CONLON Hits Bridgeport for Social Media Event

CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate recently held a social media workshop at the well-known Zhou B. Art Center in Bridgeport.

The event was billed as a forum for CONLON agents to learn more about using digital marketing to increase sales and connect with new clients. It was led by KeyConcept Design, a cutting edge Chicago-based branding and design firm.

 

KeyConcept Design

Over wine and bites CONLON agents discussed digital marketing strategy with Key Concept and Keisha Howard, CONLON’s broker services manager. Angie Shum, of Key Concept, then led the CONLON team on a tour of the nearly 40,000-square-foot art center at 1029 W. 35th St. in Bridgeport.

The center, founded by the internationally acclaimed Zhou Brothers, spans four levels and features artist exhibitions, gallery space and more. The artist brothers opened the space in 2004 to facilitate the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community and promote the convergence of Eastern and Western art forms in the U.S.

Zhou B

 

Ricardo Miranda and Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn

 

Drussy Hernandez I AMerican exhibit

 

“It was the perfect setting for this event,” Howard says. “CONLON is  a real estate firm but it has deep ties to the art world through Christie’s, the world’s largest fine arts auction house. We were delighted to be able to host our event at the KeyConcept Design within the Zhou Art Center. Not only did our agents learn about social media, they also had a chance to tour one of the city’s premier contemporary art spaces.”

Founded in 2009, Chicago-based CONLON has quickly become one of the city’s leading real estate firms with about 200 agents and offices in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Hinsdale and Winnetka.

Since June 2013 it has been the exclusive local affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, bringing a more national and global reach to CONLON so they may better serve their clients.

CONLON Sells “Road” Building

CONLON Commercial represented the buyer and seller in the recent sale of a suburban building that was prominently featured in the film “Road to Perdition.”

The 21,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 319 W. State St. in far western Geneva in Kane County sold for approximately $3.7 million, says Jake Finley, of CONLON Commercial. The buyer and seller were not disclosed. The deal closed in late 2014.  

319 w State Geneva

 

“It’s the first time in over 40 years that the most iconic building in Geneva will have a new owner,” Finley says.

The historic property, once known as the Fargo Theater Building, is now called the Geneva Theater Building. Its façade, which features a restored marquee, was shown in the 2002 Tom Hanks movie about Great Depression-era gangsters.

The last time the fully leased property traded hands was in the 1970s. 

The theater seating and stage was removed amid a full renovation in the mid-2000s, though the historic façade was kept intact.

The roster of tenants now includes First State Bank, Geneva Ale House, Subway, Firehouse Pizza, Geneva Shoe Repair, Weaver Partners, The Sugar Path, and Valley Acupuncture.

 “The new owners plan to respect the historic nature of the building, and focus on adding value to the current tenants, the city, residents and the million tourists that visit Geneva each year,” Finley says.  

 The sale was just the latest transaction that Finley, of CONLON Commercial, has recently completed in Geneva.

 

Other notable examples include:

+ Finley represented the landlord in a retail lease transaction that brought music lesson provider School of Rock to 15 W. State St. in December 2014. The historic, 3,400-square-foot building is just one block from the Fox River.  

+ He represented the buyer of an 11,500-square-foot building at 1881 S. Randall Road. The price was not disclosed – the former Plass Appliance build-to-suit was bank owned.  Finley also helped the buyer find a new tenant; the Animal Care Clinic of Geneva signed a 10-year lease and is currently building out its space to include veterinarian supervised boarding. Bicknell Dental and The Chiropractic People remain in the building.

+ Finley  represented the buyer and seller of the Stanton Block Building at 524 W. State St. The 23,000-square-foot office building sold for just under $4 million in early 2014.  Finley worked with local developer, Joe Stanton who at one point owned and redevelopedthe entire block.

CONLON Commercial represents landlords and tenants in office, retail and industrial transactions across the Chicago area. The firm is an affiliate of Chicago-based Conlon & Co., led by developer and real estate executive Sean Conlon. 

 

 

 

Lincoln Square Condos Selling Fast

CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate is marketing a new Lincoln Square condo development, with prices starting at $405,000.

 If you’re interested, you better act fast.

 The eight-unit project at 2401-07 W. Winnemac Ave., near Western and Lawrence avenues, is already half-sold, says Patrick Maliszewski, of CONLON/Christie’s.

