Though increasingly being erased by the unrelenting wrecking ball, there’s still something very appealing about a well-maintained, classic Chicago-style workers cottage. Take for instance this fine example that recently listed for sale in the Bucktown neighborhood. Though thoroughly remodeled, the charming North Side home’s brick and ivy-covered exterior seems to have changed little since the 1880’s.
Inside, an abundance of natural light floods the open first level which includes a original hardwood floors, an updated kitchen, and a rear deck overlooking the landscaped backyard. The sky-lit upper level features two decent-sized bedrooms with cathedral ceilings and a bright master bath. Meanwhile, the finished basement is home to a third bedroom, bathroom, and exposed brick walls.
Close to Holstein Park, the 606 trail, restaurants, and the CTA Blue Line, this handsome cottage is the quintessential Bucktown home. According to public records, the property at 2236 W. Charleston Street last changed hands three years ago for $675,000. It now returns to the market asking $849,000—a 25 percent increase over its 2014 sale price. With the neighborhood more desirable than ever and inventory relatively low, this one may go quickly.