Luxury Chicago Townhomes Among Top October Sales

If you’re a frequent visitor to this blog, you know that each month I recap the previous month’s top luxury sales in both single-family homes and the Chicago condo market. It’s always interesting to see how each type of real estate fares month to month and season by season, and seeing what has recently sold can be a key factor in helping a potential buyer decide which route they’re going to take in their own search.

But there’s another category of Chicago homes that perhaps doesn’t have as robust of a market, but is certainly a regular part of the mix: Townhomes. Last month, the Chicago townhome market wasn’t off the charts, given that only 20 townhomes sold, starting with a sales price of $600,000 and moving up into $1 million territory. Three townhomes sold in the luxury category in October, and like the top sales in homes and condos, these are townhomes that set themselves apart from the rest.

Here’s a closer look at those three and what makes them a special find on the Chicago real estate market:

image465 N Clinton St
Original list price: $1.5 million
Sold price: $1.475 million
Located in Kinzie Park, this townhome has been beautifully redesigned with the finest materials on virtually every surface, resulting in a home that is nothing short of fabulous. The 3,500 square foot home features custom built-ins throughout, along with a dream kitchen with appliances from Subzero, Worf and Fisher Paykel. There also are multiple outdoor spaces, including a penthouse rooftop with beautiful city views. This unit is also in a riverfront gated community, which includes every imaginable amenity for its residents, and is located just west of the East Bank Club.

image316 W Willow St
Original list price: $1.4 million
Sold price: $1.355 million
Designed by renowned architect Harry Weiss in Chicago’s Old Town, this contemporary row home spans four full floors, offering outdoor space on every single level. A first-level family room includes heated floors and a wall of windows that looks out to the perfectly landscaped backyard. On the second level, you’ll find the bright living room, dining room and large kitchen with eat-in space. The third and fourth floors are home to a spectacular master suite, 4 additional bedrooms, and a den with an attached balcony that offers views of downtown Chicago.

image1000 N State St, Unit 3
Original list price: $1.4 million
Sold price: $1.304 million
This Gold Coast townhome billed itself as a “magnificent, renovated townhouse in an urban oasis,” and it seems like that could be an understatement. Nestled in a premium location in one of Chicago’s most sought-after neighborhoods, this 4-bedroom unit spans 3 levels and 4,000 square feet. A skylight helps bring generous daylight into the open floor plan that was made for entertaining. The interior includes a chef’s eat-in kitchen with high-end appliances, sitting areas and balconies for most of the bedrooms, a master bath with an outfitted dressing room and a lofted office with built-ins. The outdoor area includes a landscaped courtyard, a patio with fireplace for grilling and lounging, plus a 3rd level balcony that overlooks the pool and sundeck.

Although these townhomes were in varying neighborhoods, Lincoln Park saw major sales volume last month overall, with 7 out of the top 20 properties sold in this much-loved community. Chicago residents love Lincoln Park for mix of quiet residential streets and urban living, great schools, and an ideal location not far from downtown Chicago.

Buying a Chicago Townhome
The nature of a townhome—sort of a hybrid between a single-family and an attached home—means there are a number of nuances that can vary, and therefore should be considered before you look into purchasing one. You’ll find a list of important tips for buying a townhome on my website, but here are three I want to highlight as the most important to think about when purchasing a Chicago townhome:

Width: When it comes to townhomes, wider is generally better, at least if you’re looking for space. The widest you’ll probably find is about 24 feet wide, which puts a townhome in the $800,000+ price range. There are many more narrow sizes, but as I have found with both single-family homes and condos, buyers are typically looking for the greatest width they can to allow for more square footage, a more open floor plan and more rooms. A townhome that offers this not only might be what you’re looking for in a home, but offer greater resale value down the line.

Community: Some of Chicago’s townhome developments are like mini communities, whether that’s because the townhomes lie within a gated neighborhood or a campus-like area that is set apart from the surrounding homes. Determining if you’re looking for a particular development will help you narrow down your search quickly, since the types of townhomes in Chicago vary greatly.

Assessments: Like a Chicago condo, townhomes generally include assessment costs for the upkeep of the grounds, security, amenities and services and other features offered by the community. I have found that clients in Chicago are usually looking for a townhome with monthly assessment dues under $500—if they are expecting higher, they are typically looking for a condo that offers top-to-bottom amenities to its residents.

