October Luxury Home Sales in Chicago Show It’s a Buyer’s Market

They say the real estate market can change on a dime, and October’s luxury home sales in Chicago are certainly proof of that. Looking at the top sales for the month, it’s clear that many of the deals were made in favor of the buyer.

I’ve always encouraged buyers to get serious about their home search in the fall months, as the best time to purchase luxury real estate and obtain a real “deal” usually begins in mid-October and continues through the end of the year.

In the case of October’s Chicago luxury home sales, the list price versus the sold price shows some considerable discounting on these properties, showing that the buyers were in a good place to negotiate with motivated sellers who likely want to offload their properties before the end of the year.

Buyers Looking for Size, Outdoor Space in Chicago Luxury Homes

Another common denominator we can see among the top home sales in October is lot size. Three out of the top five homes sold were on lots larger than the standard 25 x 125 feet.

When it comes to luxury real estate, the lot size alone can tell us a lot. It typically means a more spacious interior with larger rooms, as well as big backyards or ample outdoor space. That’s why a large lot has become the standard that upper-bracket buyers are looking for, especially those coming from cities like New York and San Francisco and looking to maximize the space they get for their dollars.

In total, October saw 41 luxury single-family homes sold, for a total sales volume of $61 million. Let’s take a closer look at the five most expensive:

2122 N Seminary Ave
Original list price: $3.495 million
Sold price: $3.195 million

2122-n-seminary-aveSpanning 5,850 square feet, this stunning home was built to meet the highest standards. Some of the luxurious highlights include a handsome carved Indiana limestone façade, unusually tall ceilings, an extra-wide interior, solid walnut doors, substantial molding and trim, a custom elliptical staircase and three fireplaces. The interior décor comes from renowned designer and architect Joan Crag to create a comfortable, sophisticated aesthetic that is perfect for family living and entertaining. On the main level, you’ll find an English-style custom kitchen with a large island, built-in banquette and a pantry closet. Two large decks off of the family room as well as multiple rooftop decks provide plenty of room to enjoy Chicago’s summer weather. On the lower level, a recreation and media room offer even more entertaining space.

1302 N Ritchie Ct
Original list price: $2.795 million
Sold price: $2.55 million

1302-n-ritchie-ctLocated in the heart of the Gold Coast, this elegant Potter Palmer rowhouse has been gut renovated to ensure no detail or expense was spared in creating a timeless property made for modern living. On the first floor, find soaring ceiling heights, fireplaces in living and dining rooms, a custom kitchen with Italian limestone and top-end appliances. The second floor features two bedrooms and two baths, while the third floor is entirely dedicated to an extravagant master suite complete with lake views and a sumptuous marble bath with the finest fixtures. The fourth floor boasts two additional bedrooms, a stunning library with lake views, a fireplace and wet bar. At the very top, a roof deck offers lake views and at the bottom, a flexible lower level that can be used as a family or playroom. All new systems )elevator, HVAC, windows, doors, wiring, plumbing) made this home turnkey ready for the lucky buyer.

2131 N Kenmore Ave
Original list price: $2.47 million
Sold price: $2.4 million
2131-n-kenmore-aveThis home has a great Lincoln Park location that puts you just steps away from the best shopping and dining. The interior includes dramatic ceilings, custom moldings and state-of-the-art finishes that all culminate into a sophisticated aesthetic. An open living/dining room provides plenty of space to entertain, while the luxe eat-in kitchen has a butler’s pantry with wine fridge, large breakfast bar and custom stone flooring. A spacious great room includes custom-built storage and access to a bluestone terrace, garage deck and rooftop deck. The master suite is spectacular, with custom storage, fireplace, a private terrace, and a lavish bath. With six bedrooms, ample outdoor space and an attached two-car garage, this home is a rare find among Chicago homes for sale.

1839 N Burling St
Original list price: $2.695 million
Sold price: $2.385 million
1839-n-burling-stLocated on one of the most sought-after blocks in Lincoln Park, this transitional home opens to southern light and has all of the luxury bells and whistles throughout. The DeGiulo kitchen includes a Subzero fridge, two refrigerated beverage drawers, two dishwashers and a six-burner Wolf range with griddle. On the second level are four bedrooms, including a master suite with dual clostes and spa bath with steam shower, dual sinks, vanity and Jacuzzi tub. A penthouse family room has a wet bar, separate office and access to two rooftop decks with unbeatable city views. A long lot (131 feet) allows for a private backyard.

