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Superior House

Planned for delivery in 2019, Superior House in River North has outdoor spaces that will provide spectacular views.

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Abode & Beyond

By Tate Gunnerson, Laura Hine, Korey Huyler and Jacquelyn Lumley

Nancy Tassone photo by Katrina Wittkamp

05.29.18

Chicago’s building boom keeps booming with luxury towers on every horizon, but single-family homes keep pace with their own over-the-top amenities.

Superior Advantage
A luxurious new glass-and-steel condo building will transform River North.

Every single unit will have a corner view at Superior House, a modern mid-rise in development at the intersection of Superior and Sedgwick streets that’s slated for delivery next year. Designed for the high-end buyer with refined detailing by Gary Lee Partners, the units—four per floor, with just two on the penthouse level—will be outfitted with custom cabinetry, quartz countertops and floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include a gorgeous 12th-floor sky deck with an elegant lounge, plus an outdoor kitchen, seating and a fire pit. Units range from 1,770 to 3,670 square feet and start at just over $1 million. “Superior House is modern and dramatic but also tasteful and inviting,” says @properties Executive Vice President of Development Sales Cyndy Salgado “The design, finishes and amenities set a new standard for luxury in River North.” 366 W. Superior St.

Sleek in the City
A new development in Lincoln Park brings a luxe vibe to the North Side.

When a chic and modern new condo development pops up in Lincoln Park, we’re intrigued. And when it’s on a bustling section of Lincoln Avenue, our curiosity level goes through the roof. Case in point: the sleek new Lincoln Crossing development, an eight-unit, extra-wide boutique condo building from Mavrek Development. With building-wide interior design by Elizabeth Krueger Design, master baths have floating vanities with motion-activated floor lighting and custom backlit mirrors, while the master bedrooms offer large custom walk-in closets. But we’re most in love with the modern kitchens, which feature stunning chandeliers (Fairfax eight-light chandelier, $2,010, by Avenue Lighting at Lightology), wine refrigerators (Ricotta 24-inch single-zone beverage centre, $999, by Silhouette at Grand Appliance) and kitchen cabinets (by Orchard Hill at buildmykitchen.com). Top it off with private terraces for each unit and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, and this just might be the coolest building outside of downtown. 2474 N. Lincoln Ave., prices from $799,000, Compass

Forward-Looking
A multimillion-dollar renovation casts a new light on an ’80s-era high-rise.

“There’s not a bad view to be found,” says Eugenie Terrace on the Park Executive Manager Sara Alvey about the stunning vistas at the luxurious residential rental complex in Lincoln Park. After an extensive renovation, the ’80s-era high-rise has been remade with an elegant wood-paneled lobby; a top-of-the-line fitness center; and a top-floor sky lounge complete with outdoor swimming pool, grilling station and sundeck. Sporting original floor-to-ceiling bay windows, the apartments ($1,910 to $3,835 per month) have also been revamped with new flooring, sleek bathrooms and contemporary kitchens with quartz countertops. Most spectacular is the building’s premier residence: a 3,000-square-foot corner penthouse on the 44th floor with two family rooms and wraparound views. “We cherry-picked everything that we loved,” Alvey says. “It has been a very cool experience to see the public responding positively to it.” 1730 N. Clark St.  

Nancy Tassone

The lobby in the newly finished No. 9 Walton signals the elegance found throughout this record-breaking new building.

Power Player
Dealing with the absolute top of the luxury market, exclusive listing agent Nancy Tassone has all but sold out No. 9 Walton.

“This has been the culmination of an amazing three-year project,” Nancy Tassone says, looking around at the finished lobby of No. 9 Walton. “I was really blessed by having such an amazing product to sell.” And for this superstar broker, selling the 71 units in the luxe building for JDL—the development company behind No. 9 Walton and the soon-to-start One Chicago Square—began 18 years ago, when she called founder Jim Letchinger. “I saw a blurb in the Chicago Tribune that Jim had purchased land in West Lakeview. I called him up and said, ‘My husband and I are looking for a new place.’” The two met, and “I came out with a job as well as a house.” Since then, she has sold every project JDL has built in addition to her own real estate practice with Jameson Sotheby’s, where she’s a senior vice president of sales and handled over $45 million in 2017. “When you’re selling something you believe in, with a project you’re crazy about, it makes it a pleasure to sell,” Tassone says.

Advice for luxury buyers “Don’t buy a place for the five days a year your family is visiting. Take a macro perspective and buy for the other 360 days.”

Advice for luxury sellers “Price your home appropriately and make it turnkey. No one wants to do any work right now!”

A Glass Act
A soaring atrium gives this penthouse apartment gorgeous light and space.

Looking for a bit of serenity in the city? You just may find it in the heart of River North—specifically the penthouse at Grand Avenue and Wells Street. Listed at a cool $2 million, the two-bedroom-plus-office stunner overlooks the city with floor-to-ceiling glass windows throughout the unit. Add in a south-facing landscaped terrace that runs the entire length of the unit, plus a private elevator, and this penthouse really offers a chance for peace in the heart of downtown. “Stepping off the elevator into the private entrance, you immediately see the indoor-to-outdoor transition,” says listing agent Mary Hanburger. “You’ll feel the Zen garden vibe and then you’ll see the city in the background.” You’ll also fall in love with the 27-foot glass atrium, the sleek kitchen that’s perfect for entertaining and the open study area. Welcome to the high life. 201 W. Grand Ave., Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty 

One Bennett Park

One Bennett Park

Higher Standard
A new building offers a mix of high-end apartments and condos with bespoke touches around every corner.

It’s the little things—the private residents’ club—along with the big things—the impressive height and expansive views—that will distinguish One Bennett Park, an iconic new limestone-clad apartment and condo project (from $2 million) in Streeterville. Architect Robert A. M. Stern’s attention to subtleties extends from the plans for the well-appointed lobbies to spacious residences with bespoke details, Plain & Fancy custom cabinets and sophisticated designer lighting. Likewise, there will be nothing common about the shared areas, which plan for a clubby cordial room with private liquor lockers and a colorful “tween” space with TVs and a pool table. There’s even a private 2-acre park by Michael Van Valkenburgh. “It will be magical,” says Ann Thompson, senior vice president of architecture and design at Related Midwest. “The level of thoughtfulness is extraordinary.” 451 E. Grand Ave.

A-List Living
Bill and Giuliana Rancic list their Gold Coast mansion boasting Hollywood-style glamour.

Looking for celebrity style right here in Chicago? Here’s your chance to live like power couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic, who recently listed their totally renovated Gold Coast home for $6.8 million. The 7,213-square-foot home, which the Rancics customized over two years, features four bedroom suites, a gorgeous chef-style kitchen (“their favorite room,” according to Baird & Warner listing agent Laura Rubin Dresner), a state-of-the-art media room and a master suite that spans the entire third floor. With 15-foot cathedral ceilings, a spa-quality master bath and an incredible two-story bath-and-dressing room, the master suite is luxury at its finest. Topping off the A-list amenities, the Rancics added a back deck featuring an outdoor fireplace, a kitchen and a large-screen TV, plus a roof deck with stunning lake and city views. Yes, this is a star-studded home, indeed. 105 E. Bellevue Place