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Onetime Lumber Yard Turned High-End Rental Poised for Pre-lease

Germain House, an adaptive re-use of a former industrial building in River West, will begin pre-leasing later this year, developer Rockwell Partners said Wednesday. Luxury Living Chicago Realty is the exclusive marketing and leasing brokerage for the new rental apartment property at 925 W. Chicago Ave.

“While Chicago’s market is filled with new inventory, Germain House will undoubtedly appeal to renters seeking a unique apartment living experience,” said Aaron Galvin, CEO of Luxury Living Chicago. “More and more renters are including River West in their search, and this boutique building will stand out.”

Just east of the CTA’s Blue Line station, Germain House offers a mix of studio, one, and two-bedroom units, featuring exposed brick and beams with high-end finishes.

Built as a lumber yard in 1886, Germain House’s location became home in 1916 to the Central Leather & Embossing Company, which later changed its name to the Germain Company.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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