860 W Lakeside Unit C
Here's a sneak peek of a new listing at 4751 N Artesian. It's located just a block from the Lincoln Square retail center with it's awesome restaurants, bars and Giddings Plaza. Walk to the Rockwell or Western Brown Line trains in just minutes.
You also enjoy leafy, serene Ravenswood Gardens and Ravenswood Manor along the Chicago River.
Some details include:
New Construction in 2004-2005 offered at $299,900
Two full bath
Deeded Garage Parking $30KElevator building
Upgraded Kitchen with Italian cherry cabinets, GE Profile appliancesTrue dining area
Large master suite with double bowl vanity sinkAttractive gas fireplace
11 foot ceiling height
Open floor plan
There is very little to nothing offered under $350,000 in the heart of Lincoln Square with all these features. This home is like new.
Who needs a parking space when you can paddle up?
Jeff Baird offers some interesting condo statistics and analysis as a guest authour at YoChicago.com
In his latest post linked above, he looks at the concentartion of new construction condos sales in Chicago. I added in the comments section that Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Andersonville and Northcenter will reamin viable for new construction condos in the future as supply of quality units dwindles from our current mess. It should also be noted that the core neighborhoods that can dominate condo sales are also zoned for mid-rise and high-rise buildings.
I was interviewed and included in last Friday's Chicago Tribune Real Estate section on social networking in real estate. As you know, I've been blogging and using creative Internet marketing for four years. This year, there has been an explosion of stories concerning "social networking" as an agent.
Unfortunately, the critics and advisers like to tell us the "Dos and Dont's" and are way too conservative. They like to tell us what's appropriate and professional. What the advisers fail to tell us is their personal experience and monetary success when blogging and using sites like facebook.com.
I'm proud to say that I can directly attribute at least $3 million in sales last year alone to clients that contacted me off my blog. I wonder what the critics and advisers think about that?
This is your Chicago short sale on mold
My contractor and I have been out on the prowl again looking for investment properties. We like the upside of Avondale due to it's proximity to the Belmont Blue Line station, access to highways and retail development. It is an easy commute to downtown.
The above house is pretty close to the high way... and we ruled it a tear down. The floor plan has been really torn up and the house is consumed with mold. Somehow it was sold for over $400,000 a few years ago on a less then desirable block. It's listed now around $160,000. There is no way this house was ever really worth over $400,000...ever. Never ever. I have clients who live just south of here in Avondale in $400K houses, and they are really nice houses.
I went loft shopping with clients this weekend along Ravenswood. I've mentioned on this site several times how I'd love to live along the Ravenswood Avenue corridor from Irving to Peterson... here's just a few few shots from the weekend I managed to take. I forget to take more photos when I'm working... but you get an idea of the aesthetic here on a cold wintry day. There are some excellent choices from $230,000 for a one bedroom up to $400,000 for a 1500 plus sq/ft two bed, two bath with garage parking.
I stopped in at Patina in Ravenswood this weekend at 4907 N Damen in Chicago (finally) and met the owner Alan Shull. The store has been there almost a year and a half now. He definitely carries furniture and art that I'm interested in and my house is only two blocks away...so it's a bit ridiculous I have not been in previously.
Thanks Alan... and with a few more closings this spring I may be able to pick out a few favorites from the store.
Check out the reviews at Apartment Therapy
It appears the exterior doors and windows leading to the monster front terraces have been installed. The interior block and brick have some framing done from what I can see. However, It seems like progress seems a little slow for these mystery higher end condos. No advertising up as of yet and I can't find anything on the Internet.
This family bathroom in my lovely vintage home listing needed some help. The vinyl baseboard was in bad shape (I know, vinyl baseboard+bad shape is redundant). The walls needed repair and sanding, mirror and light fixture needed updating...toilet was a grey color and old. Help. For most baths I also recommend re-caulking everything and re glazing the tub if needed. Floor and entire vanity could have gone as well.
