Dreamy Work/Live Building with Side Yard in Gage Park!

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Located at 4929 S Campbell, this is the live, work, play warehouse building you've been dreaming about! This unique and versatile building has two living units - one vintage, one more modern and three separate work/studio spaces. There is a large garage with full access to interior work spaces. There is also a beautiful side yard that has been well maintained. The building and yard sit on 100'x121' of land.  Property is fully rented with a gross income of $2900/mo. The building is located on a dead end residential street, with just a few minute walk from the Orange Line and 47th street shopping and restaurant amenities.  Offered at $375,000.  For questions and to schedule a showing contact Annie at 312-371-9293.

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Gallery Opening - Colin Matthes: BAND-AID Friday April 11th 6-9pm

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Colin Matthes' recent work addresses economic and environmental crisis from a funny, critical, and perversely industrious point of view. For his first Chicago solo exhibition, BAND-AID: Instructional and Flood Resistant Work, he will show flood resistant luxury objects and a series of instructional drawings.

Essential Knowledge is a series of instructional drawings designed to teach basic skills for success in challenging situations. Frank Abruzzese (in his curatorial statement for an exhibition at Monster Truck, Dublin, Ireland) described the drawings as "looking to themes of resourcefulness and defiance rooted in both survivalist and DIY cultures, the drawings provide not-so-practical instructions for imagined and real scenarios ranging from Preparing Small Game to Landing a Plane in an Emergency."

The flood resistant works will maintain their value as commodity by surviving floods and rising sea levels. These objects are designed to have a calming and motivational presence for their lucky/prepared owner in times leading up to and during environmental duress. They borrow language and imagery from motivational posters, contemporary protest, distraction, apathy, and business. Matthes engineers the absurd by developing overcomplicated Band-Aids that present provisional solutions to serious concerns rooted in environmental and economic calamity.

COLIN MATTHES’ practice includes painting, drawing, installation, zine and graphic production, and public art projects. Matthes works collectively with Justseeds, a network of twenty-six artists living in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that runs a print collective, contributes graphics to social movements, and co-publishes books. As an individual artist, Matthes has exhibited across Europe and the United States. Solo exhibitions include Artspace Leguit, Antwerp, Belgium and Igloo Gallery, Portland, Oregon; group exhibitions include Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Munch Gallery, New York, and the Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee. He has participated in many residencies including Hotel Pupik (Austria), Werkkamp (Belgium), and Cow House Studios (Ireland). Matthes won the Marl L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2012 (Established) and 2007 (Emerging).

More information about Colin Matthes can be found at http://ideasinpictures.org/

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibition) was founded in 2010 with the ambition to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. The residency itself takes place each summer in rural southwest Wisconsin and brings together artists from across disciplines and levels of experience to create a regenerative community of cultural producers. Over the course of the following year ACRE endeavors to further support its residents by providing venues for exhibitions, idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

Closing Tea for Outdoors - Saturday April 5th 12-4pm

Saturday April 5th from 12-4pm is your last chance to see the wonderful show Outdoors curated by Ethan D’Ercole. Attachment-1

In November Ethan asked participants to contribute 3 pieces to a show about outside space and how it’s used.  “I knew the opening would fall in late winter; however, I didn’t have any clue how oppressive and relentless the 2014 Chicago winter would be.  Perfect.  All this time cooped up indoors will make art about outside space more wonderful, more therapeutic.”  Please join us for the closing of this magic show which has finally help bring the Spring to Chicago!

Art Opening - March 7th Outdoors

It's been a long winter.  Let's go outdoors.  Join us Friday March 7th from 6-9pm for the opening of Outdoors curated by Ethan D'Ercole. Attachment-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In November Ethan asked participants to contribute 3 pieces to a show about outside space, how it's used.  "I knew the opening would fall in late winter; however, I didn't have any clue how oppressive and relentless the 2014 Chicago winter would be.  Perfect.  All this time cooped up indoors will make art about outside space more wonderful, more therapeutic."  Ethan could not have assemble a better group of artists who balance color humor and joy de vivre in a better way.  It's been a long winter.  Let's go outdoors.

