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 things off with this historic Italianate rowhouse located near the United Center on Chicago’s Near West Side. The home dates back to 1888 and retains much of its historic charm in the form of a masonry exterior, grand staircase, exposed brick walls, and stained glass windows. A recent 2016 renovation brought the modern convenience of an open floor plan, contemporary fixtures, and new cherrywood floors. Own it for $515,000.
Next up is this attractive two-bedroom loft in an old Michigan Avenue building in Chicago’s South Loop. Inside, the bright, “architect owned” unit features an impressive living and dining room with a soaring timber ceiling, fireplace, and brick accent wall below a lofted master suite. Stairs lead up to a second bedroom, a den, and a spacious private roof deck. Pick it up for $520,000.
Located three miles south on Michigan Avenue is this brand new construction single-family home in Bronzeville. Situated on an oversized lot, the South Side property features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a white chef’s kitchen, and a detached two-car garage. Seeking $519,900, the home is close to the Green Line, Washington Park, and the DuSable Museum of African American History.
In Wrigleyville, $519,900 gets you this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on the second floor of a historic greystone three-flat. The residence is full of old-school touches including beautifully preserved woodwork, a fireplace with dentil moldings, an art glass window in the front room, and a sunny breakfast room out back. It’s within walking distance of the Red Line, a Whole Foods, and—of course—the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
Last up we have an updated two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo on the 39th floor of Streeterville’s midcentury Plaza on Dewitt condo tower. Featuring Lake Michigan views from every room, the renovated residence boasts built-in bookshelves, hardwood parquet floors, and a custom kitchen with high-end appliances and Carrara marble counters. Building amenities include a pool, gym, and door staff. It’s listed for $524,500—reduced from $575,000.
Which home would you buy for $525K?
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