Chicago Condo: Lexington Park Condominiums
Building Address:2138 South Indiana, Chicago, IL 60616
- Units: 330
- Built: 2008
- Neighborhood: South Loop
- Pets Allowed: N/A
Major changes have occurred in the South Loop real estate market over the decades as railroad yards and industry are replaced by commercial and residential growth. Lexington Park Condominiums, one of the neighborhood's newest developments, is slated to bring another revolutionary change to the area as the first LEED-certified condo building in the South Loop. This new construction high-rise is the forerunner to a greener lifestyle for Chicago's near South Side residents and a quality upmarket home with excellent price points.
LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a buzz word that's cropping up everywhere in today's real estate scene, especially when it comes to new construction residences. Developers and home owners alike have shifted their values to include a more environmentally-friendly perspective, both here in the city and across the country. When it is completed, Lexington Park will be a sought-after addition to the eco homefront, one that has already earned the attention of Chicago house hunters searching for the ideal urban residence with a touch of green.
Special structural and design features put Lexington Park in the running for LEED designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. A green roof terrace with native vegetation increases oxygen production, reduces rainwater runoff (which normally flows into overburdened city sewer systems), and helps insulate interior living spaces from outdoor temperatures, making the building more energy efficient. Lexington Park blueprints also call for the use of recycled materials and paints, stains, sealants, etc. with low volatile organic composition to improve indoor air quality. A built-in recycling shoot makes it easy for residents to recycle and high-performance heating and cooling systems conserve energy year round. The condominiums' location next to public transportation and secured bike storage area encourages Lexington Park occupants to forego using their cars to cut down on carbon emissions even more.
Lexington Park Condominiums has its fair share of more conventional features, too. There's a four-level heated parking garage with remote control access, a comfortable lobby with secured ground entry, a 24-hour doorman for added security and assistance, individual lockers to store resident belongings, and 18,000 square feet of retail space for convenient shopping. The on-site fitness center is a bright and cheery place to workout: floor-to-ceiling walls of windows lined with cardio machines, weights and a mirrored yoga area. The 1,300 square-foot party room has a full kitchen and plenty of seating for entertaining family and friends, and the expansive landscaped rooftop deck offers umbrella-covered patio tables and gas grill hook-ups for those summertime BBQs. There's even an extensive dog run where four-legged members of the household can get in a quick walk without the hassle of going all the way to the park.
The residences at Lexington Park are divided into a seven-floor loft building and a 30+ floor condo tower, separated by the low-rise parking and amenities level. Both the lofts and condos are a pleasing combination of quality construction, luxury finishes, and green design elements. For example, the merged living and dining areas have environmentally sustainable bamboo floors (made from a rapidly regenerating natural supply) and the structure's curtain-wall exterior (an aluminum frame facade with insulating glass paneling) ensures the units get optimal climate control and sunlight, lessening the need for lighting powered by electricity.
The kitchens are upgraded with complete stainless steel appliance packages and gorgeous granite countertops and bar/islands, surrounded by flawless wood-grain cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling windows per plan. Bathrooms are also saturated in name-brand appointments, such as Carrara marble floors and shower stalls, Natica tubs, Moen faucets, and Mansfield toilets. Recessed lighting and oversized vanity mirrors enhance the space and large under sink cabinets and drawers provide sufficient storage.
There are a number of floor plans throughout the building offering one and two bedroom layouts (some with dens) that range from 728 to 1,346 square feet. Every unit has its own private balcony and many of the larger two-bedrooms have an additional terrace off the master suite. Prices for one bedroom units at Lexington Park Condominiums start in the low $200,000s, two bedrooms start in the low $300,000s, and units with two bedrooms and a den start in the low $400,000s.
Lexington Park Condominiums is a Chieftain Construction project. The LEED-certified loft-condo development is a precedent-setting new addition to Chicago's South Loop neighborhood that is paving the way for future green residences in the area and throughout the city.
Courtesy of: Maher Partners LLC