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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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431 West Oakdale Avenue #3d, Chicago, IL - $379,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,000 SQFT
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Enjoy Upscale Condo Living In This Boutique Vintage Building That Is Steps To: Lake, Beach, Belmont & Diversey Harbors, Bike/jogging/walking Paths, Restaurants, Nightlife, Shopping, Public Transportation, New Marianos, Xsport, And More. The Wide G...

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219 East Lake Shore Drive #5d, Chicago, IL - $1,745,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,200 SQFT
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Here Is Your Opportunity To Live In A Lovely 3br / 3ba Renovation On East Lake Shore Drive. Be The First To Own This Delightful Condominium From Bloomfield Development Which Incorporates The Vintage Aesthetic With A Transitional Design. This Home...

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1427 North Dearborn Parkway #1s, Chicago, IL - $694,499

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,000 SQFT
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A Beautiful 3-bedroom, 3-bath Duplex In A Vintage Greystone Building In The Gold Coast With Designer-finishes. Enter A Sun Drenched Formal Room With A Dining Space Open To The Kitchen, High Ceilings With Crown Molding, A Fireplace With Built-ins, ...

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2100 North Lincoln Park West Avenue #9ds, Chicago, IL - $975,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 2,500 SQFT
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2020 Style With An Homage To 1920's Flair! Beautiful And Practical Updates Were Made In The Fall Of 2019. The Pierre Is A Former Hotel Turned Luxury Condo Building Located In The Heart Of Lincoln Park, One Of Chicago's Most Desirable Neighborhood...

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680 North Lake Shore Drive #1011, Chicago, IL - $500,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
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Vacant And Easy To Show! Bright And Expansive 2 Bed/2bath Unit In One Of Lake Shore Drive's Premiere Full-amenity Building. Situated On The 10th Floor, This Quiet Unit Offers It All With A Thoughtful, Split-floor Plan And Recently Updated Finishes...

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21 East Elm Street #1c, Chicago, IL - $799,999

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 2,375 SQFT
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Vintage Charm With Modern Finishes. Beautiful 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Duplex Condo In Boutique, Pre-war, Gold Coast Building. Vacant, Clean, Easy To Show. Thoughtfully Laid Out Floor Plan Featuring Hardwood Floors Throughout, Updated Kitchen And Bathr...

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3750 North Lake Shore Drive #16f, Chicago, IL - $499,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 2,450 SQFT
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Click Media 1 Link For Video Walk-through! Just Completed + 1 Year Of Free Parking! Spectacular 3 Bedroom/ 3.5 Bath Gut Rehab With Stunning Views In Prestigious 3750 N Lake Shore Drive And Level 1 Greeley District! This Spacious Pre-war Home Combi...

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433 West Aldine Avenue #13, Chicago, IL - $450,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
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**private In-person And Virtual Showings Allowed** Fabulous 2b/2b Vintage Rehab In East Lakeview. Beautifully Maintained Courtyard Building. This Spacious Unit Is An Entertainers Dream Featuring Designer Kitchen With Quartz Counters, Ss Appliances...

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232 East Walton Place #9w, Chicago, IL - $1,165,500

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,800 SQFT
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Grand Scale Floor Plan In This Prestigious Vintage Cooperative Located In The Heart Of Streeterville. There Are Two Units Per Floor With An Oversized Elevator Foyer. Rooms Are Generously Proportioned With Wonderfully High Ceiling Heights And Large...

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1500 North Lake Shore Drive #9a, Chicago, IL - $1,890,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 4,435 SQFT
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Located In The Building's Prime Se Corner Tier, This Sophisticated 4,400+ Sqft Residence Is Ideal For Luxurious Living And Entertaining. The Architectural Details Including A Fireplace, Custom Moldings And Paneling, Hardwood Floors And Hardwood Fl...

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1242 North Lake Shore Drive #6s, Chicago, IL - $699,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
  • 2,240 SQFT
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This Stunning, Newly Renovated Coop Offers A Perfect Blend Of Architectural Details, Clean Transitional Finishes, And Sun-filled Lake Views! The Over-sized Living Room Includes Hardwood Floors, Classic Moldings, A Fireplace, Recessed Bookcases And...

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2440 North Lakeview Avenue #9d, Chicago, IL - $439,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,500 SQFT
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Located Directly Across From The Park, This Elegant Recently Renovated 2-bedroom, 2 Bath Coop Is In One Of Lincoln Park's Most Desirable Buildings. Only Two Residences Share The Elevator Foyer. The Entry Foyer Has A Groin Vault Ceiling. The Spaci...

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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 April 3rd, 2020 at 3:51pm CDT.