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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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232 East Walton Place 3w, Chicago, IL - $925,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,800 SQFT
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Nestled Within An Elegant Streeterville Block Of Boutique Buildings Steps From One Mag Mile And East Lake Shore Drive, And Only A Stone's Throw From Lake Michigan, Is A 3,800 Sq Ft, Half Floor Residence Awaiting Your Vision. Facing South With Sere...

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3300 North Lake Shore Drive 15b, Chicago, IL - $585,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,850 SQFT
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Enjoy Breathtaking Views Of Lake Michigan From This Renovated 3-bedroom Residence On A High Floor In An Elegant Pre-war Building In Nettlehorst School District. Gracious Floorplan Features Gracious Living Room And Two Large Bedroom Suites Facing T...

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415 West Aldine Avenue 8a, Chicago, IL - $470,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,200 SQFT
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Check Out This Sophisticated Renovation Of A Vintage 2200 Square Foot, 3 Bed/3 Full Bath Condo In A Boutique Elevator Building. Gorgeous, Architecturally Appropriate, Custom Windows Were Installed Throughout The Unit In The Summer Of 2022, Offerin...

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399 West Fullerton Parkway 18w, Chicago, IL - $1,250,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,900 SQFT
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Sprawling Sun Filled 2900 Square Foot 3 Bedroom Plus Den, 2.1 Bath Penthouse Unit In Iconic 1920's Beaux Arts Landmarked Building Has Beautiful Views Of The Park, Lake Michigan & The Chicago Skyline. This Lovely Residence Has Been Beautifully Main...

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1427 North Dearborn Street 1s, Chicago, IL - $620,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,000 SQFT
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A Beautiful 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Duplex-down In A Intimate, 6-unit Vintage Greystone On One Of The Gold Coast's Best Blocks. Enter A Sun Drenched Formal Room With A Dining Space, Open To The Kitchen, With High Ceilings, Crown Molding, A Wood-burning ...

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1719 North North Park Avenue 1, Chicago, IL - $475,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 972 SQFT
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Experience The Perfect Blend Of Vintage Chic And Modern Luxury In This Exceptional 2 Bed, 1 Bath Home Ideally Situated In The Heart Of Old Town Triangle! As You Enter, Be Greeted By A Bright And Spacious Living Room Adorned With An Original Wood-b...

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1242 North Lake Shore Drive 25, Chicago, IL - $1,600,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,327 SQFT
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Huge 5327 Sf Duplex Home With A 200+ Sf Terrace. Former Home Of Samuel Insul And Ray Kroc- Offers Panoramic Wrap Around Views Of Lake And City. Home Needs Some Updating But Is Priced Accordingly. Amazing Mural Commissioned By Ray And Joan Kroc Gr...

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524 West Cornelia Street 2s, Chicago, IL - $350,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
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Great E. Lakeview Split 2 Bed In An Ideal Location! This Unit Features Cherry Flooring Throughout, Granite Countertops, 42" Inch Cabinets. Living Room Has A Gas Fireplace & Tray Ceilings. Bathroom Complete With Whirlpool Tub And Marble Surround. R...

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3750 North Lake Shore Drive 4d, Chicago, IL - $530,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,200 SQFT
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This 2 Bed/2.5 Bath, 2,200 Sf 4th-floor Residence Is The Epitome Of Comfortable, Contemporary Living In A Stunning 1920s Beaux-arts Coop Nestled Where Lakeview And Wrigleyville Neighborhoods Converge. Prepare To Be Captivated By Sweeping Lake And ...

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237 East Delaware Place 2a, Chicago, IL - $549,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,000 SQFT
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Welcome Home To This Elegant And Expansive Home In A Timeless And Boutique Building. With A Flawless Vintage Exterior And Modern Conveniences Throughout, This Urban Oasis Offers The Ultimate In Elegant Lifestyle With Only Two Residences Per Floor....

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3500 North Lake Shore Drive 9c, Chicago, IL - $599,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,500 SQFT
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Opportunity Knocks With This Designer's Dream Project Featuring A Sprawling 3,500sf Floorplan In The Building's Most Desirable Tier Boasting Incredible Views Of The Harbor, Lake And City With South And East Facing Exposure. With Elevator Access To...

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1200 North Lake Shore Drive 1104, Chicago, IL - $1,090,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,300 SQFT
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Experience The Ultimate In Luxury Living While Living In This Absolutely Perfect Corner Unit In This Historic Benjamin Marshall Building! Throughout The Property, High-end, Detailed Finishes And Designer Touches Add To The Luxurious Feel. Charm Ab...

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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 February 27th, 2024 at 8:38am CST.