Monday, November 08, 2021

Lincoln Square single family home unit sales up 35%, median price up $100,000 over 2020

Lincoln Square features a mix of original farm houses and $2M plus new construction homes. This charming home sits near West Leland and North Seeley in the heart of Lincoln Square. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

Fall season is in full swing! I love researching, viewing and selling homes during this time of year.  Let's take a look at over-all single family home sales in Lincoln Square this year (Jan 1st-Nov 1st, 2021)
- Single family home sales are up over 35% year to year and median price is up $100,000.

- 125 single family homes have closed from January 1st to November 1st, 2021. The median sales price of a Lincoln Square home this year is $850,000. 

- The highest priced sold home is 2130 W Agatite, Chicago IL 60625 for $2,625,000.  The 2017 built home is a re-sale on a desirable residential block near Welles Park.

- The lowest priced sold home is 2154 West Foster for $280,000.  The small frame home is located on a busy street and needs rehab.  A real estate company is the new owner but no permits have been pulled to date.

New construction sales were back in force over 2021 with many new single family homes currently permitted and under construction (new home under construction early this year on the 2100 block of West Berwyn in the Bowmanville neighborhood of Lincoln Square).

Lincoln Square home sales (January 1st-Nov 1st) over the past several years

2021:  125 single family homes sold, median price $850,000

2020:  92 single family homes sold, median price $749,900

2019:  93 single family homes sold, median price  $712,5000

2018:  123 single family homes sold, median price $645,000

2017:  119 single family homes sold, median price $688,000

2016:  91 single family homes sold, median price $660,000

We have bought and sold many Lincoln Square single family homes, condos and multi-units over the past 15 years. We often find pre-MLS and off market opportunities for our clients.  

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Friday, October 08, 2021

Under Contract! Lincoln Park condo with fantastic deck


2155 North Seminary Unit B, Chicago IL 60614 features a huge private deck right off the kitchen. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.

We recently listed a vintage Lincoln Park condo for sale and received multiple offers after the first open house. 2155 North Seminary Unit B (asking $369,900) is located in a gorgeous vintage building at North Seminary and West Webster. The spacious two bedroom home feature high ceilings, classic bay seating area, in-unit washer / dryer, central AC and fantastic deck! Kitchen and bath both recently renovated.  

Check out more photos of the unit HERE

2153-2155 North Seminary exterior.

The purchase contract is through attorney review and we await closing laser this month.  A whopping 622 Lincoln Park two (2) bedrooms condos have sold so far this year.  The median price of a closed two bedrooms condo is about $454,000 in Lincoln Park.

Lincoln Square former convent may be converted to apartments


4927 North Claremont is a former convent on the St Matthias Parish campus. The building was most recently used for early education programs, Scout meetings and various school and church activities. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

A plan has been submitted to convert a former Lincoln Square convent to 12 or more apartments.  The 4927 N Claremont building is for sale by the Chicago Archdiocese. The current purchase contract is contingent on the buyer/ developer receiving zoning change to preserve the building and convert apartments. The purchaser stated in the community meeting if they do not receive the zoning change they will not purchase the building. Currently the parcel (and block) is zoned for residential single family or two-flat development. The structure may also be bought and used for a religious organization. 

 You can view the Notice of Intent and the recorded community meeting on the project at the links. The public community review has been completed and the 40th Ward Alderman office is in general support of the proposal. The project will not alter the footprint of the building and will provide for the required number of affordable units (at least two). Next step for the zoning change applicant would be committee approval in the city council and then full council adoption read into the record. 

The Chicago Dioceses just sold a parking lot on the same block that is now being developed into family homes "as of right" per the current zoning.

Looking north down Claremont

The convent building is adjacent to the St. Matthias church building (also closed).

The property is not listed for sale on the Chicago Diocese website while other properties for sale are listed with asking prices. Often organizations will hire a Brokerage to market the property "more privately" to local or large investor/ developers. I can make an educated guess on the asking price range of the property... but I'm not going to do that here 😀

We have helped our clients make zoning application decisions based on the market value of their property and the overall marketing plan. Please reach out to us if you have questions concerning the value of your property or if you wish to purchase or sell property in the Chicago area. 

