March was a very interesting month for Chicago luxury real estate, particularly with single-family home sales. The top five sales all fell into the “ultra-luxury” category, selling for more than $2 million each.
Time will tell if the surge of ultra-luxury sales is an isolated situation, or if it could be the beginning of a trend where mega-luxury homes ($3 million and up) experience an uptick like they did last year. Check in next month to see if these high-priced homes continued to close in April. Regardless of price trends, it is clear that luxury buyers are looking for space—square footage, in-law suites and ample yard space.
This is often found in homes built on large lots. Buyers are going beyond the heart of key neighborhoods to find these sized homes. Lincoln Park is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods, but as large lots become more and more scarce and the cost of land increases, buyers are looking elsewhere, such as Lakeview and Bucktown.
It’s also worth noting that many of these homes sold for significantly below the asking price. This is the result of strong negotiation strategies on behalf of the buyer, which is something I always work to achieve for my clients. When negotiating a purchase offer, I strongly consider cost per square foot, time of the marketing and any history of the home as it pertains to real estate. It’s important to see what has happened with a home in the last year, to ensure it didn’t experience a reduction in price or get re-marketed as a new listing.
As we look at the top five Chicago homes that sold last month, remember that importance of space and lot size. Consider the negotiation that must be involved for these properties, given that these buyers each obtained a bit of a discount, despite the homes each boasting this coveted feature.
Here’s a detailed look at the top five homes sold, starting with the most expensive:
1931 N Hudson Ave
Original list price: $3,499,900
Sold price: $3.3 million
A total stunner in East Lincoln Park, this home was the highest price sale last month, and it’s easy to see why. With 6,600 square feet on a highly sought-after street, the home features a huge functional living space with 12-foot ceilings, Brazilian walnut floors, custom lighting, professional grade appliances and an elaborate smart home system. Extensive millwork with built-ins can be found throughout, done with an unparalleled level of sophistication and finish. A number of additional features include custom window treatments, master bath with spa-like feel, lower level family room with separate play space a custom-designed commercial wine room, professionally landscaped front and rear yards, two-tiered deck off great room and kitchen, and a sky-lit first floor breezeway that connects to an attached two-car garage.
3922 N Greenview Ave
Original list price: $2.839 million
Sold price: $2.695 million
Just two years old, this stunning custom home is in pristine condition, situated on a family-friendly, quiet block in the Southport Corridor. The home was built extra wide, on an extra deep (165 feet) lot, with 6,200 square feet that includes seven bedrooms (four on one level). The home’s lower level has a custom bar with walk-in wine room, playroom and additional pantry, making this space an entertainer’s dream. No detail has been overlooked, from the five-inch walnut floors to the high ceilings, the radiant heated floors to the elevator. This home also features an in-law suite on the third floor. A covered raised stone patio with a built-in grill overlooks an amazing 25-foot x 45-foot yard. And this home is two blocks to Blaine School, one of the most coveted schools for Chicago parents.
61 E Elm St
Original list price: $2.9 million
Sold price: $2.6 million
This row home is history on the outside (a 1885 renovated façade) and updated for modern living on the inside (gutted to the studs and rebuilt with superior finishes and timeless design). With 5,200 square feet, this home is great for family living and entertainment. Find a calming vibe with orientation to the the outdoors, including a terrace, balcony, huge deck with city views. Interior details are abundant, with such as a marble-surround fireplace and crystal chandelier in the living room, custom built-in kitchen, hardwood oak floors on three levels, heated floors in all bathrooms, Sonos audio system and an ABT security system. The lower-level fourth bedroom makes an ideal nanny or in-law suite. Not to mention, this Gold Coast home is in a great location, close to the Magnificent Mile, dining spots and Lake Michigan beaches.
4439 N Hamilton Ave
Original list price: $2.675 million
Sold price: $2,505,563
This stunning Chicago home has everything: location, width, light, space and beauty inside and out, right in the heart of Lincoln Square. Built on a huge lot—37.5 x 177 square feet—with a huge yard and wide interior space, the home was built in 2008 and boasts an interior design by HGTV designer Meg Caswell. The huge backyard is like a personal private park, with Ipe wood and wrought iron front porch. Inside is a number of carefully appointed details for the most discriminating buyer, including high end finishes and an absolutely perfect floorplan. The gorgeous kitchen, great room, formal dining room and living room stretch up to 11-foot ceilings. A master suite includes a large master bedroom, walk-in closet and a hotel-quality marble master bath with soaking tub.
1360 N State Pkwy
Original list price: $2.48 million
Sold price: $2.2 million
Inside this historic Gold Coast Greystone, you’ll find 4,000 square feet across and open floor plan and three stories. This Chicago home boasts 11-foot ceilings, a first-floor living room and parlor with two wood-burning fireplaces, plus a Bluestone patio accessible through dining room French doors. The second-level master suite includes a second bedroom that could be used as a sitting area with private terrace, overlooking a beautifully landscaped backyard. This home’s top floor features two bedrooms, an office and a hall bathroom, while the lower level includes radiant heated floors and two entrances to allow the space to function as a guest suite. This location in the Gold Coast is highly sought after as well, just blocks from great schools, parks, shopping, restaurants and the Magnificent Mile.
It’s a great idea for buyers to be aware of what’s recently sold in Chicago real estate to understand the market climate and what you can expect when you’re prepared to make an offer yourself. For more details on the properties that sold last month or to see what’s available now, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at [email protected]