Monday, July 25, 2016

A window to Europe in Lincoln Square


I've always been a little things guy.  The window and wallpaper in Lincoln Square remind me of European bed and breakfast stays and a friend's row house in north London.  The big difference is the screen.  A familiar and favorite travel scene are the wide open wood windows with no window screens.  Maybe they have less flies...


FOURSIDED in Andersonville picture perfect on Sunday

Sunday shopping at FOURSIDED on North Clark Street, Andersonville
I snapped this shot quickly while doing some shopping along North Clark Street in Andersonville.  I really like the color tint that gives it that 1970s look (no filter). The street sale vibe and locally owned shop represents a typical Andersonville scene (minus the cocktails).

Check out one of hands down best city chambers...  Andersonville Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Open House! Lincoln Square duplex condo Sunday July 24th, 12pm to 2pm

Open House
4822 N Winchester #1N 
Sunday, July 24th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
 4822 N Winchester #1N
$489,900
Taxes: $6,900
Assessment: $283.00 

Terrific value for tons of well finished space in a red hot Lincoln Square location.  This home lives like a single family house with amazing options for guest rooms, home office, "man cave" and more! Just a couple blocks from the CTA Brown Line Damen stop, Ravenswood Metra Stop and bustling new retail, shops and bars pop up every month.

Sophisticated duplex home in Lincoln Square. Three beds, three full baths with garage parking included. Flexible floor-plan offers entry foyer and coat closet, family room, separate office, central AC/Heat and mudroom with main floor laundry! 

The classic living room features crown molding, decorative brick fireplace and mantel. Two bedrooms up including rare *en suite* guest bedroom (2nd master bedroom w/full bath) and a full guest near the third bedroom. 

Large renovated kit overlooks dining area for ample entertaining space. Rear entry with mud room feels like a house! The brand new gorgeous patio and backyard is just off the kitchen. Lower level features spacious family room, separate office/ craft room and very private master bedroom retreat. 

Enjoy enormous walk-in closet and spa bath w/ dual vanity, luxury separate shower and tub. You will love this home!

The immediate area of Damen and Lawrence has seen amazing growth in the past 5 years with the best to come!
Steps to Metra, Brown Line, Bang Bang Pie, Over Easy, Ampersand, Roots, The Sixth, Mariano's, LA Fitness and all of Lincoln Square, Andersonville and Winnemac Park fun! Well run and pet friendly building.


Exclusively listed by:
Eric Rojas, Vice President/ Broker
Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 939-5253

 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sold for near record price! Our Bowmanville townhouse listing gets $425K

One of our latest Bowmanville town house listings closed for the near all time record price of $425,000! Smart updates, diligent listing preparation and attractive pricing at $399,900 forced a multiple offers and landed a super solid buyer.

Take the video tour of 5404 N Hoyne, Chicago IL 60625


Front exterior with great landscaping throughout the town house community. All Photos VHT.com and Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.

Newer renovated kitchen!
20' x 20' private fenced in patio.
Lincoln Square, Bowmanville three bedrooms, three and one-half baths town house. This attractive home features garage parking, a huge fenced in patio, fireplace, living room surround sound, in unit washer/ dryer and central AC and heat. 

Living room with wood burning fireplace.
Fully renovated kitchen with maple cabinets, beautiful granite and updated appliances. All 3.5 baths renovated and updated! Three bedrooms up with master bathroom, double vanity and walk-in shower. Spacious lower level family room, loads of closet space.

Bright, spacious master bedroom
Double vanity master bath with walk-in shower.

2nd bedroom
Renovated guest bath.
Floor plan, click for larger image
Large utility room w/ storage and potential to make finished space. FANTASTIC wood paved patio great for pets, entertaining and relaxing. Newer windows, furnace, AC and water heater. 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!

The town house community features a common outdoor space.



