Friday, April 24, 2015

New for sale! Tour a Lincoln Park penthouse condo at 2700 N Halsted asking $314,900

We've just listed 2700 N Halsted, Unit PH 11, Chicago IL 60614 asking $314,900.  Take the video tour of this great looking Lincoln Park one bedroom, one bath top floor corner unit with heated garage parking.




2700 N Halsted, Unit PH11 - One bedroom, one bath corner unit - Garage parking - Washer/dryer in unit - Gas fireplace - Sound wiring - Fire sprinklers - Security system - Balcony - Walk-in closet - Utility closet - Central AC/heat - New paint, carpet and light fixtures

Real Estate photos by Photolightchicago.com
Well known boutique building at Halsted and Diversey.  Super close to CTA Brown Line, Trader Joe's, great bars and restaurants and the lakefront.
Warm, well appointed kitchen with lots of storage
Open plan with true dining area and sliding doors to patio.
Great kitchen island!

Gas fireplace, wired for sound and room for flat screen TV

Light, airy bedroom has terrific views.

Walk-in closet!

Spacious, updated bathroom


Top floor balcony has east and west exposures.

Awesome views from the common roof deck.  Take the elevator one floor up!
Additional building features:
Elevator building
Lobby
Fitness area
Common rooftop deck
Large storage cage
Heated garage

Listed by:
Eric Rojas, Vice-President/Broker
Kale Realty
542 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago IL 60607
PH: 773-510-1597

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring dreaming with gorgeous Gold Coast original



I was in Gold Coast prepping a unit for sale. Had to take a photo of this beauty on North LaSalle. City living!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

East Village condo unit sales, prices way up since 2012

It's not uncommon to have a church view form the rooftops of East Village.  On the roof-deck of 717 N Paulina, Chicago IL 60622, photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
We have a buyer client looking to move back to the East Village neighborhood of West Town. The neighborhood has faced much development and change over the past five years.  West Chicago Avenue is crammed with old and new restaurants, shops and businesses catering to the long time families and newbies looking for hip culture and good proximity to downtown.

Condo sales in East Village (West Grand to West Division and North Ashland to North Damen)
January 1st to April 17th, 2015.

57 attached units (including town houses) have closed this year from January 1st to April 17th.  The median price is a healthy $442,000.  That $442,000 gets you a newer construction two bedrooms, two baths condo with roof-deck, garage parking at 1022 N Marshfield  #3, Chicago IL 60622.

Over the same period last year 55 units sold with a median at about $417,000. 

East Village rooftops offer unobstructed skyline views of downtown.

Same period sales January 1st to April 17th:


2015   57 units sold with median price of $442,000

2014   55 units sold with median price of $417,000
2013   41 units sold with median price of $377,000
2012   35 units sold with median price of $330,000


The area is home to many interesting spaces... new and old.  The highest priced condo sale this year is a full top floor modern renovation in a vintage 4 unit building.  The 2300 plus square foot unit with green rooftop deck at 544 N Paulina #4, Chicago IL 60622 sold for $700,000.


Call us to buy and sell in East Village, UK Village, Wicker Park and Bucktown.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Under Contract! Tour of 3718 N Hoyne #1 in North Center asking $219,000

Our newest listing at 3718 N Hoyne #1 in Chicago's North Center neighborhood has gone under contract over the first weekend of showings.  The deal is now in attorney review and inspection.

Take the video tour:


Click the link if video does not come up 
https://youtu.be/zEOD6NZo0p4

3718 N Hoyne Unit 1 Chicago IL 60618 in a great North Center location asking $219,000.
The attractive renovated kitchen opens up to a large deck.  Great for summer cocktail parties!

All photos www.yochicago.com and Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.
Just north of Roscoe Village this classic one bedroom apartment has great flow for sophisticated living.  The good sized dining room is open to the large, renovated kitchen with plenty of prep space and storage for the chef. The true dining room and open flow to the kitchen and deck make this a great space to have friends and family over. Central heat and AC! Storage room and free laundry one flight of stairs below unit.

Really pleasant dining room, rich wood, big windows and built-in hutch.

Dining room opens to the living room.
Newer, very good sized bathroom with plenty of extra storage space.
The bedroom has a great window overlooking your private deck open yard space. The 4x4 step-in closet is well organized.
This is a great deck situation.  Right off the kitchen, late afternoon sun and overlooking a tree lined open yard. No alleys, buildings or ugly power lines here.  Really nice outdoor space!
View from the deck looks over landscaped single family home yards. Trees fill in for a tranquil green aesthetic. 



