Chicago Real Estate, Condos For Sale
A full-time Broker Associate specializing in sales and leasing in some of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods, Leslie brings valuable experience, personal service and expert knowledge to each real estate transaction and to every client. A well-honed marketing plan coupled with her extensive network proves Leslie an invaluable resource in helping you buy, sell or rent in today's dynamic real estate market.
Leslie has extensive experience in home buying, selling and renting in several neighborhoods of Chicago, including Lincoln Park, Lakeview, the Gold Coast, River North, River West, Streeterville, Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park. You can find a comprehensive list of neighborhoods served in the Communities section of this site.
Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or lease in town or in a home away from home, Leslie is dedicated to helping you achieve your real estate goals, no matter what stage in your life.
Lincoln Park Real Estate
Lincoln Park, named after the largest public park in Chicago, is bordered by North Avenue, Diversey Parkway, Ashland Avenue and Lake Michigan. The Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park is one of the city's most popular areas. The community is like a small city in itself, featuring almost every imaginable type of shop, restaurant, or entertainment venue. In the last few years, there has been an explosion of development on the southern side, with colossal upscale shopping centers opening along North Ave. between Halsted and Ashland.
Once related with voguish young up-and-coming singles, Lincoln Park is now gaining a reputation as the ideal Chicago neighborhood to raise a family. Lincoln Park provides residents with a variety of housing options. The variety of neighborhoods include affordable apartments, to quiet brownstones, Victorians, 2-flats, 3-flats, single-family homes, townhomes, as well as many of Chicago’s finest luxury condo high-rises.
As for education, besides Chicago’s variety of public schools, you can choose from private and parochial schools. Lincoln Park is home to two of the top magnet schools in the Chicagoland area, LaSalle Language Academy and Newberry Math & Science Academy. Students from both schools produce high scores on standardized tests. Private schools, attended by many of the area’s students include the Francis Parker School and St. Ignatious College Prep.
Lincoln Park embraces miles of stunning lake views, beaches, foliage, ponds, and pathways. With so much striking scenery, Lincoln Park is a refuge for joggers, tennis players, golfers, cyclists, and softball players, as well as visitors to the Lincoln Park Zoo, The Chicago History Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the park's nature preserves, crewing lagoon, and marinas. The park itself parallels Chicago’s lakefront and runs from the Gold Coast north to Edgewater.
Ease of transportation is one of the most pleasing benefits of Lincoln Park. Since downtown is a few miles away, Lincoln Park is served by multiple lines on the CTA – The brown, purple, and red lines – reaching the downtown area in minutes. Furthermore, buses run on Fullerton, Halsted, Diversey Parkway, and Lincoln Avenue, ensuring that you are never more than a block or two away from a quick trip to The Loop. Finally yet importantly, the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) exits are west on North Avenue and Fullerton.
As adaptive reconditioned architecture has transformed old schools, warehouses and factories into desirable living spaces, Lincoln Park's boundaries have pressed north, south and east through the years. Within Lincoln Park, you will find the many smaller neighborhoods, including Old Town and DePaul.
Old Town Real Estate
Just northwest of the corner of Wells Street and North Avenue is the delightful Lincoln Park enclave known as the Old Town or Old Town Triangle. The neighborhood has quaint brick-paved narrow streets with historic cottages, row homes, brownstones, and townhouses. Old Town is sought-after for its charm.
You will find everything from studios and one-bedroom residences in Old Town to larger apartments and single-family homes. North Wells Street evolved from a trendy counterculture neighborhood in the 1960s, and became home to many Chicago institutions, including our own Second City players, O’Brien’s restaurant, and the famous Fireplace Inn.
DePaul Real Estate
Situated in a pocket of Chicago's sought-after Lincoln Park neighborhood northwest along Lincoln Avenue at Fullerton is the small community of DePaul, which rests just to the east of the historic DePaul University campus. This neighborhood boasts of grand housing values and exquisite residential architecture comparable to that of its big sister neighborhood. Immersed in graceful traces of the Victorian era with stately brownstone walkups and towering hundred-year-old trees, new construction condominiums and rehabs of old townhomes are a familiar sight in DePaul. DePaul University’s presence in the community guarantees a steady and interesting blend of students, as well as a higher-than-average ratio of diverse business opportunities that cater to students and locals alike.
Additional outstanding schools in the area include the local Lincoln Park High School and the well-liked Francis Parker independent day school. DePaul offers stately single-family and multiple-unit residences, including original Chicago row homes with ornate Victorian facades. The neighborhood has restored greystones and newer homes designed by top Chicago architects.