Closing Tea: Living in Chicago - Dmitry Samarov - Sunday March 2nd 1-4pm

Stop by LivingRoom Realty on Sunday March 2nd from 1-4pm for a cup of tea and a cookie or two. It's your last chance to see Dmitry Samarov's Living In Chicago. We'd love to see you! mess

"I've lived in Chicago for over 20 years. For all that time I've drawn and painted inside and outside the places I've lived. Oil paintings, watercolors, charcoals and inks document what I see out windows and what I choose to bring home. I never start any of these pictures with any particular meaning in mind but the better ones are able to talk back to the viewer. They remind people of moments from their own experience. Books, chairs, dishes and such are what we all have in common. They connect us. By painting what I see every day, I'm trying to have a conversation with all the others who wake to similar views every day in this city."

 

Back on The Market! Historic Greystone Multi-Unit at 2815 W Logan Blvd

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2815WLoganBlvd_viewer_572Historic Logan Blvd 5 Unit Greystone on extra large lot (37.5x145'). Located at 2815 W Logan Blvd, the live-in owner has thoroughly maintained building. The building is comprised of four, 1 bedroom plus den units; and one, 3 bedroom, 1.1 bath plus den unit. Listed at $949,000, this building is a wonderful blend of updates while keeping great character and craftsmanship of building. 1st floor easily duplexed to unfinished basement. Brilliant landscaping & patio. Coin laundry & storage in basement. Rents below market. For information and to schedule a showing contact Elizabeth at 312-498-7378 or elizabeth@livingroomrealty.com.

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2013 Housing Market Review

2013 Housing Market ReviewA Good Year 

In 2013, we started our housing market recovery in Chicago.  It was definitely a long overdue correction.  Record low interest rates, low housing supply, and an increased confidence in our economy and/or people just needing to move forward with their lives were main drivers in this recovery.  Even with low supply there was an 18% increase in number of homes sold in 2013 compared to 2012, and a 32% increase compared to 2011.    Chicago's median home sale price increased 16% in 2013, from $180,000 in 2012 to $220,000 in 2013.  While these are broad brush strokes and each neighborhood has their own story, what we can definitely say is 2013 was a good year for housing.

As we move towards spring and away from the Polar Vortex, it's a great time to start preparing for any moves you might be considering in 2014. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any real estate question or would like a market value snapshot of your home, property, or neighborhood.We wish you a warm, happy and prosperous 2014, and we look forward to being of service to you as your real estate needs arise.Sincerely, Annie Coleman Managing Broker

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Meeting - Thursday Feb 13th at LivingRoom Realty

 

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Thursday February 13th, 6:30pm-8pm

Join us on Thursday February 13th, 6:30-8:00 pm as Real Estate Broker Elizabeth Dudek, Mortgage Broker Emma Butler, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb  guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

Whether you are a first time buyer, thinking about buying in a year from now, or a seasoned home owner, this will be an informative talk on the unique dynamics of the current real estate market. You will leave the seminar fully informed on how you will need to prepare for your home search.

Topics to be covered will be: - Overview of the entire purchase process with broad timeline - The pre-approval process and preparing your finances - Loan products available in today’s market - What are closing costs and detailed breakdown - Overview of current market conditions - How to decide on what type (condo, single family, multi-unit) of property to purchase - Overview of buying a foreclosure or short sale - What to expect from a home inspection - What to look for in a building when looking at properties - 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!

Emma Butler, Guaranteed Rate Elizabeth Dudek, LivingRoom Realty Mike Lamb, Inspection Connection

 

Current Gallery Show: Living in Chicago - Dmitry Samarov - Friday January 17th-March 1, 2014

Living in Chicago - Dmitry Samarov

 

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"I've lived in Chicago for over 20 years. For all that time I've drawn and painted inside and outside the places I've lived. Oil paintings, watercolors, charcoals and inks document what I see out windows and what I choose to bring home. I never start any of these pictures with any particular meaning in mind but the better ones are able to talk back to the viewer. They remind people of moments from their own experience. Books, chairs, dishes and such are what we all have in common. They connect us. By painting what I see every day, I'm trying to have a conversation with all the others who wake to similar views every day in this city."

Please join us at LivingRoom Realty for Dmitry Samarov's opening reception, Friday January 17th, 6-9pm.

ABAN Event at LivingRoom • Thursday November 7th 6:30 - 8:30

You are invited! Please join us on Thursday November 7th from 6:30 - 8:30 for a one of a kind event just in time for the holidays! And feel free to bring friends!

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At 7:00 ABAN co-founder Rebecca Brandt will share a 20 minute presentation and then take your questions.  There will be a ton of products for sale (cash/credit/check) and other opportunities to get involved.  With the holidays around the corner, November is a great time for friends and family to start picking up their holiday gifts.

