Filtering out condos and co-ops for sale lacking a washer and dryer isn’t a function that most online Chicago home searching systems provide. Part of that has to do with the fact that our multiple listing system (MLS) lets listing agents specify in-unit laundry in different ways. Washers and dryers are included as appliances while an in-unit laundry hook-up is an internal feature. Some listing agents will use one, but not the other, so I usually create 2 separate searches.
Assuming that a high price range will guarantee a unit has in-laundry doesn’t always work either. Some of the affluent don’t find their own washer and dryer necessary since they hire someone to do their laundry. Last week I toured a luxury condo in 1040 N Lake Shore Drive – The Carlyle where the owner had removed the laundry area and replaced it with a butler’s pantry and wine cooler. He has someone else do his laundry. Some luxury vintage buildings also don’t have the plumbing required to support in-unit laundry.
Perhaps you know someone in a building who has a washer and dryer in their home. That doesn’t mean that all other units in the condo or co-op have or can install in-unit laundry. In 505 N Lake Shore Drive it depends which floor the unit is on as to whether a laundry-hook-up can be installed. At 400 E Randolph some units installed a washer and dryer and were grandfathered in, but additional laundry installations are prohibited.
To learn more about buildings and whether their units have washers and dryers see DOWNTOWN HOMES FOR SALE in the right column.
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