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Affordability in Lincoln Park: Five Pads for Less Than $350,000

The real estate market isn't all doom and gloom, especially for wannabe yuppies looking to snatch up their first home in Lincoln Park. From Clark to Halsted to Lincoln Ave, an onslaught of new properties has hit the market in the past week. Here's a roundup of five places — including a couple with surprisingly low sticker tags — we found in the tony 'hood for under $350,000:

1. The Place: 2660 N. Halsted St. #6 [Baird & Warner]
The Price: $170,000
The Lowdown: The perks of this one-bedroom, one-bath on the north side of Lincoln Park are loft ceilings, stainless steel appliances, two balconies (one private) and included parking. But there's a catch: The duplex resides directly above an Indian restaurant. Mmmm, curry!

2. The Place: 1660 N. Lasalle Dr. #3806 [Koenig & Strey]
The Price: $221,900
The Lowdown: It's short on character and the decor is looking a bit dated, but this 38th-floor 1BD, 1BA offers all the amenities of a full-service high-rise, including an outdoor pool and sundeck, exercise room and dry cleaning service. Plus, the unit has a private balcony with a view, and the price has dropped $25K since September.

3. The Place: 1969 N. Lincoln Ave. #3 [@properties]
The Price: $279, 900
The Lowdown: About a half-block away from Lincoln Park (the park, not the 'hood), this 2-bedroom home has a killer location and is on the top floor of a charming red-brick townhouse. While the inside has been renovated, some drawbacks are the plush bedroom carpeting, one bathroom, and unknown square footage.

4. The Place: 823 W. Lill Ave. Unit 1W [@properties]
The Price: $325,000
The Lowdown: This 1,150-square-foot, 2BD, 2BA garden apartment looks perfectly livable. We're a little confused about the parking situation, though. The listing says it comes with "2 car parking," but it also says it's $15K for parking. How many basement-dwellers own three cars?

5. The Place: 2216 N. Sedgwick St. #2 [@properties]
The Price: $349,900
The Lowdown: By way of a living room bay window and a rear balcony, this two-bedroom, two-bath set in a quaint stone building gets ample amounts of sunlight. It's advertised as a "stone's throw to the lakefront." Though it's a bit further, the place is still situated in prime Lincoln Park territory, about a block away from Lincoln Park West.