When Chicago's wealthy migrated north from the Prairie District just after the dawn of the 20th century they built mansions along Lake Shore Drive and Astor Street from Division to North Avenue, or settled into the sprawling apartments (now co-ops) on prestigious East Lake Shore Drive. The landmark-laden pocket of tree-lined streets east of Clark Street and north of Oak Street quickly became known as the "Gold Coast."
Many of the great mansions are gone, replaced by high-rise apartments and condos available at prices that range from strikingly affordable to upper-bracket. Enough of the mansions remain to endow the Gold Coast with an overwhelming aura of wealth, architectural distinctiveness and pedestrian-scale charm.
The long-settled nature of the Gold Coast means that home buyers have few new construction options north of Division Street. New luxury high-rises have been developed during the past 10 years immediately south of what had traditionally been considered the Gold Coast, extending its boundaries. Anchoring the western boundary of the Gold Coast is Sandburg Village, a 2,600 unit half-mile long complex of 2,600 townhomes, mid-rises, lofts and high-rises, a wide range of amenities, and some of the Gold Coast's best views.
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