Better Know a Condo

07/9/10 Yours for $102K close to downtown.SOLD

Friday, June 11th, 2010

This is a short sale in the North Ave./Humboldt area, in a relatively new construction, pet-friendly  building.

One bedroom, one bath, approx 730 sq. ft. with one underground parking space.

Includes central air, in-unit laundry, balcony, walk-in closet, and association exercise facility.

Please call Paul for an appointment to view or to discuss details. 414 – 807 – 7599

02/16/10 Loft Condo Downtown-SOLD!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

A new Best Condo Buy!  Everything everybody wants in a condo!
What’s that? The big three: garage parking, a balcony, and a washer/dryer.

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And it can be yours for $135,000. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you can also qualify for the tax credit if you have this deal in place by the end of April. This is an FHA approved building. The monthly condo fee is $202 and includes common area maintenance, insurance, and replacement reserve, plus water, sewer, and trash. There’s an elevator and a secure lobby entrance. This unit is on the 3rd floor.

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There’s everything you need, and all in approx. 750 sq. ft. in a warehouse conversion development, with gas forced air heat and air conditioning.  The 2009 taxes were approx $4274.

In this pet-friendly building, you can have two pets (no more than 60 lbs. each). There’s an additional storage space that comes with the unit. This building also offers a big common area rooftop deck with spectacular 360 city views. Cobblers rooftop

The loft’s approx. 16′ x 17′ open concept living area features 12′ high, exposed beamed ceilings, very large windows with window blinds included, and the balcony that has room for a grill and overlooks a green space.Cobblers balcony

In the wood-floored, approx. 14′ x 9′ kitchen, there’s a granite countered island with a breakfast bar (including two stools), a stainless sink, GE Profile appliances, plus pendant lighting.

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The carpeted, approx. 13′ x 10′ bedroom has a ceiling fan and large closet.

In the ceramic tiled floor bathroom, there are Kohler fixtures, a wood vanity, and a stacked Bosch washer and dryer in a separate closet.

For a private showing, call Paul 414 – 807 – 7599

09/30/09 Outstanding buy! Downtown condo along Lake! SOLD!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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This condo is back on the market, in one of the more prestigious buildings along Prospect. It offers lake and marina views from the balcony and full views from the lakeside terrace plus concierge services and well-equipped workout facilities.

2 BR, 2 full BA, plus a heated underground parking space, all for $200K.
Gas fireplace, in-unit laundry, balcony, breakfast bar, and whirlpool tub.

For a private showing, call Paul 414 – 807 – 7599

09/18/09 Coach house Milwaukee condos – Withdrawn from the market

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Although fairly unusual, here in downtown Milwaukee there are a number of former coach houses that have been converted into condos. Each one offers something unique – definitely not a “cookie-cutter” condo. Here is an example of one currently on the market.

This building, on the lower east side, houses three units. The one for sale now, for the first time in twenty-five years, at $279K, has approx 1400 sq.ft.,  1BR plus den, 1BA, and 2 surface parking spaces, plus three outside seating areas. The unit itself has many  upgrades added, including granite, upscale appliances, a spa type bath with a step-in shower, and custom lighting.

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There is a private outside entry into a formal foyer plus a brick walled, formal courtyard with a tiled path, a wrought iron surround, garden beds, and a seating area.

The vaulted living room features exposed brick walls with a natural fireplace. Off the wood-floored dining room there’s a balcony through a restored coach door in another exposed brick wall. coach house dr

Th office/den room upstairs is under a vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams.  There is a large, semi-enclosed deck. The bedroom/spa bath offers a cathedral ceiling, double closets, and skylights.

For a private showing, call Paul 414 – 807 – 7599

09/14/09 Energy Star Milwaukee condos SOLD!

Monday, September 14th, 2009

There’s only one unit left for sale in this new construction, six-unit townhouse development on the east side. It’s the only condo development in Milwaukee to earn the Energy Star rating! This rating is given to homes designed to be at least 15% more energy efficient than is standard.

This condo consistently tests close to 25% more efficient, according to results furnished by an independent inspector and includes the following items: 96.6% efficiency gas forced air furnace, and high efficiency air conditioning, gas water heater, appliances, insulated exterior walls, attic insulation, windows, exterior doors, and light fixtures.

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These features are designed to bring you long-term benefits and savings. With over 2,000 sq.ft.of living space, the condo itself is well worth a look! It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 garage, with one attached and one detached space included in the $314,500 asking price. There is private street level entry into a foyer and a first level office ( or 3rd bedroom) with direct access to the very large, attached garage space.

The next level offers wide bay windows, great room, eat-in kitchen, half bath, and balcony. Upstairs, there is a second bedroom with its own bath, a laundry area, and a master suite repeating the wide bay windows and leading up to a huge, private rooftop deck offering a panorama of views.

