Thursday, December 01, 2022

Lincoln Square single family home median price dips below record high of $836,500

A new Lincoln Square single family home is currently under construction at 2246 West Winnemac. The original two-flat building on a standard 25'x125' lot sold for $328,000 in February of this year.  All photos and data analysis by Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

125 single family homes have closed in Lincoln Square from January 1st to November 25th of this year.  The median price of a sold home is $825,000. The median price dipped below last years $836,500 over the same period.  The highest priced sold home is 4552 N Leavitt for $2,530,000. The new construction home sits on a 33'x125' lot just steps from bustling Lincoln Avenue restaurants, bars and annual festivities.

We listed and sold 2226 West Winnemac for $825,000 in May of this year.  The brick Chicago bungalow had a second story addition but an unfinished basement and needed a kitchen renovation.

Over the same period of  2021 in Lincoln Square, 137 single family homes had sold with a median price of $836,500.  That 2021 median price appears to be the record for Lincoln Square single family homes over the first 11 months of calendar year. 

2225 West Carmen steps from Winnemac Park was sold privately to a developer.  A second floor and rear addition later and the home sold for $1,250,000 in September of 2021.

Nineteen Lincoln Square single family homes are currently listed on the market priced from $575,000 to $2,750,000. Three homes priced under $575,000 are in TEMP or temporary status, not showing.  Seven homes are listed on the Private MLS including two pre-construction luxury homes priced from $1,750,000 to $2,200,000.

If you are buying or selling single family homes, condos or multi-unit buildings please contact us to help you.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

New: 167 Lincoln Square apartments rise near Mariano's, Ravenswood Metra


One of the new Ravenswood Residence buildings looking west on Lawrence Avenue in Lincoln Square. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty 

The large apartment development at the corner of West Lawrence and North Wolcott in Lincoln Square has taken full shape.  I first wrote about the Chase Bank re-development plan back in 2016. You can see some photos of the original bank building at the link. The four story mixed-use buildings steps from the Ravenswood Metra and surrounding retail are better use than the old bank and surface parking lot. I was walking home from my own grocery shopping when I decided to check back in on the project.

The two four story buildings compromise studio, one and two bedrooms apartment rentals.  

According to Harlem and Irving Companies web site the finished development will feature 167 units.

"Located at 4733 N. Wolcott Ave., The Raven Residences (opening Fall 2022) will feature (two) four-story stylish brick facade buildings. The eastern building fronting Ravenswood will feature 55 luxury studio one-bedroom apartments. The western building will be comprised of 112 opulent studios, one-bedroom units, and two-bedroom units."

You can view the site plan HERE

The new (smaller) Chase Bank branch just to the east has been open for several years ahead of the residential development. The Ravenswood Metra station also sits just west of the development.

Lincoln Square rental apartments

Other nearby newer construction rental apartments have rented quickly for hefty prices.  The 1900 W Lawrence building (Sears redevelopment) has had two bedrooms, two bathrooms rental units lease for $2,500- $3,200 per month over the last 6 months. 

-The highest priced one bedroom rented in the last six months is $2,300/ month at 4540 N Ravenswood.

-The highest rental price achieved in the last 6 months for a two bedrooms, two bathrooms rental apartment is $3,325 at 4700 N Western Ave.

-The highest priced apartment rental  in the last six months is $4,950 at 4540 N Ravenswood, Unit 8, Chicago IL 60640

Monday, October 17, 2022

JUST SOLD! Ravenswood Manor bungalow with awesome family room $700,000

Just sold! 4445 N Sacramento in beautiful Ravenswood Manor and Waters Elementary school district. Our clients made smart improvements and sold the home with multiple offers.  All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty and

We recently listed and sold 4445 N Sacramento, Chicago IL 60625 for $700,000.  The home was listed at $649,900 and received multiple offers after a weekend of open houses.  We helped our clients determine the strongest offer terms and things have worked out great.  The buyers are terrific and we're really excited for them as well. Check out the 3D tour and more photos HERE

The classic three bedrooms bungalow has a huge living room with great light.  The entry foyer with gorgeous wood door and stained glass brings the character.

