Although popular neighborhoods like Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast are home to plenty of fantastic Chicago condos, one of the hottest neighborhoods right now is the new kid on the block – the New East Side, that is. Also referred to as the Lakeshore East community, the New East Side is a massive mixed-use Chicago real estate development located just south of the Chicago river and east of the Loop.
Lakeshore East is home to some of the city’s most impressive new construction and award-winning architecture, including the Aqua building. When it is completed it will stand eighty-seven stories high, and every unit will have a unique balcony – the facade is glass with glass with undulating balconies which change slightly from floor to floor giving it a rippling effect. It is already being heralded as one of Chicago’s most impressive new buildings and it will certainly be a prestigious address. Other noteworthy buildings include 340 on the Park with its views overlooking Millenium Park, the Tides, and the Regatta. All of the properties have units that offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago landscape.
If high rise living just isn’t your thing, Lakeshore East is also home to single family homes, called the Parkhomes. This luxury Chicago real estate presents an unusual opportunity for homeowners – the chance to own a substantial home on Chicago’s lakefront. They have been designed by the Steinberg Group from San Jose, and feature high end materials including graceful wrought iron and copper highlights; they also include rooftop terraces, two-story living rooms, private entrances and park and lake views. Currently under construction, the Parkhomes will be delivered beginning Spring 2009.
Another reason the Lakeshore East community is an ideal choice for your Chicago home is the fact that it is a mixed-use development, with retail shops, a bank, a planned grocery store and even a city of Chicago school in the works. Furthermore, the buildings are centered around a stunning park with botanical gardens, creative water elements and even wireless internet, so residents can work and play simultaneously. Overall, it is an exquisite addition to downtown Chicago – and the perfect “urban village” for those who want a small town feel in the heart of a big city.