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 receive shares,in the corporation.
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.
The Drake Tower - Chicago
East Lake Shore Drive Streeterville
Built by Benjamin Marshall in 1928 to stand west of The Drake Hotel at 179 E Lake Shore Drive, the popular Drake Tower co-op apartments reflect the trend of modernism at that time. The lobby, however, is in Marshall's favored classic French style with paneling, crystal chandeliers, and period furniture. There are 66 residences among the 27 floors. The first ten floors have smaller one and two bedroom apartments ranging in size from approximately 750 square feet to 1,855 square feet, and from floors 11 to 27, there are only two apartments per floor, each 3,100 square feet with living and dining rooms fronting Oak Street beach and the lakefront. The Drake Tower offers residents white glove service including twenty-four hour door staff, an elevator operator, a live-in engineer,, a full maintenance staff, and an on-site manager. In addition to the fitness room, there is a a private patio just for residents on the mezzanine level that connects the co-op building to the Drake Tower..The on-site parking garage offers valet parking.
High Half Floor Apartment On The East Side Of Drake Tower Captures Unobstructed Views Of Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive, Beach And City Skyline. Thirty-two-foot-long Living Room Has Hardwood Floors, Classically Sited Fireplace And High Ceilings. ...
179 East Lake Shore Drive #501, CHICAGO, IL - $1,150,000
Recent State Of The Art Renovation Of This Splendid Vintage 2 Bedroom Apartment Makes The Perfect Pied A Terre. All New Wood Floors In The Living/dining Room With A Wood Burning Fireplace And Expansive New Picture Windows Through Out The Home. Fab...
179 East Lake Shore Drive #601, CHICAGO, IL - $875,000
Quintessential New York, Upper East Side Aesthetic Describes The State Of This Drake Tower Apartment. The View Immediately Captures Attention When Entering The Space And Continues Throughout The Tour. Foyer Leads To Generous Living Room/dining R...
179 East Lake Shore Drive #302, CHICAGO, IL - $349,900
Significant Price Reduction! Flawlessly Renovated Pied-a-terre At Drake Tower Overlooks Lake Michigan And Park From The Living Room And Master Bedroom. The Living Room Located Off The Foyer Features Hardwood Floors, Exquisite Moldings, Large Win...
How is a co-op different from a condo?real estate, Chicago, co-ops
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 corporation.
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.
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