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Here Now, Five Superior Lofts Asking Less Than $300K

? A number of fab dwellings originate at this Humboldt Park timber loft building. This first-floor 2/2 is our favorite of what's currently available. Clocking 1,400 square feet, the slightly sunken unit steps up to a private 400-square-foot patio & garden— much larger than the upper floor balconies. The interiors are clean and bright with exposed brick, a fireplace, master w/ walk-in, and a surround sound system & flatscreen that are staying put. The ask? $300K w/ monthly dues of $341.

? A standout cheepie from a large rotating stock of Printers Row lofts, this 900-square-footer only has one bed and one bath but keeps things interesting with soundproof barrel-vaulted concrete ceilings, glass block partitions, newer eat-in kitchen, and a low assessment of $298/month. The ask ain't bad either: $199K.

? Still in the realm of the one-bed, our loft hunt brings us next to Lakeview and a 1,200-square-foot unit in a newer purpose-built loft low-rise. The listing agent touts "incredible value for a huge duplex loft." "Huge" is wee bit much, but must agree the space is well-appointed, airy, modern, and pretty comfy if you can stomach the second floor whiteout. There's no private outdoor space, but residents share a rooftop deck. Close to Southport shopping and Wrigley Field, the asking price is $229,900 w/ monthly dues of $262.

? Our largest loft is a 3/3 University Village abode with 18-foot ceilings, upgrades throughout, and a 1,100-square-foot private patio. The listing photos fall short of illustrating the full space and unit dimensions, but we do know the place collects concrete ceilings, tall windows, hardwood floors, and a newer kitchen, and that the building offers a gym. The ask: $269K with $546 in monthly dues.

? A case could be made for this 2/2 Bronzeville loft trumping those before it. It certainly has the tallest windows: some 19 feet, which means the ceilings are even higher. Check off fireplace, exposed brick, timber ceilings, lofted level, and a balcony and you've got a place that meets the many a buyer's house hunting criteria. At the foot of Motor Row at 26th & Michigan, the initial ask is $269K w/ $372 in monthly dues.
·1740 N Maplewood Ave. #118 [Baird & Warner]
·633 S Plymouth Court #309 [Coldwell Banker]
·1100 W Cornelia Ave. #121 [Eric Marcus Real Estate Group]
·1550 S Blue Island Ave. #303 [Prudential Rubloff]
·50 E 26th St. #217 [Century 21]