Thursday, April 24, 2014

Progress at gorgeous Ravenswood greystone property

4913 N Hermitage has been in some turmoil over the years and sold as a short sale in 2011. Photos Eric Rojas, Real Estate Broker, Kale Realty
We wrote about 4913 N Hermitage over two years ago.  I pass by the beautiful greystone multi-unit and lot often and noticed progress on the coach house structure.  The property has a terrific 50x165 lot.

New stone facade and windows on the coach house.

The 4800-5000 blocks of North Hermitage and Paulina feature an interesting mix of ornate single family homes, multi-units and lot sizes.  The location has become increasingly more expensive due to the booming retail and entertainment strips steps away in Andersonville and along West Lawrence Ave in Ravenswood (Mariano's, LA Fitness, remodeled Metra station etc).

Two re-sale single family homes and one three-flat building are currently under contract priced from $769,000 to $889,000 along theses blocks.

The changing face of Lincoln Park or as Crain's puts it, "Chad and Trixie have kids!"

2301 N Clark Street is home to Little Gems International Pre-School, a newly named real estate group, The Daily Method Barre Studio, Eleven City Diner (for after your workout) and NO record stores
It's no joke the Lincoln Park Community Area has changed a lot since the 1970s.  I stopped by this established mixed use development of retail and condos at North Clark and West Belden (2301 N Clark Street) for a business visit at the new Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff Realty Group office (say that three times fast!). 

I noticed the new Little Gems International Pre-School facility (better furnished than my home) and the well attended The Dailey Method exercise studio on the bottom floor. I received a couple "stink eyes" from the "yogas" but hey, I didn't tell you to downward dog in front of a giant plate glass window in a storefront on Clark Street (it's not yoga in there but that's all I can come up with).

North Clark Street at West Belden in Lincoln Park
We use to see and in store performance at the Tower Records here and then head over to Raven's (open til 4am, 5am on Saturdays!). Coincidentally, Crain's Chicago Business ran this story about the Lincoln Park baby boom, Little Gems and changing demographics few days after I took the pictures. Weird.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New for sale! East Lakeview penthouse home with private rooftop deck $689,000

We've just listed 622 W Oakdale #5 for sale asking $689,000.  The extra-wide top floor home features fantastic outdoor space, upgraded finish level and attached garage parking.  The true three bedroom condo has a unique, spacious feel with wide open city views from the unit.

Watch the video tour!

The terrific East Lakeview location (near the Lincoln Park neighborhood) is steps from an amazing amount of restaurants, bars, cafes and services.  Trader Joe's grocery is two blocks away. Walk to the lake and Diversey Harbor.

The 600 block of West Oakdale features gorgeous original architecture and newer high-end buildings.  It's surprisingly quiet yet steps from all the action along Broadway and Diversey.
The over 600 square foot rooftop deck is private to the unit, has interior unit access, water line, sound and electrical.  360 degree views.
Large space with multiple seating areas and planter boxes.

Watch a movie under the stars.
Sliding glass doors open to the main level terrace with terrific south exposure and great views.  True wow factor when you enter the home!
Professional grade appliances include Viking Range, Sub Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher.

The home is much wider than standard lot construction. You will immediately feel the space when you enter the room.

Gas fireplace, surround sound and custom entry foyer closet.
Space for the largest of dining tables.

Large master suite with sound, private deck and 9'x8' walk-in closet
Master bath features split vanities, walk-in steam shower, separate jetted tub and sound.
very cool custom office in 2nd bedroom. 
 622 W Oakdale #5 additional features include
Three bedrooms
Two full bathrooms
Attached garage parking
Private rooftop deck has interior building access with
water, sound and electric
Large front terrace with gas line for grilling
Back deck off master
Custom coat closet and kitchen pantry closet
Gas fireplace
Hardwood floors throughout
Surround sound and security
Custom utility closet with sink
Electrolux side by side washer and dryer in unit
Heated driveway for garage
Exterior storage unit in garage
Over-sized city lot with wide units
Newer construction with modern wiring and HVAC

Listed by:
Eric Rojas, Kale Realty
548 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60607
Please email

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Classic Lincoln Park dining

I just walked past Ricardo Tratoria at 2119 N Clark Street. The location is quintessential old Lincoln Park amongst classic row homes and multi-units.  The restaurants and homes of North Clark Street are cut into a landscape that is near the lake, expensive and yet somehow gritty in spots.  It reminds me why we live in the city and a that dinner here is in our near future!