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Four new Lincoln Square homes coming to former church parking lot

Four new single family homes will be built on the 4900 Block of North Claremont in Chicago.  The block is also home to the St Matthias School building (open), the convent building (closed and for sale) and St Matthias church building (closed with minimal use currently). All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

Four luxury homes are being built in Lincoln Square on a former church parking lotSt. Matthias Parish was closed permanently by the Arch Diocese of Chicago. Consequently the church parking lot at 4939 North Claremont and former convent building at 4927 N Claremont were put up for sale. I'll have a following post on that convent. 

Developer and builder Barrett Homes purchased the parcel. There is no closing sale price listed at the Cook County Clerk's office for the parking lot... but I'm guessing the parcel sold for over the $2,000,000.  There is an initial mortgage on the property for over $1.5M by owner / developer and construction permits estimating $780,000 in construction cost s for one house. I expect each single family home to list well over $1.5M when completed.

Four homes will built on the 4900 Block of North that also is home 

The four house development *may* be the largest contiguous single family home construction in the Lincoln Square Community Area since the 2007 (five new homes were built side by side on the 5000 Block of North Ravenswood). It is difficult in any popular Chicago neighborhood to acquire large parcels zoned for residential single family. We typically see one or two homes built at any time.

120 Lincoln Square single family homes have sold so far in 2021 with a median price of $850,000.  The highest priced sold home is 2130 West Agatite for $2,625,000.  Stats gathered from

Contact us to purchase or sell property in Lincoln Square. Eric Rojas, Broker Kale Realty,

Friday, October 01, 2021

Golfing for Amundsen High School Athletic Scholarships (Donate here!)


I'm proud to be a Social Sponsor for the Amundsen Homecoming Golf Classic! The event is SOLD OUT! You may still donate to support Amundsen Athletics scholarships by donating HERE  

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Amundsen High School offers top notch academic and athletic opportunities. My kids are happiest when they can spend their time training and competing with their schoolmates. We need resources to provide all students the opportunity to stay active.  

Thank you to my neighbors who have stepped up to golf for Amundsen! Special thanks to North Michigan Avenue Chiropractic for playing on my team!

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Single family home sales in Old Irving Park (Sales record this year!)


There are many original custom built homes in Old Irving Park. In recent years the large lots have been attractive to luxury new construction home buyers moving from the tighter confines of Lincoln Park.

My clients are looking to buy a wide lot home in the Old Irving Park neighborhood of greater Irving Park Community Area. The area offers leafy streets and large lot homes close to two Metra stations and the CTA Blue Line.  Old Irving Park has a slower pace feel with less density and commotion than areas closer to downtown. There is less retail, restaurants and bars I'd consider walkable than alternative Chicago neighborhoods with comparable million dollar homes. The tranquility and easy train commute to downtown more than makes up for it! 

Old Irving Park Single Family Home Sales 2021

Old Irving Park neighborhood 

32 single family homes have closed so far this year (January 1st to September 29th, 2021). The median price of a sold home is about $625,000. Pricing trend has been up for the past five years with the peak median price last year at $670,000 

-Over the same period of 2020, 29 homes sold with an median price of about $670,000.

-2019, 34 homes sold with a median price of about $585,000
-2018, 33 homes sold with a median price of $565,000.
-2017, 41 homes sold with a median price of about $550,000

The highest priced sold home this year is 3713 North Tripp, Chicago IL 60641 for $2,249,000. This may be a record price recorded on the MLS for a resale home! There may be private, "off MLS" sales for higher amounts but I have not scanned recorded deeds.

The lowest priced home sold this year is 3712 North Lowell, Chicago IL 60641 for $320,000. 

Looking for a house? You gotta guy!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Sold! Clients buy Lincoln Park townhouse near all the shopping (Market stats too)

We recently helped our clients buy 1810 N Fremont # 10, Chicago IL 60614 for $660,000. We viewed and secured the home prior to listing going on the open market! The townhouse development is located in the Ranch Triangle area of southeastern Lincoln Park known for is proximity to boutique shops and restaurants as well as big box retail and services along North Clybourn Avenue. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty unless otherwise noted.