DePaul is not just a home to students; some of Chicago’s most luxurious properties are located in DePaul. Filled with many nightlife and dining options such as the uber-luxurious Charlie Trotter’s, right down to late night venues such as the world famous Demon Dog’s hotdog stand! Nearby are Wrightwood and Sheffield, two areas that share many of the same characteristics and housing stock. Southwest is Ranch Triangle, an area adjacent to Clybourn Avenue.
Gold Coast Real Estate
The NAME says it all! From the beginning, only the most powerful and affluent people resided in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. As one of the oldest and wealthiest areas in Chicago, Gold Coast dates back to 1882 when Potter Palmer (a civic leader) bought land on what later became north Lake Shore Drive. There Palmer built the first of many of the area's mansions. Within a decade, property values in the Gold Coast soared by 400%, and it became the home of Chicago's most-affluent citizens. Icons like Archbishop Patrick Feehan, Hugh Hefner, Kenneth Goodman, Joseph Medill, Cyrus McCormick, Levi Leiter, and Marshall Field have all been residents at one time or another. Gold Coast offers the finest shopping, dining and entertainment in the city of Chicago. With the inclusion of the Streeterville and Mag Mile neighborhoods, Chicago’s finest luxury real estate is located here. This is indeed the wealthiest neighborhood in the city.
The present day parameters of the Gold Coast extend from North Avenue on the north; Chicago Avenue heading south; and Clark Street on the west. Gold Coast proudly touts the scenic lakefront as its hallmark on the east. Tremendously chic sections of the Gold Coast include Astor Street, North Lake Shore Drive from Oak Street to Navy Pier, Elm, and Delaware Streets, as well as the traditional brownstones on Dearborn.
Located only minutes from the downtown Loop area of Chicago, Gold Coast offers the accessibility and refinement of an area that also creates a distinctive style of residential living. Depending on the location of one's home, the panoramic eastern views from the high-rise apartments and condominiums give way to incredible vistas of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. On the west, Gold Coast residents can experience the vibrant city life at ground level.
The finest shopping strip is situated along North Michigan Avenue’s Mag Mile; home to some of the biggest names in the business- Macy’s, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Chanel, and Prada to name a few. Then there is the exclusive Oak Street; famous boutique designers including Vera Wang, Kate Spade, Hermes, Lester Lampert and more. If that is not enough, there is always Barney’s of New York and the unbelievable in-door mall, Water Tower Place. Water Tower Place has eight exquisite floors of shopping and eating with more than 120 specialty shops and 7 cinemas. Gold Coast’s shops not only call to the locals but the tourists alike.
Besides shopping, Gold Coast offers wonderful fine dining and entertainment with spectacular restaurants like Spiaggia, Table 52, Morton’s, and Nomi at The Park Hyatt down to the world famous "Gold Coast Dogs" hot dog hangout. The nightlife is great in Chicago, with many clubs- from rock to rap or blues to jazz.
Streeterville Real Estate
Streeterville is located within Gold Coast between Michigan Avenue and the lake; it is one of the fastest developing urban yet elegant neighborhoods in Chicago. With numerous historic sites, unique galleries, and exclusive shopping districts, it is undoubtedly one of Chicago’s most active neighborhoods.
Streeterville extends from the river on the south to Oak Street on the north; Lake Shore Drive to the east and Michigan Avenue to the west. The neighborhood has seen its status rise with copious innovative residential and business buildings completed in the past few years.
The Streeterville community is home to many legendary landmarks including the Tribune Tower, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place. Streeterville is also the entrance to the most popular tourist destination in Chicago, the Navy Pier. A few blocks to the west, along North Michigan Avenue, is where premiere shopping and five star dining can be found within Chicago’s celebrated Magnificent Mile. Just to the east, along the lakeshore are 18 miles of convenient scenic paths for a relaxing stroll or daily exercise as well as the picturesque beaches located at Oak and Ohio Streets.
Streeterville is an upscale residential area of Chicago which embraces an extensive range of living options: high rises, condominiums, brownstones, townhomes, and even mansions. Properties in this popular area have a great deal of appeal to a variety of Chicago home seekers, thanks to their investment potential and much-admired classic charm. With this amount of residential diversity, Streeterville is one of Chicago’s most dynamic neighborhoods with a mix of families, urban professionals, and empty nesters.
Luxurious offices are everywhere. A high level of advertising agencies and major media firms are located in this neighborhood. One of the best features of Streeterville is its association with the Museum of Contemporary Art and Northwestern University’s downtown campus and medical center. The Lakefront provides the setting for an endless array of activities. Entertainment is just a short ride away. Chicago’s collection of fine restaurants, city attractions, clubs, and recreational activities provide endless opportunities for everyone.
As for education, besides Chicago’s public schools, you can choose from private and parochial schools. Schools such as Montessori School Near-North, Latin School of Chicago, Francis Parker School, Quigley Seminary North and St. Ignatius College Prep to name a few.
