I recently visited three homes for sale in Chicago’s Lakeview and Lincoln Square neighborhoods, and the hands-down winner as a true luxury home, in both amenities and finishes, is 3315 N. Claremont in Lakeview. The home sits on a lot and a half, with sunlight streaming in along the home’s entire southern exposure. The living room, dining room, kitchen, and great room all benefit from this, and the home features a well-situated deck off the kitchen and beautiful perennial gardens. The current owners completed a gorgeous renovation of the first floor living, dining, and family rooms, as well as installing a wonderful Euro-style kitchen with chef’s stove, high-end appliances, and lovely tile and quartz countertops. Offered at $1,149,000.
Also in Lakeview, 3447 N. Claremont is a 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home in the Chicago Public School’s Coonley district, a highly rated North side public elementary school. The location is excellent and the home features nice decks and backyard spaces, but due to the highly personalized multi-colored palette of paint and wallpaper, it may be more difficult for buyers to envision this property as their home. This property may sell more quickly if the color scheme was neutralized. Offered at $1,050,000.
The last home on the tour, in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, is 2540 W. Winona. This home, although featuring many green upgrades including a tankless hot water system, also has a garage located below grade and under the house, which some buyers may not care for. The big plus is that the home is on an extended lot, and is a blank slate for a new owner to install landscape plantings and hardscape to their own taste. This will definitely appeal to buyers who can picture the yard as a wonderful place to escape, once plants and trees are in place. In addition, the home’s finishes and amenities approach luxury. Offered at $749,000.