We've been busy in the Lincoln Park neighborhood this entire year. The neighborhood is desirable as ever and real estate demand seem to have no end.  We recently helped our clients purchase a Lincoln Park townhouse. Our clients were the first buyers to see the property "Pre-MLS" and offered immediately. In fact only half the buying couple saw it! They had lost out on at least two previous properties in multiple offer situations and were pumped to avoid competing with other buyers. 

The entrance to 1810 North Fremont townhomes in Lincoln Park.

Lincoln Park Townhouse sales

Townhomes are attached units but do not have a neighbor above or below. Townhomes are typically the closest thing to a single family home you can experience if a single family is out of the budget or the maintenance/ location of a house is not desirable to you. Some have condo associations with monthly assessments while others may be "fee-simple" and do not have the restrictions or shared maintenance of a condo association. I prefer a fee simple townhome that gives me the flexibility to rent out if desired.

-230 Lincoln Park townhomes sold so far this year (January 1st to September 24th, 2021). The median price is about $690,000. Only 157 townhomes sold over the same period of 2019 with a median price of  $709,900.

-36 townhomes are currently under contract with a median asking price of $689,900. 

-Want to live in Lincoln Park? You're in luck.  50 townhomes are currently for sale with a median asking price of about $779,000.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Lakeview condo unit sales: We've had a few

All of Lakeview is densely populated and very walkable for most local residents... including my boys! It's no wonder the condo market remains extremely dynamic and popular each year. 

I was back in the Lakeview neighborhood over the weekend with our long time clients.  They would like to sell their East Lakeview (east of Halsted) two bedrooms condo they've owned for many years and upgrade to a larger unit. I've sold a few units this year around greater Lakeview and have been following the market closely. Over my many years as a Broker Lakeview demand has always been strong!

Our clients purchased a loft condo earlier this year at 1733 W Irving Park Road, Unit 314 Chicago IL 60613  for $268,000 in far north Lakeview.  This is one of four attached Lakeview units we have listed or represented in 2021. Photo via

Lakeview condo sales (attached units, buildings under 50 units) January 1st to September 21st, 2021

-One beds: 125 one bedroom attached units closed so far this rear with a median price of about $212,000. Only 64 units sold over the same period of 2019.

-Two beds: 638 two bedrooms units closed for a robust median price of $420,000. Only 477 closed same period of 2020 and 436 closed over same period 2019.

-Three beds: 457 three beds units closed with a median price of $616,000. Only 266 sold over the same period 2019.

-Four beds or more: 97 four beds or more attached units sold with a median price of $875,000. Only 57 units sold over the same period 2019.

We sold a sunny, south facing Southport Corridor condo at 1432 West Roscoe Unit 2, Chicago IL 60657 in Lakeview earlier this year. We received offers after the first weekend on the market.

Our client purchased this attached, fully renovated fee simple rowhouse at 4103 N Hermitage, Chicago IL 60613  for $620,000 in a multiple offer earlier this year. The closest thing to a single family you can get with an awesome front and back yard... for a fraction of a house price! The peaceful northern Lakeview location is surrounded by million dollar homes.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Streeterville neighborhood condo sales bounce back huge


Ohio Street Beach views at Olive Park from 600 N Lakes Shore Drive (all photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)

Streeterville is known for luxury and efficiency condos in one of the most bustling areas of Chicago. Restaurants, personal services, hair salons, top ranked hospitals, museums, beaches and amusements... its got it all. However we all know dense, heavy service areas were particularly vulnerable to the pandemic. How have Streeterville condos sales looked in 2021 versus "normal" years?

Streeterville Condo Sales January 1st to August 15th, 2021

442 Streeterville condos closed so far this year with a median price of $450,000.  These are the highest unit sales numbers and median price year to year since 2015. For a moment it looked like there would be a glut of Streeterville condos and deals to be had.  That opportunity was short lived!

