July 31st, 2017

For Sale – 3100 N Leavitt

Architecturally unique converted storefront with care of craftsmanship, attention to design, & artistic details everywhere you look. 3100 N Leavitt spacious living room is flooded with light with a curved mosaic glass block wall and large skylight. Other features include exposed brick & timber beams, custom built-ins & a modern suspended fireplace. A coved gallery hallway leads to the dining room, den, & kitchen area w/ wide planked pine floors, custom kitchen cabinets, upgraded appliances including Sub-Zero wine fridge, & granite counters. Open staircase from the kitchen/dining area takes you to a spacious roof deck with built-in benches, perfect for entertaining. Peaceful Master bedroom & bath includes cedar built-in closets, stained glass door, skylight, deep soaking tub, & rain shower. The back gallery hallway with extensive built-in storage leads to 2 back bedrooms and an attached garage. Beautiful tree-lined corner make this home truly special.   Contact Annie at 312-371-9293 or Susannah at 708-207-6590.

3100 N Leavitt Front3100 N Leavitt Living Room3100 N Leavitt Master Bedroom

 

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June 12th, 2017

These Old Houses: A Panel Discussion on June 28th

Chicago architecture, Photo by Elizabeth Blasius, @blaservationsPhoto by Elizabeth Blasius, @blaservations

These Old Houses
An Introduction to Chicago’s Vernacular Residential Architecture

Wednesday, June 28th , 6 – 8 pm
At LivingRoom Realty, 1530 W. Superior
Light refreshments served
Free!

LivingRoom Realty is pleased to host a panel discussion about the historic houses that make Chicago’s neighborhoods great.

Chicago is known for its masterpiece buildings by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and more. But the city’s architectural pedigree isn’t limited to the Loop. Although we sometimes take them for granted, the humble houses built by generations of anonymous Chicagoans have an even greater impact on our day-to-day quality of life, and tell the history of the city and its people.

From worker’s cottages to bungalows, two-flats to greystones, this event will provide an introduction to the vernacular architecture that makes Chicago, Chicago. Architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius will walk through some of the city’s most iconic building types, their history, features, and neighborhoods where they can be found. We’ll also have Matt Cole, of Neighborhood Housing Service’s Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program to talk about the nuts and bolts of caring for and fixing up an old Chicago house. Finally, Susannah Ribstein, LivingRoom broker and architectural historian, will go over some things to look for and think about when buying or selling one of these special Chicago houses.

Across the city, Chicago is rapidly losing its historic vernacular housing stock, permanently changing the fabric and texture of our neighborhoods. In addition to providing a valuable window into the city’s past, these homes are often well-built with quality materials, so they can be adapted to modern living for less cost and environmental impact than building new.

Whether you’re thinking about buying a home or not, this event is for all Chicagoans who want to know more about the city’s built environment and how we can all celebrate and care for it.

Food and drinks provided by Eddie Cisneros from Guaranteed Rate.

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Please RSVP to contact@livingroomrealty.com.

Photos by Elizabeth Blasius, @blaservations

Participant Bios

Elizabeth Blasius is a Chicago-based architectural historian and heritage conservationist.  Ms. Blasius has worked extensively in the private sector consulting clients on following the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as well as conducting traditional research on buildings and neighborhoods for National Register of Historic Places nominations, historic structure reports, printed publications and films.  She sits on the boards of the Recent Past Preservation Network, The Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter, and Logan Square Preservation.

Matt Cole joined Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago in 2006 and over the past 11 years has played strategic roles in NHS’s Neighborhood Strategy, Redevelopment Corporation, and Construction Services divisions.  As NHS’ Program & Grant Administrator, Mr. Cole currently helps facilitate the implementation of more than $5 million in public and private programs that support homeownership and residential building rehab in Chicago.  He is also responsible for managing NHS’ Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program, a historic preservation and cultural heritage-based education and technical assistance program aimed at encouraging reinvestment in vintage homes on Chicago’s South and West Side.  Prior to joining NHS, Mr. Cole was a planning and development consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he worked on community-based reuse strategies for Superfund, brownfield, and abandoned mining sites.  Mr. Cole received his Master Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. More information about the Greystone & Vintage Home Program here.

Susannah Ribstein is a broker with LivingRoom Realty. She studied art and architectural history at the University of Chicago and has an MS in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to becoming a real estate broker, she worked in the art world as a gallery manager and non-profit director.

