Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sneak Peek! Lincoln Square single family home steps to Winnemac Park for sale $599,900

5043 N Oakley, Chicago IL 60625 asking $599,900. Three bedrooms up, office, sitting room and finished playroom on terrific 28'x125' lot.
This is the one.  5043 N Oakley is quintessential Lincoln Square! Asking $599,900

Living room with wood burning fireplace and lovely vintage detail.
Inviting Lincoln Square home on 28' wide lot steps from Winnemac Park. Classic front porch, formal entry foyer and vintage details welcome you to the great layout. Large living room, wood burning fireplace, spacious dining room w/ built-in hutch, main floor true office. 

True dining room with built-in hutch, powder room and office with built-in shelving on the main floor

Renovated kitchen with great counter space.

Spacious breakfast room leads out to enclosed sun room.

Enclosed sun room off-kitchen overlooks the backyard.

28' wide x 125' long lot allows for big backyard and 2.5 car garage!
Renovated eat-in kitchen offers amazing entertaining space. Kitchen leads to amazing enclosed sun room. Main half-bath. Wow! Check out that professionally landscaped backyard! Second floor w/ three bedrooms up + bright, open sitting room, large bathroom and walk-in closet. Partially finished basement with great playroom, washer/ dryer and two storage rooms. Boiler, furnace heating and CENTRAL AC! . New roof 2017! 2.5 car garage. 

Three bedrooms on the second level.

Second level sitting room is offers flexible space for yoga, play-space, small family room... whatever you need.

Fantastic location close to Ravenswood Metra, Western Brown Line, Winnemac Park, Giddings Plaza and the retail / entertainment districts of Damen Ave and Lincoln Ave. Great block parties! 1+ Rated Chappell Elementary and 1+ Amundsen High School. This is the value you've been waiting for!
The home is one block from Winnemac Park, home of Jorndt Field (soon to have brand new turf!), Chappell Elementary, Amundsen High School, tennis courts, prairie walks, baseball fields and more. Voted Chicago Reader Best Park 2016 (photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
Just in time to catch the fall colors at Winnemac Park right down the street! (All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)

Exclusively listed by
Eric Rojas, Broker
Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland, Chicago IL 60614

New retail and restaurants line Damen Avenue near Lawrence Ave. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.
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!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Charming Lincoln Square "Griffin's and Gargoyles" sold for $910,000, still vacant

2140 West Lawrence, Chicago IL 60625 formally Griffins and Gargoyles Antiques. Photo taken last week. The property was sold in 2017 for $910,000.  All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
Griffins and Gargoyles Antiques at 2140 West Lawrence Avenue in Lincoln Square closed in 2016 after 41 yrs in business. View more photos.  The attractive vintage property was purchased for $910,000 in 2017 by a local professional property management company.  The lot measures approximately 50'x125' (a Chicago double lot) and is currently zoned B1-1.  The property is currently vacant.

2140 W Lawrence is dwarfed by the newer construction mixed-use condo building to the east. A new building to the west will put the two story vintage building in a cavern. 
The property sits between the Surpless Dunn property development to the west and a newer construction six unit condo building with ground floor retail to the east.  There are no building permits as of yet for 2140 W Lawrence.  I don't know the plans for this wonderful brick warehouse style building set back from the street. However it will be smothered up by it's two over-sized neighbors thus minimizing its eye pleasing architectural impact on this strip of Lawrence.

Photo of Griffins and Gargoyles in 2015 prior to the shops closing. Unfortunately I don't have a photo with the flower boxes planted and in bloom.  All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.
This is such a cool building. I weep for it's future. It is doubtful the building will remain in its current form for much longer. The development along Lawrence Avenue thus far has been a huge positive. I love the increased density of residential units and the "tear down" structures thus far have not been of note. However the new construction product has been bland and unimaginative.  It will be a shame to lose this building and courtyard.

A large loft style new construction building is in development to the west.
The Surpless Dunn development has picked up steam and probably marks the end of the Griffins and Gargoyles building.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Old Riverside Cafe space in Bucktown still vacant after 3 years

The former garden space at Riverside Cafe.  The restaurant and adjacent lot (shown here) have sat vacant since the building and adjacent lot sold for $2.5 million in 2015 (All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
After serving Bucktown for 31 years the Riverside Cafe closed in 2015.  According to the story the property was sold to a restaurant developer for $2.5 million in July 2015. Cook County Recorder of Deeds records at 1654-1656 W Cortland are little more complex... showing several lien releases (mechanics, lis pendens, City Water Department) in 2015 and a couple transfers of the property recorded in 2016.  A Trustees Deed was recorded for $1,750,000 to an LLC (a sales transaction) then a Quit Claim Deed to another LLC (transfer of property) and a mortgage recorded for $1,980,000 all on the same day of 2016. There is no recorded sale in 2015 from my viewing of public records.