258 condos sold over the same period in the pandemic year of 2020 with a median price of $427,000.  This was a very anxious time early in the crisis with little known about how the year would play out. 

In 2019, 355 condos sold with a median price of $400,000

In 2018, 402 condos sold with a median price of $420,000

2017, 412 condos sold with a median price of $383,000

2016, 412 condos sold with a median price of $415,000

2015, 444 condos sold with a median price of $450,000

Lincoln Square multi-unit sales (two-four unit)


We listed and sold 5138 N Claremont in the Lincoln Square neighborhood early this year.  More information on this three-flat here 

We started the year selling a nice true three-flat in Lincoln Square for $815,000 and a two-flat in Alabany Park for $515,000.   Another client in the neighborhood is considering selling their Lincoln Square three-flat building.  Let's take a look at small multi-unit sales in Lincoln Square so far this year. 

Lincoln Square Small Multi-Unit Sales January 1st to August 10th  (two to four unit buildings)

61 multi-unit buildings have sold in Lincoln Square from January 1st to August 10th, 2021. The median price of a sale is about $645,000. 

Two-flats: 43 sales were two-unit buildings with a median price of about $655,000. 

Three-flats: 12 sales were three-unit buildings with a median price of $610,000.

Four-flats: 6 sales were four-unit buildings with a median price of about $780,000.

Two-flats this year have a higher median price than three-flats. Two-flats are more often renovated to a higher finish level and / or feature an "owner's duplex" unit.  This will raise the value over a three-flat building that needs more renovation or updating.

  • Over the same period of 2020 (the height of the pandemic and unknowns) only 21 multi-unit buildings sold with a medina price of about $600,000.  
  • 30 multi-units sold over the same period in 2019 with a median price of about $670,000. 
  • In 2018, 36 multi-units sold with a median about only $545,000.

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Help me support student scholarships at Northeastern Illinois University


Despite the myriad of challenges we successfully raised money at the 48th NEIU Kane event last year!  

I'm happy to announce I'm once again the Welcome Kit Sponsor for the 49th Northeastern Illinois University Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf  Event.  Kale Realty has really stepped up this year and will bring 12 golfers to our outing! We'll take to the course and slice a drive Monday, August 2nd so you won't have to!

The outing is sold out for this year but you may support student scholarships at your very own public university on the North Side of Chicago.

You may still support student scholarships by going to this link


*Please designate the donation to the 

Alumni Travel Study Scholarship* 

We're helping give every student the opportunity to study abroad!

We're proud of our many years supporting NEIU student Scholarships!

If you have any questions about the event and would like to donate please contact me at

Special thank you to Steve Dunnett with Blueleaf Lending for his many years of sponsorship support! Get your mortgage and refinance through Steve!

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Helping clients renovate for sale

Tile Outlet is a regular stop when improving kitchens and baths before listing a home. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

We love to help our clients prepare their homes for sale. Sometimes they need to do more than declutter to sell for top dollar. We make our many resources and years of experience available to our clients. We arrange the contractors, service partners and quickly select finish material. Many of our clients never lift a finger. No muss, no fuss. Our clients appreciate saving time and money!

Check out just a handful of recourses we scour when helping our clients renovate for sale. We also help our clients make improvements while they enjoy their homes! We ask they they give us a call for advise and contractors before they delve into any expensive renovations. 

We often find quality and fashionable products from Studio 41 outlets located near West Fullerton and North Pulaski. I personally make selections and pick them up from the warehouses. This is a huge relief and time saver for our clients!

We recently picked up an awesome all wood vanity cabinet at the Studio 41 outlet for a Southport Corridor renovation.  The listing will hit the market next week. 

We love B&B for counter tops. It's very satisfying to walk the remnant warehouse and hand pick granite, quartz and marble to have expertly cut and installed. 

Allied Plumbing and Heating Supply always has great bath and kitchen fixtures in stock when you need quality in a pinch.  

Don't let fear of renovations keep you from getting top dollar when it comes time to sell.  We'll take over the process and make it happen!

