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 Chicago Vintage Condos and Pre-War Co-op Apartments

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Chicago Vintage Condos for Sale

 Discover the world of Chicago's pre-war condominiums and co-ops. Designed by the most prominent architects of that time, the attention to detail is evident from the moment you enter the lobby. Inspired by European castles and chateaux, these luxury condos and co-ops feature rich wood paneling, imported stone floors, hand painted beams, and leaded windows..The apartments have house-like layouts with high ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplaces, and many with maid's room that serve as a perfect home office. If you are looking for a good value and a spacious home you won't quickly out-grow, take a look at vintage condos and pre-war co-ops.  

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31 East Elm Street #3b, Chicago, IL - $834,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,800 SQFT
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Beautifully And Recently Renovated Top Floor Unit In Gold Coast, Half A Block Away From Lake Michigan, And Walking Distance To Rush/state Street With Premium Restaurants And Shopping. This Property Features Original Crown Moldings, Refurbished Flo...

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2339 North Commonwealth Avenue #4d, Chicago, IL - $550,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,800 SQFT
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Do You Love That European Feel Of 1920's Chicago Architecture But Cannot Live Without The Modern Conveniences Of Central A/c, In-unit Laundry And An Elevator? Then This Rare East Lincoln Park Home Is For You! Expect To Be Impressed With It's Vinta...

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40 West Schiller Street #2b, Chicago, IL - $625,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
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On The Corner Of Iconic Schiller & Dearborn In Chicago's Coveted Gold Coast, This Stunning Andrew Rebori Designed Building Is Exactly What You've Been Looking For. Top Floor, Southeast Corner 3bed/2bath Duplex Features Hardwood Floors Throughout, ...

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559 West Roscoe Street #2e, Chicago, IL - $440,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,675 SQFT
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Rarely Available Vintage Walk Up Just Steps From The Lake And Belmont Harbor. Top Of The Line Finishes And Hardware Throughout. Ann Sacks Tile, Hansgrohe Fixtures, American Walnut Hardwood Floors, Natural Stone Flooring In Kitchen And Bath, Bald...

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445 West Fullerton Parkway #3e, Chicago, IL - $519,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,400 SQFT
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Live In The Heart Of Lincoln Park Just Two Blocks To The Lake In This Simply Beautiful And Bright Very Spacious Two Bedroom Two Full Bath Penthouse With One Garage Space Included And So Much More! This Lovely Classic Vintage 2 Bedroom Has Loads Of...

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3300 North Lake Shore Drive #6ab, Chicago, IL - $999,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
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This Grand Condo May Be Just The Right Fit For The Buyer Seeking Something Exceptional- A Classic Building With A Prominent Address, Huge Extraordinary Space, Desirable Lake And Harbor Views With A Notable Chicago History. 3300 N Lake Shore Dr Wa...

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1550 North State Parkway #203, Chicago, IL - $1,199,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
  • 2,000 SQFT
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Truly One-of-a-kind & Completely Updated W/highest Level Of Finishes & Detail. 2,000sqft 2bed+den, 2.1bath Gold Coast Condo Faces East Toward Cardinal's Mansion & Park, Offering Tree-top & Seasonal Lake Views. Enter Into Spacious Foyer W/wood Latt...

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2440 North Lakeview Avenue #12e, Chicago, IL - $850,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 2,000 SQFT
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Thoughtful And Pristine Renovation Of Elegant Pre-war, 8-room Co-op On The Park. Ceilings 8'6, Original Crown Moldings, Hardwood Flooring Throughout. The Formal Living Room Has East Facing Windows Overlooking The Park And The Lake. Adjacent Is ...

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3300 North Lake Shore Drive #15c, Chicago, IL - $509,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 1,800 SQFT
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Rarely Available "c" Tier On A High Floor Facing The Lake!! A Private Elevator Vestibule Opens To Gallery And Living Room With Magnificent Views Of The Lake, Harbor, And Park. Renovated Kitchen Opens To Large Dining Room. Great Master Suite W/enla...

