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3/23/15 Milwaukee condo for sale Third Ward Downtown area- SOLD!

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Just over the river to the Third Ward. Steps to Downtown and the Amtrak travel hub for commuters to Chicago.

Downtown Milwaukee skyline

Downtown Milwaukee skyline

Space, volume and comfort combine in light filled, corner loft. At 1625 sq. ft., this is one of the largest two bedroom, two bath units at this price – $249,900 – currently on the market.

South west corner loft

South west corner loft

Not only does it have a relatively large square footage (as per tax records), but it also features volume ceilings, and its many oversize windows (custom treatments included) add to the sense of openness. There is also a bonus space in the 12′ x 6′ foyer. Enough room for a wide choice of uses.

Foyer layout with BA 2, laundry rm.

Foyer layout with BA 2, laundry rm.

This unit also features an entire other laundry/utility room, not just a laundry closet. Second full bath handy to foyer.

The split layout features a very private master bedroom/bathroom suite arrangement set apart from the rest of the unit. The suite also includes a large walk-through- not just a walk-in- dressing area and closet.

You can walk-through the kitchen, too. Lots of elbow room for the cook, or cooks. Multiple granite counters, banks of hardwood cabinets, a wide granite breakfast bar island all amount to a welcoming space to work and entertain.  Stainless steel appliances too!Kitchen

The great room takes on new meaning here with post and beam construction soaring to the 12′ foot ceilings.

Post and beam construction. Soaring wood ceilings.

Post and beam construction. Soaring wood ceilings.

 

Plenty of opportunity to include both dining and living furniture to enjoy in front of the corner, raised hearth, 5′ x 5′ gas fireplace.

Corner gas fireplace in great room

Corner gas fireplace in great room

Original oak flooring in every room adds to the flow, and the glow of the south-west corner loft. Even the second bedroom is lofty, with a tall, south-facing window and a walk-in closet.

Oak floors throughout unit

Oak floors throughout unit

There is one off-street parking space included plus there is additional leased parking available for $85./month on a surface lot immediately adjacent to the building.

This is a pet-friendly, elevator building that offers a rooftop area furnished with grills and patio furniture for the use of residents.

Call Paul for a private showing 414 – 807 – 7599

Set up a private appointment to view this or other properties

Set up a private appointment to view this or other properties

 

 

 

10/7/14 Milwaukee Condo Alternative House for Sale – SOLD!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Want some of the amenities of condo living but in a more private setting?

Consider this stand-out property as a condo alternative. Off the beaten track yet minutes to BayShore Town Center shopping and dining experiences.

Discover very high quality finishes and updates both inside and outside this three bedroom, split rock exterior ranch house tucked in the leafy, very walkable Crestwood pocket of Glendale.

Welcoming front porch

Welcoming front porch

Professional landscaping and newer hardscaping form a welcoming front walk and porch with outdoor lighting. Newer, paved driveway to the roomy, 2.5 car attached garage. As in some downtown condo buildings, once you’re in the garage, you’re home and it’s a breeze getting into your car to go out in winter weather.

2.5 car attached garage

2.5 car attached garage

 

 

 

 

 

 

And no elevator to wait for. Instead, there’s a large, enclosed, sunny and skylit breezeway into your updated, eat-in kitchen, or onto your front yard patio.

Sky light in enclosed breezeway

Sky light in enclosed breezeway

 

 

 

 

Or relax, out onto the second patio and your fenced-in, tree-lined and private big back yard. No need to water though. The sprinkler system does the work.

Your tree-lined, big backyard

Your tree-lined, big backyard

 

 

 

Refinished hardwood floors lighten up the main floor living and dining area and master bedroom. Two additional carpeted bedrooms on the main floor. Refitted, Travertine tile bathroom.  Newer window treatments, fans, and fixtures throughout the house.