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Possible record year for Logan Square house sales (median price $875,000)


Waiting in line early this month to view a Logan Square open house (all photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty).

Our clients recently secured a single family home purchase is Logan Square. They previously lost three competitive bids to buy a house.  The last Logan Square house they bid on had 15 offers over the weekend!  This is a familiar story this season. We stuck with it and worked hard every day! Our clients are closing on a house just steps from popular Logan Square restaurants, shops, bars and the CTA Blue Line.

Let's take a look at Logan Square single family home sales this year and compare that to the last few years.

A community garden on North Whipple near Palmer Square Park

The Logan Square Community Area is diverse in neighborhoods and housing options. The area includes the historic boulevard , parts of tony Bucktown and the Palmer Square neighborhood. Home values can vary throughout community area but the whole of Logan Square has been hot! Unit sales and median price may be all time highs.

The year to year median price of a closed single family house from January 1st to may 28th is the highest in Logan Square's history ($875,000) that I can tell. The median price over the same period in the last "peak market" of 2007/2008 was $680,000.

Logan Square Single Family Home Sales Jan 1st to May 28th, 2021

116 single family homes have closed so far this year.  The median price of a closed house is about $875,000. Only 83 "pandemic" affected homes had sold Jan 1st to May 28th in 2020 with a median price of $780,000. 2021 median price is up over $100K over same period in 2017!

2021: 116 homes sold with a median price of $875,000

2020: 83 homes sold with a median price of $780,000

2019: 89 single family homes sold with a median price of  $738,000

2018: 101 single family homes sold with a median price of  $820,000

2017: 98 single family homes sold with a median price of  $725,000

Please reach out to us to purchase or sell a property in this exciting market. The prevailing mortgage interest rates have made owning your home or investment property more affordable than most realize. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Are Streeterville condos a bargain?


Buildings surrounding Bennett Park in Streetrville. 

A year of pandemic conditions, bouts of protest and civil unrest cast a negative light on the downtown and Near North condo markets. With shuttered shops, restaurants, bars and cultural institutions Streeterville high-rise life (and taking elevators with strangers) became suddenly less desirable. Does one year of instability make for condo bargains? How do unit sales look today?

Streeterville condo unit sales, median price 2021

80 condos have sold from January 1st to March 12th this year. Unit sales are up almost 10%The median price of a sold condo is $400,000.  Median price however dipped about -7%. 73 condos sold over the same period of 2020 with a median price of about $430,000.

It's not clear if the median price decrease is due to 2020 conditions.  Just looking at the past five years we see a median price dip in 2019 despite good over-all Chicago market conditions. In a "normal" year of 2019, 73 condos also sold over the same period with a median price lower at $347,000.  

January 1st though March 12th closings:
2021: 80 condos sold with a median price of $400,000
2020: 73 condos sold with a median price of $430,000
2019: 73 condos sold with a median price of $347,000
2018: 70 condos sold with a median price of $395,000
2017: 96 condos sold with a median price of $364,000

So far demand for Streeterville condo units looks normal... even good. Unit sales are up. The dip in median price may signal there are some bargains out there. The lower median price can also be attributed to a reduced demand for higher-end bracket sales. Less new construction condos were delivered in the pandemic year as well. Some reports show the very high-end luxury sales have shifted more towards the non-downtown neighborhoods and suburbs offering more land and space.

Over-all Near North Community Area (including Streeterville, Gold Coast and Old Town) condo sales and inventory are up. Through February, new listings were up almost 20% over 2020.  Closed sales are up almost 8%. 

The Streeterville neighborhood is doing just a bit better at +10% in unit sales year to year. However, median price is down a bit. The inventory issue will be the key factor to watch when tracking prices. If investors continue to have trouble renting their high-rise units to the typical in-town workers and empty nesters they may choose to sell. It remains to be seen if we're already on a bounce back or if we'll decline in prices while pandemic conditions gets sorted out.

