As we wrapped up 2016, the top Chicago condos were singing much of the same song that they did for much of the year. Ultra-luxury properties reigned among the most expensive homes sold, not just in terms of price but in the exceptional elegance found in each and every one.
The priciest condos to sell in December were all found in some of the city’s most prestigious buildings. Whether vintage, co-op, new or old, these buildings are all in highly coveted locations, thanks to the walkability to exquisite shops, city activities and diverse dining options.
The other common denominator among the condos sold last month was square footage. Luxury buyers want at least 3,000 square feet, and that showed in the top sales. A penthouse co-op offered 5,580 square feet, which is a number typically associated with a single-family home in the ‘burbs.
Lastly, a majority of these top sales were sold at a major discount from the original listing price. A co-op on East Lake Shore Drive sold for a solid $1 million less than it was originally listed at. That’s a great deal for the buyer who isn’t afraid to shop for real estate during the cold winter months, when sellers are apt to negotiate and get those properties off the market.
All in all, December saw $68 million in total sales for December. Let’s take a more detailed look at what sold, with the top five properties in descending order:
180 E Pearson St, Unit 5603 Original list price: $3.5 million Sold price: $3,562,460 million
This ultra-luxury Chicago condo (purchased by a cash buyer) is one of five custom residences in the iconic Water Tower Residences, one of downtown’s most beloved buildings. These condos are being transformed into gorgeous, custom homes by Centaur Interiors, completely renovated using the finest materials and fixtures, state-of-the-art technology and precise attention to detail. The new residents can enjoy forever views in every direction, along with AAA+ amenities of the Ritz-Carlton, such as a concierge, 24-hour door staff, fitness center, pool, room services and more.
450 E Waterside Dr, Unit 2801 Original list price: $3.9 million Sold price: $3.45 million
A penthouse unit with nearly 5,000 square feet of living space, this Chicago condo was a rare opportunity for the buyers to get into one of the premier buildings of Lakeshore East. This neighborhood offers spectacular lakefront and riverfront living, with breathtaking water and skyline views from every room. The unit boasts a dramatic foyer that opens to more that 46 feet of open, spacious living space fitted for modern living. Lux features include 11-foot ceilings, smart home technology, LED lighting and an exceptional level of detail given to the comfort and ease of living throughout the home. Located just a few blocks from Millennium Park and Navy Pier, the Chandler amenities include an indoor rooftop pool fitness and media rooms and an array of offerings still in the works.
4 E Elm St, Unit 13S Original list price: $3.4 million Sold price: $3.4 million
The new construction condos at 4 East Elm were easily among luxury buyers’ favorite buildings in the second half of 2016—and sales are still going strong, with more than 90% sold. These sleek and modern half-floor residences each have elevator entry and most have three exposures that allow expansive lake and city views. This building is the ultimate urban oasis of luxury and privacy, with amenities that include an outdoor pool, sun deck fitness center, screening room, clubhouse lounge and 24-hour door staff. This 3,500+ square foot unit in particular was purchased with cash.
209 E Lake Shore Dr, Unit 1E Original list price: $4.2 million Sold price: $3.2 million
A beautiful co-op building in the Gold Coast, this three-bedroom property spans a generous 5,580 square feet and was completely redone by renowned architect John Ronan. The exquisite renovation kept the unit’s classic design and enhanced elegant, rich details like hardwood floors, extensive millwork, sleek moldings and more. The open floor plan is ideal for entertaining, and calming views overlook the lake and the treetops along East Lake Shore Drive. This co-op was also purchased by a cash buyer.
1550 N State Pkwy, Unit 402 Original list price: $3.85 million Sold price: $3 million
Purchased by a cash buyer, this 4,160 square foot Chicago condo is in one of the most revered buildings in the Gold Coast. Occupying a half floor, this property boasts east and north views of the stunning lake and park from every room. Along with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, this home features four balconies, 10-foot ceilings, major windows and bays and two fireplaces. The building amenities include 24-hour door staff, a guest apartment, exercise room, wine room and a live-in engineer.
For more information on Chicago condos that sold last month, or to take a look at what’s on the market now (and take advantage of those winter buyer benefits!), contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at [email protected].
Lake Point Tower, at right, is one of many buildings along Lake Shore Drive that offer incredible views of Lake Michigan. Image via Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune