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 $675,000. Vote for your favorite below
First up is this charming American Foursquare in the historic Magnolia Glen community of Edgewater. From a traditional front deck to the coffered dining room ceiling, there’s a lot to like. Though built in 1901, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home has many contemporary upgrades including a refreshed kitchen and plumbing fixtures. It’s asking $675,000.
Next is this playful brick cottage on a quiet tree-lined street in Logan Square. Built in 1906, the property includes a teal and purple front porch, an ornate fireplace, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a finished lower level, and a rear patio. The residence is an eclectic mix of original wood and plaster architectural details and bright paint choices. It’s listed for $664,000.
Situated on a double-wide corner lot in the West Side neighborhood of Canaryville is this a spacious Victorian that dates back to 1870s. The 6,000-square-foot property received a gut rehab in 2014 and features a grand spiral staircase leading to four bedrooms and a cozy sitting room atop its turret. There’s also a separate two-bedroom garden unit that can be rented out. When the home listed for $759,000 in 2014, Chicago Magazine called it “a steal.” You can pick it up today for $664,900.
Here’s a three-level lofted condo in Lincoln Park’s former 1875 Headley School that lives like a single-family home. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom residence spans 2,600 square feet and boasts high ceilings, large windows, and sturdy brick construction. The school-to-condo conversion includes an elevator, a communal roof deck, and a shared rear yard. Own this unit for $674,500.
This sunny two-bedroom unit on the 22nd floor of architect Bertrand Goldberg’s midcenturty Astor Tower offers sleek, contemporary interiors including a modern all-white kitchen and two renovated bathrooms. Electric blinds, views of Lake Michigan, a rooftop deck, and a prime Gold Coast location sweeten the deal. Listed at $678,000, the downtown condo is the most expensive property of the bunch.
Which home would you buy for $675K?
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