One of the latest lakefront condo listings to hit the Chicago market is unlike any other. Located in Lakeshore Place, formerly known as the American Furniture Mart, the building is a 1920s landmark set on the lakefront and the appears heavy and dark at first look. However, buyers who are seeking a luxurious, upscale and iconic space need simply make their way to the 11th floor and they’ll know they’ve found their home.
Nancee Martin and Dan Jensen purchased the condo in the early 2000s and decided to give it a much-needed facelift. When they bought the property, it had dark pink decor and thick room dividers. It makes sense then that they chose to renovate the space with an eye toward lightening it up.
They began with the foyer, where they installed a neon lights display that Jensen designed in the style of Dan Flavin. This helped brighten the under lit floor plan’s interior in an innovative way. It also leads the way to a wall of east facing windows that create a stunning natural light show. The Chicago sunshine pours into the large, main space, which functions as the condo’s living room, dining room and study.
This property has three bedrooms, one of which is tucked in the back and is currently being uses as a den. The master suite includes a large dressing room and sleek bathroom. Both the master bedroom and second guest bedroom boast incredible lake views.
Current owners, Martin and Jensen, have now relocated to Florida.
While Martin claims, “We’re too old to be cold,” she does admit to missing the views and the Lakeshore Place building. “[Lakeshore Place] is like a town within one building. In the winter, you don’t have to leave unless you want to.”
Along with its history and charm, this condo listing should prove to all Chicago home buyers, once and for all, that you can’t judge a book (or condo) by its cover.