Lake Shore East Condos – The New East Side Update!

Lake Shore East Condos, particularly new construction, have been selling quickly. The Chandler at 450 E. Waterside, The Regatta at 420 E. Waterside, The Lancaster at 201 N. Westshore, 340 On the Park at 340 E. Randolph and The Aqua at 225 N. Columbus have low inventory; at least low “Prime” inventory. What has sold in Lake Shore East recently?

The Lancaster: 1203 recently went under contract in just three days! It is a 1 Bed / 1 Bathroom but faces West. The west views in the Lancaster are the prime views as those who face east will eventually have their view obstructed with a new development. 1203 went under contract when the list price was $349,000 + 40k for parking.

340 On the Park:  Another great deal in the area was at 340 E. Randolph when 2406 sold (after 2 weeks on the market) for $530,000. 2406 is a north facing, corner 1 Bedroom unit with 1244sf. It appears to have sold without parking for this price.

The Regatta: A combo unit recently sold, unit 1011 having just over 1500sf. The unit had great views facing north and also slightly east. The unit sold after 45 days on the market and closed for $692,000.

A penthouse unit also recently sold. Unit 4301 sold for $1,340,000 and took just around 4 months to sell. This unit had an oversized terrace as well as a balcony off the master bedroom.

The Chandler: A foreclosure in the Chandler, 450 E. waterside, sold for $801,101. It was unit 402 which is a 3 Bedroom / 2.1 Bath facing North which gives you views of the River, skyline, Navy Pier, Lake Shore Drive, etc. This unit did sell with parking and actually sold for over list price. The original list price was $789,000. The unit had an offer within a week.

 

Paul Blackburn is an Illinois licensed Broker & Realtor with @ Properties in Chicago. He can always be reached via e-mail at Paul@PKBlackburn.com

WHAT BUILDINGS ARE IN LAKE SHORE EAST?

Lake Shore East, also known as the New East Side is located on the south side of the River at Lake Shore Drive. This neighborhood used to be home to a 9 hole golf course / driving range many years ago. Now the neighborhood has been completely transformed but I’ve noticed many of my clients who are interested in the area and not overly familiar with the new buildings that exist in the neighborhood. Here is an explanation of the newer buildings recently completed in the area along with detailed descriptions of each so you can figure out which building may be right for you.

THE REGATTA      420 E. WATERSIDE

420 E. Waterside

The Regatta, located at 420 E. Waterside was completed in 2007. It is located on East Waterside which is the street that appears to be one with Wacker Drive…the street seems to drop off before Lake Shore Drive. It is south of Wacker and runs parallel with Wacker. The Regatta is a full amenity building with the following amenities: 24hr Door Person, Fitness Center, Sundeck, Party Room, Lounge and Media Room. 

Just like the other new buildings in Lake Shore East your assessments covers everything including Internet and Basic Cable. All you pay is electric. The most prized view in the building is facing North which gives you a view of the River, Navy Pier and the City (looking West, viewing Trump Tower, Wrigley Building, etc.).

I would consider this the most economical of the new buildings as it has a variety of floor plans. In the building are studios, convertibles, smaller 1 Bedrooms as well as smaller 2 Bedrooms. If you’re in the area on a budget and want newer construction this is the best building to focus on.

The Regatta also has a more intimate feel than others in the area, despite the fact it has a whopping 321 units. The intimate feel comes from standard ceiling height in the lobby and a square design for the building itself which allow the hallways to feel more intimate.

THE CHANDLER      450 E. WATERSIDE

450 E. Waterside

The Chandler is directly to the east of The Regatta, located at 450 E. Waterside this building is the furthest east building of the newer buildings in Lake Shore East. Its glass windows that curve the corner of Lake Shore Drive and the River definitely help the building stand out as a premier building. The chandler was finished in 2008 and is slightly newer and more expensive than the Regatta.

The Chandler is also a full amenity building and features: 24hr Door Person, Party Room / Lounge, Sun Deck (Roof), Pool, Fitness Center and Media Room. Just like its sister buildings the Chandler has all inclusive assessments which the exception of electricity.

The Chandler has a more modern feeling than the Regatta with soaring ceilings in the lobby and a long elevator bank (all elevators on one side versus a square design where 2 elevators are across from 2 elevators in the Regatta). Therefore in the Chandler you have a less intimate feel and a feeling of modern grand. Overall, the Chandler is more expensive than the Regatta mainly because it does not have as many of the smaller square footage units as the Regatta does. We also saw higher upgrades throughout in the Chandler (think Snaidero Cabinetry) whereas only a limited number of owners upgraded to Snaidero in the Regatta.

