3. A 1990s take on Prairie style architecture has sealed a buyer. The handsome Wicker Park four-bed was desirable enough to have listed in June for $2M and sell in September for $2.05M. Of the home's many attributes we'll peg the new open kitchen, huge master w/ fireplace, finished basement w/ heated floors and guest suite, wine cellar, and the superb outdoor spaces as highlights. Stained glass panels, multiple fireplaces, and cherry woodwork add character.
2. It took two full years, but the showiest condo at 219 E LSD has itself a new owner. The vintage two-bed has moderate square footage but commands a price in excess of $2M, in part because of the lustrous decor which we were in the mood to knock last year (wood paneling, fireplaces, stone baths, new kitchen, and ceiling frescoes) and in part because of its pair of private terraces. In this rare instance, the building's lower floors supply superior terraces. Listing in September 2011 for $2.8M, the closing price is $2.125M.
1. Chicago's top sale of the week goes to a brand spankin' new Lake View single-fam. This mini-manse by Barrett Homes boasts six bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, designer appliances and finishes, coffered ceilings (the norm in today's luxury construction), a marble master bathroom with chandelier and steam room, a lower-level wet bar and wine cellar, roof deck, balcony, and an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Nutso. Listing in April for $2.899M, the home went for $2.691M.