Friday, September 29, 2017

SOLD! Edgewater condo goes to cash buyer (and other Edgewater sales stats)

5319 N Kenmore is a vintage courtyard building with unique units.
Our Edgewater Beach duplex condo listing at 5319 N Kenmore #3A closed this week (asking price was $209,900). The affordable condo provides amazing location near many transportation options and is just steps to Foster Beach. Congrats to our long time clients who made the move to the suburbs earlier this summer.

Take the video walk-through and ask us for more opportunities buy and sell opportunities!

Edgewater condo sales 2017 (UNDER 50 units)
324 condo units have sold from January 1st through September 28th. The median price is about $280,000. The highest priced condo closing this year sold for an impressive $800,000 at 5820 N Clark Street North Unit 406, Chicago, Illinois 60660. The new construction condo boasted four bedrooms and two and one-half baths.

Over the same period of 2013, 237 units closed with a median price of about $227,000.

Development on beautiful (landmarked) West Deming Place in Lincoln Park

A buyer's private restoration (not a tear down!) is in progress at 538 W Deming Place.  DNAInfo has a nice story concerning the property and the developer performing the work.  The property resides in the Arlington-Deming Landmark District. (All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)

I had several showings over this past week in East Lincoln Park that allowed me to check out some of my favorite blocks. The 500 block of West Deming Place in particular has some cool properties, ongoing developments and an interesting large vacant lot.  538 West Deming Place shown above was purchased in May of last year for $2,000,000.  The buyer of the vintage home with 190ft deep lot is restoring the home to a more period look. 

This original vintage building at 522 West Deming Place sits on a oversized 42'x190'.  The property was sold for $1,850,351 in 2015. Fences are up, windows boarded and a renovation/ alteration permit was issued late in 2016.
A rare sighting in the dense Park West neighborhood of Lincoln Park! A huge vacant lot spanning about four city lots wide sits between existing vintage properties.

There is no shortage of grand vintage properties to gawk at on the block.

The only sales on the block in the last 12 months have been six condo from the same 27 unit building located at 548 to 562 West Deming. The small condo units sold from $195,000 to $305,000.  You can rent for $1,300, buy for $195,000 or sell for multi millions on the same gorgeous East Lincoln Park block.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Vote for Steve Dunnett, Loan Officer of the Year!

Vote for Steve Dunnett, Blueleaf Lending

Many of our clients have worked with Steve Dunnett on their home loans and refinance opportunities.  Steve has been my personal lender for over ten years and my main "go-to" guy for mortgage lending education.  

Click the link to vote for Steve Dunnett for the Agent's Choice Award, Loan Officer of the Year!!

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New price! Lincoln Square two bedrooms condo $215,000 (one minute to CTA Rockwell train)

Spacious, bright east facing living room and sun room!
Check out this super located two bedrooms condo in the Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood of Lincoln Square!

Open House Saturday 9/30/2017 11am to 1pm

4702 N Talman #2 Chicago IL 60625 for sale $215,000
Two bedrooms, one bath
Brand new stainless steel appliances
Central AC/Heat
In-unit washer and dryer
Large shared deck/ outdoor space
Steps to shops, Harvest Time grocery, bars and CTA Rockwell stop

Eat in kitchen is great for cooking and entertaining.

New appliances with breakfast bar over looking eat-in kitchen space.
Gorgeous tree-line Ravenswood Gardens location steps to everything you need!

Popular Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood in Waters School district of Lincoln Square. 1/2 block to CTA Rockwell Brown Line and all the shops of Rockwell Crossing. 2 beds, 1 bath, large shared back deck, Central Air and Heat, in unit laundry. Hardwood floors throughout. 

Living room features sun room with great east and south windows. Cool eat-in kitchen layout, tons of storage, full size pantry, breakfast bar and plenty of room for a dinning table. First bedroom features organized walk-in closet. Tasteful decorated bathroom with large jetted tub. 

Living room, east facing sun room

Eat-in kitchen
Large shared deck with table and grilling space
 Low taxes and assessment, storage in basement and well run association. Super walk-able location in great community! Check out Greater Rockwell Organization and the Lincoln Square - Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce for local events! Foodies, walk to goosefoot and Elizabeth Restaurant. 

Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood in Lincoln Square

Commercial area just a block from 4702 N Talman features Beans and Bagels, Bloom Yoga, Pizza Art Cafe, Rockwell's, 
 Ruff Haus Pets

Exclusively listed by:
Eric Rojas, Vice President/ Broker
Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60614

Friday, September 22, 2017

Reminder! Open House this weekend 4824 N Hamilton in Lincoln Square $729,900

4824 N Hamilton Chicago IL 60625 (All photos Eric Rojas, Broker Kale Realty and
Open House 
4824 N Hamilton asking $729,900
Saturday September 23rd 10a to 12p
Sunday September 24th 10a to 12p

 Watch the video tour!

Brewery tours and condos! Sales near Goose Island Brewery and Taproom in West Town

The start of our Goose Island Brewery tour at 1800 West Fulton Street, Chicago IL 60612  in West Town over Labor Day weekend. We had an amazing host, learned a ton and it was nostalgic too!

The "barrel room" on Fulton across from the taproom where I had awesome Matilda and Sofie
A couple weeks ago our buddies at Inkt Marketing (official supplier of swag) took a group on a VIP tour of Goose Island's West Town taproom and their off-site barrel aged warehouse in East Garfield Park. The tour was an awesome auction item won through Northeastern Illinois Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf event.