3657 N Greenview Ave
Original list price: $2.595 million
Sold price: $2.35 million
3657-n-greenview-aveThis huge Southport Corridor home is on a double corner lot (47 feet wide, compared to the standard 25 feet), making it an oasis within the city limits. Recent updates to the home include new windows, a new kitchen on the main level, a gut renovation to the master suite, a and new paint. The main level is fitted with charming pocket shutters, leaded glass windows, inlaid floors and a built-in hutch. This home is located in the Blaine School District, across the street from a playground and ideal for a buyer looking for character and outdoor space in the city.

To learn more about the homes that sold in October or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Minimalist Kitchens for Chicago Luxury Condos Are In

When it comes to luxury real estate, it’s all about the details—high end finishes, impeccable hardware, architectural nuances that bring a space to perfection. But it’s not only small details that go a long way. Every foot of living space is important for bringing a luxury condo to the next level, and one room in particular can go a long way for the luxury buyer: the kitchen.

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Photo by Scavolini Store Chicago via Houzz

We’ve seen a number of kitchen trends over the last few years, but the latest look for many luxury homeowners is gravitation toward a minimalist, European-style space that looks like it came directly from an Italian showroom. Design enthusiasts are using the kitchen as an architectural showpiece in their homes as a way to add value and a “wow” factor to their property.

The Wall Street Journal recently covered this trend, calling the Italian luxury kitchen the “Prada handbag of luxury real estate.” I’ve seen this trend among new construction properties as well, as developers enlist specialty kitchen designers to bring the minimalist look to the luxury client.

Combining Beauty and Function in Luxury Real Estate

The minimalist kitchen isn’t just about aesthetics, however. Cutting-edge design helps make the space not only beautiful, but fully functional as well, including all of the gadgets and appliances you might need for a fancy cooking show.

The key in the kitchen’s design is to retain the necessary functionality but have the appearance of a clutter free set-up. Key ways of doing this include:

  • Butler’s pantries that can remain completely out of sight
  • Retractable countertops
  • Pocket doors that hide countertop appliances
  • Recessed finger pulls to eliminate hardware

Today’s new construction kitchens are bringing all this and more, by the most noted brands in the industry. And the price tag is generally in line with the cache of the name behind it. The high-end, minimalist kitchen brings and element of fantasy to luxury property, akin to a coveted sports car parked in the driveway.

POGGI DESIGN

Photo by poggi design via Houzz

And because many Chicago condo buyers are still looking for space—at least 3,000 square feet—a smart kitchen design ensures that every bit of space is used effectively. The result is a luxury home that feels like a retreat after long days in the city.

If the minimal, European-modern style kitchen is one you’re coveting, you don’t have to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to get the same effect. As afan of modern design myself, I redid my own kitchen with the minimalist look, taking some of the key elements and tricks of these showroom-worthy kitchens to increase the resale value of my home. In the end, I achieved a very similar result without having to import from the major high-end brands that come with the same high-end price tag, but still have the advantage of an updated property that will appeal to buyers when the time is right.

To learn more about making kitchen design updates that can boost the resale value of your home, or to talk about buying or selling a Chicago home, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

On the Chicago Real Estate Market: Pristine Penthouse Condo in the Heart of Wicker Park

outsideLocated on a spectacular street in Wicker Park, this extra-wide condo offers everything you’d want in a great location: Close to the neighborhood’s vibrant hub of activity, a high Walkscore and an easy trip into downtown.

Address: 1947 W Evergreen, Unit D
Size: 2 bedroom, 2 bath
Neighborhood: Wicker Park/Bucktown
Price: $449,000
Contact: Sheldon Salnick, Dreamtown ,(312) 498-5080 or ssalnick@dreamtown.com

living-room-2 kitchen deckHere’s what you’ll find at 1947 W Evergreen in Wicker Park:

  • Extra large outdoor space
  • Amazing natural light
  • 9-foot ceilings
  • Granite kitchen countertops and 42-inch cabinets
  • Hardwood floors
  • Private, separate garage for car parking

living-room kitchen-living bedroom-2Living in Chicago’s Wicker Park

In real estate, we know that location is everything, and this Wicker Park condo certainly has it. Within short walking distance, you’ll find:

Wicker Park, an urban park complete with playground, sports fields, movie nights, a farmer’s market & other events.

  • The Damen and Division El stops, allowing for easy travel into downtown Chicago
  • Several bus lines
  • Milwaukee, Damen and Division streets: The central hub of activity in Wicker park

Wicker Park is known for its abundance of culture, with vibrant art, community nightlight and food scenes. This Wicker Park condo is within easy walking distance to the boutiques, restaurants, bars and music venues that make this neighborhood so beloved by its residents.

