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 $425,000. Vote for your favorite below
Let’s start things off with this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in a pre-war courtyard building in the Wrightwood neighborhood of Lincoln Park. The smartly decorated space features a sage green living room with a gas-burning brick fireplace, an updated kitchen with quartz counters and stainless appliances, and a private balcony. Own it for $425,000—recently reduced from $439,000.
Closer to downtown is this great looking home located in a historic South Michigan Avenue tower that was built in 1911 as offices before turning into loft-style condos in 2000. Sporting ten-foot ceilings and 1,777 square feet of living space, the sunny two-bedroom corner unit overlooks Grant Park and Lake Michigan through several large windows and a plant-filled enclosed balcony. It’s listed for $425,000. Garage parking will cost you another $35,000.
Located just steps from the University of Chicago, Jackson Park, and the proposed site of the Obama Presidential Center, this South Side condo on the top floor of a handsome 1894 Hyde Park walkup is bright and inviting. The home manages to squeeze four bedrooms and two bathrooms into a 1,850-square-foot floorplan and includes an upgraded kitchen with butcher block countertops and subway tile backsplashes. Pick it up for $415,000.
This family-ready home in Portage Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side recently listed for $425,000. Built in 1906, the updated four-bedroom property features hardwood floors, arched doorways, and wood trim throughout. A bright kitchen sports white cabinets, a blue center island, a chalkboard wall, and a charming breakfast nook. It includes a kid-friendly finished basement, fenced-in backyard, and a three-car garage.
This three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit in a vintage East Lakeview building features a striking, “Parisian inspired” interior decor, according to its listing notes. The colorful fifth-floor residence spans nearly 2,200 square feet and includes a barrel vaulted front hallway, a dedicated dining room, wild wall coverings, and a matte green butler’s pantry. Seeking $439,000, this Lakeview property is the priciest of the bunch but also the most attention-grabbing.
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