Having a private lawn can be a major benefit to owning a single-family home, offering you a place to play with the kids, relax, and enjoy our great city, Chicago. But owning your own stretch of green space comes with its fair share of stresses, too. A nice lawn requires maintenance. And as such, many residents turn to a Chicago condo just to forgo all the lawnmowers, weed eaters and dirt. But why should you have to choose? Here is a list of five Chicago real estate properties that offer you the best of both worlds: private green spaces and parks without all the hassle.
1) The Heritage (130 Garland Court) – The 9th floor of The Heritage offers its residents a sundeck and terrace that is open all year. Enjoy sweeping views of the city on the 28th floor sky deck that faces Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. For dog owners, The Heritage provides a “dog run” on the 8th floor to accommodate walks with your pup (open 24 hours).
2) Lake Point Tower (505 Lake Shore Drive) – Enjoy 2 1/2 acres of private park of the 3rd floor of the luxurious Chicago condo, which is the only residence in the city that is located on the east side of Lake Shore Drive. This park boasts a swimming pool, barbecues and 80 planted trees, all within steps of your home. Skyline Park is also available for private parties.
3) The Park Monroe (65 East Monroe) – Residents of The Park Monroe can delight in the building’s exclusive Park Monroe Club, which offers a private swimming pool, spa, sundeck and elegant rooftop garden that overlooks Lake Michigan.
4) The Residences (900 Michigan Ave.) – Designed by the award-winning firm Douglas Hoerr Landscape Architecture, Inc., the rooftop at The Residences features nearly 14,000 square feet of gardens and areas for lounging 100 feet above the city.
5) Lincoln Park 2520 (2520 N. Lakeview Ave.) – Scheduled for completion in 2011, with occupancy anticipated for floors one to sixteen in December 2011, and the remaining floors anticipated in Spring of 2012, Lincoln Park 2520 will offer 1.25 acres of a private park (model above), designed by landscape architect Thomas Balsley.