Our clients upgraded the home with professional waterproofing, new family room flooring and this sharp wet bar.  The finished basement space made this house huge. 

Ravenswood Manor Single Family Home Sales

The numbers below show the escalation of unit sales as we entered the phenomenon of the pandemic coupled with historically low mortgage interest rates.

31 single family homes have sold in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood over the past 12 months with a median price $799,000. 

January 1st to October 15th:
-January 1st 2022 to October 15th 2022, 24 single family homes sold with a median price of $799,000.
-Same period 2021, 23 single family homes closed with a median price of $755,000.
-Same period 2020, 24 single family homes closed with a median price of $620,000.
-2019, only 18 homes closed over the same period with a median price of  $649,000.
-2018, 16 homes sold over the same period with a median price of $741,000.  

If you have questions about selling your home in this current market contact us today!

Friday, October 14, 2022

NEW FOR SALE! Old Town condo with attached garage parking $413,999

This 1999 built twelve unit boutique building features an elevator and attached garage. The quiet cul du sac location in the middle of all the Old Town amenities and close to downtown and the lake. 227 W Scott Unit 2W is one of the lowest priced mid-rise two beds, two baths with garage parking in all of Old Town and Near North.

New on the market! Check out this Old Town condo 3D TOUR with everything a buyer asks for: Garage parking, outdoor space, in-unit washer/dryer, two bathrooms and storage! 

More listing details HERE

In the last six months, 34 two beds, two baths condos in buildings with 36 or less units (small multi-unit, mid-rise) have closed in the Near North Community area (including Old Town). The median price of a sold condo is $525,000! Take advantage of the new market conditions and get a great value. 

227 W Scott, Unit 2W, Chicago IL 60610 asking $413,999
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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Sold! Evanston single family home near Metra, shopping


We helped our clients secure 2322 W Harrison, Evanston IL 60201 for $995,000 in a multiple offer situation. Photo Jacki Mack, Jameson Sotheby's and 

It was a battle! We worked aggressively since early spring to find our clients buy their forever Evanston home around $1M. Four plus bedrooms, big lot, near transportation and shops? Everybody's dream home! We are super excited for our clients. Check out details on 2322 Harrison

This large farmhouse had important updates including and awesome renovated kitchen.

Well located Evanston homes near commerce and transit have been in huge demand for years. Some areas of Evanston offer big city amenities near attractive spacious homes and lots.  It is difficult to secure a well finished four bedroom single family home under $1M near transit.  2232 W Harrison is an eight minute walk to the Central Street Metra Station.  Stop at Backlot Coffee  and many businesses on Central Street to start your day. Three play-lots within a couple blocks! Great schools? Check! 

A large backyard was a top priority for our buyers moving from the city.  How's 57' x 188' sound?

Home Sales
About 50 single family homes have sold within four blocks of 2322 Harrison Street. The median price of a closed house in this area is $820,000. Homes with at least four bedrooms and a primary bathroom suite have a median price of $1,100,000. 

Having four bedrooms AND a primary bathroom suite ups the closed median sales price to $1,100,000 
The double vanity bath with walk-in shower is like new!

Congrats to our clients on their move-up home in beautiful Evanston in the North Shore.  Please contact us to buy and sell in Chicago and the near suburbs. 

Monday, October 03, 2022

Quick look: Highland Park single family home sales


Highland Park features a diverse price-point and style of single family homes lining winding, leafy streets. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, kale Realty

It has been a busy summer for us looking for homes on Chicago's North Shore.  We continue working with clients into this early fall season as market conditions change like the color of leaves! This week we viewed Highland Park single family homes in the $500,000 to $700,000 range.  It's a tough price-point with low inventory. 

Highland Park Single Family Home Sales

370 single family home have sold this year (January 1st to September 16th). The median price of a sold home is about $700,000.  That median price is way up over just a few years ago.

The highest priced sold home this year is 2255 Egandale Road, Highland Park, IL 60035 for $4,500,000.  The lakefront property is one of two houses that have sold for over $4 million this year in Highland Park 

The lowest priced closed home is 1552 McDaniels Avenue, Highland Park IL, 60035 for $210,000 cash.  This small home near downtown and the Metra station sits on a 50' x 97' lot.  