Bowmanville is dotted with community gardens
A public green space developed by the Bomanville Community Organization is located steps from the 5404 N Hoyne town house.
Exclusively listed by:
Eric Rojas, Broker
ericrojasblog.com
erojas@kalerealty.com

Kale Realty - Lincoln Park
2447 N Ashland Avenue
Chicago IL 60614
773-510-1597

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





An Old Irving Park mural beckons...

A unique mural on North Pulaski just south of Irving Park Road calls us to the "Country".
I only recently took notice of the mural at the 90/94 underpass in the Irving Park neighborhood despite driving this way quite a bit. I *believe* it was painted in 2012. Any info on this feel free to email me direct.

 The Irving Park/ Old Irving Park neighborhood and the group Old Irving Park Association have been involved in many neighborhood murals.  Really, really cool.

New Lincoln Park Target open and on point!


We stopped in the newly opened Lincoln Park Target at 2650 N Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614 this week between showings.  The store replaces the Best Buy  This Target certainly is catering to its constituency!

Wow, a freshii cafe! Soooo much better than a Pizza Hut at our closest store.

Good looking Starbuck's counter.  I've gone into withdrawal in stores without a coffee shop.

Now back to the important stuff... wine, beer and liquor selection!

Check out some recent house and condo prices near the store in our last post.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

For sale! A gorgeous and spacious three beds, three baths Lincoln Square duplex with garage parking $489,900

Take the video walk-through of 4822 N Winchester, Unit 1N in Lincoln Square 
and meet my new co-star!

4822 N Winchester #1N
$489,900
Taxes: $6,900
Assessment: $283.00 
*Open Houses*
Saturday July 16th 12PM to 3PM
Sunday July 17th 11AM to 1PM

Terrific value for tons of well finished space in a red hot Lincoln Square location.  This home lives like a single family house with amazing options for guest rooms, home office, "man cave" and more! Just a couple blocks from the CTA Brown Line stop, Metra Stop and bustling new retail, shops and bars pop up every month.

Sophisticated duplex home in Lincoln Square. Three beds, three full baths with garage parking included. Flexible floor-plan offers entry foyer and coat closet, family room, separate office, central AC/Heat and mudroom with main floor laundry! 

The classic living room features crown molding, decorative brick fireplace and mantel. Two bedrooms up including rare *en suite* guest bedroom (2nd master bedroom w/full bath) and a full guest near the third bedroom. 

Large renovated kit overlooks dining area for ample entertaining space. Rear entry with mud room feels like a house! The brand new gorgeous patio and backyard is just off the kitchen. Lower level features spacious family room, separate office/ craft room and very private master bedroom retreat. 

Enjoy enormous walk-in closet and spa bath w/ dual vanity, luxury separate shower and tub. You will love this home!

The immediate area of Damen and Lawrence has seen amazing growth in the past 5 years with the best to come!
Steps to Metra, Brown Line, Bang Bang Pie, Over Easy, Ampersand, Roots, The Sixth, Mariano's, LA Fitness and all of Lincoln Square, Andersonville and Winnemac Park fun! Well run and pet friendly building.


Exclusively listed by:
Eric Rojas, Vice President/ Broker
Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 939-5253

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Land ho! A look at Lincoln Square residential lot prices

A "tear down" in Lincoln Square's Bowmanville neighborhood.  Many neighbors share with me they are still surprised by how many homes (including some decent properties) are torn down to build new.
I posted yesterday that a 40'x125' vacant lot in North Center's Bell School district sold for $900,000.  This prompted a friend on Facebook to ask "What's an average Lincoln Square lot go for?"  Let's take a look at some recent residential vacant lot and "tear down" sales to get a feel. 

A standard residential lot in Chicago is 25'x125'.  The average standard residential lot sold for development in Lincoln Square (all things being equal) goes for about $400,000.  Standard lot new construction homes in Lincoln Square sell for about $1,200,000 give or take . The most desirable areas in Lincoln Square will get a bit more than $400K while some areas further out of the center get less money.

