New, luxe Gold Coast apartments go for 'understated elegance'

Friday, 22 September 2017, 08:22:55 AM. A new luxury apartment tower on the North Side of Chicago has struck gold.

A new luxury apartment tower on Chicago’s Near North Side has struck gold. It’s called Aurelien, which means “golden” in French, a name that nods to the nearby Gold Coast. The mostly residential neighborhood became prominent after the when many of the city’s most affluent denizens settled there. Among them was Potter Palmer of Palmer House fame.

The 31-story Aurelien, 833 N. Clark St., references that legacy with an assortment of golden touches. But don’t think glitzy. The architecture and interior design are luxe, not loud. For example, although the 368 apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows, the building facade is overlaid with a buff-colored lattice cladding that relieves the glassy box.

“Our goal was to build something to complement the neighborhood but with understated elegance,” said Irini Boeder, assistant vice president of marketing at Lincoln Property Co. “We didn’t want to do it in a shiny or flashy way.”

Aurelien was co-developed on a former parking lot by Ryan Companies U.S. and Lincoln Property Co., which also is managing the property. The architect was Antunovich Associates and the interior designer was Studio K. The first residents arrived in May.

Apartments include studio, convertible, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom floor plans. Each is given a gold-inspired name like “Glimmer” and “Beam.”

All apartments have wide-plank flooring in the kitchen and living areas, bedroom carpeting, full-size clothes washers and dryers, walk-in closets and window shades. Two white-and-gray color palettes are available. Penthouses have upgraded finishes and appliance packages.

For private outdoor living, some apartments have patios and balconies, depending on the floor plan.

Kitchens are equipped with stainless steel appliances, high-lacquer European cabinetry, quartz counters and subway tile backsplashes. Baths have porcelain tile floors and ceramic tile surrounds.

A two-bedroom model on the seventh floor is called “Shine.” It’s a corner unit with 1,144 square feet and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. An L-shaped hallway runs from the front door to the open-plan kitchen and living room. Along the way are laundry and coat closets, and guest bath and bedroom. The kitchen is defined by an appliance wall and a stationary island outfitted with dual sink, dishwasher and breakfast bar seating. A private balcony opens from the living area. The two bedrooms are at opposite corners of the unit. Both bedrooms have walk-in closets. The guest bath has a shower, and the master bath has a tub.

Aurelien’s hotellike lobby is refined yet relaxed, with storefront windows that flood the space with natural light. Two massive paintings hang against a black-washed wall, and artistic crystal light fixtures add sculptural interest. The lobby is segmented into spaces for lounging, working and reading. The glass doors between are trimmed in brushed gold.

The fourth floor is home to the garden terrace, a landscaped green roof and private terrace with spaces for grilling, relaxing by the fire pits and playing bocce ball. Indoors, there’s a party room and catering kitchen plus more lounge spaces.

The entire 31st floor is dubbed the social club, a hub of indoor and outdoor activity. At one end are the sundeck and swimming pool, which are surrounded by cabanas, fire pits and grilling stations. At the other are the fitness center, yoga studio and men’s and women’s meditation rooms. Between them is an expansive social area with lounge furniture, game tables, televisions, vapor fireplace and a full kitchen.

Additional amenities include complimentary bicycle storage, heated open-air dog run, dog spa, enclosed parking, business center and conference room.

Throughout the building are myriad intimate spaces that invite small group interaction, solo computer work or simply quiet reflection.

“So many of our residents are now working from home,” Boeder said. “All they need to is a laptop and a phone, and they can do their jobs. At Aurelien, they have the flexibility to get out of their apartments and enjoy some indoor spaces and outdoor spaces and be able to work from those locations.”

Aurelien

833 N. Clark St.

312-266-0833

Apartments: Prices based on availability and subject to change. Studio, 564 square feet, from $1,915; convertible, 696 to 702 square feet, from $2,225; one-bedroom, 681 to 850 square feet, from $2,190; two-bedroom, 1,133 to 1,245 square feet, from $3,400. Six penthouses have one to three bedrooms, 1,165 to 3,339 square feet, from $4,660.

Lease terms: 12 months. $60 application fee, $400 administration fee.

Renter’s insurance: $50,000 minimum liability coverage.

Utilities: Utility package, $70 to $130 a month, depending on unit size. Includes gas, water, sewer, trash and recycling. Tenant pays electricity, cable and internet separately.

Parking: Onsite enclosed garage. Unreserved, $275 monthly; reserved, $350 monthly.

Pets: Pet friendly. Two-pet maximum. Breed restrictions apply. One-time fee, $450 per dog and $300 per cat.

Smoking policy: Nonsmoking.

Amenities: Apartments include oversized windows with roller shades, wide-plank flooring in living and kitchen areas, carpeted bedrooms, full-size clothes washer and dryer, quartz counters and vanities, stainless steel kitchen appliances and high-gloss cabinetry. Penthouses have upgraded finishes and features. Balconies and patios are per plan.

Common spaces include lobby parlor with beverage station, library, conference room, business center, rooftop garden, outdoor swimming pool, cabanas, grilling stations, lounge spaces, kitchens, bocce ball court, fitness center, yoga studio, meditation rooms for men and women, heated open-air dog run, dog spa, automated package delivery and dry cleaning drop-off and pickup, and bicycle storage. Wi-Fi is complimentary in common spaces. Enclosed parking is available. CTA, Metra and Divvy stations are nearby. Washington Park is one block north.

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