Walk to the many, many great restaurants and bars along North Lincoln Avenue and West Irving Park like Browntrout and The Globe Pub . Three blocks from the heart of Roscoe Village dining, bars and shops. Trader Joe's is just three blocks away!
3718 N Hoyne #1
One bedroom
One bathroom
Central Air/ Heat
Storage unit
Free laundry one flight down in basement
Assessment $163.00
Taxes $2,996

Listed by Eric Rojas, Vice President/ Broker
Kale Realty
548 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago IL 60607
773-510-1597
Call or email us to discuss buying, selling or renting in Chicago and the near suburbs.

Buyers covet Alcott School, "Field of Dreams" slated for this fall among $2 million homes

The view last Tuesday of the current Alcott School fields from a town house development on the 600 Block of West Drummond. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
I took this photo last week from the roof deck of 623 W Drummond, Chicago IL 60614 in Lincoln Park...a fee simple townhouse listed for sale directly across an alley from the Alcott Elementary East Campus school yard. The two bedroom, two bath unit is listed by Conlon Real Estate for $425,000

Alcott School and their advocates have secured funding for a new "Field of Dreams".  The school is well rated and it's at the top of many of our buyer's lists that are concerned about good school districts.  The new Alcott outdoor facility adds to the desirability of the immediate area for both those looking for a good school and/ or great recreational space.

Living upon a terrific park or outdoor space in the city is a huge draw.  Some folks don't want the commotion of the kids, but for many active city types it's like having a giant backyard.
A new Alcott field will have a positive impact on the row of fee simple town houses on the 600 block of West Drummond directly across the alley.  A nicely updated two bedrooms town house with family room at 623 W Drummond Place Unit 14 is under contract asking $550,000 (furthest unit to the right in the photo).

Alcott school district sales:
Buying in top Chicago public school districts is often competitive and a reality check.  It challenges families on how much they desire the city life over some of the amenities associated with suburban living (or going further out from downtown while staying in Chicago).

91 attached condo units designated as Alcott school district in the MLS (including town houses) with two bedrooms or more have sold over the last 12 months (another small percentage of units sold but were not marked in MLS as Alcott).  The median price for a two bedrooms or more unit is $515,000 over this time period.

15 detached single family homes designated as Alcott school in the MLS sold over the last 12 months for a median price of just over $2 million.
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Clients buying in Old Town Triangle: Property sales this year


The quintessential Old Town Triangle property! All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
Old Town Triangle in Lincoln Park is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city.  For one it's located close to the lakefront and easy to downtown.  But the overwhelming allure is in the historic district properties and remaining brick paved streets. It's a neighborhood where you may sacrifice luxury, space and suffer some quirks just to "be there".

A detached two-flat property at 304 W Concord, Chicago IL 60614 is for sale at $475,000 offered by the lovely and professional Amy Arnold, Kamberos Associates... a bargain for the neighborhood.  The traditional cottage style home is currently has (2) one bedroom apartments rented out.  The catch? It's adjacent to a larger multi-unit building and the short lot does not have alley access and backs up to another property's backyard. You have an unofficial easement to reach the back alley.
My long time clients and native Chicagoans viewed 304 W Concord in Old Town Triangle last week.  The Lincoln Elementary school district is a top priority along with a highly walkable location.  They would live in the property themselves and convert the small two unit building back to a single family home. Like anyone, they have to weigh the construction costs and quirky lot vs living in their most desirable dream location.

Find yourself in ye Olde New England village!

Old Town Triangle Residential Property Sales (non high-rise) January 1st - April 15th, 2015

Extended Old Town Triangle area: Clark to Mohawk and Armitage to North Ave.

13 residential properties have sold thus far in 2015 in Old Town Triangle area above. The median price for a property is about $525,000.   In 2014, 11 residential properties sold during the same period for a median price of about $450,000.

Square footage is at a premium so you have to adjust your expectations at $500,000.  All the properties sold this year were either attached homes (condos/town house) or multi-units.  We have not had a single family home change hands this year (recorded on the MLS). 

Two 3 flat multi-unit buildings sold.  A brick three-flat at 1922 N Sedgwick closed for $1,175,000 and another brick three flat at 1839 N Orleans sold for $1,610,000 in a multiple offer.  Bother were attractive vintage buildings.

Under Contract
There are currently 20 properties under contract.  They are all attached units or multi-unit buildings and prices range from $290,000 to $3.5 million.  The $3,500,000 property is a new construction penthouse condo listed at over 4,300 square feet. 


Take a video walk-through of our past Old Town Triangle row house sale at 1826 N Lincoln.  One of our all-time favorite homes!





New for sale! Attractive North Center/ Roscoe Village area apartment with outdoor space $219,000

We've just listed for sale 3718 N Hoyne Unit 1 Chicago IL 60618 in a great North Center location asking $219,000.
The attractive renovated kitchen opens up to a large deck.  Great for summer cocktail parties!

All photos www.yochicago.com and Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.
Just north of Roscoe Village this classic one bedroom apartment has great flow for sophisticated living.  The good sized dining room is open to the large, renovated kitchen with plenty of prep space and storage for the chef. The true dining room and open flow to the kitchen and deck make this a great space to have friends and family over. Central heat and AC! Storage room and free laundry one flight of stairs below unit.

Really pleasant dining room, rich wood, big windows and built-in hutch.

Dining room opens to the living room.
Newer, very good sized bathroom with plenty of extra storage space.
The bedroom has a great window overlooking your private deck open yard space. The 4x4 step-in closet is well organized.
This is a great deck situation.  Right off the kitchen, late afternoon sun and overlooking a tree lined open yard. No alleys, buildings or ugly power lines here.  Really nice outdoor space!
View from the deck looks over landscaped single family home yards. Trees fill in for a tranquil green aesthetic. 


Walk to the many, many great restaurants and bars along Lincoln Avenue and Irving Park like Browntrout and The Globe Pub . Three blocks from the heart of Roscoe Village dining, bars and shops. Trader Joe's is just three blocks away!
3718 N Hoyne #1
One bedroom
One bathroom
Central Air/ Heat
Storage unit
Free laundry one flight down in basement
Assessment $163.00
Taxes $2,996

Listed by Eric Rojas, Vice President/ Broker
Kale Realty
548 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago IL 60607
773-510-1597

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Checking in on Lincoln Park condo unit sales, median prices

I met with contractors yesterday to prep our new Lincoln Park condo listing that's hitting the market next week. Planning with clients and preparing a home for listing on site are the most important and enjoyable parts of my job.  Let's take a look at over-all Lincoln Park condo sales so far this year.

Getting ready for prime time! We met with our clients and created a list of improvements to maximize the appeal and sales price. Then we brought in contractors and help manage the work on site.
Lincoln Park Condo Sales from January 1st to April 14th, 2015

260 condos have closed on the MLS so far this year with a median price of $450,000.  During the same period last year, 237 units closed with a median price around $495,000. The high median is probably a reflection of closings at the very high-end Lincoln Park 2550 luxury tower.

Here's a quick breakdown of condo types this year:
One bedroom condos: 45 units sold with median price of $230,000
Two bedrooms condos: 111 sold with a median price of $400,000
Three bedrooms condos: 82 sold with a median price of $589,500
Four bedrooms or more condos: 16 sold with a median price of $900,000

Get yourself some culture... and a condo!

St. Matthias School Dodge-Ball Fund Raiser Tournament Saturday April 25th... Register your team!


St. Matthias School located at 4910 N Claremont Chicago, IL 60625 in the Lincoln Square neighborhood is hosting an adult dodge-ball fund-raiser April 25th at 5:30pm.  Teams need to register by April 22nd.  Ten person teams (minimum 4 female team members).  Raise some money for the expanding St Matthias School at another fun event!

North Center median price over $1,000,000, construction at breakneck speed

 
New construction on the 3600 block of North Hoyne in North Center

 I was in the North Center neighborhood yesterday prepping a new listing.  We've been monitoring the boom and representing clients in this hot, hot neighborhood for many years. The rate of new house construction this spring is really amazing. The activity is a combination of properties bought and held in 2009-2011 for bargain prices after the crash and now re-developed and more recent "flips" bought at higher current market rates, re-developed and sold quickly.

North Center Closed Single Family Homes January 1st to April 14th, 2015

43 single family homes are recorded as closed this year in our MLS with a median price of over $1.1 million. 24 of the 43 homes closed over $1,000,000.   34 single family homes were closed over the same period in 2014 with a median price of about $935,000. 16 out of the 34 homes sold for a price over $1,000,000. We see a significant jump in median price from the 2011-2012 years to the present.

2013   39 homes closed with a median price of about $995,000
2012   28 homes closed with a median price of about $550,000
2011   33 homes closed with a median price of  about $720,000
2010   26 homes closed with a median price of about $738,000
2009   27 homes closed with a median price of about $720,000

There are currently another 43 single family homes under contract in North Center. 27 of these houses have asking prices above $1,000,000.

Here's a handful of new construction and renovation shots around the West Addison and North Leavitt intersection in North Center. I barely drove a three block radius!







3657 N Leavitt, Chicago, IL 60618 is under contract with an asking price of $2,349,000. The new construction home is on a desirable 40 foot wide corner lot.


Tons of construction activity in the Addison and Leavitt area of North Center.
There are many draws to the area: Leafy tree lined streets, established new construction and renovations, proximity to Roscoe Village and Lincoln Avenue restaurants and shops and three well rated schools in Audubon, Coonley and Bell.