Lakewood Balmoral – the historic Andersonville historic district in Chicago’s Edgewater Community, has 3 properties for sale today — 2 are on Bryn Mawr. There’s only one for sale in the heart of the district – 5313 N Lakewood.
The signs will be posted next week, as April 1 will be the first day for street cleaning in Chicago.
I just downloaded my ward’s map – each ward has a posted schedule and map to show boundaries – the 48th ward looks like this:
The boundaries and dates (below) And the section map for the ward (below)
All Chicago ward maps and schedules can be found on the Chicago webpage by selecting this link.
Chicago Street Sweeping Mobile App
There is also a mobile app for both iphones and android phones – I have downloaded it and I’ll be testing it out, but I have to say that on my first visit, I was given incorrect information.
I picked out an address in my neighborhood, and compared it to the schedules above. The mobile app tells me street cleaning will be on April 10/11 while the city has April 9/10 scheduled for the same location. Perhaps it’s just not up to date, since this ward map was just posted this week.
Alas, I tried a location in the 42nd ward – the city has April 2/3 scheduled for Section 1 while the mobile app has April 3/4 planned. Again — mismatched dates!
It’s a great idea, and I had high hopes for using it… For now, I recommend you download the maps from the city!
If in doubt, check with your alderman’s office for the latest information, or call 311.
Wishing you clean streets and a ticket – free 2013 in Chicago this year!
401 E Ontario is a terrific East Streeterville building, and I saw a terrific loft-like condo there last week that sold (twice) almost immediately.
The building was built in 1989, and 394 studios, 1,2, and 3 bedroom units are found on the 50 floors. It’s a full amenity building – get information on the amenities by selecting the links toward the bottom of this post.
It’s a gorgeous building in a fabulous location – views from units can be wonderful, however that wasn’t the point of this condo – it was the flexibility of space and high ceilings/windows that aren’t found in most Streeterville condos, combined with the beautiful finishes that make it a very special property.
This unit(note – it’s not my listing – I was representing the buyer)isn’t like most of the units in the building, but it enjoys the same amenities! My buyer passed on it, reluctantly, for personal reasons. We both loved it, though, and we aren’t surprised it was snapped up immediately.
Check out some of the photos here:
In this market, make sure you work with an agent who’s constantly on the prowl to find units that meet your needs.
Sign up for search alerts on agent websites so you have instant access to new listings the moment they become available.
Often, it’s not how much off the listing price that matters- it’s the value compared to other similar properties that have SOLD and how the property compares to your individual needs.
The appraisal must be high enough in price qualify for your loan, but that number isn’t derived from the listing price, either.
Our Foursquare is traditional 1908 – not exactly Craftsman – not MacIntosh –it’s considered “Transitional”, according to Thom Green of Greene & Proppe. Our highest priority is to make the kitchen as “historic” as the rest of the house, so it should include traditional style – inset cabinets. We have to work within a 14 x 13′ space, so we’re limited in our options.
The Southampton Kitchen with antique white stain looks more like a butler’s pantry – I’m a big fan of this one (forget the island – that’s NOT part of the look I’m going for!)
The Oak Park Cabinet is too stylized for us.
I think the Craftsman kitchen is too stylized, too.
The traditional cabinet doesn’t look right, either.
Tom and I have been fans of this cabinet for a long time! We started our journey by touting the quartersawn cabinet, but I think it’s not “soft” enough for us.
Walk Score is the new scale by which home buyers calculate the closeness of amenities to their potential new property.
The scale, ranging from 0 – 100, ranks how easily you can conduct your life on foot:
90 – 100 Walker’s Paradise – daily errands do not require a car
70 – 89 Very Walkable – most errands can be accomplished on foot
50 – 69 Somewhat Walkable – some amenities within walking distance
25 – 49 Car-dependent – a few amenities within walking distance
0 – 24 Car-dependent – almost all errands require a car
The site (select this link) can be accessed on its own, or within listings you find while searching online. Walk Score gives Chicago a 74 – “VERY WALKABLE” — making it the 4th best city nationwide for walking.
My home scores an 86 — most errands can be accomplished on foot. It’s not the highest score, obviously, but it made me ask the question –
Is it possible to have too high a Walk Score?
After a quick search, I decided that for some, the answer could definitely be YES.
My office is located at 737 N Michigan Avenue. If you’re not familiar with Chicago, let me paint a picture…
The Nieman Marcus Building/Olympia Centre condominiums…
Entrance on Chicago Ave – across the street from the famous historic Water Tower of Chicago.
Walgreens is on the corner, chic dining and shopping are steps away, and Northwestern Hospital is on the next block.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is one block east.
Believe it or not, a track, softball field, and tennis courts are a block and a half!
And yes — Lake Michigan is a mere 3 blocks east of us.
Yes- I could live in Olympia Centre or 777 N Michigan Avenue. I could brag about my 98 Walk Score, finding food, clothing, prescriptions, and anything I can imagine within a few yards of my doorman’s station.
When my kids are out of the house, and my arthritis makes cleaning this 3-story balloon-frame dustbowl more than I can bear, then trust me — I’m cashing in for the 98 walk score.
