Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from Bob and Eric!

Bob and I thank our clients and business associates for a record year of sales in 2013. 

Bob sitting down so I don't look short

There are stressful times and fun times during our real estate transactions through the year.  We hope that we are providing good advise and resources to help our clients make tough decisions and reach their goals. Please contact us anytime you have a question about any real estate related matter... big or small.

Happy New Year! 
Wishing you a fantastic 2014!

NEW For Sale! Spacious three bedroom Logan Square condo on the Boulevard $339,000

For sale, not on the MLS yet!  2623 W Logan Boulevard #1W is a newer construction three bedrooms, two baths condo with parking included.  The attractive corner building was built in 2005... one of the last new construction condo buildings allowed on Logan Boulevard due to the  Chicago Landmarks  designation.

Great looking corner building on historic West Logan Boulevard
Huge kitchen with great layout

Large dining area off the kitchen... great windows throughout the corner unit. The tall ceilings really make the home feel spacious.
The living room area measures almost 20 feet wide and leads out to the terrace.

Double vanity master bath with stone counter tops, jetted tub and contemporary fixtures.  Hall guest bath has matching finishes.
Fantastic closet space in this unit!
2623 W Logan Boulevard #1W asking $339,000
2005 new construction
Three bedrooms
Two bathrooms
Parking spot (outdoor)
10.5 foot ceilings!
Large private front terrace
Side by side washer/ dryer closet
Huge 12x6 interior walk-in storage closet
Walk-in kitchen pantry
Gas fireplace
Many new fixtures
Freshly painted
Assessment $273.00, taxes approximately $4,000

Walk out of your home onto gorgeous Logan Boulevard.  This is truly a special location.  The home is around the corner from the popular Starbucks and restaurants on North California Avenue at Logan.  Haas Park Field house and soccer field is a couple blocks south down Fairfield.  Easy access to 90/94, Target, new Marianos, Home Depot... anything hip or practical is within walking distance.

Gorgeous architecture surrounds the property on Logan Boulevard
Haas Park Field House and Soccer Field are just two blocks south
U.A.E. Manchester City Field at Haas Park
The attractive boulevard with many restaurants and amenities minutes in each direction.

Contact Eric Rojas, Real Estate Broker with Kale Realty for showing information erojas@kalerealty.com  Please leave detailed information and a contact phone number.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year to Logan Square: Condo unit sales up 64%

Logan Square Community Area picked up the buzz in 2013.  Did it pick up in condo sales too?  We've been taking a very close look as our new condo listings are set to come on the market.

"Expanding Universe" by sculptor Eric Lindsey now sits on Logan Boulevard near our new listing at 2623 W Logan #1W (photo DEC 2013 Eric Rojas, Real Estate Broker) 

518 attached homes (condos and town houses) have been recorded as sold in our MLS in 2013 (January 1st to December 30th). That crushes the 314 units sold in all of 2012, up 64% year over year.  We still have one more day on Tuesday for closings to increase that total.

The median price for an attached home in Logan Square is around $315,000 for 2013 - up from roughly $243,000 in 2012.

Converted loft condos on North California just south of Milwaukee Ave.  This area near the Blue Line got real hot for bars, condos and modern  new single family homes.
The Bucktown portion of the Logan Square Community area rang up the highest priced closed attached homes at 2138 N Damen.  The three unit new construction boutique building had sales from $1,050,000 to $1,100,000 closed in October. 

51 attached units sold for over $500,000 in all of Logan Square in 2013.  Most of these sales were in the Bucktown region (east of Western Ave and south of Fullerton).

143 attached units sold in the $250,000 to $350,000 price range.  The majority of these were located in the Logan Square and Palmer Square neighborhoods near Blue Line trains, good bus transportation and the hot bars and shops.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Photos: A farewell to the Lincoln Square Dominick's

I stopped by today for a final farewell photo. Dominick's is closing
up shop for good in Chicago. Photos, Eric Rojas, Real Estate Broker

I'll miss the Dominick's Food Store at 5233 N Lincoln Avenue.  Mostly because it was a nice store and a short walk from my house in Lincoln Square/ Ravenswood.  With three young kids and lots of home cooking I'd be there a few times a week.  The three year old new construction store was very pleasant to shop - and - eat at.   I could literally get just about everything we need there on a weekly basis.

Less important is the fact I went to the original Dominick's store at this location as a kid.  My grandparents lived directly behind the store.  I drew "fast pitch" strike zones on the Dominick's wall off the alley and threw thousands of pitches.

The shiny, but empty, store was full of employees today taking care of last minute closing tasks.  One check-out lane was open. I was going to snap a few more photos of the store and some long time employees... but just could not bring myself to do it.  I'd never make it as a photojournalist.
The store is so new it looked like getting ready to open a store rather then close it.

The one thing many of us won't miss is the crazy hoops Safeway created for their "sale items". One would feel guilty or like they had overpaid had they forgotten to go on "Just for You" and click away prior to shopping.  Maybe this being a contributor to their demise.

Most importantly, people in our community are hopeful the many great Dominick's employees will find good jobs.  We wish them well.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Steeterville views and Condo Sales good in 2013

Recent views from the steps of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
I often head to Streeterville to meet up with my wife and friends for an after work dinner near the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.  The city bustle and views during the holiday season are fantastic.

The modern Lurie Children's Hospital facing Chicago Ave. (Photos Eric Rojas Real Estate Broker)
Common Streeterville boundaries from Wikipedia. 
Attached unit sales for Streeterville Jan 1st to December 26th, 2013

694 condos were recorded as sold in the MLS from Jan 1st to Dec 26th of this year.  The median price for a Streeterville condo is about $450,000.   Condo unit sales are up about 25% over the same period of 2012.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from downtown Chicago!

Bob, myself and our families wish you a
Merry Christmas and happy holidays.  


Monday, December 23, 2013

Under Contract! Old Irving Park town house offers great value

Our town house listing at 4326 N Kedvale is under contract.  The true three bedrooms home offers a lot of space at the $199,000 asking price.  The location is easy to highways, the Blue Line and Metra at Irving Park Road.

The home has updated, neutral d├ęcor and great hardwood floors throughout. The lower level features a large family room, utility room, storage and a Brett Favre Fathead!

The town house sale is now in attorney review and home inspection phases.

If you are looking to buy or sell on the north Side of Chicago, please contact us.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

In the Loop: Downtown public art the Thompson Center

Monument with Standing Beast in front of the Thompson Center. One of the joys of walking downtown with the kids are the many public art installations. The kids get a look at art and of course play on it too.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Photos! Lincoln Park Conservatory Winter Flower and Train Show

The nanny called in sick Wednesday through Friday so work went to my business partner (thanks Bob!) and I got the kids.  That means morning quality time with my youngest son while the other two are at school.

This area of the conservatory houses the holiday flowers and 3 train sets.

We spent a peaceful morning at the Lincoln Park Conservatory's Holiday Flower and Train Show.  We arrived Friday just after the doors opened at 9:00am and had the place practically to ourselves for awhile.  The show runs through January 5th.

This way to the fish pond!