Play in the Chicago Snow This Weekend

It’s been pretty cold this week and that’s perhaps causing a bit of cabin fever for some Chicagoans. This weekend will be warmer and should be perfect to get out and enjoy Snow Days at McCormick Place.

The annual festival hosts snow sculptors from around the world who compete to create the most spectacular masterpiece.

Snow Days Chicago 2010

Begining at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday visitors can enjoy voting for their favorite sculpture, viewing penguins from the Shedd Aquarium, painting snow, and children can enjoy free snowboarding lessons.

Follow your day in the snow with a nice meal at one of Chicago’s top restaurants, as it is also Restaurant Week!


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Updated Dearborn Park Home

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View current inventory of 2 bedroom townhomes and condos by Chicago’s Near South Side.

Listing Details 

Updated Dearborn Park Home

1169 S Plymouth 308, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $328,000

MLS number: 08823275

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Spacious, Updated Condo

This freshly updated home has a spacious floorplan with room for everyone. The large dining and living room is big enough to accommodate a dining table for six, a large couch and sitting area, as well as a small office area.

Exterior 1

Kitchen 4

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Remodeled Kitchen and Baths Add an Air of Elegance

Fresh updates make the bathrooms feel bright and stylish. The kitchen glistens with stainless steel appliances, including a huge refrigerator, a glasstop stove, and quartz countertops. Take note of the gorgeous flooring throughout.

Dearborn Park: A Residential Community in the South Loop, Chicago

Dearborn Park I & II is a residential area in the South Loop that was developed in the late 70s-early 80s to offer families an alternative to moving to the suburbs. Filled with condos, townhomes, and single family homes, as well as parks and a school Dearborn Park offers a respite from the bustling downtown nearby.

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Huge Townhome in Dearborn Park II

View current inventory of 3 bedroom townhomes and condos by Chicago’s Near South Side.

Listing Details 

Huge Townhome in Dearborn Park II

1327 S Plymouth G, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $750,000

MLS number: 08815856

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3.1

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Bright, Spacious, Townhome 

Largest floor plan and ideal location within the development. From the open foyer to the sun-drenched living room and eat-in kitchen this home offers plenty of room to spread out and entertain.

Exterior 1

Living 2

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Warm Up in the Expansive Living Room

Large windows drench the home in light. The living room feels warm year-round from the bright sunlight pouring in to the fireplace at the far wall. Built-in glass shelves offer the perfect spot to display your fragile collectibles. 

Dearborn Park: A Residential Community in the South Loop, Chicago

Dearborn Park I & II is a residential area in the South Loop that was developed in the late 70s-early 80s to offer families an alternative to moving to the suburbs. Filled with condos, townhomes, and single family homes, as well as parks and a school Dearborn Park offers a respite from the bustling downtown nearby.

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Spacious Penthouse-like Condo

View current inventory of 3 bedroom homes by Chicago’s Near South Side.

Listing Details 

Spacious Penthouse-like Condo

41 E 8th #608, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $646,000

MLS number: 08814151

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Square Footage: 2040

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Formal and Informal Space Surrounded by Terrace

Enter through a spacious hallway to the bright, formal dining room and living room. Two doors lead to the 1100 sq/ft wrap around terrace. Spread out even more down the hall in the kitchen and family room, which also have direct access to the terrace.

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Chandelier Crop

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A One of a Kind Chandelier Brings Elegance to the Dining Room

Purchased from the Pismo Gallery in Aspen this Ulla Darni chandelier is hand painted in the pattern Mir – Monochromatic. As all Darni glass is handpainted no two are exactly the same. For more information about the artist please visit her website: ulladarni.com.

The South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago

The South Loop has been a vital neighborhood for most of Chicago’s history. From Dearborn Station as an early a transportation hub, to the Prairie District, once home to leaders of early Chicago such as Marshall Field and John Glessner. Later Printer’s Row became a popular place for book manufacturer’s. A residential revival started in 1979 with Dearborn Park. Today the neighborhood is home to many Chicagoans, as well as tourist destinations such as Museum Campus.

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Should You Make Last Minute Improvements Before Selling Your Home

To update or not to update? This is a question that plagues many home sellers. Getting ready to sell your home can be a scary and expensive process. Most sellers want to get the most money as they can for their home without spending much. There are many reasons for this.

  • They may want to save money for the next place.
  • The potential buyer might not like the finishes the seller picks.
  • The seller might not get an even return on his investment.

Sometimes the seller gets lucky and a buyer with a vision to make the home his own comes to the space prepared to do the necessary work. But, if the seller is counting on this he is cutting out the entire market who does not want to do any work on the home.

As a study let’s look at two properties that closed in the fall of 2014. These are both 2b/2ba, 1250 sq/ft homes in 400 E Randolph.

Floor Closed Price Market Time
13 Oct 2 $338,000 109
21 Sept 26 $460,000 29

That’s a sold price difference of $122,000! The one on the 21st floor is 8 stories higher than the 13th floor, but that’s not a difference that commands $100k in price! The biggest difference in these homes is the finishes.

These condos were built in 1963, so both units have been at least partially updated. Let’s look at the differences. In each example the home on the 13th floor is on top and the same room on the 21st floor is on bottom.

Baths

The baths on the 21st floor have been completely updated. While the 13th floor has newer countertops the tiled floor is old and one bathroom still has mirrored cabinetry and a hotel style layout.

Dining

It’s hard to say from these pictures whether any walls were moved in the kitchen and dining area of the home on 21, but with the wood floors and bright paint the room looks brighter.