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Here are some ways you can get oriented with the ABAN mission:

Please RSVP to sarah@livingroomrealty.com

New Listing! Historic Greystone Multi Unit on Logan Blvd

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2815WLoganBlvd_viewer_572Historic Logan Blvd 5 Unit Greystone on extra large lot (37.5x145'). Located at 2815 W Logan Blvd, the live-in owner has thoroughly maintained building. The building is comprised of four, 1 bedroom plus den units; and one, 3 bedroom, 1.1 bath plus den unit. Listed at $935,000, this building is a wonderful blend of updates while keeping great character and craftsmanship of building. 1st floor easily duplexed to unfinished basement. Brilliant landscaping & patio. Coin laundry & storage in basement. Rents below market. For information and to schedule a showing contact Elizabeth at 312-498-7378 or elizabeth@livingroomrealty.com

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Landscape of the Market for Buyers • Tuesday October 22nd 6:30-8pm

Join us at LivingRoom Realty on Tuesday October 22nd from 6:30-8:00 pm as Mortgage Broker Emma Butler, Real Estate Broker Elizabeth Dudek, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing. homes_for_sale_in_bronzeville_chicago_illinois_349_000_98599419655054161

Whether you are a first time buyer, thinking about buying in a year from now, or a seasoned home owner, this will be an informative talk on the unique dynamics of the current real estate market. You will leave the seminar fully informed on how you will need to prepare for your home search.

Topics to be covered will be: - The pre-approval process and preparing your finances - Loan products available in today’s market - What are closing costs and detailed breakdown - Benefits of home ownership and review of TaxSmart incentive program - How to decide on what type of property to buy - Overview of buying a foreclosure or short sale - What to expect from a home inspection - What to look for in a building when looking at properties - 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!

Emma Butler, Guaranteed Rate Elizabeth Dudek, LivingRoom Realty Mike Lamb, Inspection Connection Inc.

Call for Entries! LivingRoom Realty's MicroGrant is looking for applications.

LivingRoom’s Micro Grant funds Chicagoland community oriented projects (up to $1,000 each) in the areas of art, sustainability, and overall world betterment. Do you have a community garden that needs a boost, did you just start a after school program, did you start a neighborhood club, then apply today!  Candidates for the grant will have a cause or project that needs a small amount of funding to produce or get off the ground. Applications are due by November 15, 2013.  Click here for Applications and an example of some of our previous years Winners!  Please submit applications to contact@livingroomrealty.com.  Please no phone calls. IMG_6339-300x225

The Micro Grant project is funded partially through LivingRoom Realty and partially through your support! LivingRoom is very proud to host all kinds of events, shows and lectures featuring locally produced food and drinks. So please stay tuned and come out to support the Micro Grant programming and recipients!

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, don’t hesitate to contact us!

New Listing! 801 S Wells, Unit #1002

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South Loop Printer's Row true concrete loft in Paper Place a Burnham designed building. Listed at $335,000, this corner penthouse has soaring 14ft ceilings, split bedroom layout, great light, & open living area. The unit also features exposed brick and beautiful south and east city views. The bedrooms are completely closed off for privacy. There is a large master bedroom custom built in & walk in closet. The ample second bedroom has a walk in closet. The open layout has a kitchen with stainless steel appliances & granite. There is a  work out room and bike room in the building. Rental parking options available.  Easy walk to downtown, many grocery stores and restaurants, and down the street from shops and movie theater at Roosevelt Collection. For questions and to schedule a showing contact Elizabeth at 312-498-7378.

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REFRAMING RESTORATION - A CASE STUDY FROM AN RX CUSTOMER

Hey look! We were featured in the ReBuilding Exchange's newsletter!

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Jeremy Kirk, owner of Kirk and Sons Construction, Elise Zelechowski, Executive Director of Rebuilding Exchange, and Annie Coleman, Managing Broker of LivingRoom Realty recently sat down to discuss Jeremy's recent restoration of a turn-of-the-century home in Hyde Park. Using salvaged and reclaimed materials, from the Rebuilding Exchange and other area reuse stores, while also upgrading the house with modern amenities, he combined a vintage and modern aesthetic to achieve a beautiful, unique, and "green" remodel. An excerpt from the interview is below.

Elise: Jeremy, you recently renovated a single family home in Hyde Park using mostly reclaimed and salvaged materials.  Were you motivated by potential cost savings or were you looking for a certain look for your remodel?

