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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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3534 North Lake Shore Drive 11c, Chicago, IL - $499,500

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,800 SQFT
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Matterport/3d Virtual Tour Link Available! Nettelhorst School District! Those Who Appreciate Exquisitely Preserved Vintage Homes With Up-to-the-minute Finishes Can Walk To All That East Lakeview Has To Offer Incl The Lake,restaurants,parks,shops,...

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227 East Delaware Place 5d, Chicago, IL - $475,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,200 SQFT
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Welcome To 227 E Delaware! This Vintage Boutique Co-op Building Is Located In A Prime East Streeterville Location. A True Beauty Throughout! A Gracious Foyer Welcomes You Into This Elegant Corner Unit! Large Scale Rooms With Lovely Light And Tall...

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435 West Surf Street 4b, Chicago, IL - $454,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,500 SQFT
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Gorgeous Top Floor 2 Bed/2 Bath Condo (plus Den) With A Fantastic East Lakeview Address. Quiet Location On Iconic Tree-lined Surf Street. Vintage Charm With Modern Updates Throughout! Spacious Open Layout Featuring Stunning Hardwood Floors With A ...

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1709 North North Park Avenue 2, Chicago, IL - $525,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,350 SQFT
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Beautiful Vintage 2br/2ba In The Heart Of Old Town In Excellent Condition. Freshly Painted Bright Open Floor Plan W/n,e, & W Exposures With New Large Pella Energy Efficient Windows Throughout. Living & Dining Room Face Lovely Tree Lined Street. ...

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415 West Aldine Avenue 5b, Chicago, IL - $415,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,183 SQFT
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Check Out This Massive 2200 Square Foot 3 Bed, 3 Bath Home In East Lakeview! Steps From Lake Michigan, Broadway Ave Shops And Restaurants, And Nettlehorst Elementary, This Move-in Ready Condo Is In The Prime Location. The Unit Itself Is The Perf...

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509 West Roscoe Street 1w, Chicago, IL - $549,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,600 SQFT
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Gorgeous And Charming 3bd/2bth Updated Vintage Condo That Lives Like A Single-family Home In A Quiet, Immaculately Maintained 1920's Six-flat. Just Steps To Lsd Or Broadway For All The Nearby Parks & Playgrounds, Lakefront, Shops & Restaurants, Pu...

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1350 North State Parkway 3s, Chicago, IL - $925,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,515 SQFT
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New Kitchen Photos Coming Late October With Brand New Stainless Steel Appliances! This Is Vintage At It's Best! High Ceilings, 8 Spacious Rooms, A 42' Barrel Vaulted Hallway, Classic Mouldings, And More. You Will Also Love The Tree-lined Views Ove...

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232 East Walton Place 7w, Chicago, IL - $1,690,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,800 SQFT
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Featured In The Chicago Tribune And On The Cover Of Sophisticated Living, This Elegant, Sun-filled 3,800 Sqft Coop Offers Generously Proportioned, Flexible Living Space With Updates Throughout. The Family Room Includes Curly Maple Millwork By Pare...

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1320 North State Parkway 6-7c, Chicago, IL - $489,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,900 SQFT
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Fabulous "bones" In The Wonderful Duplex Unit In This Full Service Gold Coast Classic Co-op On Gorgeous State Street. Estate Sale But Home Is Clean And Ready For Your Architect And Designer. Currently Configured On Main Level With A Grand Double ...

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450 West Surf Street 1, Chicago, IL - $519,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,800 SQFT
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Bask In The Vintage Charm Of This 3 Bed, 2 Bath Condo At The Pickford In East Lakeview. This Raised 1st Floor Condo Features A Generous Layout With Amazing Sunlight Coming Through Ample South Facing Windows. The Crown Molding, Trim, Built Ins, Ma...

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880 North Lake Shore Drive 14cd, Chicago, IL - $399,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,600 SQFT
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Huge Southeast Corner Unit In Mies Van Der Rohe Co-op Building With The Best Lake And Navy Pier Views! And Generous Room Sizes With A Split Two Bedroom Floor Plan. Large Foyer Welcomes You To This Home. Cork Flooring Throughout The Living And Dini...

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2130 North Lincoln Park West 10s, Chicago, IL - $799,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,400 SQFT
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Stunning Intimate Boutique Vintage Building With Sweeping Forever Views Of Park, Lake, Zoo Right In The Heart Of East Lincoln Park. Wonderful Half Floor Unit With 3 Bedrooms And 3 Full Baths. Private Elevator Opens To Huge 37 Foot Gallery With A B...

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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 21st, 2020 at 3:01am CDT.