Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today's price: $2,250/month— enough to straddle various housing types and sizes but not enough to inflate heads. Will it be a large Motor Row loft or a 22nd-floor Edgewater two-bed w/ lake views? They're on the roster.
? Loft conversions are about the only housing option in Motor Row, and this building at the historic district's southern edge (read: beyond the Stevenson) sports some awfully fine units. A top-floor 2/2 is available with 1,600 square feet of living space. The dwelling has extra high ceilings, a balcony, gas fireplaces, exposed brick, hardwood floors, and a bona fide lofted bedroom— this ain't just another mindless application of "loft". Just listed, the asking rent is $2,300/month.
? Get your unobstructed lake views from the "preferred southeast corner" of Edgewater's tallest tower. This 22nd-floor unit spans 1,250 square feet with wraparound windows, hardwood floors, two updated baths, and a spacious kitchen. Flagship building amenities include a roof deck and indoor pool. The ask: $2,300/month.
? Imperfections and dated decor might be holding up leasing of this four-bed Hyde Park row house. Otherwise, there'd be a lot folks willing to pony up $2,300 for a 2,200-square-foot single-fam in a solid neighborhood. The landlord and listing agent chose to accentuate the vintage "charm" of the home, as its condition is a set fact for renters. There are some very sexy moments within: oak paneled windows; pocket doors; grand fireplace; built-in buffet; and a fenced yard. Three months is a long time for a rental like this to linger on the market.
? There's a superb opening in a favorite Belmont Harbor vintage apartment block. The ninth-floor 2/1 offers 1,340-square-feet with an all-new kitchen, handsome tiled bathroom, separate living and dining rooms, biofuel mosaic fireplace, and southern exposure directly opposite the lakeshore trail. The building features a roof deck, but residents must seek out parking elsewhere. The ask: $2,300/month.
? The other standalone rental option is this townhouse at the South Loop-Bronzeville border. The 2,080-square-foot 2/2.5 home belongs to the Eastgate Village complex of suburbanized new-builds that back onto a central courtyard. It's not the ideal urban form but the site is, admittedly, prohibitive with the elevated Stevenson, MLK Drive, and a drive-thru McDonald's as neighbors. The unit is clean, bright, and sports a private roof deck. How much? $2,200/month.