Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Fixit" bike stations poping up at NEIU, around city

The new Dero bike fixit stations at NEIU. I visit the Northeastern Illinois University campus to work-out at the fitness complex, participate in conferences and to volunteer as an Alumni Association Board Member.  The university is always making improvements and adding new features.  I ride my bike often to the university and on work errands.  The stations send a great message for "car-less" commuting!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New for sale! Great kitchen, great views at Sandburg Village condo in Old Town/ Gold Coast $199,900

New for sale today! 1460 N Sandburg Terrace #808, Chicago IL 60610 asking $199,900.

Renovated one bedroom, one bathroom condo at iconic Old Town/  Gold Coast Sandburg Village. Watch the video walk through!

1460 N Sandburg Terrace (Alcott House) is steps from the Old Town and Gold Coast action.  It's one block west from the heart of Wells Street dining and shopping, three blocks to the CTA Red Line and four blocks to the lakefront.
Sandburg Village features a landscaped campus with open spaces, seating areas, tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness center, club room, doormen and more.
East view with lake.

Pool view north

Renovated, open kitchen.
Wine fridge and lots of storage.

Huge sectional! Plenty of room for flexible dining and living room furniture layouts.

Wide open north and east views.

Bright move-in ready unit.
Large bedroom will fit king size furniture.  Built-in desk.
10 ft wide closet.  Plenty of room to expand to a walk-in closet!
Spacious bath just off the hallway, bedroom and linen closet.
Unit #808 is freshly updated and painted.  The kitchen has been completely opened up with huge breakfast bar and wine refrigerator. The desired "08" tier features both open north and east views with a good look at the lake! Parking is rental in the building and usually available (or short wait list).
Great pool!
Landscaped campus

1460 N Sandburg #808
One bedroom, one bathroom
Open north and east views
Fully renovated kitchen
Fresh, modern paint and lighting
Updated AC units
24/7 door man, storage unit, bike room, laundry room
Rental parking (apprx $175.00 per month)
Assessment $432.00 includes heat, cable doorman, water maintenance etc...
Taxes $2,578
Outdoor Pools/ Tennis Courts/ Fitness Room (annual fee)

The Alcott House is just steps from historic landmark Germania Club building, Chicago History Museum, surrounding shops, tennis courts and the unit has a view of the pool.

Local Potash market and tennis courts across the street.

Your Starbucks!

Exclusively listed by Eric Rojas, Broker
Kale Realty
542 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago IL 60607
Call us to buy and sell Chicago properties

All prospective buyers must be mortgage pre-approved or show proof of funds (cash buyer) prior to any confirmed showing.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Another Lincoln Square bungalow doomed!

2237 W Winona Chicago IL 60625 was purchased as a foreclosure for $390,000 in December 2014.
The infamous green windscreen fencing went up around 2237 W Winona in the Ravenswood area of Lincoln Square last Friday. This is a bad sign for preservation.  The property  is among a distinct three block section of solid brick 22 ft wide bungalows.  Construction was halted after the new owners tore down the garage and gutted the interior. The only construction permit on record for the property was issued in January 2015 for $4,000 (drain tile).

The bungalow belt just west of the park has finally been touched by "tear down" redevelopment.
 The Winnemac Park area of Lincoln Square has seen a relatively mild pace of new construction and "almost totally new" gut rehabs over the last decade compared to neighbors North Center and Lake View (North Center new construction is still bonkers right now).  The neighborhood bound by Lawrence to Foster and North Ravenswood Avenue to North Western Ave has seen it's share of tear downs of course. But most structures over the years have been rehabbed to resemble it's original look.

That ship has sailed. The pace of tear downs, especially among the sacred bungalows, has quickened over the last two years.  Here's another example.  Although I totally appreciate tearing down properties that have outlived their usefulness I feel these bungalows could have easily been preserved while improved.  Many have been "dormered" and greatly expanded while keeping their original look and feel.  The wide, well built bungalows make for a unique and distinct pocket in Lincoln Square. The street-scape is changing with each newly designed home... some good, some bad.

Single family home sales in Jefferson Park: Median price approaching $300,000

A really cool stucco two story cottage near the Montrose CTA Blue Line in Jefferson Park (not for sale, photo Eric Rojas, Kale Realty)
Our first time buyer clients recently entered into a purchase contract on a certified Jefferson Park brick bungalow. Let's take a look at over-all "Jeff Park" single family home sales this year.