Millard Park and Beach on Lake Michigan at the end of Ravine Road 

Recent Sales 

In 2018, 310 single family homes sold over the same period (January 1st to September 16th) with a median price of $545,000.  That's about $150,000 less than the median price in 2022.

2019, only 274 homes closed over the same period with a median price of $505,000.

In 2020 (the start of the pandemic), 372 single family homes sold with a median price of $535,000.

In 2021, 423 homes sold with a median price of $655,000. The 2021 price jump was huge just as it was in many desirable cities across the country.  

As posted above 370 single family home have sold this year (January 1st to September 16th, 2022). The median price of a sold home is about $700,000. 

Monday, September 05, 2022

Sold! North Center two-flat $579,900

4146 N Campbell, Chicago IL 60618 sold for $579,900 by Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
All photos property of or Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

We recently sold our North Center listing at 4146 North Campbell, Chicago IL 60618 for $579,900... list price. This great value listing received multiple offers. The well kept building features super clean two apartments with two bedrooms, one bath each. MORE PROPERTY DETAILS HERE 
Contact us at to buy or sell Chicago properties... we have access to pre-MLS and off market, private listings!

The nice seized backyard and two car garage are in great condition.

North Center well kept, super clean brick two-flat in highly rated Coonley and Amundsen neighborhood school districts! This building is in the Accessory Dwelling Unit pilot area with huge potential to add an  additional apartment!

Both apartments two beds, one bath, SEPARATE HVAC (gas furnaces and central AC!!), separate water heaters, separate electric. Replacement windows throughout (older but in great shape). Roof, HVAC all 20yrs or so. 30' wide x 116' lot, nice yard and two car garage in great condition. Amazing tranquil location near Lane Tech and DePaul Prep high schools. 

Many parks and river walk paths are located just steps from 4146 N Campbell in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago.

Very special neighborhood just east of Horner Park and north of Revere Park... boarding the North Branch River and river walking paths. Easy access to grocery stores, Roscoe Village restaurants, services. Steps from Rockwell businesses (Burning Bush Brewery, veterinarian, dog boarding) and close to Bradley business center (Gold Fish, Climb Zone, Bradley Fieldhouse, Windy City Ninjas, IK Gymnastics and more!). Move-in and add value, rent both units or develop into single family home in one of Chicago's best neighborhoods!

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Pre-MLS! Ravenswood Manor bungalow, four beds, awesome finished basement with wet bar


4445 N Sacramento is an attractive bungalow in Ravenswood Manor (all photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty. Use only with permission.)

Coming soon! FOR SALE, Pre-MLS single family home in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood. This great looking four bedrooms brick bungalow (three main level, one basement) with finished basement, two full baths, two car garage and many updates hits the market this week! Waters Elementary School district.

-Tons of space on main level, finished basement (and unfinished utility area) and huge unfinished attic with staircase
-Three good sized main floor bedrooms
-Two good sized and updated bathrooms
-Perma-Seal, sump pump and drain tile
-New garage roof (2 car garage)
-New water heater
-Cosmetic updates and painting
-New basement flooring and wet bar
-Waters School District
-Back yard and patio
-Move-in quality home!

Beautiful foyer with coat closet

Huge living room with tons of windows and light

Large dining room great for gatherings

Older but efficient and functional kitchen.

Wow! huge finished basement with bedroom and bonus room (office, bedroom, play room)

Sharp and super cool wet bar!

Beautiful block and neighborhood!

4445 N Sacramento, Chicago IL 60625 asking $649,900!
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2447 N Ashland, Chicago IL 60614

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Coming soon! Old Town two bedrooms, two baths condo with attached garage parking


227 W Scott in Old Town. This well kept boutique building has only 12 units, elevator and garage parking! All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.  

PRE-MLS! Our new listing at 227 W Scott, Unit 2W, Chicago IL 60610 will be hitting the market in a few weeks around $409,900. This two bedrooms, two baths condo is on the third story, has three walk-out balconies, in-unit washer / dryer, fireplace and concrete between floors. We met with our contractor this morning in the fantastic Old Town location to begin listing preparation. We're excited to get this home in tip-top shape for showings! 

