May Luxury Chicago Condo Sales Were All About Chicago’s Gold Coast

Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is no stranger to luxury real estate, or the wish lists of high-end buyers. Nestled just blocks from the Magnificent Mile, residents of the Gold Coast are just blocks from everything they need:

Shopping: The boutiques along Oak Street are of world-class caliber: Harry Winston, Hermes, Jimmy Choo and many other shops line the block.

Dining: Great food can be on the menu every night when you live in the Gold Coast, with restaurants like Gibson’s, Nico Osteria, Tavern on Rush, Café des Architectes and others.

Beaches: The Gold Coast is within walking distance of the lakefront, including Oak Front Beach. This is a neighborhood hot spot, with swimming, volleyball tournaments, walking trails and more.

The Loop: Just south of Magnificent Mile, the Gold Coast puts downtown commuters just a quick zip from the office. The Loop is easily accessible by bus, El train or even walking.

So it’s no surprise that the Gold Coast was front and center of May’s Chicago condo sales. Not only is this one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city, but it is one area where you can find a high-rise condo with at least 3,000 square feet of living space. In May, the top sales ranged in size from 3,172 square feet all the way up to 4,931 square feet. Suburban clients love that many of these buildings don’t sacrifice space for a move into the city—they can find the same square footage that they had in the ‘burbs but with all of the urban conveniences of condominium living.

It is also apparent that, when a new construction building comes on the market, upscale buyers will flock to it. Brand-new Chicago condos are selling very well, and many buyers are willing to pay a premium price to live in them, as is evident in the top May sales.

With that, let’s take a closer look at the most expensive Chicago condos to sell in May:

4EastElm4 E Elm St, Unit 8S
Original list price:
$3 million
Sold price: $2.88 million
This is one of the newest buildings in the Gold Coast, one that’s been warmly embraced by luxury buyers—at listing time, the building was more than 90% sold. Four East Elm boasts sleek and modern half-floor residences, this one more than 3,400 square feet. Units boast elevator entries, luxury finishes, exposures with city and lake views and much more. The amenities make this building the ultimate oasis of luxury and privacy, with an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sun deck, fitness center, screening room, clubhouse lounger and 24-hour doorman. Not to mention, the location in the heart of the Gold Coast is a buyer’s dream, near restaurants, world-class shopping, the beach and plenty more.

800NMichigan800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 4602
Original list price:
$3.175 million
Sold price: $2.925 million
A rarely-available residence in Park Tower, this 3,172 square foot Chicago condo boasts and open floor plan for today’s lifestyle. The sensational open chef’s kitchen has a glass breakfast area that faces the lake and city, opening up to an open living room, dining room and family rooms. From there, you’ll find breathtaking, dramatic Lake Michigan and skyline views. Details throughout include high ceilings, wood floors, motorized blinds and private elevator access. Living at Park Tower is exceptional, upscale living at its finest—residents here enjoy the amenities and services of the neighboring Park Hyatt Hotel, which includes an indoor pool, fitness center, NoMI Restaurant and more.

1209-n-astor-st1209 N Astor St, Unit PH
Original list price:
$3.499 million
Sold price: $3.1 million
A spacious, full-floor penthouse on Astor Street, this co-op unit has been renovated down to every meticulous detail. Spanning the entire width of the building with 4,100 square feet, the property includes a living room, dining room and library, along with a state-of-the-art kitchen with high-end appliances, eat-in area and sitting area. Large windows offer 360-degree views. The exceptionally run building includes a lovely garden and much more.

400-w-huron 400 W Huron St, Unit 501
Original list price:
$3.75 million
Sold price: $3.75 million
From the developer of 30 West Oak, this is slated to be Chicago’s next iconic building. With groundbreaking contemporary design inside and out, the building has just 25 units, ranging from 2,100 to 4,931 square feet. This unit features a one-of-a-kind, custom full-floor floorplan with 4,931 square feet. This home nearly matches the interior square footage with outdoor entertaining space, including a private pool and spa. Other details include 10-foot ceilings, Valcucine cabinets, Miele appliances, stone floors, luxe baths, expansive terraces and separate enclosed garages.

800NMichigan800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 2801
Original list price:
$4.495 million
Sold price: $4.26 million
This unit in the iconic Park Tower is a half-floor residence that brings together masterful design and modern luxury. Spanning 4,220 square feet, this unique and customized home includes a gourmet kitchen, large outdoor terrace, the utmost privacy offering and panoramic views that include Lake Michigan and a clear line down the Magnificent Mile. Residents of this building have the 5-star amenities of the Hyatt Hotel right at their fingertips: such as rooms service and catering direct to the door, concierge service, and indoor pool and health club and a deluxe sun deck.

For more information on the Chicago condos 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.