Public transportation-taxis, buses, subways, elevated trains, and expressways make it easy to get around the city, as well as to and from the suburbs.
River North Real Estate
Just across the Chicago River from the Loop resides River North. River North is one of Chicago's most vibrant urban neighborhoods situated right in the heart of the city. The area is known for its world-class restaurants; trendsetting nightclubs; leading hotels and so much more. Within this well-established art community brimming with galleries, there are also production companies, photography studios and interior design businesses, as well as some of Chicago's most famous architecture.
Following the industrial boom, River North went through a major transformation. Once a faded warehouse district with a bunch of vacant buildings that lasted until the 1970’s, fortunately provided large, open layouts perfect for creative needs. The abundance of empty warehouse space drew artists, writers, and architects to the area in search of studios and lofts. Today, River North maintains its status as an art center for the city due to its population of artistically talented residents and growing number of gallery showrooms.
Single-family homes are a rare find in River North, but if residing in a loft or a condominium on the umpteenth floor is your idea of living the high life, this may be your neighborhood. Towering skyscrapers and mid-rise apartment buildings are home to most River North residents. Among the newer condominiums and residential developments are classic structures from the late 19th and early 20th centuries renovated to meet modern day living standards. In addition, many of the old warehouses have been transformed into trendy, upscale lofts.
There are many landmark buildings located in the River North area. The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the former Chicago Sun-Times Building (now Trump International Hotel and Tower) along with the "Cathedral District’s" Catholic Holy Name Cathedral and Episcopal St. James Cathedral are just a few of the extraordinary sites to see. Nevertheless, the Gallery District is what sets River North apart from the rest of Chicago. No one would believe that it once was an old manufacturing and warehouse area. Now, it has the most art galleries in the United States, outside of Manhattan. River North even has countless dance clubs, hot bars, and all kinds of entertainment.
Given River North's location, hailing a cab is always one option for getting around this Chicago neighborhood quickly and easily. Of course, public transportation is also convenient. The above ground CTA Brown Line (and Purple Line during rush hour) stops at Chicago & Franklin and Merchandise Mart, while the Red Line travels underground below State Street, letting you out at Chicago and Grand avenues. Depending on the time of day, sometimes it is just as fast to walk to a designation within the neighborhood limits. However, there are several bus routes servicing River North providing residents, visitors and those in the area for work plenty of transit alternatives.
Lakeview Real Estate
Lakeview is one of the most sought after real estate areas of the city. The two major sections of the neighborhood, Lakeview East and West Lakeview, are divided by Clark Street. The Lakeview neighborhood covers the western half of Chicago's greater Lakeview area. An expansive community, Lakeview incorporates the lakefront districts and thrives commercially with well over 300 retail stores throughout the neighborhood.
Lakeview is composed of mostly low- and mid-rise condominiums and townhouse-style buildings, with brick walk-ups and brownstones lining the residential blocks. The neighborhood has a feeling of urban density in places, with a refreshing abundance of trees and variety of architectural nuances. Rows of vintage brick buildings line the blocks, giving the neighborhood a vintage charm that only exists as far as the front door. Many of these buildings were converted in to condominiums, with interiors that are anything but old. Instead, numerous residences are refurbished with new floor plans and modern touches: hardwood floors, updated kitchens and bathrooms, and all the amenities you could want in a new home.
Along with remodeled condominiums and high-rise buildings, there are numerous townhouses and detached single-family home options in Lakeview. From young singles to families to retired folks, this Chicago community really seems to cater to the needs of homeowners from all generations and preferences. Whether you are looking for a flat in a stately graystone, a three-level single-family townhome, a magnificent penthouse, or a simple studio or one-bedroom unit, you are sure to find a plethora of ideal properties that fit your needs.
Since most Lakeview real estate is built to fully maximize their lots, packing all you can into the area allotted, gives the neighborhood a pleasant consistency and sense of maturity that appeals to many homebuyers. Balconies are often flowing over with flower baskets and potted plants, while trees and landscaped shrubbery sprout out of the small front lawns edging the residential streets.
The atmosphere throughout Lakeview neighborhood fluctuates greatly depending on where you are. The hushed residential avenues starkly contrast the bustle of the bar scene in Lakeview's happening entertainment district, where streets are well-lit and people are out and about at all hours. Residents say being able to live on a quiet street, while being within easy walking distance of so much shopping, nightlife, and dining options, is one of the biggest draws of the area.
As far as education goes, there are a variety of public grade schools as well as private and parochial schools. On the high school level, you have Lake View High, Lane Technical High, St. Benedict High, Gordon Technical High, and Heart of Mary High School for girls. Northwestern University, Truman College, and the Goodman School of Drama are nearby also. Transportation is never a problem with taxis, buses, the subway, and elevated trains running to and from the city and the surrounding suburbs.