We don't do enough with Bridgeport despite its diversity, affordability, art scene, and all-around charms. The 'hood has seen off-and-on investment and corresponding buzz for years, but, thankfully, will probably never go the way of a Roscoe Village or Lincoln Square. It's more akin to a Kenwood or Logan in mix of incomes and ethnicity. It's definitely preferable to buy in northern part of the neighborhood, near 31st and Halsted, and this listing's location is just right. The 1,150-square-foot cottage fronts Bosley Park, a couple blocks from the quirky happenings at 31st and Morgan (i.e. Bridgeport Coffee, Maria's Packaged Goods). It's also just a few short blocks from the celebrated Henry C. Palmisano Park, built around a quarry. The listing agent calls it a "beautiful brick" 3-bed. We're sure it once was both beautiful and brick. A renovation neutralized much of the 1885 cottage's character, and certainly there must have been good cause. The interiors look to be in fine condition. The kitchen and 'bonus' room form a tandem of tackiness, but afford the owner with eat-in possibilities and extra space for an office or the like. A full basement offers room for expansion and "copious" storage. Be thankful for the park, because the shallow lot is gobbled up by the house and garage. The ask? $199K.
·Listing: 3020 S Gratten Ave. [Century 21 S.G.R.]