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Holiday Closings: Three Dynamite Homes No Longer For Sale


Tightly bound in the orbit of the Archbishop's Residence, this Gold Coast mansion sold relatively fast for top tier real estate. Our first visit to the exuberant six-bed came in June, when listed for $6.75M. One buyer agreed the 8,400-square-foot home was worth a shit-ton, conceding $6.225M for neon green and yellow rooms. That's not the true allure of course, just our favorite aspect. The money is in the perfect condition of such a huge dwelling, its six fireplaces, double-height solarium, paneled library, and media room. It goes down as one of the biggest sales of 2012.
·Listing: 1525 N State Pkwy [Koenig & Strey]
·Gold Coast Mansion Brushes Up To Archbishop's Residence [Curbed Chicago]


Now for another Curbed favorite: the raw penthouse space of the former Montgomery Ward Observatory. The shiftiest of properties, this 19th floor space at 6 Michigan Avenue has thrown varying square footages at the defenseless shopper, with 6,200 the most consistent. While it demands a custom design job, the suggestion of five bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths is at least present (photos of finished spaces match those of the 18th floor unit). The real trophy is the 35' x 35' great room with monumental arched windows and ceiling height of some 20 feet. This glassed-in observatory might be the best entertaining space after the Cultural Center. Listed for $4M then $3M, the closing price is a mere $1.9M.
·Listing: 6 N Michigan Ave #1901 [@properties]
·Former Montgomery Ward Observatory-Turned-Penthouse [Curbed Chicago]


This one never registered a blip on Curbed's radar despite being listed since summer 2010, and despite being totally killer. A 3,000-square-foot 3/3 duplex at The Regent in Streeterville, the "ultimate entertaining home" has a very cool two-story living room with wrap-around balcony and floating staircase. The 1996 construction has a modernist tilt that leans back toward the 1950s and 60s. The furnishings gang up with finishes and built-ins for a museum-like aura. Thankfully a pair of skinny terraces offer a needed dose of the messy, noisy city. Originally asking $1.475M, the unit closed on Friday for $1.165M.
·Listing: 190 E Walton Place #502 [Coldwell Banker]