Thursday, May 29, 2014

Andersonville's Esquire Barber Shop coming to Lincoln Square too

Bob and I discovered Esquire Barber Shop in Andersonville over a year ago.  Great story by DNAinfo on the newest Lincoln Square location to open soon at Lawrence and Western. Now I can go to both locations!

Esquire Barber Shop in Andersonville
 Congratulations Aaron!

"Aerial" view of new Ravenswood Terrace apartments

Photo looking north at the Ravenswood Terrace apartments construction in Ravenswood, Lincoln Square neighborhood. Taken from the Mariano's and LA Fitness parking deck.  Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

The new apartment development is back- to-back with the Wolcott Village condos (combined, there are 300 units directly adjacent to the grocer, fitness club, Sears Auto and re-built Metra station).  Per square foot this may be the highest density residential spot in Lincoln Square... and that's great.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

(RENTED) Galewood Chicago bungalow with BIG YARD near Oak Park, River Forest (3 beds, 1 bath $1,550 per month)

1807 N Natchez is a fun, attractive brick bungalow in the Galewood section of Chicago's Austin Community Area near Oak Park. For rent at $1,550 /month available July 1st, 2014.

We just listed a classic brick bungalow on a terrific block at 1807 N Natchez FOR RENT at $1,550 a month.  Very pleasant home with a touch of whimsy!

Awesome backyard for summer fun! 2 car garage!
1870 N Natchez has a 170 plus foot lot with a great backyard!  All three bedrooms are on the main level.  Home features entry foyer, large living room, spacious dining room and kitchen with dishwasher.  *Central air conditioning and heat!* Huge basement for storage/ play / craft space with newer washer and dryer. Stairs lead to attic (empty and unused, but space there if needed).

Bright functional kitchen with DISHWASHER and pantry
Clean, classic bath
Great block with attractive, well kept homes.  Terrific community!
1807 N Natchez asking $1,550 a month
Available July 1st, 2014
3 bedrooms (3rd bedroom used as nursery/ younger child bedroom for past two families. Could be great office too).
1 bathroom
Central air conditioning and heat
Washer and dryer
Kitchen opens to mudroom with cool chalkboard, hanging space
Huge backyard off kitchen!
Clean, walk-out basement
2 car garage 
PETS OKAY, negotiable
2 year lease okay
Close to Taylor Park

School info from the owners:
Grace Lutheran School in River Forest runs a bus there and St. Giles Catholic School serves Galewood and is walking distance. There are kids on the block that go to both. Lovett is the CPS school for 1807 N Natchez and OA Thorp is a close magnet school. UNO Clemente Elementary is a few blocks North on Natchez.

Additional Tenant Info:
Available July 1st, 2014. Tenants to fill out Kale Realty application and credit check. $50.00 non-refundable fee.  Tenant handles snow removal, lawn care. Water and trash pick-up included, tenant pays all other utilities.  1 month security deposit.

Contact Eric Rojas, Kale Realty only at 773-510-1597 or  Please, do not disturb tenants!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sold! Lakeview town house with fantastic outdoor space

1251 W Fletcher closed last week for $526,000 after multiple offers.  Watch the video and check out the great outdoor space. The home is also located in popular Burley Elementary School district boundaries.

We represented our long time clients in the sale of their townhouse last week.  We decided on a list price of $499,000 to generate serious, motivated buyers.  The pricing and listing preparation worked well as we received several well qualified buyers offering over the list price.

Our clients originally bought the home in April 2010 for $485,000 after we arranged the first showing prior to the town house being re-listed on the market.  I remember we went to the February showing in a snow storm!

20x20 deck!
Congratulations to the new owners who closed just in time to enjoy their deck on Memorial Day weekend.  And congratulations to our sellers who are now in far off lands.