4 out of the 5 Most Expensive Luxury Condos Sold for Cash in March

Last year when the luxury real estate market in Chicago was experiencing a major surge, it was common to see many homes being sold to cash buyers, even into the ultra-luxury, multi-million dollar price range. When the luxury market becomes competitive for buyers, cash is king for standing out to a seller as the buyer who will provide the smoothest transaction.

You can really see this at work in March’s luxury condo sales. There were clearly some negotiations that went on between these buyers and sellers, and a cash offer likely helps those deals fall in favor of the buyer, especially given our current real estate environment. With the government trying to increase the rate of inflation, we’re anticipating interest rates going up periodically in 2017. That anticipation only fuels sellers’ desire to move their property, and they really perk up at a cash offer that they won’t lose to a mortgage contingency. Several sales this month show that the seller was willing to discount from the listing price considerably in order to make the deal happen.

Here is a closer look at what sold last month, starting with the most expensive (and highly discounted) Chicago condo sale:

800NMichigan800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 5001
Original list price: $5.9 million
Sold price: $4.35 million
The most expensive Chicago condo to sell in March sold for cash, and for a significant reduction in price. This property was negotiated down to more than a whopping $1.5 million off the original list price. Plus, a unit like this in Park Tower is a rare find on the market. Located on a half-floor in the iconic building, this condo lives more like a home in the sky, with a generous 4,200 square feet of living space. The open floor plan includes three bedrooms, a theater room, eat-in kitchen and laundry room. Two east-facing terraces boast breathtaking east, south, and north wraparound views of the lake and city from every window. Other details include rich finishes, hardwood walnut floors, custom millwork and abundant storage. Residents of Park Tower also have access to the adjacent Park Hyatt’s renowned five-star amenities, NoMi Restaurant and much more.

77-e-walton77 E Walton Pl Unit 24C
Original list price: $5.2 million
Sold price: $3,870,260
The cash buyer of this Chicago condo got one heck of a deal—the purchase price came in at more than $1.3 million less than the original asking price. This 4,788 square foot, three bedroom unit has stunning lake and city views, thanks to its great location that allows residents easy access to 900 Michigan Avenue and to the amenities at the Four Seasons Hotel. Inside, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows, 10-foot ceiling heights and a split bedroom floor plan. The gracious entry foyer leads to spacious rooms throughout, providing a wonderful arrangement for casual or formal entertaining. Other key details include a Snaidero kitchen with butler’s pantry, a state-of-the-art audio decibel electronic system and a huge, multi-room master suite.

77 E Walton St, Unit 26C
Original list price: $3.895 million
Sold price: $3.65 million
This chic, sleek and sophisticated residence spans nearly 4,800 square feet, and was recent redone and move-in ready for a new buyer. The home boasts fabulous southeast views of the lake, city skyline and southern end of the Magnificent Mile. Plus, you’ll find perfect wood floors, a state-of-the-art Snaidero kitchen and a handsome wood-paneled library. The four-room master suite has a separate sitting room with fireplace, a luxurious master bath and huge master closet. Every room has an amazing view. The building at 77 E Walton is a prestigious, intimate boutique community in an iconic building, with amenities that include a private concierge and service, roof deck, immediate access to shopping and dining in 900 Michigan Avenue and the Four Seasons Hotel. This unit was also bought with cash.

840-n-lake-shore-dr840 N Lake Shore Dr, Unit 601
Original list price: $3.5 million
Sold price: $3.3 million
This Lake Shore Drive gem is one of the city’s finest addresses, having been exquisitely maintained and exuding luxury and grace through and through. It’s A+ lakefront location means sweeping lake views, visible through floor-to-ceiling windows in this property’s 3,965 square feet. . The marble foyer opens to an expansive living room with fireplace and gorgeous built-ins. An incredible dining room in a rotunda boasts unbeatable views in every direction. The eat-in kitchen includes professional-grade appliances and access to south-facing terraces that overlook a park. And the huge master suite features a sitting area, built-in book cases and dual walk-in closets. The buyer paid cash for this incredible Chicago condo.

33-e-bellevue33 E Bellevue Pl Unit 7-E

Original list price: $2.995 million
Sold price: $2.85 million
This penthouse-level duplex has it all: 3,094 square feet. Lake views. Two huge terraces. The space is idea for entertaining, with a large master suite, three bedrooms and 2.2 baths. One parking spot was included in this sale, which was purchased through conventional financing.

For more information on the Chicago luxury condos 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.

Plenty of Chicago Luxury Condo Deals to be Had in January

Plenty of Chicago Luxury Condo Deals to be Had in January

When it comes to purchasing Chicago luxury real estate, there are a number of variables that can help a buyer get a great deal. One of those is as simple as a page on the calendar: specifically, January.

Obviously, January is one chilly month for Chicago, and the cold weather definitely plays a role in dropping the price of real estate so sellers can ensure it doesn’t sit on the market for the rest of winter. And right now, the possibilities of rising interest rates and inflation are right around the corner, motivating sellers even more. Sellers are in the best position when there is economic stability, so when questions about housing policy arise from the government, or there is talk of interest rates being made higher, many sellers believe that their best bet is just to get the property off their hands.

