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What $325K buys around Chicago right now

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See your options in neighborhoods like Hyde Park, Bucktown, and the Gold Coast

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.

Albany Park

A white single-family home on a residential street with a grassy side yard,
A living room with hardwood floors, a blue sofa, and a wall-mounted TV.
A sunroom with yellow walls, three windows, and a circular table surrounded by chairs.
A master bedroom with large bed, blue walls, and wood trim and doors. VHT Studios, courtesy Maribel Selva/Coldwell Banker Residential

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.

Hyde Park

A living room with green walls, panel mouldings, and brown curtains flanking a pair of windows facing leafy trees.
A dining room with a large rectangular table, six chairs, a “sputnik” chandelier, and art on the walls.
A long hallways with hardwood floors and a long row of book-filled shelves.
A bedroom with midcentury modern furniture and wooden doors. Courtesy Nycholle Brown/Redfin

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.


White-walled living room with a white brick fireplace plus a sofa, shelving unit, and glass coffee table.
A contemporary kitchen with wood cabinets,farm sink, white tile backsplash, and steel appliances next to a dedicated dining area.
A bedroom with white walls and a high headboard bed. There are a pair of a blue nightstands with lamps.
A second bedroom with two windows and a blue bed in the corner next to a dresser. Courtesy Steve Meyer/Redfin

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.

Gold Coast

A living room with a fireplace flanked by two arched-shaped shelving nooks. The wall to the right has two windows with downtown buildings visible.
A white kitchen with a stove, sink, and microwave. A fire escape is visible through a window on the opposite wall.
A bedroom with a wall of closet doors and a gray dresser topped by a red lamp.
A compact white-tile bathroom with a black and white vanity and a claw-foot soaking tub. Courtesy Monique Crossan/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff

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.


A large open-plan living room with a green couch and art on the walls.
A powder room with an oval mirror and black walls that can be used a chalkboard.
A large bedroom wit gray walls and a loveseat in front of a king-sized bed.
A sitting room in the second bedroom space with blue walls and ceiling. The room has a chair, a desk, artwork, and shelves with colorful books. Courtesy Nathan Freeborn/Redfin

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?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Albany Park
    (118 votes)
  • 21%
    Hyde Park
    (130 votes)
  • 18%
    (112 votes)
  • 12%
    Gold Coast
    (75 votes)
  • 26%
    (160 votes)
595 votes total Vote Now