Open House Tour!

One of our favorite tasks as Realtors is to keep abreast of the latest homes on the market. A great way to do this is visit open houses. Each weekend there are literally hundreds of homes to choose from in our favorite neighborhoods. This weekend, we visited many fascinating homes.

430 E. North Water Street is a townhome along the Ogden Slip in Streeterville. With a private garage and rooftop deck, it’s like a suburban oasis in the busy city. People love this neighborhood because of it’s proximity to shopping, the lake and all the entertainment options of the city. These particular townhomes were built in the early 2000’s as part of the Riverview project between the Ogden Slip and the Chicago River. Once a morass of railroad lines, warehouses and factories, this area has slowly been transformed into what you see today, billions of dollars of real estate! For those who love history, this area forms the heart of Chicago, having been the site of much of the early commerce of the city along the river. The historical photographs and anecdotes are amazing!

Our favorite things about this home are the modern kitchen with granite countertops, plenty of storage space and extensive work area. The fireplace dining area is a magnificent touch which really makes this home special. Upstairs, the bedrooms are secluded and private, providing a welcome and restful home in the city. The private deck allows for million dollar views of the surrounding neighborhood. The nighttime view is particularly magnificent as millions of lights twinkle in the distance. One of the most amazing things about this home is the ability to pull right into your private garage, load and unload in the complete privacy and security of your own home. Check out the photos and the full listing at this link: Of course, if you’d like to see this home it would be our pleasure to arrange a private showing for qualified buyers.

512 McClurg Court is another amazing property in Streeterville. We visited an open house on the 25th floor this past Sunday. People love to live here because of the welcoming lobby, terrific door staff, unmatched amenities like the workout room, community center and outdoor terrace. The homes themselves are private oasis in the city, with amazing views of the surrounding highrises, parks and even lake views from many units. This tower has a unique diagonal orientation on its lot, making this distinctive property a welcome site among surrounding buildings. It was built in 2010 and quickly filled with people who enjoy the city life. Check out the photos and the full listing at this link: Of course, if you’d like to see this home it would be our pleasure to arrange a private showing for qualified buyers.

No building has created such a stir as the most recent highrise tower known as the Aqua at 225 N. Columbus. This distinctive building with it’s wavy balconies has won many awards for the contribution to our skyline. The convenience of city living is demonstrated in this property which is a quick walk away from grocery shopping, recreational amenities and the commercial necessities of the loop. Inside the homes, the private balconies provide the most exquisite views of the surrounding city and lakefront. The amenities of this property are unmatched, with both indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor terrace, cabanas and even a private jogging track. We had the unique opportunity to visit a top floor rental currently listed at $6800 per month! We were awestruck at the 85-foot long wraparound balcony, the floor to ceiling windows and the modern kitchen. This open house exemplifies why we love our job —– exploring the finest residences in the city! Check out the photos and full listing at this link: Of course, if you’d like to see this home it would be our pleasure to arrange a private showing for qualified buyers.

CityView Condominiums at 448 – 480 N. McClurg Court offer reasonable home prices in the heart of Streeterville. These homes are nestled at the quiet end of McClurg Court down by the Chicago Riverwalk. People love the low-key garden style lobby entry with extensive greenery in front of large windows on the ground floor. They love the fitness room with beautiful mural and the recently remodeled entryway. These mid rise condominium homes offer reasonable assessments and a well-run association. We visited unit 719 in the north building, finding it to be clean, comfortable and waiting for the next owner. The updated kitchen is bright and spacious. There’s plenty of closet space and living area, including a nice deck overlooking the common area patios below. Check out the photos and the full listing at this link: Of course, if you’d like to see this home it would be our pleasure to arrange a private showing for qualified buyers.
The ParkShore at 195 N. Harbor Drive is an amazing building right on the lakefront. It’s secluded way back at the eastern terminus of upper Randolph Drive in a private neighborhood that has little or no through traffic. There is quick access to the lakefront recreational amenities, nearby shopping, dining and the cultural activities of Michigan Avenue and the loop. Amenities at this building include an outdoor rooftop pool on the 56th floor, along with an extensive rooftop deck – perfect for watching the annual Chicago Air and Water Show! The top floor fitness center is also a treat, providing inspirational views to make your workout fly quickly! Residents also enjoy the top floor sauna and jacuzzi tub to make for a relaxing experience 365 days a year. We had a recent opportunity to explore a 33rd floor open house with a southeast vista overlooking the lake! We especially enjoyed the open floor plan, modern kitchen and plenty of closet space in this home. The view over the lake was just amazing! Check out the photos and the full listing at this link: Of course, if you’d like to see this home it would be our pleasure to arrange a private showing for qualified buyers.

These are just a sampling of the many fine homes available in Streeterville and the Lakeshore East neighborhoods. Let us know if you’d like to join us next time as we wander the neighborhood finding the best new homes on the market!