But it’s not just the season that plays into a buyer getting a great deal. Luxury buyers can also come out on top by looking at:

List price: More buyers are nervous about putting in a low-ball offer when purchasing a property, but some savvy buyers—especially those who have cash on hand—are not afraid to make an unusually low offer.

Cash on hand: When purchasing Chicago real estate anywhere from mid-November through February, cash is an especially important factor in a buyer getting a deal. Sellers don’t want to hold properties on the market and risk of a loan not going through, so knowing that a buyer plans to pay with cash eliminates that stress and gives the buyer an edge.

State of inventory: When real estate inventory is low and a seller still hasn’t sold their property in 3-4 months, it’s a sign that they’ve priced it too high and the market has “penalized” the seller accordingly. The result is often a better discount for the buyers.

Needless to say, January was a good month for the buyers of the top-priced Chicago condos. Here’s a detailed look at the units that sold during the month:

401NWabash401 N Wabash Ave, Unit 42A
Original list price: $4.3 million
Sold price: $4.05 million
The lucky buyer of this 3,948 square foot River North condo was able to get a deal on this home, purchasing it for all cash for more than $250,000 off the list price. With just under 4,000 square feet of opulent living space, the home boasts three bedrooms, separate media room and family room. A spacious foyer opens into a sundrenched, river-facing living room that looks out onto sweeping, unmatched views of Chicago from the floor-to-ceiling windows. This unite has been stylishly customized with new hardwood floors, custom lighting, built-ins and surround sound and exquisite finishes in the kitchen and baths. The generous master suite includes two enormous walk-in closets and lavish his-and-hers master baths.

4EastElm4 East Elm, Unit 10S
Original list price: $3.2 million
Sold price: $3.19 million
This Gold Coast condo is among the last few remaining in 4 East Elm, one of the city’s new construction buildings that received a warm welcome from high-end buyers in 2016. This three bedroom, 3.1 bath is on the 10th floor, spanning 3,486 square feet. The building offers 35 sleek, modern half-floor residences, each with elevator entry, high-end finishes and at least three exposures featuring expansive city and lake views from many. Amenities include an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sun deck, fitness center, screening room and clubhouse lounge.

800NMichigan800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 4302
Original list price: $3.025 million
Sold price: $2.9 million
This Park Tower home sold for a surprising $75,000 below list price. With 3,025 square feet, this home is the epitome of Chicago luxury living with a top-notch location, the amenities of the Park Hyatt Hotel, and all of the upscale details you could ask for. An open and light floorplan gives away to a living and dining room with large windows that face east and south for iconic lake and city views. A wide private terrace overlooks expansive views of Lake Michigan. The kitchen is quiet and efficient with high-end finishes, luxury appliances, Thermador six-burner stove and a center island with storage. The master bedroom is designed to be an absolute refuge, complete with an office, spa-like bath and enormous walk-in closet. The sale of this Chicago condo also included two parking spaces.

30WOak30 W Oak St, Unit 19B
Original list price: $2.9 million
Sold price: $2.875 million
Spanning just over 3,000 square feet, this 19th floor 2 bedroom has been highly upgraded. Not to mention, 30 W. Oak is an award-winning, architecturally significant building with less than 45 units in total, making this one of the most sought-after luxury buildings. A gracious, open floorplan features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to panoramic views from every room; you’ll also find a designer Poliform kitchen, and an oversized master suite with a glamorous dressing room that feels like a private boutique. Amenities in the building include on-site management, phenomenal door staff and a state-of-the-art exercise room.

1500 N Lake Shore Dr1500 N Lake Shore Dr, Unit 17C
Original list price: $3.49 million
Sold price: $2.775 million
This classic 1920s co-op on the famous Lake Shore Drive has extraordinary views, a generous floorplan and boasts thoughtful design throughout. The building itself has a historic design with a gym, parking and convenient location—and units in this building are rarely available, let alone one on a high floor. This property in particular has a whopping 4,100 square feet of living space on the 17th floor, complete with four large bedrooms with ensuite baths, a grand east-facing entertaining space and a spacious kitchen.

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

Square Footage was Key for Chicago Condo Luxury Sales in August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago New Construction Condo Sales Back In Force In May

Chicago’s Gold Coast were at the top of the list for condos sold in May; and one particular standout building was the brand new building at 4 East Elm. Total Chicago luxury condo sales in May were $88.5 million with 53 luxury condos sold.

Three out of the top five most expensive condos sold last month are in this new construction building, and each boost around 3,500 square feet of space. I have been noting for some time that 3,000+ square feet seems to be the magic number in terms of the space that luxury condo buyers are looking for.

