Modern Living in Smith Park

4000 s.f. STUNNING MODERN LIVING IN COVETED SMITH PARK. Just completed brick SFH 4 BD, 3 1/2 BA plus media room, as well as 3 outdoor areas to relax or entertain.  2-car garage also serves as functional party space opening into stadium style steps and HUGE outdoor backyard- let the merriment extend everywhere. Sophisticated, stunning architecture, thoughtfully designed for a family and for entertaining! Walls of glass, 10′ hi ceilings, 8′ solid doors, living room with modern gas fireplace, built-in buffet and bar w/beverage cooler in dining rm.  Also enjoy a chef’s gourmet kitchen with Wolf 6-burner range & SubZero refrigerator, white lacquered custom cabinetry with white quartz countertops and 8′ waterfall island adjacent to the family room. 3 spacious bedrooms on second floor with ensuite bathrooms, huge master suite on third floor with 12′ vaulted ceiling, walk-in custom closet, large terrace and luxurious marble and stone tiled bathroom with…

Sweeping Lake Views at Lake Point Tower

Move right in! Just completed to perfection! Thoughtfully re-designed, brand new renovation with sweeping, stunning views of the Lake and Navy Pier – 2 BR/ 2BA at full-amenity Lake Point Tower, known for its outstanding service and huge outdoor pool and gardens plus indoor pool/exer rm. All new porcelain white stone floors throughout and extensive custom lacquered wood built-ins with enormous storage space! Gorgeous chef’s white wood lacquered custom kitchen with new high-end appliances and a wine cooler, large island with quartz counters cantilevered for stools, track lighting, back-lit glass upper cabinets w/quartz backsplash,and high end fixtures and motorized window shades throughout. All new bathrooms w/porcelain tiles, and a brand new stackable washer/dryer with extra storage. Both bedrooms have extra custom wood built-in cabinetry and large closets. Just bring your clothes! Plus 3 deeded parking spaces are available for purchase as well.  Extensive building amenities include: Fitness room plus yoga, squash/raquetball/basketball…

Up-and-Coming Neighborhood: Smith Park

It’s not easy to predict the next “it” neighborhood, however our family has been in tune to Chicago trends, particularly after studying real estate cycles and driving every inch of this city.  A common element in these up-and-coming neighborhoods is foodie establishments.  Often we see popular restaurateurs opening new dining experiences in neighborhoods on the brink of discovery.  The Gillman Group discovered food and so much more in Smith Park. Smith Park is west of Western Avenue – near our favorite corner at Augusta and California.  There, restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff has opened C.C. Ferns, catering to locals looking for great coffee and a quiet place to work.  They boast an impressive cigar collection which somehow seems apropos in the eclectic, rustic, atmosphere.  Around the corner he also acquired the beloved lounge, California Clipper, and has revived it to it’s former glory.   Brendan Sodikoff is currently one of the most interesting and adventurous restaurateurs looking to be a pioneer, not just in restaurant concepts, but also in…

Lincoln Park Luxury- 1923 N Hudson

1923 N. Hudson. Stunning extra-wide, stately brick home with high ceilings in best Lincoln Park location-steps to Bauler playlot, Oz Park, restaurants, stores and the Lake! 6,000 s.f. with an elevator to every floor. Fabulous for entertaining and for family life. Huge living room, separate dining room, updated open kitchen/family room w/terrace, full finished basement with bedroom, bathroom, laundry, storage room and enormous recreation room leading out to brick-paved patio. 2nd floor library could be 6th bedroom and leads to lovely terrace. Enormous master suite on 2nd floor with sitting area and bay windows, marble bathroom with steam shower and dual sinks, and walk-in closet. 3 bedrooms on 3rd floor- ensuite bathroom and a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Skylights and large windows flood house with light.  For more information, click here

Curb Appeal Matters

We’ve already discussed that first impressions are everything, but first impressions don’t start upon entering a home.  88% of home-buyers initiate their search online and of those 63% will drive past a property they like.  What do they see? The home’s exterior includes the front door, hand railings and stairs, condition of the façade, landscaping, garage, and the parkways and sidewalks.  Consequently, maintaining the exterior impacts the potential number of viewers a listed home receives. Look at your home objectively and decide what you would like to see as a potential buyer.  A clean and neat appearance can subliminally convey to buyers that the home is well-maintained. We know it’s a challenge with children to put bicycles or toys away, but doing these small tasks and picking up debris, make for a more pleasing entry.  Additionally, you may find issues you have previously not paid attention to-  cracking paint, dirty…

Bucktown Duplex Penthouse

2340 W. North Ave, Apt. 3R.  Private entry into this contemporary 2,500 sf Bucktown duplex penthouse! Feels like a single family home w/ attached 5-car tandem heated garage w/ high ceilings for extra storage. Enormous urban oasis roofdeck includes a 6-person hot tub, outdoor shower, and garden. Plus a large terrace with trellis, pergola and barbecue off the main living room, and 2 juliette balconies. Huge chef’s kitchen w/ GE Monogram SS appliances, wine cooler, professional 6-burner range w/ grill, dual ovens, and granite countertops with stainless steel attached kitchen table. Master bedroom sanctuary features another terrace, a custom walk-in-closet, marble bathroom w/ double sinks, “carwash” steam shower w/multiple shower heads, and air-jet bathtub. 2nd bedroom w/ ensuite marble bathroom with mosaic tiles & a walk-in CL. Wide planked wood floors throughout, recently refinished, and freshly painted walls. High ceilings on both levels! Near train, restaurants, stores, and the new…

Boutique Building in the Gold Coast

Exquisite, luxurious, 4,700 square feet in iconic architectural boutique building in the Gold Coast with 10’ ceilings and 60’ of floor-to-ceiling windows. Lounge on huge terrace facing east down Oak Street and south. Completely custom home by Booth Hansen with high-end gourmet kitchen, family room off the kitchen with mahogany built-ins, opulent master suite with 19’ x 13’ walk-in closet and 20’ x 15’ lavish marble bathroom with steam shower and multi-jets. Totally unique gem. Includes 3-car parking, 24 hour doorman.

Lincoln Park Greystone

Stunning recent meticulous renovation of vintage greystone on an oversized lot, steps from Lincoln Park and the Lake, restaurants, stores, and transportation. Thoughtfully designed and perfect for entertaining – fabulous Brazilian Ipe hardwood deck on garage, plus blue stone terrace with outdoor fireplace. Many original details with modern finishes, 7 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, huge temperature-controlled wine room, paneled wood library and a beautiful Christopher Peacock white wood kitchen with French limestone flooring.

Gold Coast Luxury Condominium

Elegance exudes from this custom, dramatic 3 bedroom/ 3 1/2 bathroom home in a unique, luxury Gold Coast architecturally-stunning building. 10 foot high ceilings with 60 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass enjoys forever west and south views. Lounge on huge outdoor private terrace off the gourmet Poggenpohl kitchen and family room with custom wood built-ins.