For more information on living in Wicker Park and this Chicago condo for sale, contact Sheldon Salnick at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

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Chicago Luxury Home Sales in September: 9 Sales Over $2 Million

Not unlike September’s Chicago luxury condo sales, luxury single-family homes saw similar sales numbers last month. Nine of the properties sold went for more than $2 million, with the most expensive sale topping out at $4.1 million.

The market may be skewed in favor of sellers, but—as I always tell my clients—starting in late October, the pendulum often shifts to benefit home buyers. Owners don’t want to be stuck with a home on the market over a cold, stormy Chicago winter and are motivated to get their homes moved before the holidays.

1828-n-cleveland-chicago-il-60614-01828 N Cleveland Ave
Original list price: $4.5 million
Sold price: $4.13 million
A 5 bedroom, 4.1 bath home on one of East Lincoln Park’s finest blocks, this Chicago home is on a rare, double lot, allowing for plenty of living space inside. A complete renovation spared no expense to create a one-of-a-kind home, with unbelievable attention to detail, like exquisite millwork, paneling, hardware, and tilework throughout. There’s even a gorgeous conservatory that opens up to a lush private yard complete with basketball court. It’s also worth noting that the buyer of this home purchased it at $370,000 less than the list price, which is an incredible deal for the buyer.

2011-n-howe2011 N Howe St
Original list price: $2.85 million
Sold price: $2.75 million
This east Lincoln Park is over 5,600 square feet of amazing details, located just steps from Oz Park. The five-bedroom home boasts ultra-high ceilings on the main floor, gracious living and dining rooms made for entertaining, a custom kitchen and an adjacent greatroom that steps out onto a raised patio space. The second and third levels house five ensuite bedrooms, including a master suite with a custom closet and spa-quality marble bath. The top floor includes an open loft/play space with a roof deck that looks out to beautiful city views. The property includes a lower level, two-bedroom in-law apartment, which can be used as part of the home or as a rental.

3310-n-leavitt-st3310 N Leavitt St
Original list price: $2.995 million
Sold price: $2,550,750
This 8,820-square foot home is an architectural masterpiece in Roscoe Village. Designed by Osterhaus McCarthy, the 6 bedroom, 6.1 is full of bold, exquisite materials that have been sourced from around the globe. Some of those details include right and quartered oak floor/doors, Italian blue slate, porcelain and marble, custom cabinetry and windows, sophisticated ironwork on a three-level stairwell, radiant heated floors and three rooftop Trex decks. The dining area opens up to a private terrace and formal Zen garden filled with Japanese maple trees. The master suite is the highlight of the second level, with an ensuite custom bath. The third level boasts an open, lofty feel with skylights and access to two rooftop decks.

41-e-elm-st41 E Elm St
Original list price: $2.725 million
Sold price: $2.5 million
Elm Street is just steps from Michigan Avenue, Rush Street and shore of Lake Michigan—yet this stretch of the block is like a neighborhood in and of itself, tucked away from the action and hidden among mature trees like a residential neighborhood. This vintage home (originally built in 1886!) had been renovated down to the studs to create a warm, transitional interior with a number of luxury features. Those include a custom eat-in kitchen, four ensuite bedrooms, a back deck, lower-level family room with wet bar, wine cellar and full bath, among much more. Details include elegantly detailed baths, custom millwork and closets and wide-planked distressed hardwood flooring.

1930-n-kenmore-ave1930 N Kenmore Ave
Original list price: $2,799,999
Sold price: $2.5 million
This Lincoln Park home is the latest new construction masterpiece from Ronan Builders. The 5,600+ square foot, 4 to 6 bedroom boasts state-of-the-art design and finishes through four levels, all the way up to a magnificent rooftop deck with a 360-degree view of the Chicago skyline. The location of this Chicago can’t be beat, as it’s just steps to Armitage Avenue, where you’ll find restaurants, shops and easy public transportation access.

Square Footage a Major Factor for Chicago Luxury Condo Sales in September

In 2016, we’ve seen two major things at the top of luxury buyer’s wish list for a new home purchase: new construction and square footage.

And that was exactly what many of them got last month. September luxury condo sales were unusual on the high end, with a number of ultra-luxury properties at the top of the list. Twelve properties sold for more than $2 million, with the highest sale clocking in at a whopping $8 million. And these homes are selling quite easily—it’s clear that the upper bracket of luxury real estate no longer has to be on the market for a year before finding the right buyer. These homes are selling in just a matter of days.

