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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

West Loop Condo Search

Over the past 2 weeks or so, I have shown at least 15 different
2bed/1-2 bath condos in the West Loop. Many offer little uniqueness, meaning
that they all have the same basic floor plans, but are located in
different look-alike buildings. When I take my clients out to see these
units, we are often shocked when we step into a condo that has something even slightly diverse about it.

For example, when the second bedroom, (not a 10X10 "office", a fancy word for closet) is fully enclosed we "ooh" and "ahhh"
quite a bit. Or, if exposed brick is present throughout and the balcony
actually overlooks something other than an alley, the excitement
becomes too much to handle. Often leading to the other agent to believe
that we are going to write a contract at that moment! Haha!

Anyways, when I come across a truly unique condo in the West Loop in the 300-350k price range, it is an anomaly for certain.

Never mind the garage parking, balcony, fireplace, updated kitchen and bath,
because those are pretty standard in all units we have seen.
It really takes that special something, and I am proud to say that this spark of
individuality is not only found in Lincoln Park. It can be discovered in the West Loop as well! Props to my neighborhood!

I know that my clients and I will come across a perfect home with all the
standard features plus a view of something somewhat grandiose (You
don't really need a skyline view when you are just five blocks from
downtown!), something that also separates it from the square "box" units, such
as a hint of timber, a myriad of window shapes, or brick to complement
a once barren wall.

I now know it's out there and it's even in the West Loop!
Perhaps soon I will be known as the West Loop condo expert....things to
look forward to!


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