Until then, though, I’ll keep my 86 Walk Score. I’ll enjoy the Clark Street retail – Andersonville shops, and Dewey and I’ll walk the Bryn Mawr/lakefront loop.
I enjoy the thrill of driving south on Lake Shore Drive with the city skyline beckoning me to my office.
Your walk score is a number – something to be considered but not coveted. My brother in Colorado wouldn’t trade his 42 Walk Score in Winter Park for anything!
We all have our own definition of “Living Well in ….. “
Chicago multi-units – 2-4 flats … 6-flats … so many options for investing in real estate these days!
I helped out a colleague yesterday – while she’s recovering from back surgery, I showed 2 listings to her client.
I was tickled by the first one – I had actually showed this 6-flat near the United Center several years ago to a buyer. He didn’t buy it then, but someone else did. Now it’s on the market again!
When I saw it in 2007, it as listed for $850,000. My buyer passed on it, but some lucky soul picked it up for $ 450,000.
It was listed again in 2009, starting at $ 920K. It was then reduced to $770,000 before someone bought it for $ 730,000.
Today’s it’s listed for $799,000, and it’s been for sale for 60 days so far.
There are 6 units in the building, generating $71,546 per year in revenue. A boiler provides heat to the units — after expenses the net income per year is approximately $44K. Currently. no income is derived from parking – the garages are boarded up and provide additional income opportunities.
The building is near I-290 and the Blue Line, and it’s in the shadow of the United Center.
Then, consider the financial and time cost, as well as the quality of life aspects of leaving Chicago for the suburbs:
1. Real Total Cost of Home Ownership
Suburban Property Taxes are usually higher than city homes of comparable cost. For example, Wilmette homes (in the $600’s) report property taxes of $8.1K – $18.7K/yr vs comparably priced Chicago homes — $5.5K – $11.1K.
Your REAL home cost for that $600K property may be $200/month higher in the suburbs!
2. Commuting – Money and Time Drain
30 minutes more each way – 48 weeks per year – 240 hours lost!
GAS — $120 per month+
30 more miles per day x (5 days a week) -x (48 weeks per year) = 7200 more miles/year
20 mpg means 360 more gallons per year and @ #4 per gallon you’ll spend
$120 more per month ($1440 per year)
This doesn’t include additional costs for car maintenance and depreciation due to miles driven
If you switch from CTA to driving, you need to put your car somewhere. How much would you have to pay to park?
$200? $300? $460?
Commuter Train Issues – Flexibility and Financial Cost
Giving up flexibility to follow a CTA schedule is a challenge for some. Would you walk to the suburban train station or do you need to wait for years to get a parking lot permit? How much does it cost to park in the train’s lot? This doesn’t include, of course, the cost of the tickets themselves (from Naperville-59 to the city, the monthly rate is over $100), an this doesn’t include transit to the station nor parking.
3. Quality of Life
Time away from Loved Ones
240 Hours+ per year just in commuting (see above)
Stress Level and Lifestyle
Do you get stressed in traffic jams? Is independence of schedule important?
Productivity – how important is your time? What could you do with the 240+ extra hours of commuting time?
Do you enjoy gathering with co-workers? Living far from work makes social flexibility difficult.
Benefits of raising children in the city – diversity, culture, education. I’ll write more of these in my next “Parenting in Chicago” post. This topic is worth a whole article (I’m very PRO-city for children!)
Don’t get me wrong – suburban living has it’s merits. I have many friends who are currently there, too. Many, though, are plotting their return. Others wonder why they didn’t consider staying in the city in the first place.
Whatever your choice, be sure to consider all the angles.
If you are interested in talking more about
The Chicago School Application Process,
Finding homes in Chicago Neighborhood Schools Districts,
Taking a tour of homes in the city and the suburbs to compare, or
Learning more about raising kids in the city —
Call me! I have 15 years experience navigating the Chicago private and public school systems – I would be delighted to be a resource for you!
Anne RossleyBaird & Warner773-620-5333Anne@Rossley.com
*homes in Lakeview, Lincoln Square, Uptown, Edgewater
Seniors, like all of us, need to be prepared for disasters. In Chicago, we’re not as concerned with hurricanes, tornadoes (to a lesser extent!), but storms with their accompanying flash floods and power outages are of great concern. In addition, today is COLD (!) and we should all be ready for the problems that extremely cold weather creates.
The Red Cross has mobile apps (some for Android and Iphones, some only in Itunes format) for first aid, shelter, fire, earthquake, and hurricane…
Click on the photo below, or go to Itunes or GooglePlay stores to download….
Chicago is on the cutting edge of technology, and this winter, I expect that the ChicagoShovels.org website will help neighbors – not only Chicago Seniors – but all Chicagoans have a safe and secure winter season.
Please view the video below to find out
How to track the Chicago snow plows,
Claim a sidewalk to shovel,
Find your car if it was towed for snow plows, and
Volunteer to shovel a sidewalk for a Chicagoan in need
There are several opportunities in Chicago for Seniors to get benefits and be prepared. Below is a map of Chicago Senior Centers.
Click on the map and then the location for more information:
Find what streets have overnight parking restrictions and are on the 2″ snow route
Was your car towed because of snow? Find it by using this app!
Next week: We’ll discuss Walk Scores in Chicago and how these can be used to choose your next home!