Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what one can buy for a certain dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. We’ve found five homes at or around today’s price of $525,000. Vote for your favorite below.
Let’s start with this open-plan loft in the historic 1883 Donohue Building, located in the Printer’s Row neighborhood of Chicago’s South Loop. The former industrial space features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, exposed brickwork, timber beams, white shiplap walls and ceilings, hardwood floors, and large warehouse windows. It’s asking $524,900.
If newer construction is more your speed, check out this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Noble Square. The brightly lit home overlooks Eckhart Park and features light colored walls, a sleek white kitchen, two outdoor terraces, and contemporary fixtures throughout. Pick it up for $515,000.
In East Lakeview, this condo on the seventh floor of a handsome pre-war high-rise along Lake Shore Drive offers 2,400 square feet of living space. It includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a formal dining room, and sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Belmont Harbor. It’s seeking $549,000 plus $1,761 in monthly HOA fees—high, but not entirely unreasonable given the unit’s size and the age of the building.
This recently completed Andersonville condo offers all the perks that come with new construction. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence has a cozy living room with slick midcentury modern staging and a black and white kitchen featuring new appliances, a herringbone backsplash, and trendy pendant lights. Listed for $520,000, the property is steps from the restaurants and shops lining Clark Street.
Buyers looking for something completely different should consider this unique duplex in Hyde Park’s 1930s-era Jackson Tower. The 3,800-square-foot, five-bedroom space features custom neo-gothic woodwork, arched doorways, and an impressive two-story great room overlooking Jackson Park’s Museum of Science and Industry. The $495,000 asking price means this unusual home is the cheapest of the bunch, but a steep $2,626 monthly assessment makes it somewhat less of a bargain.
Which home would you choose for around $525K?
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