Mike Tootelian is a Realtor with Kale Realty in Chicago Illinois, specializing in single family homes, condominiums, commercial and investment properties in many Chicago neighborhoods. An integral part of Kale Realty’s dedication to excellence is the collaboration of high caliber, capable professionals. [Read More]
Chicago Neighborhoods We Serve
Bucktown is a slightly less expensive alternative to other, higher-priced Chicago neighborhoods, although prices are rising. The area has many trendy restaurants and upscale shops appealing to young professionals and real estate developers alike. But remnants of a historic and quainter Bucktown are evident in the hundred-year-old buildings and cobblestone paths.
The Gold Coast is one of the most trendy areas of Chicago. Typically the most expensive housing; all within walking distant to some of the most fashionable boutiques, restaurants and department stores. You will have a grand shopping experience just mere minutes away from your home.
Along almost every boulevard of the Gold Coast, upscale boutiques and shops have opened up. Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Hermès, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Cartier SA, Van Cleef & Arpels, Yves Saint Laurent, Harry Winston, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Stuart Weitzman, Rolex, Max Mara, Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, Versace, Paul Stuart, Betsey Johnson, and Lilly Pulitzer are just a few of the dozens of designers that have locations in the exclusive neighborhood. Also, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, Porsche, and Bugatti have dealership locations in the Gold Coast.
Lovely old tree-lined streets, you are sure to see landmark mansions that sell for as much as $10 million. The old brownstones typically start at $1.5 million.
For individuals or couples with a more realistic budget, there are condominiums (beautiful) which are reasonably priced.
Gold Coast is zoned to the following Chicago Public Schools schools: Ogden School, O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy (a magnet school) and Lincoln Park High School.
One of the most sought-after areas of the city, the Chicago neighborhood of Lakeview is the most populated area in the Midwest
largely due to its great dining, shopping and nightlife. It is a very young neighborhood, with much of its population under 30, as housing is slightly cheaper than neighborhoods nearer to the Loop. But its four mile proximity to the Loop makes it a prime real estate destination.
Lake View is also home to the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field, and a part of the neighborhood is named for it. The many bars and restaurants are always full, especially during baseball season when they feed and entertain thousands of fans. The Wrigleyville section of Lakeview is bounded by Halsted, Ashland, Roscoe and Byron. There are more than 600 retail stores on the east side alone and Diversey, Clark, Halsted and Broadway boast strong commercial development.
Lincoln Park is home to Lincoln Park High School, Francis W. Parker School, and DePaul University. Many students who attend these schools now live in this neighborhood. Lincoln Park is also home to four architecturally significant churches: St. Vincent de Paul Parish, St. Clement Church, St. Josaphat’s (one of the many so-called ‘Polish Cathedrals’ in Chicago), and St. Michael’s Church in the Old Town Triangle area of Lincoln Park.
Visible from throughout the neighborhood, these monumental edifices tower over the neighborhood, lending the area much of its charm. The neighborhood also houses Children’s Memorial Hospital and the currently closed Lincoln Park Hospital, which is slated for redevelopment to condos, senior housing, retail and commercial.
The neighborhood contains large number of upscale national retailers, boutiques, bookstores, restaurants and coffee shops. An Apple Inc. store is expected to open in spring of 2010 as well as a Lacoste store. There are also many bars and clubs in the area, especially along Lincoln Avenue between Wrightwood and Webster.
Lincoln Park is one of the wealthiest and most expensive neighborhoods in which to live. While the average single family house is priced around 1,000,000 dollars, many homes in the area sell for more than 10,000,000 dollars. In 2007, Forbes magazine named the area between Armitage Avenue, Willow Street, Burling Street, and Orchard Street as the most expensive block in Chicago (http://www.forbes.com/2007/08/30/most-expensive-blocks-forbeslife-cx_mw_0831blocks.html).
Old Town is today considered an affluent and historic neighborhood, home to many of Chicago’s older, Victorian-era buildings. The neighborhood is home to St. Michael’s Church, originally a Bavarian-built church, and one of 7 to survive the path of the Great Chicago Fire.
Distinguished by a captivating past that lingers in the occasional brick alley, the thriving commercial district along Wells Street, and the faint toll of bells from St. Michael’s Church, Old Town is a historic Chicago neighborhood, reborn into the 21st century with an ardor that has captured many people’s interest as an enchanting place to live and a safe environment to raise a family.
Old Town’s beautiful residential blocks, lined with century-old grey- and brownstone walkups, are broken up by the flurry of activity along the neighborhood’s central thoroughfare. Old Town boutiques are known for their specialty items, local designer wares and one-of-a-kind fashions for you and your home. Tucked in among the awning-covered storefronts are popular dining spots that are regular stops for in-town celebrities.
In the summer, Old Town explodes with fun and excitement as folks come from all around to visit the neighborhood street festivals, which are among the most beloved in Chicago. The neighborhood is also home to the famed The Second City improvisational comedy troupe. (dreamtown)
Streeterville is a neighborhood that is bounded by the river on the south, Michigan Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the north and east.
Streeterville houses some of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers and most upscale stores, hotels, restaurants and theaters, as well as
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital
- Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
- School of Continuing Studies
- Kellogg School of Management’s downtown campus and School of Law
The Magnificent Mile portion of Michigan Avenue is part of Streeterville, as is the number one tourist attraction in Chicago, Navy Pier.
Streeterville’s exclusive selection of properties are so close to so much, including Lake Michigan, an investment in a one-bedroom condominium begins anywhere between $200,000 and $500,000. But it’s the lush penthouse pads and luxury high-rise condominiums that will take your breath away. The average attached home sale price in Streeterville is in the mid to high $300,000s while detached single-family residences have an average selling price of around $1.5 million.
Mike Tootelian has sold homes and condominiums throughout Chicago and outlying suburbs. The neighborhoods listed above have been the busiest in the past 18 months and have traditionally been the neighborhoods in which Mike Tootelian has the most experience.
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