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Here Now, Five Affordable Temptations Around Chicago

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? Ah, for once a vintage lakefront cheapie that isn't a co-op. This first-floor Lake View two-bed belongs to a handsome pre-war opposite Belmont Harbor. It has a "semi-private mezzanine entrance", hardwood floors, a tile bathroom, vintage lighting, and a stellar shared roof deck. The ask: $265K w/ monthly dues of $429.

? A registered Chicago bungalow in the faraway land of Dunning is just the ticket for the DIY homebuyer. Plenty of work is in store but, at $260K for a 1,225-square-foot five-bed, the value is there. They don't build 'em like this anymore, and that's especially true of the trio of wood-burning fireplaces and the basement drinking lair— wood-clad with a full bar and half-bath, a good place to kill a rainy weekend.

? What is it we were just saying about the scarcity of non-coop lakefront dwellings in an affordable bracket? Guess it's your lucky day. This gorgeously renovated and sumptuously furnished one-bed logs 1,000 square feet on the 15th floor of a vintage Streeterville housing block. The place tries to fake skylights as it only has one pair of living room windows. The real treat is the full amenity building, with lap pool, full gym, and door staff. Selling for $280K in the bubble year of 2005, the new ask is virtually unchanged at $285K.

? "Fun and frolic on the beach!" Yeah, sure. But make sure the real estate is up to snuff first. That it is at this beachside Rogers Park 4+1. A two-bed unit is available for just $175K, and it offers newly renovated hardwoods, an open kitchen, broad windows, and low ceilings characteristic of 1960s multifamily construction. Walkable to Sheridan Road services, the Loyola Red Line station, and the Loyola campus itself, the property isn't only about summer baking.

? Last but not least is a high-floor lakefront 2/2 in Edgewater rocking three balconies. The largest of our five featured cheapies, the condo measures 1,646 square feet with refinished interiors, an updated kitchen, a large master suite, and an open floor plan. Aside from obvious beach proximity, the building supplies a pool. New to market, the unit last sold for $209K in 2010 and now wants $215K w/ dues of $705.