Roscoe Village or Lincoln Square?

Roscoe Village or Lincoln Square?

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A client recently asked me which neighborhood I prefer, Roscoe Village or Lincoln Square.  For me, this is a difficult question!  Both neighborhoods have so much charm, interesting streetscapes, terrific shopping and dining and a range of housing choices. For now, let me focus this post on Lincoln Square. We’ll cover Roscoe Village in another post. 

Lincoln Square is about as classic a Chicago neighborhood as you can get. Whether you’re looking for food, festivals or music, this place seems to have it all.  Among the favorites are the Old Town School of Folk Music, the Sulzer Library, Welles Park, Gene’s Sausage, Merz Apothecary, Timeless Toys, Brauhaus Restaurant, Cafe Selmarie, Perfect Cup Coffee and the list goes on. There is plenty of life on the sidewalk, great choices in housing and convenient access to transit on the Brown Line for those who work downtown.  You don’t have to break the bank to live here, with a wide variety of rentals, condominiums and single family homes. For example, how about a beautiful two-bedroom condo with a fireplace and a new kitchen for less than $350,000? Check out the photos and details at this link.  Picture yourself here and enjoy a new beginning in Lincoln Square.  If you need more space and money is less of a concern, consider a completely renovated single family home on West Leland Avenue.  Modest-looking on the outside, this home is magnificent on the inside.  See the pictures and details at this link.  More down to earth in price, you might consider this lovely 3-bedroom home with a fireplace and open kitchen on Montrose Avenue.  Photographs and details of that home are available at this link.   Lincoln Square is a terrific choice of neighborhood to live.  Don’t take my word for it, read this  Chicago Magazine Link to see what others say.  There’s something for every budget in this neighborhood.   If the homes listed above disappear by the time you read this post, simply click this link to see fresh results from a search of available homes in this area.

On The Market!

One of the main factors in selecting a new home is rather intangible.  A first inspiring look at a fascinating property can light a spark of imagination about “what if”  I lived here!  Would this new home put me closer to work, allow more space, a new and different neighborhood, greater convenience, more style, sunlight or a better view.  Everything starts with an idea.  So here are a few ideas to get you started.  What neighborhoods can I afford as I look for a $400,000 home.

Printers Row

The Printers Row area south of Congress Parkway and east of the Chicago River is poised to take off in value as developers move forward on construction of vacant parcels along the river. Thousands of new homes will infuse activity and value in this less developed area. This two bedroom condominium at 611 South Wells puts you right in the action. You’ll get about 1100 square feet high on the 24th floor with amazing views of the river and the city skyline beyond. Picture yourself here and spark your imagination for a new beginning!  Photos and details at this link.


An amazing home at 400 E. Ohio just came on the market, priced at $369,000. It’s a one-bedroom condominium with about 1100 square feet of living space. People love this building because there are only four units per floor, adding a sense of privacy and community. It’s got a wonderful amenity floor including an indoor swimming pool inside a bright glass enclosure. Imagine spending time here on a cold winter day! This property is conveniently located close to the lakefront, Michigan Avenue, Northwestern and all that Streeterville has to offer. Check out the photographs at this link and let your imagination run wild. Welcome home!

South Loop

No fewer than six new towers are proposed for the South Loop.  This will add life, vitality and value to this area, bringing in thousands of new residents seeking to live in this amazing area.  You’ll have convenient access to the cultural amenities of the Art Institute, Field Museum, Symphony Center and numerous theaters like the Auditorium or DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theater, not to mention Buddy Guys or The Jazz Showcase.  This amazing home at can be your spot among all the action.  It’s got two bedrooms and about 1200 square feet on the 27th floor.  A new tower is going up across the street and this will most certainly affect the view.  But these places are flying off the shelf because people see this as an opportunity to live among all the action of the south loop.  Check out the photographs at this link and think about calling this your home in the sky.

West Loop

The West Loop is abuzz with activity these days as several notable corporate headquarters move there, bringing more people to appreciate this historical area.  Prices are on the rise here, but values can be found by those in the right place at the right time.  This Timber Loft with fireplace is sure to spark the imagination of many as a place to call home in this hot area.  This home boasts two bedrooms, 1100 square feet and a treetop view into the beautiful courtyard of this property.  It’s a boutique building of only five floors and sixty five homes.  The building is financially stable, with nearly 1.5 million in reserves.  Check out the details and photos at this link and picture yourself here in your new home.

