Lincoln Park Was the Hot Chicago Neighborhood for Luxury Home Sales in April

With the summer season nearly underway, the real estate market is looking promising for the warmer months ahead. Sales in April 2018 were strong for luxury single-family homes (those priced at $1 million or higher), with total sales topping $110 million and 14 homes sold above the $2 million mark.

New construction properties are no stranger to our top sales report, and April’s most expensive home to sell was on the renowned Howe Street in Lincoln Park, closing at $6.8 million. This home was on an oversized lot, as were four out of the top five sales for the month. These larger lot sizes are hard to come by in Chicago luxury real estate, and are highly coveted by buyers for the larger rooms and expansive outdoor space that often comes with it.

In addition to a large lot, what gets buyers to pay big-ticket prices for their new homes? Of course, the needs and wants vary from buyer to buyer, but it’s almost a sure thing that an ultra-luxe features will reel in buyers: a large, heated garage, an elevator for easy access between floors and exquisite details in things like finishes, mill work and appliances.
There are plenty of special details and features among April’s top home sales. Here’s a look at what stood out among the five most expensive sales:

1825 N Howe St1825 N Howe St
Original list price: $6.899 million
Sold price: $6,788,628
This new construction home on the highly prestigious Howe Street sits on an oversized (33 x 124 square foot) lot. The generous lot size allows for a whopping 8,761 square feet of living space across 7 bedrooms and 7.1 baths. This sophisticated home has a number of luxury features, including a kitchen with massive island, butler’s pantry and built-in banquette seating; a great room with wall of doors leading to two outdoor decks; and a huge 3rd floor family room that opens out onto a covered terrace with an outdoor fireplace. There is also a 3-stop elevator that provides access to a massive penthouse skydeck with panoramic city views.

2204 N Cleveland Ave2204 N Cleveland Ave
Original list price: $4.5 million
Sold price: $4.35 million
Another extra-large lot allows for an extra-large home, this one in East Lincoln Park. With 5,370 square feet on a 37 x 125 square foot lot, this 5 bedroom single-family home has been redesigned and renovated to perfection. Its sunny interior is full of spectacular finishes and details like wide-plank walnut flooring with radiant heat. The impressive De Giulio kitchen boasts ample storage, Wolf and Subzero appliances, custom-polished stainless hood and a large, white quartzite island. The second level has four of the five bedrooms, including a luxe master suite with dual walk-in closets and spa bath.

2615 N Lakewood Ave2615 N Lakewood Ave
Original list price: $3.25 million
Sold price: $3 million
An amazing property on a double lot, this Lincoln Park home offers remarkable living spaces indoors and out. With 5 bedrooms, 4.2 baths and nearly 8,000 square feet, this isn’t like a typical city home. It boasts an open, sun-filled floor plan with clean, modern finishes and high-end details. Interior spaces include a large foyer, a spacious dining room, sun-soaked living room, extra-wide kitchen and huge yard and sport court. Four bedrooms reside on the second level, including a huge master with a crisp marble bath. A separate office adjacent to the master suite offers access to outdoor space. And the finished lower level includes an enormous rec room, bedroom and full bath.

1358 N State Parkway1358 N State Parkway
Original list price: $3.05 million
Sold price: $2.875 million
Everything is fresh and new in this fully renovated Gold Coast Greystone. Spanning 4,950 square feet with 5 ensuite bedrooms and 5.1 baths, this home has beautifully proportioned rooms with 11-foot ceilings, rift sawn oak floors, two fireplaces, zoned HVAC, new windows with plantation shutters and more. The lower level has been configured into a one-bedroom apartment with full kitchen and laundry, and the home has been designed to accommodate a 4-stop passenger elevator as well. Not only is the location in the coveted Gold Coast, it is in the Ogden Elementary School District and close to the private Latin School of Chicago.

2738 N Magnolia Ave2738 N Magnolia Ave
Original list price: $2.495 million
Sold price: $2.35 million
This new construction home in Lincoln Park has 6 bedrooms and more than 5,000 square feet across and extra-wide lot. The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful detail on the limestone exterior. Inside, the eat-in chef’s kitchen features dual SubZero refrigerators, a Wolf range, two dishwashers, a large center island with quartz countertops, Amish custom cabinetry and a full butler’s pantry with wine cooler. A great room boasts a custom fireplace with built-in surround. The generous master suite has massive double walk-in closets, a luxurious bath with heated floors, freestanding Victoria-Albert tub, grand shower and steam. Outdoors, a raised, exterior pavered deck includes a stone wood-burning fireplace, a roof deck off of the third level, and snow melt on the front steps and walkway to garage.

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

New Construction Condos at 9 W Walton Accounted for Nearly Half of the $2M-Plus Closings in March

Looking at each month’s condo sales, we can generally see some common denominators or indicators of what’s to come in Chicago real estate: a trend that buyers are gravitating toward, a hot neighborhood or even negotiating tactics between buyers and sellers.

And March’s closings definitely point to something worth watching in Chicago real estate: 9 W Walton. This new construction building is clearly making a name for itself in the luxury market already, snagging 6 of 13 sales that closed for more than $2 million during the month. The building’s popularity are a good indication that it could point to market trends in pricing for resale properties and other new construction projects.

Below is a recap of the top five most expensive units sold, which includes three units in 9 W Walton. You’ll see that the price per square foot varies—this number is a good way to compare “apples to apples” in real estate, and the price goes up with more amenities, better views and covetable features. In the case of 9 W Walton, these units closed in March were all on lower floors, which cannot typically demand the higher price per square foot without the light and views you can find on a higher floor.

For my clients moving into the city, I’m finding that they are willing to spend more money per square foot for the right features—natural light, great views, generous ceiling heights and of course, a brand-new building. And most clients—even those making the move to condo living—want at least 3,000 square feet. This is the magic number as it relates to resale value, but also seems to be the minimum amount of space that a buyer wants if they are moving into the city from the suburbs.

