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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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210 East Pearson Street #9d, Chicago, IL - $375,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,400 SQFT
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Charming Two Bedroom, Updated Remodeled Two Bath Home With Tree Top Views. Gracious Foyer Leads Into Sunny South Facing Living Room With Built-in Shelving And Decorative Fireplace With Tile Surround And Crown Moldings. Separate Dining Room Flows I...

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64 East Elm Street #3, Chicago, IL - $2,250,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 3,657 SQFT
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Absolutely Stunning 3600 Sq Ft 3bd + Den Full Floor Condo In One Of The Most Prestigious Location On Elm St. This Recently Renovated Home Is Situated Half A Block From Lake Michigan And Was Recently Renovated With No Detail Overlooked. It Feature...

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189 East Lake Shore Drive #2e, Chicago, IL - $1,995,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
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Fabulous East Lake Shore Drive 3 Bedroom, 3 Full & 1 Half Bathroom Unit At The Mayfair With An Incredible Extra Large 622 Sq Ft Private Terrace! Enter Into A Grand Foyer That Leads To A Custom Open Kitchen W/two Islands, Top Of The Line Finishes &...

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3740 North Lake Shore Drive #11b, Chicago, IL - $539,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
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Beautifully Updated And Perfectly Maintained 2 Bed/ 2.1 Bath Condo In A Boutique Lakeshore Drive Building. This Bright, Modernly Appointed Space Is Complemented By Vintage Details With An Ideal Layout For Entertaining And Relaxing. Unit Features A...

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31 East Elm Street #2a, Chicago, IL - $835,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,800 SQFT
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Parisian Inspired Boutique Pre-war Building In The Heart Of The Gold Coast, A Half Block To Lake Michigan And A Quarter Block Off Rush/state Streets. Finest Vintage Details Restored Including Crown Moldings, Wainscoting, High Baseboards, Oak "tong...

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3530 North Lake Shore Drive #10a, Chicago, IL - $649,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,400 SQFT
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Magnificent 2400 Sq.ft. Home Overlooking Belmont Harbor & Lincoln Park From Almost Every Room. Architecturally Significant Lake Shore Dr. Boutique Building Only 2 Units Per Flr. Beautifully Proportioned Condo Offers 3 Generous Bedrms, 3 Full Newer...

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504 West Barry Avenue #4w, Chicago, IL - $769,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,200 SQFT
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An Elegant & Graciously Proportioned Prewar Home Near The Top Of A Beautifully Maintained Boutique Gothic Style Elevator Building. Live Only 2 Blocks From The Lake -and- 1 Block From Shopping, Coffee Shops & Restaurants On Quiet Barry Ave. This Ex...

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21 East Elm Street #1c, Chicago, IL - $850,000

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. Thoughtfully Laid Out Floor Plan Featuring Hardwood Floors Throughout, Updated Kitchen And Bathrooms, High Ceilings, Crown Mo...

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1242 North Lake Shore Drive #6n, Chicago, IL - $550,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
  • 1,850 SQFT
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Don't Miss This Bright Two-bedroom Lakefront Co-op In Chicago's Gold Coast, Just A Few Blocks From Oak Street And Mag Mile Shopping, The Open Floor Plan With Expansive Lake Views Features A Reconfigured High-end Kitchen That Opens To A Dining Or F...

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3730 North Lake Shore Drive #5b, Chicago, IL - $549,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
  • 2,400 SQFT
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Elegant Vintage Meets Modern In This Luxury Condo Located In Prestigious & Well-run Building On Lake Shore Drive! ***unique Opportunity To Combine W/5a Mls #10398555 For 5000 Sqft Entire Floor In Prime Vintage Building With A Garage***recently Fea...

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1209 North Astor Street #12s, Chicago, IL - $1,285,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 2,500 SQFT
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Superb Renovation Of Intimate Astor Street Co-op. 3 Bed/2.5 Bath, New Windows, In Unit W/d, Spacious Eat-in Kitchen With Sub-zero And Wolf Appliances, Hardwood Floors Through-out, Marble Baths Done With Ann Sacks Tiles And Much More. This Home Is...

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442 West Melrose Street #1, Chicago, IL - $775,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 3,000 SQFT
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This Tastefully Updated Belmont Harbor Vintage Condo Lives Like A House. Set On An Oversized Lot, It Includes Approximately 3,000 Sqft Of Living Space, A Landscaped Backyard, And Onsite Garage Parking Included In The Price. A Dedicated Entry Foyer...

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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 November 14th, 2019 at 1:05am CST.