The mother-load of barrel aged beer. Check out a ton of photos from Eater Chicago of this amazing barrel aged beer facility at 603 N Sacramento!

The barrel aged beer tour was a thrill for all of us. We had a fantastic 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout the minute we stepped in the door.  Wow!
We'll take the big one!
Back at Goose Island's Fulton tap room the crowd was hopping on a Sunday afternoon over labor day.  Let's check out the area condo sales around the 1800 West Fulton facility.

West Town area around the Goose Island Brewery and Taproom.
In the roughly four block radius around the Goose Island Taproom at 1800 West Fulton only 22 condos have closed from January 1st to September 15th 2017.  The median price of a condo in this radius is $485,000. The surprisingly (to me) low number of unit sales either reflects no one wants to move - or more likely - the area is still dominated by commercial buildings. A new construction 15 unit condo building at 469 N Paulina accounts for five of the sales and the highest priced condo sale at $670,000.

In 2012 (the year the Chicago condo market started to bounce back) a measly 9 condo units sold over the same period with a median price of about $150,000!

Emerging from the barrel aged warehouse and event facility. Little bright out there!

Call us to buy and sell near Goose Island or any other of your favorite breweries!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hang on to summer at the Waterfront Cafe, Edgewater

Enjoy the extended hot weather this week at The Waterfront Cafe in Edgewater 6209 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660
The patio at night!
Uncle "Duck" with my kids on a chilly night earlier this month at Waterfront Cafe.
My aunt grew up in the Edgewater neighborhood.  However, she has lived in Boston for roughly 30yrs.  With family in town from Boston I thought I'd surprise them with dinner in the old neighborhood... on the lakefront! Drinks and food are better on the lake! It is a great spot to hit after Kathy Osterman Beach or Thorndale Beach.

There is still time to enjoy the warm weather at the Waterfront Cafe this weekend. The atmosphere, live music and playground at Berger Park make for a great evening for everyone. More photos here.

It was difficult to get the kids (and adults) out of Berger Park after dinner.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seller says sell! Modern Bucktown duplex-up now ridiculous price $629,000

2047 North Leavitt Unit 2S Chicago IL 60647
Check out the comps! This is a deep discount price and last chance for this unit!  Neighbor's unit 2N (with older built-out roof deck) sold for $670K in 2015. This home is move-in ready and in a great Bucktown location. Take the video tour!

New for sale in Bucktown.  Great corner lot location with unobstructed exposure and skyline views.
2047 N Leavitt #2S, Chicago IL 60647 asking $629,000
 3 beds, 3 baths, garage parking, 3 outdoor spaces

WOW factor living room.
22 ft ceiling and windows with tree top views.

Master bedroom with walk-in closet and deck!
Modern Bucktown duplex-up with 22 ft floor to ceiling windows. Highly upgraded corner unit, 3 beds, 3 baths with garage parking. Chef’s kitchen w/ high-end Viking appliances. 

Three large outdoor spaces includes interior access to huge 750 sq/ft roof space and skyline views. Top floor master suite, spa-like bath, heated floors, double vanity, separate tub and luxury walk-in shower with rain + body sprays, custom marble. 10'x16' deck off master! Laundry room w/ side by side washer and dryer. Private second bedroom with 10'x16' deck! 

Interior roof access and skyline views.

Fresh paint, looks new! South, west and east light. Fantastic location near CTA Blue Line, Holstein Park and pool and close to all that Bucktown/ Wicker Park offers! Check out the Wicker Park/ Bucktown Neighborhood Guide.

Walk-in steam shower.
Master bath with double vanity and separate tub.

Second bedroom with walk-in closet and deck!
Three full bathrooms!
Exclusively listed by:
Eric Rojas, Vice President/ Broker
Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60614

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

VIDEO! Take the walk through of 4824 North Hamilton in Lincoln Square

4824 N Hamilton, Chicago IL 60625 for sale $729,900.

Exclusively listed by:
Eric Rojas, Broker
Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland

 (All house photos and Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
 Open House 

Saturday September 23rd 10:00am to Noon
Sunday September 24th 10:00am to Noon

Check out our newest Lincoln Square single family home listing this weekend! This 3-5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths home offers classic vintage feel with modern updates. Large common living spaces, flexible space and potential to grow! 4824 N Hamilton is located steps from Winnemac Park, Ravenswood Metra, Brown Line, Giddings Plaza (and fountain!), Mariano's, dozens of restaurants, bars and more. Experience some of the best block parties and neighbors in the city!

Formal entry foyer with beautiful woodwork and arches.
Spacious living room with east facing windows.
Large living/ dining space to entertain any occasion.
Dining room wired for sound
Eat in kitchen with lots of storage opens to the family room.
Eat in kitchen
Bright family room wired for sound

1st of three 2nd level bedrooms
2nd level full bathroom
2nd bedroom.  East facing with great closet.
Finished basement with recreation room and "en suite room" great for nanny, AirB&B, 5th bedroom or guests!
Wide 30' lot allows for great backyard and 2.5 car garage.

Just in time to catch the fall colors at Winnemac Park right down the street! (All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)

New retail and restaurants line Damen Avenue near Lawrence Ave.
Giddings Plaza along the Lincoln Avenue commercial district offers the best in city living with a small town feel.

Enjoy the vibrant location filled with parks, shops, restaurants, 
activities and great transportation options!