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Jeremy: You can’t totally go into this just thinking you're going to save money.  The problem is that you might save money on the purchase of the reclaimed materials initially, but it will likely cost you more in labor to install those materials. This project is different then a lot of the creative reuse projects we’ve undertaken or seen. I don’t think there is a thing in the renovation that we put in just because it’s an old thing.  Reuse is not necessarily always about a reuse aesthetic movement.

Elise: Interesting. To that end, I think it’s really critical to bring a contractor into the project early when using reclaimed materials.  An integrated approach to the renovation process is key!  You have to openly communicate your vision early on, and then develop a relationship of trust, because your contractor will likely need to make a number of creative decisions on issues as they come up real time.  No one wants to micromanage! Or have a bunch of change orders.... Using reclaimed materials mandates that kind of openness.

Jeremy:  It’s true.  As a contractor, there are questions 10 times a day where you need to let the materials guide you towards a solution, letting the materials sometimes decide outcome.  Sometimes you don’t even have the materials yet, but you have a vision and a range of options.

Annie: What do you think are the benefits of using reclaimed materials?

Jeremy: Quality is number one.  We are very fortunate to be in Chicago because there is so much quality material around here, local manufacturing that has been around forever.  Take Chicago Faucets, for example. You can find a 100-year-old faucet that is about the same as the ones they sell now. It looks the same, it works the same, nothing is different.  You can still get the replacement parts. They cost about $380 new. You can get the same quality in a reclaimed one...and it’s never ceased to function.  There is almost something almost metaphysical about it. A quote I like is "historic renovation should maintain the integrity of the building's passage through time".  So you’re not trying to fix the building to when it was done.  If the building was built in 1890, it doesn't matter if the thing we are putting in there is from 1890 or 1910 or 1920, it is all part of what’s accumulated in the history of the structure.

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Annie: So, do you feel that you ‘restored’ the property on 52nd?

Jeremy: I guess it’s hard not to call it restoration, but what you're really trying to do is bring out the qualities that were always there hidden through linoleum, wallpaper, and paneling.

Elise: There's quite a bit of research demonstrating that neighborhoods with maintained or restored older buildings tend to have better economic sustainability potential long-term.  Which makes sense when you consider how the built environment, and component building materials, act as cultural and historical assets, and make up a part of the fabric of our communities.

Annie: And in the case of a restoration or remodeling project, there’s something very special about a house where every part has been deliberated upon and the quality of each piece maximized.

You can find more photos of this project in our previous post.

Just Listed! Masterfully Restored Rowhouse in Hyde Park.

Masterfully restored 4 bedroom, 4 bath row house in the heart of Hyde Park. Located at 1314 E 52nd this stunning renovation is a marriage of salvaged and reclaimed materials with modern system upgrades. Original character seamlessly blended with fresh custom details. New Varenna and Poliform kitchen opens to back porch with light streaming through the custom glass door. Top floor master suite with spa bath and huge walk-in closet. Incredible Cul de Sac location and one block to 53rd St shops, dining and Whole Foods. Listed at $615,000. For showings contact Elizabeth at 312-498-7378. 1314E52nd_viewer_57 1314E52nd_viewer_32

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Landscape of the Market for Buyers • Tuesday August 6th 6:30-8pm

Join us at LivingRoom Realty on Tuesday August 6th from 6:30-8:00 pm as Mortgage Broker Emma Butler, Real Estate Brokers Annie Coleman & Sarah Frier and Home Inspector Jeffrey Wadsworth guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing. greenconstruction3-large

Whether you are a first time buyer, thinking about buying in a year from now, or a seasoned home owner, this will be an informative talk on the unique dynamics of the current real estate market. You will leave the seminar fully informed on how you will need to prepare for your home search.

Topics to be covered will be: - The pre-approval process and preparing your finances - Loan products available in today’s market - What are closing costs and detailed breakdown - Benefits of home ownership and review of TaxSmart incentive program - How to decide on what type of property to buy - Overview of buying a foreclosure or short sale - What to expect from a home inspection - What to look for in a building when looking at properties - 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! Annie Coleman, LivingRoom Realty Sarah Frier, LivingRoom Realty Emma Butler, Guaranteed Rate Jeffrey Wadsworth, RCIS LLC

Summer fun at the ACRE BLOCK PARTY!

The awesome folks from ACRE are having a Block Party to kick off the summer this Saturday June 8th from 2-8pm at ACRE  Projects 1913 W 17th St. Here are the details via their website: Its that time of year again for the Annual ACRE Block Party!