To learn more about the nuances of buying a luxury townhome in Chicago, or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

Ultra-Expensive Condos Sell in Chicago’s Hottest Buildings in October

If you look at sales volume, Chicago condo sales were basically flat in October from the month previous, totaling $51 million. But what’s really noteworthy from last month’s condo sales are the ultra-luxury properties—of the 31 properties that sold, 9 sold in excess of $2 million. Not to mention, these sales were found in five of the most sought-after buildings in the city.

What makes a building stand apart from the rest? Buildings like those found in last month’s sales tend to well, have it all. Location. Views. Newness (in terms of construction, compared to other condos on the market). Many luxury condo buildings also carry architectural significance, and three of the buildings on this list—2550 Lakeview, 840 Lake Shore Drive and 270 Pearson—were designed by Lucien Lagrange, the beloved Chicago architect whose name is behind some of the city’s finest buildings.

Not only do the buildings themselves have plenty to offer, but the condos within them must stand apart as well, whether that’s via a great floor plan, incredible views, outdoor space or other upscale features. Last month’s most expensive condos sold each have their own set of distinguishing features—here’s a closer look at the top five in descending order.

30WOakSt30 W Oak St, Unit 12B
Original list price: $4.1 million
Sold price: $4 million
Inside a popular building in downtown Chicago, this 3,349 square foot, three bedroom unit was custom designed to showcase the luxury that is felt the moment you lay eyes on the building. The building is an stunning combo of contemporary design (with an elegant curved glass façade that offers spectacular city views) and elegant Gold Coast living (with features like 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and expansive terraces). Building amenities include state-of-the-art fitness facilities, separate storage rooms and an interior heated garage.

lp-25502550 N Lakeview Ave, Unit C7-34
Original list price: $2.895 million
Sold price: $2.75 million
This condo in one of the city’s hottest buildings has plenty to offer indoors and out. Outside, find 2 terraces totaling 84 square feet that look out to amazing east lake and park views. Inside, 2,884 square feet include a fully appointed cooks’ kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large master suite with marble spa bath. The building (designed by famed Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange) includes incredible amenities like an indoor pool, fitness center, dog park and more.

Chicago real estate at 840 N Lake Shore Dr840 N Lake Shore Drive
Original list price: $2.75 million
Sold price: $2.6 million
Lake Shore Drive is an address that’s no stranger to our top monthly sales report, and for good reason. Chicago condos along this stretch of LSD offer incredible lake views, a great location not far from downtown and a number of architecturally significant buildings from architects like Mies van der Rohe and the aforementioned Lagrange. This one was designed by the latter, and has become one of Chicago’s finest buildings. Just shy of 3,000 square feet, this condo was custom designed from a raw space into an elegant home made for the most discerning buyer. Stunning details are found throughout, from the finest finishes to a space made for entertaining.

270EPearson270 E Pearson St, Unit 1001
Original list price: $2.49 million
Sold price: $2.39 million
A unit inside this downtown Chicago condo building rarely becomes available, which tells you a lot about the building it’s in. This sun-filled Chicago condo spans nearly 3,000 square feet, with spectacular views to the south and east that provide a stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the city skyline. Each of the unit’s 3 bedrooms includes an ensuite bath, plus a den with built-in cabinets, powder room, beautiful open kitchen with large granite island, a spacious living room with fireplace and a large balcony. You’ll also find beautiful details like gleaming hardwood floors, crown molding and high ceilings. Plus, one highly sought-after bonus: 2 included parking spaces.

340 on the Park340 E Randolph St East, Unit 2101
Original list price: $2.49 million
Sold price: $2.375 million
This 2,300+ square foot 3-bedroom is one of the building’s most coveted floorplans, with stunning south view of the lake and harbor, Millennium Park and Buckingham Fountain. The unit includes everything from contemporary finishes to a spacious kitchen to an open floor plan, all just steps away from the best downtown Chicago has to offer. Cultural hot spots, Michigan Avenue and a bevy of great restaurants are all within walking distance.

Consider last month’s Chicago condo sales when you’re embarking on your own search for Chicago real estate. Doing so will help you prepare for what features and amenities come at what price and line that up with your wish list and expectations for your next home.

For more information on last month’s Chicago condo sales or to see what’s on the market now, don’t hesitate to contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

Ultra-Luxury Homes in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Were Strong in October

Last month’s luxury single-family home sales in Chicago may not have been as high as usual, but there were a few noteworthy takeaways. During October, Chicago saw 45 luxury home sales (those sold for $1 million or higher), and about a quarter of those sales fell into the ultra luxury category (those sold for $2 million or higher). Eleven of the 45 sales were ultra-luxury, with the most expensive sales coming out of Lincoln Park, and at $3+ million to boot.