 There are four condos remaining, including a top-floor unit priced at $515,000. The two garden units, each with separate walk-out patios, are listed at $405,000.

 “There’s been a lot of interest in the building,” Maliszewski says. “Lincoln Square is a hot area. You don’t see a lot of new product like this there."

Maliszewski is also founder and managing partner of Consentus Group, the North Side builder that is developing the condo project.

 

 

 

The units are large, at approximately 1,900 square feet and have three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Amenities include a chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances and quartz countertops and a master suite with his-and-her walk-in closets and heated floors, Jacuzzi tub and Carrera marble tile in the bathroom.

“It’s single-family home living in a condo,” Maliszewski says. “Typically, you don’t find this level of finishes in this price range.”

Each unit in the elevator building has a private rooftop deck, and comes with a heated parking space. All but the two garden units have balconies.

Maliszewski says delivery is scheduled March 2015 but there is still time to pick certain finishes. For more information visit Consentus Group.

Founded in 2009, Chicago-based CONLON has quickly become one of the city’s leading real estate firms with about 200 agents and offices in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Hinsdale and Winnetka.

Since June 2013 it has been the exclusive local affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, bringing a more national and global reach to CONLON so they may better serve their clients.

Conlon Buys River North Building

504 Wells Sushisamba

 

A venture led by well-known real estate investor Sean Conlon has acquired a River North building best known as the former home of trendy eatery SushiSamba Rio.

Conlon & Co. acquired the two-story commercial property at 504-512 N. Wells St., between Grand Avenue and Illinois Street, on Monday, Dec. 29. The price was about $6 million.

 Steve Horvath and David Goldberg of Conlon & Co. affiliate Conlon Commercial represented the buyer and seller in the transaction.

 News of the deal was recently featured in Crain's Chicago Business.

“There has been a ton of interest, even before I closed on the property,” Mr. Conlon told Crain’s. “It's a world-class location and space in River North, but there was a lot of hair on the deal, and that scared a lot of (potential buyers) off. It was like trying to cuddle a porcupine.”

The more than 14,000-square-foot building had been the Chicago location of SushiSamba Rio, a Japanese/Brazillian/Peruvian restaurant chain that shuttered about four months ago. The space is now empty.

Over the years the building’s tenants have included a painter, an auto supplier and a towing company. The Hudson Club restaurant preceded SushiSamba.

It is the second restaurant/tavern property that Mr. Conlon has recently acquired. Last April he bought a two-story building at 15 W. Division St. in the Gold Coast that had been home to Snuggery Sports Pub & Eatery.

CONLON Commercial represents landlords and tenants in office, retail and industrial transactions across the Chicago area. The firm is an affiliate of Chicago-based Conlon & Co., led by developer and real estate executive Sean Conlon. 

CONLON/Christie's Holiday Bash

The 5th Annual CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate holiday party was held last week at a swanky River North bar.

 In attendance at the Hubbard Inn were brokerage executives, agents, clients, family, friends and others.

CONLON Holiday Party

 

 

 Click here for pictures of the Dec. 11 event.

Thanks to everyone who attended. 

Happy holidays!

 

That's a Wrap

 

Art Miami, one of the world’s most prestigious modern art showcases, recently marked its 25th anniversary.

CONLON was proud to be one of 12 Christie’s International Real Estate affiliates that served as the “Official Luxury Real Estate Partner” of the six-day event, held each year in December, during what’s known as Miami Art Week in South Florida.

This year’s fair drew tens of thousands of collectors, curators, artists and designers, providing more than 82,000 attendees with an intimate look at some of the most important works in the global contemporary art scene.

 Throughout the event, CONLON/Christie’s hosted an interactive booth that highlighted luxury residential real estate offerings throughout the Chicago area. In attendance were Benjie Buford, CONLON/Christie’s CEO, and Melissa Archer-Wirtz, the brokerage’s chief marketing officer.

Christie's International Real Estate Booth

“We connected with potential clients from all over the globe,” Archer-Wirtz says. “It was a perfect marriage – one of the world’s biggest and most exclusive art shows and one the world’s most exclusive real estate brands.” 

Also attending, as guests of CONLON/Christie’s, were Chicago-based developers, high-net-worth clients and real estate executives. Christie’s hosted an invitation only VIP champagne reception for top clientele during the week.