In the March mix of sold condos, you’ll see that everything from location to views to square footage wooed luxury buyers. Here’s a closer look at the top five luxury condos that closed in March:

25502550 N Lakeview Ave, Unit 3301
List price: $3 million
Sold price: $2.7 million
Lincoln Park 2550 is the “grand dame” of luxury living in East Lincoln Park, and this one-of-a-kind, custom residence lives up to the name. This 33rd floor condo is a rarely available corner unit located on a transition floor, bosting 12+ foot ceilings and breathtaking views of the lake, city and park. The original floor plan was completely overhauled to bring in additional light, south and east views and to boost functionality of the space. The revamped space includes incredible design details like artistic lighting, custom millwork, wide-plank hardwood floors, stunning accent curtains and more. The space includes a master suite with sitting area and huge his-and-hers walk-in closets; kitchen with Wolf, Miele and Sub Zero appliances; and an oversized terrace. The building itself mirrors the services and amenities of a 5-star hotel, featuring an indoor pool, yoga and massage rooms, a dog run, billiard/reading/media rooms, a theater, gardens and more.

The next three condos were all sold in 9 W Walton, billed as the newest and finest building in the Gold Coast. The 66 units in this building feature private, heated terraces, high ceilings, expertly crafted interior design and custom tailored floor plans. The building also boasts five-star services and amenities for its residents, including a magnificent motor court with valet, and indoor spa and pool, a two-story exercise studio, a wine tasting room and private dining. Here’s a look at the units that sold:

9-w-walton9 W Walton St, Unit 502
Original list price: $2.6 million
Sold price: $2.6 million
With 3 bedrooms, 3 baths on the 5th floor, this 2,703 square foot unit went for $962 per square foot.

9 W Walton St, Unit 602
Original list price: $2.75 million
Sold price: $2,956,579
With 3 bedrooms, 3 baths on the 6th floor, this 2,703 square foot unit went for $1,093 per square foot.

9 W Walton St, Unit 604
Original list price: $3.8 million
Sold price: $3,880,152
This 3,715 6th-floor unit went to a cash buyer for more than $800,000 more than the list price, totaling $1,044 per square foot.

401NWabash401 N Wabash Ave, Unit 87A
Original list price: $9.95 million
Sold price: $9.4 million
This custom penthouse was completed in 2015 and built to standards rarely seen in Chicago. Spanning 6,850 square feet on the 87th floor, this unit sold for $1,372 per square foot. The unit’s design is inherently livable, thanks to perfectly proportioned rooms, 16-foot ceilings, massive floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views, plus every amenity imaginable. Finishes and details inside include exquisite millwork, built-ins, custom stone, inlaid and rift sawn oak floors, handcrafted hardware, designer paint and fabric wall coverings, motorized shades, remote-controlled custom lighting and a7-zone A/V system. This condo was built for entertaining with grand rooms and a top-of-the-line kitchen with butler’s pantry and wine cellar. Each bedroom has custom built-ins and luxurious ensuite baths, with a master dressing room that is larger than most bedrooms. The sale of this unit also included five garage spaces and private storage. And of course, the buyer of this condo can take advantage of all of the amenities and services that 401 N Wabash has to offer, including a world-class spa and lap pool and Michelin-rated restaurant.

For more information on 9 W Walton, the condos that sold in March or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Luxury Chicago Home Sales Slow Down in February

Over the last several months, it hasn’t been uncommon to find a property or two on the top sales each month that I’d call “ultra luxury.” These are the homes that sell for $3 million up to $8 million, typically in Lincoln Park.

February’s sales did not include a property like this, and it’s the first month in some time where this is the case. This could be signaling a trend for 2018, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on in the Chicago luxury market.

But any number of things could be taking a toll on luxury sales. What we saw last month could simply be a product of the low inventory for these ultra-high-end homes combined with Chicago’s brutal February weather. Or the most recent increase in mortgage interest rates. With that in mind, it’s interesting to note that three out of the top five sales in February were sold to cash buyers. Most of them were also on extra-wide lots, which continues to be a coveted feature for single-family homes.

February’s luxury market saw 31 single-family homes sold in all, for a total of $48 million in sales volume. Let’s look at some of the details about the properties that sold, starting with the most expensive:

1236 W Lill Ave1236 W Lill Ave
Original list price: $3.225 million
Sold price: $2.975 million
February’s most expensive home sale is a whopping 6,300 square feet of new construction on a double lot spanning 45 x 127 square feet. That space allows for coveted features like a huge backyard, attached two-car garage and four bedrooms on one floor. Unique features include high ceilings, a brick/limestone façade, rift and quartered oak floors, exquisite millwork, a curved custom staircase and 4 wood-burning fireplaces. The main floor boasts a gorgeous living room, formal dining room, spectacular ceiling detail and large bay window. A gourmet eat-in kitchen has Calcutta counters, a large center island, Wolf and SubZero appliances and a built-in banquette. There is also a large great room, a limestone outdoor porch, gorgeous master suite and a lower level with family room, guest bedroom, private office and custom wine cellar.

1855 N Hermitage Ave1855 N Hermitage Ave
Original list price: $2.595 million
Sold price: $2.56 million
Another new construction home, another oversized lot. This 6,000 square foot home was built with unparalleled attention to detail in the heart of Bucktown. Inside, find features like a handsome brick and limestone façade with copper accents; rift and quarter sawn flooring; beautifully detailed millwork and custom cabinetry, high-end appliances, Waterworks bathrooms and more. There is over 1,500 square feet of outdoor spaces, with a garage deck and rooftop deck that let you enjoy skyline views. This home is also within easy walking distance of everything Bucktown has to offer.

2101 N Dayton St2101 N Dayton St
Original list price: $2.999 million
Sold price: $2.55 million
A premium home in Lincoln Park, this 5,500 square foot home is showcases with a brick and limestone exterior on a corner lot on a great block. The extra-wide interior is crisp and clean, with a southern exposure that floods the space with light. Other features include high ceilings; large window; a great floorplan; a gourmet kitchen with large, open great room; large master suite; a lower level mudroom, playroom and study; and a beautiful yard with three decks.