Kitchen

The kitchen was clearly gutted and rebuilt on 21. Wood floors, a backsplash, and nicer appliances give the kitchen an elegance that 13 can’t have with mismatched appliances and a linoleum floor.

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Removing the mirrored walls and adding wood floors in the living room make the room seem larger in the expensive home.

As a seller you may not have the funds to make all the changes your home needs and you might not see a full return if you make the improvements immediately before selling, but it might be worth the investment to at least remove outdated styles such as mirrored walls. In this case the sellers who went all out with renovations left the table 80 days sooner and $122,000 richer than the sellers who only made a few improvements.


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Market Update November 2014

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In the video above, we discussed how the real estate market is affecting buyers. With the availability of credit and the threat of mortgage rates rising over the next year it is very important for sellers to price their homes well in order to attract a buyer.

The following charts show year-over-year how prices have changed for the month of October in the neighborhoods of downtown Chicago. If you think the time might be right for you to sell your home please call us to help you determine your home’s value.

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Near North Side

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Single Family Homes

Near South Side

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Near West Side

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Single Family Homes

 


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Large Townhouse Near South Loop Elementary

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Listing Details 

Large Townhouse Near South Loop Elementary

1328 S Federal K, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $3,550/month

MLS number: 08785285

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.1

Square Footage: 2100

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Tons of Room to Live and Entertain in This Townhome

Spread out in this large townhome with a family room and den, as well as beautiful views north of the Chicago skyline. A spacious kitchen with an island overlooks the family room and has access to the balcony for outdoor entertainment. The formal dining room includes a wet bar. 

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A Quiet Location Makes This an Urban Retreat

Located in the heart of Dearborn Park II this home is practically across the street from South Loop Elementary and just a little ways from Cottontail Park. A short walk east will bring you to the heart of the South Loop and shops and entertainment on Roosevelt Road feel like they are nearly around the corner. Have an easy commute, less than a mile from the Loop.

Dearborn Park: A Residential Community in the South Loop, Chicago

Dearborn Park I & II is a residential area in the South Loop that was developed in the late 70s-early 80s to offer families an alternative to moving to the suburbs. Filled with condos, townhomes, and single family homes, as well as parks and a school Dearborn Park offers a respite from the bustling downtown nearby.

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Dearborn Park Townhome

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Listing Details 

Dearborn Park Townhome

1069 S Park Terrace 205, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $450,000

MLS number: 08787417

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Bright, Updated, Townhome 

This home feels like new, boasting a remodeled kitchen with granite counters & all new stainless steel appliances. Both bedrooms are spacious with walk in closets. A full laundry room with side-by-side washer and dryer gives even more room for storage. Hardwood floors throughout.

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Great Location Offering Privacy and Accesibility

A private fenced-in-terrace provides you with your own outdoor space to relax and entertain. With a Walkscore of 95 the city is at your fingertips. This home is mere steps from parks, Printer’s Row, the Loop, and shopping & entertainment at Roosevelt Collection.

Dearborn Park: A Residential Community in the South Loop, Chicago

Dearborn Park I & II is a residential area in the South Loop that was developed in the late 70s-early 80s to offer families an alternative to moving to the suburbs. Filled with condos, townhomes, and single family homes, as well as parks and a school Dearborn Park offers a respite from the bustling downtown nearby.

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Bright Full-Amenity Condo in the South Loop

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Bright Full-Amenity Condo in the South Loop

1530 S. State #525, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $299,000

MLS number: 08772249

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Square Footage: 1233

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Spacious Modern Home

Full southern exposure makes this a bright contemporary home, freshly painted, with hardwood floors throughout and new stainless steel appliances.

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Extra Large Balcony

A full wall of windows open to the balcony which expands the length of the home. Facing south, the home is very bright and offers extensive views.

South Loop: One of Chicago’s Oldest Neighborhoods

The South Loop has been a vital neighborhood for most of Chicago’s history. From Dearborn Station as an early a transportation hub. To the Prairie District, once home to leaders of early Chicago such as Marshall Field and John Glessner. Later Printer’s Row became a popular place for book manufacturer’s. A residential revival started in 1979 with Dearborn Park. Today the neighborhood is home to many Chicagoans, as well as tourist destinations such as Museum Campus.

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Hyde Park Penthouse with Views

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Listing Details 

Hyde Park Penthouse with Views

5400 S Harper Ave #1402, Chicago IL 60615

Original List Price: $196,000

MLS number: 08768160

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Square Footage: 1000

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Beautifully Updated Hyde Park Penthouse with Expansive Views

This bright, open corner unit has been freshly painted. There is new carpeting in the bedroom and glistening cherry floors in the living room. An updated, European-style eat-in kitchen houses a washer/dryer combo and a dishwasher. It is well finished with granite counters and cherry cabinets. Each window lets in tons of light and showcases amazing Chicago skyline and Lake views.

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Location is Prime for this Hyde Park Home

Only one block away from Starbucks, restaurants, shopping along 53rd street, and just steps away from the Museum of Science and Industry, Jackson Park, and the Lakefront, this home is in a prime location for Hyde Park. Whole Foods is opening a new store nearby, in 2016. Easy access to the Metra and public transportation provides a quick trip to downtown Chicago.

Hyde Park: A Neighborhood Where History and Culture Thrive

Originally a suburban retreat for wealthy Chicagoans, Hyde Park is still home to many mansions. The neighborhood is home of the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago, as well as President Obama.

Upscale shops and restaurants can be found along 53rd st near Harper Ave. Hyde Park also keeps nature at your fingertips with the Lakefront Path, Jackson Park and many other parks scattered through the neighborhood.

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