Luxury Buyers Want Square Footage, New Construction

Looking at the top five most expensive sales last month, four out of five of them offered exceptionally large square footage—4,000 square feet on the low end, and all the way up to 8,000 square feet for a unit at 50 East Chestnut in the Gold Coast. We also saw another sale at 4 East Elm, a new construction building in which every residence is a spacious half floor.

I always find that the magic number for square footage is 3,000 square feet. Buyers who are moving into Chicago are often looking to downsize, but still retain some of the space they had in their home in suburbs. Their effort to “downsize” is often less focused on small-space living, and more in the added conveniences that come with condo living, building amenities and a great location close to everything.

Things to Consider When Shopping for a Chicago Luxury Condo

Whether it’s a condo or a single-family home, when shopping for a larger-sized property, it is very important to understand the layout and “flow” of the home, not just the size. There are a number of nuances in certain floorplans that can make a home feel much smaller than indicated on the listing sheet.

For my clients, I always do the research beforehand so that I can establish the square footage of a property before taking them to see it in person. I have worked on a number of large condos and can make suggestions on existing floorplans on how they can be modified to make the most of the space and maximize resale value down the line.

Top Chicago Condos Sold in September

Total sales volume for Chicago luxury condos sold in September reached $90.0 million. Much of that was thanks to a number of high-priced, ultra-luxury properties at the top of the list. Let’s take a closer look at the 5 most expensive sales last month, starting at the top:

159EWalton159 E Walton Pl, Unit PH
Original list price:
$8.5 million
Sold price: $8 million
This double-floor penthouse is a historic space in the iconic Palmolive Building, offering comprehensive views in every direction. This Chicago condo spans 7,880 square feet, with three terraces totaling 600 square feet. The top floor boasts soaring, 14-foot ceilings, while the 36th floor features a gracious living space. The rest of the unit has been configured to include a theater room, card room, billiard room, office and a service kitchen for the patio. While the unit was move-in ready, the nature of the space also offered the new buyer the opportunity to make it their own.

11 E Walton St11 E Walton St, Unit 4002
Original list price:
$5.15 million
Sold price: $5 million
This 4,000 square foot unit is a rarely available home in one of the city’s most prestigious residences, the Waldorf Astoria. A north/east exposure offers panoramic, unobstructed lake views into the sunny, open floor plan with contemporary design weaved throughout. An eat-in kitchen includes custom cabinetry, stainless steel Subzero and Wolf appliances, a wine refrigerator, an incredible bar with glass sink, stone countertops and more. The home theater could be converted to a fourth bedroom or left as-is. The luxury master suite includes an exercise room, infinity jetted tub, oversized steam shower and large walk-in closet. In addition to sought-after building amenities like a 14,000 square foot spa, fitness center, concierge and in-room dining, this Gold Coast condo also includes an additional coveted feature: a parking spot.

The Elysian Residences11 E Walton St, Unit 3201
Original list price:
$4.79 million
Sold price: $4.79 million
There weren’t too many details on this sold-before-print condo available beyond its 3 bedrooms and 4,000 square feet. Units in the Waldorf Astoria aren’t often available, and this was the second lucky buyer to land one last month.

50echestnut50 E Chestnut, Unit 601
Original list price:
$4.5 million
Sold price: $4.55 million
This is a one-of-a-kind duplex in a coveted Gold Coast Building. This spectacular space offers a generous 8,000 square feet, six bedrooms, and stunning finishes throughout. Spanning two full floors, the condo allows for spacious rooms, great entertaining space and a gorgeous cook’s kitchen. There are also four private balconies and access to a huge building terrace. Just one block off of Michigan Avenue, this location is just steps from all of the wonderful offerings of the Gold Coast.

4EastElm4 E Elm Street, Unit 20S
Original list price:
$4.225 million
Sold price: $4,239,954
The new kid on the block, 4 East Elm, has been the darling of luxury condo sales in 2016. The building is now over 80 perfect sold and closed for its half-floor, new construction properties that many luxury buyers have fallen in love with. Each unit has an elevator entry, luxury finishes and most have expansive lake and city views as well. It’s location at State and Elm streets—in the heart of the Gold Coast—is hard to beat, and the building itself boasts a bevy of amenities like an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sun deck, fitness center, screening room, clubhouse lounge and 24-hour doorman.

