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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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3800 North Lake Shore Drive #3d, Chicago, IL - $590,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,100 SQFT
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Sprawling, Elegant 2100 Sf Prewar Condo In Lsd Gem. "highlights: 18' Gallery Foyer With Barrel Ceiling; Gracious Livingroom With Gas Fireplace & Original Carved Limestone Mantle; Living/dining With Built Shelving And Tv W/ A+surround Sound. Hardwo...

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1530 North State Parkway #3, Chicago, IL - $2,495,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,325 SQFT
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Distinguished, Full-floor Vintage Residence In One Of Gold Coast's Finest Co-ops! Located On Historic State Parkway Across From The Park And The Cardinal's Mansion. Offering An Expansive 4325 Square Feet Of Beautifully Proportioned & Exquisitely R...

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1742 North North Park Avenue #3s, Chicago, IL - $550,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,245 SQFT
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Welcome To Your Renovated 2bd/2ba + Office 3rd Floor Condo In Old Town, Steps Away From The Best Of Wells St. & The Lake! East/west Exposure, A Wider Footprint, Oversized Windows & 10' Ceilings Give This Condo Fantastic Natural Light And A Feeling...

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3500 North Lake Shore Drive #13a, Chicago, IL - $579,999

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,500 SQFT
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Impeccably Restored High Floor Residence With Stunning Views Of The Lake, Park And City Skyline In The Preferred Tier. Unobstructed Views Allow Abundant Natural Light From Three Exposures And Spectacular Sunsets Over The Wrigleyville Neighborhood ...

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3500 North Lake Shore Drive #5b, Chicago, IL - $649,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,700 SQFT
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Own A Bit Of History And Live In Luxury On Lake Shore Drive. Apartment 5b Arguably Boasts The Most Gracious Floor Plan Of This Architecturally Significant Robert Degolyer Pre-war Building. (building Lore Has It That A Fundraiser For Obama Was Host...

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1719 North North Park Avenue #1, Chicago, IL - $429,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
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Vintage Chic Meets Modern Luxury In This Rarely Available 2 Bed/1 Bath End Unit, Located In The Heart Of Old Town Triangle! Upon Entering, You're Welcomed To A Spacious, Light-filled, Open Living Room, With Original Wood Burning Fireplace! Enjoy S...

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257 East Delaware Place #10ab, Chicago, IL - $2,695,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 4,000 SQFT
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Rare Vintage Full Rehab Off Lake Shore Drive! Tastefully Designed Full Floor Penthouse In Boutique, Historic Gold Coast Building. Elevator Opens Direct To Unit, This Sprawling 2019 Renovation Combined Two Units To Create An Expansive Floor Plan Wi...

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232 East Walton Place #10e, Chicago, IL - $1,195,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 3,800 SQFT
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Truly Special Half-floor Residence In Historic 232 E. Walton Co-op Building 1 Block From Lake And 2 Blocks From Michigan Avenue. 3800 Square Feet With 4 Bedrooms, Lake Views And Ideal Layout. Beautiful Entry Foyer Leads To Living Room With Two Sea...

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399 West Fullerton Parkway #8e, Chicago, IL - $1,349,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 3,345 SQFT
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Beautifully Renovated Vintage Co-op With The Best Lincoln Park Address! Nearly 3400 Square Feet With Wonderful Details At Every Turn. Expansive Views Of The Park And Harbor, Coupled With Fabulous Southern Views Over The City. The Extra Large Livin...

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15 East Division Street #2w, Chicago, IL - $475,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,415 SQFT
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This Charming 2 Bed 2 Full Bath Unit Is Located In The Heart Of The Gold Coast On 2nd Floor Of A Beautiful Vintage Building At 15 East Division. Gorgeous Hardwood Floors And 9.5 Foot Ceilings Run Throughout An Open Living Room, Dining Area, And Ex...

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80 East Elm Street #2, Chicago, IL - $674,888

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
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Take A 3d Tour, Click On The 3d Button & Walk Around. Watch A Custom Drone Video Tour, Click On Video Button! This Vintage 2 Bed/1.1 Bath Grey Stone Home Is Truly One-of-a-kind & Nestled On A Quiet Tree Line Street In The Heart Of Gold Coast. The ...

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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 January 29th, 2020 at 9:21am CST.