Harbor Point

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155 North Harbor Drive, Chicago, IL

Harbor Point
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Building Information
Architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Management Company DK Condo
Number of Units 742
Number of Floors 54
Year Built 1974
Construction Method Concrete
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155 North Harbor Drive, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD70
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Curvy Harbor Point


Harbor point is an iconic glass clad building situated just south of the river where Randolph Street meets Lake Shore Drive. It offers commanding views of the lake and Millennium Park. The building's eastern exposure is an expansive with infinite and unobstructed Lake Michigan stretching out to the horizon. In the warmer months, DuSable and Monroe Harbor are filled with sailboats and yachts, and are easily accessible from the buildings lower level which offers a path to the lakefront underneath Lake Shore Drive. The Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and Sears Tower are visible from various floor plans. The south and west exposures offer unparalleled panoramic views over Grant Park, Millennium Park, and the Michigan Avenue skyline.

The condos range from studios to 4 bedroom penthouses. Cooking appliances are electric. Some have a washer and dryer. This expertly managed and maintained building is a model for fiscal responsibility with a thirty year track record without a special assessment, and a multimillion dollar reserve fund.[1]



Location

The Near Eastside is one of Chicago's newer neighborhood. It is a mixed-use area made up of full-service luxury condominiums, hotels and office towers, sandwiched between the Chicago River and Millennium Park, with a prime locale right on the lakeshore. The neighborhood is very much vertical with several residential buildings and hotels passing the 40 story mark. For the most part, Near Eastside caters to single working adults, couples, and young families who enjoy a contemporary urban life combined with the convenience of being steps from the lakefront and walking distance to the Loop. The neighborhood is centered about an award winning,
Lake Shore East Park with Harbor Point in the Background
terraced park that encompasses landscaped fountains and flowers, a playground and a children's spray pool. Restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops and a couple bars are found along the outer streets. Business and retail also steadily moved into the area as more condominiums were built in the rapidly growing Near Eastside neighborhood. [2]

For Chicago Bear fans it is just a short walk along the lake on a fall day to Soldier Field. Any sports fans will also find the New East Side to be the perfect destination to watch the start/finish of a Chicago Marathon, or to monitor a triathlon along the lake. The New East Side also also provides direct access to marinas, and to the walking and biking paths that are adjacent to both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

For anyone with a primary interest in the arts, science, or history, The area is within walking distance of The Art Institute of Chicago, Orchestra Hall, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the museum campus, as well as the theater district that is in and around the intersection of Randolph and State. During the summer there are the free concerts for all to enjoy in Millennium Park and Grant Park, and the Chicago Park District's free movie series always draws a crowd during summer.

Residents of The New East Side can also find many fine dining establishments that are either stand alone restaurants or dining rooms within one of the slew of hotels in the neighborhood. Many dinner options can serve as an alternative to preparing a meal at home after a long busy day. This is particularly true during the many summer festivals, particularly Grant Park's Taste of Chicago which takes place on The New East Side's door step.

Construction

The design of Harbor Point's shape is formed by joining three hooks into a triangle. This was Chicago's last high-rise constructed east of Lake Shore Drive. However, since its completion, the Drive was rerouted, so today Harbor Point sits to the west of it. Harbor Point is one of 3 residential towers in Chicago with black Miesian windows and 3 rounded lobes (the others being Lake Point Tower and Park Tower Condominiums).

Harbor Point stands 167.64 m (55 feet) tall and was built between October 1972 and 1975. It was built using a caisson foundation, which is a shaft of concrete placed under a building column or wall and extending down to hard-pan or rock. It is typically used to permit excavation to proceed inside and also provides protection for the workers against collapse of soil in soft or unstable ground. The term caisson covers a wide range of foundation structures that may be open, pneumatic, or floating type; deep or shallow; large or small; and of circular, square, or rectangular cross section. Small caissons are used singly or in groups to carry such loads as building columns.[3]

Harbor Point's glass facade is constructed as a curtain wall. A curtain wall system is an outer covering of a building in which the walls are non-structural, but designed to insulate from the elements. A curtain wall is non-structural and can therefore, be made of any lightweight material thereby reducing construction costs. When glass is used as the curtain wall, as it is at Harbor Point, natural light can penetrate deeper within the building. The curtain wall façade does not carry any dead load weight from the building other than its own dead load weight. The wall transfers horizontal wind loads that are incident upon it to the main building structure through connections at floors or columns of the building.[4]

Layout and Features

The units in Harbor Point provide a variety of different layouts that range from studio residences to 3 bedroom units. The various floor plans include kitchens that range from 56 square feet to 65 square feet, which should be ample counter space to create fun yet nutritious lunches for kids to take to school, prepare dinner for the family, or assemble a sumptuous feast for the next get together in your plans. With 440 square foot living rooms and 340 square-foot dining rooms, you can treat your guests to a formal sit down at the dinner table, or let them lounge in front of the TV.

