Lincoln Common. I post these little construction updates fighting back tears. As many of you know my wife worked at Children's Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park (now a new hospital in Streetrville) and my first offices were located a few blocks away from the site. Many great times and great people! The intersection of Fullertion, Lincoln and Halsted is almost unrecognizable save for the remaining building on the southeast corner. Progress.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
A few photos of One Bennett Park construction in Streeterville (units under contract up to $6 million)
|No way I ride in one of those exterior high-rise construction elevators! All amazing photography Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty (on way old Samsung Galaxy)|
|Great lake of shiny glass buildings in the eastern portion of Streeterville near the lakefront.|
|The popular Lofts rental apartments across the street to the south at 445 East Illinois. One Bennett Park is also across from the Target store at McClurg and Illinois, Pinstripes, and Cupital.|
|The One Bennett Park site boasts a large central park at the base of the building.|
Friday, February 23, 2018
|A river lookout point and trails run along the western border of the North Center neighborhood. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty|
|North Center section known as River's Edge along the river. This residential section of North Center enjoys a unique river trail and offers easy access to three large parks.|
|The river path is a nice way to get outside for some peace and quite in the middle of the city. You like the river check out Friends of the Chicago River|
|This dream house is under construction along the riverbank... wow! It has my required basketball court already too.|
|This "alley" has the feel of a private country road to select houses. You can see the large luxury home under contract in the background.|
|I use to play in this creek while visiting relatives as a kid. The Willow Wood subdivision feature a couple renovated play lots, green space and meandering creek. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty|
|Willow Wood sub division is easy walking distance to a Mariano's Market, the excellent main library branch and many stores and restaurants along Hicks / Northwest Highway.|
|A common model shown above and attractive example of homes found in the Willow Wood subdivision of Palatine. Palatine offers a wide range of homes from the $200s in a central location near highway access, shopping and job centers.|
608 single family homes sold in all of Palatine over 2017 with a median price of $320,000. The highest priced sold home was a new construction house at 885 W Kathleen Rd , Palatine, IL 60067 for $836,000. The four bedrooms home in Fremd High School district sold over the list price with upgraded options.
In 2016, 587 single family homes closed with a median price of $325,000. In 2015, 515 homes sold with a median price around $320,000. Interestingly... back in 2012, 613 homes sold with a median price of $320,000 (numbers almost identical to 2017 fivers later). It is rare in most Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs to see such consistent home sale unit numbers and median price over the period 2012-2017.
|2112 West Lawrence was leased for over 30 years by the State of Illinois. It is now for sale.|
Many of us in the neighborhood have watched the ongoing renovations for some time. The new window installation facing the park peaked my interest in the future use of the building. It makes for a unique aesthetic.
|Second floor (east facing windows)|
|Looking out the fantastic windows east over Vogle Park play lot|
|First floor at grade level|
|Cool looking east side of building adjacent to renovated play lot.|
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
|Skokie is diverse suburb home to a gazillion brick homes of various styles that fit almost any budget.|
|Skokie boasts a true downtown with eateries, services, shops and civic events.|
Back in 2012 the median of a Skokie single family home was only $225,000 with a highest priced home sale of $748,000. So far in 2018, 31 homes have closed with median price about $360,000. 98 homes are currently for sale in Skokie at the time of this writing.
Skokie offers home buyers a downtown area, plenty of eateries, great Park District, decent public transportation options (Skokie Swift video HERE) highway access and good schools in a wide range of budgets. Robust theater/ arts are a staple in Skokie and it's home to the very important Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Enjoy all of beautiful North Shore for less in Skokie... and it is close to Chicago whenever you'd like to come back 😃
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Monday, February 19, 2018
|Many charming brick homes line West Wilson Avenue in Ravenswood Gardens and Ravenswood Manor. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, kale Realty.|
|Ravenswood Gradens is a popular Lincoln Square neighborhood west of Western Avenue and East of the river.|
13 single family homes closed over 2017 in the Ravenswood Garden neighbor with a bonkers median sales price of $1,050,000. 11 homes sold over 2016 with a median price of $655,000. Even in high flying 2007 before the financial crash six homes had closed for a median price of $700,000. Seven homes sold for over one million dollars. The highest prices sale was a full gut renovation at 2451 W Eastwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 for $1,115,000.
