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Four Nifty 1920s Albany Park Bungalows

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Listing: 4953 N Bernard St. [ERA Reallife Realty]
The Ask: $549,000.
The Skinny: This expanded riverfront bungalow has six beds and four baths. The bedrooms average on the smaller side, and two are in the finished basement. Cherry hardwoods, fireplace, and vaulted ceilings are selling points. A chain link separates the yard from the river, and the back deck drinks it all in. The home last sold in 06 for $350K, so it follows that the rehab imparted was rather significant.

Listing: 4442 N Francisco Ave. [Jameson Sotheby's]
The Ask: $850,000.
The Skinny: Our high-end of the bungalow market listing, this large 5-bed is in the desirable Ravenswood Manor section of Albany Park, close to Henry Horner park and close enough to the Francisco Brown Line stop. The home has some fancy new fixtures, most evident in the kitchen. Custom woodwork has been well maintained, and the floors are in great shape. The basement has a huge rec room and wet bar. This is another instance of rehab justifying a large price leap over a past boom-time sale. The home sold in '05 for just $530K.

Listing: 4820 N Tripp Ave. [Dream Town]
The Ask: $324,900.
The Skinny: Newly renovated and registered with the Chicago Historic Bungalow Initiative, this 3/2 offering just off Lawrence has a ton of loungy basement space, heated floors, a deck with built in seating, and a fenced yard. But it's the facade that really grabbed us. A little paint goes a long way.

Listing: 5048 N Tripp Ave. [Coldwell Banker]
The Ask: $349,900.
The Skinny: This pick is our newest-to-market bungalow. We really like the window detailing, front porch, landscaping, and the back deck. The souped-up kitchen has a cool portion of wood-clad ceiling. Unfortunately, the deck and garage encroach on the yard. On the edge of tons of open park and cemetery, in the end this 4/2 is more than decent.