Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a certain dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. We’ve found five homes at or around today’s price of $325,000. Vote for your favorite below.
We start our comparison on Chicago’s North Side in Albany Park with this 110-year-old Cape Cod style single-family home situated on an oversized lot. The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom residence features a spacious main level with high ceilings in its living room, foyer, separate dining and breakfast rooms, and a heated rear sunroom. The $324,900 asking price includes extra-wide back and side yards and a detached two-car garage.
Next, check out this stylish condo in a vintage 1911 building located steps from the lakefront and Metra Electric District in East Hyde Park. Listed for $314,900, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is full of charming details including wall and ceiling moldings, updated lighting, and tons of built-in storage thanks to a walk-through butler’s pantry and a hallway lined with 40 feet of bookshelves. Monthly assessments run $976, but include access to a shared garden, patio, and fitness room.
Straddling the border between Wicker Park and Bucktown, this two-bedroom condo in a handsome 1920s-era courtyard building was recently renovated. Updates include a gut-rehabbed bathroom and a new kitchen with quartz counters, a tile backsplash, and new appliances. The living room features a decorative fireplace and a small balcony. Situated along North Avenue and one block from the Damen Blue Line stop, the refreshed condo can be yours for $330,000. Assessments are a fairly reasonable $278 per month.
This one-bedroom condo sits in a classic pre-war building designed by architects McNally & Quinn in downtown Chicago’s prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood. The bright space features an attractive living room with arched built-in shelving on either side of a decorative fireplace as well as parquet flooring, a formal dining room, and an updated bathroom. The home’s primo location, however, comes at the expense of space. The $330,000 unit is the smallest of the five listings and the $1,283 per month assessment is the highest.
Last—but certainly not least—is an eye-catching, avant-garde home in Uptown’s Buena Park neighborhood. The roomy two-bedroom unit features a roomy open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area as well as a number of playful touches like a chalkboard-wall powder room and dramatic blue den. While the $342,900 asking price is the most expensive of the bunch, it comes a pair of deeded garage spots. Assessments tack on another $777 each month but include skyline views from a communal roof deck and lounge.
Which home would you buy for around $325K?
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