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Oct. 27, 2021

Huge West Loop 1 Bedroom

125 S. Jefferson St. #609, Chicago, Il

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2 BATHROOMS (1 full, 1 half)

1051 Square Feet


New renovation of this West Loop 1 bed/ 1.5 baths, 1051 sq. ft. south/west corner condo at Park Alexandria. Brand new hardwood floors, Kahrs Maison Oak 10" wide, throughout including the bedroom. The kitchen features white cabinets, granite counters, and SS appliances. A huge ensuite bedroom with a large walk-in closet. Extra den,/dining room/home office off the kitchen. Features 2 large balconies, 1 off the dining area, and 1 off the bedroom. Full amenity building with a 24hr doorman, onsite manager, exercise room, 9,000 square feet garden terrace with dog run, 2 fully furnished guest suites for company, and a party room with a kitchen. Union, Ogilvie train stations, and the Blue line within 2 blocks. Whole food's, Mariano's,  The French Market, and H-Mart a few blocks away. Easy interstate access. Beautiful home! Garage parking space #278 & exterior storage cage #258 included.

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April 14, 2021

West Loop Penthouse

125 S Jefferson St #3201, Chicago, IL

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3 BEDROOMS | 3 full baths BATHROOMS | 2000 SqFt

Sleek city living awaits in this stunning West Loop condo set high on the 32nd floor. An enviable north/west corner condo, soaring 10ft ceilings, and oversized windows ensure uninterrupted sunset views from the dining area and living room. Cherry hardwood floors flow throughout the main living areas and into the large 23'x10' kitchen. Additional kitchen features, 1.25" granite counters, stainless steel appliances, 42" cabinets, a breakfast bar, and access out to one of two balconies. There are two primary bedroom suites, one with a Jacuzzi tub, a sitting area, and a balcony. The third bedroom enjoys stunning views and easy access to the 3rd bathroom. This sleek and stylish condo is set within a full-amenity building with a 24-hour doorman, an exercise room, a 9,000 sq. ft. private park with a dog run, as well as two fully-furnished guest suites. This condo is located in the perfect West Loop location just two blocks from the Blue Line or Ogilvie train station, one block from Union Station, and within the Skinner School District. Three 1st floor garage parking spaces available for $30k each.
April 14, 2021

Park Aexandria 1 Bedroom

125 S Jefferson St #908, Chicago, IL

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1 BEDROOMS | 1 full bath BATHROOMS | 780 SqFt

Garage parking space #218 included in the price! Beautiful, just remodeled south facing 1 bedroom/1 bath at Park Alexandria in the West Loop! Island kitchen features brand new stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry with new under cabinet lighting, custom backsplash with glass tiles, and granite counters. Living room with oak flooring that leads to a large balcony with south exposure, perfect for barbecuing! Large bedroom with brand new grey-toned carpeting and bathroom with white vanity & new quartz countertop. Freshly painted, in-unit laundry, nothing to do but move-in! Full amenity building with a 9000 sq. ft. park with a dog run on the 6th floor, exercise room, party room, 2 fully furnished guest suites, on-site building manager, and 24-hour doorman. Assessments include everything but electricity. Union/Ogilvie Station, The Blue line, grocery stores, restaurants, and easy expressway access all within blocks.

April 14, 2021

West Loop Penthouse Duplex

130 S Canal St #9R, Chicago, IL

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2 BEDROOMS | 3 full baths BATHROOMS | 1836 SqFt

Perfect Oasis in the city with a lushly landscaped 400 sq. ft. terrace. Stunning South-Facing Duplex Penthouse home with a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows on the lower level leading to the terrace. Completely remodeled designer island kitchen with quartz counters, stunning custom navy cabinets, custom backsplash, wine refrigerator, and built-in microwave drawer. Expansive living/dining area with motorized blinds, fireplace, newly refinished hardwood floors, 1/2 bath on the lower level, and designer solid core doors. Both bedrooms upstairs are en-suite, the large master suite has 2 walk-in closets, a granite & marble bath with a walk-thru glass shower, and double showerheads. Custom built-in library in 2nd bedroom. Perfect home for sophisticated City Living! Investor friendly, no rental restrictions except minimum 1-year lease. Heated garage parking space C-243 $30,000.

