The Ambassador House 1 bedroom unit in the Gold Coast

Posted by Sergio & Banks Real Estate on 6/14/12 at 2:21 PM

Tina Culver of Sergio & Banks takes us on a guided tour of 1325 N State Pkwy Unit 9C, inside the The Ambassador House, a full-service, full-amenity condominium in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.

This spacious and nicely updated one-bedroom unit is priced at $299,000 and offers diagonal hardwood floors, 8 crown molding, custom kitchen with granite countertops and breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and custom lighting.

An impressive lobby welcomes the residents, as well as a sprawling roof deck and pool with wraparound views of Chicago’s skyline.

Logan Square completely remodeled home for under $300K

Posted by Sergio & Banks Real Estate on 6/14/12 at 1:26 PM

Sergio & Banks Realty, Izabela Sloma takes us on a tour of 1834 N Monticello Ave, a completely remodeled 3-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home in Logan Square for under $300K.

This rarely available single family home in Logan Square, priced at $299,000, offers hardwood floors, a stylish kitchen with a large island and pantry cabinets, a finished walk-out lower level and a 2-car garage. There is also a deck that opens from the kitchen into a nice-sized back yard.

Monticello Park and the McCormick Tribune YMCA are within walking distance from this home.



Ambry Estates offers up to $25,000 incentives in June

Posted by J. Lawrence Homes on 6/4/12 at 10:08 AM

Ambry Estates, J. Lawrence Homes
Chicago home builder J. Lawrence Homes is offering up to $25,000 in free options in the month of June for Ambry Estates, an exclusive enclave of single-family homes in Lynwood, IL, a small suburb of less than 8000 residents located just 30 miles south of Chicago’s Loop. The residents of Ambry Estates can enjoy the 375-acre Wampum Lake Woods Forest Preserve that accommodates relaxing activities such as as fishing, hiking, bird watching and cross country skiing.

There are combination of available options and you may use the  $25,000 in incentives to purchase any of the variety of model and homesite.*

This video-tour is of 2100 Nichols Drive, a 2-story Rochester plan home with 2674 square feet that is available for immediate delivery. 3-car attached garage, full basement, high ceilings and plenty of insulation are some of the features of this home.

* Conditions may apply

Gold Coast history for sale at the former Patterson McCormick Mansion

Posted by Koenig & Strey Real Living on 5/29/12 at 3:21 PM

Take a tour of some Gold Coast history in the above video with Marla Nyberg of Koenig & Strey’s Gold Coast office. Once part of the Patterson McCormick Mansion, this full-floor 3,700 square foot residence at 1500 N Astor Place offers 12-foot ceilings, 4 fireplaces, a gorgeous library, designer kitchen and more. Marla represents the listing, which is the only unit with access to the massive south-facing front porch.

Designed by Stanford White and built in 1893, the historic Patterson McCormick Mansion was a wedding gift for the daughter of the Chicago Tribune’s Joseph Medill. In 1927 David Adler expanded this mansion and in 1978 it was converted to condominiums.

The Glen offers unique city living in Glenview

Posted by Koenig & Strey Real Living on 5/18/12 at 12:16 PM

Take a tour of 1819 Admiral Court, a 4000+ sq ft townhome at The Glen in Glenview, Illinois.

Missy Jerfita of Koenig & Strey shows us this luxurious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhome with spectacular views and a great location. The one-of-a-kind townhome unit offers oversized rooms, high ceilings, extra storage, designer finishes throughout and a 2.5 car garage.

The Glen in Glenview offers wonderful city living options such as closeness to shops, restaurants and supermarkets and easy transportation with a Metra station, and expressway to downtown Chicago.

Active seller market in Glenview and Northbrook

Posted by Koenig & Strey Real Living on 5/11/12 at 4:33 PM


According to the Senior VP and Branch Manager at Koenig & Strey’s Glenview and Northbrook offices, Michael Mazzei, demand for housing in these two north suburban suburbs is hot. The inventory of available homes is down 35% from a year ago at this time, which translates to a tighter supply, increased demand, and homes moving at closer to list price. While perhaps not quite yet a ‘seller’s market,’ there is still a greatly improved home marketing opportunity in a low-inventory environment.

With home prices down across the metropolitan area, we’re seeing sellers who have adjusted to the ‘new normal,’ pricing their homes for the market, and ultimately seeing better activity, as well as a better end result. Any of our real estate professionals will tell you that a good home, staged well and priced for the market will bring a seller faster results and more often than not a better price – and we’re seeing more of it here in Northbrook and Glenview.

We also get many requests for rentals, though the inventory is as low as it’s ever been. Although purchasing a home is the better economic option at this point, many are still not ready to make the move, and we’re happy to help them find the right rental.

For any questions regarding north suburban real estate, please contact Michael Mazzei.