Bustle and beautiful homes on Briar Street, East Lakeview

West Briar Street near the lake has a few rare and beautiful East Lakeview single family homes. Photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

We met with our contractor at a new client's home this weekend on the 400 block of West Briar in East Lakeview.  We'll have more details on the top floor 2300 sq/ft condo this week.  The 400 and 500 blocks of West Briar offer a leafy sanctuary just off the hustle and bustle of North Broadway.  

Saturday was a break-out beautiful day in the city and North Broadway was hopping!
West Briar Street vintage 4 unit building on a very wide lot.  Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

We've brokered several transactions on Briar and look forward to our new offering coming soon.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sold! Hinsdale house that has me longing for the burbs

I took this photo of 423 Glendale in Hinsdale at the final walk-through last week.  The traditional, move-in ready home on a large semi-wooded lot was asking $699,000.  Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
 Bob and I represented great clients last week on their Hinsdale home purchase.  It's hard not to get tempted when looking at attractive homes and lots in the desirable suburbs around Chicago. The huge backyard and driveway allow for any kind of sport or party. 

If you are moving from the city please consider our team for your sale and purchase.

Rocking chair views from the extended front porch. Congratulations on your new home!

Ravenswood Terrace construction update photos: The village that Mariano's built

Progress at Ravenswood Terrace new construction apartments early this week.  The 150 unit development is located adjacent to the Mariano's, Sears and LA Fitness development at West Lawrence and North Ravenswood in greater Ravenswood, Lincoln Square. All Photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
It's a nice location if you like fancy uber-service grocery stores and working out. Emergency car issue?  Got that covered too with a brand new Sears Auto Center facility.

The "befores" taken a month back.

You can visit the Raveswood Terrace apartments site here.  WARNING: The "Who Ravenswoodn't" tag line and photo may cause some sort of visceral reaction.  There are a couple MLS listings for two bedrooms, two baths units for $2,300 - $2,450 range a month.  Parking is listed at $175.00 a month extra.

Watch a video about the project produced by

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I went to the Lincoln Square Tony's Fresh Market Grand Opening too

A new era for family owned Tony's Finer Foods started today in Lincoln Square (ALL photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
 I didn't know what to expect for the Grand Opening of Tony's Fresh Market at 5233 N Lincoln Avenue in northwest Lincoln Square.  Walking in was a jolt!  Gone is the refined aesthetic with walnut trim of the former Dominick's store.  This is now an old school market packed with product.

The pharmacy and clinic areas have been removed.  In it's place is an expanded meat department.
There are dozens of new display tables everywhere.  The food selection looks more diverse than the old Dominick's and the prices look in line or a little better on our most of our staple products.  I was happy to see really great tomatoes for $0.99 a pound.  The meat department is fantastic!  It's easy to walk over and pick out quality selections for grilling on a nice day.

There are display tables everywhere. 

Many Tony's family members and execs were on hand to greet customers. Although I'm not a fan of the new color palate and general look for the store you can tell these guys are here to do business. They maintained the coffee bar area in the front of the store with added gelato and (I think) smoothie drinks. All the specialty counters (deli, meats, fish) look great.

Bottom line is the store re-delivers a much needed full service grocer to residents of Lincoln Square, North Park and West Ridge neighborhoods.  We congratulate the Tony's family on their new store and look forward to shopping there for a long time!

Read about my trip to the grand opening of Mariano's last month.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Under Contract! Ravenswood one bedroom overlooking Winnemac Park

Our latest Ravenswood listing at 4957 N Seeley #2 is under contract and awaiting closing asking $149,000.  Watch the video tour of this attractive condo in a terrific location.

The Winnemac Park area of Ravenswood is booming with new houses, new condos and rising re-sale prices.  The many, many infrastructure and retail improvements coupled with the already pleasant park-like neighborhood have made inexpensive condos a hot item.

Very cool kitchen renovation! Photo by

Ravenswood is great area to live without a car and one of the best quality of life values in the city!  If you are looking to buy or sell in Ravenswood or nearby North Side neighborhoods we're your guys!

