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Chicago Home for Rent: 1441 N Harlem Ave Unit A

December 19, 2016

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Chicago Home for Rent
1441 N Harlem Avenue Unit A Oak Park, IL 60302

2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 1,500 square feet
MLS# 09404674

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1441 North Harlem Avenue

Very Walkable

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Sunny end unit, brick townhouse in Mann School District. Three floors just like a single family home with private deck, large yard and parking included. Newer kitchen with stainless steel appliances open to separate dining area. Central A/C, in unit laundry, hardwood floors and open floor plan. Separate family room, storage/utility room and bath on lower level. Generous closets. Close to Metra and el, walk to shopping. Bus outside your door! Minutes to West Suburban College of Nursing, Loyola Med School, Dominican, Concordia and hospitals.

Marketed by Chicago Realtor Karen Breen Elia!

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Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago’s North Side.

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Chicago Dining Awards: best pizza, burger and more

March 29, 2016

Chicago Dining Awards: best pizza, burger and more

Dining Awards: Chicago’s best pizza, burger and more — picked by you.

These awards have been given by the Chicago Tribune, however, we have been to most of these restaurants.  I guess they’re the favorites for good reasons!  Make sure you try at least a few of them.

Best fine dining: Blackbird

Best classic Chicago restaurant: Gene & Georgetti

Best breakfast: Lou Mitchell’s

Best doughnuts: Glazed and Infused

Best deep-dish pizza: Lou Malnati’s

Best thin-crust pizza: Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria

Best coffee shop: Intelligentsia

Best BYO: Tango Sur

Best bakery: Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

Best food spot where you least expect it: United Center

Best ice cream shop: Margie’s Candies

Best burger or burger shop: Kuma’s Corner

Best fried chicken: Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Best patio: Moody’s Pub

Best brewpub or taproom: Revolution Brewing Co.

Get more info on the winners and view the photo gallery here and for the winners of our Critics’ Choice awards, go here.

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago’s North Side.

ChicagoCityHomes, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties
2951 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60657
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Should You Invest In a Parking Space?

July 11, 2015

The article below from the Financial Post discusses the increasing value of parking spaces in the city. Although this article cites Toronto stats, the same holds true in Chicago.  A condo unit with parking spaceparking (at an additional cost) is more valuable than an identical unit without available deeded parking.  Additionally, the mortgage interest and property taxes are income tax deductible, so even if you don’t own a car, renting the spot can be an income stream.  The rental usually exceeds the PITA (principal, interest, property taxes and monthly assessments) on the deeded garage/parking spot.

Here is the full article:

The old saying goes buy real estate, they’re not making more of it. But what about parking? It might be just as scarce a resource.

The old saying goes buy real estate, they’re not making more of it. But what about parking? It might be just as scarce a resource.

Parking values are rising faster” than condo prices, says Shaun Hildebrand, senior vice-president at Urbanation, noting average condo prices are up about 50 per cent during the same period. “But you can’t just buy parking.”

James Ritchie, senior vice-president of sales and marketing with Tridel Corp.,which built its first condo in 1968 and currently has 5,400 high-rise suites under construction in the Greater Toronto Area, says part of the problem with trying to make money on a parking spot by renting, or even selling it, is that most condominium boards have restrictions.

“You can only buy or rent a parking unit if you are a dwelling unit owner,” said Ritchie, referring to his company’s projects. “It is essentially to prevent someone who is not a homeowner of the building to come into the common area to use the parking spot.”

He says the practice is now widespread and generally in place because “homeowners don’t want people coming through their lobby or garage” and is not aimed specifically at restricting the trade in parking spots.

Ritchie says condo fees and property taxes — both payable on parking — may also be having an impact on interest in parking demand which he says has been waning in downtown areas. In the suburbs, parking is still very much in demand for condo dwellers.

Alex Enchin, a founder of the site WhereiPark which matches empty parking spots with drivers, said there is a strong market in rental parking and the income should be able cover the carrying costs of buying a spot you might not use right away.

“We want to provide people with extra spots a tool to rent it out and generate extra income,” said Enchin. “People have been leaving tons of money on the table.”

While he concedes that some condo developments restrict who you can rent to, he’s found there is usually a market within a building, something generally allowed under condo guidelines, for unused parking. He estimates a parking spot in Toronto’s core can be rented in the secondary market for $125/month, of which his company takes a 20 per cent cut for managing the renting of it.

Enchin says parking is a bit of a Catch-22 because when people skip the spot because they can’t afford it, it tends to take them out of driving in the long run.

“I want that parking spot because your ability to resell your unit will narrow down what you can get from potential buyers. I’m biased because I’m a driver,” said Enchin. “But I can see how people see it as a lot of money for 60 square feet of concrete.”

Information provided by Chicago Realtor Karen Breen Elia.

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago’s North Side.

