Potted basil is the closest thing to a vegetable garden that most city-dwellers can call their own, but not at this North Side home. The owners of this Old Irving Park single-family constructed a terraced garden on the train track embankment behind their home, and judging from the photos, it appears to be pretty productive. (See more photos here.) The 4BD, 3.5BA home is priced at $580,000, but "[the sellers] paid a lot more than that for it," says listing agent Anne Ralston from Coldwell Banker. "They paid about $700,000 for it, and they put a about $50,000 into it, but they're just motivated to sell." The home was built in 2005 as part of CA Development's Residences of Old Irving Park single-family home development, and it sits on a 25' x 134' lot with a paved patio and a garage. In addition to the vegetable garden, Ralston says there's also a running trail along the tracks behind the home. And what about the noise from those train tracks? Ralson says that trains rarely run on them (although there are Metra tracks to the west).
· Listing: 4026 N. Kolmar Ave. [Coldwell Banker]