Avoid winter weather by setting up a home in these well-connected buildings.
During the frigid Chicago winters, it’s best to have “inside connections” — in other words, a residence in a building that also plays host to restaurants, shops, entertainment options and other essentials. “Plenty of buildings have those options in a wide range of price points and locations,” says Rick Druker, managing broker of Baird & Warner’s Michigan Avenue office. He lists Olympia Centre, Aqua, Lake Point Tower, the Hancock and Marina City as examples. “Or [look to] hotels with indulgent services and spas that are attached to condos, like Trump International Hotel & Tower and the Waldorf Astoria,” says Druker.
But if you’re looking for a one-stop residence, Druker says that the real stars are the complexes that are attached to luxury hotels and world-class malls, offering an abundance of shopping and services. That makes Water Tower Place and 900 N. Michigan, which both house bustling vertical malls, five-star hotels (the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons, respectively) and posh apartments, the hottest “insider” residences in town.
Prices usually top $1 million for these condos, but right now there are a few listings on the market under that benchmark. At Water Tower Place (180 E. Pearson), unit 4402, a 1,775-square-foot, two-bed two-bath is up for $895,000 (Baird & Warner broker Daphne McDougall, 312-981-2362, Daphne.Mcdougall@bairdwarner.com) and unit 6501, a 2,754-square-foot, three-bed three-bath is going for $950,000 (contact Koenig & Strey broker Marie Campbell, 312-893-1347, Mcampbell@koenigstrey.com). Over at 132 E. Delaware, the residence attached to the 900 building, unit 5105 (below), a 1,470-square-foot, two-bed two-bath is on the market for $795,000 (contact Koenig & Strey broker Helen Jaeger Roth, 312-893-3541, Hjaegerroth@koenigstrey.com).
Lake Point Tower and the Hancock Center are two other buildings with available abodes that are virtually cities in their own right. At the former (505 N. Lake Shore), unit 807, a 1,100-square-foot, one-bedroom one-bathroom, is $329,900 and unit 6202 (above), a 1,800-square-foot, three-bed two-bath, is $995,000 (for both contact @properties broker Jean Ward, 312-315-6116). At the latter (175 E. Delaware), you’ll find unit 5306, a 590-square-foot studio for $229,000, and unit 6607, a 1,460-square-foot, two-bed two-bath going for $595,000 (for both contact Baird & Warner broker Pat Cohen, 312-415-8000).
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Story by Lisa Skolnik