Here now, five on-the-market homes that offer the mixed blessing of Chicago's quintessential urbanity— extreme proximity to the 'L'. All of our selections have 'L' tracks as their immediate neighbor, an acclimation that no doubt takes some time. On the other hand, most are considerably cheaper than they would otherwise be in their locations. Have a look-see:
Listing: 2132 W Eastwood St. [@properties] ? We bring to you an 1891 frame home with scrumptious woodwork, a charming front porch, eat-in-kitchen, and large back yard. As you plainly see, backyard romps occur in the shadow of the Brown Line without the buffer of a garage. If that doesn't phase you, then, at $425K with four bedrooms, this could be your ticket to long-term home ownership in Lincoln Square.
Listing: 3816 N Wilton Ave [L.W. Reedy Real Estate] ? This Lake View old timer has a "classic look with today's comforts". We figured "today's comforts" would include not abutting train tracks. Oh well. As with all of these listings, there's no touting proximity to transit (as there might be if you were a block away). Anyhow, our on-and-off-the-market selection has three bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, plenty of fine wood trim, a handsome oak staircase, and is steps to Wrigley. Asking $449K.
Listing: 317 W Evergreen St. [Pearson Realty] ? We encountered this pretty odd combo deal when tracing the Brown Line north via Google Maps satellite view. The focal point of the sale is a 3,000 sf vintage brick house stretched along instead of backing onto the tracks. The $668K sticker price would asking a lot were it not for the 2-flat coach at back. But wait, that's not all. Neighboring 321 W Evergreen is being offered as a package deal for, obviously, a higher price. Considering both are in need of TLC, this could be bait for tear-down.
Listing: 1315 N Wicker Park Ave [Principal Realty] ? This gut-rehabbed Wicker Park "redstone" is fresh out of surgery. It seems to only be missing its front doors, which are on their way to being installed. Completely fenced in, the 1891 home has a new parking slab/patio backing onto the Blue Line right where it surfaces between the Division and Damen stations. The 3/4 is 2,500 square feet with two master suites. The interior finishes appear to have successful eradicated historical details. It's essentially a new townhome in the shell of an old rowhouse. The ask? $629,900.
Listing: 1822 N Bissell St. [Koenig & Strey] ? An example of the affordability-generating power of the 'L', this well-appointed 2/2 in central Lincoln Park would easily seek $200K more if it wasn't snuggled up to the tracks. A standout among the fixings is the double-sided fireplace that serves the living room and dining room. Close to the boutiques on Armitage and chains on Clybourn, it would, in theory, suit the desires of many a city dweller. The ask? $585K.