THE LANCASTER      201 N. WESTSHORE

201 N. Westshore

The Lancaster is located at 201 N. Westshore which is a small street at the base of Lake Shore East Park. This building literally sits 6 stories lower than Waterside street. The Lancaster is the first of the newer construction buildings being built in 2004. It is also the smallest at only 207 total units (Regatta has 321 and Chandler has 304). The building, however, does not feature a pool but does have an expansive fitness center, party room and amazing sundeck as well as 24hr door staff. The largest attraction of the building is the fact that it sits on the park itself. Many people like being able to walk right out their front door into green space.

The most prized views in this building are actually the west views. Some might think the East views would garnish a higher selling price, however, the east views are not protected. The Lancaster does not sit on Lake Shore Drive and the developer, Magellan, owns the land between 201 N. Westshore and Lake Shore Drive. Originally 4 buildings were planned for that land, however, the crash in the market has halted these plans for the time being. The land, however, will most definitely be built on in their future. While the east facing units will not face complete view obstruction it will definitely be hindered and the “dead on” lake view that they currently have will be no longer.

The Lancaster has very functional floor plans. When you walk into a unit in the Lancaster you are doing just that, walking into the unit, versus walking into a hallway area that eats up square footage.

340 ON THE PARK – 340 E. RANDOLPH

340 E. Randolph

340 On the Park, located at 340 E. Randolph is the premier building in Lake Shore East, at least in my opinion. The quality and the ambiance blows The Aqua out of the water. The location in the area is prime offering spectacular south views (you’re catching not only Millennium Park, but the lake and the city as well). The north views catch Lake Shore East park in their line of site as well as the lake if you are on a high enough floor.

The size of the units in 340 are large. One bedrooms are in excess of 1100sf and 2 bedrooms are in excess of 1400/1500sf. The finishes are high end (think wolf, subzero, snaidero, etc) and the building is LEED certified. The building features all the amenities you would expect including: 24hr door staff, indoor pool, party room, lounge, fitness center, and winter garden. I find most of the floorplans to be extremely functional in the building. Have you caught on yet that this is my favorite? It is not only my favorite, but the favorite of a lot of people hence the higher pricing. One Bedrooms are starting on the low end in the $500’s and two bedrooms will garnish a sales price of at least $700/750+.

One of the nice things about the location of 340 E. Randolph, outside of the views, is its location directly on Randolph which cuts down in your walking time for a couple of minutes. Now a couple of minutes doesn’t seem like much but when you’re walking home from work in 10 degree weather with 30mph winds off the lake, a couple minutes means a great deal.

THE AQUA     225 N. COLUMBUS

225 N. Columbus

The Aqua, located at 225 N. Columbus cannot be missed. The exterior styling of the building is incredible and each unit is a little different whether it is the floor plan or the balcony. The building is comprised of three parts: Hotel, Apartments and Condos. The condos make up the upper floors of the building and therefore take advantage of the best views. The building features both indoor and outdoor pools, along with running tracks, fitness center, game room, lounge…the list goes on. Basically you name it, it has it!

The other benefit of living in a building with a hotel is the ability to walk down to the hotel bar or restaurant without leaving the complex. Also in the building is a new CVS.

The wavy balconies in the building are cool, I will give it that, but the size of some of them are too narrow to use. The other aspect of the balconies I do not like is the fact that you can view other peoples’ living rooms from your balcony (your neighbors) and vice versa. The finishes in the building are higher end (snaidero cabinetry, upgraded wood flooring, quartz countertops, etc). however they are not as luxurious as 340 E. Randolph.

Some people may be concerned about living in a building with a rental portion and a hotel portion. The hotel does have its own entrance and the rental portion does have its own bank of elevators on the other side of the lobby. Condo owners will enjoy the privacy of their own elevator bank and secured access.

The Aqua has a wide range of floorplans from studios to junior one bedrooms to large 3 bedroom units. This allows for multiple price points in the building starting as low as $300,000 for a studio.

Paul Blackburn is a licensed Illinois Realtor and Associate Broker with @ Properties in Chicago. He can be reached via e-mail at Paul@PKBlackburn.com   To learn more about buying condos in Chicago please visit www.BuyingInChicago.com

BUYING A CONDO IN LAKE SHORE EAST “NEW EAST SIDE”

Condos in Lake Shore East can be broken down into two categories: The new and the old. The new buildings are easy to spot in person; they are The Lancaster (201 N. Westshore), The Regatta (420 E. Waterside), The Chandler (450 E. Waterside), 340 On the Park (340 E Randolph) and of course The Aqua (225 N Columbus). The first building and the only condo building actually located directly on Lake Shore East Park is the Lancaster. It also, however, the only building NOT to have an indoor pool.