338 W Oakdale Ave338 W Oakdale Ave
Original list price: $2.195 million
Sold price: $2.1 million
This East Lake View home was freshly updated, and its 6,400 square feet are exquisitely highlighted by a flood of natural light. Located on an oversized lot a half-block from Lake Michigan and Diversey Harbor, this home is also in the top-rated Nettlehorst School District. Features include soaring 12-foot ceilings, expansive custom millwork, a passenger elevator, exotic hardwood flooring, three fireplaces and a hard-to-find, 3.5 car attached garage. The well-designed floorplan allows for spacious bedrooms, full-size laundry, a secluded rec room with private patio and marble baths. And a unique entry level is ideal for a live/work space, nanny or in-law unity with an open living area and private outdoor space.

1731 N Hermitage Ave1732 N Hermitage Ave
Original list price: $2.095 million
Sold price: $1.995 million
Another new construction home on one of the most desirable tree-lined streets in Bucktown, this home was billed as a “contemporary tour de force” by Norsman Architects. The high design and attention to detail in this home give it a bespoke sensibility, with expansive open living that is both luxurious and inviting. The home features an abundance of natural light, soaring 11-foot ceilings and a dramatic interior glass courtyard. There’s also an Italian kitchen, sumptuous spa-like baths, custom millwork and a gym with a sauna. The outdoor space is incredible, with garage and rooftop decks with city and neighborhood views.

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

Top Sales Closed in January: 3 Vintage Chicago Luxury Masterpieces, 2 Luxury New Construction

Looking at the luxury Chicago homes that sold and closed, the month of January was highly unusual. The top five sales were each extremely unique, including two brand-new construction properties along with three vintage architectural masterpieces which sold for major, major discounts. The three vintage homes are truly special properties—but for real estate like this, there is often a limited pool of buyers, and would require a real investment in artistry to bring these gems back to their original grandeur.

All in all, January saw $77 million in total sales volume of Chicago luxury homes, with nine of those homes selling for more than $2 million. There’s lots to cover, so let’s jump right in to the top five single-family homes that sold in January, starting with the most expensive:

2466 N Lakeview Ave2466 N Lakeview Ave
Original list price: $7.15 million
Sold price: $4.65 million
This is Chicago’s historic “Wrigley Mansion,” a magnificent estate that was designed by famed architect Richard Schmidt and built in 1896. It spans more than 13,000 square feet, across a main house and additional structures on the property. The main house features 9 bedrooms, 6.3 baths, a grand foyer, a solarium, butler’s pantry, wine bar, walk-in vault, game rooms, staff quarters, a mahogany paneled library, sprawling master suite and a top-floor ball room with unobstructed views of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan. It also includes a 2,000 square foot coach house with ground-floor storage and garage bays with two residential units above. Special details include mahogany cherry and bird’s eye maple woods throughout, marble fireplaces and fixtures, intricate mosaic tile, ornate hardware, gold and silver leaf finishes and coffered ceilings.

You’ll notice this home sold for more than $2.5 million less than the asking price—that’s quite a significant discount. This home was sold as a foreclosure, and while it holds a ton of history, was in need of some significant rehab, which likely helped the cash buyer do some major negotiating on the list price.

1440 N Dearborn Pkwy1440 N Dearborn Pkwy
Original list price: $6.45 million
Sold price: $4.625 million
This vintage property also sold for a major discount—nearly $2 million under asking price. The buyer paid cash, which likely gave him or her a leg up in negotiating the final price. The home is in the Gold Coast’s historic district near Oak Street Beach and the Magnificent Mile. Its style is a total stand-out, a gilded age mansion designed by James Egan with a blend of fresh Romanesque style architecture modernized for today’s buyer. The vintage charm lends itself to exceptional details, such as an elegant Tiffany stained glass oval skylight on the top level. But the rest of the home has been completely renovated across its four levels, five bedrooms and 5.2 baths, with a spacious open floor plan made for entertaining, a top-of-the-line gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, dining room and formal living room, plus a finished lower level with guest suite, exercise room and two wine cellars. Outside, the 150-foot-deep lot allows for plenty of space for a private, landscaped backyard paved with limestone.

1831 N Fremont St1831 N Fremont St
Original list price: $3.495 million
Sold price: $3.495 million
This is a brand-new brick and limestone home on the tree-lined Fremont Street in Lincoln Park. This new home offers more than 5,200 square feet of luxurious living space that is bright and airy, thanks to oversized windows throughout. Design details inside include custom cabinetry and millwork, professionally designed natural stone baths, a luxe master bath with oversized steam shower, separate vanities and private water closet. Outside, you’ll find a tremendous outdoor space including a yard, rear patio, garage deck and secluded rooftop deck with covered patio and fireplace. Plus, the home includes a radiant-heated lower level, front steps and rear walkway along with an oversized two-car brick garage.

1248 N Astor St1248 N Astor St
Original list price: $3.65 million
Sold price: $3.15 million
Built in 1886 on a 29-foot lot, this architectural gem in the Gold Coast is located on one of the city’s most prestigious blocks. The three-story limestone home spans 8,000 square feet with six bedrooms and 6.1 baths. Period details brings a certain stately dignity to this home, such as a wide foyer with custom millwork, a restored original staircase, a beautifully restored fireplace and a wood-paneled library overlooking Goudy Park. The floorplan offers generous room sizes, a grand living room and dining room off the kitchen, plus high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. You’ll even find the most coveted feature of any Chicago property: spectacular lake and city views.

This home also sold for well below the asking price—a whopping half million dollars.