So why might a buyer care about the ultra-luxury properties that recently sold? Seeing what homes are selling and evaluating their price with included features helps a prospective buyer understand the value of homes on the market. If you are making a wish list of everything you’d like to find in a new home, looking at recent sales can give you a look at what those features are going to cost.

Let’s take a more detailed look at the top five most expensive single-family home sales in Chicago last month, in descending order:

image1623 N Wolcott Ave
Original list price: $4,818,784
Sold price: $4,818,784
A brand-new, custom single-family home in Bucktown, this 5–bedroom, 7.2-bath home was designed by the award-winning Osterhaus McCarthy architect team. This modern new construction home property is situated on a double lot, which is one feature we see time and time again among luxury home sales. High-end buyers love an extra-wide lot that allows for ample square footage, open floor plans and often even generous outdoor space. It’s also worthy to note that this most expensive sale sold to a cash buyer.

image1637 N Burling St
Original list price: $3.975 million
Sold price: $3.85 million
Spanning more than 6,000 square feet, this 6 bedroom, 5.3 bath-home sits on one of the most prestigious blocks in Lincoln Park. The exterior features a limestone façade, penthouse roof deck with terrace and skyline views, and an attached heated garage. The interior boasts a long list of coveted features: an elevator, 2 limestone fireplaces, an eat-in kitchen with luxury appliances, master suite with his-and-her closets, a rec room, a wine room a four zones of radiant heat.

image2231 N Fremont St
Original list price: $3.995 million
Sold price: $3.6 million
Situated on an extra-wide lot in Lincoln Park, this award-winning home was designed by renowned Chicago architect firm Wheeler-Kearns. No detail went overlooked in this 6,500 square foot stunner, from the wide-plank, hand-scraped oak flooring to the custom elm built-ins to the total home automation. Other features include the finest appointments and amenities, extra-wide living spaces and soaring ceiling heights.

image1250 W Schubert Ave
Original list price: $2,899,900
Sold price: $3.055 million
Although it was just built in 2012, this home boasts “better than new construction,” with contemporary, one-of-a-kind style on an extra-wide lot. The list of features is extensive: A curved staircase takes you up to four of the six bedrooms on the second floor. Floor-to-ceiling windows with motorized shades. An enormous kitchen includes a huge seating island, custom cabinetry, Miele appliances, and butler’s pantry. The floors are 5-inch hand-beveled oak, lighting from designer Jonathan Adler and Japanese and Italian tiles are found throughout. A lower-level theater room includes surround sound, a projector/screen and 4 televisions. A dreamy master bath includes a steam shower, double vanities and dual-sided fireplace. This long list of features continues on the exterior as well, with a custom-designed roof deck with built-in grill.

image1534 N North Park Ave
Original list price: $2.749 million
Sold price: $2.6 million
Built in 2013, this 6,500-square foot has much to offer by way of location and features. For location, the home sits on a tree-lined street with plenty of natural light that’s just steps from the park and beach. Features include professional design throughout, with a professional-grade kitchen, spa-caliber baths, penthouse family room with 1,300 outdoor living and entertaining space, and an attached garage with heated driveway.

It’s important to note the commonalities among these ultra-luxury properties: extra-wide lots, impressive details, outdoor entertaining spaces and the proverbial location, location, location. Those are the features we see month after month in the top luxury sales, so buyer can expect them to come at a price.

For more information on last month’s luxury real estate sales in Chicago, or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

Amazing Chicago Luxury Penthouse Sells in September

September’s Chicago luxury condo sales were really filled with real estate eye candy, starring an ultra-luxury condo along East Lake Shore Drive. The ultra-luxury market in general was strong among condos last month, with 9 properties sold in excess of $2 million. The total sales volume for luxury condos in September was $74.5 million—not the highest month of the year, but certainly far from shabby given that the real estate market tends to dip in September.

As we head into fall, I encourage potential buyers to take a look at what’s moving on the Chicago real estate market. Learn about what features come with what price tag, and use that information to help determine your own expectations and budget for a new home.

With that, here are the top five luxury condos that sold in September, starting with that exquisite penthouse unit:

189189 E Lake Shore Dr, Unit PH18
Original list price: $13.5 million
Sold price: $10.375 million
The month’s most expensive condo sale in Chicago deserves a drumroll, as this may very well be the most magnificent penthouse in the city. On the beautiful East Lake Shore Drive, this 5-bedroom condo spans 7,662 square feet on the interior—and a whopping 3,000 square feet (yes—3,000 square feet) of private outdoor space on the outside. The terraces off of the Solarium showcase the most spectacular lake and city views. The dramatic interior includes oversized windows, extraordinary ceiling height, a 50 x 20 foot living room that spans the entire front of the apartment with faces Lake Michigan. A thoughtfully appointed chef’s kitchen makes it prime for entertaining. The price also includes parking for 5 cars—a true rarity in the city.

