July 25, 2008

A Sleek Addition to West Loop

By John Schmeltzer, Chicago Tribune

Jul. 25--R+D659 condo development, being built by Mesirow Financial Real Estate, takes its name from the street intersection and address where it is located--Randolph and Desplaines, 659 W. Randolph. The main room of the two-bedroom unit features an open, European design.

Brininstool + Lynch Ltd., architects of the 17-story condominium tower R+D659 rising in the West Loop, sought to bring European styling to the contemporary glass and concrete design.

Italian cabinets, slate floor tile in bathrooms and European faucets give the interiors of the condos the same sleek look as the building's design.

The development's name is a play on the location at 659 W. Randolph, the corner of Randolph and Desplaines Streets.

David Brininstool, a principal in the architectural firm, says he is especially pleased with the kitchens in the units.

"The space is very well executed, it's a true European kitchen," he said, referring to the open layout and the lines of the cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

The building has 237 condos and penthouses ranging from 655 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Common elements will include a swimming pool with a landscaped sun deck and an outdoor grill area.

The architects have included a green roof with plants, shrubs and small trees in the design.

About this home: Unit 1109 is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit containing 1,119 square feet of space with 9-foot ceilings. Located on the 11th floor, it offers a dramatic view of the West Loop skyline. The open kitchen-living room layout, with hardwood floor, has a center island that doubles as a breakfast bar.

Floor-to-ceiling windows line two sides of the space. The master bedroom, adjacent to the master bath with a soaking tub and shower, has a walk-in closet.

The balcony, which opens off the living room and guest bedroom, has space for a table and chairs.

Standard finishes include European-style cabinetry in the kitchen and bath, granite kitchen countertops, stainless-steel appliances and slate flooring in the master bath.

Price: $423,000

Where: 659 W. Randolph St. (Model located at 626 W. Randolph)

Builder: Mesirow Financial Real Estate

Phone: 312-474-0659

Web site:www.RD659.com

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