Saturday, July 21, 2018

Under Contract! Spacious split-level in Evanston

It looks small but the second story and lower level of this Evanston home provides lots of flexible space. The long time owners kept the home in terrific shape.  Newly painted walls really sold the house.
Our clients jumped on this spacious split-level at 1703 Keeney in Evanston!  The brick, windows, walls, rooms and even some of the dated finishes are in great condition at the $337,000 list price. We love to help our clients find value! This home has great flow and big rooms.  Three bedrooms up, large living and dining, a fourth bedroom and family room on lower level.  Storage, laundry and central heat and AC.

About nineteen homes have sold over the past twelve months within a two block radius of 1703 Keeney. Median price of  a sold home is about $380,000.  The south Evanston location is easy to the City of Chicago, the Chicago Avenue retail district of southeast Evanston and Burnham Shores Park.  The block is attractive with well kept homes, lots of flowers and mature landscaping.

If you are looking to make the move to Evanston or the North Shore please contact us! 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Open House! Rogers Park two-flat asking $349,900 near Andersonville, METRA

1718 W Wallen, Chicago IL 60626 asking $349,900

Take a quick video walk-through!

WOW. You want value? You get value.  We just listed this two flat building at 1718 W Wallen in Rogers Park for $349,900.  The building is a couple blocks north of Devon Avenue restaurants, close to Andersonville, the lake, easy to Evanston and 10 minute walk to Rogers Park METRA.

Vintage woodwork in second floor unit.
Both units in great shape and way above expectations at this price point.  Much improvement work has been done on the interior and exterior since 2004 including:
Two NEW AC condensors 2004
Most NEW windows 2008
Extensive tuckpoint 2014
New electric panels 2010
Rebuilt parapet walls 2008
Extensive insulation attic, ceiling and floors 2006
New concrete walks 2004

Bright, large first floor living room and sun room.

30' wide lot, lovely backyard and great garage.
Good bedroom size with large closets.  All bedrooms close in size.
First floor dining room.

Second floor dining room... gorgeous wood windows.

Updated first floor kitchen with breakfast bar.  Dishwasher!!

Second floor kitchen is open, bright.  Dishwasher!!
Amazing two-flat value in Rogers Park. Lovely landscaped home with move-in ready units. Fantastic opportunity for investor or live-in owner near Andersonville and Loyola University (GO RAMBLERS). 10 minute walk to Rogers Park METRA. 1st floor with neutral decor, large living room/ sun room, true dining room, nice sized (2) bedrooms, updated kitchen cabinets/counters and rear bonus room. 

Second floor features beautiful wood trim and same lay out as 1st unit. Large bathrooms in both units in great shape! Both units w/ separate Central Heat/ AC, water heaters and new electric panels! What?! Clean basement with two egress, 7ft ceiling and washer/dryer! Great yard (30' wide lot) and 2 car garage, 1 extra parking pad for 3 total spots! Many important improvements to exterior and interior over the past 10 years. Total no brainer purchase. Latest rents below market. I love this building... you will too!

MORE info and photos HERE

Exclusively listed by
Eric Rojas, Broker
Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland, Chicago IL 60614

Check out Forgotten Chicago group on Facebook

There is a cool page called Forgotten Chicago on Facebook.  I made my first post about a tear down in Lincoln Park and it has made quite the stir! Over 650 reactions and hundreds of comments. My favorite comments are from people who lived on the block or in the actual building.  I have had people email me in the past about buildings I have written about and tell me their stories.  So cool!

Check out Forgotten Chicago on Facebook.  You will have to be approved to join the group and posts are moderated.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lincoln Park vintage building sold for $2,325,000 near old Children's Memorial now demolished

2252 N Orchard was recently torn down.  The six unit vintage apartment building was sold for $2,325,000. A  five unit condo building will take it's place. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty unless otherwise noted.

Foundation and framing has begun on a new five unit condo building.

We posted on the day 2252 N Orchard was getting torn down.  Last week we passed by the site and the structure adjacent to the Chipotle is now gone.

2244 N Orchard the last day standing.

It seems every old building and vintage mixed use retail block near or on Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park has been - or will be - demolished for redevelopment. It is astonishing.  I'll share some photos of the Children's Memorial site development across the street from this property later today.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Mag Mile lighthouses are more than just art (and you can win one!)

One of  fifty-one lighthouses on display along the Mag Mile, Gold Coast and Streeterville (all photos Eric Rojas, Bob DePalma, Kale Realty). 
We took a good look at the newest public art along the Mag Mile this weekend.  Fifty-one lighthouses are on display along Michigan Avenue this summer.  The Chicago Lighthouse sponsored art features visually impaired and bling artists.  The lighthouses will be auctioned off at the end of their run.  Learn more how to donate and bid here!

Downtown Chicago is more livable than ever as your primary home or in-town.  Check out our latest downtown sales here and here

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kale Realty East at Foster Beach (free WiFi)!

Free WiFi at many of Chicago's beaches means I'll be holding my office hours at Foster Beach from now until the first snowfall. Plenty of sand in the conference room!  The water is refreshing too.