West Lakeview new construction luxury home

Posted by Sergio & Banks Real Estate on 5/10/12 at 12:01 PM

Melissa Govedarica of Sergio & Banks takes us on a tour of 1928 W Wolfram, a newly listed luxury home in  West Lakeview offered by Noah Properties.

The 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath single-family boasts an extensive outdoor space, coffered ceilings, an over-the-top kitchen, a large, lavish master bath, floor-to-ceiling windows,  two laundry rooms, two wet bars, ample storage space and a bright, high-ceilinged lower level. Elaborate cabinetry, crown moldings and wainscoting cab also be found throughout the home.

Part of the North Center community, West Lakeview is a family oriented neighborhood with close proximity to many parks.



Renovated Library Place townhomes near downtown Winnetka

Posted by J. Lawrence Homes on 5/9/12 at 5:33 PM

The heart of downtown Winnetka is one of the most desired places to spend time in Chicagoland. Living nearby makes it all the more. J. Lawrence Homes recent renovated the Library Place townhomes. Shops, restaurants, schools, parks, a Metra station are all close. Some of the best North Shore beaches are nearby.

Take the above video tour of these rental units, ranging from $3,000 to $4,000 per month. The floor plans, from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet, feature 3 bedrooms, 2 or 2 1/2 baths and new high-end finishes. All have a full-sized laundry, garage space and a private yard.

Gold Coast’s 25th floor 3-bedroom home

Posted by Sergio & Banks Real Estate on 5/9/12 at 3:38 PM

Tina Culver of Sergio & Banks Realty takes us on a tour of unit 2505 at 50 E Bellevue Place.

This  3 bedroom, 3 full baths 25th floor home just recently became available and it offers 2,350 square feet of extensively renovated and upgraded living space, great views and light from floor-to-ceiling windows, generously sized rooms, hardwood flooring and  custom built-ins.

Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood and within walking distance to Lake Michigan,  Oak Street beach, the  boutiques of the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street and many dining options such as Tavern on Rush.


7000 square foot home in South Barrington’s ‘The Glen’, includes private beach access

Posted by Koenig & Strey Real Living on 5/9/12 at 2:13 PM

Take a tour of 12 Blanchard Circle, a beautiful 7000 square foot home on 1.36 acres located in The Glen, a prestigious gated community in South Barrington, Illinois.

Koenig & Strey associate, Muffy Hostetler from the Schaumburg office walks through this 5 bedroom and 4.2 baths, home that offers 2 separate staircases to the 2nd story and includes a private sanctuary.

The Glen of South Barrington offers great walking trails in a nature setting and as you will see in the video, access to a private beach on Lake Adalyn, ideal for swimming and fishing. This gated community is guarded 24-hours a day and is located in close proximity to fine dining and shopping, with easy access to the Metra station and expressways.

Contemporary new home on Smith Park

Posted by Sergio & Banks Real Estate on 4/18/12 at 4:30 PM

Located at 2550 W Huron St and facing south on Smith Park, this new 4,000 square foot, 4-5 bedroom, 3 ½ bath, contemporary single-family home boasts a sprawling first floor that is open from front to back, punctuated by an open, floating stainless steel staircase. The second floor features a master suite unlike anything you’ve seen, as the large master bedroom has natural woods and a half-wall of translucent designer glass looking into a huge master bath.

One of Chicago’s little-known neighborhoods, Smith Park is anchored by a park of the same name that features a pool, field house with an indoor basketball court and multi-purpose rooms, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and newer playground.

Izabela Sloma of Sergio & Banks is our tour guide in this sponsored video.

J. Lawrence Homes offers no closing cost for Ambry Estates in Lynwood

Posted by J. Lawrence Homes on 4/18/12 at 4:02 PM

J. Lawrence Homes, one of the area’s largest  builders is currently offering $0 closing costs on their Ambry Estates community of new homes in Lynwood.  According to John Wozniak, president of J Lawrence Homes, buyers can to save up to $15,000 more in closing costs on homes which are already priced to move with their special financing bonus that runs through the end of May 2012.

Ambry Estates is located in Lynwood, IL, a small suburb of less than 8,000 residents just 30 miles south from Chicago’s Loop. There are currently two move-in-ready homes including one 4 bedroom, 3 bath 3,354 square foot home for only $334,550. Or choose from several different new home designs starting in the $230s.


Randolph Tower’s bold welcome

Posted by Brook Furniture Rental on 4/17/12 at 2:58 PM

Chicago’s Loop is a feast of landmarks. Some standing as they always have, others reincarnated. The Randolph Tower City Apartments is probably better known as the former Steuben Club Building. Its near-riotous terra cotta ornamentation stands out. But from the inside the building’s lobby is another wow.

Take the video tour of some one and two bedroom units with Kim Ashley of Brook Furniture Rental and Liz Pietka of Randolph Tower. Brook offers a Ready to Rent program at Randolph Tower, providing renters furnished units with different selections.

Check out the lobby’s bold colors, retro private club details and arresting shapes in the tour’s intro.

