While last month’s sales numbers certainly showed signs of a seasonal slowdown, sales for luxury homes held relatively steady in November, especially considering the arrival of snow and the start of the holiday season—two things that typically contribute to near radio-silence on the real estate market.
But sales didn’t stop entirely, and November saw a total of 30 luxury homes sold (those priced at $1 million and up) for a total of $50 million. If the December market sees relatively strong sales as well, I am anticipating that the spring 2015 market should be rather strong for Chicago luxury real estate.
Of the top five most expensive homes to sell last month, the majority of them were new construction—brand new homes, a few of which were still in development and allow the buyer to work with the developer to complete. Since new construction is still fairly light compared to what it once was, these homes seem to move very quickly on the market.
Another trend among last month’s sales was how real estate is being bought. High-end real estate buyers are becoming more apt to take out a mortgage for their home purchase, rather than using cash. We’ve discussed a few times this year that banks have made it especially easy for wealthy buyers to obtain a jumbo mortgage and retain their cash assets.
Here’s a more detailed look at what helped sell the top 5 most expensive homes last month:
1870 N Orchard Street
Original list price: $4.975 million
Sold price: $4,883,623
New construction was a major part of last month’s luxury sales, and this brand-new home from Environs Development helps showcase why. Built on an extra wide, extra deep lot in Lincoln Park, the home boasts 6 bedrooms, 7,260 square feet and a huge backyard. An elevator services the 4+ floors, which are topped with a massive penthouse roof deck that offers exceptional views of the city. Because this home was still being developed, the buyer had the opportunity to work with the developer on the final floor plan and façade and customize it just to their specifications.
1929 N Cleveland Avenue
Original list price: $3.75 million
Sold price: $3.525 million
Nestled in East Lincoln Park, this single-family home was just renovated to offer 6,400 square feet, 5 bedrooms and significant upgrades throughout. A spacious interior includes dramatic ceiling lights, a den with built-in office, new bathrooms and an attached garage. The outdoor space is ideal for entertaining, with an outdoor kitchen and a private landscaped garden deck with wood-burning fireplace.
2151 N Magnolia Avenue
Original list price: $3,050,000 million
Sold price: $3,007,500
This just-built home sold even before the listing was printed, and it’s easy to see why. On a quiet, tree-lined street, the all brick and limestone home features 5,200 square feet of luxury: custom cabinetry and millwork throughout, professionally designed natural stone baths, tremendous outdoor space, and an oversized two-car garage.
1923 W Wabansia Avenue
Original list price: $2.995 million
Sold price: $2.75 million
This contemporary new construction home has a long list of things to love about it: 1,400 square feet of private outdoor space (including roof decks and a private garden), a dramatic staircase, a custom kitchen with commercial-grade appliances, Duravit and Grohe fixtures, radiant heated flooring, a steam room, a lower level wine cellar and bar that leads to an outdoor fireplace, and a 3.5 car garage.
414 W Grant Place
Original list price: $2.95 million
Sold price: $2.375 million
Located on an extra-wide corner lot, this luxurious Lincoln Park home is bright and airy, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and a 3-story atrium with a huge skylight. The architecture is highlighted by modern, clean lines, with details like oak hardwood floors, a custom Poliform kitchen with a dome skylight, and a private elevator that services all 3 stories. The home’s 4,885 square feet includes 4 bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath.
If you’re shopping for Chicago mansions or a luxury single-family home, contact me to see what’s on the market and what might be available for your budget. Contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at [email protected]town.com.