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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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179 East Lake Shore Drive 22w, Chicago, IL - $1,249,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,045 SQFT
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Price Further Reduced--best Value! Half-floor Drake Tower Apartment Has Outstanding North, East And South Views From The Twenty-second Floor. Sunlight Pours Into The Apartment On Three Sides. North Views Directly Overlook Lake Michigan And Its ...

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229 East Lake Shore Drive 5e, Chicago, IL - $1,899,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,600 SQFT
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Total Renovation Of This Smashing Half Floor Apartment On Glorious East Lake Shore Drive. No Detail Was Overlooked To Create This Home With A Grand Yet Comfortable Modern Floorplan: 3600 Square Feet, 4 Bedroom 3.1 Bath Co-op. Fabulous And Sweepi...

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1300 North State Parkway 703, Chicago, IL - $2,499,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,075 SQFT
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Rarely Available, 4075 Sq Ft Corner Home In The Ambassador, A Landmarked Gold Coast Boutique Building Of Just 38 Homes On Tree-lined N. State Parkway. A Wide Gallery Leads To A Beautifully Appointed South Facing Living Room With Floor-to-ceiling ...

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1325 North Astor Street 12, Chicago, IL - $3,100,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 4,300 SQFT
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Luxury Awaits In This 12th Floor Gold Coast Condominium At 1325 North Astor Street - A Superb Example Of Andrew Rebori's Stately Architectural Design. This Exquisite Renovation Has Combined 21st Century Technology With Elegant Vintage Design. A Pr...

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1430 North Lake Shore Drive 5, Chicago, IL - $2,675,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,000 SQFT
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Step Off The Elevator Directly Into This Exceptionally Renovated Full Floor Four Bedroom, Four And A Half Bath Home Which Lives Like A Single Family Home In A Full Service Secure Doorman Building. The Extraordinary Thirty Six Foot Long Curved Gall...

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159 East Walton Place 6d, Chicago, IL - $1,275,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,157 SQFT
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Incredible Value At The Palmolive, One Of Chicago's Finest Residential Buildings Offering A Truly Exceptional Lifestyle And Level Of Service. Magnificent Details Abound Throughout This 3,157 Square Foot Home With 3 Large Bedrooms, 3.1 Bathrooms An...

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3500 North Lake Shore Drive 12b, Chicago, IL - $649,900

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,700 SQFT
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Architecturally-significant Robert Seeley De Golyer Pre-war Beaux Arts Building. Beautifully Updated Vintage Home With Exquisite Finishes. Gracious 4 Bedroom 3 Bath 2700 Square Foot Home With Fantastic Southern Views Of The Lake, Harbor, & City. W...

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1429 North Dearborn Street 2n, Chicago, IL - $599,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
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Lovely Updated, Sunny Vintage 2 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath Plus Den In Gracious Greystone Elevator Building In Prime Gold Coast Neighborhood Location Has Great Space, Custom Details And Checks All The Boxes! Beautiful Features Include Hardwood Flooring ...

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1120 North Lake Shore Drive 12c, Chicago, IL - $529,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,435 SQFT
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Looking For A Turnkey Residence In The Heart Of Chicago's Gold Coast? This Elegant High-floor 2-bedroom, 2-bath Coop Was Perfectly Renovated In 2018 Utilizing Superior Quality Design And Finishes. A Gracious Entry Foyer With A Recessed Niche Welco...

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227 East Delaware Place 9c, Chicago, IL - $695,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,300 SQFT
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Elegant Pre-war Vintage Classic Corner Unit Co-op Located In The Heart Of The Historic Gold Coast Neighborhood. Boutique And Intimate Building With Only 2 Units Per Floor. Exceptional Floor Plan With Spacious, Light Filled Rooms. This Higher Floor...

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516 West Roscoe Street 2, Chicago, IL - $775,000

Residential, Attached Single
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,300 SQFT
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You're Sure To Love This Stunning, Extra Wide East Lakeview Vintage Condo With Modern Updates Throughout! This 3bed/2bath Full-floor Unit Welcomes You With A Grand Entrance Gallery And Leaded Glass Display Cabinet. The Spacious Living Room Is Ador...

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2344 North Lincoln Park West 4, Chicago, IL - $1,997,747

Residential, Attached Single
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,600 SQFT
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Rarely Available -4600 Sq Ft- Full Floor-renovated Condo- In Elegant, Intimate 6 Unit (one Unit Per Floor) Elevator Building Including Onsite 2 Car Parking, Right On Lincoln Park, Across From Zoo And Conservatory; Just A Few Blocks From The Lake F...

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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 June 25th, 2022 at 8:23am CDT.