CHICAGO — A Bucktown couple are on the lookout for a new home in a recently aired episode of the popular HGTV series "House Hunters," with condos in Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Ukrainian Village among the choices.
"Drake and Jillian," a married couple, had a budget of $500,000 to $600,000 for a condo with two or three bedrooms and a garage for their two cars and a scooter.
He's an engineer; she's a seventh-grade teacher. He's after vintage; she prefers contemporary. Their real estate broker is David Vargas of @properties.
In Lincoln Park, they look at a 3 bedroom, 2½-bathroom condo that had been totally rehabbed and was priced at $559,000. It has three decks, but Jillian opines she's "not sure about a view of the alley, though."
In Lakeview, they visit a warehouse converted into a loft. It has three bedrooms with 2½ baths priced at $499,900. He thinks it's energy inefficient.
Lastly, they look at a new construction condo in Ukrainian Village. With two bedrooms and two baths, the asking price is $520,000. Drake is disappointed somewhat by the neighborhood: "They kind of took away the the character by tearing down the the old buildings," he said.
The episode, which ran over the holiday weekend and was posted on YouTube this week, ends with the announcement of the home they ultimately pick: