Friday, July 30, 2010

New photos: 4152 N Lincoln Avenue #1 in Northcenter

Asking $449,900 for this three level, two bedrooms plus family room, two and one-half baths home. View more photos HERE


I was out filming the neighborhood in Northcenter today and also received our professional photos back for our listing. Check them out! This is a three level condo that lives and feels more like a town house. There are no neighbors above or below you. Plus, you get a rare two car heated attached garage.






The penthouse level offers really flexible space. You can have a family room, guest bedroom and office all on this floor to really maximize the quality of life.





Thursday, July 29, 2010

Considering an Au Pair? Attend this reception August 18th and learn more!

Au pair Charmaine with our youngest Amalia.


My wife Jillian and I will host a casual wine and cheese reception for those interested in au pairs. This is a great way to learn if this child care option is right for you. We've hosted an au pair for eight months and love the relationship. Learn ins -and -outs, shatter some myths and meet other parents curious about au pair programs. It can be very affordable and flexible compared to full time nannies.



*Please contact me (Eric) at 773-510-1597 or by email at erojas@rubloff.com for specific information. Just mention the au pair meeting. Below is the general time, date and location.


What: Au Pair informational wine and cheese reception
When: Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00PM
Where: Lincoln Square area (location will be sent in an e-vite)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

House of the Week: Flawless Ravenswood Manor Chicago bungalow



Pride of ownership! Not a hair out of place! Windows, brick, roof tile, fences, awnings... wow. Great detail on this pretty West Wilson Avenue bungalow near the North Branch of the Chicago River. And this is just one beautiful house in a crowd for the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood.



"Green" Ravenswood bikes!




My son Ryne and I caught some kickball games earlier this evening at Winnemac Park in Ravenswood across from my house. It's rare to see so many bikes locked up at a park in Chicago (outside maybe the lakefront). This row wrapped around the whole southeast corner of the fence. Ravenswood certainly has "green" street cred!

Looks like Ravenswood Metra station will stay south of Lawrence

Doesn't look like much? You're right!







The next community meeting to view revised plans for the Ravenswood Metra station is on August 3rd at 7PM. here are the details from Alderman Schulter's office:


I would like to invite all 47th Ward residents to attend an Open House to view the Metra Infrastructure Project which will include all bridges along Ravenswood, from Balmoral to Grace. This will be part of the $80 million stimulus and federally funded project.
The meeting will be held next Tuesday, August 3rd at 7pm at the Auditorium of the Bethany Retirement Community located at 4950 N Ashland Ave. As always, I highly encourage and welcome all ward residents to come to this Open House.

I look forward to seeing you on August 3rd!

The master suite at 3231 N Clifton, Unit 3 Chicago IL 60657

Here we take a look at the master suite, deck, second bedroom and bath. I know, exciting!




Click the video label below to view more neighborhood and property videos posted to the blog.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lake View condo video tour: 3231 N Clifton, Unit 3 Chicago, IL 60657




Take a look at one of our Lake View condos for sale in this video tour. There's a nice street view and we discuss why it shows well. You'll notice the furniture is a perfect fit for each room...shows great.

More videos of the condo unit and nearby neighborhood:
VIEW PART 2 HERE


Nearby sales in Southport Corridor

Monday, July 26, 2010

Buyers finding value in Wicker Park condos

Our Wicker Park home listing here was priced right, well maintained and sold in three days!






Due to our recent condo sales in the Wicker Park neighborhood we've been watching the market closely to find trends. We've noticed a good number of condo transactions in the greater Community Area of West Town relative to other north side neighborhoods. The Wicker Park neighborhood of West Town- particularly when hugging trendy West Division street within a couple blocks north and south- makes up the bulk of condo transactions here. Buyers are continually attracted to the amenities, night life, transportation and proximity to downtown that Wicker park offers.

The top dollar prices are paid just north and south of West Division Street in the area between North Ashland Avenue and North Western Avenue. However, the sub-neighborhood of Noble Square located just East of Ashland in Wicker Park can save you over ten percent (10%) off comparable unit sales West of Ashland. You need only walk a couple extra blocks to experience the same neighborhood amenities. This location may also put you closer to the CTA Blue Line.


Noble Square area:





Some statistics:


The hottest condo market is the two to three above grade bedrooms, two bathrooms condo variety. These are the "minimum wants" for most buyers these days. In June, there were 57 of these types of condos sold with an average closed price of $364,892 and a median price of $330,000.





33 of the 57 closed units were east of North Western Avenue. 14 of those units were in either vintage conversion buildings or existing loft building conversions. The rest were newer construction buildings from the past 5 to 10 years.
There is a large amount of conversion lofts and newer construction 3 and 6 flats in the neighborhood.




This two beds, two baths listing of ours had a back yard!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Andersonville hot for furniture in Edgewater



As many now know, the north side neighborhood of Andersonville in the Edgewater Community Area is a destination for furniture and accessories shoppers.
From new to antique, modern to country chic you'll spend a day perusing the stores on North Clark Street.