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All five of the top luxury condos sold in were above 3,000 square feet, proving that upscale condo living in the heart of the city doesn’t mean sacrificing the space you might get in the ‘burbs. The most expensive home to sell in May was in 800 Michigan Avenue, with the unbelievable square footage of 6,240 square feet—that’s the size of a large home, all on one floor of one of downtown’s most iconic buildings.

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Here are additional details on the most expensive Chicago luxury condos to sell in May, starting with the most expensive:

800NMichigan800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 5101
Original list price:
$5.1 million
Sold price: $4.5 million
The crown jewel of May’s luxury condo sales was a 6 bedroom, 5.1 bath condo in the iconic Park Tower on Michigan Avenue. This unit spans a whopping 6,240 square feet and was priced well below market value for the building. The unit boasts an open floor plan that allows for entertaining above breathtaking, unobstructed, 360-degree lake views that can also be enjoyed from two 8 X 14 foot balconies. And residents of Park Tower have access to all of the amenities of the adjacent 5-star Park Hyatt Hotel.

image4 E Elm St, Unit 16S
Original list price:
$3.8 million
Sold price: $3,987,391
The mots expensive home to sell in 4 East Elm in May, this 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath condo spans 3,486 square feet on the 16th floor of the Gold Coast’s hottest new construction building. Four East Elm is home to just 35 Chicago condos in the heart of one of the city’s most beloved upscale neighborhoods. The building is sleek and modern with half- and full-floor residences and offer residents a bevy of amenities, including garage parking, 24-hour doorman, an outdoor pool and spa, a screening room and fitness center.

image4 E Elm St, Unit 17S
Original list price:
$3.9 million
Sold price: $3.9 million
The second most expensive sale in 4 East Elm in May, this 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath unit is high on the 17th floor and spans 3,486 square feet. If May condo sales are any indication, this Gold Coast condo building is already proving to be one of the most sought-after properties for luxury buyers in 2016. Each unit offers 10-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling Windows that emphasize the spacious, open interiors, with finishes that include Florense cabinetry, fully-integrated Sub-Zero Wolf and Miele appliances and wide plank solid white oak flooring.

401NWabash401 N Wabash Ave, Unit 29A
Original list price:
$3.5 million
Sold price: $3.5 million
Designed by John Robert Wiltgen, this downtown Chicago condo lives up to all of the luxe expectations you’d have for Trump Tower. Boasting 3,487 square feet two bedrooms, 4 baths plus a media room and den, the unit has been totally customized for luxury living. The living room has Trump Tower’s signature curved shape that allows for a panoramic skyline view of the river, lake and Navy Pier. Other features include 11-foot ceilings, spa-like master baths, a master bedroom with generous walk-in closets, gourmet kitchen with Wolf appliances and a SubZero refrigerator. Trump Tower has a great location in River North and is a full amenity building with health club and spa, pool, restaurant and bar.

image4 E Elm St, Unit 14S
Original list price:
$3.475 million
Sold price: $3,483,229
This new construction condo in 4 East Elm Is a 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath on the 14th floor. With 3,516 square feet, the unit boasts high-end finishes with at least 3 exposures in a building that is the ultimate urban oasis of luxury and privacy—amenities include an outdoor pool, sun deck, fitness center, screening room and clubhouse lounge.

Looking at recent sales of luxury condos can help prospective buyers understand what is popular on the market and at what price. Buyers can use that information to determine their own budget and wish list of features they would like to find in their own home.

If you’re interested in additional details on these sales, or what to see what’s available on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Unusual April Sales for Chicago Luxury Condos: 13 Sold Over $2 Million

My monthly recap of the top luxury real estate sales in Chicago include those properties that sold for more than $1 million, and most of them fall between there and $2 million, with perhaps a few that sold upwards of that. But this April was a bit unusual, with ultra-luxury units accounting for a large chunk of the top sales—13 out of 43 sales, in fact.

That’s considerably more $2 million-plus sales than we usually see in a given month, and I think it can be attributed to the low inventory in the Chicago luxury condo market. Buyers want to live in buildings that are newer, at prestigious addresses in great locations, and are willing to pay the price that comes with those features.

Another feature I see consistently among Chicago luxury condos that are selling is square footage. High-end buyers don’t want to sacrifice space for a move into a condominium, so those units which can offer 3,000 square feet or more tend to trade quickly. You’ll see that last month’s top sales were all more than 3,000 square feet in size, with the largest spanning a generous 4,300 square feet.

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Here’s a closer look at the Chicago luxury condos that sold last month and the features that gave them the top price tags for April:

The Elysian Residences

11 E Walton St, Unit 3901
Original list price: $4 million
Sold price: $3.82 million
This 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath unit is high on the 33rd floor, this spanning more than 3,400 square feet. It’s location in the Gold Coast’s Waldorf Astoria means the new residents have access to a bevy of high-end building amenities, like 5-star concierge services, indoor pool, spa, fitness center and valet.