Blockparty-FB-1024x373 We’re celebrating the highly anticipated arrival of summer and our imminent departure for the farm in Wisconsin with a good old fashioned Pilsen block party. Stop by for fun and water games with the neighborhood kids, yummy summer drinks in our special ACRE glow-in-the-dark cups, arts & crafts, tunes by DJ MTZ + DJ Conner and other fun stuff.

Plus we’re excited to be releasing the 3rd edition of the ACRE Kitchen Cook Book- KADABRA. Cook books will be available for purchase and we’ll be serving up the ACRE chefs’ twist on street food including fancy hot dogs and shish kabob. You know its gonna be deeee-licious!

Come on by and bring yer friends!

P.S. Keep the party raging and head a few streets over to the after party kegger featuring tunes by DJ Hot Glue at 10pm. 2058 W 21st St.

Gallery Opening: DRIFTLESS - Saturday, May 18th, 7-10pm

We are so excited to announce our next show! Please join us on Saturday, May 18th, 7-10pm for the opening night of this amazing installation. DRIFTLESS: A Collaboration of Caleb Coppock, Daphne Eck & Betni Kalk

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Collectors and scavengers at their core, the artists gathered source materials as they explored 80-acres of ridge, valley and woods in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin located in the ‘Driftless Region’ of the Midwest.  Following a process of gathering and re-mixing natural, human-made and digital sources, they form a personal, composite perspective of this region. A close examination and slowing of pace amidst the cacophony of data unravels the playful potential of even the tiniest bits.

ARTIST STATEMENT: A collaborative project of Caleb Coppock, Daphne Eck and Bethany Kalk, "Driftless" is our art-based interpretation of 80-acres of ridge, valley and woods in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. Collectors and scavengers at our core, we gathered source materials as we explored property located in this ‘driftless region’ of the midwest that hadn’t been farmed in over 50 years.

Following a process of gathering and re-mixing natural, human-made and digital sources, we form a personal, composite perspective of this region. A close examination and slowing of pace amidst the cacophony of daily data unravels the playful potential of even the tiniest bits. Through our approach, we invite you to examine textures and color with care, to contemplate time passing and maybe even to linger on the subtleties of the sublime.

ABOUT SOLDIERS GROVE: Our inspiration and source materials were taken from an 80-acre farm in Soldiers Grove, a village in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin that is home to organic farmers, artists and Amish residents.

The Driftless Area is the region where Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin meet. The Driftless Area received its name for having escaped the glaciers that flattened most of the Midwest. So untouched, this preserves a large sample of what the northern and eastern United States were like before the Glacial Period.

The region has a more varied terrain than its notoriously flat and on-a-grid neighbors. Its 150-foot bluffs are made possible by uninterrupted erosion. Here, straight roads begin to curve, then turn again and again to go up or around the hills. Sunlit valleys peek sometimes peek through—but they are narrow and surrounded by forest and rocky crags.

In addition to its ridges, valleys and woods, the Soldier Grove property has a house with a nearby sauna and cabin, a barn-turned-theatre and a team of horses. Though the area is known for its many organic farms, this one hasn’t been cultivated for more than 50 years.

THE PROCESS: Our small team took several exploratory trips at different times of the year to photograph, gather ideas and materials for the exhibition. We absorbed the landscape in sun, rain and snow. Between hikes we warmed ourselves in the cabin (or the sauna), fed apples to the horses, and read back issues of The Sun.

Our beachcomber tendencies kicked in when we discovered thousands of geodes sparkling in the mud. Caleb built a stone sifter to help uncover the perfect specimen.

The exhibition includes sculptural drawings and collections of natural objects that focus on ranges of textures and colors.

BIOGRAPHIES: Caleb Coppock is a painter, sculptor, animator, designer, satellite imagery voyeur, beachcomber, and jeweler’s loupe junkie. He tirelessly searches for the glitch, the pattern, the poetic gem in what is otherwise often overlooked in this ocean of natural and digital information.

Daphne Eck is a writer, arranger and creative director. As a child, she’d try to get lost in the family almond orchard but the straight rows always led her home. Now she’s found a way to lose herself in a great story, long walk or deep thought.

Bethany Kalk is a professor, designer, painter, muralist and photographer. While growing up in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, she spent many hours submerged to her nose, watching creek creatures up close. She tracked insects, lizards and birds and watched ephemera on the forest floor decay almost overnight. Now she hunts for textures, colors and forms in the landscapes around her.

This is an event you won't want to miss.