If the majority of pricey deals last year were in the Chicago suburbs, this year, the city bounced back. In 2021, eight out of 10 top residential sales were condos in the city.
But that doesn’t mean buyers minimized space and amenities. The second top sale reached 11,000 square feet and several buildings feature services like gyms, wine cellars and basketball courts.
St. Regis Chicago dominated this year’s list, with four of the top sales being for units at the downtown luxury residential and hotel development.
And if last year there was a slowdown once the pandemic hit, this year, brokers say, the deals kept rolling in.
“It’s been really very robust,” said Millie Rosenbloom with Baird & Warner, whose sale at 2435 North Burling Street made the ranking.
840 North Lake Shore Drive, Unit 2601 | $11.25 million
Far surpassing last year’s top listing, which sold at $9.5 million, this pricey penthouse boasts both lake and city views from its expansive terraces. Its six bedrooms and seven bathrooms are located across its 8,800 square feet of interior and 1,135 square feet of private outdoor space. Tim Salm of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty had the listing and the condo sold July 2.
“This unit is special, one of a kind and it’s kind of like your own little nest on the top of this building,” Salm said.
Among its highlights are a great room with rotunda sitting area, large bar and expansive dining area with fireplace, custom Boffi eat-in kitchen with a showcase wine cellar, game and media rooms and office with leather flooring. Three garage spaces are also included.
1866 North Howe Street | $9.5 million
Sitting on two full lots with a third lot serving as a grassy side yard, this home sold February 26. With 11,000 square feet spanning across six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, this Lincoln Park home is the largest property on the list. Emily Sachs Wong with @properties had the listing.
The foyer leads into a kitchen with two islands, dual 36-inch refrigerator and freezers and a butler’s pantry. Next there is a great room area, and adjacent to the kitchen is a mudroom with a custom European built glass and steel atrium. That flows into the attached three car garage, sport court and the side yard. Four of the bedrooms are upstairs, along with another great room. The third floor has an office with a fireplace and a terrace. On the lower level, there is a guest suite, a movie theatre, gym, entertaining space and billiards room, two wine fridges, a powder room and additional storage.
“I think that right now people want perfection, they want wide lots, they want side yards. So this house had it all,” Sachs Wong said.
2550 North Lakeview Avenue, Unit S3801 | $9 million
Situated on the 38th and 39th floor of a French-inspired tower designed by Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange, this condo sold January 15. Pamela Rueve of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty had the listing.
Across its 8,000 square feet there are five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a living area, dining room, grand eat-in kitchen, family room and an open and covered patio grill room. The private elevator offers easy access to the primary bedroom on the main floor and additional bedrooms, den and recreational room on the second.
363 East Wacker Drive, Unit 7501 | $8.4 million
The first top unit at St. Regis Chicago on this list goes to this 5,734 square-foot condo. Like with the other three, Leila Zammatta of Magellan Realty had the listing. The condo sold September 24.
It has four bedrooms and four and a half baths featuring 11-foot, 4-inch ceilings. Amenities in the building include indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, fire pit, fitness and training rooms, private dining room, demo kitchen, private wine storage and wine tasting room and enclosed dog exercise area.
435 North Michigan Avenue, Unit 2202 | $8 million
On the smaller end of this list, this condo spans 4,185 square feet at $1,933 a square foot. It was sold on August 18 and Jeanne Martini and Karen Randich Stone of Golub & Company had the listing.
Among its highlights is the over 55,000 square feet of amenity space, which includes a fitness center, 7th floor rooftop, an indoor pool, a nearly 1/3 acre private park and terrace.
2435 North Burling Street | $7.5 million
Located on a double lot in Lincoln Park, this home, built in 2013, is 10,000 square feet. It offers an indoor basketball court, exercise room, two offices, eight fireplaces, a top floor lounge, playroom and backyard patio, along with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two powder rooms. A two-car heated garage is attached. It sold March 31 and Rosenbloom had the listing.
363 East Wacker Drive, Unit 6906 | $7.1 million
And so begins the St. Regis Chicago spree. Unit 6906 is the second condo in the building on the list.
Adrian Golobic, a shareholder in commercial equipment finance firm GreatAmerica Financial Services, and his wife Antoinette paid $7.1 million in a deal that closed November 29. The unit is 5,261 square feet with four bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms. Zammatta had the listing.
363 East Wacker Drive, Unit 6706 | $7 million
Also at the St. Regis Chicago, Magellan Development founder and former CEO Joel Carlins and his wife Susan bought this unit at the luxury residential and hotel development his firm owns.
The condo is a four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home. The 5,133-square foot unit sold September 22 and Zammatta also had this listing.
363 East Wacker Drive, Unit 6506 | $6.97 million
The last St. Regis Chicago property on the list is this 4,985 square foot condo. Sold September 7, the sale worked out to $1,398 per square foot. Zammatta also had this listing.
9 West Walton Street, Unit 2802 | $6.85 million
Last but certainly not least, is the completed but never lived in half-floor home in the No. 9 Walton. The home has three bedrooms and three and a half baths. Outside, there is a 750 square foot covered terrace with a jacuzzi. The building’s amenities include a fitness center with Peloton bikes, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, yoga studio, golf simulator, guest suites and hospitality room.
The condo sold March 3 and Susan Miner with Premier Relocation had the listing.