Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a specific dollar amount in various Chicago ‘hoods. We found five homes at or around today’s price of $550,000. Vote for your favorite below.
Let’s start in west Lakeview where $550,000 buys this duplex condo along Diversey Parkway. The 2,200-square-foot floorplan includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms spread across its two levels. The home also comes with 10-foot ceilings, a living room with a fireplace, a second lower-level den, and a balcony attached to the master bedroom. Step out the back door and walk across the alleyway to Chi Che Wang Playlot Park.
In the heart of Logan Square, this contemporary three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo offers buyers an extra roomy living room, a sleek kitchen, hardwood floors, 10-feet of headroom, a balcony overlooking Milwaukee Avenue, and a private rooftop deck. Listed for an even $550,000, the home is steps from the Blue Line and is directly across the street from the upcoming Target store in the Mega Mall redevelopment.
While plenty of Bucktown listings tout their proximity to The 606, this rustic two-bedroom loft inside a 110-year-old former warehouse building literally abuts the popular elevated trail. Inside the unit, you’ll find high timber beam ceilings and an open-concept living room with a fireplace and quartz-topped breakfast bar. The master bathroom has been updated with a walk-in shower and soaking tub, and an outdoor terrace runs the full length of the loft. Own it for $549,900.
You can pick up this roomy single-family home in Bronzeville’s Grand Boulevard community for $529,900. The newer-construction residence boasts four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and a main level sporting 15-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, a fireplace, built-in shelving, a chef's kitchen, and a dedicated dining area. The property—which comes with a private rear patio and two-car garage—is close to a Mariano’s supermarket and the 43rd Street CTA Green Line stop.
Last but not least, this single-family residence in Portage Park was built in 1916—but you wouldn’t know it judging by the contemporary interior. The Northwest Side property is full of upgrades, including a slick eat-in kitchen and reclaimed wood accent walls. There’s also a rear deck overlooking a backyard with a fire pit, pergola, and a detached garage. At $525,000, the home is the most affordable in the bunch.
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