Our "Goobs" at the ">Tre Kroner in the North Park neighborhood. We went back to the old hood for a brunch a couple weeks ago with my visting Aunt. It was her favorite place when we lived at Spaulding and Ainslie. When Jill and I lived in Albany Park, about two blocks away from this brunch spot, my favorite thing to do at 10AM was to walk through the North Park University campus with its lush landscaping, and get the Ander's Hash and Eggs at Tre Kroner. A lovely place for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's owned by a husband and wife team with a big family... and they are very involved in the area.
Tre Kroner is located on West Foster Avenue directly across from North Park University where my wife received her masters degree. This is also the campus where Mike Holgrem's (of Green Bay Packer and Seattle Seahawks fame) wife and daughters went to college. They named the recently renovated stadium after him. It is also around the corner from Northeastern Illinois University... my alma mater. The retail strip here also features a Starbucks, a Subway and a Schlegl's Bakery.
You can purchase a classic Chicago Bungalow in this area around $500K and have the amenity of two universities, some nice little local places restaurants and River Park (with a running/bike path that stretches from Lawrence Ave to Peterson Ave). There was also a condo boom in Albany Park that keeps growing, especially around the Lawrence and Kedzie commercial district and south of there. I know alot about the real estate in this area from my time living there.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This has been one of the more miserable winters in recent memories. All the more reason to enjoy your "outdoor space" in Chicago this "spring" and "summer". Why all the quotes?
Well, when did the term "outdoor space" enter the Chicago real estate lexicon? Every good Realtor knows what this means... and the real estate consumer has made "outdoor space" a requirement.
We all know why I put "spring" and summer" in quotes... like we have those.
The brand new deck above belongs to one of my lovely clients who purchased in East Lakeview. She agrees with me. I'd rather have a killer deck than a second bath... even in a winter like this.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I have not posted in an embarassingly long time. However, with good reason. My partner Julie Varones and I have most of our listed properties under contract.
Here's a little run down of our recent condo sales in the last couple weeks:
2700 N Halsted #408 in Lincoln Park. This one bedroom, one bath in a luxury midrise building has just gone under contract after 23 days. My list price was $360K including the garage parking.
543 W Roscoe #2N in East Lakeview: Another one bedroom, one bath in a classic courtyard conversion building. This was a special custom renovation by the owners. I just loved this place... Kitchen and bath... dining room... totally my style. We listed at $279K and sold in 53 days.
1916 N Maud in Lincoln Park. This is a three level town home with a terrific fenced in yard and garage parking. It has one of the biggest, baddest master bedroom walk-in closets I've seen in awhile. Julie listed this property at $749K
4814 N Damen #314 in Ravenswood/Lincoln Square. The newer concrete construction elevator building set this 1500 plus square foot unit apart from others in the neighborhood. Two bedroom plus den with garage parking and modern luxury bath... listed at $400K and sold in 51 days.
4850 N Central Park #3 in Albany Park. I sold this two bedroom, one bath before it went to print! Great top floor in an intimate 3 flat building. Very rare to find a three flat conversion condo in Albany Park listed at $265K. Two car parking and a great street.
2000 N Lincoln Park West... should I say more? Classic location for the Lincoln Park lifestyle. Well know address for those looking to truly enjoy Chicago. This property was listed at $349K.
I have also represented a client of mine in the purchase of a two bedroom, one bath unit with parking and an awesome deck. It's in East Lakeview and the asking price was $360K... ask me for more details on any of these after they close.
I'm turning my attention this week to my buyer clients in Uptown, Bucktown and Lincoln Park.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
543 W Roscoe Open Sunday 3/16/08 from 1PM to 4PM $274,900: Modern, Renovated one bedroom, one bath condo with a full dining room. New, new, new stuff, and super cool custom selections.
Check out the links here for more details:
*I've put a lot of thought into this and , yes, they may be the two best places to live ever for someone.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I've received more emails about this subject from my sphere of influence than on any other!
Here's a way you can FIGHT THE MAN. Take that Stroger.
Even if you don't live in Cook County, you probably shop and eat in the city. So please vote against this proposal and ask anybody that you know to do so as well. It only takes seconds. I just did it.
Subject: Sales Tax Increase
I just did it, it took a few seconds.
COOK COUNTY is planing to raise the sales tax to 10.25% in November.
This will have a negative effect on the lives of consumers in Illinois and
obviously, on retail businesses as this will make ours the HIGHEST sales
tax rate in the country.
Please take a second to call Todd Stroger's office and petition the increase on the tax!!!!
Please do this now...what do have to lose (other than your money)? I did it and it only took a minute and it is FULLY AUTOMATED!!!! AND EASY.
This takes literally seconds. It only took about 15 SECONDS to punch in my vote.
CALL 1-312 -603-6400.
Press option 1, then option 2, and then VOTE AGAINST INCREASE (OPTION 2)
Friday, March 07, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
He wasn't always there. I remember as a kid suffering through many lousy seasons in the 1980s. But that would change by the early 1990s and we have never looked back. But now we must look forward to the Aaron Rodgers era. See you at Will's North Woods Tavern.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Here's just one of the views we saw this weekend on the east side of North Sheridan Rd. We were on the top floor (39th) of the Malibu at 6007 N Sheridan Rd. It's stunning.
The Malibu is a full amenity building with a good vibe. Parking guys and doorman really make the experience feel upscale.
This particular condo was highly upgaded with modern kitchen, surround sound, great wood floors etc... The view says it all. The sellers are asking $350K for this nice sized two bedroom, two bathroom condo. Assessment runs about $533.00, which is not bad for the price point, size and position of the condo.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
This is off-market, not yet listed and for sale now... check out the one bed, one bath in Lincoln Park before the world does. Located at 2700 N Halsted, this is complete condo with great features; in-unit washer and dryer, surround sound, security system, walk-in closet, concrete construction, garage parking, outdoor space... the works.