2022 W Moffat St2022 W Moffat St
Original list price: $2.395 million
Sold price: $2.33 million
The final top sale from January was another brand-new build, this one made to be a 4,800 square foot contemporary dream home. The home was built on a hard-to-find 36-foot lot, which allows for an incredible floor plan with huge windows in the living and dining area that bring in southern light all day. A massive, open-concept living and kitchen area opens directly to a 30-foot long terrace and enormous roofdeck for the best in indoor-outdoor living. Upstairs, the second floor boasts four bedrooms and three baths, plus laundry; the master suite includes a sumptuous spa-like bath and massive walk-in closet, and on the lower level you’ll find a rec area complete with wet bar. Features aside, the location of this home can’t be beat, as it’s right off of Damen in Bucktown and within walking distance to parks, restaurants and shopping.

The top sales for January saw a mix of vintage stunners and contemporary new builds. This is one of my favorite things about Chicago real estate—if you’re a luxury buyer, you can find something that fits your taste, whether that’s old-world charm or new-age modern or something in between.

To learn more about the top sales closed in Chicago last month, or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Chicago Luxury Homes Closed in December Were on a Tear

Chicago luxury home sales hardly went on a winter break at the end of 2017. The month of December saw $107 million in total sales volume for homes sold for $1 million and up. And the ultra-luxury category showed healthy sales as well.

During December, there were 18 deals made for more than $2 million. And the top five single-family homes all topped $3 million in price.

Lincoln Park Still a Hot Spot for Luxury Buyers
Of those 18 $2 million-plus sales, two-thirds of them were found in Lincoln Park. And of the top five, three were in Lincoln Park. While this beloved neighborhood has always been sought after by luxury buyers, it’s been especially hot in recent months, especially when a new construction property becomes available.

Lincoln Park is such a favorite for a few reasons:

Location: Lincoln Park is literally in the heart of it all. A quick jaunt into downtown. A short walk to parks and outdoor spaces. Nearby shopping, restaurants, nightlife and theater. But, the neighborhood boasts a residential feel that could be hard to come by in more urban areas. So Lincoln Park packs all of the convenience of city living with the comfort of the ‘burbs.

Plenty to do: You can spend a day in itself in actual Lincoln Park, home of the zoo, conservatory, North Pond and much more. And Lincoln Park is full of distinct blocks of boutique shopping, local eateries and other hot spots. There is always something to do, and it’s likely just steps from your front door.

Real estate options: Whether you’re looking for a full-amenity condo, a single-family home or a property with architectural significance, you’re likely to find it in Lincoln Park. This architecture of residential real estate in this area ensures you’ll find a property that sets itself apart in the luxury market.

Top Five Sales All Topped $3 Million
You can see why winter didn’t steer away luxury buyers from everything Lincoln Park and other Chicago neighborhoods have to offer. Here’s a closer look at the top five most expensive luxury homes that sold in December, in descending order.

1502 N Dearborn Pkwy1502 N Dearborn Pkwy
Original list price: $3.999 million
Sold price: $3.8 million
December’s top sale was a new construction property, which is always highly coveted with the luxury buyer. This 4-story, 5,200 square foot 3 bedroom includes features like a limestone façade, a top-floor master suite with double walk-in closets and a sky-lit level that brings in tons of sunlight. The extra-wide lot allows for plenty of green grass space between the house and garage.

1942 N Dayton St1942 N Dayton St
Original list price: $3.799 million
Sold price: $3.7 million
An extra-wide lot allows this Lincoln Park home to stretch across a generous 6,000 square feet, with 6 bedrooms and 6.1 baths. Features include a gracious entry foyer with a custom staircase that opens to spacious living and dining rooms; a huge great room with built-ins adjoining the kitchen area; and a large master suite with fireplace, dual walk-in closets, and a beautiful bath with steam shower. The showstopper of the home is the Christopher Peacock kitchen, featuring a walnut island, 48-inch Wolf cooktop, double oven and built-in desk area. You’ll also find a temperature controlled wine cellar, gigantic family/rec room with wet bar, an elevator to all levels and unbelievable outdoor space that includes a covered terrace, deck with pergola and planters, sunken stone patio and multiple rooftop decks. The home also has an attached 3-car garage—a must for Chicago winters.

2042 N Fremont St2042 N Fremont St
Original list price: $3.599 million
Sold price: $3.5 million
Located on a premier Lincoln Park block, this serene and understated 6 bedroom, 5.1 bath home has a highly functional layout across its 5,200 square feet. The home also has more than 1,500 square feet of outdoor space that includes a covered Loggia with outdoor fireplace on the penthouse level. The kitchen features custom slab-front cabinets, a giant walk-in pantry and a huge eat-at island. The great room opens up to a generous, stone-paved terrace leading to a garage roof deck. The lower-level family room includes oversized windows and a built-in wet bar with two additional bedrooms.

1804 N Leavitt St1804 N Leavitt St
Original list price: $4 million
Sold price: $3.4 million
You’ll see from the sales price that this home sold for a whopping $600,000 off of the list price—likely due to the buyer purchasing the home for case. Spanning 8,600 square feet, this 5 bedroom, 3.2 bath home is an architecturally exciting showpiece. Designed Miller Hull Partnership with heavy exposed timber and brick, the interior boasts soaring ceilings, and open central atrium that floods the home with light, a master suite on the top floor and a roof terrace. The kitchen’s two-story window wall opens to a full side yard with extensive landscaping. Other features include an elevator, 1,200 bottle wine cellar and an acoustically sealed theater room.

09061607_21489 N North Park Ave
Original list price: $3.1 million
Sold price: $3,061,310
This 6,000 square foot new construction home sold as quickly as it was listed. Touted as one of the most spectacular homes in the city presented by Urbane Home, this solid-brick beauty sits on wide, quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of Old Town. The location puts it just steps from popular shops, restaurants, transportation, parks and the lake. Inside, you’ll find artisan-caliber finishes in the professionally appointed interior that includes 4 living spaces. Outdoors, enjoy multiple outdoor spaces with skyline views. This home has luxury, comfort and convenience rolled into one, with a professional-grade kitchen, radiant heat in baths and exterior and electric car charging. Since this home was still in the final phase of development, the buyer even had time to make some customizations of their own from the builder.