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1235 North Astor Street #1s, Chicago, IL - $1,275,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,500 SQFT
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Spacious Light Filled 4+ Bedroom Coop On Historic Astor St. Unit Offers 10' Ceiling Heights, Gracious Room Sizes, Hardwood Floors. Newly Renovated Eat-in Kitchen, Separate Formal Dining Room Plus Office, West Facing Living Room, Sun Room, And Dual...

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1448 North Lake Shore Drive #1c, Chicago, IL - $395,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 1 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 710 SQFT
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F You Are Looking For A Dream Intown Apartment In Chicago's Gold Coast, You Will Love This Beautifully Restored, Thoughtfully Redesigned, And Finely Appointed One Bedroom Maisonette. Transformed Under The Discerning Eye Of Peggy Hommel Design, Thi...

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999 North Lake Shore Drive #2a, Chicago, IL - $1,999,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 4,000 SQFT
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Breathtaking Lake Michigan And City Views From Completely Renovated Sophisticated And Stylish Residence In A Prime Tier Of This Iconic, Elegant Benjamin Marshall Building. Every Detail Is Perfect, This Residence Combines Tasteful Refined Elegance ...

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 Learn more about Chicago's luxury co-ops

What is a co-op apartment?
When you purchase a co-op apartment, you are purchasing shares of stock in a legal entity, usually an Illinois corporation, that owns the real estate. Along

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Chicago Streeterville Co-op Apartment Drake Tower

When it comes to understanding the full array of housing options in Chicago, you needn’t be confused when you are considering a choice among the “Big Three”— single-family homes, condominiums, and cooperative (co-op) apartments. Most people have a clear idea of what it means to buy a freestanding, single-family house; condominiums are a concept people can grasp in a simple phrase, “an apartment you own. Basically, a co-op is different from a condominium only in its legal and financial form— the essential idea of ownership is the same. But instead of being simply “an apartment you own,” you are purchasing shares of stock in a legal entity, usually an Illinois corporation, that owns the real estate. Along with the shares, you receive a Proprietary Lease that entitles you to occupy a certain unit. Instead of a deed, you own shares in the whole building. The concept for co-op apartments is rooted in historical notions of “economic democracy” that originated in European cities, promoting the idea that even in multi-unit buildings, monthly rent could be replaced with a possession and equity structure that mirrored the advantages of homeownership. In Chicago, co-ops were the first form of apartment ownership, built between 1911-1929. The first “high rises” along the lakefront, these classic high end vintage or pre-war buildings are renowned today for their grand and gracious floor plans and architecturally significant details, similar to the historical buildings and best addresses along New York’s Fifth and Park Avenues. A classic co-op conjures scale, grace, and elegance with lobbies and shared spaces that match the architecture and aesthetics of the homes within. High ceilings, classical millwork, original fireplaces with many still wood burning, formal dining and living rooms, lush libraries, bedroom suites, and large kitchens with butler’s pantries and maid’s rooms, the perfect size for today’s home office, hark back to a time when gracious living would not be compromised just because you resided twelve stories above ground. Square footage in co-ops rival that found in single family homes, and, with the lake, parks, and city skyline so near at hand, expansive views as well. The purchase options differ among co-ops, with a few cooperatives not permitting financing and others restricting borrowed amounts to 50% of appraised or purchase price. Further, banks don’t offer traditional mortgages on co-ops, but do have similar loan offerings that provide the same benefits. Shareholders in a cooperative also pay real estate taxes, but they do not receive individual tax bills. A single tax bill is issued to the corporation and shareholders’ proportional share of the total bill, based on the number of shares they own, is included in their monthly assessment, which explains why co-op assessments appear higher than condos. The co-op board approval process varies by building, but, in general, you will provide a confidential personal financial statement, sometimes, the first few pages of the most recent two years of tax returns, a narrative credit report, and several personal and professional letters of reference. After the co-op board has reviewed these documents, a personal interview is scheduled. As with the purchase of a condominium, co-op contracts also have an attorney approval and inspection contingency time frame and during this period you will receive all of the necessary documents to acquaint you with the structure and financial health of the cooperative. It is important to note, if you are considering the purchase of a co-op, that, in most cases, you will not be able to lease your apartment -Photo: Lobby of the Drake Tower Cooperative ~ 179 E Lake Shore Drive

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Listing information last updated on July 8th, 2020 at 9:36pm CDT.