Lincoln Square's "Red X" house torn down

I've noted a few "Red X" houses in the Lincoln Square, Ravenswood neighborhood.  A long time vacant house with the scarlet letter on the 4800 block of north Oakley was torn down earlier today. You can see a photo of the house HERE.

Goodbye sad, vacant dilapidated house, hello $1.3 million new construction?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Under Contract! East Lakeview three bedrooms penthouse with roof top deck asking $689,000

Step out on to your main level terrace off the living room to a terrific city view overlooking East Lakeview. (Photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
622 W Oakdale #5 is in a wide newer construction building with rare outdoor space.  The main level front terrace overlooks the Lakeview neighborhood.

Large condo units have been in demand in East Lakeview.  Large condo units with great outdoor spaces are even better.  Our listing at 622 W Oakdale #5 received interest and a contract immediately asking $689,000. The contract is through inspections and pending closing.

A hall staircase leads to the private roof top deck area.

The home features three outdoor spaces.  A front terrace off the living room, a back deck off the master bedroom and a private 20'x20' private rooftop deck area.  Add commercial appliances, upgraded sound, custom storage and attached garage for luxury living in one of the city's most vibrant and convenient neighborhoods along the lake.

Watch the video!

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Please contact us to buy or sell properties in Lakeview and most North Side Chicago neighborhoods.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

PHOTOS! Plan revealed for Half Acre Beer Company in Bowmanville

More photos of the site and renderings below.  Most of us can't wait!!

The large industrial property at 2050 W Balmoral in Bowmanville (old Duray Fluorescent Lighting company at Balmoral and Hoyne) will be the second and larger home of Half Acre Beer Company.

ALL photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

A meeting was held at Rogers Park Montessori 1800 W Balmoral last night to introduce the Half Acre Beer Company plans to the Bowmanville community.  Many familiar faces came out from tight knit community to discuss the new business with 40th Alderman Patrick O'Connor and Half Acre's Founder Gabriel Magliaro.

Founder Gabriel Magliaro waits to present the "two phase" plan.  The current zoning for "Phase I" allows for a brewing facility, restaurant, and an outdoor beer garden in the courtyard. That will happen.  A second phase would require a zoning change to allow for more retail and restaurant space along with a tavern license. This will have to be approved.

From the Bomanville Community Organization: "The plans include a brewing facility, restaurant, and an outdoor beer garden in the courtyard. All of this is allowed under the current M1/M2 zoning.

Half Acre is pursuing a zoning change to C3 however, to enable them to increase the amount of space used for retail onsite. They will also be pursuing a tavern license. The zoning change request and tavern license request will follow city processes. "

In short, the community was supportiveAt times, overwhelmingly and comically supportive! Most of the concerns were with, 1) truck traffic (which will be light compared to many types of business that can operate there) and 2) increased foot traffic near the residential homes.  Most agreed the people coming to (and involved with) the brewery will make the area much more appealing and safer than the current state: a vacant building across from a sometimes troubled nursing facility.

The interior of the facility would be an "inspiring space" with the original double barrel truss ceiling restored.
The fully completed site would include a larger capacity brewing facility, canning production, a tap room serving food, new home office and an outdoor patio area carved out of the parking lot. The tavern and food serving area would be designed upon approval of the license and zoning change.  Brewing production should be up and running by October.

Outdoor patio located in what's now the interior courtyard/ parking lot.  A good 45-55 parking spaces would remain.

The office staff would be relocated to the new facility.

Site plan

The North Hoyne side of the building will be beautified... yay!

The town home association along Hoyne facing the facility has a lot to gain along with some concerns with the popular brewer moving in.

The parking lot/ courtyard of the building is along West Rascher and faces other industry buildings like Medina Lawn Care. The new facility will use a Rascher address and people will enter/ exit on Rasher away from residential homes.