Updated, eat-in kitchen and breezeway

Updated, eat-in kitchen and breezeway

 

Newer fans, fittings and fixtures thoughout

Newer fans, fittings and fixtures thoughout

The finished, carpeted lower level offers another full level of living space. A cozy gas fireplace Franklin stove warms up the recreation room. Plus there’s another full bathroom, a separate laundry/utility room, a storage room, and a work or office room with a window and built-ins.

A bedroom/bathroom suite arrangement is also a possibility.

You won’t find this much value for $169,900 anywhere downtown.

 

 

 

Finished lower level workroom or office

Finished lower level workroom or office

For a private appointment to view, please call Paul. 414-807-7599

 

 

 

 

9/8/14 Milwaukee Townhouse Condo for Sale – Lives like a Single Family-SOLD

Monday, September 8th, 2014

High marks for this large Bay View townhouse, both in quality and location.

Walk, jog, bike, skate, stroll

Walk, jog, bike, skate, stroll

Very walkable, historic neighborhood, Just 4 blocks to the lakefront, beach, and the county connected Oak Leaf Trail.

Minutes to downtown by bike or by car.

Ethnic restaurants, local pubs and coffee shops, iconic grocery, and green space parks nearby.

Vinyl exterior

Vinyl exterior

Newer construction, side by side, 2 storey townhouse. Vinyl and aluminum exterior. A dog friendly front yard with a sidewalk and private entry. Pets welcome in this 10 unit association.

There’s also a back door from the kitchen onto the patio, with immediate access to the 1.5 space detached garage plus the adjacent parking slab.

1.5 detached GA plus slab parking

1.5 detached GA plus slab parking

Hardwood floors and natural woodwork detailing in the living/dining open concept main level are illuminated by an inviting bay window.

Great room windows

Great room windows

Quality wood detailing

Quality wood detailing

Workable kitchen includes a breakfast bar and appliances.

Master and second bedrooms are on the upper level, as is the in-unit laundry, already complete with washer /dryer.

 

There’s a matching bay window in the master, plus track lighting in the hallway and a stairwell for over-sized art. St. Clair in-unit BR2

Lower offers another finished level of living space. Custom built entertainment center and wet bar marble counters. Custom wall,  ceiling, and lighting treatments.

 

Custom entertainment built-ins in LL

Custom entertainment built-ins in LL

The half-bath is handy to the lower level, too. The unit mechanicals are in a large separate utility and storage room. There’s even a cedar closet.

Lots of value and space (over 1350 sq.ft.) for the asking price of $174,000.

To schedule a viewing, please call Paul 414-807-7599

Bike, walk friendly neighborhood

Bike, walk friendly neighborhood

Built-in wet bar in finished lower level

Built-in wet bar in finished lower level

1/28/14 SOTM – State of the downtown Milwaukee condo market

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Gold Coast panorama

Gold Coast panorama

Here’s an update on current status of the downtown Milwaukee condo market, as of the first of the year.

Unit sales are up, by about 10%.

Inventory is still shrinking, and stands about half of what it was in 2011.

The greatest unit sales increase was in the $400,000 and under portion of the market. This accounted for just over 80% of the unit sales.

We are now seeing units that didn’t sell in 2011 and 2012, some of which spent a year out of the market as rentals, now being re-listed. And some of these are getting an offer to purchase within a relatively short time. One unit in particular, at an upscale building in the Gold Coast, first came on – then lingered in – the market in 2010,  was rented for a year, was recently re-listed and then had an A/O (accepted offer) in just 12 days.

Call me to discuss your own options, buying or selling, this new year. I’m always open to your questions.

 

1/20/14 Milwaukee condo home alternative

Monday, January 20th, 2014

A condo alternative is a single family house with more of an adult oriented floor plan plus the upgrades you’d expect to find in a condo.

Here’s one in the City of Milwaukee that’s newly priced – at $150,000 – to sell. It’s a model home, never lived in, built as part of a re-development that stalled out during the housing downturn. The developer is moving on and it’s an opportunity to buy a finished new construction house at once.