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800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 2201
Original list price: $4 million
Sold price: $3.55 million
A wonderfully unique 3-bedroom unit in the famous Park Tower, this east-facing residence (translation: beautiful lake views) spans 4,083 square feet on the 22nd floor. The unit includes 6 balconies in total—more than any other unit in the building—and enviable features in every single room. The engry foyer includes a built-out, fully organized walk-in closet. The dining room includes a wet bar, wine cooler, bamboo and granite floors. The kitchen features custom cabinetry, professionally organized storage, concrete counters, top-of-the-line appliances, Thermador double oven, side-by-side Subzero refrigerators, built-in Miele coffeemaker and a Viking 6-burner range. The master suite boasts a grand dressing room with custom built-ins, walk-in closets, and a master bath with a custom Japanese soaking tub with lake views.

55eerie

55 E Erie St, Unit 3703
Original list price: $3.6 million
Sold price: $3.25 million
With spectacular north, east and south views of the city, this modern duplex has all of the must-haves for a luxury condo in Chicago. It has been highly upgraded throughout, with hardwood floors throughout, two balconies, designer lighting, cedar closet, powder room and storage. The gourmet, windowed kitchen includes Sub Zero, Miele and Viking appliances and a separate butler’s pantry. The upstairs level includes a master suite with fireplace, custom walk-in closet and a large, windowed spa bath with soaking tub and separate shower. All of that and more in a full-service luxury building with indoor pool, fitness center, steam room and sauna and dry cleaners.

401NWabash

401 N Wabash Ave, Unit 69E
Original list price: $4 million
Sold price: $3.1 million
Newly remodeled in Trump Tower, this 3 bedroom/4 bath condo boasts wraparound views from high on southeast corner of the 69th floor. Luxury features inside include motorized curtains in all rooms, home system, 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood floors and a fireplace. The master suite has his-and-her walk-in closets, a luxurious master bath and a chef’s kitchen. The building’s exquisite 5-star amenities include 24-hour door staff, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, valet and more.

65 e monroe

65 E Monroe St, Unit 4101
Original list price: $2.95 million
Sold price: $2.95 million
This immaculately designed new construction condo in The Park Monroe is perched on the southeast corner of the 41st floor. The 4,000 square foot interior epitomizes luxury, with 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, stunning lake, skyline and park views, high-end appliances and more. The Park Monroe offers its residents a full suite of amenities, including a lap pool, gym, media room, Jacuzzi, party room and rooftop terrace.

No matter the month, there is clearly a few common denominators among the Chicago luxury condos that are drawing buyers quickly. For more information on these sales or to find out what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Chicago Luxury Condo Sales in May Particularly Strong

The summer selling season is moving along extremely well, with sales of Chicago luxury condos hitting a real high last month. In May, 52 units sold for a total of $82.5 million, compared to $69 million in sales during the month prior.

Four out of the top five most expensive sales were in buildings that are always on the top of my list of recommendations for luxury buyers. These buildings all differentiate from the norm, with units that offer 3,000+ square feet and services and amenities that take luxury living to the next level. Each of these buildings are also extremely walkable, with shopping, dining, entertainment and more all within a close distance.

And while these building share many luxury features, they each stand on their own as well. I encourage you to give me a call to discuss the various nuances and amenities that differ from these luxury buildings and see them first-hand. That is by far the best way to understand why these Chicago condos are consistently on the top of the sales lists and why the most discriminating buyers choose them.

In the meantime, here are a few details on those top five most expensive condos to sell in Chicago last month:

Chicago real estate at Park Tower 800 Michigan Avenue800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 8008
Original list price: $3.79 million
Sold price: $3.5 million
Park Tower is an icon along Michigan Avenue, not to mention in the city of Chicago. It’s no mystery why it earned two of the top five units sold last month. This 4,200 square foot r-bedroom is on the building’s 56th floor, allowing for soaring views of the lake, city and dreamy sunsets. Features include loads of storage, huge walk-in closets in the master bedroom, a spacious balcony off of the kitchen and two included garage spaces. Residents of Park Tower can take advantage of all of the luxe hotel amenities offered by the neighboring Park Hyatt.

aquatower225 N Columbus Dr, Unit 8032
Original list price: $3.9 million
Sold price: $3.3 million
The south, east and north exposures of this 78th floor 3-bedroom condo equate to 360-degree views from inside and from multiple wrap-around balconies. The Aqua building is a gem on Chicago’s architectural map, designed by Jeanne Gang in the city’s East Lakeshore neighborhood. Designer-inspired finishes are found throughout this unit, with Gaggenau and SubZero appliances, Snaidero cabinets, controls for audio, lighting and window treatments.

