Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a specific dollar amount in various Chicago ‘hoods. We found five homes at or around today’s price of $350,000. Vote for your favorite below.
Let’s start off today’s comparison by looking at bright this top-floor condo in a vintage greystone walk-up in Humboldt Park. Recently rehabbed, the three-bedroom unit offers a pair of bathrooms, high ceilings, refinished hardwood floors, plenty of windows, and an exposed brick wall above the living room fireplace. The unit has upgraded appliances in the kitchen and new light fixtures throughout. It’s listed for $349,000.
In the Northwest Side neighborhood of Portage Park, $350,000 buys this Chicago-style bungalow. Built in 1921, the single-family home features a number of old school details including a classic brick facade, a decorative fireplace, art glass windows, and wood moldings. The property could be an ideal family-friendly starter home and offers four bedrooms, a backyard swing set, and a roomy partially finished basement with a workshop.
Buyers seeking a more industrial aesthetic should consider this two-bedroom Wicker Park residence, listed for $354,900. Located on a tree-lined street and a short walk from Wicker Park proper and the Damen Blue Line stop, the second-floor home has gray walls, exposed duct-work, bamboo flooring, a sleek chef’s kitchen with an oversized island, and a gas-burning fireplace surrounded by white subway tile. There’s even a small balcony just off the living room.
On Chicago’s South Side, $349,000 buys this roomy top-floor condo in a newer-construction building on South Ellis Avenue. The sunny three-bedroom home offers 2,000 square feet of living space beneath vaulted cathedral ceilings as well as numerous upgrades. The Bronzeville residence features a large rear deck and is located steps from Mandrake Park and the lakefront, including 41st Street Beach.
Looking a bit closer to downtown, near the border of Bronzeville and the South Loop, you’ll find this lofty two-bedroom, two-bathroom home. The bright corner unit is located in the historic Opera Lofts—a 1909 building that once served as the design workshop for Chicago’s Lyric Opera. It offers 19-foot ceilings, a pair of balconies off the living room, and access to a shared fitness center and rooftop deck. Get it for $364,900.
Which home would you buy for $350,00?
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