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Development Continues to Fuel West Loop Appeal

Posted by Terri McAuley on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 9:54am.

While Chicago’s West Loop has seen incredible growth since coming out of the recession, it’s actually a part of town that’s been on the rise for many years. Most of the fabulous loft conversions you see all over this trendy part of Chicago first started to transform the West Loop back in the mid- to late ‘90s, and it’s been on a fairly steady upswing ever since. But since 2008, however, development all throughout the West Loop has been rigorous, and now many consider it to not only be Chicago’s hottest neighborhood since the recession, but also one of the most sought-after locations for home buyers and renters to consider for the foreseeable future as well. 

So what exactly is contributing to the latest development boom we’re seeing in the West Loop? 

While many headlines over the past couple years belonged to mega apartment developments and other large-scale residential projects like 9 W. Walton and Vista Tower, the West Loop is home to two of the highest-profile commercial developments we’ve seen in recent memory in 1K Fulton and now the new McDonald’s headquarters, which will replace the iconic Harpo Studios campus located at 110 N Carpenter St. In addition, the West Loop restaurant scene, which combines Greektown, Fulton Market, and of course Chicago’s famed ‘Restaurant Row’ along Randolph Street, is now also considered to be the hottest in all of downtown Chicago, helping give the neighborhood a unique and unparalleled balance of zoning that allows locals to live, work, and play all in one location.

According to recent figures released from Appraisal Research Counselors, 4,171 rental units have been brought to market in the West Loop since 2008, and over 500 more are expected to be delivered by the end of 2017. Towering projects along the expressway like Arcadia Tower are continuing to alter the West Loop landscape, and even luxury three-bedroom condos like the new CA Washington development are selling at a pace that’s faster than anything we’ve ever seen. In fact, if you swing by the development site of CA Washington at Washington and Aberdeen, signs now say the project is already 90% sold, and that’s even before ground has been broken. 

During a three month stretch earlier this year that ended on July 31st, 320 homes sold in the West Loop for a median price of $400,000, which is up nearly $100,000 compared to the same time-frame just four years ago. But what really tells the story of just how hot Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood has become is the average days on market for what’s already sold this year is just 41 days, and almost half of those properties sold for over the original asking price.  

For reference, Chicago as a whole had a median home price of $285,000 and a market time of 57 days during those same three months. 

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