Lloyd ext main (Small)

In the recognized Josey Heights neighborhood, across from the Lloyd Street school, the Bayberry model features lower maintenance exterior hardplank siding, a 2 car garage, concrete walks, front yard landscaping, and a back yard. The interior has 9 ft. ceilings, oak woodwork, air conditioning, and a full basement of additional living space.

Lloyd ext chimney long

There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, including a master bath suite with balcony, plus 2 additional bedrooms and another full bath. There’s a handy half-bath on the main floor and a laundry closet upstairs. The floorplan includes a formal dining area, a den with gas fireplace sharing the kitchen, and an additional sunroom bay from the living room.

For more details, or to arrange an appointment to view the property, please call 414-807-7599.

6/3/13 Interested in selling your Milwaukee condo?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Home prices nationally in May were heating up more than Milwaukee’s summer weather has, moving up at a faster rate than in the previous seven summers. So were rental costs!

Interest rates crept upward, like our temperatures. But May temperatures weren’t historically low, like these interest rates remain, at around 4%.

Breathless house hunters enter the market, toes in first, amid indications of a rebound.  A sign of a real estate warm-up, while we still wait for the better weather? More pending sales contracts since the bubble burst.

48 new window condo sign copy

Perhaps it’s time to test the selling waters, now. As always, I’m ready for a frank (and free) conversation about your own situation.

4/1/13 Signs of Spring? April in Milwaukee condos market update

Monday, April 1st, 2013
Snowdrops emerging - like the condo market?

Snowdrops emerging - like the condo market?

Are we seeing stronger activity in the Milwaukee market?

While inventory levels, new listings, and days on market all decreased, prices began to climb, as did median sale price.

In Milwaukee, as of March 2013, we’re in the twentieth straight month of increased home sales. With the supply of inventory so low, the length of time a property takes to sell is shorter, too.

Along with the challenges of hesitation, lack of confidence in job creation and obtaining a mortgage, consider the pent-up demand that usually signals a tilt toward a buyer’s market, the continuation of low interest rates, and upwardly trending prices.

Once again, while Washington waits, you might not want to.

When you’re ready to test these waters, give me a call to discuss your options.Paul on the condo tour

2/6/13 An attractive condo alternative for sale in Milwaukee. New, low price. SOLD!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Typically, a condo alternative is a 2 bedroom single family house, either small or large, featuring an “adult” floor plan with larger master bed/bath, in condo size proportions.

You’ll often find many of the amenities and quality of a new construction condo at a fraction of the price you’d pay downtown and without the monthly fees.

Here’s the description of one currently for sale for $119,900, close to Wauwatosa.

Classic bungalow near Wauwatosa

Uptown neighborhood, 4 bedroom classic brick bungalow fully restored with all the original flavor and renovated with all new everything.

What’s been restored?

All the classic character, woodwork, oak floors, brick fireplace, wall-length sideboard, archways and a sunny bay.

Inviting living space

Whats’s new?

Windows, garage and exterior doors, fixtures, fittings, mechanicals, cabinets, counters, ceramics, lighting, appliances, and carpeting.

Upscale kitchen

What’s updated?

Plumbing, electrics, inside decorating, and private yard landscaping and hardscaping. Large master bedroom with walk-in closets. Dry, clean as a whistle lower level with a new epoxy floor.

For a no obligation appointment to view this or other purchase or rental opportunities, call Paul 414-807-7599



3/1/13 Downtown Milwaukee condo for sale. 1BR/1 inside parking

Friday, October 5th, 2012
Top floor unit with private balcony

Top floor unit with private balcony

Top floor, west facing one bedroom, one bath unit in The Sterling, a newer construction building just north of the Brady St. neighborhood, and close to the lakefront. This is a pet-friendly building, with pets allowed up to 100 lbs. There is an underground, heated garage and one assigned parking space, plus a storage locker, included with the unit. This is an elevator building, and there is an exercise facility and a clubhouse.

Wide open western views

Wide open western views

This is an 895 sq. ft. unit with hardwood floors in the living room and neutral carpeting in the bedroom. The oversize bedroom window overlooks the balcony and offers wide western and sunset views. The bedroom can accommodate a work space and has a walk-in closet.

Room for a work space

Room for a work space

The kitchen appliances are stainless and there is a granite breakfast bar and a great room layout offering dining space. All appliances are included.

Stainless appliances included

Stainless appliances included

In-unit laundry closet

In-unit laundry closet

The dual entry bathroom has a jetted tub and shower.

This is a short sale, offered at $159,500.

For an appointment to view, please call Paul  414-807-7599

6/1/12 Downtown Milwaukee Condo for Sale, Across the River to the Third Ward

Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Summer fireworks from the deck

Summer fireworks from the deck

For the buyer who appreciates the finest of custom finishes, and care and attention to the choicest of upgrades.

Come for spectacular river views from this top floor unit, stay for the outstanding amenities at The Point.

Top floor views of Downtown and the River

Top floor views of Downtown and the River

Unit 920 is a richly upgraded 9th floor corner unit sharing only one common wall with a neighboring penthouse. There are windows to the north, west, and south. This unit was a white box, built out in September of  2010. The owner takes great pride in his home and as only the prospect of imminent marital bliss makes him move away from it, the unit is available at once.

Upgraded Kitchen and Custom Dry Bar

Upgraded Kitchen and Custom Dry Bar

920 zings with custom finishes, including a glass-windowed, 3-sided, raised gas fireplace in the Living/Dining area, deep walnut flooring, and a designer dry bar with granite and cabinetry to match the Kitchen.

Three-sided, raised gas fireplace

Three-sided, raised gas fireplace

The floor plan offers two, spacious Bedroom/Bathroom privacy enhancing suites at opposite ends of the unit. The Living/Dining room, overlooking the downtown through a wall of windows, offers flexibility of furnishing. Wide balcony, from both Master suite and Living/Dining, overlooks the river confluence, and offers both gas and electric service. The Kitchen is at the heart of the unit and the cook shares the wonderful views.

Cook shares in the view

Cook shares in the view

When you come to view this unit, take note of many other custom finishes:

Specialty lighting including pendant, track, and ceiling fans
Granite countertops throughout
Ceramic tile work in bathroom walls and floors
Automatic door closures on all cabinetry

And every thing listed below is upgraded, too!

In the wall wiring in three reinforced walls for TV mounting, with hdmi cables
Faucet hardware
Molding
Light switches, from standard to dimmers
Appliances, including washer/dryer in a built-in laundry closet

Also included are two, extra deep and enclosed storage spaces and two, extra wide, indoor parking spaces with room for additional storage along the garage wall. The parking spaces are in an indoor, heated garage and on the fourth floor, with secure access to the building.

Social networking lounge

Social networking lounge

Business center

Business center

The Point’s unsurpassed amenities include round the clock concierge services with controlled access lobby, plus:

Private screening room

Private screening room

Business center with wireless access, video display panel,  and wet bar
Private screening theater, with 100″ screen, Wii system
Social Networking Lounge with shuffleboard, pool, and Texas hold’em tables, 50″ flatscreen, and kitchen

Onboard equipment TV's in Wellness center

Onboard equipment TV's in Wellness center

Wellness, Fitness Center with onboard equipment TV’s
Unlimited hot water and 100 amp service in the unit

Controlled access lobby and Concierge

Controlled access lobby and Concierge

The Point is located within walking distance, just across the bridge, to all of the entertainment, shopping, and dining possibilities in the Third Ward.

#920 offered at $448,000.

For a private appointment to view this quality unit, please call Paul Kurensky 414 – 807 – 7599