Chicago real estate at Park Tower 800 Michigan Avenue800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 4401
Original list price: $3.2 million
Sold price: $3 million
Another stunner in the iconic Park Tower. This 3,200 square foot, 3-bedroom unit is on the premier “01” tier of the building, on the 44th floor boasting spectacular lake views from every room. Details inside include beautiful millwork with built-in bookcases, wide-plank walnut hardwood floors, a gracious floorplan and a large familiy room that opens up to a terrace.

65 e monroe65 East Monroe St, Unit 4601
Original list price: $2.84 million
Sold price: $2.95 million
This exceptional penthouse was recently designed and built to epitomize luxury real estate in Chicago. Perched high in a southeast corner of the 46th floor, this 4,000 square foot condo captures stunning views of Michigan Avenue, Monroe Harbor, Millennium Park and much more through 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. The building itself—The Park Monroe—includes amenities like a lap pool, gym, media room, outdoor Jacuzzi, party room and rooftop terrace.

Chicago condos in Trump Tower401 N Wabash Ave, Unit 53A
Original list price: $3.29 million
Sold price: $2.775 million
This upgraded “A-tier” unit in Trump Tower spans just over 3,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and unbeatable north and east views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Details throughout this unit include a Snaidero kitchen, Miele, Wolf and SubZero appliances, dark Brazilian hardwood floors and three fireplaces, PLUS upgrades like motorized window treatments, a glass wine room, custom storage and state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. The building itself is known for the luxury lifestyle it offers to residents, with a world-class health club and spa, five-star hotel amenities and attentive service from the curb all the way up to your front door.

These buildings, among a few others, are truly the cream of the crop for luxury real estate in Chicago. If you’re in the market for a new condo, I definitely recommend checking these out and would be happy to give you a personal tour. Contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Luxury Condos in Chicago Continue to Sell Well in April

It’s all in the name—last month’s top sales for April condos in Chicago reads like a who’s who in high end real estate. Lake Shore Drive, Trump Tower, Michigan Avenue, Gold Coast—all indicators of the best of the best in Chicago luxury.

Each of the top 5 condos sold was either on a prestigious block or in a prestigious building, with 42 units sold totaling $69 million. And there was another reoccurring theme among the top homes sold—square footage. Even though these are condo units, not one of these units skimped on space, going all the way up to 6,000 square feet.

Here is a closer look at the top 5 Chicago condos that sold in April, in descending order from the most expensive:

1021 N Dearborn St
Original list price: $5.5 million
Sold price: $5.5 million
Last month’s top sale was an exquisite, one-of-a-kind end unit located in the Gold Coast at Oak and Dearborn—it sold even before the listing sheet officially made it to the printer. The elegance of this unit is apparent as soon as you step inside, with a dramatic stone-tiled 2-story foyer to welcome you. Beyond that, you’ll find 5,800+ square feet over 4 levels, with a huge living and dining room, a 441-foot wraparound balcony, cook’s kitchen with luxury stainless steel appliances and granite counters, a full-floor master suite with sitting room, walk in closet and stunning master bath, plus a media room that opens to a grand terrace.

Trump Tower Chicago real estate401 N Wabash Ave, Unit 46A
Original list price: $4.29 million
Sold price: $4.025 million
It’s certainly not uncommon for River North’s Trump Tower to have a place on the top condo sales each month. This 3 bedroom unit is just under 4,000 square feet and puts the building’s iconic views front and center, offering a stunning eastern view from the master bedroom. The unit is located on one of the best tiers in the building, with only 9 other units offering the same features. Plus, residents of Trump Tower enjoy some of the most high-end services and amenities in any Chicago condo building, from a private chef to world-class spa and much more.

Chicago real estate at Park Tower 800 Michigan Avenue800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 2801
Original list price: $4.2 million
Sold price: $3.5 million
This condo is located in the iconic Park Tower, one of the most architecturally famous buildings on the Magnificent Mile. Its location on the 28th floor allows for breathtaking views of the lake, city and daily sunsets from every window. With 4,200+ square feet, this Chicago condo takes up a half floor with a custom design that maximizes space for entertaining and casual living, including features like a dramatic entry, formal living and dining room, cook’s kitchen, huge family room, large master suite, rich finishes, hardwood walnut floors and custom millwork.

1347_ndearborn1347 N State Pkwy, Unit 1
Original list price: $3.999 million
Sold price: $3.3 million
Called a “magazine caliber” residence, this Gold Coast triplex lives more like a single-family home than a condo (with a whopping 6,000 square feet of living space!). The 6-bedroom unit is located in the Gold Coast and includes a lavish master suite with exercise room, incredible bath, media room, terrace, billiards room, dream kitchen and 800+ bottle wine cellar. The location is especially ideal, with the Gold Coast being a favorite among luxury buyers, and this property being within walking distance of Lake Michigan, Old Town, Rush Street and the Magnificent Mile.

