24 October 2018
Kim Rice has been a South Loop resident for nearly 15 years, giving her and her husband, Kurt Bonatz, a front row seat as 1000M wound its way through the design and approval process. When our Sales Gallery finally opened its doors last autumn, Kim and Kurt were among the first homebuyers. The couple gave us a glimpse into what attracted them to 1000M:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?
Kim Rice: Kurt and I were introduced through a mutual friend in August 2015 and have been married for two years. I own a consulting firm, R&M Consulting, and Kurt is a serial entrepreneur and is currently a partner in a San Francisco Venture Capital Firm – AI8 Ventures.
How did you hear about 1000M?
We came across 1000M in Modern Luxury – the beautiful rendering of the master bathroom with the bathtub overlooking the lake really caught our eye! Interestingly enough, we were at [the art festival] Expo Chicago, and Yvette, a broker for 1000M, overheard us talking about the building with our friends and invited us to the Sales Gallery. We visited when it first opened in mid-September, fell in love with the building even more and purchased our home by October.
What type of residence did you purchase?
We purchased a three bedroom, with two and a half baths on the 16th floor. Our home is actually really interesting, it angles outward to the southeast, so we have incredible, protected lake views, which we love.
What do you love most about 1000M?
We were blown away by 1000M’s design, especially Kara Mann’s interiors – we love the modern design and clean lines. Also, the amenities really sold us and fit our lifestyle to a T – they’re such a step up from everything else in Chicago. We’re especially excited about the spa, pool area, Club 1000 and all of the co-working spaces. We collect wine, so having the option to store some of our wine in the building is really convenient too. The amenities at 1000M will really make us feel like we’re on vacation while at home – we have everything we need right in the building!
How have you seen the South Loop neighborhood change over the last five years?
Kim: I moved to the South Loop in 2004 and knew right away I wanted to stay in the area. At the time, there were very few condo buildings. That has changed over the years. There’s definitely more retail and dining than there used to be. One thing that has remained the same over the years is that it still has that neighborhood feel and is less crowded compared to others in Chicago. We’re excited to see what’s to come.