Scout





Urbanest


White Attic


If you are interested in Andersonville homes for sale, please contact me.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Hang out in Southport Corridor in Lake View

Live and play in Southport Corridor. Here, we talk about the area around West Addison and North Southport. The location keeps churning out business and amenities.




Click the "video" label below to watch more on Southport Corridor and other locations.

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago: New Nature Boardwalk for family fun



With two kids and an Au pair at home, my wife and I are always looking for fun (free) ideas to keep them entertained while we're working. Lincoln Park Zoo is a great destination, but they've also created a new habitat at the South Pond (south end of Zoo adjacent to Cafe Brauer).


Check out the info for the Nature Boardwalk HERE:
Here's descriptions and plans from the Lincoln Park Zoo website


Lake View Open House: 3231 N Clifton #3N, Chicago 60657 for $425,000



Open Sunday July 25th from 1PM to 4PM
Top floor contemporary home with garage parking.
Asking $425,000!




Click to view property details:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ravenswood Open House 5006 N Winchester: Three bedrooms, two baths duplex



Open House Saturday July 24 from 12PM to 3PM.
Asking $359,000
VIEW MORE PHOTOS HERE









CLICK the photo below for more property details.


Parking
Deck
Surround Sound
Security System
Family Room
Laundry Room
Tons of Closets
Walk to CTA Brown Line, Metra!

Lake View Penthouse: Top floor gorgeous condo at 3231 N Cliftion, $425,000

Top floor condo in Lake View offers quiet sophistication.




View more photos and 360 scenes HERE



Great price at 3231 N Clifton #3N for sale $425,000. It's a two bedrooms, two baths condo with garage parking, great closet space, fireplace, tree top views, deck and gorgeous custom built-in entertainment center. If you are looking for immaculate, move-in quality in Lake View, this is it. The contemporary decor will inspire you.







Fantastic location on North Clifton Street in Lake View. Walk to the CTA Red Line at Sheffield, popular Southport Corridor shopping and dining, and Wrigley Field. North Clark Street and West Belmont shopping and dining. Clifton is a quiet one way street going north... no Belmont traffic! A Walk Score of 94.


Call us for a showing at 773-687-4646.



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cub's Manager Lou Piniella retiring: Let the speculation begin in Wrigleyville!

Finally, some excitement out of this Cub's team! Read the stories below:






Crain's


Tribune

Monday, July 19, 2010

New Northcenter condo for sale: 4152 N Lincoln Avenue #1, Chicago 60618

We have a new Northcenter condo for sale at 4152 N Lincoln Avenue #1... the heart of it all. This is a bright, unique three level condo with private two car garage.





Asking $449,900
2000 sq/ft
Two huge bedrooms with in-suite baths, plus den
Two full, one half-baths
Two car heated garage included (side by side parking)
Wired for sound
Tons of closets throughout the home
Large penthouse terrace with city views
Wood burning fireplace
Spacious master bedroom












This home is in the best location of Northcenter, steps fBoldrom the CTA Brown Line, renovated Jewel Food Store, the popular Brown Trout restaurant, upscale Sola, Martyr's music club, Borwnstone Tavern and among dozens of shops, bars, amenities all at your doorstep. You are very close to all that Lincoln Square and Roscoe Village have to offer.



This home is for sale now. Call or email us for a showing. New photos and interactive floor-plan are coming soon.
























House of The Week: New construction at 1058 W Altgeld

New construction with traditional details...well done!





We're back in Lincoln Park's very residential section of tree-lined streets and parks. 1058 W Altgeld has...oh just enough limestone detail and texture to make the grade! With so much standard newer construction missing the mark, we like this understated, yet stately single family home. Quality construction is always an eye catcher these days.




Stroll to Jonquil Park or head downtown on the CTA Red Line at Fullerton and Sheffield. But always know you can retreat back to your sophisticated manor on a quiet city block.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Bigger is better in Albany Park: New condo for sale at 3653 W Leland #1E

Asking only $249,900!





We just listed this condo for sale in Albany Park. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, family room, gated parking and attractive finishes. Two in suite baths for privacy! Mud room/laundry room.


From the listing:
Spacious 2100 SF duplex featuring 3 Bed, 3 Bath, newer condo conversion w/gated parking included! Kitchen with granite/SS appliances. Gas fireplace in living room. The property has 2 master suites, a sun room off the 3rd bed, mud/laundry room, large family room on lower level. Private deck. Walk to CTA Brown Line,North Park University, River Park(w/pool+tennis courts). Ravenswood Manor+ Lincoln Square close by.


*Call or email us for a showing. More photos soon, but this is a really nice home and condo building for the price.


Interactive floor-plan and 360 degree tour for 1309 N Greenview #3



Click HERE to check out the new photos and interactive floor-plan for 1309 N Greenview in the Wicker Park neighborhood of West Town.














For sale... asking $374,900