Chicago Condo: 235 Van Buren
Building Address:235 West Van Buren, Chicago, IL 60607
- Units: 714
- Built: 2009
- Neighborhood: Loop
- Pets Allowed: N/A
The downtown Loop, formerly thought of as solely a financial district, has seen a boom of residential development in recent years. One of the latest projects to further transform the area into a mixed-use neighborhood is 235 Van Buren. Although the building reserves a portion of the lower floors for offices and retail, the remainder of the 46 stories is dedicated to mid-priced urban living in the heart of Chicago.
This spunky condominium high-rise has an iconic edge that holds its own... Necessary when your neighbors are architecturally legendary buildings like the Sears Tower and Chicago Board of Trade. Bold geometric overhangs and rectangular balconies jump about the exterior, intermittently jutting out from the glass face like Jenga blocks. The irregular patterns of the south and west facing exposures converge into a uniform, interlocking brick design on the opposite sides that gives this new construction building an appearance unlike any other in Chicago.
Past the unusual outer shell, 235 Van Buren becomes the epitome of an industrial chic residence. For starters, the lobby instills a clean-cut, big city vibe with its charcoal grey motif, accentuated by slate floors, high ceilings and oversized aluminum frame windows. High-speed elevators adhere to the no-hassle quality at 235 and a 24-hour doorman asserts a level of security and convenience.
Being right downtown, features such as secure access garage parking and ample bike storage are more important then ever, but 235 Van Buren takes it one step beyond with a handy I-Go site so residents can easily participate in the citywide car sharing program. The building is also surrounded by public transportation options and Chicago's major transit hub, Union Station, is only a four-block walk away.
Residential units at 235 Van Buren begin on the 14th story. Homebuyers have a number of floor plans to select from that include one and two bedroom arrangements of all different shapes and sizes. The levels have as many as 22 units per floor, most with walk-out terraces and a few with Juliet balconies. Prices for available listings span from the mid $200,000s (for a standard one-bedroom unit) to the mid $500,000s (for the coveted upper-story corner condo with two bedrooms and two separate private balconies).
One of the reasons these gorgeous downtown properties can offer such affordable prices is the developer's ingenious use of materials that double as both structural foundation and interior decor. The crossover from function to finish is carried out with an edgy, exposed concrete detailing that takes on a loft-like appeal. The concrete is expertly poured to produce flawless contours, giving the condos a dramatic robust charm with unbeatable durability and that all-the-rage urban "look."
Large 10' Thermalpane window panels and sliding glass doors allow plenty of natural light into the units without compromising the home's insulating ability. Both temperature and sound transmittance is reduced by the thick, high-performance glass used throughout the condo building. Also contributing to the units' level of privacy is the noise-eliminating cement floor construction and use of sound core, topped by engineered hardwood flooring. Other quality features that perfect the interior spaces at 235 are brushed-chrome hardware, designer track lighting, your choice of top-of-the-line bedroom carpeting, and pre-wired media outlets for Internet, cable and phone.
The kitchens at 235 Van Buren take the cake for both form and function. These Euro-style beauties are a chef's dream with spacious layouts, premium stainless steel appliances, and the homebuyers pick of cabinet shade and granite countertop color. Of course, these kitchens stop short of conventional European planning to account for a large refrigerator and dishwasher, full stove range and oven, and built-in microwave with circulating exhaust hood. Because the condos utilize an open floor plan, the kitchen, living and dining areas serve as a singular great room, sure to be the favorite hangout of everyone in the house, whether you're cooking, watching TV or catching a breath of fresh air out on the terrace.
The 235 Van Buren is an innovative condominium project of CMK Companies, a Chicago-based development group and realty corporation.
Courtesy of: CMK Realty