October 2016

Found 4 blog entries for October 2016.

There is an incredible number of reasons why Chicago is such an amazing city, from the iconic skyline to the incredible restaurants to the world class universities and museums. What can we say? We love it here. And there's perhaps no better time to be in the Windy City than during the holiday season, and here's why...

The Festival of Lights on the Magnificent Mile. The parade, the millions of holiday lights, and the general festive spirit make this a wonderful time to be out and about on Michigan Avenue.

The Christkindlmarkt. This traditional German-style market at the Daley Plaza has all sorts of holiday crafts, along with the trademark mulled wine and authentic German food, European-style houses, Christmas trees, and general festive

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With all the luxury new construction happening in the Near North and downtown Chicago, there's hardly surprising that some brand new million dollar listings are beginning to pop up on the Windy City real estate market. In fact, $1 million-plus condos are making up the core of the newest offerings from developers, at least in Chicago's downtown and its immediate surrounding neighborhoods.

What's more, some of the finest units will be located in the upcoming Vista Tower, which promises to be one of the most amazing buildings that Chicago has ever seen. Even better, this unparalleled super-tall high rise will be located in one of our favorite neighborhoods, Lakeshore East.

For around $1 million at the Vista, you could get a condo with stellar views of

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Sometimes you just can't find an available condo in the neighborhood or building that you desire that also has the square footage or the type of floor plan that you're hoping for, and sometimes you might just want the opportunity to customize your living space to fit your exact specifications.

 

Granted, it can take longer to move in when you're combining units than when you purchase a place that's move-in ready or turn-key. But in many ways, it might be worth the effort. That's because combining units in a way that is tailored to your needs and preferences - it doesn't just mean that you get a larger space, but also that you get a home that realizes your vision of a dream home.

What's more, it is almost always a good idea to get in on the ground

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While many people seeking downtown condos might be looking for one or two bedroom units, there's an increasing interest - and a corresponding lack of inventory - in living spaces that have a bit more room than the typical open plan kitchen/living room/dining area hybrid and a bedroom or bath or two. However, larger units like penthouses or full floor condos are often difficult to find - and combining two or more smaller units is often easier said than done.

Of course, prestigious penthouse units do come on the market every so often (that's where it helps to have a long term relationship with a great real estate agent (we happen to know a few, if we do say so ourselves). And being aware of these listings practically before they are listed or even

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