Seeing what sold in the previous month is a great way for buyers to get a gauge on the market if they are looking to buy. If you’re looking for new construction or a particular feature, getting familiar with the recent sales can give you insight into what you might expect to pay for a property of the same stature.

For more information on December single-family home sales in Chicago, or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

November Luxury Chicago Home Sales Slowed Slightly

While luxury Chicago condo sales saw a strong November, single-family homes seemed to experience the seasonal slowdown we often see this time of year. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t some noteworthy sales: The highest-price property traded for $4.2 million, and the top five sales were all around $2 million or higher.

The top five most expensive homes that sold each have their own list of unique and special features, from square footage, to location, lot size, or other features. This is the key in luxury real estate today. Upscale properties must have a healthy number of factors that differentiate it from what else is on the market to attract luxury buyers—and this month’s homes certainly did that.
Total luxury homes sales in Chicago totaled $56 million for November. Let’s take a closer look at the details and characteristics that set these apart with a recap of the top homes sold in descending order.

456-w-huron456 W Huron St
Original list price: $4.6 million
Sold price: $4.2 million
November’s most expensive single-family home sale also offered the most square footage: a whopping 10,000 across 6 bedrooms and 4.3 baths. Located on a quiet, tree-lined street in River North, this stunning home showcases quality construction and immaculate attention to detail. The space in an entertainer’s dream, equipped with a 750-bottle wine cellar, recreation room with full bar, elevator, custom staircase and 3-car attached garage. In addition to the generous interior, there are also three enormous outdoor spaces. The River North location offers easy access to the highway and is a short walk to shops, dining and all of the neighborhood’s offerings.

457-W-Deming-Pl457 W Deming Pl
Original list price: $3.795 million
Sold price: $3.625 million
This extra-wide, custom single-family home spared no expense through a long list of upgrades, including a first-floor marble foyer, elevator, high ceilings, an attached two-car heated garage, and hardwood floors throughout. The sunlit building boasts three levels, including a second-floor maginircenty living room with custom built-ins and wood-burning fireplace, plus a deluxe gourmet, eat-in kitchen. The top floor master suite includes an office/sitting room, massive walk-in closet with island, Calcutta master bath and oversized separate steam shower. Outdoors, you’ll find three private spaces with a one-of-a-kind, 900-square foot private side deck. And the new owners can enjoy all of the luxury amenities at the coveted 2550 Lakeview building.

214-W-Erie-St214 W Erie St
Original list price: $3.25 million
Sold price: $2.69 million
This is an ultra-unique property in River North—the distinct and recognizable Flair House, an 1883 masterpiece that formerly served as the office of Flair Communications. With 7,000 square feet, this home was ready to be created into a home or office across its 7,000 square feet.

3738-N-Lakewood-Ave3738 N Lakewood Ave
Original list price: $2.395 million
Sold price: $2.25 million
Located in the Southport Corridor (and in the coveted Blaine school distict!), this custom Greystone spans 5,360 square feet, with 5 bedrooms and 5.2 baths. Features include a commercial-grade, eat-in chef’s kitchen with luxury appliances, Amish custom cabinetry, oversized quartzite tile, a walk-in pantry, Butler’s pantry with full-size SubZero wine fridge. The expansive floorplan includes a sun-drenched family room with fireplace and coffered ceilings, while an incredible master suite boasts his-and-hers walk-in closets, gas fireplace, wet bar, marble spa bath, radiant heat and separate steam shower. Outdoors, there is a new limestone porch and walk-out balcony as well as a rooftop deck.

315-Wisconsin-St315 W Wisconsin St
Original list price: $2.05 million
Sold price: $1.925 million
A historic row home in the heart of Old Town, this 3 bedroom, 3.1. bath home is in an ideal location: steps from Lincoln Park and Green City market, buses to downtown, restaurants and shopping, plus within the Lincoln Elementary and Lincoln Park High School district. The home has a classic Chicago façade that has been completely rebuilt on the 4,500 square foot interior. You’ll find four levels of bright, luxurious living and entertaining space with tall ceilings and an unusually wide floorplan. A full-floor master suite includes a club-style family room with projection TV, paneled study, attractive millwork and built-ins. Four private outdoor areas include a roof deck with skyline views.

It will be in interesting to see how the end of the year shakes out for Chicago luxury sales and what trends will develop in early 2018. It’s clear that the differentiation factor is huge for the luxury buyer, and many Chicago properties are delivering on that need.

For more of November’s Chicago luxury sales or to talk about buying in 2018, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Sales of Chicago Luxury Single-Family Homes Fall Dramatically in September

For much of this year, Chicago luxury home sales have been rather robust, even through the typically-slow summer months. But September was a totally different story from what preceded it.

Not only have we seen healthy luxury sales (those $1 million and up), we’ve seen a surge in ultra luxury sales as well. Homes selling in the $4 million and $5 million range have not been uncommon in 2017. But last month, the most expensive properties were within a very narrow range along $1.4 million.

This could indicate a turning point in the Chicago luxury market—one that favors buyers at long last. Colleagues of mine with listings have been calling to ask my thoughts on the slowdown, and I attribute some of it to the fourth-quarter usual slowdown, when we always see a marked downturn in the number of buyers looking to purchase.

But, I do think the market could be skewing toward the buyer as well. The beginning of November is a great time to get serious about buying real estate. This time of year, sellers are nervous about having their properties on the market into the new year. That makes negotiating a bit easier, whether it’s for a reduction in price or more favorable terms.

It will be interesting to see how October shakes out compared to September, which closed out with 26 luxury sales of single-family homes and a total sales volume of $32.7 million. But for now, let’s dive into September, with a closer look at the top five single-family homes that sold during the month:

1835 W Barry Ave1835 W Barry Ave
Original list price: $1.549 million
Sold price: $1.475 million
This home exudes luxury as soon as you walk up to its handsome façade accented with rich, limestone detailing. The all-brick, extra wide property was custom built with a function floorplan that includes 3 en-suite bedrooms and full laundry room on the second floor; a private penthouse office space; an incredibly eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and functionality; a generous great room; and beautifully detailed natural stone baths. There are also three private outdoor spaces, including a fully turfed roof deck, private garage deck with trex decking and pergola, rear patio with fireplace and an extra-wide and heated 2.5 car garage. The home also boasts full-home automation with a projection TV, designer-selected window treatments and a heated front limestone walkway and stairs. It’s also interesting to note that the buyer of this home paid cash.