Chicago condos in Trump Tower401 N Wabash Ave, Unit 41A
Original list price: $4.25 million
Sold price: $4.1 million
The Trump name alone is practically a guarantee that this Chicago condo is packed with luxury, but this 4,000 square foot 3-bedroom unit takes it to the next level. The home has been highly upgraded and features 2 fireplaces, 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, Miele/SubZero/Worlf appliances, plus the opportunity to combine with an 1,100 square foot unit next door that would create a 5,100 square foot home with wraparound views. The building itself, is known for top-of-the-line service, like a world-class spa and gym, hotel amenities and five-star services like in-home catering and much more.

55eerie55 E Erie St, Unit 5202
Original list price: $3.995 million
Sold price: $3.85 million
Luxury living on the Magnificent Mile—this 4,165 square foot penthouse unit has been extensively upgraded so that the interior features match the breathtaking lake and city views offered in every room. The completely custom interior sounds like a wish list from the most discerning luxury buyer: A chef’s kitchen with custom Italian cabinets, wide-plank hardwood floors, a palatial master with 2 walk-ins and lavish bath, three private terraces, and much more. The building is full service with a 24-hour doorman, workout room and pool.

30WOakSt30 W Oak St, Unit 17B
Original list price: $3.85 million
Sold price: $3.65 million
Elegance is at the forefront of this one-of-a-kind, highly upgraded 3 bedroom condo in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Features include a customized floor plan that spans 3,349 square feet, 10-foot ceilings, an expansive wall of windows with south and west views and a 24 x 12-foot terrace perfect for framing sunsets. A recently added bonus family room is just off the chef’s kitchen, which features Poggenpohl cabinets, Miele appliances, SubZero refrigerators and a built-in Miele coffeemaker. The lavish master bath showcases top finishes in custom built-ins and marble baths.

50-E-Chestnut-St-60611_unit-1801_Chicago_IL-114368350 E Chestnut, Unit 2301
Original list price: $3.75 million
Sold price: $3.55 million
Striking cityscape views from each room is the pièce de résistance for this Gold Coast luxury condo, thanks to its occupation of the entire 23rd floor. The 4,000 square foot layout is perfect for entertaining, with corner views and terrace access from the living room and a home theater in the family room. An expansive master suite includes an office, walk-in closet and two baths.

For additional details or photos on the properties that sold last month, or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

Lincoln Park Takes The Number One Spot For Chicago Luxury Home Sales

Chicago is a city known for its neighborhoods, and there are certainly a few that stand out. One of those is Lincoln Park, which saw a lot of action in last month’s luxury home sales in Chicago.

Lincoln Park is a hub for high-end homes, with several well-known blocks that are renowned for the beautiful homes found on them. Orchard Street, for example, is considered one of the most prestigious streets in the city. It’s also home to last month’s most expensive home sale at $5.5 million. A drive down this block with quickly showcase its appeal—many of the homes sit on oversized lots, allowing for tons of space inside and out. This is not just a block for the wealthy, but the mega-wealthy—such as billionaire Chicagoan Penny Pritzker.

But sought-after streets aren’t the only thing drawing luxury buyers to Lincoln Park. The neighborhood is home to everything from top-rated schools (both public and private), bars and restaurants, theaters, parks and much more, all just a short distance from downtown Chicago. You’ll also find a variety of real estate in Lincoln Park, from luxury condos to single-family homes to townhomes.

Overall, sales of single-family homes in Chicago were strong in September, showing that buyers are certainly still in the market for ultra-luxury homes. The top 1- most expensive sales topped a $2 million price tag, and homes overall totaled $82.7 million for the entire month.

