Friday, June 15, 2018

The Hampdens Lincoln Park 60% and 70% sold pre-construction

We stopped by to check out a few Lincoln Park condo development sites this week. The Hampdens luxury condo development is 60% sold pre-construction at the 2753 N Hampden with four units listed on the MLS from $1.7M to $3M.  The second building is 70% sold pre-construction at 2773 N Hampden address with four units listed for sale on the MLS from $1M to $1.5M. 

The Hampdens construction site is cleared but no digging yet.
Call or email us to help you find or sell your condo in Lincoln Park! 

Kale Realty and partners supporting NEIU student scholarships

Kale Realty, Inkt marketing, Blueleaf Lending and our clients raising money for Northeastern Illinois University student scholarships at last year's golf outing.
After graduating from Northeastern Illinois University in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago I've had the chance to be involved with the university on many levels.  This year my colleagues and I took the opportunity to step up our contributions. Kale Realty, Inkt Marketing and Steve Dunnett of Blueleaf Lending are the Northeastern Illinois University Welcome Sponsors for this year's Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event this Monday June 18th, 2018.  

I joined alumni Ellen Larrimore and Chuck Good to establish the new Alumni Travel Study Scholarship.
Proceeds from our sponsorship will support the newly established Alumni Study Tour Scholarship. 

Some of my favorite NEIU people joined me at the annual Donor/ Scholar luncheon this year!
I'm happy to say I received my college degree from Northeastern Illinois University.  The many scholarship opportunities, affordable tuition, professors and administrators all helped achieve my degree in three years debt free. Contact me to support the NEIU scholarship golf outing or many other university initiatives!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Under contract! Avondale condo near hip restaurants, transportation (condo unit sales way up)

3234 N California #2S is listed at $339,000.  Our clients are under contract and in attorney review period.
Avondale has become a very popular area to live as bars, restaurants, retail and transportation options meet the needs and wants of buyers.  The condo market is tight!  There are simply few condos in the neighborhood relative to eastern neighborhoods like Lake View and Edgewater.  You have to act fast when a good value is listed on the market.

The group of sharp, newer condo buildings line California near Cafe Tola and Honeybutter Fried Chicken.  This section of Avondale is centrally located close to Roscoe Village (North Center) and Logan Square hot spots.
Our buyer clients need access to the highway and the CTA Blue Line.  Avondale is a great fit.  We found the two beds, two baths condo market very competitive.  When an upgraded newer unit hit the market we were one of the first to see it. Our clients secured the contract that evening.  They have completed attorney review and we are awaiting closing.

Views of Brands Park right off the back deck and roof! Awesome for some tennis, softball, basketball, kids/adult activities, exercise and dog walking!  Personally, I make living by a large city park a priority.
Avondale condo sales

102 condos (attached units) have sold thus far in 2018.  The median price is $350,000.  The highest priced sold condo this year is 3035 W Belmont Unit 1E, Chicago IL 60618 for $606,000.  The new construction duplex down is very close to the CTA Belmont Blue Line stop.  The lowest priced sold condo is 4010 W Nelson, Unit 10A, Chicago IL 60641 for $100K. The vintage two bedrooms conversion condo sold as a short sale.

In 2017, 84 condos sold with a median price of $312,000.  In 2016, only 66 condo units sold with a median price of $259,000.  Avondale median price of a condo is up 35% since 2016!

Looking back at 2012, 50 condos units sold with a median price of $118,000.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Shopping South Loop town houses, recent sales prices

We viewed a comparable town home for sale near our clients home to gauge pricing.  Many South Loop town homes feature a main floor open layout, two bedrooms on the second floor and either a loft of master suite on the third level.
Our clients own a town house in South Loop and would like to upgrade their space. It is no easy task to find a budget friendly large home in growing South Loop and popular South Loop Elementary School district! Here's a look at recent South Loop town house sales.

Whoa! City living at its best.  This South Loop town home backed up to the CTA tracks. We kind of liked the old school grit!
South Loop Town House Sales 2017-2018
44 South Loop town houses have been recorded as closed thus far in 2018 (Jan 1st - May 22nd). The median price of a sold town home is an eyebrow raising $850,000.  Those numbers were helped by a a couple new construction town house developments that sold units well over $1 million.  The highest  priced sold town house this year is 1935 S Prairie Avenue, Chicago IL 60616 for $1,556,520.  The lowest priced sold town house is 1813 S Clark Unit 4, Chicago IL 60616 for $310,000.

Backyard views South Loop style!
In 2017 over the same months (Jan 1st to May 22nd) 35 town house units sold with a median price of $610,000.  108 town homes sold over the entire 2017 year with a median price of $604,000. Expansion of South Loop elementary and a new South Loop high school will surely increase demand for larger properties.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Video! Saint Matthias School, Lincoln Square, builds new playground in one day!

Saint Matthias Elementary School and IB Middle Years Programme built a new playground and other improvements on Saturday. Our school secured a grant made possible by Kaboom and Reedy Industries.

This way to learning and fun!

Saint Matthias is a great affordable school option for the Lincoln Square area.  Experienced leadership at the elementary and junior high levels along with dedicated parents provide a progressive and caring environment. Excellent academic and athletic programs at all levels. Visit today!

To buy and sell real estate, rent apartments, invest or build in Lincoln Square contact me today!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

NEW for sale! Classic Lincoln Square house near Winnemac Park, Ravenswood Metra asking $599,900

5043 N Oakley, Chicago IL 60625 asking $599,900. Three bedrooms up, office, sitting room and finished playroom on terrific 28'x125' lot.
This is the one.  5043 N Oakley is quintessential Lincoln Square! Asking $599,900

Living room with wood burning fireplace and lovely vintage detail.
Inviting Lincoln Square home on 28' wide lot steps from Winnemac Park. Classic front porch, formal entry foyer and vintage details welcome you to the great layout. Large living room, wood burning fireplace, spacious dining room w/ built-in hutch, main floor true office. 