We like our restaurants in old buildings with fire escapes, apartments above and graffiti in the alley.

Lovely vintage restoration on West Wellington in Lakeview

It's always good to see a restoration of a vintage building around the North Side.  We spotted this project early in the week but don't have any other information. In this case we didn't get close enough to read the permit.
The 800 block of West Wellington shares real estate with expanding Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.  However, the location is fantastic for access to CTA Brown Line, buses, restaurants, services and pretty close to the lake.

We love Chicago for classic buildings in busy urban settings.  This location of West Wellington is across from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center campus.  A hospital may not be the most desirable neighbor but the location is certainly vibrant and convenient to transportation and services.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Moss Design blog on planting trees now

I swore when I bought my house I'd improve my gardening skills. There needed to be one "do-it-yourself" department in my life.  I'm adding to my landscaping little by little and this year would like to add some height and shade with trees. 

Moss Design on planting trees

Take a tour of the Moss Design studio we filmed a couple years back

East Lakeview condo sales Q1, 2014: Less units changed hands, higher median price

Mista Pizza on Broadway in East Lakeview (Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty).
The hustle and bustle of Chicago's East Lakeview community makes for a dynamic housing market as well.  Let's take a look at first quarter condo sales in 2014.

Lakeview Condo Sales Jan 1st - March 31st, 2014
Overall, 135 attached units (condo, town house) have sold from January 1st to March 31st in the East Lakeview neighborhood.  The median price of sold condos is about $245,000.  During the same period of 2013, 153 condos closed with a median price of about $199,000.

The small dip in unit sales most likely is due to rising prices and less short sales and foreclosures being cleared out.  The lack of "super deals" in smaller condos has sobered up the market while larger attached homes remain hot.

East Lakeview sales area *No boats included!
Fun Facts
  • The highest condo sale was 2919 N Burling Unit J for $885,000. The 3 bedrooms, 2800 sq/ft penthouse featured attached garage parking and roof top deck on a fantastic block
  • There were 51 condos sold at $200,000 and under.  Many of these units are one bedroom units in high- rise buildings.
  • 37 East Lakeview and short-sales and foreclosures were listed as sold in first quarter 2013Only 16 short sales and foreclosures were listed as sold in first quarter of this year.

Sales statistics from gathered and analyzed by Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty. Source:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lakeview house builder plays by the rules in Southport Corridor

This stately new construction luxury home nears completion at the 1400 clock of West School in Southport Corridor
New construction can be a very upsetting event for neighbors on a block.  Construction noise, dirt, illegal construction and damage to surrounding buildings are real problems. In this case Mavrek Development has posted their Job Site Rules and contact phone number as a good first step in minimizing any disruptions to the neighborhood.

I don't see this often and think it's a very good idea for developers and builders.  Hopefully the construction has gone as well as this neighborly gesture.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Under Contract! Buyer clients secure gorgeous home in Lakeview's Graceland West, Blaine School

The $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 price range for newer construction luxury single family homes in Lakeview, North Center and Lincoln Square is in high demand. 

Under Contract! 1453 W Cuyler listed at $1,369,000 by Berkshire/ Hathaway Home Services.  Bob and I represent the buyers.

Our clients moved quickly on 1453 W Cuyler after a price change to $1,369,000. The well built and high detail finish of the 2008 single family home is located in the "little village" of Graceland West.  The neighborhood is full of amazing architecture and steps from the popular shops and bars of Southport Corridor.

This section of Graceland West is located in well ranked Blaine School.

The home is through attorney review and inspection and pending closing.  We look forward to the housewarming!

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