Let’s take a closer look at what drew buyers to the luxury Chicago homes that sold last month. Here are the top five sales, in descending order from the most expensive:

image1870 N Orchard St
Original list price: $5.5 million
Sold price: $5.5 million
This brand-new home was developed by Environs on the most prestigious block in Lincoln Park. Thoughtfully designed from top to bottom, this home features spectacular upgrades and state-of-the-art appointments, all on an extra-large, 28 foot by 131 foot lot. Gracious space indoors and out make it ideal for entertaining, especially on the penthouse roof deck that features panoramic views. The extra wide lot makes way for more than 7,200 square feet of living space, plus a rare, huge yard and attached garage. Also included is a true luxury for Chicagoans: heated front steps, driveway, garage and back patio. High-tech details like total home automation, upgraded security cameras, a 6-zone HVAC system, remote-controlled fireplaces and radiant-heat in every bathroom are some of the details that make this home truly special for a luxury buyer.

image456 W Huron St
Original list price: $4.6 million
Sold price: $4.3 million
This custom, San Francisco-style home offers a generous 10,000 square feet of living space in River North. The property is perfect for entertaining, thanks in part to 3 outdoor spaces, one of which is a landscaped roof deck. Inside, you’ll find a Titan Security system, elevator, Crestron System, Kaleidoscope TV, electric shades, 750-bottle wine cellar and more, with quality finishes throughout. The home’s covetable downtown location makes it easily accessible, being close to the highway and in a supremely walkable neighborhood.

image469 W Superior St
Original list price: $4.9 million
Sold price: $4 million
With a in-the-heart-of-everything location in River North, this Chicago home has much to offer—including a whopping 11,000 square feet of living space. Located on an extra-large 34 foot x 109 foot lot, this 5-bedroom home includes a master suite with his-and-her baths, a stainless steel and mahogany staircase, state-of-the-art AV control system, wine cellar, 2 lush terraces and a rooftop deck with city views. With an dramatic and sophisticated interior, this home was a fit for the most discriminating buyer.

image2026 W Wilson Ave
Original list price: $2.922 million
Sold price: $2.922 million
A new construction property in Lake View, this 4+ bedroom home was sold before the listing sheet was even printed. That quick turnaround can likely be attributed in part to the building’s huge lot—75 feet by 122 feet, making it oversized on both ends and allowing for a generous amount of space.


image712 W Schubert Ave
Original list price: $3.15 million
Sold price: $2.875 million
This Lincoln Park home sits on an extra, extra, extra wide lot—161 feet wide, more than three times the standard lot size for Chicago. With 7 bedrooms and 7,500 square feet, this home features a bevy of opulent details, from a double staircase entryway to a curved staircase that serves as the focal point of the home, to a lavish master suite. The expansive living and dining areas feature extra tall, coffered ceilings and custom finishes. A grand kitchen includes custom cabinetry, honed marble countertops and high-end appliances; the space also connects to a great room, making a large, open space ideal for entertaining. An elevator moves between all floors—the top of which you’ll find a guest suite with roof deck access, and on the lowest level, a family room, two additional bedrooms and a mudroom.

As you can see, the features and amenities of luxury properties can vary widely, from generous square footage to opulent architectural details to exquisite details—and all of those come with their own price tag. Looking at last month’s real estate sales helps put a number to the features you’re hoping to find in your own purchase. Then you can have an expectation for adjusting your wish list or budget accordingly.

For more information on last month’s Chicago luxury real estate sales, or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

Luxury Gold Coast Condo Leads Chicago Sales in August

August was a pricey month for Chicago luxury condo sales, making it a bit of an anomaly. The August market is typically not as strong, with many people on vacation and the weather not always being the most agreeable for shopping for a new home.

Last month’s most expensive sale is located in a prestigious Gold Coast building, selling for just under $7 million. I’ve longed discussed how buyers are always looking for ample square footage when it comes to condo shopping, but this buyer got a generous amount of outdoor space too—a rarity for such a coveted location in the city. That’s a perk that many hope to find but never do, so it’s a feature that really differentiates that Chicago condo from others in the market.

If you’re in the market for a Chicago condo, I definitely recommend taking a look at last month’s sales details to get a feel for what has sold, with what amenities, at what price. If you’re just starting out, I’d also highly recommend checking out the Top 15 Chicago luxury condo buildings in Chicago for an overview of the top properties I recommend to my clients. Each of these buildings are packed with luxury and amenities and have their own special set of features to offer, so it’s a great overview to help you start your search.

With that, here’s a closer look at the luxury condos that sold last month in Chicago, in descending order:

1300 N State Pkwy Chicago1300 N State Pkwy, Unit 1201
Original list price: $7.9 million
Sold price: $6.9 million
This is an absolutely exquisite duplex in a very prestigious building: The Ambassador, located in the heart of the Gold Coast. The home boasts 6,800 square feet of interior living space, plus an unparalleled 1,400 square foot private terrace. No luxury or amenity is spared in this opulent residence, which features sweeping views, custom fittings, soaring ceilings and tasteful design throughout. Rooms include 3 large en suite bedrooms, 4.1 baths, family room, library, private dog run and DeGuilio kitchen with La Cornue range.

