Plans For Obama Presidential Library Design Finally Revealed

From DNA Info Chicago: The Barack Obama Presidential Library will be "transformational" for the community, the former president said as the Obamas finally revealed what the center could look like. Obama, in his first public appearance regarding the plans, made wide-ranging remarks that showed he was intimately involved with nearly every aspect of the project. Michelle Obama was also in attendance at the South Shore Cultural Center but did not speak. The images show a large stone structure half-sunken into Jackson Park where Midway Plaisance meets the park. Obama said the library will take four years to build and will bring thousands of jobs across the South Side. He estimated it would draw 600,000 to 700,000 visitors a year. Read the full...

More Exciting News of Woodlawn’s Development

From Curbed Chicago Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of future upgrades headed to Woodlawn’s Cottage Grove CTA Green Line station, the City of Chicago and Jewel-Osco have revealed a plan to bring a new grocery store to the South Side community. First reported last night by the Chicago Sun-Times ahead of today’s official media release, the 40,000-square-foot supermarket would replace a large parcel of vacant land at the northwest corner of 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Read the full Curbed article here.

3D Printed Homes: The Future of Home Construction?

In recent years, the scale of production though 3D printing has steadily increased, and now it is possible to apply this technology to home construction. In Russia, there is now a 3D printer that can create 400 square foot homes for slightly over $10,000."Like other industries in this age of acceleration, homebuilding is evolving.  Will future homes in Chicago utilize 3D printing or some other form of technology? It is imperative to stay abreast of developments that will help us build tomorrow's homes," said David Fleishman, a real estate investor and SCG client. The main structure of the home is printed using concrete with windows, fixtures, furniture and paint being added after initial printing. The company responsible, APIS COR, claim...

Grey: A Passing Trend or an Interior Classic?

"This neutral hue can look different room to room, hour by hour" - Architectural Digest Grey interior design has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years. With white being the predictable neutral option, many home buyers want something different. This is where grey tones fit perfectly. Grey is a safer option for anyone not wanting to resort to white, without having to pick a non-neutral color that may not be to everyones taste. According to Architectural Digest, grey imbues rooms with a subtle sophistication. And, with so many shades of grey available to consumers, Steele Consulting Group suspects that grey is here to stay. So where to start when choosing the perfect shade for your home? Kate Watson-Smyth...

Pets Inspire New Design Trends for 2017

"According to a Consumer Insight Survey of more than 20,000 home shoppers, 45% of pet owners indicate that they treat their pets like royalty" - John Burns To many of us, our pets are part of the family. And when it comes to ensuring our pets are happy in a new home, many of us spare no expense. It's no surprise then, that in recent years, many new homeowners and developers have begun designing new properties with the family pet in mind. We designate space in our home for our children and guests, so why not do the same for our pets? 'Pet Suites' have become a hot new commodity in recent years, trending in many interior design magazines as...

Steele’s 5 Essential Home Technologies for 2017

"With my background in computer engineering and with me being a huge techie, I'm always looking for opportunities to incorporate the latest and greatest technology into our new homes. That includes the prewiring and making sure a home is future proof, and also, we want the buyer to be able to go to the store and get whatever they want and have their home hook right in without any problems. This means understanding home technology trends during construction to ensure that the latest tech is offered to our buyers" - Hasani Steele Nest Learning Thermostat: A must-have for 2017, the Nest Learning Thermostat gives you wireless control of your home's climate by allowing you to control and adjust the temperature from...

The Trump Effect: Chicago’s Housing Market

"Hasani Steele challenges Trump's statement" Politics aside, many potential buyers and investors have been wondering how the Chicago housing market will react to a Trump presidency. In his latest statement on Chicago, Trump noted that if the city could not solve the "carnage," "I will send in the feds!". To prospective buyers and investors from out of state and abroad, this unfairly shines a negative spotlight on what is, for the most part, a safe and prosperous city with a historically stable housing market. Investors from abroad and out of state are particularly important to Chicago according to Business Insider, who notes that "A 2016 study by the National Association of Realtors found that international buyers typically purchase more expensive...

Woodlawn Projected To Be Redfin’s Hottest Market of 2017

It is no secret that investment in the right neighborhood is crucial to any prospective buyer or developer. So where does someone shopping for property in Chicago seek advice on the best neighborhoods the city has to offer? Steele Consulting Group has invested and developed in upcoming neighborhoods such as Woodlawn and its surrounding areas of the South Side, as evidenced by this Chicago Tribune article. Our hands-on approach gives us the confidence to predict that these neighborhoods are prime for current investment and development projects before property values surge to meet demand. Redfin agrees and reinforced our confidence, ranking Woodlawn as one of the hottest Chicago housing markets for 2017. They generate this list based on the most recent...

Property Development Market Surges in 2016

"U.S. homebuilding rebounded more than expected in December as a strengthening economy boosts demand" - Reuters After years of turbulence and pessimism in the housing market, it appears that the market is beginning to recapture some of its former glory. Housing starts have jumped 11.3% to an annual rate of 1.23 million units last month and new projects increased by 4.9% to 1.17 million in 2016, indicating that savvy investors and property developers are optimistic and hopeful about the future of the market. Amidst the incoming Trump Administration and his promise to deregulate the industry, many developers are seizing the opportunity to begin new projects. "A survey on Wednesday showed homebuilders' confidence easing slightly in January, but remaining not far from...