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 $275,000. Vote for your favorite below.
Let’s start in Ravenswood, where $275,000 gets you this bright second-floor walk-up in a handsome 100-year-old brick building. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom property comes with a 23-foot-wide living room with exposed brickwork, an adjoining sunroom, and a decorative fireplace flanked by built-in shelving. A long hallway leads to a dedicated dining room, kitchen, and a private rear porch and a shared backyard.
Next up is an attractive condo on the top floor of a vintage courtyard building in Ukrainian Village. Natural light floods the unit through a bay window in the living room, illuminating an exposed brick accent wall, a fireplace, a small dining area, and a gallery kitchen. The one includes only one bedroom but also offers a rear sitting room or office. The $250,000 home is also the most affordable of the bunch.
Buyers seeking a stylish one-bedroom unit will find plenty to like about this Lincoln Park example listed for $275,000. Renovated earlier this year, the cozy 800-square-foot space boasts refinished hardwood floors, an all-white kitchen, and a small treetop balcony overlooking the building’s private pool deck.
In the West Side community of Galewood, $265,000 buys this three-bedroom single-family home built in 1950. Inside, you’ll find an updated functional floorplan with a flowing layout, hardwood floors, a dedicated dining room, an eat-in kitchen, and a partially finished basement that could be expanded into a family room. There’s a yard outback as well as a detached two-and-a-half-car garage.
Last but not least is this Gold Coast condo with Lake Michigan views. The renovated 15th-floor residence offers a single bedroom, a compact open-concept living area with a refreshed bathroom, and an upgraded kitchen with newer appliances, cabinetry, and island breakfast bar. Walk to the Mag Mile and Oak Street Beach for $264,900.
Which home would you choose?
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