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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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1242 North Lake Shore Drive 11n, Chicago, IL - $640,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 2,408 SQFT
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This Rare Two-story, 11th Floor North-east-south Facing Home; Simply Stunning And Elegant, Is Now Available In One Of The Most Refined, Pre-war Co-op Buildings In The Gold Coast On North Lake Shore Drive. As You Enter, The Two-story Foyer Reveals...

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3400 North Lake Shore Drive 3ef, Chicago, IL - $1,000,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,000 SQFT
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Vintage Charm At 3400 N Lake Shore Drive With Approximately 4000 Square Feet All On One Level With Grand Rooms And An Abundance Of Character. This Generous Floor Plan Offers A Large Gallery Foyer, Very Spacious Eat-in Kitchen, In-unit Washer And D...

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179 East Lake Shore Drive 603, Chicago, IL - $699,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,435 SQFT
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Absolutely Stunning, Newer Renovation In East Lake Shore Drive Benjamin Marshall Co-op. Drake Tower Is Chicago's Coveted Pre-war Building With Magnificent Views And One Of The Most Prestigious Locations In The City. This Freshly Appointed 2 Bedro...

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3750 North Lake Shore Drive 4d, Chicago, IL - $527,000

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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1200 North Lake Shore Drive 801, Chicago, IL - $585,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,300 SQFT
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Endless Lake Views Of Oak Street Beach And Navy Pier From Every Room Including Stunning East Facing Turret. 2 Bedroom, 2 Full Bathroom, Pristine Unit In Distinguished, Intimate, Condominium Building Was Designed By Famed Architect Benjamin Marsha...

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421 West Melrose Street 8a, Chicago, IL - $399,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,800 SQFT
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Classic And Sophisticated Prewar At The Eddystone! This Spacious And Light Filled Corner 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom Home Has Been Renovated To Perfection Throughout - Combining The Amazing Vintage Details With Modern Amenities. Three Sunny Exposures Cre...

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10 East Schiller Street 1e, Chicago, IL - $895,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,000 SQFT
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Located At One Of The Most Picturesque Intersections In The Gold Coast, This Four Bedroom And Three Bathroom Condo Offers Beautiful Vintage Details And An Abundance Of Charm. This Gracious Home Has Been Updated To Meet Today's Needs While Offerin...

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70 East Cedar Street 4e, Chicago, IL - $699,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,800 SQFT
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Lovely Vintage 4 Br In Popular Northside Cooperative. Lovely Brownstone Views From This 4th Floor Unit. Building Features Great Staff And Live-in Engineer. Wait List For Garage But Off Site Rental Parking Available At 33 E Cedar Until A Space B...

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257 East Delaware Place 10ab, Chicago, IL - $2,350,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 4,000 SQFT
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Gold Coast Charm Meets Modern Design At The Historic 257 E Delaware. Nestled Along The Prestigious Blocks Of Lake Shore Drive, This Boutique 12 Unit Building Welcomes You With Direct Elevator Access To A Thoughtfully Renovated Full Floor Penthouse...

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222 East Chestnut Street 10b, Chicago, IL - $999,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,400 SQFT
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New To The Market, This Gorgeous Complete Gut-rehab Of A Classic Art-deco Designed 1920's Gold Coast/streeterville Condo Has Been Completely Rebuilt With Designer Finishes And Top-quality Materials. Current Owners Left No Surface Untouched: Repai...

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2440 North Lakeview Avenue 2a-1a, Chicago, IL - $1,399,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,200 SQFT
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"welcome Home To Luxury Living On Lincoln Park! Step Into This Exceptional Duplex, Meticulously Renovated To Offer The Comfort And Space Of A Single-family Home Within The Vintage Charm Of A Pre-war Building. Boasting 5 Bedrooms And 4 Baths, This ...

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3500 North Lake Shore Drive 6c, Chicago, IL - $899,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,500 SQFT
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Absolutely Stunning Southeast Corner 3500 Sq Ft Home With Unobstructed Views Of Lake, Marina And Park In Lakeview. Grand Scale Rooms Have An Amazing Amount Of Light And Are Perfect For Entertaining And Family Living. Tons Of Wall Space For Art. Ar...

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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 19th, 2024 at 8:08am CDT.