“CONLON/Christie’s was honored to be an integral part of this global, cutting-edge event,” Buford says.

Benjie and Melissa

Instagram: CONLONLuxury  

It was the third consecutive year that Christie’s and its affiliates served as marquee sponsors of Art Miami, furthering the natural symmetry between contemporary art and luxury residential real estate.  The connection emphasizes the unique, lifestyle-centric qualities that link an investment in a multi-million-dollar trophy property to the purchase of a world-class work of art. 

The partnership between Art Miami and Christie’s also extended to Art Miami’s sister fair, CONTEXT Art Miami, which focuses on emerging and mid-career cutting-edge contemporary art. 

Together, with their renowned gallery-like exhibition spaces, the adjoining fairs spanned a combined 250,000 square feet and featured works of art from over 200 international galleries from sixteen countries. 

Founded in 2009, Chicago-based CONLON has quickly become one of the city’s leading real estate firms with about 200 agents and offices in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Hinsdale and (soon) Winnetka.

Since June 2013 it has been the exclusive local affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, bringing a more national and global reach to CONLON so they may better serve their clients.

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The Duck Has Landed

 

The Duck Inn in Bridgeport recently opened to great fanfare.

The neighborhood friendly restaurant and tavern is owned by Kevin Hickey, former chef of the highly acclaimed eatery Seasons at the Four Seasons Hotel and its successor Allium. Hickey is also a Bridgeport native (and current resident) who wanted to open a spot in his neighborhood.

Last year, CONLON/Christie’s Residential Real Estate represented Hickey in the acquisition of a building at 2701 S. Eleanor St., near the South Branch of the Chicago River. The space is now the Duck Inn, a 1960s-style tavern that opened last week.

“It’s a great Chicago story,” says Dan Sullivan, of CONLON/Christie’s, who represented Hickey in the acquisition. “Not often do you get the opportunity to open a restaurant on the street you grew up on.”

Hickey’s great-grandmother opened the original Duck Inn in 1935 at 35th Street and Ashland Avenue. His version will serve eight draft beers (some exclusive to his tavern) as well as full beverage program. The 40-seat dining room will offer seasonal items such as “veal-stock-braised brisket with double-wide stuffed pappardelle and a tomato-based sauce like marinara,” according to news reports. Rotisserie duck will be a house specialty.

For more on the Duck Inn check out:

Eater Chicago: Kevin Hickey's The Duck Inn Reviving the Sixties in Bridgeport |  Could Kevin Hickey's Duck Inn Spark a Bridgeport Revival? 

Chicago Magazine:  The Duck Inn is Kevin Hickey's Bridgeport Homecoming

DNA Info:    Chef Kevin Hickey Says 'Bridgeport is Ready' for the Duck Inn

CRAINS: The Duck Inn Opens in Bridgeport

 

Founded in 2009, Chicago-based CONLON has quickly become one of the city’s leading real estate firms with about 200 agents and offices in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Hinsdale and (soon) Winnetka.

Since June 2013 it has been the exclusive local affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, bringing a more national and global reach to CONLON so they may better serve their clients.

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Kenilworth Home Hits Market

330 Oxford

 

CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate is marketing a historic arts-and-crafts home in Kenilworth for $3.2 million.

Developer Nefrette Halim is in the process of renovating the more than 7,000-square-foot residence at 330 Oxford Road in East Kenilworth, just blocks from Lake Michigan, says Judy Pettas, of CONLON/Christie’s.

The new listing was recently featured in Crain's Chicago Business.

Built in 1919, the six-bedroom home still has its original floors, windows and staircase.

There is a separate two-bedroom coach house and a new three-car garage.

Crain’s says Halim specializes in renovating vintage north suburban homes.

Her plan for the Oxford property with three wood burning fireplaces includes a high-end kitchen with professional appliances, and a master suite with marble tile, steam shower and floating bathtub. The basement will feature a home theater.

The renovation is scheduled to be completed this spring.

Founded in 2009, Chicago-based CONLON has quickly become one of the city’s leading real estate firms with about 200 agents and offices in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Hinsdale and (soon) Winnetka.

 Since June 2013 it has been the exclusive local affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, bringing a more national and global reach to CONLON so they may better serve their clients.

