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What $225K buys in Chicago right now

See your options in Lakeview, Humboldt Park, and Austin

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a specific dollar amount around Chicago. We found five homes at or around today’s price of $225K. Vote for your favorite below.

Lakeview

VHT Studios, courtesy Leigh Marcus of @properties

Let’s start on the western edge of Lakeview, near Roscoe Village, where $225,000 buys this sunny two-bedroom condo. The George Street property includes an eat-in kitchen with contemporary wood cabinetry and stone countertops, a master bedroom with a wall of windows and space for a king-sized bed, a new vanity in the single bathroom, and a rear porch.

Humboldt Park

VizImage, courtesy Kimberly Wirtz of Century 21 Affiliated

It doesn’t get more Chicago than this classic Humboldt Park worker’s cottage clad in a Permastone facade. The family-friendly home is a bit of fixer-upper but includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a newer wood deck overlooking the property’s fenced-in rear yard and a detached two-car garage. It’s listed for $225,000.

Hyde Park

VHT Studios, CarMarc Realty Group, LLC

Seeking $215,000, this two-bedroom unit in a charming Hyde Park courtyard building is the most affordable of the bunch. Inside, a hallway leads from the foyer and living room to the dedicated dining room connected to a gallery kitchen with a breakfast bar. There are also wood floors, moldings, and window casings.

Austin

Chicago Home Photos, courtesy Regina Joshi of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

For buyers seeking a multi-unit property, this stucco two-flat in the West Side neighborhood of Austin is available for $225,000. Built in 1905, the vintage building includes a first-floor unit featuring two bedrooms and the upper-floor condo with three bedrooms. There are hardwood floors, new cabinets in the kitchens, and a large fenced-in yard.

Greater Grand Crossing

Courtesy Frank Montro and Reginald Rawden of Keller Williams Preferred Rlty

On South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing, $219,900 gets this handsomely renovated Dutch colonial revival single-family. Although built in 1903, the South Side three-bedroom was recently refreshed and features a new kitchen, recessed lighting, and a finished lower-level family room.

Poll

Which home would you buy for $225K?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Lakeview
    (384 votes)
  • 7%
    Humboldt Park
    (58 votes)
  • 11%
    Hyde Park
    (86 votes)
  • 7%
    Austin
    (57 votes)
  • 21%
    Greater Grand Crossing
    (164 votes)
749 votes total Vote Now