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June 12th, 2017

Envision Unlimited: Places & Spaces Closing Tea on June 18th

Places and Spaces 2Please join us for the last opportunity to see the show: Places & Spaces at a closing tea on Sunday, June 18th from 12 – 4 PM. The show will be located at LivingRoom Realty (1530 W. Superior St.) in the Noble Square neighborhood. Places & Spaces is presented in partnership with Envision Unlimited and The Weaving Mill

Places & Spaces is inspired by the universal human desire to find and celebrate one’s home, whether it’s a city, a building, a community of people, or all three. The artworks in the exhibition show spaces and places and people and faces, looking backward, moving forward, stopping to see the windows, the doors, the dresses, the floors. Built from pencil, from paper, from cardboard, from toothpick—these works lift off the ground and touch back down, they roll around in their own material and trajectory.

Places & Spaces invites viewers to remember and recapitulate, see the city through someone else’s eyes—the places and spaces that stick to their ribs, the spaces and places that make up a solid world surround us.

The artists included in the exhibition are: Tim Allen, Illuminada Bernardo, Marvin Young, Timothy Jackson, and Lawanda Blake.

Sales proceeds from the exhibition will go directly to the artists and to support the Envision Arts Studio program.

The exhibition was curated by Emily Winter and Matti Sloman of The Weaving Mill and Susannah Ribstein of LivingRoom Realty.

Places and Spaces Close Up

ABOUT

Envision Unlimited is a non-profit social services organization with centers across the city. Its mission is to provide quality services to persons with developmental disabilities and other special needs by promoting choice, independence and community integration. Established in 1964, Envision now serves approximately 1,200 individuals and families with services including day programs, employment services, community living programs, arts and craft studios, and more. www.EnvisionUnlimited.org

The Weaving Mill is an industrial weaving studio run by textile artists Matti Sloman & Emily Winter which is housed within Envision Unlimited’s West Town Center. In addition to their own creative work and their collaborations with other artists and designers, TWM provides textile education workshops for adults with developmental disabilities, and hosts an experimental artist residency program designed to give artists working in diverse media access to studio space and to encourage collaboration between visiting artists and the artists of Envision Unlimited. www.TheWeavingMill.com

LivingRoom Realty is a boutique real estate firm located in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. www.LivingRoomRealty.com

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May 24th, 2017

New Listing! 7401 S Wabash Ave Chicago IL 60619

Lovely Park Manor 2-story 12-flat with vintage details including slate roof and stained glass. Nice, spacious layouts – all units are one bedroom, one bathroom with separate living room and dining room. Units in fairly good condition with mostly long term tenants. Each unit has its own individual forced air heat furnace. Great corner location. Amenities include a lovely full rear yard and 2 car garage. Space in basements to build out extra storage and provide coin laundry. Rents are below market and updates could provide higher rents as well.

Offered at $389,000. Contact Listing Agent Elizabeth Dudek at 312-498-7378 with any questions.

Listing #09598581
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May 23rd, 2017

New Listing! 2515 W Augusta Blvd #3N Chicago IL 60622

Great vintage, remodeled two bedroom, one bath duplex-able penthouse condo. Great blend of character and updates! Beautiful hardwood floors throughout and large art glass front windows. Incredible upper level space to build out master suite and more. Plumbing and electrical pulled up for bath and washer/dryer (provided). Large storage space and laundry in basement. Garage parking space included. Great side yard provides ample light into interior. Great space, light, and potential to this home! Preferred lender able to lend into this building with strong buyer putting 20% down and strong credit.

Offered at $274,000.  Contact Listing Agent Elizabeth Dudek at 312-498-7378 with any questions.

Listing #09629874

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May 3rd, 2017

Envision Unlimited, The Weaving Mill & LivingRoom Present: Places & Spaces

Places and Spaces PiecesIn partnership with the Arts Studio program at Envision Unlimited, LivingRoom Realty is pleased to present a new art show: Places & Spaces, opening Friday, May 19th from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be located at LivingRoom Realty (1530 W. Superior St.) in the Noble Square neighborhood. Not to worry if you can’t make the opening reception, we’ll be hosting open hours on Saturdays May 27th and June 10th from 12 – 4 PM, as well as a closing tea party on Sunday, June 18th from 12 – 4 PM. 

Places & Spaces is inspired by the universal human desire to find and celebrate one’s home, whether it’s a city, a building, a community of people, or all three. The artworks in the exhibition show spaces and places and people and faces, looking backward, moving forward, stopping to see the windows, the doors, the dresses, the floors. Built from pencil, from paper, from cardboard, from toothpick—these works lift off the ground and touch back down, they roll around in their own material and trajectory.

Places & Spaces invites viewers to remember and recapitulate, see the city through someone else’s eyes—the places and spaces that stick to their ribs, the spaces and places that make up a solid world surround us.

