Thursday, October 20, 2016

New for sale! Logan Square three bedrooms condo on the Boulevard $329,000: Open House Saturday October 22nd, 1p to 3p

Spacious living room with wood burning fireplace walks out to private terrace.
2623 W Logan Boulevard #1W, Chicago IL 60647 
Asking Price $329,000
*Open House Saturday October 22nd, 2016 *
*1pm to 3pm*
Huge open floor plan with fantastic dining and kitchen area for entertaining. Great windows along the entire wall!
Wow! A three bedrooms two baths newer construction condo on historic and beautiful Logan Boulevard in Logan Square for only $329,000.  This home looks brand new. 2623 W Logan Boulevard #1W includes parking.  The attractive corner building was built in 2005... one of the last new construction condo buildings allowed on Logan Boulevard due to the  Chicago Landmarks  designation.

2623 W Logan Boulevard is a beautiful newer construction building on a corner lot.  Unit 1W has a private walk-out terrace shown on the lower right of the photo and shares a common roof-top deck area. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker Kale Realty and

2623 W Logan Boulevard #1W asking $329,000
2005 new construction
Three bedrooms
Two bathrooms
Parking spot (outdoor)
Full corner unit tons of light
10.5 foot ceilings!
Private entrance
Large private front terrace
Side by side washer/ dryer closet
Huge 12x6 interior walk-in storage closet
Walk-in kitchen pantry
Wood burning fireplace/ gas starter
Many new fixtures
Tastefully painted
Assessment approx $273.00, taxes approx $4,000

Walk-out private terrace.

Huge room with tall ceilings!

Spacious master bedroom suite with walk-in closet.

Double vanity master bathroom with jetted tub.

Master bedroom walk-in closet!
Walk out of your home onto gorgeous Logan Boulevard.  This is truly a special location.  The home is around the corner from the popular Starbucks and top restaurants on North California Avenue and just blocks away.  Haas Park Field House and soccer field is a couple blocks south down North Fairfield.  Easy access to 90/94, Target, Mariano's, Home Depot... anything hip or practical is within walking distance.

Watch the video walk-through of the unit from a couple years ago.

Second bedroom
Interior storage closet!
Kitchen pantry closet!
Side by side washer and dryer closet.
Exclusively listed by:
Eric Rojas, Vice President/ Broker
Kale Realty - Lincoln Park
2447 N Ashland Avenue
Chicago IL 60614

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The good life! Retired clients buying second home in Glenview, Northbrook area

The Meadow Ridge sub division in Northbrook features a gated entry with guard, pretty landscaping and floor plan with first floor master bedroom. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
We are working with a recently retired couple that need a second home in the Chicago area. The snowbirds will split time with Florida.  They want to be close to the city, maintenance free life and a first floor master suite. There is no better area to consider for the many "lifestyle" communities than Glenview and Northbrook down the North Shore. These are gated condo associations with attached homes.

Several gated sub-divisions in Glenview and Northbrook rest along (or very near) several golf courses. Westgate at the Glen is shown below.

We've found that three bedrooms homes with main floor master bedrooms in the several gated condo associations around Glenview and Northbrook run from low $500s for re-sales to the high $800s for re-sale and new construction. Features vary. A smaller percentage of available re-sale homes have basements while most newer construction units (from the last few years) do not. The newest construction homes we've viewed do not have a basement options.

We walked some of the last homes to be built at Meadow Ridge early this week.  The "F" floor plan is the largest and features a few changes from the original floor plans.
Our clients are interested in a new construction home.  They'll consider a unit that has just been built or one that can be built on a remaining plot in the sub division. Another important aspect is the feel of the neighborhood and surrounding amenities.  A few of the sub-divisions are walk-able to shops, restaurants and grocery stores while most would probably require driving to stores.

Certain units in Meadow Ridge have a terrific view of the Techny Towers

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Lincoln Square Open House! 2329 W Berwyn Sunday October 16th, 1PM to 4PM

Open House
2329 West Berwyn, Chicago IL 60625
 Sunday October 16th, 1PM to 4PM

Watch the video walk through!

