Most people in Chicago are familiar with the the Gold Coast—this neighborhood is known for its tree-lined streets, brownstone homes, and plenty to do.
But if you ask someone to define the boundaries of this sought-after neighborhood, you’ll probably get a different answer from everyone you ask. There’s a lot of confusion as to where the Gold Coast begins and ends, and searching the web for real estate in this area can bring up many properties that aren’t in fact part of the Gold Coast. Two adjacent neighborhoods—Streeterville to the east and River North to the south—are often used interchangeably with “Gold Coast” to describe all of the nearby areas.
If you’re looking for a true search of the Gold Coast for luxury Chicago real estate, the boundaries below will give you a good guideline. The coordinates that define the neighborhood are:
East: Lake Michigan
The Gold Coast is certainly one of the city’s well-established neighborhoods, so many properties here are in original vintage buildings or were built sometimes more than a century ago. But it’s also important to know that the area is changing, and there are a number of new construction projects in the works, including:
4 East Elm: Located at the corner of State and Elm in the heart of the Gold Coast. This boutique building will be home to 35 luxury Chicago condos, all half-floor or full-floor units that are designed to be an urban oasis of high-end living.
No. 9 Walton: Boasted as the first “six-star” condominium building in Chicago, the 36 luxury condos in this Gold Coast high rise will average 4,000 square feet each. The building is located at the corner of State and Walton.
The Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s premiere residential neighborhoods, but that’s not all there is to this highly regarded area. The Gold Coast boasts restaurants, shopping, recreation and services that accommodate luxury living. A few highlights include:
Shopping at Oak and Rush: The area around Oak and Rush offers the very bestride-end boutique shopping in all of Chicago. You’ll find Chanel, Hermes, Tom Ford, Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin and many other designer destinations all in this exclusive area.
Dining: Upscale restaurants like Nomi (in the Park Hyatt Hotel), Fig & Olive, Allium (in the Four Seasons), Gibson’s and more are all in or near the Gold CoasT, so there is plenty to walk to for a night out out on the town.
Outdoor activity: The Gold Coast offers residents easy access to the lakefront, where activities range from a scenic walking/jogging path to swimming to beach volleyball. Washington Square Park is also a nearby urban oasis at Dearborn and Walton.
The Gold Coast has long been a favorite of clients looking to buy luxury real estate in Chicago. If you haven’t checked it out, I’d be happy to give you a personal tour and tell you more about it. Contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at [email protected].