For a private showing, call Paul 414 – 807 – 7599

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09/05/09 Condo best buy!

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

There are some real advantages to widening a condo search beyond the downtown area, if that is an option for you, because typically your dollar buys more space and more amenities.

If space is what you seek, consider this exceptional value at Nicolet Parc in Glendale, about a fifteen minute (by car) commute from downtown and only minutes to the new Bayshore Town Center. A newer construction, NE corner, private front entry townhouse with 2 car attached garage offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths plus a full basement! The unit has vaulted ceilings, a skylight, all new, neutral carpeting throughout, a larger, semi-enclosed balcony, and is cat-friendly.

Price reduced to $169,900.

Take I-43 to Silver Spring exit eastbound,
Port Washington Road north to Bender Rd.,
turn west to Nicolet Parc


If you would like to pre-view this unit in person,
please call Paul @ 414 – 807 – 7599

09/04/09 A rare 4 BR downtown condo

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Occasionally, a unit comes on the market that is remarkable in some respect. Here is a unit on the east side, one of five in an 1890’s, architecturally interesting, corner building on the national historic register.Friedman Row ext

Four extraordinarily large bedrooms, two full baths plus a half-bath, full dining room, living area plus family room, and a cook’s kitchen comprise this ten room condo.

At 3100 sq. ft. over three floors, plus a spacious basement, this is a relatively huge condo for the downtown area while the sq. ft. price works out to be in the average range. At $419K, it is not for everyone, and is missing some of the amenities expected at that price, including garage parking-there is one surface space. However, there is a laundry area and a deck.Friedman staircaseFriedman deck

The unit amenities however are noteable:  original, refinished maple flooring and solid maple staircase, custom maple cabinetry, 10′ and 9′ ceilings, third floor master suite with cathedral ceilings and a walk-out, semi-enclosed deck.

For a private showing,

call Paul Kurensky  414 – 807 – 7599

09/06 Downtown condo where you can just let the dog out into the yard. SOLD!

Friday, August 28th, 2009

If you’ve always longed to be able to just let the dog out back, here’s the place for you. This unit uniquely has a ground floor, 20 x 30 enclosed patio right outside the door. The area also includes a hot tub for your own enjoyment, and an opportunity for your green thumb to take hold too. gallun out

Right across the street from the Milwaukee River in the East Pointe area north of Brady, this converted building features high ceilings, exposed timber beams and brickwork, tall windows and wood floors. This unit is a 2 BR, 2 BA, plus other room, and also includes two deeded indoor parking spaces in the reduced (to 2006 era) price of $264,900.

gallun kitThe kitchen has an island sink in a granite breakfast bar, maple cabinets and stainless appliances. There is an in-unit laundry. The condo fee includes heat and cooking gas.

Take Brady to Water, turn north under the bridge.
Street parking for Open House.

For a private showing, call Paul, 414 – 807 – 7599

08/25/09 Brewers Hill condo value

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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Open House this Sunday, August 30, 1 – 3.

From Humboldt & North, take North west to Hubbard, Hubbard south to Reservoir.
Street parking for Open House.

What makes this loft style unit special? For the price, $139,900, you get garage parking, an in-unit laundry, plus a balcony that actually overlooks some green space.

It’s a 1 BR open concept unit with exposed beams, wood floors, stainless appliances, and granite island with breakfast bar. Besides the private balcony, this building offers a huge common area roof-top deck with 360 city and lake views.

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For details, call Paul, 414 – 807 -7599

08/23/09 Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

When we find a good deal on a condo in the downtown area, we will highlight it here. This will be a unit, sometimes more than one, that we consider to offer special value based on a price change, added amenities, or anything else that makes the unit stand out from the rest.

There is some uncertainty about the market but there are also incentives for buying now. Interest rates are still at historic lows. There is a good initial selection of units across all price ranges, plus motivated sellers. The $8,000 first time buyer tax credit can now also be used as part of a down payment. To qualify for the tax credit, closing must occur before Dec.1 of this year. Plan ahead, keeping  in mind that a dedicated search for the most appropriate condo can take time and that financial institutions take months to finalize some deals, after an accepted offer and before closing.

Here are two recommended 1 BR, 1 BA units both at Warehouse 525 in the Third Ward. Each unit is newly built out in a converted warehouse and features granite counter tops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, hardwood floors, and large windows, in-unit laundry and balcony.525-ext-from-320-zoom-from-west-large1

The big plus is that one indoor, heated parking space is now included in the price of $199,900. This is a legitimate $25,000 value. The parking garage will be in an apartment building, now under construction, right next door, to the left side of this photo. There will be an enclosed, secure passageway linking the parking garage and the 525 building.

Call Paul for an private appointment to view the units and tour the building. 414-807-7599.

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