2683 N Burling St2683 N Burling St
Original list price: $1.498 million
Sold price: $1.465 million
Located in east Lincoln Park, this corner lot home has been completely rehabbed across its three levels and 3,100 square feet. The interior boasts a gourmet kitchen, a master bath with radiant flooring and steam shower, plus a third-level recreation room with wet bar, beverage center and a full bedroom and bath. There are also numerous outdoor spaces to enjoy, and thoughtful finishes appointed throughout.

1950 N Sheffield Ave1950 N Sheffield Ave
Original list price: $1.599 million
Sold price: $1.45 million
With 4,400 square feet in the heart of Lincoln Park, this classic graystone was gutted and transformed into a luxury living space for the 21st century. The main level boasts a living/dining room combo, family room with French doors and a highly upgraded eat-in kitchen. On the second level is a massive master suite with oversized bedroom, newly renovated bath with dual vanity, two-person shower and large, custom walk-in closets. There are also upscale details like oak floors, two fireplaces, zoned HVAC and a home theater. A rooftop deck offers a gazebo and panoramic skyline views.

2635 N Dayton St2635 N Dayton St
Original list price: $1.549 million
Sold price: $1.435 million
This all-brick, three-story home is an absolute gem on a tree-lined street in Lincoln Park. The super-wide living and dining rooms make ideal space for entertaining, while a gracious living room with fireplaces brings in loads of light and overlooks the front garden and trees. In the kitchen you’ll find a big island and high-end appliances; in the family room, a fireplace and opening to the landscaped terrace. The master suite shares a floor with two bedrooms, with an additional two bedrooms on the third level. The buyer of this gem paid cash.

4131 N Oakley Ave4131 N Oakley Ave
Original list price: $1,442,500
Sold price: $1,402,500
The only new construction property in this month’s top five, this 4 bedroom home was meticulously built across every detail of its 4,000 square feet. Features include high-end finishes throughout, a gourmet kitchen, commercial-grade appliances, coffered ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. A lavish master suite boasts his-and-her closets and a master bath with heated marble flooring, steam shower and Victoria Albert freestanding tub. On the lower level, radiant heat warms a huge family room with wet bar, fourth bedroom, den/office and powder room. And the exterior includes a stunning backyard with brick-pavered patio, outdoor stone fireplace and a finished trex roof deck and pergola over the garage.

If you’re considering a purchase in 2017, take a look at these sales and see how they compare to your own wants/needs for a new home and your budget. That can give you an idea of what to expect, especially if the market is indeed taking a turn in buyer’s favor.

For more on last month’s sales or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Market Times for Chicago Luxury Home Sales Were Amazing in August

Just when you thought there would be a complete, expected slowdown for luxury home sales, it just didn’t happen in Chicago. Thus August, $1 million-plus homes sold at record speed, showing the pent-up demand for high-end real estate in the city.

With a total of $89.6 million in sales, properties sold in as little as three days up to 43 days after they were put on the market. And three out of the top five most expensive homes sold did so for cash (without a conventional mortgage), which also added a carrot for the sellers as well.

Lincoln Park a Favorite of Luxury Buyers

It’s no surprise that three of the top five homes sold were also in Lincoln Park. Luxury buyers love this neighborhoods for everything from its school districts to its parks to its proximity to downtown. Bucktown and Lakeview also made an appearance among the top five. The diversity in neighborhoods for these sales seems to indicate that buyers are realizing they can get more bang for their buck if they look outside of Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast, both of which come with a high price tag for location alone. Expanding your real estate search to other desirable neighborhoods could land you with more space, more features and more upgrades for the price.

Without further ado, here’s a closer look at the top five most expensive homes that sold in Chicago in August, in descending order:

1847 N Howe St1847 N Howe St
Original list price: $4.2 million
Sold price: $4.05 million
Gorgeous, meticulously designed and in the heart of Lincoln Park. This 6,500 square foot home starts with a striking limestone façade that leads to an amazing interior with the highest end finishes. The home is an entertainer’s dream, with a perfect layout, soaring ceiling heights and a sunny kitchen/great room combination that opens to a raised terrace area. Beautiful millwork can be found throughout six bedrooms (five on the upper levels) and the top-floor bonus room, which opens up to a terrace with fireplace and amazing city views. The home includes an elevator to all levels, including the penthouse level roof deck. The spacious lower level includes a guest room, family room, exercise room and a mudroom.

1637 N Burling St1637 N Burling St
Original list price: $3.995 million
Sold price: $3.9 million
A stunning home with a limestone façade on Lincoln Park’s most sought-after block, this home sold in a mere three days. Inside, you’ll fix 6 bedrooms and 6.2 baths; and outside, 4 great outdoor spaces, including a 4th floor roofdeck that provides the utmost privacy and iconic skyline views. The first floor is ideal to entertain with a formal living and dining room, a top-of-the-line eat-in kitchen that opens up to the great room, with easy access to two outdoor areas. The home has been highly upgraded throughout, with functional upgrades like smart home technology, heated bathroom floors and motorized shades; plus, aesthetic upgrades like white oak flooring, generous ceiling heights, solid wood crown molding, four-stop mahogany elevator and custom built-ins.

