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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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1320 North State Street 2b, Chicago, IL - $649,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,400 SQFT
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Location Location Location!!! Sophisticated Elegance In Prestigious Gold Coast In Ideal Location. Sought After Cooperative Building On Historic North State Parkway Just A Few Blocks To Some Of Chicago's Most Famous Restaurants, Gibson's, Carmine'...

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3020 North Sheridan Road 1n, Chicago, IL - $649,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,934 SQFT
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Brimming With Character And Charm, This Spacious 3 Bed/3 Bath Approx. 3000 Sqft Duplex Down Is Waiting For Your Design Ideas! Soaring Ceilings Over 9ft Tall And A Wide Floor Plan Give This Home A Feeling Of Grandeur. The Expansive Living Room Rece...

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1366 North Dearborn Street 13c, Chicago, IL - $799,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
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Stunning Renovation In A Classic Vintage Building In The Heart Of The Gold Coast. A Secured Private Elevator Opens Into A Semi-private Foyer, Something Few Buildings Offer. You Enter A Barrel-vaulted Ceiling Entryway, (perfect For Hanging Artwor...

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3556 North Pine Grove Avenue 1, Chicago, IL - $625,777

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,500 SQFT
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Private Vintage Historic Co-op Building Meets Modern Custom Home On A Private Tree Line Street In The Heart Of East Lakeview / Wrigleyville (in The Heart Of Nettlehurst School District With Super Low Taxes)! You'll Love Being Within Walking Dist...

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1448 North Lake Shore Drive 10a, Chicago, IL - $350,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,675 SQFT
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Best Deal In The Building! Very Motivated Seller!! Gracious Vintage 1,675 Square Foot 2 Bedroom (second Bedroom Was Maid's Room Off The Kitchen And Can Be Used As A Den Or 2nd Bedroom With Its Own En-suite Bathroom). Apartment 10a Is Located On Th...

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1120 North Lake Shore Drive 5b, Chicago, IL - $939,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,007 SQFT
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A Perfectly Elegant And Classic Apartment - Only In Your Imagination Until Now! Recently Renovated, It's Exactly What Architect De Golyer Would Create Today If He Could. All The Windows Were Just Replaced, So You'll Enjoy The Gorgeous Views Of Lak...

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648 West Sheridan Road 4, Chicago, IL - $695,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,500 SQFT
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Rarely Available, An Amazing Top Floor, Vintage, Lakeview Penthouse Unit, Filled With Light, Overlooking The Beautiful Tree-lined Street. Fabulous Location Just A Half A Block From The Lake, Park, And Public Transportation. Just 2 Blocks To Broadw...

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40 West Schiller Street 1b, Chicago, IL - $399,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,215 SQFT
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Designed By Renowned Architect Andrew Rebori, This Tastefully Renovated Two Bedroom Two Bathroom Duplex Home Is Situated At One Of The Gold Coast's Most Picturesque Intersections. Expansive Windows And Dramatic Ceiling Height Allow This Corner Ho...

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1120 North Lake Shore Drive 3c, Chicago, IL - $515,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,600 SQFT
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Designer Inspired Co-op With The Charm Of The 1920's - Live At The Corner Of Elm And Lake Shore Drive In This Elegant 2-bedroom, 2 Bath Home With The Highest Level Of Finishes That Was Professionally Renovated. A Completely Private Elevator Foyer...

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1120 North Lake Shore Drive 8b, Chicago, IL - $650,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,200 SQFT
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Located On The Corner Of Elm And Lake Shore Drive, This Exclusive 2,200 Sq.ft. Residence Blends Elegant Styling And Spacious Grand Rooms With Breathtaking Views Of Chicago's Magnificent Lake Front. Arriving On The 8th Floor Of This Architectural G...

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1430 North Lake Shore Drive 5, Chicago, IL - $2,995,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,000 SQFT
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Step Off The Elevator Directly Into This Exceptionally Renovated Full Floor Four Bedroom, Four And A Half Bath Home Which Lives Like A Lincoln Park Single Family Home. The Extraordinary Thirty Six Foot Long Curved Gallery Welcomes, Leading At One...

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3500 North Lake Shore Drive 12b, Chicago, IL - $674,500

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,700 SQFT
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Matterport/3d Virtual Tour Link Available! Nettelhorst School District!! Walk To All That East Lakeview Has To Offer Including The Lake, Restaurants, Parks, Shops, Etc From This Extremely Bright Highly Coveted South Facing 3-4bed+office/3 Ensuite ...

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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 October 23rd, 2021 at 4:38pm CDT.