There are a number of new construction properties on the market now that I’d love to introduce you to. If you’re in the market for a Chicago luxury condo, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Chicago Luxury Real Estate Scheduled to Be on a “Tear”

When it comes to real estate, Chicago has something to fit a number of location “wants.” A quiet neighborhood-like street? Easy. An upscale, urban condo in the heart of everything? Of course. Waterfront properties not far from all the perks of city living? Yep—and there’s soon to be more.

Not unlike many other parts of the country, developers are seeing the real estate opportunities that lie within land near water—and they’re putting in the work to clean up the waterways and develop along them.

Chicago is proving to be at the forefront of this trend, with a massive project along the Chicago River that broke ground last month: A $1.5 billion revamp of a spot on the southern stretch of the Chicago River.

A rendering of the Riverline project on the Chicago river, via the Chicago Tribune.

A rendering of the Riverline project on the Chicago river, via the Chicago Tribune.

Named Riverline, the development will include more than 3,600 new residences, with high-rise condos and townhomes and a public riverwalk. The location is just a short walk from Willis Tower, and will likely be a coveted spot for new construction real estate in Chicago, even with its expected completion timeline of eight to 10 years.

Real Estate, Professional Opportunities in Chicago

Developers aren’t the only ones seizing the opportunities throughout Chicago—major corporations are, as well. McDonald recently announced its plan to move its corporate office into the city, to the West Loop where Oprah’s Harpo Studios once called home. (It hasn’t been decided yet if the studio will be demolished or retro-fitted for McDonald’s to move in). Kraft Heinz has also announced relocating its Northfield office to downtown Chicago, and Motorola recently moved a number of executive-level employees to a shiny new office near Union Station.

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted several of these corporate moves into downtown Chicago, noting that the access and vibrancy of the Loop are what many young professionals are looking for in terms of job location.

And Chicago real estate has much to offer the professional crowd, as well. With Chicago real estate still considerably less expensive than other major cities—New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, to name a few—relocating here has become an easy consideration for professionals. Clients from these areas find luxury real estate in Chicago to be quite inexpensive for exceptionally high-end buildings that are in an ideal location and come with all of the amenities they could imagine.

Perhaps that is why luxury new construction is selling very quickly right now. These high-end buyers know what they want: Namely new construction and space. Buyers moving here from other cities look for at least 3,000 square feet of living space; and they are finding it in Chicago condos that offer half- or full-floor residences in great locations like River North, the Gold Coast and others.

With major construction projects in the works and an influx of professional opportunities taking root in the city’s center, it’s clear that Chicago real estate could soon be taking on a major growth spurt. If you’re interested in new construction properties, I’d be happy to show you some of the current projects and new developments that might fit your taste and lifestyle. Contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

One Reason Why Some Chicago Luxury Condos and Penthouses Sell for a Premium

In my last 7 or so years of working with luxury condo buyers in Chicago, there is one piece of advice that has remained the same: look for a property with above-standard ceiling heights.

Ceiling heights play a huge role in the luxury real estate market, as this is a key way in differentiating one condo from another. The standard ceiling height is 8 feet, but an above-standard height ensures that a home will sell quickly and at a premium, which is an important consideration even as a buyer who is thinking about resale value.

That’s why a number of luxury buildings in Chicago feature at least 10-foot ceilings in every unit. Trump Tower, a favorite among luxury buyers, has a standard of 10-foot ceilings, but some floors go as high as 16 feet.

10-foot to 11-foot Ceilings Favored Among Buyers

The Wall St. Journal recently highlighted how important ceiling height is in real estate in other high-end markets. The article noted that buyers will pay a premium for even one extra foot, property with 10- to 11-foot ceilings versus the standard 8-feet can have a price as much as 50% higher per square foot.

So why 10 to 11 feet and not, say, 15 feet? Isn’t bigger better? The 10- to 11-foot mark is often the sweet spot for buyers, providing the extra cubic space that feels luxurious, but without being so overwhelmingly tall that furniture and artwork feel stunted in the space.

The article affirms advice I’ve been giving out for many years to buyers purchasing new construction properties. And it sounds like developers are heeding this advice, as well, as many are coming to the conclusion that raising the ceiling heights by even a few inches will help sell their properties as compared to the competition.

Penthouse Units that Go to Great Heights

While 10 to 11 feet is a “standard” for many luxury properties, Chicago penthouses are often in a class of their own. It is not unusual to have 14-foot ceilings as commonplace in penthouse unit.

