Here’s what we found for right around $1 million. Three bed, Three bath, 1973 sq ft. That’s $532.13 per sq. ft. Views and centrally located. Oh yeah, and it is in Chicago.
Curious about all the talk of Chicago being a real estate paradise sent us searching. What did we find? Well for one, while we appreciate the DIY attitude of Chicago agents, professional photography…or any photography at all might help push some more units – and a little staging couldn’t hurt sometimes either. The unit pictured may have actually been the only listing that we found with professional pics. Other things of note:
purple/mauve seems to be a very popular decoration/paint color in the midwest, and spartan furnishings seem to be a way of life. [Editor's Note: A plugged-in reader assures us that this is not true.]
Overall, our poorly informed opinion is that San Francisco has much more attractive (world class?) but smaller and more expensive housing stock than Chicago (you could find 2000 sq. ft. for under $500k)…but we probably already knew that. Next search for real estate paradise takes us to…Portland (which locals insist is a world class city)!
[Another Editor's Note: I think we can all agree that both San Francisco and Chicago are fantastic cities that are recognized around the world for being so. Let's move on now and get our humor back.]
∙ Listing: 201 W Grand Ave #502 (3/3) – $1,049,900 (Chicago) [ZipRealty]