This is a fantastic house at a great price in the Bowmanville neighborhood of Lincoln Square. Come by to view the house and discuss selling and buying in the neighborhood.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

St. Matthias Parish and school bring out the stars to raise money at Friends of the Grape

I'd like to thank my old business friend and Chicago's Anthem Singer Jim Cornelison for kicking off our 17th Annual Friends of the Grape fest and auction.  The St. Matthias community was pumped up and excited to bid on LIVE auction items last Sunday October 2nd. Thanks JIM!

Special thanks to television personality Ted Brunson of "Chicago's Best" fame for serving as our auctioneer.  What a fantastic job bring in the auction dollars!  Our community really enjoyed Ted's involvement.

Thank you to a first time sponsor Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits.  What awesome avocado biscuits and key lime pie among other items. The new 4947 North Damen shop in Ravenswood/ Lincoln Square is walking distance to St. Matthias and many of our community are regulars! Contact Bang Bang Pie Catering and Events!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lincoln Square multi-unit (two-four units) sales in 2016: Median price up $150,000 since 2012

We spent some of the weekend showing Lincoln Square two-flats to a great client of ours.  They want to stay in the neighborhood and a two-flat will make the most financial sense for them. The Lincoln Square two-flat market has been very active this year.  Many two-flats are still bought and converted to single family homes. I suspect the trend has shifted back slightly to "owner operators" as the prices in the area have gone up for the past 5 years.

Lincoln Square Two-Flat to Four-Flat Sales Jan 1st to Oct 7th, 2016
  • 63 multi-unit buildings (two-four units) sold thus far in 2016.  The median price is about $550,000.  41 of those sales were two-flat buildings with a $530,000 median price (highest price sale is $865,000). 19 buildings were three-flats with a median price just over $550,000 (highest sale was $719,000). Only three buildings were four-flats for a $550,000 median price (highest sale for four unit was $635,000).
  • In 2015, an almost identical 65 units sold with a median price around $550,000 as well. 
  • In 2014, 56 multi-units sold with a median price of $525,000.  
  • In 2012, when things started to trend upward, 42 units sold with a median price of only $379,000!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

New for sale! Bowmanville, Lincoln Square single family home delivers on quality for $649,900

2329 West Berwyn in the Bowmanville neighborhood of Lincoln Square.
Watch the video walk through of this three beds, four baths single family home at 2329 West Berwyn, Chicago, IL 60625 offered at $649,900.  This is the one!!

Bowmanville, Lincoln Square single family home!
2329 West Berwyn, Chicago IL 60625
Offered at $649,900
Three bedrooms
Four full baths
30'x125' lot!
Backyard, two large decks and two car garage
Kitchen/ great room
True master suite!
Open floor plan with quality finish level.

True master suite with walk-in closet and awesome French door and deck!

Master suite deck

Charming outdoor space for entertaining or quite summer nights.
Awesome kitchen/ great room layout!
View more photos and information here!

Bowmanville is a desirable community of long time owners and new construction homes alike. Walk to Andersonville night life, Lincoln Square entertainment and Winnemac Park. NEW Half Acre tap room/ patio coming soon across the street. Check out the Bowmanville Community Organization for neighborhood events!

Bowmanville is dotted with community gardens
A public green space developed by the Bowmanville Community Organization is located steps from 2329 W Berwyn.
Exclusively listed by:
Eric Rojas, Vice President/ Broker

Kale Realty - Lincoln Park
2447 N Ashland Avenue
Chicago IL 60614

We love to help you buy and sell Bowmanville, Lincoln Square and North Side properties.  Contact us today!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Chicago Property Tax Rebate program: Application due November 30th, 2016

Rising property taxes are certainly on the minds of Chicago homeowners.  The Chicago Association of Realtors provided our members information on a Chicago Property Tax Rebate program. In person applications are due November 30th, 2016. Click here for more information.  