|Ravenswood Manor neighborhood of Albany Park|
20 single family homes sold over 2017 with a median price of about $650,000. The Manor price appears much lower than their near neighbors to the east. But one story charming brick homes can catch up to $875,000. That's right... no second story. In 2016, 28 homes sold with a median price of $575,000. In 2007 before the crash 22 houses closed with a median price of $547,000.
There are pockets of older frame houses that are a little cheaper near the fringes of North Kedzie, West Montrose and West Lawrence that keep the median price down. One controversy brewing in the neighborhood is proliferation of new construction homes in this designated Historic District.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
|646 North Michigan Avenue was custom built in 1990 for the Crate and Barrel flagship store. Photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty|
Friday, February 16, 2018
|130 N Garland, The Heritage is a luxury building across from Millennium Park|
|Views from Unit 3502|
|Vacant, clean and no damage!|
|Whoa, real mugs!|
Thursday, February 15, 2018
|This is a great area to live but large construction projects are going to be the norm as the East Lincoln Park location redevelops. All photos Eric Rojas, Kale Realty|
Building up Chicago has some real cool pics of the crane rig at the 508 W Diversey construction site.
The Hampdens condo project across the street (the cleared site shown above) is boasting 60% pre-sold on their advertising billboards.
Friday, February 02, 2018
|You've seen it! You love it! Edgewater Beach Apartments (EBA) building at 5555 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60640 (all photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty unless otherwise noted).|
|The bright living room and dining rooms need some love. The huge apartment has formal rooms and many original details. Photo Eldorrado Chicago Real Estate|
|Great west views from the unit (lake views will cost you more!)|
The Bryn Mawr Historic District and surrounding blocks offer dozens of shops, cafes and restaurants like Starbucks, Francesca's Bryn Mawr outside your door. Mariano's grocery store is a few blocks down on North Sheridan and the building is adjacent to lakefront paths and the beach. The CTA Red Line stop at Bryn Mawr is a couple blocks from the Edgewater Beach Apartments. The buyers will "car-less" when visiting their city home!
|EBA's huge swimming pool and room built for a Wes Anderson movie! The pool restrooms, shower and locker room area have been renovated not too long ago.|
|Client Mark with real estate attorney Kent Novit.|
18 apartments have sold in the last 12 months at Edgewater Beach Apartments. Prices range from $82,500 for a studio apartment to $425,000 for an updated 2000 sq/ft three beds, two and one-half baths home. The design of the building, views and various updates make each apartment home truly unique!
Lakeview Clark and Belmont Starbucks closed for renovation, BUT, don't worry eight more Starbucks are nearby
|Keep walking for your Frappuccino|
They've directed me to nearby stores. Okay the Lincoln and Damen location is a stretch. That giant Starbucks at Sheffield and Addison is really weird too. I can't see that lasting too much longer as a regular store concept.
|Two new construction condo buildings are under development at Orleans and Schiller in the Old Town neighborhood. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.|
|The lot has been cleared at 1400 N Orleans at West Schiller|
|I took photos of the closed down Noble Horse Theater and Stables in 2014 when there was little hope of saving the property.|
|Carriages for downtown rides were still stored on the property.|
|The Old Town towers will afford unobstructed downtown views from many of the units.|
2017 Old Town condo sales
204 condos (attached units and town houses) closed in the Old Town footprint (North to Division and LaSalle to Larrabee ) with a median price of about $455,000. If you exclude high-rise buildings (buildings over 50 units) the median price is $525,000.
The highest attached condo unit sale in 2017 was 1418 N LaSalle Street Unit B, Chicago IL 60610 sold for $1,330,000.
Back in 2012 as things started to get cooking again 168 units closed for a median price of $315,000. 82 non-high-rise units closed for a median sales price of $390,000.