Lakeshore East

People love Lakeshore East because of its proximity to the lakefront and Millennium Park.  They can walk to the grocery store, the lake or Michigan Avenue and leave the car in the garage.  Lakeshore east is also home to the city’s latest skyscraper under construction, the Wanda Vista Tower.  One of the older buildings in this neighborhood offers great values to be part of this action.  400 E. Randolph includes a country-club quality fitness center, indoor pool and plenty of amazing views.  This one-bedroom home on the ninth floor puts you amidst all the action of Lakeshore East.  You’ve got a remodeled kitchen with modern decor, private outdoor space and access to the thrilling amenities of this building.  At night, you’ll enjoy the sparkling lights of the city as you gaze north toward the city horizon.  Check out the details and photographs at this link and make plans to call this home.

Focus on Lakeshore East: The ParkShore

The ParkShore is a fifty-six floor condominium tower with 482 homes at 195 N. Harbor Drive. It was built in 1991 and has become a well-regarded property for investors, owners and renters alike. There is no rental cap in the building which at present is reported to be 80% owner occupied. Attractive features of the building include a solid operational and reserve fund, responsive management and plenty of amenities. There is a 56th- floor “library” which is a nice entertainment space with a full kitchen and audio-visual equipment. Also on that top floor is an outdoor pool and sundeck, indoor hot tub, fitness center, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and saunas. The ParkShore is conveniently located adjacent to Lake Michigan, with access to the lakefront along a pathway underneath elevated Lake Shore Drive. The ParkShore is close to Mariono’s, Lakeshore East Park and the river walk as well. Residents also enjoy close proximity to Millenium Park, Maggie Daley Park and Michigan Avenue. The ParkShore is a wonderful place to call home. For a listing of homes for sale or rent at this property, click this link. Rentals are listed last on the results page.

Downtown Rentals: So Many New Options!

If you’re thinking of renting in the central city area, you have dozens of choices to review.   The most difficult task is to develop a general understanding of the many buildings available to you, and then to sort out the numerous options, amenities and features of each.  Thankfully, Tom & Chantal have done the hard work for you.  We’ve already visited each of these properties and carefully studied the features, costs and unique characteristics of each.  We can help by offering a thoughtful analysis of how these many options fit with your own needs.

Downtown Chicago is experiencing a renaissance of residential housing with the opening of many new apartment towers in central neighborhoods like River North, Streeterville, South Loop, Loop, the West Loop and West Town.  There are multiple new apartment towers which have come available within the past eighteen months in each of these areas. These new towers are competing with one another (and with the older buildings) on the basis of location, convenience, amenities, and style. There’s literally something for everyone, if you can manage to sift through the astounding array of options. Here’s a look at just four buildings of the many new properties coming online in recent months.

Mila Luxury Apartments

Mila Luxury Apartments opened for residency in September of 2016.  Mila is located on the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street.  It holds 402 apartment homes among forty-one floors and boasts 30,000 square feet of amenity space.  These amenity areas include onsite fitness area, yoga, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor lounge, fire pits, business center, dog run, valet, concierge and even 24/7 room service!  There’s a study, a sky lounge and secure package delivery area with refrigerated storage for groceries.  There are twelve apartments on each floor.  The homes on each corner of the floor have a balcony for private outdoor space.  Unit sizes range from a small 540 square foot studio to the largest two-bedroom home of 1134 square feet  with prices from $1800 to $4500 per month. Mila is truly state-of-the-art, catering to the distinctive resident who insists of the highest level of service and amenity.

Marquee at Block 37

Marquee at Block 37 opened about the same time as Mila, several blocks away.  Marquee is located on Randolph Street, between State and Dearborn in the building known as Block 37.  If you’re looking for convenience to Chicago’s transit system, this building is for you, sitting atop the junction of the CTA’s Red and Blue main lines as well as the underground pedway system.  Step outside your door and walk across the street for Daley Plaza’s many activities including farmers markets and public rallies.  Marquee holds 690 apartment homes among thirty-eight floors.  It’s got thousands of square feet of amenity space, including some outstanding views of downtown landmarks such as Daley Plaza and the Chicago Theater.  Amenities include onsite fitness area, hot tub, steam and sauna, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor lounge, fire pits, business center and dog run!  There’s a cinema room, event space with catering kitchen and even a guest suite for your visitors.  There are twelve apartments on each floor.  The homes on each corner of the floor have a balcony for private outdoor space.  Unit sizes range from a small 587 square foot studio to the largest three-bedroom home of 2102 square feet  with prices from $1915 to $7647 per month. Marquee holds its place among the best, with astounding amenities, views and services for the most discriminating tenant.

Wolf Point West

At the historic junction of the three branches of the Chicago River lies the ultra-modern apartment tower known as Wolf Point West.  This tower hosts 509 homes among forty-six floors.  Apartment sizes range from a 493 square foot studio to an 1829 square foot, three bedroom penthouse.  Prices range from $1918 for that small studio to $9195 for the penthouse homes.   This building includes all the state-of-the-art amenities you’d expect at a property of this caliber. There’s an outdoor pool, a business center, gallery lounge, dog run, fitness center, golf simulator, club room, top floor sky lounge, sky deck, outdoor kitchen, fire pits and an outdoor television.  The outdoor amphitheater allows residents to relax and watch the river traffic go by ….. contemplating the historic development of this city which arose right on this spot.  This property is particularly convenient to River North nightlife, the riverwalk itself and a number of popular destinations such as the Merchandise Mart and River North commercial district.