Stats gathered from and Chicago Association of Realtors by Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty. Analysis is based on sales stats and anecdotal information.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Just sold! Avondale / Logan Square condo with rooftop deck $460,000


The private rooftop deck at 3104 N Kimball Unit 3N Chicago IL 60618. Unit photos courtesy of listing agent Nancy Gaspadarek, At Properties and unless otherwise noted. We represented our overseas buyer in the purchase sight unseen!

3104 N Kimball, Unit 3N Chicago IL 60618 sold for $460,000. We represented the buyer. 

Get everything you want in Avondale! Our overseas client bought this top floor newer construction condo sight unseen. We sent personal video perspectives of the traffic, street life and rooftop views to give them the best feel of the home possible.  Amazing outdoor space was crucial to our buyer and this home delivers. Check out more photos and information here.

Beautiful finish level and bright east and south exposure.

The two beds, two baths condo with garage parking features a private rooftop deck with interior access. The home is just a half-block from the CTA Blue Line at Belmont. You are a short walk to the heart of Logan Square businesses, bars, restaurants and the Logan Theatre. 

Main bedroom with contemporary en suite bathroom.

Contact us to purchase or sell condos in Avondale, Logan Square and other desirable Chicago neighborhoods. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

North Center condo sales up 59% year over year

Roscoe Village is probably the best known and well defined neighborhood in North Center Community Area of Chicago. The popular Pencil Factory Loft condos are in the background.

North Center is now known for million dollar single family homes and good schools. However the condo market remains fairly diverse and a draw for many budgets. I think the trend is moving toward larger, more expensive condo developments as aging commercial stock is redeveloped into mixed-use with residential units.  Let's take a look at recent North Center condo sales.

51 condos sold in North Center from January 1st to March 5th, 2021. The median price of a sold condo is about $420,000. Over the same period in 2020, 32 condo sold with a median price of $450,000.  In 2019, 39 condo units sold with a median price of about $435,000.

The highest priced sold condo this year is 3034 North Clybourn Unit 1. The new construction duplex-down sold for $775,000. The Clybourn corridor of North Center is seeing increased growth and value due to the large Lathrop Homes re-development. 


Luxury condos in development in North Center at 1800 West Berenice

The lowest sale price this year is 1851 West Belle Plaine Avenue, Unit 1 (two bedrooms, one bath unit) for $245,000.  That's not that low for a "lowest price" sale. No one bedroom condos have sold thus far in the year.  Only four of the 51 condos sold have closed for less than $300,000.

Contact us to buy and sell North Center and Chicagoland condos.

Cook County property tax bills have been mailed: Here's how to appeal property taxes

Check out info graph and the link below for property tax appeal resources.

Walking the lakefront from Navy Pier to downtown

DuSable Harbor in transition from our deep freeze.

We took a nice walk over the weekend along the Chicago lakefront paths and Navy Pier Flyover from Streeterville to Maggie Daley Park. The DuSable Harbor sits just east Maggie Daley of Millennial Park and offers great views before crossing LSD. Despite the city's announcements that playgrounds were open the massive playground at Maggie Daley was still closed. I guess it will open Memorial Day Weekend.

The new pedestrian bridges have made walking between Streeterville and downtown easier along the lakefront.

Lake Point Tower

Navy Pier just to the north of DuSable Harbor

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

WHATS POPPIN? 2021 Lincoln Park condo sales up 51%


East Lincoln Park high rise condo buildings overlooking the lakefront (all photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)

We're working with first time buyers in Lincoln Park. Each spring we're inevitably on the hunt in this prime Chicago neighborhood. The buyer competition has been fierce over the past nine months! 2021 has started off with monster sales.

197 condos (attached units and town houses) have closed from January 1st to March 5th in Lincoln Park. That's up 51% over the same period 2020.  The median price of an attached condo is about $520,000. 

130 units sold over the same period in 2020 and 124 units sold over the same period of 2019. This is a huge spike in 2021!

The closer you are to Pequod's the more expensive the condo!

361 attached condo units are currently available for sale with a median asking price of $505,000. A whopping 298 condos are currently under contract. The highest priced condo under contract is 2350 N Orchard Unit 604 asking $3,500,000 (parking sold separately starting at $60,000).