Loading docs on the 2000 Block of West Balmoral.  There are a handful of residential buildings across from the Balmoral side of the building (below)

A terrific crowd of mostly immediate Bowmanville residents and Bomanville Community Organization members. The neighbors were very cordial, thoughtful and asked some great questions.  Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

I look forward to calling Half Acre my neighbor! 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DNAinfo reports: Tony's Lincoln Square opens in one week

Our fine area reporter Patti Wetli reports today the Tony's Finer Foods at 5233 N Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Square will open on May 21st.  

I'll be happy to once again walk to my local grocery store. We hope to see some familiar faces back at work as well.

First time driving under the "L" tracks

We have client's moving here from out of state and they had never driven under the "famous" CTA "L" tracks.

Photo, Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

 So, I took a spin down Franklin Street after showings in River North.  Yay.

Update on Frank Lloyd Wright "love shack" house: 25 East Cedar in Gold Coast

There was much to do over the sale and demolition of a Gold Coast home tied to Frank Lloyd Wright a few years ago.  The "love shack" property had been purchased and torn down to make way for a rare new construction single family home on the doorstep of Gold Coast action. 

Here's an update photo of the house construction at 25 East Cedar I took from last week. Although the demolition of the site was in 2011, there is still much work to do.  The home next door to the west at 21 East Cedar is listed for sale at $5,000,000.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Old fashioned "barn raising" in Lincoln Square

Well, old fashioned if you have a million plus.

I swung over to the Ainslie and Bell intersection in Lincoln Square after school drop-off to check out the progress on this house. I believe it's the only new construction home being built at the moment within Lawrence and Foster, Ashland and Western.  There are a handful of substantial gut rehabs in progress but nothing else totally new.

The crew was just "raising the barn" when I walked up.  Jolly good show.

Gold Coast single family home sales 2014: Many available, bring at least $2 million

Walking along North Dearborn in Gold Coast last weekend (Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
The Gold Coast is a unique treasure of a neighborhood not only in Chicago but nation wide (in my opinion). Views, architecture, upscale retail, dining, iconic bars, beaches and people watching all tucked into a bustling lakefront location is worth the purchase price.  Or... at least worth a visit from current Chicagoans and tourists.

Gold Coast Single Family Home Sales 2014 (including row houses)

7 Gold Coast single family homes have closed in 2014.  This is a pretty good number of transactions for the relatively small number of available homes in the neighborhood.

The highest sale just closed in May for $5,875,000 at coveted 1207 N Astor Street (asking price).  The classic estate on a 27 wide lot was bought in 2010 for $3,750,00 and has been fully renovated.

The lowest single family dwelling sale this year in Gold Coast is 1234 N State Street for $1,750,000.  The surprisingly spacious "1886" row house was advertised as needing updates and modernization.
YOU ARE HERE Mariano Park (photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
For sale and under contract
A surprisingly large number of Gold Coast single family home dwellings are offered for sale.  27 homes are currently marketed for sale from $1,699,000 to $15,000,000.  Yes, 15 million.  Only four offerings are priced under $2 million.

The hot Chicago single family home market on the North Side and retiring Baby Boomer generation may have a lot to do with the good number of Gold Coast listings.

Yet, only two homes are currently under contract.  59 West Schiller is under contract listed at $2,800,000 and 43 E Division is under contract listed at $4,500,000.

All stats gathered from and interpreted by Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

Friday, May 09, 2014

Mixed use business, residential along "very city" North Ravenswood Avenue

Bow Wow Lounge at 1744 W Winona Street and North Ravenswood Ave

A second story addition on a modern home tucked along North Ravenswood.  The former industrial building is just two blocks north of the Ravenswood Metra stop.
Large anchor retail at Mariano's and LA Fitness

 The four blocks along North Ravenswood Avenue between West Lawrence Ave and West Foster Ave is a cool mix of residential and business.  The stretch is along the Metra embankment which further defines the unique setting. 

These interesting industrial and residential corridors make up a "very city" lifestyle.