Anyone care to live in one of Chicago's most deserving landmarks? This 2BR condo on the 41st floor of Bertrand Goldberg's iconic Marina City just came on the market a week ago, joining three other available units in the concrete towers. The novel concrete construction techniques used led to repetition and symmetry within and between floors, and not much variation in size or layout of units. The factor most accounting for price variation is elevation. What size differences do exist are the result of subsequent alterations and mergers of small units. The unit on display here is the product of three combined studios. With each original unit containing a balcony, this one now has three. It also has an expansive living room and broad windows, and is tastefully updated (although the cupboards look a little cheap) Listed at $535,000, this is a really good deal for the location. In fact, likely owing to the building's age and space restrictions, units at Marina City are regularly priced far below the median for River North.
For architecture geeks and prospective buyers alike, the Art Institute is exhibiting a must-see retrospective entitled "Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention." As for Goldberg's residential architecture, Marina City was his first major commercial success and influenced many projects across the country from 1965 until his death in 1997.
· Listing: 300 N State St. #4103 [@ Properties via Redfin]
· Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention [Art Institute of Chicago]