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Compact but Well-Kept Oak Park Bungalow Asks $254,000

Just across the city line in the northern section of Oak Park is where you'll find this pert little 'starter'. The 3-bed has just 1,000-square-feet of living space but offers a finished basement, large porch, patio, and a landscaped yard. There's also a one-car garage. Overall, the house is in sound condition and, we feel, presents a good opportunity for first-time buyers at $254K (it went for $282K in 2008). We tend not to be rabid supporters of suburban living, but we're afflicted by a slight case of denial when it comes to Oak Park— any place this walkable, this bikeable, and this well served by 'L' lines ought least be considered an honorary city 'hood.
·Listing: 737 N Humphrey Ave, Oak Park [RE/MAX]