The vintage building was purchased by a restaurant developer to open a new restaurant and renovate the apartments back in 2015.
The plan according to the DNAInfo report at the time was to open a new restaurant and renovate the apartments above. Rumor has it this unique vacant restaurant space has a future.... finally (whispers from another Broker selling property nearby).  It's a nice property among several established bars, restaurants and services in unique little mixed use strip of Bucktown.

Restaurants and bars on each side of the street.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

New photos of pricey "District House" development in Oak Park, units sold up to $899K

The District House development 147 Euclid in Oak Park taken on Friday. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.

The "District House" development site in Oak Park last March 2017.  Chicago Cityscape has photos of the nearly completed units.
We wrote about District House in Oak Park last March.  The development site was cleared at 700 West Lake Street... also known as the former Tasty Dog.  The District House development goes by the address 147 Euclid N Euclid. listings show units under contract from $599,900 to $899,900 and states only two units remain for sale.

Chicago Cityscape (via Steven Vance) has pictures of the near completed development at the link.  The well located smart looking building is brought to you by the experienced higher-end Chicago Ranquist Development Group.  My grand opening party invite must have went to spam.

We often represent clients in Oak Park.  Please contact us today if you are considering a move to the suburbs.

Bong! New Lincoln Park Taco Bell open near high-end condos

New construction Taco Bell located at 2575 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
We wrote in May that a Lincoln Park new construction Taco Bell was underway around the corner from a $3M penthouse.  The fast food store has since been completed.  The median price of a closed condo unit withing about four blocks of the Taco Bell is $465,000.  

Photo of Norweta Row construction today.  
Norweta Row on the 2600 block of North Hermitage still is under construction.  The most expensive unit is still available but UNIT PH3 is listed under contract asking $1,995,000.  That's a lot of tacos.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Evanston single family home sales south of Dempster (median price up 8% since 2015)

1703 Keeney is located south of Dempster and north of Oakton.  The mature landscaped neighborhood is tranquil and a super value for Evanston! The Martin Luther King Literary and Fine Arts School nearby is a popular draw for home buyers.  Robert Crown Park, Burnham Shores Park and all the shops, restaurants and amenities of Chicago Ave are close by. 
Our clients are under contract on a well preserved split level at 1703 Keeney (offered at $337,000). Southern Evanston offers some of the best single family home values in the popular North Shore city.  The diverse single family home stock allows for any budget from first time buyers to fantasy lake front homes!

Quick peek video

Evanston single family home sales south of Dempster Jan 1st -July 27th, 2018

95 single family homes have sold so far in 2018. The median price of a sold home is about $440,000 (up 8% since 2015).  The highest priced sold home is 90 Kedzie Street, Evanston IL 60202 for $4.5 million.  This generational estate home on the the lake is a dream come true!  Thew lowest priced sold home is 937 Brown Avenue, Evanston IL 60202 for only $150,000.  The tri-level ranch is an amazing renovation opportunity right off off Robert Crown Park.

In 2012, when the market began to accelerate out of the crash, 80 homes sold for a median price of $377,000. 87 Evanston homes sold in 2015 with a median price of about $407,000. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Bucktown condo sales... location, location, location!

Our clients are under contract near the Clybourn METRA stop and the east entrance of The 606 park and trail in Bucktown!
Pet grooming and boarding at Bucktown Bow and Meow right down stairs... wow!
Our clients recently entered into a contract on a Bucktown condo. Bucktown is a pricey North Side neighborhood that offers all the bars, restaurants and conveniences urban dwellers desire.  The housing is diverse with many styles of architecture and design.  Plenty of boring developments to down-right ugly buildings abound.  But Bucktown offers flashes of color and creativity you don't see on many other comparatively priced neighborhoods.

Bucktown condo sales January 1st to July 27th, 2018

189 condo units have closed thus far in 2018.  The median price of a sold condo is about $440,000.  The highest priced sale is 2138 W Damen, Unit 2, Chicago IL 60647 for $1,170,000.     The lowest priced sold condo this year is 1718 N Ashland Unit 1F, Chicago IL 60622 for $170,850.

During the same period in 2012 about 123 condos sold with a median price of $345,000.

Bucktown neighborhood sales area (NorthWestern Ave to 90/94 to West Wabansia on the south)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Albany Park flood tunnel completed, River Park improvements creeping forward

River Park field construction coincided with the big flood tunnel dig in Albany Park.
Block Club Chicago reported today on the ribbon cutting of the $70 million Albany Park tunnel to relive river flooding.  River Park was a staging ground for construction the last couple years. The northern end of the park has looked like a disaster.  However,  new baseball and soccer fields along with new tennis courts are on their way. Latest construction update from the 40th Ward office.

The popular lighted tennis courts have been torn up for a long time. I would play here before my teens!

The park itself has a lot of amenities when in full swing.  The new fields and courts will be great.  The pool-house and field house need some attention next.

