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The Lofts at Lakeview

The Lofts at Lakeview is another new development by Centrum Properties. While not on the same grand scale as the Lofts at Roosevelt, this project is similar in a number of ways. Residents of the 3126 North Ashland Street development will have their own half acre park, lots of retail shops and luxury homes.

The Lake View neighborhood on Chicago's North Side is an established one with traditional architecture and older buildings. In keeping with the look of the neighborhood, the six story primarily glass Loft Collection building was accented with stone and brick so that it would blend with surrounding buildings. Materials used during the construction process were purchased from local suppliers and were mostly recycled. The air conditioning units are environmentally friendly and the landscaped green roof is a big aid in reducing both heating and cooling costs. The plumbing installed is all water saving and the underground parking also reduces heat emissions.

Residents of the Lofts at Lakeview can explore an 8,000 square foot public park that will be built on one side of the building. On the opposite side, another 8,000 square foot area will be turned into a landscaped plaza that includes outdoor cafe style seating. This will be a nice space to step outside for some fresh air or take a break from shopping in the 90,000 square feet of retail shops and stores. A health club is planned for the retail section, so if you get the urge to work out someplace besides the building fitness center, all you have to do is go down to the lower floor and check out the gym there.

The building has a nice selection of amenities for its residents. There is the aforementioned fully equipped fitness center. A private owner's lounge is on tap when you want to kick back and relax or you can bring a guest and entertain. A kitchen adjoins the lounge, making it really easy to throw a party or host family gatherings on the holidays and have room to prepare a fantastic meal. The Lofts at Lakeview have also have an entertainment center for more fun and a business center for getting that last minute or after hours project done.

The 131 one and two bedroom loft units will be located on the uppermost 4 floors of the building. These homes are filled with luxury details and finishes, but at the same time they have been built with environmentally responsible materials and details. The expansive floor to ceiling windows in every room let in plenty of natural light to reduce artificial lighting needs. The carpeting in the bedrooms is made from low VOC materials and the cabinets are constructed from wood that does not contain toxic formaldehyde. Other unit features include hardwood flooring in the living areas and kitchen, lofty ten foot high ceilings and private balconies or terraces, depending on the floor plan. Some units even have the option of installing a fireplace, which is always a great addition to a home.

The kitchens have a thorough exhaust filter system that removes virtually all of the grease emissions from cooking and cleans the air. Energy efficient stainless steel appliances are standard and the cabinets are custom made Italian style models and the granite counter tops are durable and make for easy clean up after meals.

The baths are designed to pamper and relax. A separate shower and Jacuzzi tub, custom designed vanity and unique trough shaped sink create a modern look. Another nice touch is that the dividing wall between the master bedroom and master bath is made from elegant frosted glass, giving everything a cool appearance.

The lofts are priced from around the mid $300,000 to mid $500,000 range. The project is scheduled to be complete in late 2008 and move in to follow after that. Centrum Properties is becoming something of an expert at developing these all-in-one mini-communities and buyers seem to be attracted to the concept. Having so much accessible right outside your door not only makes life more interesting and convenient, it saves time and that is something you can’t really put a price tag on. The Lofts at Lakeview isn’t just a mixed-use development, it’s more of a new urban lifestyle development.