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Bucktown Lofts – 1740 N. Marshfield (32 Units)

Bucktown Lofts

The “timber loft” residence is a staple of Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Fortunately, Bucktown Lofts lives up to its name with handsome timber-ceilinged living spaces in an early-1990s rehab. The property has 32 units, including several duplex dwellings. These double-decker residences are a hot commodity in Chicago real estate, especially when on the upper floors of their building as they are in Bucktown Lofts.

The standard floor plan of Bucktown Lofts is narrower than classic hard-lofts, but the units are divided well and make good use of the space. Customary loft characteristics abound with solid timber joists and bare extremities of mechanicals hovering overhead, shiny hardwood floors underfoot, and exposed brick and large six-pane windows hugging the outer perimeter. Other trademark loft tip-offs include an open main living area with kitchen snug to one corner, partial interior walls, and 14 foot ceilings.

While the Bucktown Lofts have a tighter footprint than the undefined blueprint of true converted lofts, the rooms are cozy and offer plenty of square footage for the usual furniture and accoutrements. Rays of sun pour in from big windows and sliding glass doors that lead to private balconies. The natural light balances the heavy darkness of the timber beams above. Most lofts share long exterior verandas and there is a common roof deck atop the low-rise edifice, which is elevator equipped and has deeded garage parking.

Bucktown Lofts are outfitted with wood-burning fireplaces in the living rooms and the kitchens host granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and wood cabinetry. Some lofts feature slate bathroom tiling, California closets and other high-end finishes. The duplexes generally have skylights and custom design elements.

Directly across from Bucktown Lofts is a sprawling dog park. Access to I-90/94 is close by and the Metra/CTA station at Armitage and Ashland is just up the street. Neighborhood boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bars are within walking distance as well.

 
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