179-e-lake-shore-drive-co-op-apartments-360179 E Lake Shore Dr, Unit 21E
Original list price: $2.45 million
Sold price: $1,999,999
Lake Shore Drive is among the best blocks in the city, and this gorgeous half-floor, 3,045 square foot co-op helps showcase why. Located in a landmarked building designed by famed Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall, this unit includes superb views, beautifully updated architecture, new baths and kitchen, a luxurious master suite, a handsome paneled library and gracious upgrades throughout. The building also adjoins the prestigious Drake Hotel. The buyer for this co-op paid cash, but it is important to note that the co-op stated upfront that a buyer would only be able to finance 50% of the cost. The building was also on the market for just over 500 days, which isn’t surprising considering the approval process required for co-op buyers is often a long one.

Whether it’s in a condo, a co-op or a single-family home, it has been apparent for months that ample space is at the top of luxury buyers’ wish lists when shopping for a home. This month was no exception. If you’re looking to buy in the next several months, I encourage you to keep an eye on the monthly sales and see what types of homes are selling for what price. Then you can keep that in mind when establishing your own wants/needs list for your real estate purchase.

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

September’s Highest Priced Luxury Condos Sold in Chicago’s 2 Most Exclusive Buildings

Each month we’re able to see any trends associated with the previous month’s top condo sales and gain some insight into what buyers are looking for. Sometimes it’s new construction, or proximity to great schools, or summer-worthy outdoor space. But there’s typically one thing we almost always see in the top luxury sales in Chicago real estate—the proverbial location, location, location.

Chicago had 29 luxury condo sales (those sold at $1 million or higher) totaling $47 million. The top 5 condos sold in Chicago in September are each located in downtown Chicago or very close to it. Being in the heart of everything the city has to offer—shopping, fine dining, museums, the theater and lots more—is a highly desired point for luxury buyers.

These buildings are also more than simply an address—two of the units sold are found in two of the city’s most exclusive buildings, Park Tower and 11 East Walton, formerly known as the Elysian Residences.

What makes these buildings so elite? Both were designed by the famous Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange. Both are in great locations, one right on Michigan Avenue and the other tucked away one block west. Each of these buildings has access to their adjoining luxury hotels, and can therefore have access to best-in-class concierge services, from a late-night meal brought to your home to access to the hotel pool.

I’ve also found that luxury buyers are looking for ample square footage, whether they’re shopping for a single-family home or a Chicago condo. The units in these buildings are also quite large, with 4,000+ square feet that helps it live more like a home than an apartment.

Top Luxury Chicago Condo Sales for September

Here’s a detailed look at the top 5 Chicago condos sold last month, in descending order.

Chicago real estate at Park Tower 800 Michigan Avenue800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 5501
Original list price: $4.9 million
Sold price: $4.1 million
The top sale for September is no surprise, as 800 N Michigan is an address closely associated with luxury living. “Pure perfection” describes this Michigan Avenue Chicago condo, perched on the 55th floor with 4,200 square feet and 3 bedrooms. This must-see unit comes with a long list of coveted luxury features: a grand entry, limestone floors, electronic blinds, 2 fireplaces, and an elegant master suite with an onyx shower. A gourmet kitchen has easy access to a large terrace, and the family room boasts a cove ceiling and wood paneling.

The Elysian Residences

11 E Walton St, Unit 3902
Original list price: $4.199 million
Sold price: $3.875 million
Formerly known as the Elysian Residences, this luxury residence is known for its elegance and its 5-star hotel amenities—such as dine-in room service, a concierge, 4,000 square-foot spa and indoor pool—from the adjacent Waldorf Astoria hotel. The unit itself spans 4,000 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and an exceptional floor plan for entertaining. All-important details include top-of-the-line finishes, commercial-grade appliances, custom closets, hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings, and custom cabinetry, wall covers and window treatments.

50 E Chestnut St, Unit 1701
Original list price: $3.18 million
Sold price: $3.06 million
A premier Gold Coast location at the corner of Rush and Chestnut, this building was designed with just one residence per floor and only 34 units in the building. This Chicago condo was ready for occupancy or could be customized to the buyer’s liking. Luxury touches like floor-to-ceiling windows, a private elevator foyer, Snaidero or Brookhaven cabinetry and Wolf and Subzero appliances take this condo to the next level.

219 E Lake Shore Dr, Unit 2A
Original list price: $2,199,950
Sold price: $2,125,000
This vintage condo building is on one of the city’s most prestigious streets, overlooking Lake Michigan and East Lake Shore Drive. With 2 bedrooms and 2,435 square feet, this condo includes an elegant renovation with the finest details on the inside and two spacious outdoor private terraces on the outside. With just 27 units total, this Lake Shore Drive building is intimate and elegant.

180 E Pearson180 E Pearson St, Unit 7203
Original list price: $2.195 million
Sold price: $2.1 million
Available on a rarely available corner of the building, this top-floor condo boasts spectacular unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. The unit also includes a wood paneled library that opens up to a spacious living room where the views are truly at their best. You’ll also find a formal dining room, master suite with huge bath and coveted closet space throughout. The building itself has a stunning brand-new lobby, and residents can enjoy all of the amenities of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, which is right next door.

