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Renovated co-op in Mies van der Rohe lakefront tower lists for $1.9M

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The unit features lake views and a modernist interior befitting of the building’s International Style design

860 N. Lake Shore Drive, Unit 7JK
Photos by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff via Redfin

Located in a 1951 waterfront residential tower designed by master of modernism Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, this well-appointed Gold Coast co-op feels anything but dated thanks to a thorough renovation that also manages to capture the “less is more” philosophy of its famous architect. Highlights of the recent renovation include a slick, European style chef’s kitchen, spa-like bathrooms, upgraded lighting, and a built-in audio system.

The spacious three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home features wrap-around views of Lake Michigan from its 7th floor perch at 860 N. Lake Shore Drive. The landmarked mid-century building represents van der Rohe’s first highrise project with fully exposed steel I-beams, signaling a pivotal point in both the designer’s career and minimalism as an architectural movement.

Like with other high-end cooperatives, prospective homeowners here would be on the hook for a pretty steep monthly co-op payment—in this case $4,186—on top of the unit’s current asking price of $1,895,000. In addition to regular condo assessment items, this monthly fee also covers the 3,200-square-foot home’s property tax.