Thursday, October 23, 2014

Andersonville's Clark Street "People Spots" and condo sales 2014

The People Spot at Clark and Olive on Andersonville's booming retail and restaurant strip.
I tend to eat more in the fall months.  This leads me to walk to Andersonville's North Clark Street and the ridiculous amount of great food (and drinks) available.  After a good meal I like a good sit at one of the People Spots along the strip. 

The Clark and Olive People Spot sits on the northern end of Andersonville in front of Piatto Pronto and The Coffee Studio
Andersonville is a very popular neighborhood with a number of condo apartments lining North Clark Street from West Lawrence Avenue to West Edgewater Avenue. This strip puts you directly in the action. The less expensive options lie on the northern and southern outposts of Clark Street while prices tend to be higher between West Winnemac and West Bryn Mawr (the traditional Andersonville boundaries). However, a new town house development near Lawrence has really brought up prices on the southern end of Clark in front of the cemetery.

Condo sales on North Clark Street in Andersonville (West Lawrence to West Edgewater) January 1st to October 22nd

22 condos and attached town houses have closed thus far in 2014.  The median price is a hefty $525,000.  All but three of the units sold are new construction units delivered this year.  One condo development at 5434 N Clark and a town house development at 4832 N Clark made up the bulk of sales.

Three re-sale condos sold from $290,000 (a rare short sale loft condo) to $440,000 for a three bedrooms, two baths well appointed condo built in 2006.

People spot at Clark and Farragut

Live, shop and sit on North Clark Street in Andersonville.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For Rent NOW! Avondale apartment, two beds, huge yard and deck, parking! $1,450 ($100.00 for parking)

A great friend and professional General ntractor has a two bedroom unit in his building for rent. The Avondale location is near the original  Small Bar, the original Kuma's and easy to the best Logan Square spots. One block to CTA Blue Line stop at Belmont and Kimball Contact Jon direct at the Craigslist ad HERE.

Newer large deck and huge yard.

This is a raised 1st floor apartment (not a garden) in an owner occupied gut rehabbed 3-flat. The lease starts November 1st and the rent includes all utilities except TV and Internet. May be able to move in a few days early.
Here are the details:
- gas and electric are included in the rent (no ComEd or People's Gas bills)
- apartment completely renovated
- central heat and air conditioning
- dishwasher and garbage disposal
- walk-in master bedroom closet
- hardwood floors throughout
- new windows
- laundry and storage area in the basement
- back deck
- large shared back yard and grill
- garage parking available for $100/mo.
- well maintained building
- one block to the Belmont Blue Line bus and train stop
- two blocks to 90/94
- 25 minute commute to O'hare and downtown
- close to great Avondale and Logan Square restaurants and bars

Click here to contact Jon direct

Great kitchen leads to big deck overlooking yard.  Fantastic indoor/ outdoor living.

Great place, good location for hotspots and CTA, terrific landlord. Tell him Eric sent you!

Former Deni's Den building, Bucca di Beppo tear down is prime real estate in East Lakeview

2941 N Clark Street...out with the old. The 98'x125' property stretches 4 city lots.
We were walking down Clark Street last week and noticed this conspicuous lot.  The tear down at 2941 North Clark has a little history. A neighborhood guy caught me taking a photo and asked if I remembered the former night spot Deni's Den...a Greek night spot with belly dancers and all that. Apparently Deni Dimitreas was a local celebrity.

Deni bought the property for $130,000 in 1978 and sold in 1997 for $780,000.  The property was sold again in 2001 for $1,450,000 and then $1,800,000 in 2003.

More recently the site was formerly Buca di Beppo and things went downhill from there.  The property went into foreclosure by 2010 and was sold for $1,375,000 last year. By the way, we ate "in the kitchen" at Buca. Must have had a gift certificate.

Development plans have been presented for the site and a final approval is in the works.  The trend of large mixed use site re-development continues all around popular Lakeview.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Proposed medical marijuana facility near Halsted and Diversey in Lakeview: Meeting November 10th

2843 N Halsted (formerly Mix nightclub and other previous bars) is the proposed site for a medical marijuana facility in Lkaeview's 44th Ward.
The proposed property abuts a newer construction Residential building with street front commercial space.  Many residential condos and apartments share the back alley with the proposed site.

The residential  building 2844 N Burling (along with others) backs up to the proposed medical marijuana facility at 2843 N Halsted.
DNAinfo Chicago reported last week on a proposed medical marijuana facility at 2843 North Halsted.  The south Lakeview location is surrounded by residential condo buildings on Halsted and North Burling.  There is also a mixed bag of retail and bars dotting the adjacent blocks.  I've had offices on Diversey and Halsted in the past and as far as North Halsted goes the 2800 block is relatively quiet. The vacant property at 2843 N Halsted was housed several failed bars.