Former Bucca di Beppo site in Lakeview finally under construction (12 units and retail)

Photo of 2941-2947 taken last week (all photos Eric Rojas, Kale Realty)
Construction activity has finally begun at the former Deni's Den and Bucca di Beppo site.  We last wrote about the vacant site in 2014.  2941-2947 North Clark Street is slated to be twelve new residential units with retail on the ground floor. A Lakeview Roots Pizza will not be part of the development.

2941-2947 North Clark Street in 2014
The 2941-2947 North Clark lot sold in 2013 for $1,375,000.  

I believe, according to Cook County Recorder of Deeds, the lot sold again in 2017 for $2,400,000 prior to the final development plans.

More Lakeview posts HERE

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Under Contract! Spacious split-level in Evanston

It looks small but the second story and lower level of this Evanston home provides lots of flexible space. The long time owners kept the home in terrific shape.  Newly painted walls really sold the house.
Our clients jumped on this spacious split-level at 1703 Keeney in Evanston!  The brick, windows, walls, rooms and even some of the dated finishes are in great condition at the $337,000 list price. We love to help our clients find value! This home has great flow and big rooms.  Three bedrooms up, large living and dining, a fourth bedroom and family room on lower level.  Storage, laundry and central heat and AC.

About nineteen homes have sold over the past twelve months within a two block radius of 1703 Keeney. Median price of  a sold home is about $380,000.  The south Evanston location is easy to the City of Chicago, the Chicago Avenue retail district of southeast Evanston and Burnham Shores Park.  The block is attractive with well kept homes, lots of flowers and mature landscaping.

If you are looking to make the move to Evanston or the North Shore please contact us! 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Open House! Rogers Park two-flat asking $349,900 near Andersonville, METRA

1718 W Wallen, Chicago IL 60626 asking $349,900

Take a quick video walk-through!

WOW. You want value? You get value.  We just listed this two flat building at 1718 W Wallen in Rogers Park for $349,900.  The building is a couple blocks north of Devon Avenue restaurants, close to Andersonville, the lake, easy to Evanston and 10 minute walk to Rogers Park METRA.

Vintage woodwork in second floor unit.
Both units in great shape and way above expectations at this price point.  Much improvement work has been done on the interior and exterior since 2004 including:
Two NEW AC condensors 2004
Most NEW windows 2008
Extensive tuckpoint 2014
New electric panels 2010
Rebuilt parapet walls 2008
Extensive insulation attic, ceiling and floors 2006
New concrete walks 2004

Bright, large first floor living room and sun room.

30' wide lot, lovely backyard and great garage.
Good bedroom size with large closets.  All bedrooms close in size.
First floor dining room.

Second floor dining room... gorgeous wood windows.

Updated first floor kitchen with breakfast bar.  Dishwasher!!

Second floor kitchen is open, bright.  Dishwasher!!
Amazing two-flat value in Rogers Park. Lovely landscaped home with move-in ready units. Fantastic opportunity for investor or live-in owner near Andersonville and Loyola University (GO RAMBLERS). 10 minute walk to Rogers Park METRA. 1st floor with neutral decor, large living room/ sun room, true dining room, nice sized (2) bedrooms, updated kitchen cabinets/counters and rear bonus room. 

Second floor features beautiful wood trim and same lay out as 1st unit. Large bathrooms in both units in great shape! Both units w/ separate Central Heat/ AC, water heaters and new electric panels! What?! Clean basement with two egress, 7ft ceiling and washer/dryer! Great yard (30' wide lot) and 2 car garage, 1 extra parking pad for 3 total spots! Many important improvements to exterior and interior over the past 10 years. Total no brainer purchase. Latest rents below market. I love this building... you will too!

MORE info and photos HERE

Exclusively listed by
Eric Rojas, Broker
Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland, Chicago IL 60614

Check out Forgotten Chicago group on Facebook

There is a cool page called Forgotten Chicago on Facebook.  I made my first post about a tear down in Lincoln Park and it has made quite the stir! Over 650 reactions and hundreds of comments. My favorite comments are from people who lived on the block or in the actual building.  I have had people email me in the past about buildings I have written about and tell me their stories.  So cool!

Check out Forgotten Chicago on Facebook.  You will have to be approved to join the group and posts are moderated.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lincoln Park vintage building sold for $2,325,000 near old Children's Memorial now demolished

2252 N Orchard was recently torn down.  The six unit vintage apartment building was sold for $2,325,000. A  five unit condo building will take it's place. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty unless otherwise noted.

Foundation and framing has begun on a new five unit condo building.

We posted on the day 2252 N Orchard was getting torn down.  Last week we passed by the site and the structure adjacent to the Chipotle is now gone.

2244 N Orchard the last day standing.

It seems every old building and vintage mixed use retail block near or on Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park has been - or will be - demolished for redevelopment. It is astonishing.  I'll share some photos of the Children's Memorial site development across the street from this property later today.