30 foot plus wide lots in Lincoln Square receive considerably more money.
For example 4957 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625 sold for $419,000. It's a standard 25'x125' lot two doors down from Winnemac Park and fairly close to lots of local retail and transportation options. A frame two-flat was torn down to build a new single family home (now almost completed). 
A little north in the neighborhood 5149 N Oakley (a standard 25'x125' lot on an alley near West Foster Avenue) was sold for development at $396,875.

No actual residential vacant lots were sold (closed) on the MLS in the past 12 months. However I'm familiar with a few vacant side-lots that owners sold in the last 12 months "off MLS".  There are very few vacant residential lots in around Lincoln Square.

In the past 12 months only three residential lots were listed in the "land category" and all three listings had an existing structure on the property.  These properties were listed be bought for tear-down and new construction.
Probably the highest price tear-down sale in Lincoln Square in the last 12 months (and one of the more saddening) was 2136 W Agatite Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625 for $742,500.  The attractive frame home on a 37'x122' lot had that quintessential neighborly appeal on a primo block steps from Welles Park.  It has since been torn down for a new build house.

Contact us to buy and sell properties in Lincoln Square, North Side and near Chicagoland suburbs both on and off the MLS.  Make it your next home, investment or development.

Monday, July 11, 2016

North Center single family home sales 2016... hold on to your wallet!

I took a photo of this house a few years ago near Welles Park in North Center.  It's typical of newer construction homes in this increasingly high-end community.
North Center continues to be one of the most active single family home markets in terms of sales, strong re-sale prices and new construction houses.  Here's some fun facts from January 1st to about July 8th, 2016 of this year.

Single family home sales Jan 1st to July 8th, 2016
120 North Center single family homes have closed from January 1st to July 8th, 2016.  The median price of a home in the neighborhood is about $1,092,500.  Many homes up to the $750,000 price point (and occasionally more) are bought to tear down or gut renovate and expand. 115 homes sold over the same period in 2015 with a median about $1.1 million.  Very steady sales and prices year to year.

The highest North Center home sale price on the MLS this year is 1851 W Fletcher St , Chicago, Illinois 60657 for $2,500,000.  This house on a 75' wide lot has been a particular favorite of mine due to the "tucked away" feel to the location and it's side yard with sport court.

The lowest single family home sale is in the Picardy Place development at 1800 West Diversey Unit F for $433,000.  These small houses with attached garages are great condo/ town house alternatives.

$900,000 for a residential vacant lot
North Center has witnessed a new house construction boom for years.
Vacant lot and tear down sales in the neighborhood are quite the story.  The highest price sale for a vacant single lot sale in North Center this year (recorded on MLS) is $900,000 for 3901 N Leavitt St, Chicago, Illinois 60618. The corner lot measured 40 ft wide by 124 ft long and is located in Bell School district.  A "tear down" frame house 31'x125' lot at 2033 West Fletcher in Jahn School district caught $615,000.  The range for tear down lots vary greatly by size, location and school district boundaries.  Standard 25'x125' lots (less desirable for new construction) have caught over $500K for a tear down house.


The least expensive vacant residential lot sale is 2029 West George $241,000.  The irregular shaped lot (triangular lot) near North Clybourn is in a growing section of North Center.

I currently have the least expensive vacant residential lot listing for sale in North Center and Coonley School 1801 West Cuyler  offered at $199,900 has plans drawn for a modern home situated on the 17.5' x 124' lot near the CTA Brown Line at Irving Park.  It's a unique lot size but the free standing house floor-plan would mimic the width of row house or town home. Watch the video.



Contact me to buy and sell North Center and Chicagoland homes both on and off the MLS. 










Sunday, July 10, 2016

Seen in Lake View: Calm down people... Go Cubs!

Whatever it takes at Paulina Market, Lake View! (Photo Bob DePalma and Eric Rojas Brokers, Kale Realty)