Dotted with architectural gems that range from vintage row houses to doorman high-rises.
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LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN, CHICAGO
COMMUTE TIMES ➤ The Loop 17m by train, 12m by car ➤ Merchandise Mart 25m by train, 10m by car ➤ Union Station 32m by train, 16m by car ➤ Millennium Park 25m by train, 9m by car
AROUND THE BLOCK
GOLD COAST: Esteemed homes in a charming downtown neighborhood.
While Gold Coast has a serene, neighborly feel—with vintage architecture contrasting with more contemporary mid-rise and high-rise condo buildings—its bustling commercial areas can be found along strips of Oak, Rush, and Division Streets.
THE NEIGHBORS: An educated, affluent blend of young families and well-established professionals.
Due to its lavish, historic mansions and brownstones, upscale boutiques and restaurants, and close proximity to the lakefront, Gold Coast residents are generally more affluent. The area's highly-regarded schools and proximity to one of the nation's largest business districts young families and more established professionals.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Residential character and close proximity to the lakefront, complete with beaches that bookend the neighborhood.
A largely residential neighborhood with an array of architectural attributes, the Lake Michigan-adjacent community offers first-rate access to the south end of Lincoln Park and Chicago beaches at Oak Street and North Avenue.
THE LIFESTYLE: A rotation of lakefront recreation and fine dining by foot or taxi.
From walking the lakefront path and people-watching at one of the beach bars to indulging at renowned restaurants, Gold Coast is a trove of prominent spots.
UNEXPECTED APPEAL: A surprisingly tranquil ambiance despite its central location.
Since the neighborhood bar scene doesn't extend north of Division Street and a significant portion of properties are vintage buildings, Gold Coast is a prime location for quiet daytime and twilight walks.
THE MARKET: A variety of mid-rise and high-rise condos as well as co-ops in vintage and contemporary styles.
Gold Coast has a sizeable selection of condos, albeit compact spaces at steep prices, and even a variety of affordable walk-up apartments compared to other downtown neighborhoods. Family-sized rentals are rare, and pricey when available.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH: Pedestrian appeal with high-end retail selections.
Just off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the chic designer stores and posh salons lining Oak Street will help work up an appetite for the neighborhood’s Michelin-starred restaurants.