Ultra-high ceilings are often sought after by art collectors who are looking for major wall space to hang their works. And since penthouse units often offer sky-high views, the super-high ceilings give way to big windows that showcase the panoramas you can only find in these types of properties.

Depending on the type of property, ceilings heights can play a major role in its design, its level of luxury and its appeal to upscale buyers. I would be happy to demonstrate a few different buildings for you to see how the different ceiling heights play into your preference. I can also give you a list of buildings that are in your budget and details on the ceilings heights of each, so you can see the difference in price between a standard ceiling height and one that might add a few inches.

For more information, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

 

Square Footage was Key for Chicago Condo Luxury Sales in August

When my clients are looking at purchasing a Chicago luxury condo, they generally aren’t looking to sacrifice space. In other cities, condo living might indicate downsizing, small-space urban living, but Chicago has a great offering of buildings that feature the same amount of space you’d find in a single-family home, often with coveted amenities and services on top of it.

If they have the budget, I always recommend my clients look for a Chicago condo with at least 3,000 square feet. That seems to be the minimum square footage that a luxury buyer wants, whether they are a family with children, empty nesters, or other. And if you look at last month’s top luxury condo sales, the square footage number definitely holds up among the top five most expensive sales.

The top five condos sold have square footage ranging from just a hair under 3,000 square feet, all the way up to 5,143 square feet. All of them are also found in some of the city’s most popular buildings, noted for their prestige and coveted locations in Near North and the Gold Coast.

Finding out what sets one Chicago condo building apart from the rest is an important part of the research process if you’re looking to buy. If you’re considering a purchase, contact me at (312) 498-5080 for input on some of the unique features you’ll find among these buildings that will help you narrow down which is best for you and your family. Or, take a look below at the details for each of the top five condos sold in August (starting with the most expensive sale):

21-e-huron-st21 E Huron St, Unit 4801
Original list price: $5.5 million
Sold price: $4.5 million
This full-floor, top-floor penthouse is absolutely spectacular—and with 5,143 square feet and unobstructed, 360-degree views, this one certainly earned its way to the top sales spot in August. A private elevator opens up into this unit, which was recently renovated to include custom millwork, custom lighting, a 700-bottle wine cellar and a master suite with enormous walk-in closets and luxe bath. An enormous terrace and balcony provides coveted outdoor space. Other features include a state-of-the-art HEOS sound system by Denon, a security system and two penthouse parking spaces. The Lucien Lagrange-designed building is also full-amenity, offering a fitness center and spa, a sundeck, an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, a business center, private theatre and wine cellar.

800NMichigan800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 5301
Original list price: $5 million
Sold price: $4.4 million
Park Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in Chicago, with an unbeatable location right on the Magnificent Mile. This 4,200-square foot unit is high on the 53rd floor, allowing for stunning views; it was also recently remodeled with the finest finishes to create an impeccable home for modern living.

4EastElm4 E Elm, Unit 225
Original list price: $4.1 million
Sold price: $4.1 million
The new construction condos in 4 East Elm have been no stranger to the top luxury sales over the last few months—the building is now over 80% sold. This 3,516 square foot unit is one of just 35 modern, sophisticated half-floor residences in the building, each with elevator entry, high-end finishes and at least three exposures, many with expansive city and lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sun deck, fitness center, screening room and clubhouse lounge.

50echestnut50 E Chestnut, Unit 1701
Original list price: $3.75 million
Sold price: $3 million
This full-floor Chicago condo in the Gold Coast stretches a generous 4,000 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 3.1 baths. The building is sleek and contemporary, with breathtaking views in all directions. This unit in particular boasts an open floor plan that allows for spectacular vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows, with Lake Michigan to the east and the iconic Chicago skyline to the south. Private terraces on the east and west sides allow for intimate outdoor space to take in the view. The full-service building includes a top-floor fitness center, a landscaped garden, a sun deck and dark run. Residents of 50 East Chestnut are just steps from everything the Gold Coast neighborhood has to offer, including cultural institutions, world-class shopping, dining, Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile.

77-e-walton77 E Walton Pl, Unit 25D
Original list price: $2.65 million
Sold price: $2.52 million
This 3 bedroom, 2,940 square foot condo is a rarely available “D” tier floor plan at a sought-after luxury building in the Gold Coast. With beautiful views from the 25th floor, this unit features spectacular finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows, 10-foot ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. The Snaidero kitchen has two dishwashers and two refrigerators, and the master suite includes a lavish spa bath.

