House Hunters Recap: Bachelor Pad in Chicago

House Hunters Recap: Bachelor Pad in Chicago

Joel has lived in Chicago for at least the past 18 years, and he has lived in his beloved Lincoln Park neighborhood. His current living situation limits his space. It’s a cramped one bedroom. Having more space is the main motivation for his move.

He has a budget of $750,000. His no nonsense sister-in-law Rachel is coming along to assist his search.

Wish Lists

Rachel believes that he needs to move into a hi-rise to get all the amenities fitting for a bachelor. She also thinks that he needs a dining room. Joel believes that he doesn’t want a hi-rise because it would most likely mean a move closer to downtown. He wants to stay in the Lincoln Park area.

He wants his new home to have a modern look with an open floor plan. He wants a large kitchen island. Joel also wants office space, outdoor space, and at least three bedrooms.

House #1, $750,000

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This 2100 sq. ft. duplex home is located in the Lincoln Park area. It’s only a few blocks away from his current place. The exterior has a vintage design. It was built in the 1990s. The place comes with a $340 a month HOA that only includes maintenance.

The home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, dining space, and office space. The kitchen is newly remodeled with a sleek, bright look. This design theme carries throughout the place. The master bedroom is on the smaller side, so is the outdoor space and walk-in closet.

House #2, $645,000

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This home is located in the South Loop. It’s a 2009 built hi-rise with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has a very modern look. The HOA is $784 a month, and it includes a ton of amenities, like a rooftop deck, gym, and jacuzzi. This home has beautiful views of the skyline.

It has has everything on Joel and Rachel’s wish lists, including a dining space and an updated kitchen. It also has additional small outdoor space, but the rooftop deck is the main outdoor place. It has a large bathroom and bedroom.

House #3, $780,000

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This home is located in the Lincoln Park area. It’s about a half mile from his current location. It’s a new construction with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The HOA is $230 a month. This home is very modern, but it has a lot of stairs. The kitchen has high end appliances and the guest bathroom has a jetted tub. It also has it’s own huge rooftop deck.

Decision Time: It seemed fairly obvious that Joel would pick the hi-rise right? The views were fantastic and it was the only home under his budget. However, that HOA was ridiculous.

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In the end, Joel picks…House #3

His realtor Paul got a deal on it. He bought it for $773,000 instead of $780,000.

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