Sure, this could be considered a 'marginal' area— with the United Center for a neighbor, it's bound to feel that way. But it's a short jog north or east to happier stretches. A fairly amorphous part of town, the Near West Side offers one thing in abundance: value. But since the prospects for buyers are shaky at best, renting is your ticket to loads of space for a fraction of prices east of Ashland or north of Hubbard. Take this solid five-bedroom duplex on the top two floors of a handsome greystone. Newly renovated from the drywall to the windows and baths, the unit boasts a large master suite, hardwood floors, a back porch and deck, and enclosed parking. At $2,000/mo, you'll be paying $0.80/sq ft.
·Listing: 2029 W Washington Blvd #2 [Coldwell Banker]