For more information on Chicago’s luxury condo buildings or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Real Estate Sales Were All About Chicago Luxury Homes in August

Chicago’s summer’s successful run in luxury home sales continued in August, fighting the slump that is often typical for this month. Not only was it not a “slow” month, but the ultra-luxury segment (homes sold for more than $2 million) had a great month, with 13 properties sold.

There were 49 total luxury homes sold in August, for a total sales volume of $82 million. The highest priced property to sell in August went for $3.391 million—not quite as high as the $8+ million sale we saw on Howe Street in July. What’s interesting about the homes that sold last month is the trends you can see among the most expensive homes—notably, extra-wide lot sizes (four out of the top five were on non-standard lots wider than 25 feet) and the fact that cash is still king among luxury buyers (three of the top five homes sold were purchased with cash).

Here is a more detailed look at the top five most expensive Chicago homes sold last month, in descending order:

image2121 N Dayton St
Original sale price: $3.45 million
Sold price: $3.391 million
Located steps from Armitage Avenue, this brand-new, 5,200 square foot home showcases the timeless design and meticulous workmanship Foster Design Build is known for. The elegance begins with radiant heated limestone steps that lead into a beautiful foyer. One the main floor is a formal living room with wood-burning fireplace, a dining room with coffered ceilings, a chef-grade, eat-in kitchen and a true mud room. The lavish master suite boasts a spa bath with soaking tub, enclosed water closet, steam and rain showers. Two ensuite bedrooms and laundry room are on the second floor, and the top floor (lit by a skylight!) features another bedroom, full bath and a den that opens onto a 35-foot lanai with an outdoor fireplace and mounted TV. The lower level features radiant heat, two bedrooms and an additional full bath. Other details include wiring for whole-home automation; oak floors throughout; poplar wood casings, moldings and trim; and Ann Sacks tile.

image1953 N Dayton St
Original list price: $3.595 million
Sold price: $3.313 million
On a double-sized lot on one of Lincoln Park’s most desirable blocks, this home has plenty to offer for the luxury buyer—and the one who indeed bought it paid cash. The home was recently renovated with the highest quality finishes, and boasts a number of envious features throughout, including high ceilings, stunning mill work, hardwood floors and three-panel custom doors. The gracious living room features a custom stone fireplace and a bay window that is just asking for a grand piano in it. A gourmet oak and white eat-in kitchen includes quartz countertops and Wolf and Subzero appliances. The family room opens up to an enormous backyard that makes this a perfect city oasis, complete with a lush Japanese zen garden and basketball court.

image3432 N Janssen Ave
Original list price:
$3.575 million
Sold price: $3.1 million
Custom designed on an extra-wide, 75-foot lot, this 4-bedroom single-family home is flooded with southern light. The open floor plan makes it ideal for entertaining, along with a large chef’s kitchen that includes an expansive island and built-in banquet. The master suite opens up to a balcony and includes two large walk-in closets and a fireplace. Other house features include heated floors in the kitchen, a heated back rest in the kitchen banquet, exterior heated walkways, a top-of-the-line security system and extensive landscaping work. There is also a four-car garage that includes a full gym above it. This home is located on a prime one-way street and is only a short walk to shops and restaurants. It’s also worth noting that this too, was a cash purchase for the lucky buyer.

image2049 W Dickens Avenue
Original list price:
$2.999 million
Sold price: $3.025 million
Yet another brand-new luxury home on an extra-wide lot—this one in Bucktown was sold to another cash buyer. Inside, you’ll find nearly 7,000 square feet of living space, with gracious room sizes, oversized doors and windows and quality craftsmanship throughout. The extra-large chef’s kitchen features restaurant-grade appliances, and oversized lighting with seating and plenty of storage. A great room has access to three terraces, anchored by a gorgeous marble fireplace. A huge master suite runs the width of he home and is on the same level as three additional ensuite bedrooms. The home’s lower level offers a recreational space, media room, optional wine cellar and a guest suite. And entertaining is as easy outdoors as it is in, with 1,300 square feet of alfresco space, including a heated patio with fireplace, a deck above the 3.5-car garage and a secluded terrace off of the living, dining and great room.

image3643 N Lakewood Ave
Original list price:
$2.799 million
Old price: $2.767 million
Another new construction property—this one from Bloomfield Development—built on a 30-foot, extra-wide lot, just a short walk from Southport Corridor. Two of the home’s signature features is a raised patio outside the family room and an attached breezeway to the garage. The custom, French-inspired limestone and brick façade is a only trumped by the beautiful interior, which includes handcrafted cabinetry, stained oak hardwood flooring, polished nickel hardware, Italian marble countertops and custom-designed tile. The kitchen includes Subzero and Wolf appliances and the bath, lower level and front entry boast radiant heat to combat Chicago’s winter chill.

