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Big Broker Turnout For Debut of The Columbian’s “Crown Jewel”

More than 200 Chicago area brokers attended the April 25th grand opening of the new Penthouse Collection of luxury residences at The Columbian.  Co-hosted by Chicago Agent Magazine, guests were offered complimentary “head shots” by Chicago Agent’s cover photographer.  “Appointments for the photography session were scheduled from 4-7pm in one of our new models on the 45th floor.  Invitees enjoyed great food and refreshments while taking in the most amazing views in Chicago”, said Kay Varga, Director of Sales with Garrison Partners, sales and marketing consultants for the development.  “Our guests came for the photo shoot and stayed for the chance to see our fabulous new models before we debut to the public”, said Varga. 

The Penthouse Collection includes nine exceptional residences on floors 40-46 that have been renovated and re-configured to give the floorplans a more open feel and fexlibility of space.  According to Ms. Varga, the many positive comments and feedback from the Brokers who attended the event was unprecedented.  “It was very nice to see floor plans with some separation of space…. It was refreshing to see some variety of floor plans”, wrote Patti McDonald with Fresh Horizon Realty.   Alexis Eldorado of Eldorrado Chicago Real Estate added, “I think the building is an architectural jewel sitting on a very high-energy corner in downtown Chicago.  The building shows very well, and I believe it will be, if not already, an icon building”. 

Read on for more candid comments from Chicago’s broker community.  

The location and views were wonderful, and the layouts of the units I saw were very well thought out, as well as the upgrades.  I also liked that the noise level was hardly audible. Some high-rise buildings tend to be loud. The sizes of the units were also very spacious and elegant.
I think that the price and amenities for the assessments charged are really practical and a great bargaining tool for selling.  I'd buy one today if I could.
Happy Selling,
Gloria Nowotarski, Prudential Rubloff

The event was fantastic and I am coming back with a buyer next week.  Glad to show such an exceptional property.  Kay Varga is an expert at creating excitement at a close out.
Thank you again for the photo opportunity,
Vicki K Jones, Prudential Rubloff

Thanks so much for your hospitality!  Dan was an amazing photographer…The views from the model apartments were spectacular as were the finishes.  I brought a potential buyer through a while ago, and am attempting to bring her back.”
Judi Weintrab, @properties

…I think the location is the biggest draw for my clients, so I will be back with more. 
Michael Emery, Urban Real Estate

“I was definitely impressed with the units I viewed last night at the Columbian.”
Bob Sherwin, @properties

Thanks so much for a lovely event & making the timing work for the head shot.  I really liked the units & it was fun connecting with old friends & visiting with Gary Benson.
Linda, Coldwell Banker, Winnetka

Nicely done - nice layouts and room dimensions - killer views.  Kudos to the organizers.  It was a happy crowd.
Chester Jakala, TeleQuest Realty

I thought the building was beautiful on the inside and out. I like the large rooms, large closets, and ample use of windows. The build-out was very nice. I thought the units were priced right also. 
I was able to talk with one of the agents representing the development and she answered all my questions.  The party itself was well done with gorgeous displays of food.  The food was excellent and was a treat to have something different in each condo.  I walked away inspired and my wheels are turning about how I can purchase one of those....

Jerry Beno, Kale Realty

I have seen all of the building amenities, and I think they are great.  I like the ability to ingress and egress the lobby from both Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue.  I think the security is excellent, and the fitness center and rooftop deck with the dog run and water source are all superb.  The pricing is excellent and the assessments are phenomenally reasonable.
Alexis Eldorrado, Eldorrado Chicago Real Estate LLC

The event was wonderful… and I found myself wishing the line moved more slowly so I could watch everyone get snapped…The condos I visited were beautiful and I have a couple of buyers in mind for possible showings.
Debra Pallotto Dobbs, Koenig & Strey Real Living

Penthouse homes range in size from a two-bedroom, two-bath 1,803-square-foot home to a three-bedroom, 3½-bath 3,690-square-foot residence.  Prices range from $799,999 to $1.89 million.  In addition to the Penthouse Collection, the Columbian also has residences in the Boulevard and Tower levels, ranging in price from $329,900 to $699,900.   The sales center is open Friday – Tuesday from 11-6.  312-341-0000. 

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