In our first installment of a feature we intend to carry weekly, we're looking at the five least expensive properties for sale in Lincoln Park. Surprise, surprise, there aren't any single family homes on the roster. In fact, our combings of the listings produced only one non-studio condo. Good news is they're arguably in the 'hood's hottest area, near Clark and Fullerton by the lake (where tall buildings live). And they're all active listings. Nothing pending. Dig in!
5) 2000 N Lincoln Park West #411
Asking Price: $119,900
The Skinny: Our least least expensive, this "large" studio has parquet hardwoods, a separate dining room and, best of all, a Murphy bed for stashing cartoon rabbits. Just flip 'er into the wall and measurably expand your living space. There's one drag: this is a short sale and is currently being rented. Your patience is requested. HOA dues are a tad steep at $355/month, but include heat and water.
4) 444 W Fullerton Pkwy #802
Asking Price: $119,000
The Skinny: At Fullerton and Clark, this is another "large" studio on the eighth floor of a full-amenity building with doorstaff, exercise space, pool, and a sun deck. We're digging the polished-stone modernist lobby. The unit's best asset is the wall of north-facing windows. When there's only two rooms, that makes all the difference. HOA dues are $297/month and parking is extra.
3) 2405 N Orchard St. Unit G
Asking Price: $114,900
Size: 1 bed, 1 bath, 700 sf
The Skinny: A couple blocks further west at Fullerton and Orchard, this ground-floor condo at Lincoln Park Place looks a little cramped and dark, and selling proximity to a hospital as a plus is a bit of a stretch. Those times when you're not mortally wounded get filled with the sound of sirens. The good news: it does have twice the rooms of the unit at top and parking is included. HOA dues are $241/month and the ask has reduced by $30K since June.
2) 510 W Fullerton Pkwy #402
Asking Price: $99,999
The Skinny: Yet another Fullerton find, this time of oh-so-spiffy 1960s vintage, this fourth-floor studio can't call itself "large" but does seem well-lit and sensibly configured. In-between the first two properties, it's still really close to the park and lake and all that Clark Street hoopla that'll keep you from going batty in your 'cozy' efficiency. HOA: $137/month. Garage parking available but not included.
1) 607 W Wrightwood Ave. #805
Asking Price: $85,000
The Skinny: Now we're getting into Curbed staff range. This studio on Wrightwood just off Clark is nothing to write home about, but it does have a top-floor (8th) perch with a sunny SW exposure. And here's another building with a sexy lobby. A large communal sun deck has four gas grills, lots of seating, and partial shelter. Steps to the lake, transit, food, and entertainment, just like the others. The $146/month assessments include heat and cable. Drawback: no central air.