The clients only had a $1200.00 budget and the work was going to be done by a professional... not time for DIY and the finished product would not look as good anyway. The entire wish list including floor and vanity would have been $3000.00
We came up with a plan... repair, sand and paint the walls in a lush off white. This let the current counter top, vanity and floor blend in. Bath was caulked professionally. Baseboards were replaced (huge difference), mirror and light fixture were replaced. Toilet was replaced, clutter moved into the vanity storage and towel and paper fixtures were moved around.
What do you think? Nothing beats seeing the real thing... you don't see the real close up before and after detail in photos.
This is the most difficult part of my career. I'm asking you, Mr. and Mrs. Homeowner to spend some money. It's sensitive. You may have been in the home for a long time and differ in what you consider acceptable for the market. However, there are always basics... like de-cluttering (hate that word), painting (best bang for the buck), cleaning up and renovating the bath to some extent (clean, crisp bath equals offer from buyer), staging furniture, deep cleaning of the house, physical repairs and lighting. It's work.
In most cases, some improvements need to be done. I routinely offer a two part plan: First, coming up with a list and budget for improvements and; Second, hiring the contractor and getting my own hands dirty in the process.
Just last night my contractor finished a bath renovation on a shoestring budget while I tossed furniture around and hid kids toys. We have a photo shoot of the house later this morning and I do what it takes. When the house goes to market, we're in it together.
I think the above photo is the Italian side of the Alps. We see lovely grapevines on a trestle leading to what looks like a Roman fountain.
"MAGNIFICENT 12,000 SF MANSION IN THE HEART OF LINCOLN PARK."
In the agent remarks, which the general public can't see, the agent goes on to say:
"COULD WORK FOR SINGLE/COUPLE OR A LARGE FAMILY"
I was looking at single family homes for my family this weekend and noticed that there are about 52 active homes from $450,000 to $1,500,000 in the Lincoln Square neighborhood code on the MLS. Currently, 6 homes are under contract this early spring season. 3 homes just came on the market this week new, with the lower end homes being priced much more competitively. The high-end at $1,499,000 is a re-tread new construction from last year at about the same price.
I also saw that two single family homes closed in the last 30 days.
Bowmanville, a North Side Chicago neighborhood, is much overlooked by city couples looking for a long term single family home. Ever hear of it? How about Andersonville, Ravenswood and Lincoln Square? Got you attention now? Bowmanville is adjacent to these three popular neighborhoods but priced at least 10%-20% lower for comparable homes.
Single family home sales in Bowmanville (roughly bordered by West Foster Ave to Rose Hill Cemetery and North Ashland Avenue to North Western Avenue) have remained strong. The area usually sells it's homes close to list price and under average market times for Chicago.
This area offers move-in quality single family homes on standard Chicago lots from about $450,000 to about $1,000,000. A look at the current market shows 8 active homes for sale and 3 under contract this early spring season. With a good contractor or Do-It-Yourself skills, a solid home can be purchased for even less. The lowest priced "move in" home is $499K (on a 30X125 over sized lot) and the the highest priced is $950,000. 3 homes are already under contract this early spring season.
Read more about Bowmanville by clicking the link.
There are a serious amount of amenities within walking distance: The huge and activity filled Winnemac Park, West Andersonville and Andersonville eateries and shops, Lincoln Square retail and restaurants and easy access to two major grocery stores.
A five minute drive or bike ride will drop you at the Ravenswood Metra station or the Damen Brown Line stop.
3. The home purchase can be an existing home, a newly constructed home, or a bank foreclosure home…but the purchase must be completed within 1 year of the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.
4. The home buyer does NOT have to be a “first time home buyer” to qualify for this housing tax credit, unlike housing stimulus based tax credits from last year.
5. This 2009 housing tax credit does NOT have to be repaid to the government unlike the $7,500 first time home buyer tax credit from last year UNLESS you cease to make it your primary residence within the first 24 months (i.e.. sell within 2 years).
This is great news for home buyers; if it passes.