The 1999 built boutique elevator building features only 12 units, assigned garage parking, exterior storage unit and sits on a unique, quiet cul-du-sac street in the middle of Old Town action!

Old Town Condo Sales January 1st to August 12th, 2022

Restaurants, cafes, rooftops, amenities, groceries and transportation all at your fingertips in Old Town

Greater Old Town features a diverse condo market including high-rise units, town homes, vintage walk-ups and luxury new construction buildings. About 461 Old Town condos (attached units. town homes) closed from January 1st to August 12th of this year.  The median price of a sold condo is about $425,000. 

Unit sales are up about 50% over same period 2019 (pre-pandemic) where only 305 condos sold. 2022 median price is up about 10% over 2019 median price of $387,000.

About 150 two beds, two baths condos sold in Old Town over the same period with a median price of $459,000. 

The highest sale price in Old Town this year is 1550 N Clark Unit 803 for $2,600,000. Fifteen Fifty On The Park is the newest Old Town luxury building completed in 2020-2021. 

227 West Scott, Unit 2W, Chicago IL 60610 is exclusively listed by:

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

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

City of Chicago sees slowing real estate activity in June 2022, prices still up

Chicago Association of Realtors City of Chicago numbers show the slowing real estate action in June 2022 (year over year).  New listings, existing listings, closings were down.  Median prices were up slightly and market times were down. 

The grip of rising mortgage interest rates may have slowed purchase activity and closings year over year. However this has been little relief to Chicago buyers facing high home prices and stiff buyer competition.  

Anecdotally speaking it remains difficult to secure single family homes for our buyers without a a multiple offer bidding war. New listings may be up about 6% this June compared to last but June/ July trickle of expensive listings is still frustrating for buyers.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Wilmette single family home sales - High end market takes off


Our clients are looking to move from Chicago to Wilmette for a larger yard. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.  

We've been hot on the trail of Wilmette single family homes priced in the $900,000 to $1.2M range this year. Despite acting quickly and aggressively each purchase offer we've made has resulted in a multiple offer situation. We suffered a loss just last weekend. Rising interest rates have not seemed to affect demand in this price-point...yet. 

Let's take a look at recent Wilmette single family home sales. 

Wilmette Single Family Home Sales January 1st to June 25th (year over year)

$2,000,000 is a mere drop in the bucket for Wilmette lakefront homes. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty.

162 single family homes have sold in Wilmette from January 1st to June 25th of 2022.  The median price of a sold home is $900,000. Thirteen homes sold for over $2M. That's only two less than the past five years combined (same period year over year).

The highest priced sold home sold this year is 1330 Chestnut Avenue, Wilmette IL 60091 for $4,950,000.
The lowest priced sold home this year is 535 Leclaire Avenue, Wilmette IL 60091 for $292,600.

How do the 2022 first-half sales stack up against the pre-pandemic market? 

In 2017, 195 homes sold with a median price of  $710,000. One home sold over $2M.
In 2018, 209 homes sold with a median price of about $815,000.  Seven homes sold over $2M.
In 2019, 186 homes sold with a median price of $619,000. Interestingly no homes sold over $2M

The pandemic hit in the middle of spring market 2020. 
Over January 1st to June 25th of 2020 only 140 homes sold with a median price of $720,000.  Three homes sold over $2M. Over the same period of 2021... when the real estate sales phenomenon really hit...  a robust 227 homes sold with a median price of  about $865,000. Four homes sold over $2M. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Under Contract! Lincoln Square condo on convenient North Damen Avenue


The condo building at 4856 N Damen, Chicago IL 60625 in the Lincoln Square/ Ravenswood neighborhood.

We recently helped our awesome clients secure a two beds, two baths condo with garage parking along the North Damen Avenue commercial district of Lincoln Square. 4856 N Damen Avenue #2 is asking $429,900. We once again faced a multiple offer situation in this tight market. Our clients made a swift, strong and professional offer. After some negotiations the sellers accepted our offer and were now cruising to the closing.

