February 2016

Found 4 blog entries for February 2016.



Chicago is home to lots of spectacular high end estate - there's certainly no denying that. However, every once in a while a listing comes along that stands out from the rest; a once in a lifetime home or investment (or both).

Right now, this downtown Chicago property is 225 North Columbus Drive #8004, a gorgeously spacious penthouse condo in the iconic Aqua high rise. Situated in the urban oasis that is Lakeshore East, this three bed, four bath condo has sweeping unobstructed views of the city, lake, and river from its floor to ceiling windows and private terraces, all the high end finishes you could dream of, and a variety of luxury amenities that rival those of a prestigious hotel (including several pools, decks, and a state of the art

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Living in a luxury condo or town home is fabulous, of course, but sometimes it can be what's outside your unit that truly makes a property special. We're talking about the little extras, the amenities that take a beautiful home to the next level. Here are some examples of what you can find at Lakeshore East and in other high end Chicago condo buildings...

1. Amazing indoor and outdoor pools. Whether you swim regularly or just like laying outside in the sun during the summer months, having a beautiful pool or two can upgrade your entire living experience.

2. State of the art fitness facilities. Who needs to join a gym when you have a wonderful set-up right downstairs (or upstairs, as the case may be).

3. Outdoor decks with lounges and grills.

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Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods, and for good reason - each pocket of the city has its own distinctive personality and flavor. But as interesting as that makes the city itself, it can make for difficult decisions when it comes to choosing which neighborhood you want to live in or simply invest in, as the various areas each appeal to different personalities. So without further ado, here are the ten key questions that you should ask and answer before you sign on the dotted line and make a real estate purchase.

1. Peace and Quiet or Vibrant Nightlife?

2. Cultural Considerations - do you want to live in an ethnic or religious enclave?

3. Dining in or Eating Out?

4. Proximity to your job or a long commute?

5. Sports preferences?

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Although we love Chicago during all four seasons, we have to admit that sometimes it looks better than others. Of course, our stunning views tend to look better against bright sunny skies and the chill of early spring mornings can be unpleasant, but there are plenty of ways to stage your home so that it looks enticing in all sorts of lights.

Here are some our Chicago real estate professionals' favorite tips and tricks...

1. Use Pops Of Color. Even if you aren't normally a bright color person, adding a bright throw, pillow or two, or tablecloth can help a lot to draw attention to the focal point of a room when you're trying to sell.

2. Draw The Eye In. This works especially well with art work or rugs that can be used as focal points, bringing

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