159EWalton159 E Walton St, Unit 33A
Original list price: $7.2 million
Sold price: $6.2 million
The Palmolive is not only one of the most iconic architectural buildings in Chicago, but it’s also highly sought after for condo living, with its perfect blend of historic appeal on the outside and ultimate luxury inside. This 5,200 square foot, full-floor penthouse was designed by Nate Berkus and showcases outstanding lake views from the 33rd floor. This unit offers whole house smart system for lighting, shades and music, plus a high-end kitchen with Wolf, SubZero and Miele appliances. The 3 bedrooms include a luxe master suite with spa bath and elegant dressing room, and the family room includes an ensuite bath so that the space could also serve as a fourth bedroom.

340 on the Park340 E Randolph St
Original list price: $4.5 million
Sold price: $4.138 million
This penthouse unit offers just over 4,000 square feet high on the 59th floor in downtown Chicago. High ceilings and panoramic views let you take in views of the city, and a large 11×31 covered terrace overlooks Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain and the handsome skyline. Inside, additional features like contemporary finishes, maple hardwood floors, snaidero cabinets and electronic window treatments add to the luxurious appeal.

429ENWater429 E North Water St
Original list price: $3.7 million
Sold price: $3.1 million
This Streeterville condo offers stunning views of the river, park and lake from a whopping 5,300 square feet. The home offers an elevator to take you between four floors, among which you’ll find 5 bedrooms, 4 new baths, a large kitchen and a master suite that encompasses the entire second level. The third level features 3 bedrooms, a sitting room and private rooftop terrace. The building itself also offers a number of amenities, including a health club and doorman.

65 e monroe65 E Monroe
Original list price: $2.9 million
Sold price: $2.9 million
The Park Monroe is one of the best luxury condo buildings in downtown Chicago. This 3-bedroom unit spans 3,360 square feet, and takes advantage of the building’s incredible views since its perched high on the 48th floor. Residents here enjoy a 24-hour doorman, in-building parking, in-building retailers and coveted location within steps of Millennium and Grant Parks, the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Symphony and much more.

For more details on the Chicago luxury condos that sold last month, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Luxury Home Sales Exceptionally Strong

You know the saying: location is everything. And in August, that location was Lincoln Park when it came to dominating single-family luxury home sales. Of the top 10 most expensive home sales last month, half of them were in this much-loved neighborhood, and the lowest priced sale was over $2 million.

So what is it about Lincoln Park? For starters, this is a highly sought-after neighborhood for luxury buyers. There are a number of types of high-end properties here—penthouses, mansions, condos, are all options for the upscale buyer looking in Lincoln Park. And that’s not even the only way this neighborhood offers something for everyone. Lincoln Park is home to great schools, neighborhood shopping, amazing restaurants, plenty of outdoor and cultural activities. Plus, it’s just a quick jaunt into downtown.

So it’s no wonder that Lincoln Park took the cake for sales of luxury homes (which, here I define as those sold for $1 million and above) in August. In the same month, Chicago saw 14 single-family homes sell for more than $2 million and a total sales volume of $110 million.

If you’re shopping for a home (or even just exploring the idea), I highly recommend a review of last month’s home sales. Digging into the details of what sold for what price will give you an idea of what kind of property you can expect to get for your own budget in a particular neighborhood. Some—like Lincoln Park—are highly coveted communities that come with a price tag to show for it.

With that, let’s take a closer look at the top five single-family luxury homes in Chicago that sold in August:

kingsbury729 N Kingsbury St
Original list price:
$4.699 million
Sold price: $4.689 million
It’s no surprise why this exquisite home was the most expensive Chicago luxury home sale in August. The 11,000 square foot property spans six levels (elevator included), with 5 bedrooms, 10 baths, a state-of-the-art movie theater, custom bar area, and a master suite that expands an entire floor. Other details include magnificent finishes, huge skylights and audio, video and security technology throughout. The sellers put millions of dollars into this home to upgrade it, including $500,000 alone for the incredible movie theater.

hawthorne558 W Hawthorne Pl
Original list price:
$4.15 million
Sold price: $4.15 million
This Lincoln Park home sold before the listing sheet made it off of the printer. The oversized lot (50 x 187 feet) makes plenty of room for 5 bedrooms, 4.2 baths and tremendous yard space. Hawthorne is a historic block on its own, and this 1939 home has retained many of those wonderful vintage details, like a grand foyer and staircase, expansive formal rooms and even an indoor lap pool.