According to the DNAinfo story Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said MedMar will make appearances at two more community meetings to presents its plans to Lakeview residents. 
These meetings include:
• South East Lake View Neighbors, 7 p.m. Nov. 10, 656 W. Barry Ave.
• Central Lakeview Neighbors, 7 p.m. Nov. 11, 836 W. Wellington Ave. (Olson Auditorium)

The proposed location is in a popular and expensive Lakeview/ Lincoln Park location.

Several of our clients close to this location have reached out to us in the past week asking "what can we do?".  This is a good lesson in civic involvement. It's always a good idea to get involved in some way with your neighbors through the local Alderman's office, neighborhood organizations, "Mom groups", block clubs... whatever is a good fit. Local officials will usually contact (and listen too) well organized groups first when development proposals and important issues arise. 

Some local alderman have their own local zoning committees that review and make recommendations for proposals. Zoning variances and development proposals are probably the most controversial and heated topics local citizens engage in on a regular basis.  Don't be left out of the process.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Now this is a pub

The Red Lion at North Rockwell and West Lawrence in Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood of Lincoln Square.

English and Scottish beers, leather back chairs, fish and chips and stories.
posted from Bloggeroid

Saturday, October 18, 2014

North Park single family home sales offer real value under $400,000

I've long felt the North Park neighborhood offers real value for single family home buyers on the North Side of Chicago. It may not be the most commuter friendly in terms of trains (the Kimball CTA Brown Line stop is the closest train to downtown) but it does offer reasonable bus access, great bike routes and relatively short drives to large employers throughout the North Side and North Shore.  

North Park delivers on charm! (all photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
Large public parks (River and Legion among others) and proximity to several university campuses (North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University and  Northwestern University) are the most attractive draw for me to this area. Most blocks are leafy and green. The brick homes and unique architecture found in most areas of North Park can be truly charming.

North Park single family home sales 2014 (January 1st to October 17th)

50 single family homes have sold in the North Park Community area from January 1st to October 17th this year.  The median price is for single family home is just $280,000.  Compare that with popular Lincoln Square just to the southeast at $650,000 range and you start to see the value.  50 homes sold over the same period in 2013 with a median price of $270,000.  Although two homes topped $600,000 last year.

Custom beauties dot the leafy residential streets of North Park

The highest sale this year in North Park is 4316 W Summerdale for $541,000.  The large 1999 built suburban style home with four bedrooms on the second level is located in a unique subdivision just west of St Lucas cemetery (near parks and nature walks) at Foster and Pulaski.  43 of the 50 single family home sales closed for under $400,000.

You'll see many homes engulfed in mature landscaping.

Many condo owners looking for more space and a yard are discovering neighborhoods like North Park and Portage Park to buy a house. If you need to expand your search for a house please contact us.  We may have options in attractive neighborhoods you had not previously considered.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chicago Youth Lacrosse at Winnemac Park

Lacrosse has been a growing and very hot sport in the Midwest for several years now. For the first time in my knowledge Lacrosse has shown up in our own backyard at Winnemac Park on the Amundsen High School sports field. I stopped for a moment and watched the the beginner leagues. It's really good for the neighborhood to have the Winnemac and Amundsen fields buzzing with action every weekend and evening.

Check out Chicago Youth Lacrosse "home of the Chicago Blues". 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Seen in Ravenswood: Learning new cultures

... or water closet.

Spooky in East Lakeview

Some people love Halloween.  I have seen this set up for a few years now on the 500 block of West Briar.


Busy Bucktown intersection features Bloomingdale Trail construction, commercial and residential development

Bloomingdale Trail (606 project) bridge construction along North Milwaukee Avenue 
(All photos Eric Rojas and Bob DePalma, Brokers, Kale Realty)
We were in Bucktown last week looking at some property near the St. Paul and Winnebago intersection of western Bucktown. Although the surrounding location has been long developed this immediate spot along the CTA Blue Line tracks has remained "blighty" looking (to coin a phrase).  The seemingly endless Chicago construction and development churns on.

The CTA Blue line lies between the angled streets North Milwaukee Avenue and North Winnebago Avenue.  Development projects are on each side of the EL tracks.

Future site of town house construction near St. Paul and Winnebago in Bucktown.  The long vacant lot has been a bane to existing home owners for years and years.  The last attempt at developing the lot was back around 2006 prior to the housing bust (I remember advertising signs at the lot circa 2006-2007).

The site of planned Northwest Memorial Hospital medical building at 1776 N Milwaukee.

Nearby Bucktown Condo Sales

Condo sales (attached units including town houses) in the immediate area have been very active over the past 12 months.  135 units have sold within the boundaries of  North Damen to North Western and West North Avenue to West Armitage.  North Milwaukee Avenue and the Blue Line cut diagonally through this western section of Bucktown.

Sales area map generated on by Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

The median price for a condo in these boundaries is $387,500.  Prices are affected by a unit's proximity to the El tracks and by location on one of the major arteries like North Western Ave.