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Hi Blackwatch ’68 Friends!

Its so nice to see the flowers start to pop up after a cold winter! We wanted to reach out and say hello and give you a few updates:

First off a big thank you to each of you for helping pass along the nice words about our company. This word of mouth campaign is very helpful in moving our boutique brand out to the market and helping people find us! Our website inquiries have increased each month and this is a culmination of our marketing to be sure but it is also from you!

We often get the question, what is the story behind the name of the company?

Blackwatch is a classic plaid often associated with a prep school uniform (think “Dead Poets Society”) but it is also an Irish tartan centuries old. “1968” was a watershed year in the tumultuous 1960s and it was also the year I was born. Blackwatch ’68, before it was our development company was actually the name of our vintage furniture store that I ran out of my condo until we found a storefront. While real estate and furniture restoration are totally distinct in our case they represented a shared passion for vintage restoration and an underlying path towards sustainability. I was looking into getting a LEED certification one day and a college friend said, why do you need that, what could be more green and sustainable than restoring a 100 year old building or giving new life to an old 60’s sofa redone with a 40’s University of Wisconsin wool college blanket! Sorry for the tangent, but that is the story behind the name.

Cut to today, our vision is a collection of diverse properties in cool neighborhoods that are steps to green spaces, with a development focus on character vintage properties that we can transform into fresh modern spaces! Our philosophy has always been that where you live should allow for self expression and be an extension of who you are.

Blackwatch ’68
Top Ten Highlights

Blackwatch '68 : Now on Houzz!


We now have a presence on HOUZZ which we will continue to expand on so look out for our project and design updates!
Blackwatch '68 Bayview Properties


As you know, we have been actively buying properties in Bayview, which some have called the “Brooklyn of Milwaukee.” Look out for lots more from us in this area! Our storefronts are busy….Mike and Devin’s Bumstead Provisions will open later this summer along with Bentley’s Pet Shop (3076 S. Delaware). 
Blackwatch '68 Property Management Services


If you are looking for a property, please call Tammy at (414) 943-7770. And remember our Blackwatch '68 Referral Program.
Blackwatch '68 : 2211 North Avenue, Chicago IL


Foodies have been buzzing about who is opening up shop in our Bucktown 2211 North building (formerly Birchwood) and you can finally check it out this month in person! Read these exciting articles–Chicago Magazine, DNA Info, Chicago Eater–that give you a sneak peak at Chris and Nancy’s new fabulous restaurant. What a team they are! Nancy came from Trotters & Blackbird and Chris owns The Winchester (one of my personal favs). Can’t wait for this to open!
Blackwatch '68 : 330 Cedar


Yup, we have begun doing single family home renovations, with our first in Highland Park just steps from the Ravinia Festival. This midcentury ravine home sits around the corner from the Ferris Bueller home (remember the car in the glass garage?), and around the corner from the Risky Business and Ordinary People homes too! (yes they were all filmed right here). And aren't we lucky to have Richard/Nancy Becker to assist with the new facade design!
For more about HPk summer events, check out this recent article in Chicago Magazine!
Blackwatch '68 Waterpower District


We are slowly expanding our collection of properties in the Historic Watertower District (Terrace, Wahl, Woodstock), as we are finding that professionals and empty nesters alike treasure this small pocket where you can jog thru Back Bay Park/Lake Park, pop over to Villa Terrace, stroll to Whole Foods, all while being surrounded by buildings designed by some of the finest architects of the day!
Blackwatch '68 Property: East Terrace Milwaukee


East Terrace Milwaukee continues to be a premium boutique 14 unit luxury apt building and exemplifies our approach to sustainable modern design and infill boutique new construction. We are 100% full so please leave your name with Tammy–(414) 943-7770—for any upcoming openings!
Blackwatch '68 : Brady Street


We wanted to say congratulations to our Brady Street Thainamite friends as they have opened yet another hot spot on Brady Street in addition to their shop at The Milwaukee Public Market. Not bad Khem, Nini, Dear!
Blackwatch '68 : Ironwood North Shore Office Park


For those of you looking for well priced prime office space in a park setting with ponds and manicured lawns just blocks from the shops at Bayshore, Kim at Bieck Mgt. is happy to help: (414) 967-7400. Ironwood North Shore Office Park offers over 60,000sf of suites!
Blackwatch '68 : Bucktown / Wicker Park Properties


Vintage/Modern Collection: Looking for a vintage apt property that lives like a brand new condo? It is the anniversary of several of our Bucktown/Wicker Park properties, including Leavitt, North and Shakespeare, which are all prime representatives of turn of the century buildings that have been fully renovated and now offer modern open plan luxury single and duplex unit apts! Speaking of Wicker Park, we are so proud of Sprout, our tenant at 1943 W. Division. Owner Suzanne and her Chicago team continue to be the “go to” shop for sustainable children’s apparel and furniture. In addition to their Chicago shop, they also have stores in Brooklyn and flagship in San Francisco.
Whew lots going on, sorry for the long list! We look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood and look out for our cool new building signage!

We look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood!

Warmest regards,
Elan Peltz, Blackwatch ’68 Properties

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