235 Van Buren’s rent-to-own program proving popular in the Loop

Posted by 235 Van Buren on 4/5/12 at 3:54 PM

For buyers looking to hedge their bets on condo ownership and assure themselves that they’ve chosen the right building and location, the recently-launched rent-to-own program at 235 Van Buren has proved popular.

Renters can become buyers at any point during their 12-month lease and receive 30% of the rent they’ve paid as a credit toward closing costs, up to 3% of the purchase price of their unit. You can meet some of the buyers, and hear them discuss their decision to purchase, at the video page for 235 Van Buren.

In this sponsored video, January Sambell  of CMK Realty discusses the program and the wide array of dining options in the area.

River North’s Superior 110 nearly sold out

Posted by Superior 110 on 4/4/12 at 5:36 PM

Recent months have seen solid sales activity at Superior 110. The high-rise at 110 W Superior has only 3 units still available - a high-floor full floor and two half-floor units.

“These are desirable units,” said Greg Eldridge, who is in charge of sales at Superior 110. “They’re available only because of contract fall-throughs, a situation that’s been the story in many new developments in recent years.”

The striking Hartshorne Plunkard-designed River North high-rise is also known informally as “the blue building”.

Classic center-entry Colonial in Elm Estates, Elmhurst.

Posted by Gracik Makinney on 4/4/12 at 4:25 PM

Tom Makinney of Koenig & Strey’s Gracik Makinney Group takes us on a video tour of 964 Kent Ave, a solidly built 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath center-entry Colonial in Elmhurst’s Elm Estates.

Developed in the early 1960s, the home offers a classic layout that stood the test of time and a desirable floor plan for today’s needs with a large living room, family room and an eat-in kitchen that opens to the formal dining room. Also included is a 2-car attached garage and a large fenced backyard.

Lake and park views from the South Loop homes of the Park Michigan

Posted by 1212 South Michigan on 3/29/12 at 2:35 PM

With the building under new ownership, and having been renamed the Park Michigan to reflect its new look, the sleek, international-style apartment tower at 1212 South Michigan Ave in the South Loop is nearing the completion of a makeover.

Park Michigan residents will have walkable access to Chicago’s cultural institutions, Soldier Field and a wide variety of dining and nightlife options, as well as Grant Park at their front door and a Jewel-Osco, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Target and an El stop to the rear.

Join us for a look at one of the spacious, light-filled model apartments and the unbroken views of Lake Michigan to the east and Chicago’s great cityscape to the west in this sponsored video.

North Center 5-bedroom near Hamlin Park

Posted by Sergio & Banks Real Estate on 3/22/12 at 3:59 PM

Sergio & Banks’ Melissa Govedarica and Tina Culver takes us on a video tour of 2145 W Barry, a newly-built 5 bedroom home located south of Roscoe Village and just a half block from Hamlin Park.

This 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home offers large and beautifully detailed rooms with high ceilings and a warm, contemporary feel.  Soaring vaulted ceilings can also be found at the bedroom level, including those in the sprawling master bath.

The home is on a quite tree-lined street, close to Roscoe Village’s many offerings. The neighborhood holds many festivals during the summer for the enjoyment of the entire family.

New levels of urban luxury in Echelon at K Station

Posted by Echelon at K station on 3/20/12 at 3:49 PM

Location, views, in-unit and common area amenities and services are all part of the compelling package at the residences at Echelon at K Station. Apartments at Echelon contain thoughtful layouts with excellent separation of living spaces, balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washers and dryers, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and more.

Echelon also features a large pool and sun deck, fully-equipped fitness room, guest suites, stylish lounge areas, business center and party rooms, as well as easy access to the Kennedy Expressway, the CTA Blue Line, the Grand Avenue CTA bus and Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center.

From the Jefferson Tap, a popular neighborhood hangout, to the glitzy Carnivale, Echelon’s Fulton River District location has a wide range of dining options nearby. A Jewel-Osco that rivals the selection of a Whole Foods is also across thre street, as well as an adjacent park with dog run.

Did we mention the views? The views alone are worth a visit to Echelon.

Please join us for a brief overview of Echelon at K Station in the above video.

A great rental at Belmonts Lofts close to transit and fun

Posted by New Home Notebook on 3/15/12 at 5:04 PM

For renters looking to a transit-friendly location close to the action, Belmont Lofts is an attractive option. This building at 4131 W Belmont Ave is at the nexus of three Chicago neighborhoods: Avondale, Irving Park and Belmont Gardens. For getting around, the 77 Belmont Avenue bus at the building’s front door. The CTA Blue Line and Kennedy Expressway are close by.

Take a video tour of a bright, stylish 1-bedroom loft in the building with Jeff Kerr of @properties. The unit showcases hardwood floors, 12-foot ceilings, a sleek bath and kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and an in-unit washer/dryer. 

The $1,175 monthly rent includes parking. An additional space is available for $50 a month if desired.