73 Jefferson Park single family homes have sold this year as of Friday May 22nd. The median price is about $285,000.  The highest sale was the 2007 built 5658 N Lockwood, Chicago IL 60646 for $612,000 in the Edgebrook Glen development. Several homes sold in this new construction sub-division  7 of the top 10 highest priced sales this year.

76 homes sold over the same period in 2014.  However, the median price was much lower at about $235,000.  Same period in 2013 yielded 69 home sales with a median price of only $205,000.

2012, 51 homes sold for a median of  $180,000
2011, 41 homes sold for a median of   $211,000

New for sale! Portage Park single family home $149,900. Not on MLS!

For sale now! 6148 W Eastwood, Chicago IL 60630 
asking $149,900.

PRE- MLS LISTING: We are listing this attractive cottage on an over-sized 32 x 143 lot next week for sale on the MLS.  Estate sale, AS IS, WHERE IS. The two-story home is located just steps from popular Dunham Park.  The home is live-in quality with a little work.  Investors, drive-by and make qualified offer (proof of funds). Move-in buyers, proof of mortgage pre-approval or funds.  Pre-MLS listing.


Huge sunny yard!

Living/ dining rooms

Main floor bedroom

Main floor bedroom

Living room/ dining room

Large kitchen space and eat-in area

Looking into kitchen from living room

Kitchen looks over bright eat-in area.

Main floor full bath

Second floor full bath

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Second floor family room

Second floor family room

bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

Updated electrical for kitchen

Furnace, central air conditioning


6148 W Eastwood, Chicago IL 60630 $149,900
No garage or parking. No room for side drive, easy street parking
Approximately 32' wide x143' deep lot, huge sunny yard
Three bedrooms, two full baths
Central air and heat
Full basement, low ceiling height (under 6ft)
Living room/ dining 22x11
Bedroom 1 main floor 9x17
Large "eat-in" kitchen 20x12
Second floor family room 11x15
Bedroom 2 second floor  10x14
Bedroom 3 second floor 11x20
Good second floor space and ceiling height

Quiet, pleasant block steps from Dunham Park!

This is an estate sale. All dimensions and information approximate and true to the best of the seller's knowledge. Buyer responsible for survey. Utilities are currently on and functional.  Please contact Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty for showing information.  Showings to pre-approved buyers only or cash buyers with proof of funds. NO showings unless authorized by our office.

Exclusive listing by:
Eric Rojas, Broker
Kale Realty
542 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago IL 60607

Friday, May 22, 2015

New photos: Massive former Newark building in Ravenswood gets gut renovation

One wing of the interesting double courtyard building faces the new Lawrence Avenue street-scape.

We wrote about the the construction work at 4801 N Ravenswood Chicago IL 60640 earlier this week.  Here's a few update photos of the massive gut renovation of this vintage industrial building along the well positioned Ravenswood corridor.  Reports suggest the owners are looking to bring in many small start up companies among other tenants. The North Ravenswoods and West Lawrence area is fantastic location to live and work!

Check out the old school smoke stack.  One of the many architectural features that makes the Ravenswood Corridor interesting to look at.

For more information on businesses and opportunities along the Ravenswood Corridor contact The Ravenswood Community Council and Chamber of Commerce.

Home sales on Ravenswood from 4400 North block to the 5200 North block

I like to give a little insight on residential housing near any new development we come across in our day to day activities.  I've written about the cool living options on North Ravenswood for many years.  I like the mix of buildings and the several community gardens that line some of the Metra embankments.

Five attached units (condo/ townhouse) have been recorded as sold in our MLS along these eight blocks over the past 12 months. The lowest priced sale is a one bedroom, one bath timber loft unit at 4745 N Ravenswood Unit 408, Chicago IL 60640 for $182,000 (including an outdoor parking space). The highest attached sale is a three beds, two and one-half baths townhouse at 4917 N Ravenswood Unit 10, Chicago IL 60640 for $480,000 (two car attached garage).

Two single family homes sold along this stretch over the past 12 months.  A new construction home at 5064 N Ravenswood sold for $980,000 and a foreclosure house at 5058 N Ravenswood  sold for $415K (land price for development).