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.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Mag Mile lighthouses are more than just art (and you can win one!)

One of  fifty-one lighthouses on display along the Mag Mile, Gold Coast and Streeterville (all photos Eric Rojas, Bob DePalma, Kale Realty). 
We took a good look at the newest public art along the Mag Mile this weekend.  Fifty-one lighthouses are on display along Michigan Avenue this summer.  The Chicago Lighthouse sponsored art features visually impaired and bling artists.  The lighthouses will be auctioned off at the end of their run.  Learn more how to donate and bid here!

Downtown Chicago is more livable than ever as your primary home or in-town.  Check out our latest downtown sales here and here