 

The Newest Thing

It seems everyone wants a new home these days.

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that teardowns – when a developer buys a property and demolishes the home to build something much bigger – had dried up during the recession but has now come roaring back.  

“Pent-up demand and low interest rates, along with desirable neighborhoods and schools, are a driving force,” especially in neighborhoods such as North Center, Lakeview and Lincoln Square, according to the Tribune.

The story quoted Tim Sheahan, a principal at CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate,  as saying, “It used to be strictly Lincoln Park and Lakeview. They went up to (North Center) because they could get a little more for the money. Now the schools are so good in that neighborhood, and Lincoln Square is such a vibrant area, it's a destination."

Sheahan should know.

He is among the CONLON/Christie’s agents that are marketing high-end, new construction homes. In all, the firm is selling seven new city residences, priced at $1.5 million or more.

“We’ve always represented new construction and builders,” says Rich Kasper, a CONLON/Christie’s principal. “It’s something we focused on since the start of the company.”

Among the firm’s new construction listings:

+ A 4,500-square-foot mansion at 2628 N. Orchard St., near Diversey and Halsted, in Lincoln Park. The home, from Jasper Builders, has seven bedrooms, a custom-built wine cellar, third floor with wet bar and full bathrooms that leads to a rooftop deck. The price is just under $2.8 million. The listing agent is Kasper.

2628 Orchard bathroom

+ A 5,000-square-foot home at 1423 W. Wolfram St., near Diversey and Southport in Lakeview. The builder, Pro Homes Inc., included all the amenities – everything from chef’s kitchen, to spa like master bathroom and a top-floor recreation room with wet bar that leads to a partially covered roof deck of about 600 square feet. The price is $2.2 million. Sam Jenkins is the listing agent.

1423 Wolfram

+ A six-bedroom residence at 1420 W. School in the Southport Corridor for just under $2.2 million. The full masonry home has a stunning kitchen with white cabinets and quartzite countertops that opens to a spacious great room with cathedral ceilings. The listing agent is Jamie Connor.

1420 School

Founded in 2009, Chicago-based CONLON has quickly become one of the city’s leading real estate firms with about 200 agents and offices in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Hinsdale and (soon) Winnetka.

 Since June 2013 it has been the exclusive local affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, bringing a more national and global reach to CONLON so they may better serve their clients.

 

 

Go "Pro" on Wolfram

 

The latest luxury listing from CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate is a $2.2 million home from high-end builder Pro Homes Inc.

 The nearly 5,000 square foot mansion at 1423 W. Wolfram St., near Diversey and Southport avenues in Lakeview, has it all, says listing agent Sam Jenkins, of CONLON/Christie’s.

 Chef’s kitchen? Check.

1423 W Wolfram

 Tricked out master bath? Check.

1423 W Wolfram

 The new construction, full masonry residence even has a top-floor recreation room with wet bar that leads to a partially covered roof deck of about 600 square feet.

1423 W Wolfram

 

1423 W Wolfram

 

“Pro Homes is known for its top of the line properties in Lakeview and Lincoln Park,” Jenkins says. “This will not disappoint. The home features quality craftsmanship throughout, along with the finest fixtures and finishes. It is a stunning property.”

Jenkins says Pro Homes is known for creative floor plans that give their homes an open, modern feel. A similar-sized property by the developer, on the same block of Wolfram, was sold earlier this year.

Like that model, the jumbo residence at 1423 W. Wolfram has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and three half-baths. 

There are numerous entertaining areas, an outdoor fireplace,  custom cabinetry, wide plank oak floors and a separate rooftop deck over the garage.

The home is to be completed this month.

Besides the Wolfram home, Jenkins and his team have a number of other luxury listings. Notable properties include a soon to be built single family home at 3637 N. Wayne St., in the $3 million range.

Also, a new construction condos at 1827 N. Larrabee St. in Lincoln Park.

 The 1,950-square foot penthouse unit in that development has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large rooftop deck with envious views.

 The price is just under $1.2 million.

Founded in 2009, Chicago-based CONLON has quickly become one of the city’s leading real estate firms with about 200 agents and offices in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Hinsdale and (soon) Winnetka.

 Since June 2013 it has been the exclusive local affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, bringing a more national and global reach to CONLON so they may better serve their clients.