Moment Apartments

The newest apartment tower to rise in Streeterville is located on the east side of McClurg Court between Grand and Ohio Streets.  The 45-story tower hosts 490 apartments ranging in size from 552 square foot studio homes to 1768 square foot, three-bedroom homes.  Prices range from $1912 to $8805 per month.  Amenities include rooftop pool, several lounges, wellness spa with hot tub and massage room, yoga studio, entertainment room with catering kitchen, billiard table, media theater, business center, pet spa, serenity gardens,  This new tower is particularly convenient to the Streeterville campus of Northwestern University including the medical complex, business and law school.  It’s a short walk to the lakefront and Navy Pier and back to Michigan Avenue.

These are just a few buildings to get you started.  More are presented in this article on the Curbed Chicago Website at this link.

After reviewing the features of all these new buildings, they do tend to blend in among one another so that you develop a general sense of the common amenities and prices that characterize these residences.  Indeed, most of these properties have similar “luxury characteristics” that meet the needs of the discerning resident.  It may be the case that your choice of new residence will boil down to how you apply your own unique matrix of criteria based on neighborhood, convenience, style of the building, friendliness of the staff and just overall first impression when you walk in the door.  

Let’s Get Started!

Tom and Chantal are happy to accompany you on a tour of these and many more properties.  Let us be your guide, your home search concierge, if you will.  We’ll help you select the perfect home from among all these wonderful options available to you.  We’ll even arrange a private car tour of your favorite choices.  Call us today and act fast, before your new home is rented to someone else.  Reach us at (312) 725-0223

Comparing Two Landmarks!

Comparing Two Landmarks

IMG_20161028_103309People often confuse two condominium towers known as Lake Point Tower (Pictured Right) and Harbor Point (Pictured Left).  These are both sleek, black towers with three lobes.  At first glance, they look like twins separated by half a mile.  Lake Point Tower is right there at Navy Pier, while Harbor Point is just a touch further south, at the end of Randolph Street by Lake Shore Drive.  Lake Point Tower rises higher to the sky but Harbor Point has more homes.  Lake Point Tower, with 706 residences and 70 floors rises 645 feet above the ground.  Harbor Point is 54 stories tall, rises 550 feet above ground and has 742 residences.  While Lake Point Tower hosts the acclaimed Cite restaurant atop the building, Harbor Point hosts a well-stocked grocery store in its base.   Lake Point Tower, designed by the architectural firm of Schipporeit-Heimlich was completed in 1968.  Harbor Point, designed by the architectural firm  Solomon, Cordwell Buenz was finished seven years later in 1975.

Lake Point Tower is the more famous of the two buildings because of a prime location right at Navy Pier and its restaurant on the top floor.  Lake Point Tower has been written about, documented on film and is frequently open for tours during Open House Chicago.  Harbor Point is the “quieter of the two”, lacking the notoriety or publicity of the other.  While residents of Lake Point Tower enjoy being in the thick of the action of Navy Pier, Harbor Point Residents seem all the happier a few more steps away, living a slightly quieter existence but also right on the lake.

These two properties are well-regarded by  owners, renters and investors alike.  Lake Point Tower is said to be about 70% owner occupied while Harbor Point is slightly higher at 85%.  Neither building has a rental cap.  Both buildings have a full complement of amenities including swimming pools, exercise facilities and outdoor garden area.  Lake Point Tower has both indoor and outdoor pools. These properties are both well regarded, with significant operational budgets, high reserves and professional management.  With so many homes among these two buildings, there’s always an opportunity to acquire a residence in either …. as a renter, owner or investor.  Check out the availability below and give us a call for a tour!  You can reach Tom or Chantal at (312) 725-0223.


Lake Point Tower

Harbor Point

ParkView Condominiums


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Among the newest condominium towers in Streeterville, the ParkView was completed in 2008. ParkView hosts 268 units among 47 floors. The building includes an outdoor pool, fitness center, community room and 12-seatprivate theatre. There’s an inviting lobby, mailroom and valet cleaners on site. The building is staffed 24-hours a day to provide for resident needs. ParkView is located at 505 N. McClurg Court, Chicago, Illinois  60611,  This is the Northeast corner of McClurg Court and Illinois Street in the Streeterville neighborhood.  It’s within close walking distance to grocery shopping, restaurants, entertainment and business services.

CLICK THIS LINK to discover homes at the Parkview for sale or rent at this very moment.

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