Sunday, April 27, 2008
Check out the Internet ad below for my new listing at 519 W Melrose #301 in East Lakeview. This is a very sharp junior one bedroom almost on the lake. Everything you need and a location you want for under $200,000.
Property information with virtual tour link
Realtor.com for 519 W Melrose #301
True dining area and an eat in kitchen.
I have a three level, three bedroom plus family room town house hitting the market by the weekend. It is a really good looking home, well appointed and decorated. I met with the owners ready to give them the "business" about all the improvements they will need to do before listing... but the place looked terrific! I almost doubted myself that there was little if anything that needed to be done.
Just for the record... three bedroom plus family room, two and one-half-bath town house at 860 W Lakeside. Very close to Lake Michigan and the Sheridan Red Line stop. There is a garage spot and parking pad spot. Lakeside is a really pretty street with good looking architecture, mature trees and easy access to public transportation of all kinds.
All this for just $369,000
Sweet Family room. I love lower level family rooms (I have a duplex-down, so I'm bias).
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
You're a hop-skip-and-a-jump from downtown Chicago for $250K-$300K... including garage parking for your sweet ride. On this particular Sunday it was deadsville on this corner... but Fulton Market has an artsy vibe and some really cool things going on. Check out Explore Fulton Market
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
You can see the lake to the east as well if you are standing close to the window!
Check out the analysis and statistics concerning the Chicago condo market in his rebuff of gloom and doom news headlines. May I suggest boycotting Nightline while were at it?
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Here's a knock-off condo building design we see all over the city... but not bad. Looks good in the over-all streetscape and nice work on the building.
Then... what the hell is this?
Monday, April 07, 2008
Before you know it, he'll be eating crayons with the best of them.
Two of the lovely hostesses during the evening...
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Check out the true dirt on my favorite Chicago tax from the horse's mouth. Sellers share the wealth. Hope you called or emailed your Alderman... If you didn't; let this be a lesson to you.
This is my favorite passage:
A tax is imposed upon the privilege of transferring title to, or beneficial interest in, real property located in the city, whether or not the agreement or contract providing for the transfer is entered into the city.
Thanks for the privilege to sell my own property... which I have the privilege to pay property taxes on and the privilege to pay transfer stamps on the purchase.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Ric at ChicagoCondosOnline.com sends me terrific market reports monthly. Here's a look at the latest Chicago condo sales report.
Of course, it's all about the block you live on and your condo unit itself, but reports like this cut through the media sound bites and give actual data yu can reference. Thanks Ric!
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
I pulled over while driving from an appointment and took a shot of this new construction house a while back (no, that's not snow on April 1st). It's on School Street in West Lakeview about a block or so east of Ashland.
I prefer this type of design for my homes and condos. My dream is to do something like this on a much smaller scale and utilize the lot for more outdoor space. Dwell Magazine and others cover this type of design. I'd like to know more about this home's materials and construction.
My general contractor Jon Hill of Artistic Construction in Chicago loves concrete counter tops. Check out his post on this consideration when remodeling. View some more pictures at the link.
Jon has done remodel work for my personal homes in Albany Park and Ravenswood and for many of my clients living in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Avondale, South Loop etc... He offers suggestions and honest opinions on material choices and design.