The other buildings of Lake Shore East are the older buildings such as: Harbor Point (155 N. Harbor), Park Shore (195 N. Harbor), 400 E. Randolph and The Buckingham (360 E. Randolph). My favorite of the older buildings is The Buckingham due to its views, updated yet intimate lobby and updated common area space.

So if you are looking in Lake Shore East what should you know when you first start looking?

Special Tax: For starters you should know that the newer buildings have an additional tax similar to an SSA. This is a special tax which came about to pay for the initial improvement of the land. This tax is minimal and will vary depending on the unit but it is something to keep in mind when shopping in the newer buildings.

Understand your view: Understanding your view is very important, but most important for those looking at East Facing units in the Lancaster. If you are in an East Facing unit in the Lancaster and you look down you will see a vacant piece of land. Originally this was going to house roughly 4 buildings. Since the real estate crash however these plans have been scrapped and no new plans have come to fruition. It is highly doubtful that any development will start on this land for at least 5 years, but you should know that it eventually will.

Also note that there are two very prized views in Lake Shore East. The MOST expensive is the view of Millennium Park which can be had from 340 E. Randolph, 360 E. Randolph, 400 E. Randolph, and 155 N. Harbor. The views of the park are not only of the park but also capture the lake as well as the city view along Michigan avenue.

The next award winning view are the views of the River which, while they can be had from The Aqua are most popular in The Chandler and The Regatta.

Possible Rental Restrictions: Due to the timing of the new buildings in Lake Shore East some buildings have rental restrictions in place such as The Regatta and 340 On the Park. The Chandler is also in the process of implementing limitations on rentals which will require you to live in your unit for a couple of years before renting out. These are not necessarily negatives but are simply things to keep in mind when looking at the units.

WHAT ABOUT PRICING?

Newer Buildings: In your newer buildings One Bedrooms will typically start in the low $300’s with the exception of The Aqua and 340 On the Park which will be higher. Two Bedrooms will typically start in the high $400’s and Three Bedrooms from the mid to high $600’s. Of course prices will always vary depending on availability, building, view and square footage as well as upgrades.

Older Buildings: One Bedrooms can start as low $200k with Two Bedrooms in the high $300’s to low $400’s and Three Bedrooms, while much more rare in the older buildings, can be found in the 700 to 800 price range.

Paul Blackburn is an Illinois Licensed Realtor and Broker with @ Properties. He can always be reached via e-mail at Paul@PKBlackburn.com For more information about buying condos in Chicago and what you should know about the Chicago market visit www.BuyingInChicago.com

Lake Shore East – What has recently Sold in the Chandler, Regatta, Lancaster & 340 On the Park

Amidst all the rentals hitting the market and quickly getting snapped up in Lake Shore East are some great sales that have happened over the past couple of months. For those of you who are not familiar with Lake Shore East or the “New East Side” as some call it; it is the area on the south side of the river where the river meets Lake Shore Drive. The new buildings are comprised of 225 N Columbus, The Aqua; 340 E. Randolph, 340 On the Park; 420 E. Waterside, The Regatta; 450 E. Waterside, The Chandler; and 201 N. Westshore, The Lancaster.

In the past 2 months 14 condos have sold in these buildings. Here are some of the most notable:

The Chandler: Unit 2101 sold in the Chandler for $405,000. This included the parking space. The 01′ tier at this level in the building faces North which is the preferred view from this building as you see Navy Pier, the River and the city. 2101 is a 1 Bed / 1.1 Bath and is considered a “Jumbo” One Bedroom for the building at 961 square feet. According to my research the previous owner paid $497,000 in 2007.

The Lancaster: Unit 2102 sold for $546,000 including a parking space. It is a 3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom unit however the 3rd bedroom is more “den like” given its location off the living room and its size. The unit faces South East which gives it great lake views at the current time. However, there is currently an empty lot between the Lancaster and LSD which will eventually be built on. Some have asked if it will be built on soon given the building craze of rental buildings. I don’t believe so. This is prime Lake Shore Drive property and the developer would rather use it for condos than a rental building. At least that is my opinion.

340 On the Park: 340 saw a couple notable sales the other month. Unit 2101 sold for $1,600,000 including parking of course. The unit is 2368sf and the 01′ tier at this level has both North East and South East views.

Another notable in 340 On the Park is penthouse unit 5702 which sold for $2,600,000 which appears to have included 3 parking spaces. Total square footage on this unit is 2748 and it is a Three Bed, Three and a Half bath. This unit faces South East and has extra tall ceilings because it is on a “penthouse” floor.

Paul Blackburn is a Licensed Illinois Realtor and Broker with @ Properties in Chicago. He can always be reached via e-mail at Paul@PKBlackburn.com