The 4800 to 5000 blocks of North Damen Ave feature newer construction condo buildings and convenient shops, cafes and restaurants. The Damen Brown Line is two block away. 

The Damen corridor is popular among condo buyers (condo/ attached units/ townhomes). The median price of a condo sale along the 4600-5200 Blocks of North Damen in Lincoln Square is a hefty $485,000 over the past 12 months.  The highest priced condo sale is 4854 N Damen Unit 3 for $881,950.  The three bedrooms new construction penthouse features a walk-out roof-top deck.

The lowest priced condo sold over the last 12 months is 4737 N Damen, Unit 2F for $317,500. 

Monday, June 06, 2022

Andersonville condo sales steady year over year (new duplex-down listing coming soon!)


We'll be listing a three bedrooms duplex-down condo at 5135 N Ashland later this week. The great looking home is located just steps from popular Andersonville restaurants, shops, bars, services and awesome street fests! 

Here's a look at Andersonville condo sales (attached units, townhouses) so far in 2022.

5135 N Ashland is located just around the corner from iconic Andersonville businesses like Hopleaf and Simon's as well as the Swedish American Museum

For Andersonville sales comparison purposes I use the area from North Broadway to North Ravenswood and West Argyle to West Bryn Mawr. The area is is in close proximity to the attractive North Clark Street retail district.

Andersonville condo sales

72 condos sold in the greater Andersonville sales area above from January 1st to June 3rd, 2022. The median sales price of a condo in this area is about $365,000 this year.  The highest price for a sold condo is $895,000 at 1721 W Berwyn #3, Chicago IL 60640 . The four bedrooms, two and one-half unit featured a huge walk-out roof deck and garage parking.

19 three bedrooms condos sold with a median price of about $620,000. 

37 two bedrooms condos sold with a median price of about $355,000

15 one bedroom condos sold with a median price of  about $210,000. 

Same period (year over year) condo sales January 1st to June 3rd

2022, 72 condos sold with a median price of about $365,000

2021, 77 condos sold over the same period with a median price of about $365,000

2020, 50 condos sold with a median price of  $351,000

2019, 64 condos sold with a median price of about $355,000

2018, 57 condos sold with a median price of about $310,000

All statistics pulled from 
All listings mentioned here are exclusively listed by 
Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
2447 N Ashland, Chicago IL 60614

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

New for sale! Bucktown three bedrooms condo with huge private deck, two car parking $539,999

1653 W Cortland #2 features a spacious living room leading to 200 sq/ft walk-out private deck.

Check out our new Bucktown listing at 1653 West Cortland #2, Chicago IL 60622. Asking $539,999.  The three bedrooms, two baths home features a huge walk-out deck and two car (tandem) parking.  

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

Check out the 3D tour link for walk-through! BUCKTOWN 3 beds condo with fantastic walk-out deck and two car parking (tandem). Spacious and open living/ dining area, gas fireplace. Living room opens to huge almost 200 sq/ft private south facing deck for amazing indoor/ outdoor living. Large kitchen area with new range, new counter tops, backsplash and renovated island all in 2022. New refrigerator 2020. 
Love, love, love this open airy kitchen and dining areas!

Primary suite with Juliet balcony, WIC, ensuite bathroom in marble tile, dual sinks, dual shower heads, and body massage sprays. 

In-unit laundry w/large capacity w/d. Large 6'x10' exterior storage closet in basement. Freshly painted, new outlets, light fixtures, dimmers (2022), building roof maintenance (2020), rear metal stairwell painting and new landings (2020), NEW AC unit (2020), building sealing (2022). One block from the 606 Trail & Walsh Park, 2 blocks to Armitage Metra (new station renovations!) and the new Lincoln Yards development! Unique and charming block close to Blue Line and all Bucktown has to offer. 
-Property tax successful appeal, tax savings of $2,900 per tax year 2021-2023. 
-Monthly assessment $225.00. 
-Self managed building. 
-2 pets okay, no weight limit.
-Rentals allowed, minimum 6 month lease. 
-Boutique four unit building, 100% owner occupied. 

Charming block with local shops, restaurants and bars steps away.