The artists included in the exhibition are: Tim Allen, Illuminada Bernardo, Marvin Young, Timothy Jackson, and Lawanda Blake.

Sales proceeds from the exhibition will go directly to the artists and to support the Envision Arts Studio program.

The exhibition was curated by Emily Winter and Matti Sloman of The Weaving Mill and Susannah Ribstein of LivingRoom Realty.

Places and Spaces Close Up

ABOUT

Envision Unlimited is a non-profit social services organization with centers across the city. Its mission is to provide quality services to persons with developmental disabilities and other special needs by promoting choice, independence and community integration. Established in 1964, Envision now serves approximately 1,200 individuals and families with services including day programs, employment services, community living programs, arts and craft studios, and more. www.EnvisionUnlimited.org

The Weaving Mill is an industrial weaving studio run by textile artists Matti Sloman & Emily Winter which is housed within Envision Unlimited’s West Town Center. In addition to their own creative work and their collaborations with other artists and designers, TWM provides textile education workshops for adults with developmental disabilities, and hosts an experimental artist residency program designed to give artists working in diverse media access to studio space and to encourage collaboration between visiting artists and the artists of Envision Unlimited. www.TheWeavingMill.com

LivingRoom Realty is a boutique real estate firm located in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. www.LivingRoomRealty.com

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May 3rd, 2017

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Tuesday, May 23rd!

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Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:30pm-8pm

It’s time for another buyers class! Whether you plan to buy this summer or in 2018, it’s so important to be a prepared and informed buyer. Join us at LivingRoom Realty from 6:30-8:00 pm on May 23rd as Real Estate Broker Sarah Frier, Mortgage Broker Christina Ewing, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

Topics to be covered will be:

– The pre-approval process and preparing your finances
– Step by step overview of home buying process
– Loan products available in today’s market
– What are closing costs and detailed breakdown
– How to decide on what type of property to buy
– What to expect from a home inspection
– What to look for in a building
– Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP at contact@livingroomrealty.com, so we can plan appropriately. We look forward to seeing you!

Sarah Frier, LivingRoom Realty
Christina Ewing, Molitor Financial
Mike Lamb, Inspection Connection Inc.

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March 15th, 2017

604 S Lyman Oak Park Open House Sunday March 19th from 1-3pm

Stop by our Open House of our lovely new listing located at 604 S Lyman in Oak Park this Sunday, March 19th, from 1-3pm.  Offered at $449,000.  For more information and pictures visit our listings page.  To schedule a showing contact Annie at annie@livingroomrealty.com or 312-371-9293.

 

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February 22nd, 2017

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Tuesday March 7th!

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers
Tuesday March 7th, 6:30pm-8pm

Spring has Sprung and it’s time for another buyers class! Whether you plan to buy this spring or in 2018 it’s so important to be a prepared and informed buyer.  Join us at LivingRoom Realty  from 6:30-8:00 pm on March 7th as  Real Estate Broker Elizabeth Dudek, Mortgage Broker Christina Ewing, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

 

Topics to be covered will be:

– The pre-approval process and preparing your finances
– Step by step Overview of home buying process
– Loan products available in today’s market
– What are closing costs and detailed breakdown
– How to decide on what type of property to buy
– What to expect from a home inspection
– What to look for in a building
– Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and Drinks will be Provided.  Please RSVP at contact@livingroomrealty.com, so we can plan appropriately.  We look forward to seeing you!

Sarah Frier, LivingRoom Realty
Christina Ewing, Molitor Financial
Mike Lamb, Inspection Connection Inc.

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January 6th, 2017

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Tuesday January 24th!

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers
Tuesday January 24th, 6:30pm-8pm

It’s a new year and time for another buyers class! Whether you plan to buy this spring or in 2018 it’s so important to be a prepared and informed buyer.  Join us at LivingRoom Realty  from 6:30-8:00 pm on January 24th as  Real Estate Broker Elizabeth Dudek, Mortgage Broker Ben DeBoer, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

Topics to be covered will be:
– The pre-approval process and preparing your finances
– Step by step Overview of home buying process
– Loan products available in today’s market
– What are closing costs and detailed breakdown
– How to decide on what type of property to buy
– What to expect from a home inspection
– What to look for in a building
– Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and Drinks will be Provided.  Please RSVP at contact@livingroomrealty.com, so we can plan appropriately.  We look forward to seeing you!

Elizabeth Dudek, LivingRoom Realty
Ben Deboer, Molitor Financial
Mike Lamb, Inspection Connection Inc.

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