Even the most well-appointed pads lack the sleek, contemporary look of a home catalog set because they tend to have something the fantasy photos don't: Evidence of an actual resident.
The ultra-bare interior of a sleek yet warm-looking River North loft — which according to Estately, recently hit the market for just over $1.8 million — has none of the pedestrian clutter of a normal living space, making it look like it could be an easy stand-in for a home design catalog.
What it lacks in frilly details, it makes up for in elegant cool. The private elevator opens to the 4,000 square-foot loft that features a fun (and totally random) swingset in the living space, extra-wide rooms and loads of natural light.
Now that the price has dipped a bit, it might be enough incentive for a home buyer who loves a mix of exposed brick and African mahogany wood (the loft is filled with it) as well as super modern kitchen appliances and "smart home" integrated technologies like sound, lighting and security.
The three-bed, three-bathroom loft is just a few miles southwest of Crate & Barrel Inc.'s Cameron Tower city headquarters for CB2 at Ashland and Lake. As Crate & Barrel's hipper, more contemporary little sister, CB2 is pretty much the paragon of cool, urban-industrial minimal home design (both companies also shoot their catalogs in nearby Chicago warehouses).