True dining room with built-in hutch, powder room and office with built-in shelving on the main floor

Renovated kitchen with great counter space.

Spacious breakfast room leads out to enclosed sun room.

Enclosed sun room off-kitchen overlooks the backyard.

28' wide x 125' long lot allows for big backyard and 2.5 car garage!
Renovated eat-in kitchen offers amazing entertaining space. Kitchen leads to amazing enclosed sun room. Main half-bath. Wow! Check out that professionally landscaped backyard! Second floor w/ three bedrooms up + bright, open sitting room, large bathroom and walk-in closet. Partially finished basement with great playroom, washer/ dryer and two storage rooms. Boiler, furnace heating and central A/C . New roof 2017! 2.5 car garage. 

Three bedrooms on the second level.

Second level sitting room is offers flexible space for yoga, play-space, small family room... whatever you need.

Fantastic location close to Ravenswood Metra, Western Brown Line, Winnemac Park, Giddings Plaza and the retail / entertainment districts of Damen Ave and Lincoln Ave. Great block parties! 1+ Rated Chappell Elementary and 1+ Amundsen High School. This is the value you've been waiting for!
The home is one block from Winnemac Park, home of Jorndt Field (soon to have new turf!), Chappell Elementary, Amundsen High School, tennis courts, prairie walks, baseball fields and more. Voted Chicago Reader Best Park 2016 (photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
Just in time to catch the fall colors at Winnemac Park right down the street! (All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)

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

New retail and restaurants line Damen Avenue near Lawrence Ave. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.
Giddings Plaza along the Lincoln Avenue commercial district offers the best in city living with a small town feel.

Enjoy the vibrant location filled with parks, shops, restaurants, 
activities and great transportation options!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The $6 million dollar flip in Lincoln Park

Beautiful facade of 2704 N Lakeview (All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
There's been a lot of real estate activity on Bob's street lately... none more interesting than 2704 N Lakeview in Lincoln Park for sale at $6.3 million (Compass Real Estate is the listing broker).

This historic mega 10,000 sq/ft row house was bought in 2016 for $1.8 million.  It has undergone a complete interior and exterior renovation and is now offered for sale at $6,385,000 (originally listed over $7 million).  The former Thresholds property built for a survivor of the Titanic that we wrote about at 2700 N Lakeview (part of the original row house development) was recently sold $3 million and is under renovation.  Two renovation homes at that address are now listed there for $6.6 million (Unit 1) and $4.7 million (Unit 2)

The row homes are located in a beautiful stretch of northeast Lincoln Park (across from the parks adjacent to the lakefront) near another iconic building.  The Elks National Memorial sits just north of the 2700 N Lakeview development.

To buy and sell in Lincoln Park you gotta a guy!

Friday, May 11, 2018

NEW FOR SALE: Andersonville one bedroom condo with great back deck!

Popular well cared for building in the Ravenswood / Andersonville neighborhoods.
New this week.  Not yet on MLS! This attractive Andersonville one bedroom, one bath home with private back deck will hit the market next week at $199,900. Fantastic Ravenswood/ Andersonville location close to the Ravenswood Metra station, Mariano's, L.A. Fitness and just steps to the famous Andersonville shopping and restaurant district. You like beer? Live along "Malt Row" featuring brewers Empirical, Band of Bohemia, Half-Acre, Spiteful, Andersonville Brewing and more! Relax in Winnemac Park...Chicago Reader's Best Park 2016! Pet friendly building with weight limit.

Large living room with bay window sitting area.
Great flow from living room to true dining room

Large dining room, great light!

Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, granite counters and maple cabinets. Kitchen leads out to great deck.

Private deck and just steps down to the common courtyard.  Great for parties... I know because I have partied here!

Awesome seating areas in the large common courtyard.

Iconic Andersonville!
More property info here!!

1733 West Winnemac #1, Chicago IL 60640 asking $199,900
One bedroom, one bathroom
Private deck
In-unit washer and dryer
True dining room
Large private storage in basement
Awesome common courtyard
Newer unit windows
Newer furnace and AC condensor
Newer building roof and exterior improvements
Pet friendly building (weight limit)
Building allows rentals
Exclusively listed by

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

Monday, May 07, 2018

Video! You're gonna make it (at 200 N Dearborn #1807 for $239,900)!

Yes, you can make it in Chicago at 200 North Dearborn #1807!  This one bed, one bath with garage parking included is located in the heart of the downtown Theater District.  Live work and play near Millennium Park, Daley Center, City Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center and so much more.  For sale now $239,900!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Under Contract! Logan Square super value sells in multiple offers

1803 N Fairfield, Chicago IL 60647 asking $499,000, NOW under contract.

We held two open houses over one weekend and had multiple offers on this well located Logan Square house! It is not easy negotiating and choosing the right buyer in a competitive situation. We choose right and the buyers are excited to call this home at the closing this month! Awesome value east of North California Avenue and adjacent to The 606.

Attractive 1998 build on a great block!
Open Kitchen/ great room

Formal living room
Living room with bay window
Wet bar in lower level family room

Huge, bright master bedroom.

Master bathroom, double vanity, separate jet tub and walk-in shower.
Great location adjacent to The 606!

Built in 1998, apprx 3,100 sq/ft
Two large bedrooms up, both en suite (potential to renovate for three bedroom).
One bedroom in finished lower level
Living room, kitchen great room and lower level family room
Three full baths, one half-bath
Standard 25'x125' lot
Two car garage
Original roof and finish level.

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