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Urban living mixes with history at 13thirteen lofts

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 23:00
Floral motifs embellish the exterior of 13thirteen Randolph Street Lofts, but the art deco building's most distinctive features are the apartments inside.    

Clubhouses, community rooms that rise to the occasion

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 23:00
After a yearlong courtship, Chicagoans Karen and Andrew Gordinier were eager to share their engagement with friends. But hosting a party for 40 people in their two-bedroom condo would have meant finding time for all the prep work and keeping an eye on their pets during the party instead of mingling with guests.    

Can board fine unit owner without violation evidence?

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 23:00
Q. I live in a 12-unit condominium building. A month ago, someone taped a note in the common area that threatened the life of one of the resident's dogs. Since I have been one of the more vocal owners regarding dog waste in the yard, the management company's representative accused me of taping the note.    

Possible rescue plan for owner of underwater condo

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 23:00
Q: I wanted to ask your advice on a possible short sale. I own a one-bedroom condo as a second home that I am upside down by probably $50,000.    

Kitchen remodeling on the front burner

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 23:00
When we last checked in with Consumer Reports to see which things matter to the magazine's practical-minded readers, we learned that their kitchen remodeling decisions tended to boil down to two words: resale value.    

David Axelrod puts Lake Point Tower condo on market

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:00
Political strategist bought another home last year for $1.7M; Vince Vaughn again looking for River North town home renter

Longtime political strategist and NBC News political analyst David Axelrod, who has advised President Barack Obama in both of his successful presidential election campaigns, has listed his three-bedroom condominium unit in Lake Point Tower on Lake Shore Drive for $1.25 million.    

Does rose still smell as sweet?

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:00
Dozens of varieties offer beauty in durable bushes. There's just one problem: The rose probably won't smell much like a rose.

Dozens of varieties offer beauty in durable bushes. There's just one problem: The rose probably won't smell much like a rose.    

Condo board pay: Super idea?

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:00
While extremely rare, board members for a condominium association may be compensated.    

Exploring pros and cons of a living trust

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:00
Q: I keep hearing that it is beneficial to have your home in a trust versus owning it in your own name. What are the benefits or non-benefits?    

Take care to keep coyotes at bay

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:00
Whether your community association is a sprawling suburban complex or an urban high-rise, coyotes are nearby. You might not see or hear them, but they are there.    

Finding perks in living close to work

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:00
Living with your parents after graduating from college has its pros and cons. But the biggest benefit for 26-year-old Randy Kwan was squirreling away money for the down payment of a row house at Millbrook Pointe in Wheeling.    

Change in the air: Rental smoking bans

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:00
One of the nation's largest landlords will phase in a smoking ban in all of its apartments, including on private balconies and terraces.v

One of the nation's largest landlords will phase in a smoking ban in all of its apartments, including on private balconies and terraces.    

Big picture on home affordability

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:00
Higher mortgage interest rates do mean a higher monthly loan payment, but economists aren't too concerned about that ¿ yet.

A low supply of homes for sale is pushing up home prices at the same time that mortgage rates are moving higher. Yes, homebuyers, how much house you can buy is on the decline.    

Itasca idyll: A hidden small town

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:00
Residents can play golf, dine at down-home or upscale restaurants, or hike nature or jogging trails, all removed from the commercial district known to outsiders.

Residents can play golf, dine at down-home or upscale restaurants, or hike nature or jogging trails, all removed from the commercial district known to outsiders.    

Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage leaps to 4.46%, highest since 2011

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 09:07
A huge surge in mortgage rates, which according to Freddie Mac has lifted the the benchmark 30-year loan to 4.46%, is the biggest weekly increase since the financial crisis set in, rate watchers say.    

Power up kitchen dead zones

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 23:00
Now there are attractive and innovative ways to free up counter space and make the most of every inch.

Now there are attractive and innovative ways to free up counter space and make the most of every inch.    

Winnetka mansion sells for $12.7 million

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 23:00
Chicago Blackhawks center and captain Jonathan Toews is under contract to sell his three-bedroom, 32nd-floor condo unit in the Lakeshore East development.

Chicago Blackhawks center and captain Jonathan Toews is under contract to sell his three-bedroom, 32nd-floor condo unit in the Lakeshore East development.    

Index: Chicago home prices rise 3% in April

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:32
Average home prices in the Chicago area rose almost 3 percent in April, the first real monthly improvement for the local housing market in eight months, according to a widely watched housing barometer released Tuesday.    

Index: Chicago home prices rise 3% in April

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:32
Average home prices in the Chicago area rose almost 3 percent in April, the first real monthly improvement for the local housing market in eight months, according to a widely watched housing barometer released Tuesday.    

Tired of tending perennials? Give shrubs a second look

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 17:30
A few years ago, in an effort to reduce the amount of time I was spending maintaining my garden, I decided to replace my 75-foot long perennial border with a shrub border.