One Bennett Park: Capturing the romance of city living

by Melanie Kalmar

Classic architecture, fantastic amenities and sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline make One Bennett Park a must-see for luxury homebuyers moving up or downsizing.

Brokered by Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty and developed by Related Midwest, One Bennett Park is a classically designed limestone skyscraper that stands out for its timelessness in a sea of black and glass towers. Designed by world renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern Architects, One Bennett Park is situated on a glorious 1.7-acre park, carefully crafted by celebrated landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Chicagoans may recognize Van Valkenburgh for his work on Maggie Daley Park and the 606 Trail. With incredible, unmatched views from every unit, One Bennett Park perfectly captures the romance of the city.


Everything residents could possibly need is right outside the building’s front door. Located at 451 E. Grand Ave., a few blocks west of Navy Pier and five minutes from downtown Chicago and the central business district, One Bennett Park is steps away from lakefront trails, beaches, shopping and dining on Michigan Avenue, as well as museums and cultural hot spots.
Most who live in this part of Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood find that owning a car is not a necessity. But if your clients do own one, the building has a private motor court with 24/7 valet parking and concierge services.

The fine details

An intimate, boutique building, One Bennett Park features one- to four-bedroom rental residences, as well as condominiums priced from $1.9 million. In all, the luxury building has 69 residential condos starting on the 42nd floor, each of which was vertically designed with soaring 10 to 11-foot-high ceilings and expansive living spaces that make each unit feel like a single-family home. The building opened about a year ago and is just over 50 percent sold, according to Gwen Farinella, vice president of sales at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. “Every inch of the interiors was touched by Robert A.M. Stern,” Farinella says. “From the crown molding to the custom cabinetry and floors, all the detailing throughout the unit is well-curated.” It’s easy for clients to imagine themselves in the beautifully neutral interiors, with finishes that act as the perfect backdrop for all types of furnishings, from ultra-traditional to contemporary to modern.

Condos range in size from 1,737 to 5,130 square feet and include two to four bedrooms and as many as four and a half baths. “The sweet spot is 3,000 to 4,000 square feet,” says Matt Leutheuser, vice president of sales at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. “The residences have a variety of formal and informal living spaces. The views from every home are spectacular, the windows perfectly frame lake and city views, including Bennett Park to the west.”

Three full-floor penthouses with large private terraces are currently available as raw space, customizable by the homebuyer. The penthouses span between 7,700 and 8,500 square feet and offer residents endless layout and design possibilities.

Dream kitchens

The high-end kitchens feature custom cabinetry, large pantries, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and oversized islands that can be used for prepping food, pulling up a stool and sitting down to a meal. Larger residences feature walk-in pantries or butlers’ pantries with wet bars. Smaller units have full pantry closets within the cabinetry. Each residence has a separate breakfast nook, adjacent formal dining areas, spacious living rooms and additional family rooms ideal for entertaining.

Luxurious master baths

Radiant heated floors keep master bathrooms exceptionally comfortable, eliminating the need for fuzzy slippers. But the focal point of this room is the elegant bathtub, which overlooks windows that frame spectacular views of the city. “You’re higher than other buildings, so nobody can peer in,” Farinella says. In addition to the bathtub, master baths feature walk-in showers with frameless glass doors, custom cabinetry and lighting that flatters any time of day. Powder rooms and guest bathrooms are well-planned and tastefully done in the most sophisticated, on-trend styles available in the marketplace today.

Fantastic amenities

More than a home, One Bennett Park is a lifestyle. The 41th floor amenity space features an outdoor terrace with grilling area and plenty of seating. For those who prefer to eat indoors, the informal dining room seats 12 guests. There is also a billiards room and a cordial room with beautiful views that can accommodate 65 people for a cocktail party.

But this space is not the only choice for entertaining guests. The beautifully landscaped outdoor deck on the 41st floor is an events suite that has two outdoor areas for grilling food and entertaining. On the fourth floor, there is an outdoor pool with a cabana area, ample seating, firepits, and several pergolas equipped for grilling and hosting private parties. This floor also has an elegant party room that spills into an outdoor space that residents can reserve for special occasions.

With a private gym on the third floor, staying fit is convenient. Designed by The Wright Fit, the fitness center is equipped with top-of-the-line cardio strength training equipment and a Pilates studio. The space also includes a reservable massage suite and treatment room for residents who work out with physical therapists. “You can bring in your own yoga instructors and trainers,” Farinella says. “There’s also a second larger workout facility in the building, with a 60-foot, saltwater lap pool.”

Family friendly, the building also includes a children’s play suite equipped with toys, play kitchens and a jumping sofa. For tweens, there’s a rec room with a pool table, gaming consoles, TVs and a lounge area. One Bennett Park also takes care of its resident pets. The park has two dog runs and a pet spa inside the building with a play area and grooming stations.

As much as this development seeks to make everyone comfortable, it’s an especially attractive building for those who love Chicago. “One Bennett Park appeals to people who want to be in the heart of the city,” Leutheuser says. “It’s an intimate building with five-star amenities and the concierge services buyers are looking for.”

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