Chicago offers great opportunities for buyer right now.
I am selling a great condo in a super pet friendly building in the Streeteville area. Over 3,000 sq
The neighborhood streetscapes vary too. You will find good shopping, restaurants and entertainment at your door from the downtown and near north to Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Lincoln Square has a much lower density but nearly all the amenities of the good life. Evanston may suit you. New towers offer amazing views and there are many good condos in the blocks south of Nortwestern and just west of the Lakefront beaches and parks.
Downtown Chicago has 5000 new condos for sale. There are several new towers and the plan has been to create a ring of resisential buildings around the parks similar to Central Park in NYC. Until this year developers have had a market in nice balance. While there are always several thousands of units for sale, there were only several hundreds ready for delivery. Now, and going forward, there will be several thousand ready for delivery. While this is very exciting, you may wish to consider an exisitng building, fully occupied, that is financially stable. You and the cats have many fine choices available to you. I wonder if your cats might like to live by the big cats here. The Shakespeare building on Lincoln Park West is very near to the zoo and you will be able to hear the lions roaring in the morning and at night.
Cordially yours, Chris Moran
Trump Tower (Near North), The Waterview (Loop), The Ritz Carlton Residences on Michigan Ave (Near North) are all new properties which appeal to the ultra-lux buyer. Not all will deliver in the next 6 to 9 months however. Chicago has no shortage of ultra-lux properties.
You may also want to consider a co-op versus a condo as co-ops may offer more living space as well as screen potential property owners based on their financial resources.
Ultimately, your lifestyle will dictate which area is most desirable - availability to restaurants, shopping, transportation - lake access etc.
Best of luck in your search!