North Center condo sales on the Belmont Corridor, median price $457,000

Many newer construction condos with front terraces line the "Belmont Corridor" of North Center. Watch the action from your perch!

Our clients looked at several condos on the "Belmont Corridor" of the Roscoe Village neighborhood in North Center.  The area between the 2000 - 2400 blocks of West Belmont is no stranger to condo construction since 2000.  Several more buildings are under construction now.  It is a vibrant mixed use commercial/ residential strip with lots of local business to keep city folk in the neighborhood. West Roscoe Street a few blocks to the north is more established and quaint but will cost more. Have it all for a little less on Belmont Corridor!

Condo Sales on Belmont Corridor
31 condo units have sold on the 2000 - 2400 Blocks of West Belmont in the past 12 months.  The median price of a closed condo is $457,000. The vast majority of condos sold over $450,000 are three bedrooms units.  Most condos have a similar layouts with combo open living room/ dining room to the front and bedrooms down a hall in the back.  No vintage condo units were sold.  All the units sold were built after 2000!
Many of the units we look at have private or shared roof decks with skyline vies.  On a clear day or night it looks great!

The lowest priced condo sold on the strip over the last 12 months is 2011 West Belomont #309, Chicago IL 60618 for $270,000.  The one bedroom loft condo included garage parking.

The highest sold condo is 2140 West Belmont Unit 4E, Chicago IL 60618 for $648,000.  The new construction three beds unit included a built-out roof deck.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

SOLD! Downtown Chicago condo steps to Millennium Park

We closed a great condo listing last Friday at 200 N Dearborn, Unit 1807, Chicago IL 60101 for $235,000.  Our seller clients prepped the unit with new carpet and paint to sell quickly for top dollar and avoid vacancy. As in all high rise units it pays to know the maintenance, rental regulations and rules and by-laws to market the home properly.  Lieberman Management at 200 N Dearborn was well organized and accessible to all parties of the transaction. Having a great relationship with the management company can save a deal! 

200 North Dearborn. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty and
Unit details
Downtown spacious one bedroom condo with DEEDED GARAGE PARKING INCLUDED. This sunny home with city views is freshly painted with new carpeting. Large closets throughout the unit. Bedroom features city views and organized Elfa closet. Updated bathroom tile. Building amenities include: Doorman, indoor pool, sundeck, party room, fitness room, laundry room. Assessment INCLUDES cable TV, WI-FI, heat, A/C, water, building amenities and doorman. Owner pays electric. Washer / dryer may be added to unit. Just steps to Michigan AVE and Millennium Park in the heart of the theater district. Pedway connects Macy's, Daley Center, hotels, restaurants, shops. State and Lake CTA around the corner. You're gonna make it after all at 200 North Dearborn! RENTALS and PETS OKAY!

Balcony view!
Call us to buy and sell downtown and surrounding Chicago neighborhoods!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Permits? We don't need no stinking permits! Lincoln Square 4 unit gut renovation shut down

5134 N Oakley, Chicago IL 60625
5134 N Oakley (shown above) is a four unit building in Lincoln Square that sold in 2017 for $550K. A steal! Yet, the new ownership elected to completely gut the building without permits. The City of Chicago Department of Buildings has stopped the work (see big yellow sticker on door).

A truck backs up over the sidewalk as construction debris is launched out the windows.

I still find it hard to believe someone would proceed with a large scale gut renovation in a desirable, tight knit neighborhood without building permits. Two brick bungalows in the immediate area were torn down in recent memory without permits (2236 W Carmen and 2237 W Winona). Both projects were delayed (shut down for a time) but my guess is the penalties were not steep enough.  How do you tear down a house illegally and still get to profit?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Former Lincoln Square Lanes site will be new Kiddie Academy of Chicago (of course!)

Former site of Lincoln Square Lanes and Matty K's Hardware store at 4874 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60625
There goes the neighborhood... for sure! Gritty, iconic Lincoln Square Lanes, the beloved bowling alley of Lincoln Square since 1918, burned down September 2015.  The building demolished and the site has remained vacant since. Many of my family now in their 70s and 80s bowled here during their youth! I had my 30th surprise birthday party there.  Sigh. 

Report from 40th Ward Alderman O'Connor is a new Kiddie Academy of Chicago will be developed.  Childcare is a much needed service in the neighborhood but still... ouch LOL

Before the renovation the quirky dive bar/ bowling alley was home to a great old school jukebox where aging punks, neighbors, musicians and all around characters could drink cheap beer and roll some terrible scores! After the 2012 renovation the Lincoln Square Lanes maintained some grit but was even fun for the whole family offering video games, music and lots of screens to watch the games.

Typical chocolate martini drinking clientele of Lincoln Square Lanes.  St. Matthias School families were big supporters of our local "go to" sports bar. 
There have been many condo units built near the Lincoln Lanes site over the past 10 years.  30 condo units have been sold along 4800 N - 5200 N Lincoln Ave over the last 12 months.  The median price of a closed condo is $560,000.