April 14, 2021

West Loop Open House

OPEN HOUSE, April 18, Sunday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
728 W Jackson Blvd #706, Chicago, IL
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2 BATHROOMS (2 full)
1631 Square Feet

Sun-drenched 3 beds/2 baths at the iconic Haberdasher Square Lofts! Originally home to Hart Schaffner & Marx, this N/E corner home offers exposed brick, hardwood floors throughout, concrete columns & a gas fireplace. An abundance of natural light fills the home due to the 36' long living room/dining room with 18 oversized wraparound windows. The open island kitchen offers ample storage, custom mosaic backsplash & with some simple updates you could make this your dream space. The large ensuite primary bedroom features a walk-in closet, bathroom with double vanity & huge soaking tub. Other features include a large 12' X 6' balcony, perfect for a bar-b-que grill, and an in-unit washer/dryer. Enjoy this full-amenity building including a 24-hour door person, penthouse level work-out room, rooftop deck, party/meeting room, and a 1/2 basketball court. Close to shopping, dining, parks & is just 1 block from the Blue Line & 2 blocks from Union Station. Skinner school district. Heated garage parking space #A-17 $30,000.

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July 28, 2020

Things to Check Before Buying a Condo

In looking to buy a condo, you’ll reap the benefits of shared amenities as well as professional maintenance that’ll decrease the hassle of upkeep. When looking to buy a condo, there can be hidden strings attached, so it’s important to understand the condo association, potential fees, and the characteristics of the specific condo. Below, we’ll cover the top things to look for in purchasing your new condo!


Understand the Association

The condo association can come with hidden fees as well as tenant politics that could influence your decision. You’ll want to learn about any and every fee that could come up over the course of the year, as well as how the communal spaces are managed. Sharing exterior spaces isn’t for everyone, so you’ll want to make sure you understand how the garages, mailboxes, hallways, and exercise areas are handled. It’s also a good idea to talk with the neighbors to get their take on how the association is run and ask about issues they’ve encountered in the past. 

Ask about upcoming projects 

Whereas if you own a home you can begin renovations whenever you’d like, a condo is at the mercy of the association for renovations and upgrades. Make sure to ask about what renovations are in the near future, as well as how those renovations could potentially disrupt your living. 


Carefully inspect the common areas 

The interior of your particular condo is, of course, very important, but paying attention to how the common areas are managed and cleaned is a great indicator as to how the association is managed. Outdated, dirty, or unsightly common spaces are likely a sign of trouble in paradise. 


Look into the Foundation

If the foundation has any cracks, gaps, or other damages, costly repairs could be in the near future. In many cases, the condo association will ask the condo owner to front the bill for that repair. So, in addition to asking about the condition of the foundation and when it was last repaired, asking who bears the cost of repair is necessary. You’ll also want to ask about what the actual structure is made from; insulated structural panels versus ICF systems come with their own hosts of pros and cons.  


Appliances & Countertops

Whether a condo comes with appliances or not can depend upon whether you’re renting or buying. This is an important question to ask, particularly for amenities such as a washer and dryer that you may be used to having in your current home. If there are appliances already in the home, ask about their energy efficiency and when they were last installed. When it comes to countertops, laminate white countertops can be less favorable than other options such as marble or granite, so it’s a good idea to ask how recently these have been updated as well. 

Handicap Accessibility

Is it handicap accessible? This could look like everything from a first-floor suite to a  lowes stair handrail to a bench in the shower. Ensuring that the unit has these amenities as well as elevator access can be an important consideration, even if you yourself don’t have mobility concerns. 


Buying a condo is an exciting step that’ll give you tons of benefits without the costly burden of homeownership. By asking the proper questions, you’ll ensure that you land the perfect unit!

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

June 19, 2020

5 Ways To Add More Value To Your Home Before Listing It

So, you’ve decided to put your house on the market. Before you do, you probably want to do a few things to boost that property value. If you’re like most homeowners, your goal is to sell your house for the highest possible price. 

However, it can be challenging trying to determine the best ways to add value. If you’ve already painted your home in neutrals, de-cluttered, and done all the small fixes, you’re likely wondering what other renovations are worth your time and energy. 


Let’s talk about five projects that can boost your home’s value without breaking the bank.



#1. Upgrade the Roof and Siding

If your home’s siding or roof is in poor shape, you might want to redo them. A worn-down roof or shabby siding tells home buyers that your home isn’t in the greatest shape. A new roof alone can increase your house’s value by up to $12,000!

It’s all about curb appeal. The reality is that curb appeal matters a great deal, and if your home doesn’t look inviting from the outside, you’ll have a much harder time getting people through the door or paying top price. 

Thankfully, you can upgrade both for relatively cheap. If you need to redo your roof, go with asphalt shingles. They’re incredibly cost-effective. However, if that’s not within your budget, simply consider repairing any missing or faded shingles instead. 

With your home’s siding, a new coat of paint can work wonders. If you can’t afford to redo it completely, throw a new layer of neutral paint on top of it to make it pop. 

