Flanked by the Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway, River West is a gritty transitional zone between the Near West Side and West Town. It's there, on Fry and Elston next to an ugly surface lot, that we found this careworn loft building. This 1-bed timber loft fixer-upper is on the market for $225K, about $100K more than a similarly-sized but less-timbery unit in the building recently went for. While the interiors have good bones (read: plank flooring, striking timber ceilings, and exposed brickwork), you'll need a bit of imagination to tap the hidden promise. But the finished kitchen and bathroom will help free up some extra dough for any potential reno. The 1,200-square foot unit, perched on the top floor, is being sold as is and features lots of storage space, rental parking, and "amazing skyline views" from the roof top deck— its primary advantage over the other units.
·Listing: 1117 W. Fry, Unit 10 [Dream Town Realty]