With the building being 38 years old, interior finishes and appliances should vary greatly as many units will have been updated by this point.

Floor Plans

Harbor Point has studio to three bedroom apartments ranging in size from about 750 square feet to around 2500 square feet in space. Penthouses are a spacious 2900 square feet.

Amenities

Residents of the upscale Harbor Point can enjoy a rich set of amenities and services, on par with anything in the city. The Harbor Point Health Club offers a full compliment of cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, elliptical trainers, and rowing machines. The club is surrounded by 12 flat panel television screens. There are many weight machines and a separate free-weight room with barbells and benches. Two regulation racquetball courts with inlaid wooden lines are the best in the city and one offers a descending glass basketball backboard and hoop at the touch of a button. A separate aerobics & yoga room stocked with mats, exercise balls, and a ballet bar, and fully equipped locker rooms each with their own steam room and dry heat sauna round out the clubs features.

The indoor pool is one of the largest and deepest found in a Chicago residential building. Sunlight streams in from above through a large domed skylight, and the pool deck has wrap-around windows that offer views of the lake, skyline, and adjoining sundeck. In the corner, a large hot tub looks out onto the Columbia Yacht Club and Navy Pier. Just outside the pool area is a garden and sundeck that provides lounge chairs, hammocks, and a number of umbrella-covered tables. Trees and flowers surround the west side of the garden offering cool shade from the summer sun and in 2006 Harbor Point won a national award for their landscaping.

Harbor Point also offers two large full service multifunction rooms with catering kitchens. Both rooms are wrapped with large windows that look out to the lake, and open to a large tree lined terrace. On the concourse level, residents enjoy access to a lounge, on-site dry cleaners, a full service market, and a spacious and bright laundry room with attached library overlooking the drive and Navy Pier. The lounge, pool, and sundeck offer complimentary wireless internet access. The association owned and operated garage offers some of the best parking rates in the city for its residents and their guests. Both valet and reserved parking are available. Harbor Point has twenty four hour door staff, an on-site engineer and an on-site management office.


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Bylaws

Harbor Point Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


Harbor Point is pet friendly but with some restrictions.

No age restrictions on residents are in place.

Rental of Units is allowed.

Sustainability

Harbour Point was built before being "green" or environmentally friendly was important.

Residents can live a greener lifestyle by doing things such as switching to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycling as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

The abundance of shops, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues nearby mean that nearly all day to day errands or activities can be accomplished on foot with a Walk Score rating of 89/100 making this a walkers paradise.

Easy availability of more than 35 transit routes and many car shares nearby mean that use of a car can be optional for residents.[5]

Trivia

Chicago Pedway
Nearby is the infamous Chicago Pedway, designed to help residents get around the "windy city" in comfort. It is a network of tunnels, ground-level concourses and bridges connecting skyscrapers, retail stores, hotels and train stations throughout the central business district of Chicago. With a length of more than 40 downtown blocks, it contains shops, restaurants and public art and helps pedestrians in inclement weather. Most connections to the pedway are commercial or government buildings, including hotels. Columbus Plaza, The Heritage at Millennium Park, the Park Millennium, 200 North Dearborn Apartments, and Aqua are the only residential buildings connected to the pedway. The oldest portions of the Pedway, aside from the interiors of some included buildings, are the corridors between State and Dearborn Streets, linking Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line and Blue Line stations at Washington/Lake Streets and at Jackson Street. These were constructed with the subways in 1939-1943.[6]

Also not far away, in Grant Park, is the Art Institute of Chicago. The museum has a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Its holdings also include American art, Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, Asian art, modern and contemporary art, and architecture and industrial and graphic design.[7]


References

  1. Urban Real Estate
  2. Dream town Realty
  3. Answers.com
  4. Wikipedia
  5. Walk Score
  6. Wikipedia - Chicago Pedway
  7. Wikipedia


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