dayton2120 N Dayton St
Original list price:
$3.495 million
Sold price: $3.45 million
Chicago new construction is quick to move on the market, as many buyers want to get as close to a new property as possible. This incredible 5,200 square foot home includes a number of interior features, such as a huge kitchen island, Butler’s pantry and banquette seating; a great room with fireplace, luxurious master suite, top-floor penthouse room, two roofdecks and a guest suite.

cleveland2333 N Cleveland Ave
Original list price:
$2.995 million
Sold price: $2.872 million
This majorly oversized lot (40 x 194.5 compared to the standard 25 x 125) allows for more than 6,500 square feet, 6 bedrooms and 5.2 baths in Lincoln Park. The interior features a master suite, family room and library on the second floor; bedrooms and baths on the 3rd floor; and an extra 2,100+ square feet in a partially finished lower level. Outdoors, you’ll find a grand front porch, huge front and back yards, and a deck over the 3-car garage (which includes a lift for a 4th car). It’s also within walking distance of two sought-after Chicago schools, Lincoln School and Francis Parker.

erie214 W Erie
Original list price:
$2.8 million
Sold price: $2.73 million
This River North home is full of possibilities. It’s zoned for residential and commercial, with 7,000 square feet in a great downtown location. This iconic building (known as the Flair House) was built in 1883 and features a spiral staircase that stretches four stories high, a large bar area, stained glass and a rooftop deck that boasts views of Willis Tower and the Hancock Building.

It will be interesting to watch the Chicago luxury real estate market as we head into fall after a healthy summer of sales. If you’re a potential buyer, contact me to set up a customized search to stay on top of new listings as soon as they hit the market. Just reviewing what’s going up for sale will help you get a feel for what you’ll be looking for when it’s time to commence your own search. Contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

Search Chicago Luxury Condos with More than 3,000 Square Feet

Whether moving from a house to an amenity-full condo building or swapping the suburbs for the city, there are plenty of reasons my clients find themselves in the market for a Chicago luxury condo.

And with a condo search almost always comes this requirement: plenty of space. Even if they are downsizing, I find that clients searching for a high-end condo want the square footage to go with it. The magic number is usually 3,000 square feet, which can be found in a number of Chicago condo buildings like Trump Tower, Lincoln Park 2550 and a number of co-op buildings along the prestigious Lake Shore Drive (plus many others).

That’s why I’ve created a new search on my website specifically for Chicago condos that meet the 3,000 square foot requirement many of my clients have. Each of the for-sale condos listed here have that minimum square footage, and you can search by budget range as well.

Search Chicago condos with more than 3,000 square feet

Even if you aren’t immediately in the market for a new home, it’s a great way to see the size-to-price relationship for luxury properties and use that when determining your own budget or space needs. And if you are currently in the market for Chicago real estate, this is a great place to start and avoid sifting through properties that don’t meet your square footage requirements.

You can also save your search to ensure you’ll receive updated listings right to your inbox.

Check out the new search right here, and be sure to contact me for more information at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

Differentiate Your Chicago Luxury Home with a Bathroom Spa

In today’s real estate market, most luxury buyers are looking for a turnkey property—that is, the only work needing to be done before move in is turning the key. My clients are generally looking for a home that doesn’t require significant work, but also one that differentiates itself from other homes in the market.

If you’re considering selling your home or even thinking about your home’s resale value, I encourage you to take a look at various home trends to get a feel for what is important to buyers. Ensuring that your home has a “wow” feature will help it stand out on the market as buyers shop and compare one home to another. Features like these are what help a property sell quickly, particularly in the luxury market.

One trend that’s currently luring in high-end buyers? An upscale master bath that rivals a luxe spa.

The modern-day WC is no longer simply a functional space, but a relaxing place to retreat at the end of the day. It’s not just about upgraded finishes and additional square footage. Today’s luxury bath means a number of bells and whistles that turn utility into tranquility, right in your own home.

Kohler, whose showroom you can find inside Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, offers a number of innovative products that take bathroom design to the next level, including:

via Kohler

via Kohler

A step up from the traditional whirlpool tub, the BubbleMassage Tub surrounds the bather in tiny bubbles that can be zoned and intensified to specific areas of the body. An optional chromatherapy feature radiates a soothing color palette into the water.

Kohler's Moxie Showerhead fits a wireless speaker to add a sound to your shower.

Kohler’s Moxie Showerhead fits a wireless speaker to add a sound to your shower.

Shower accouterments like shower heads and body sprays get the ultimate tech upgrades with a digital showering system that integrates water, steam, sound and light with touch-screen controls.