#2. Renovate the Kitchen

If you spend any time watching HGTV or perusing Pinterest, you probably already know that it’s the kitchen that sells the home. If you have a dated kitchen, then consider doing a light renovation. Swap out the paint, redo the cabinets and upgrade the counter. 

You don’t have to spend tons here, either. While natural stone counters are all the rage, concrete countertops are a much cheaper alternative. With a little paint and polish, concrete counters can mimic the look of natural stone. 

#3. Add Hardwood Floors 

Are you tired of hearing about hardwood? There’s a good reason that every realtor and interior designer recommend hardwood floors. People love them. In fact, in a realtor survey, 90% of realtors agree that houses with hardwood floors sell much quicker than homes without them! 

If you already have hardwood flooring, be sure to give it a deep clean and polish. If you don’t, consider installing it in as many rooms as possible. If hardwood floors are outside of your budget, consider synthetic wood tiles instead. They have the same appearance, without the upfront cost. 

#4. Make the Backyard Matter

Backyards are in right now. They’re a space to relax and an area to entertain. Backyards are often difference-makers in closing the deal and getting the price you want. 

If you have a backyard, consider adding a deck, because research indicates that wooden decks are the most cost-effective renovation project in mid-range houses. Consider adding some potted plants and setting up some outdoor seating as well. Help potential buyers see themselves in your backyard. 

If you don’t have a backyard, or it’s small, do what you can with your existing outdoor space to show that there’s still a way to appreciate the outdoors in your home.   

#5. Add Aging in Place Modifications

If you want to stand out on the market, consider adding aging in place modifications. Essentially, more older adults are looking to age in their own homes. They no longer want to have to move when they get older, so they’re seeking houses that have “aging in place” accommodations. 

What are these modifications? They can include everything from home handrails to easier to open doors to wider walkways and non-slip flooring. If you’re interested in this route, do a little research on simple aging in place modifications for your house. 

Add Value to Your Home Before You List It 

These five projects are just a few ideas to increase your property value before you list your home. Ultimately, your goal is to invest in renovations that will help the home sell faster while providing a meaningful ROI (return on investment). 

As long as you put yourself in the home buyer’s shoes and get with a realtor you trust, you’ll be able to boost your property value and sell your house for a fair price. 

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

Posted in Listing your home
June 16, 2020

Downtown Chicago Condos For Sale

Downtown Chicago Condos for sale. Downtown Chicago condos rank among some of the most beautiful real estate in the country. With the backdrop of beautiful Lake Michigan, most downtown residents are within walking distance of this great lake. If you work downtown and live in any of the downtown Chicago neighborhoods (West Loop, South Loop, Streeterville, Gold Coast, River North, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and the New East Side) you are a 5-minute walk to most public transportation. Famous Architecture and charm abound in all the nearby neighborhoods.

If you lean towards new construction, there is plenty under construction right now. My personal favorites are any Chicago condo building that provides a view of the Lake or Grant Park. 1000M is a new downtown Chicago condo project on Michigan Ave. This building promises incredible Lake Michigan and Grant Park views. Another building that is close to completion is Vista. Incredible views of the Lake and the Park, along with hotel-style amenities. If you love new construction but also enjoy old-world character, you have to check out The Tribune Tower. They are keeping the original character and incorporating it into the new condos. 

There is no question. Downtown Chicago Real Estate has something to offer for everyone's taste and budget.

Call today and let's get started finding your next home in downtown Chicago! 312-296-9300

Below is a picture I snapped just yesterday of Vista. This is a view across the park.


April 22, 2020

Real Estate is selling!

We made a seamless transition into Virtual Showings as we have always done 360 walk-thru videos on all our listings.

Ready to sell? What are you waiting for? We offer the Virtual Open House and when buyers are ready to see the home in person we supply masks, gloves, and shoe covers.

Call today for a consultation and see our 3D Virtual package below to get your home sold.

Christine Hancock

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Posted in Moving
March 5, 2020

What $300,000 gets you in the West Loop

The West Loop has become one of the most popular Downtown Chicago neighborhoods. As prices rise can you still find an entry-level condo? We have found 2. The neighborhood is popular because of the proximity of shops, the most trendy restaurants in the city, nightlife, and a number of new corporations such as Google and McDonalds. Save the commute,  Live where you work. 


125 S. Jefferson St. #1901. Chicago 1 bed/bath $287,500 incl. parking

Park Alexandria

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130 S. Canal St. #9J Chicago 1 bed/1 bath $260,000 incl. parking

Metropolitan Place

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130 S. Canal #9J