from working professionals to empty nesters to second-home seekers. It runs the entire gamut.”
The area has undergone rapid change, according to Hartshorne Plunkard partner Tom Pope, who says that The Superior’s beige limestone and the fusion of neo-classical and art-deco looks capture the surrounding color palette and building shapes.
“The building program really drove the design in the long run,” says Pope. “The structure is a series of three projections with emphasis on verticality, and it includes a lot of reveal detail. The solid glass corners define large duplex units that have the feel of townhomes and are appealing to the multi-level market. And the painted limestone façade and champagne-tinted glass blends in with the surroundings and gives the building a warm, intimate feel.”
The lobby motif serves to carry this feeling inside. While the lobby has simple, sleek lines, the blend of glass, stone and wood takes the edge off its contemporary character, creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere.
Some of the salient building amenities include a 24-hour doorman, two high-speed wood-paneled elevators, richly decorated hallways, private storage areas, and heated garage parking priced at $42,000.
“The Superior is not loaded up with common amenities that would make for costly assessments,” says Dick. “Impeccable quality and a rich, intimate environment are really the outstanding features of this building.”
The unit interiors are the true talking point for The Superior. Floor-to-ceiling windows and 10- to 15-foot ceiling heights, combined with expansive terraces, create an unmatched feeling of spaciousness. Add a soft-loft, open-look layout and high-end finishes, and The Superior has a real edge in today’s market.
Unit amenities include hardwood flooring in living areas, gas fireplaces, Canac Ultra III kitchen cabinets, stone kitchen countertops, KitchenAid stainless-steel appliances, Kohler double-bowl stainless-steel kitchen sinks, marble, granite or slate bathroom flooring, stone vanity countertops, Canac Ultra II vanity cabinets, Grohe bath fixtures, Toto toilets, washers, dryers, and multimedia wiring.
Available residences include one-bedrooms with one bath (with and without den), two-bedroom/two-bath units, three bedrooms with 2.5 baths, and several penthouses. The residences range in size from 1,131 to 2,700 square feet, and are priced from the $440s to $1.35 million.
“We are approaching 80 percent in sales,” says Dick. “But a broad mix of units and different building locations remain available for immediate delivery, including a top-floor penthouse with a 300 square-foot terrace.”
A sales center and model home are located on site. They are open by appointment on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.