Left: Kohler’s Numi Toilet; Right: Kohler’s Veil Toilet

Kohler’s Numi Toilet features a sleek white-box exterior, with a touch-screen remote, hands-free opening and closing, bidet functionality, built-in speakers, heated seat and more. Or if you’re more focused on aesthetics, the Veil Toilet is mounted to the wall for a clean, modern look.

A bath remodel can really run the gamut in price–anywhere from a few thousand dollars to well into the hundreds of thousands, depending on the level of luxury you’re going for. But focusing on an area like this that is important to buyers could have a big payoff when it’s time to sell your home.

Houzz has a list of great things to think about if you’re considering your own bath remodel. Even if you have no immediate plans to buy or sell, it’s important for home owners to know what the most-desired features are among luxury buyers. That way, if you’re wanting to undertake a home project, you can consider what room or space or upgrade might be the best investment for your property—not to mention enjoying yourself along the way.

For more on today’s trends in luxury real estate in Chicago or to learn more about what buyers are searching for, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at

July Was a Sizzling Month for Chicago Home Sales

Spring is typically when we see the real estate market in Chicago come on strong. When we arrive at July and August, typically the market slows down considerably, but this July was certainly not the case.

Sales for luxury single-family homes in Chicago were just outstanding in July. There were 81 luxury homes sold—those sold for more than $1 million—and a whopping 17 of those were over the $2 million mark. Total sales volume for the month was $136 million.

So where was all of the action happening? Lincoln Park was certainly at the center of this sales surge. More than half of those top 17 $2+ million sales were in Lincoln Park, including the most expensive sale of the month. Another common denominator among the top sales is lot size. Wider lots are what luxury buyers are looking for, and a home on a larger lot than the standard 25 feet x 125 feet definitely differentiates itself from the rest.

To see photos and details of the homes that sold last month, just contact me with your name and email address, and I will be happy to send you each and every one. That way, you can get an idea of what you might be looking for when you buy a Chicago luxury home.

Here are the details on the top five luxury single-family homes that sold in Chicago last month, in descending order:

2224daytonst2224 N Dayton St
Original list price: $3.565 million
Sold price: $4.75million
This stately 6-bedroom home sits on a 35-foot-wide lot, which allows it to have 5,900 square feet of living space. It’s also on one of Lincoln Park’s—if not the city of Chicago’s—prettiest blocks. The home features a vintage façade, with a fully renovated interior that retained classic features inside like antique mantles, leaded glass and moldings. The luxe master suite includes a stunning bath and custom closets. A penthouse study features a vaulted ceiling, wet bar, and a large deck with skyline views. Other stunning features include a rec/media room, exercise room, an exquisite garden/side yard and two laundry rooms.

1733NorthPark1733 N North Park Ave
Original list price: $3.95 million
Sold price: $3.6 million
Another extra-wide (31 ½ feet) in Old Town, this 5-bedroom, 5,900 square foot home features remarkable details and craftsmanship. This historic home recently underwent a complete gut rehab to feature a luxe master suite with steam shower, 4 additional bedrooms each with a private bath, separate living room, dining room and library, four fireplaces, a wine cellar, and a landscaped yard with putting green and a spectacular roof deck above a 3-car garage.

1825NCleveland1825 N Cleveland Ave
Original list price: $3.9 million
Sold price: $3.28 million
Having undergone a number of recent upgrades, this spectacular East Lincoln Park home was completely move-in ready for this buyer. With 5 bedrooms and 6,200 square feet, this home features gorgeous finishes and millwork throughout. There is also an attached garage, mud room, 2-story patio, 4,800-bottle walk-in wine room with tasting area, and a number of other upgrades.

1753WWabansia1753 W Wabansia Ave
Original list price: $3.295 million
Sold price: $3.15 million
This brand-new Chicago luxury home was just completed on a 48-foot wide lot in Bucktown. Designed in a transitional style, the home features rich hardwood flooring, impressive millwork, a huge custom kitchen, a private first-floor study, sauna, wine cellar, over 1,000 square feet of yard space and 3,000 square feet of deck space.

3624NJanssen3624 N Janssen Ave
Original list price: $3.495 million
Sold price: $3.1 million
Another new construction home. Another extra-wide lot. This Southport home has everything Chicago luxury buyers are looking for, with 7 bedrooms, 7,200 square feet and a bevy of features: media room, professional-grade kitchen, massive family room, yard and deck above huge 3-car garage, spa-caliber baths, an incredible master suite and much more.

As I mentioned before, don’t hesitate to contact me to learn more about the other homes that were sold last month or to see additional details about these top 5. It’s a great list for potential buyers to review and understand what’s going on in the market. For more information, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at