 Income and age restrictions apply:

  • Chicago Homeowner;
  • Received the Cook County Homeowners’ Exemption in the most recent property tax year;
  • Household adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less in 2015;
  • City of Chicago portion of property taxes increased on most recent tax bill;
  • Current on the payment of property taxes;
  • Do not owe real estate taxes on other property located in Chicago; and
  • Do not have City debt (e.g. parking tickets, overdue water bills). In cases where City debt is owed, the rebate will be applied to the debt.
Click here for the City of Chicago property tax rebate program.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Property Tax Appeal seminar TONIGHT Lincoln Square (It makes you smart)

Late notice on this blog.  However, your Alderman's and Commissioner's offices are there to help you appeal your property taxes.  I appeal each opportunity without an attorney.  The Board of Review makes it easy. 

If you can't make this info session contact your Alderman and Commissioner offices for more opportunities for one-on one help.

How to appeal your property taxes:
Tuesday October 4th, 2016
Sulzer Library
4455 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

Monday, October 03, 2016

New Uptown, Andersonville townhomes could replace commercial building at Chase Park

More changes a coming to North Clark Street in Uptown. 4740 N Clark Street, Chicago IL 60640 looking north. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
A large commercial building at 4740 N Clark Street just north of Chase Park could be redeveloped into 24 townhomes.  The current property is owned by Community Counseling Centers of Chicago and consists of three conjoined buildings and a surface parking lot.  The large parcel spans some 254 feet along North Clark Street. View proposal drawings here
A front surface parking lot at the north end of the property. 
This Uptown Community Area location is walking distance to Andersonville retail/ restaurants and Ravenswood neighborhood amenities.  It's also near the busy intersection of West Lawrence and North Clark that has been developed with residential units and retail improvements over the last few years. 

The new townhome development would sit adjacent to Chase Park where adults and children alike can enjoy the track, fields, pool, tennis courts, basketball gym and more.

The morning traffic can be very busy on North Clark Street.  The location is close to the CTA Red Line trains and plenty of bus routes.
 You can view 47th Ward development cases here

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ravenswood, Uptown historic American Indian Center up for re-development to apartments

1630 West Wilson Ave, Chicago IL 60640   All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
Redevelopment plans are posted on the 47th Ward Alderman web site for the American Indian Center at 1630 West Wilson.  I know many readers here are aware the AIC is moving from a DNAinfo story last year.  Sources show the property is now under contract and a zoning change request has been submitted to the 47th Ward zoning review committee as follows:  

1630 W Wilson, RS3 to RM6 for adaptive reuse for 32 rental residential units & 16 parking spaces (former American Indian Center & National Historic Masonic Temple). 

Check out the plans HERE 
The plans will be put to community input after the Zoning Committee and Alderman review.  A LoopNet listing for the property does not contain asking price information.  The lot is approximately 92'x165' (15,000 sq/ft).  I have my educated guess on price range (under lock and key).

The south exposure facing West Wilson Ave.
The familiar staircase facing North Paulina Street (west exposure).

The leafy area is also know as the East Ravenswood Historic District added in 1991.
There is a mix of distinctive vintage walk-up buildings, large courtyard apartment buildings, churches and original singe family homes.
A group of attractive vintage homes sit across from the American Indian Center.  The blocks just north and south are a mix of mostly vintage buildings with some 1960s mistakes and a handful of new construction single family homes dotting the streets.

Typical condo conversions, co-ops and courtyard apartment buildings in the immediate area.

The loss of the community center is certainly a distinct change to the diversity and culture of the neighborhood. This is something to lament.  The American Indian Center reportedly has had a tough run of late and simply cannot maintain the physically crumbling building.  There is no mention that I can see on the AIC Facebook page of the eminent closing date or where the center will move to as of yet.

Exclusive of losing the center I think adding density is a good thing for the vibrancy of the neighborhood.  The location is fairly close to the CTA Brown Line, Ravenswood Metra and many restaurants, bars and everyday services.  The preservation of the building will at least maintain the district's architectural significance.