The website for 5th Street Lofts in Long Island City says they are 75% sold, so if you're interested in these digs you better get over there. New residents will be moving in this winter, and it's just a short subway hop over to Manhattan. 5SL offers Studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms up to 1,500 square feet. A 2 bedroom, 2 bath listing with 1,207 square feet is being offered for $929,990.
The High Line park in Manhattan is starting a development boom along its route from the Meatpacking District north through West Chelsea. The High Line is a 1.5-mile-long elevated rail structure being converted into a public green space intended to create a quiet space above New York's busy streets. There is an estimated $900 million in new residential and commercial development planned for the area. Ten of at least 30 planned projects are already under construction.
The zeroHouse, designed by New York architect Scott Specht, takes sustainability to a new level. The two-bedroom home generates its own power, collects its own water and recycles its own waste. Each house has two bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen and living room. And, no, going off the grid doesn't mean giving up the modern necessities of air conditioning and heating.
This 15,000 square foot residence at 25 E. Banks St. on Chicago's Gold Coast is being offered for $12 million. Built in the 19th century and redesigned by architect Marvin Herman, the home has 26 rooms spread over four stories. The home includes 900 square feet of rooftop terrace. Gawk.
The house of former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka is on the market in Bannockburn, Ill. Ditka moved out of the house in 1997 when he left to coach the Saints. The house has been owned since then by a couple who owned an ethnic beauty-supply company. The house has four fireplaces, a swimming pool, a basement wine room and an exercise room with a sauna. Gawk.
Architect Shigeru Ban’s Metal Shutter Houses condominium in West Chelsea is a paradox in outdoor urban living. Huge 20-foot window walls pivot fully open to create an appealingly open and airy environment. On the flip side, however, when the windows are down and huge metal shutters lowered one can only imagine the claustophobic effect of living in a storage locker. We do concede that from the outside it is quite a stunning look. The 9-unit condo, on Manhattan's West Side at 524 West 19th Street, is scheduled for completion in late 2008. A 4-bedroom unit on the 6th and 7th floors with 2,695 square feet of living space is being offered for $5.2 million.
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