1723 W Wabansia Ave1723 W Wabansia Ave
Original list price: $3.2 million
Sold price: $3 million
Located on a 36-foot wide lot in Bucktown, this luxury Chicago home was turnkey ready for its lucky buyer. Inside, you’ll find a top-of-the-line kitchen, 4 generously sized bedrooms on the second level, a master suite with 12-foot ceilings and a spa bath, and a lower level gym, wine cellar, wet bar and much more. There’s also full-home automation to control surround sound, temperature, lights, the security system and window shades. A 1,600 square foot rooftop includes a full outdoor kitchen, pergola, Sunbrite TV, surroung sound, irrigation and lighting. Plus a 20 x 30 foot garage deck off of the living room and cozy private rear patio with fireplace and built-in grill. This home spent just 16 days on the market before it was sold.

1455 W Oakdale Ave1455 W Oakdale Ave
Original list price: $2.975 million
Sold price: $2.875 million
This custom-built, brick and limestone home sits on a double-wide lot, allowing for a whopping 7,622 square feet of living space inside. With 6 bedrooms and 5.1 baths, the home has been highly upgraded in the last decade. Inside, you’ll find a long list of exquisite details like oak flooring, custom closets, custom window treatments, a lower-level steam shower, a mahogany paneled library, hand-scraped walnut floors in the living room, dining room and second floor bedrooms hand-scraped hickory floors, custom cherry doors, baseboards, wainscoting and a wood-paneled media room with 11 recliners. This home spent 38 days on the market before it was sold.

2245 N Seminary Ave2245 N Seminary Ave
Original list price: $2.795 million
Sold price: $2.5895 million
This gorgeous home was built in 1886, but just underwent a top-quality redevelopment on its quiet, coveted block in Lincoln Park. Boasting 5,232 square feet, 6 bedrooms and 4.1 baths, this property is a perfect blend of updated, stylish finishes seamlessly integrated with traditional elements that reference the home’s deep history. Four bedrooms sit on the top level, including a master suite that includes a bath with massive steam room and a freestanding Victoria and Albert tub. An extra-wide kitchen flows into the family room at the back of the house, where the space is flooded with light from all sides, highlighting exposed brick elements and reclaimed wood beams. The living and dining room have more formal characteristics, like herringbone floors and upscale moldings. There is also a new, 1,000 square foot Chicago common brick addition and a new two-car garage with a Trex roof deck. This home spent 43 days on the market before it was sold.

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

Chicago Luxury Home Sales Focused on Ultra-Luxury in July

High-end real estate in Chicago kept pace with the weather in July: hot, hot, hot. Luxury-single family homes saw an incredibly strong month of sales, particularly on the very high end.

Twelve of the $1 million-plus sales of single family homes were actually in the $2 million-plus range. And six of them were in the ultra-ultra luxury range, topping $3 million. The highest price home sale for the month clocked in at more than $4 million. All in all, it is a rarity to see these kind of sales during a summer month, but luxury buyers are proving to be “in market” no matter what the time of year.

Hot Features for Chicago Luxury Real Estate

Of course, these homes that sold at high prices certainly have plenty to offer, especially as it relates to today’s buyer’s wish lists. I find that most luxury buyers have a few features on their must-have lists for a new home:

  • A large lot: As in, larger than the standard 25 x 125 feet. Extra-wide or extra-wide lots allow for more space, open floor plans or outdoor areas that can be tough to find in the city.
  • Large rooms: Today’s luxury buyer wants a master suite that will make a high-end hotel envious. Spa-like baths, ample square footage and “wow” closet space are just a few things that take a master bedroom over the top.
  • High ceilings: A minimum of 10 feet.
  • Elevator: for 3- and 4-level homes, an elevator that makes for easy access to all floors in definitely a luxury feature, and I’m seeing more and more of it in new construction properties in particular.

These features not only add the comfort and characteristics to a home that a luxury buyer wants, but also add an air of sophistication and elegance.

Chicago’s Top Luxury Home Sales in July

It’s no surprise then that the month’s top five sales offer these features and much more. Here’s a detailed look at the most expensive single-family homes that sold in July, in descending order:

1734 N Mohawk St
Original list price: $4.5 million
Sold price: $4.15 million
Even though this home was on a slightly smaller-than-standard lot, it had an additional feature that buyers love: It’s brand new. Located in East Lincoln Park, this 6,800 square foot property was meticulously designed, paying homage to the turn-of-the-century Chicago home. It boasts a few unusual features as well: 7 bedrooms and 6.3 baths (a high number for a home this size) and a breezeway. The breezeway is an architectural features that allows for direct access to t he garage, and it is difficult to find in a Chicago home as it is difficult for a developer to create. The home’s elevator leads to all floors, including the penthouse with roof-top deck and skyline views. Luxury finishes, exquisite detailing and more make this home no surprise that it took the top spot in July.

23 E Scott St
Original list price: $3.34 million
Sold price: $3.2 million
No detail was overlooked in this beautiful home on an extra-long lot, designed by Nate Berkus’ right-hand woman who transformed it into a property with unparalleled style. The entry level features classic, original black and white marbled stone. A brand-new kitchen brings in amazing light through south-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows. An elevator or Adler-sequence staircase takes you between floors, where on the third level you’re find two ensuite bedrooms and a library that could be made into an additional bedroom. A concealed bar at the staircase landing has a beverage refrigerator and coffee bar. The entire top level is devoted to a luxe master suite, with two closet “rooms” and a bath with heated marble floors, dual sink, soaking tub and separate shower.

2139 N Seminary Ave
Original list price: $3.5 million
Sold price: $3.43 million
A brand-new home by a top Lincoln Park developer, this brick and limestone home has plenty of space in its open floor plan. High ceilings, a combination living/dining room, powder room and chef’s kitchen span the first level. The adjoining family room with fireplace and built-ins opens out to rear patio with wood-burning fireplace and deck over garage. The master suite spans the rear of the home with a spa bath, dual vanities, spacious steam shower, separate tub and walk-in closet. And the lower level features a rec room with built-in bookcases, laundry room, full bath, climate controlled wine cellar, wet bar and two additional bedrooms.

