‘474’ offers luxury homes with buyer choices
The southwestern views of the city and the Chicago River from “474” are fabulous by day and even more spectacular by night as dusk falls and the city skyline lights up. | SUPPLIED PHOTO
There are not many completed, luxury, high-rise buildings in downtown Chicago, which allow buyers to chose their own finishes. Most buyers are faced with having to replace their finishes to suit personal tastes after closing on their new homes.
At 474 North Lake Shore Drive, that is not the case. A new buyer can purchase a luxury home that is available now and still have the home completed with the finishes they have always wanted.
Buyers can customize their homes by choosing the type of cabinets, the color of the granite countertops, hardwood flooring and the appliance package. 474 is one of the few buildings currently offering the opportunity to do this type of customization.
Only 15 homes remain for sale at 474. The building is 95 percent sold, and while a selection of sizes and views are still available, the time to act is now.
For example, residence No. 5108 is being offered for $599,900. This is a spacious three-bedroom, 2½-bath condominium with breathtaking southwest views of Lake Michigan, Millenium Park and the Chicago River, as well as abundant sunshine. The buyer will also have the opportunity to customize the kitchen, bathrooms and flooring in this home.
There are great views from almost any vantage point in the building. Skyline landmarks can be seen in every direction. East-facing condos overlook the Navy Pier and the Lake. Chicago city lights illuminate from the west and north sides. The south views feature a combination of both Lake and city views.
Amenities are abundant at 474, including an indoor lap pool, an equipped fitness center, a spacious clubroom and an outdoor sundeck. The renovated sundeck just opened this summer and serves as an oasis for residents to enjoy with four new grills, a bar area and several places to sit and relax.
474 North Lake Shore Drive is located in the heart of the Streeterville neighborhood, on the Near North side of Chicago. Streeterville is bounded by the Chicago River on the south, Michigan Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the north and east.
The neighborhood includes some of Chicago’s best restaurants. Walk from 474 to a breakfast hotspot like Yolk, lunch at RL or dinner at the new Maison overlooking Lakeshore East Park. For gourmet groceries, Fox and Obel is located on the same block. Shopping on the Magnificent Mile is minutes away.
The 21-screen AMC theater and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier are a just down the street, and the lakefront path, for biking or strolling, is across the street, while Millennium Park and The Art Institute are within walking distance.
There are many more entertainment and cultural options in the area. The symphony and all of the great theaters such as the Cadillac Place Theatre, The Ford Oriental Theatre, The Bank of America Theatre are nearby, as is the Museum Campus with the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium.
The central location of the building is attractive, particularly for commuting to work. There are many ways to get to multiple destinations in Chicago from Streeterville. The various bus routes and the “L” make public transportation a breeze. Access to the highways via Lake Shore Drive or through the north side of downtown is also easy for those traveling to the suburbs or outside the center of the city.
The proximity to the hospitals in the Chicago area has been a particular selling point for many of the buyers at 474 who work in the medical profession. Northwestern Memorial Hospital and many of its facilities are within walking distance, while many other hospitals are a short ride away.
“My commute from the north side of Chicago to Rush used to be a nightmare. Going home in the evening was twice as bad as going there in the morning,” said Gilda Patel, a nurse at Rush University Medical Center. “After purchasing at 474, I jump on South Lake Shore, make my way over to Congress and exit on Ashland, which is the second exit. It takes me ten minutes.”
Dr. Ben Thompson said that his commute is so much easier for traveling out of state and to his work at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
“My work takes me to seminars out of state on a regular basis. Taking Lake Shore Drive to 55 to Midway is a piece of cake. It reminds me of traveling in the 1980’s when it wasn’t an all-day affair to take a one-hour flight.”
“Going to the medical center is even easier,” Thompson said. “Going south on Lake Shore Drive all the way to the hospital is so easy, especially for those emergency calls that come in at 2:00 a.m.”
474 North Lake Shore Drive has an on-site sales center, which is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The prices start at $299,900 for one bedrooms, $529,900 for two bedrooms and $599,900 for three bedrooms and penthouses. Call the sales center at (312) 245-7200 or visit the Website at www.474lsdcondo.com.