I always encourage my clients and prospective buyers to review the previous month’s home sales to give them an idea of what types of properties are selling for what price. That way, they can compare recent sales to their own budget and wish lists and understand what they might be up against when they’re ready to purchase as well.

For more details on the single family homes that sold last month in Chicago, or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

 

Chicago Luxury Condo Sales Were on a Tear in July

No summer slump here. Chicago luxury condo sales had yet another strong month in July, which is highly unusual for a mid-summer month. One of the reasons for the high sales volume is a ground-breaking price on a unit in the Waldorf Astoria, which sold for $11.7 million. That’s a price that many pay in New York and San Francisco for luxury properties that are half the square feet of homes you’d find in Chicago.

While that property was certainly the standout, there was a number of other notable sales in July, as well. Ten of the 53 luxury condos ($1 million and up) were sold for more than $2 million. Total sales volume for the month was just under $94 million, an outstanding number for the middle of summer.

Here’s a closer look at the top Chicago condos that sold last month, starting with the most expensive:

Waldorf Astoria Chicago11 E Walton, Unit 5200
Original list price: $13.9 million
Sold price: $11.7 million
Spanning an entire floor in the Waldorf Astoria, this unparalleled residence was a custom build from top to bottom with the finest finishes available. It’s also interesting to note that the buyer opted to pay cash for the home. With 4 bedrooms and 4.1 baths, this Chicago condo features gracious, flowing living spaces, a beautiful paneled den, home theater, glass encased wine cellar, an incredible master suite with dream closet and a true spa bath that leads to an unbelievable private pool area.

ritz118 E Erie St, Unit PH1
Original list price: $10,850,400
Sold price: $8.632 million
This is the penthouse of all penthouses, located on the top (40th) floor of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago. A full-floor unit, this property was more than 6,000 square feet of raw space, with 12 to 18 foot ceilings plus 660 square feet of private, south- and east-facing terraces. The service of the Ritz-Carlton Residences is unmatched, with on-site, five-star staff to cater to residents’ every need. Residents here also have access to the Landmark Club, Chicago’s only private, residential city club located on the 10th floor of the building (which also boasts an unbeatable location just off of the Magnificent Mile).

270EPearson270 E Pearson St, Unit PH16E
Original list price: $4 million
Sold price: $4.3 million
A duplex penthouse unit in a luxury boutique building, this Chicago condo has undergone a number of refinements to create an elegant living space. The interior features an open floor plan with 12-foot ceilings, an open millwork staircase, gourmet kitchen, crown moldings, hardwood floors, custom finishes throughout, tremendous closet space and ensuite bedrooms. Outside, you’ll find 800s square feet of outdoor space with spectacular lake, city and park views. The building is just steps from Michigan Avenue, with high-end shopping, dining and transportation.

4EastElm4 E Elm St, Unit 17N
Original list price: $3.1 million
Sold price: $3.135 million
The brand-new building at 4 East Elm has been the darling of luxury real estate in recent months, taking up many spots on the top sales lists. This unit in particular was a 3,095 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3.1 bathon the 17th floor. With just 35 half-floor residences, the building has been very popular among luxury buyers, thanks to a number of features including elevator entry into every unit, 3 exposures with city and lake views in most units, and high-end finishes. Building amenities include an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sun deck, fitness center, screening room and clubhouse lounge.

328WisconsinSt328 W Wisconsin St, Unit 3N
Original list price: $2.6 million
Sold price: $2.6 million
This is a new, boutique building in the heart of Lincoln Park with just 7 units. This 3-bedroom home spans 3,801 square feet of gracious, light-filled space that includes a library with wet bar, 41-foot gallery wall for art collectors, a large master suite with his/her closets, 8-foot interior doors, 10-foot ceilings, plus two terraces. Contemporary finishes throughout include Snaidero cabinets, Subzero, Wolf and Miele appliances and quartz countertops.

If you’re considering a home purchase, contact me for a private tour of some of the exceptional properties that the Chicago real estate market has to offer right now. I can provide first-hand details on each of the buildings and explain why some are apt to increase in value more so than others. Or if you’re just getting started, I can send along images and details of 5-10 properties I think you’d want to check out. Contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.