ChicagoCityHomes, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties
2951 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60657
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Chiditarod Needs Your Help Feeding Chicago’s Hungry

February 27, 2014

My son, Devin Breen, is the co-founder of Chiditarod, a raucous mobile food drive that combines elements of a race with costumes, shopping carts, and Chicago’s own unique style of social activism. I am extremely proud of Devin and the charitable work he does. He is a true inspiration.

The 9th annual Chiditarod takes place this Saturday, March 1. By his own admission, Devin is better at organizing than promoting the event and I am asking for your help in raising money to feed the hungry. Please read Devin’s letter below, click on the link for Devin’s fundraiser page and make a donation to eradicate hunger in Chicago.

Greetings, friends,

Many of you have heard of (or even experienced) an event I began in 2006 and hold very dear to my heart — The Chiditarod.  The Chiditarod is a raucous mobile food drive that combines elements of a race with costumes, shopping carts, and Chicago’s own unique style of social activism. In other words, 800 people will don elaborate costumes while racing a tricked out shopping cart down the streets of Chicago.  The carts arrive at the race filled with canned food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Chiditarod IX races into history this Saturday, March 1, 2014.

This is a crazy event with a very serious cause — feeding the hungry. I am asking for your support to help us raise our fundraising goal of $25,000 for the Chiditarod Foundation — the non profit I founded in 2012.  The Chiditarod Foundation seeks to alleviate hunger and solve the root causes of hunger through creativity, engagement and direct action.  Food and food security is an essential and necessary ingredient in life. We believe that no one in Chicago should go hungry. In 2013 the Foundation gave out $20,000 in grants to 501(c)3 organizations in Chicago who are solving hunger in innovative ways.  We want to do even MORE in 2014 and you can help us!

As the co-founder of the event, I’ve been involved since the beginning and have experienced the joy of watching the event grow from 100 racers in 2006 to 800 racers, 300 volunteers, and 25 Coreganizers (aka Core Organizers) in 2014.  For 4 months it’s my 2nd full-time job.  I spend all non-business (and much sleeping) hours working on this event.  I’m historically much better at organizing the event than promoting it, so I’m challenging that status quo by holding this fundraiser.  And, I’m challenging EVERY other team to hold the top fundraising spot.. will you help me achieve this goal?!  To add to the drama, I’m looking to raise $5,000 in 3 DAYS.  Let’s do it!!

My Fundraiser Page:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/devin-breen/chiditarod-2014

Your generous donation supports grassroots, hunger-fighting initiatives. Organizations like food banks, urban farms, educational programs, mobile farmers,  programs for children, community gardens, markets, and more!  Thank you so much for your generous contribution to help us eradicate hunger in Chicago, and for supporting the Chiditarod all these years. I am truly humbled.

Please consider forwarding this email along to your altruistic, fun-loving friends.  And most importantly, thank you for your time and consideration.

Warmest Regards in this epic winter,

Devin

Thank you for supporting Devin, the Chiditarod and Chicago’s hungry!

Chicago Condo For Sale: 1 E 8 Ave #610

November 8, 2013

Chicago Condo For Sale:

1 E 8 Ave #610, Chicago IL 60605

MLS# 08483737

2 Good To Be True!

1 E 8 Ave

2 GOOD 2 BE TRUE!   2 bedroom, 2 ensuite baths with bright north skyline views from every room.  Newer construction building in prime South Loop location. FHA approved. Stainless steel, cherry & granite kitchen. Hardwood floors in living/dining room and kitchen.   Balcony with small lake view.  Storage locker included.  Deeded garage parking additional $35,000.  Building has heath club with reduced resident rates, restaurants, and guest parking.  Walk to the red, blue and green line els, Grant Park and colleges.

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago’s North Side.

ChicagoCityHomes, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties

2951 North Lincoln Avenue

Chicago IL 60657

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Chicago City Homes For Sale: 6748 North Newgard Street Unit 1 Chicago, IL 60626

March 8, 2012

Chicago City Homes For Sale

6748 North Newgard Street Unit 1 Chicago, IL 60626

MLS#08011002

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Biggest and Brightest Bedrooms!  Special Rogers Park vintage rehab with two bedrooms and spacious living areas is sure to please.  A generous foyer leads to the bright living room with hardwood floors which adjoins the eating area and kitchen with cherry stained cabinets, granite countertops and tile floor.  A portable kitchen island and cherry wine rack is included, and there is a small deck for grilling.  The corner master bedroom is flooded with light from six windows, and there’s seating and desk space as well.  The spacious second bedroom has a generous closet, and two windows.  Heat is included in the low assessment, and there are radiator covers throughout the unit.  The building has a new roof, new back porches and a new boiler.  With a 92 walk score, it is conveniently located a few blocks from the red line el, shopping, restaurants and entertainment.