2248 N Orchard St
Original list price: $3.89 million
Sold price: $3.465 million
This 8,500-square foot home on an extra-wide lot is just steps from Oz Park, with four levels of superior quality. The main level boasts a grand. Living space with 11-foot ceilings, classic architectural details and two wood-burning fireplaces. The eat-in kitchen includes Woodmode cabinets, top-quality appliances and butler’s pantry; and the family room opens up to a two-tiered terrace with marble baths, rec room, home theater, dual laundry and huge roof deck with skyline views. This award-winning home is located on a quiet residential block in Lincoln Elementary School District, near restaurants and public transportation.

643 W Arlington Place
Original list price: $4.495 million
Sold price: $3.825 million
An extra wide (50 feet!) and extra long (175 feet!) lot size allows for a whopping 8,500 square feet inside this architectural masterpiece by Wheeler-Kearns. Located in East Lincoln Park, this home is contemporary, light-filled and boasts a dramatic design in its six bedrooms, 5.1 baths and renovated studio apartment. Other jaw-dropping features include and indoor, heated lap pool, hot tub and an incredible spa pool house. The loft-like two-story family room and breakfast room feature a wall of glass that faces the large landscaped backyard. This home is ideal for family living and entertaining, with a brand-new chef’s kitchen, huge lower level with playroom, full-floor master suite, three oversized bedrooms and a larger terrace on the third level.

For more information on the luxury single-family homes that sold in Chicago last month, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Luxury Home Sales in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Were on a Tear in May

When it comes to on-fire real estate in Chicago, Lincoln Park is where it’s at, especially if sales in May were any indication.

Luxury home sales (those sold for $1 million or more) were very strong in May, with 82 homes sold for a total of $128 million in sales volume. The highest price for the month topped out at $4.75 million. The number of sales considered “ultimate luxury” ($2 million and up) is a great indication of the strength in the market, especially in the coveted Lincoln Park. You’ll see that this neighborhood nearly took over the top five most expensive homes sold, and I expect that it will continue to be strong in the coming months.

Luxury Buyers Flocking to Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park is among the top neighborhoods on a buyer’s wishlist, and it’s easy to see why. A few reasons Chicagoans (myself included) love Lincoln Park:

Location: This is what real estate is all about, right? Lincoln Park is in the heart of it all: close to downtown Chicago, Lake Michigan, great schools and with easy access to airports and highways. The neighborhood itself boasts a suburban, residential appeal but with the benefit of an urban location.

Things to do: From fine dining to sports, shopping to theater, you can do it in Lincoln Park. There’s never a shortage of options for a night on the town, be it date night or family fun night.

Schools: Lincoln Park is home to some of the best public and private schools in the city.

Property types: Whether you’re shopping for a Chicago condo, a single-family home, a penthouse or anything with a sprawling yard, you can find it in Lincoln Park. This neighborhood has a range of property types to fit every lifestyle.

This is a neighborhood I love to introduce new buyers too, and I have extensive experience helping clients purchase in Lincoln Park, including new construction homes, resales and condominiums. There are several streets now that are being looked at as “prime” for getting a great price. More homeowners are looking to sell as demand continues to increase from those who want larger homes in the city but still in a great location.

burling1722 N Burling Street
Original list price: $4,799,500
Sold price: $4.75 million
Located in the walkable East Lincoln Park, this brand-new, solid masonry home offers an incredible amount of space: 7,300 square feet, thanks to a 36-foot wide lot. With 8 bedrooms and 5.2 baths, this home boasts an elevator to every floor, including the roof deck. The third floor along includes a media/family room, guest suite and extra bedroom; there’s also a massive family room, yard and a luxurious master suite. Other details include sound insulation, premium windows, professional-grade kitchen, spa-caliber baths, heated floors in full baths, and zoned radiant heated floors in lower level, garage and exterior. And the luxury features aren’t limited to the indoors. The home has amazing outdoor space with a roof deck, garaged deck and a terrace off of the master.

dayton1849 N Dayton St
Original list price: $3.595 million
Sold price: $3.485 million
There wasn’t much no note about this brand-new Lincoln Park home, other than its 5,400 square feet has been highly upgraded by Hastings Builders. Features of the home include a passenger elevator, attached garage and rooftop deck.

mohawk1720 N Mohawk St
Original list price: $3.3 million
Sold price: $3.040 million
Located on the border of East Lincoln Park and Old Town, this incredible 5,900 square foot single-family home is a grand representation of luxury living. Inside, you’ll find 12-foot ceilings on the main level, extensive trim and built-ins, rift/quartered hardwood flooring and a grand custom staircase. The space allows for multiple family room areas, an eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line finishes, appliances and cabinets, six bedrooms and four en-suite bathrooms, a master suite with two walk-in closets and multiple laundry rooms. The top-floor great room has French doors that lead to a large roofdeck with skyline views.

fremont1928 N Fremont St
Original list price: $3.25 million
Sold price: $3 million
There’s plenty to love about this single-family home on a highly desirable street in Lincoln Park. The property boasts exquisite detail, quality craftsmanship and high-end finishes throughout, including an amazing chef’s kitchen, gracious living and dining room with wood-burning fireplace and a great room with French doors that open to a raised back patio and roof deck. The second-level master suite has abundant closets and a spa bath. And the lower level includes a family room, craft room and guest bedroom with full bath.

magnolia2017 N Magnolia Ave
Original list price: $2,999,999
Sold price: $2.85 million
This Lincoln Park home is on an extra-wide, 31-foot lot and was built by luxury giant GVP, ensuring that no spectacular detail was spared. The first is huge square footage. The space spans 7,800 square feet, with details like wood paneling, coffered ceilings, a huge private deck, and a truly unique floor plan that’s unlike anything else. There are six bedrooms, a four-car attached heated garage, an outdoor space with heated concrete and a magnificent list of upgrades that can be found from room to room.

I find it important to round up the most recent home sales in Chicago to give my clients a glimpse at what the market looks like. Seeing what luxury homes are trading for and what features are included in each is great research for a buyer who’s trying to determine their own budget and “wants” from a home purchase.

For more information on home sales in May, Lincoln Park, or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.