Living downtown certainly doesn’t mean settling for “apartment life” to maintain access to all of the city’s offerings. The downtown Chicago condo market has much to offer in terms of space and amenities that provide residents with the features they’d find in a single-family home. To see what’s on the market now or learn more about the features of downtown condos, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

Chicago November Luxury Real Estate Sales: 27 Condos Close, Totaling $56 Million

The reports are in for Chicago luxury condo sales during the month of November, and they are a bit surprising. November is typically a month when sales begin to slack off, especially around the middle of the month, as winter and colder weather sets in Chicago. But interestingly, condo sales in November 2012 were fairly robust. Chicago real estate even set a record with a sale at 800 N. Michigan Avenue—a 7,900 square foot unit sold at the phenomenal price of $15 million.

Chicago New Construction Continues to Sell

It’s important to keep in mind that much of what’s selling among luxury buyers is brand-new real estate. One of the most popular buildings this year has been 2550 Lakeview, with a grand lobby that defies any other building, plus unbelievable luxury in addition to concierge services, and a 1 ¼-acre private park.

Square footage also continues to be important to the luxury buyer, especially when it comes to condominiums. As the sale at 800 N. Michigan proves (as does many other sales in November), living in a condo doesn’t mean sacrificing space, and many of Chicago’s high-end buildings offer the square footage that is comparable, if not superior to, a single-family home, but with all of the perks (like amenities and services) of living in a condo building.

Chicago Condo Sales in November 2012

Even though the most expensive sale was in Park Tower, the newcomer on the condo block, 2550 Lakeview, didn’t fare too bad, either. Here’s a closer look at the top five sales during November 2012:

Park Hyatt Tower Chicago

Park Tower, now home of the most expensive Chicago condo sale to date. (image from flickr/chascarper)

Address: 800 N Michigan Ave, Unit 66PH
Original list price
: $15 million
Sold price
: $15 million
Square footage
: 7,900
Perched on the 66th floor high above the Magnificent Mile, this downtown Chicago condo is magnificent in itself. Taking up the entire top floor of Park Tower, the unit features 16-foot ceilings, 360-degree panoramic views, plus a huge 660-square-foot private terrace space for taking in Chicago summers with the best views downtown. This condo was put on the books as Chicago’s most expensive condo ever, with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and 3 garage parking spaces.

Address: 2550 N. Lakeview Ave., Unit C7-29
Original list price
: $2.3 million
Sold price
: $2.3 million
Square footage
: 2,813
Lucien Lagrange’s latest masterpiece in Lincoln Park continues to be embraced by the luxury buyer, and for good reason—this building has “wow” factor from the moment you step in the opulent lobby. This 29th-floor 3-bedroom sold to a cash buyer as quickly as it became available. Amenities at 2550 N Lakeview include an indoor pool, concierge, billiards, rec room, private club, 1 1/4 –acre park, fitness center and more.

Address: 2550 N. Lakeview Ave., Unit C7-28
Original list price
: $2.25 million
Sold price
: $2.25 million
Square footage
: 2,813
Another sale at the desirable 2550 Lakeview. This 28th-floor 3-bedroom also sold as soon as it became available, as luxury buyers are eager to not only get into one of the city’s most covetable buildings, but one that is in the heart of a sought-after neighborhood as well. Lincoln Park itself is picturesque, and gives residents easy access to downtown Chicago, airports, Lake Michigan, plus everything you’d need right in the neighborhood, from dining and entertainment to schools and parks.

Address: 2550 N. Lakeview Ave., Unit 17-C4
Original list price
:  $2.199 million
Sold price
: $2.199 million
Square footage
: 2,831
This 3-bedroom unit features outdoor space, views of Lake Michigan, the city skyline and Lincoln Park, plus two parking spaces. The building is right across from Lincoln Park and a great option for families, since it gives them easy access to some of the best private schools in Chicago.

Address: 65 E. Monroe, Unit 4806
Original list price
: $2.35 million
Sold price
: $2.05 million
Square footage
: 3,772
Located in The Park Monroe, this Chicago condo is right in the center of downtown Chicago, so a simple step out of the building puts you in the heart of the city’s cultural happenings, like the Art Institute, the Chicago Symphony, Dance Center, and more. This unit also features floor-to-ceiling 8 x 10 windows with panoramic views of Millennium Park, bustling downtown Chicago and the city’s enviable skyline. The Park Monroe offers residents amenities like a pool, fitness center, theater room and 24-hour doorman.

I always encourage my clients to take a look at recent sales in the neighborhoods or buildings they’re interested in so that they have an idea of what is available for what price. To learn more about November’s condo sales or to see what’s on the market now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.