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What $475K buys in Chicago right now

See your options in Noble Square, Bronzeville, Uptown, and more

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 $475,000. Vote for your favorite below.

Noble Square

A living room with a wall of windows, gray walls, and a leather sofa between two potted houseplants.
A dining area next to a living room with high skylit ceilings and a spiral staircase leading to a second level.
A bedroom with a peaked ceiling and king bed with a wooden frame flanked by two nightstands with lamps.
A second bedroom with a single window, wainscoting along the wall, and a leather swivel  chair. VHT Studios, @properties

Let’s start by looking in Noble Square, where $475,000 buys this appealing two-level duplex. The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home boasts a sunny living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a metal spiral staircase leads up to the master suite with cathedral ceilings and a large walk-in closet. There are also two private outdoor spaces: a small balcony off the kitchen and a rooftop terrace with Chicago skyline views.


A brick single-family home with an elevated front door and a single dormer window in the center of the roof.
A view of a living room and attached dining room. There’s wood trim on the walls and opening between rooms.
A kitchen with hardwood floors, matching cabinets, and steel appliances. There’s also a circular wood table surrounded by three chairs.
Sunroom with a painted brick wall and line of windows with white curtains. There are two plush chairs. Courtesy Redfin agent Nancy Huetteman

Buyers looking for a family-friendly home with more than 2,100 square feet of space will find plenty to like about this classic Chicago bungalow with five bedrooms. Located in the North Side neighborhood of Mayfair, the 95-year-old home features wood trim, an updated kitchen with stainless appliances, a rear bright sunroom, and a fully finished basement. There’s even a cute backyard with flower boxes, a swing set, and a detached two-car garage. Get it for $469,000.


Three row homes with a traditional limestone front facade and brick sides stand on a corner lot surrounded by a dark metal fence.
A large quartz island stands in the middle of a contemporary kitchen with dark wood cabinets and geometric pendant accent lights.
A bedroom with three windows, dark wood floors. and a small desk and study area.
A large walk-in shower with tiled walls next to a sleek white vanity with twin bowl sinks and a floating backlit mirror. Courtesy Compass agent Melanie Giglio-Vakos

Roomier still is this 3,000-square-foot greystone row house in Bronzeville. The historic South Side home dates back to 1885, but was completely rehabbed to look and feel like a newer construction. The open-plan main level includes espresso wood floors and a modern kitchen with a massive quartz island that sits six. There are three bedrooms on the second level and a fourth in the spacious finished basement. It’s listed for $459,900.


A living and dining room with a leather sofa and a circular table surrounded by four midcentury chairs. There’s a fireplace on one wall and a piano in the corner.
A compact white-colored kitchen with white subways tiles on the backsplash and central island, that has four wooden stools.
A study with green walls, storage shelves, and a fireplace lined with a tile pattern.
A white bed centered on a dark blue accent wall. There’s a wood footlocker at the foot of the bed and a sliding glass door leading to an outdoor space. Courtesy Len Altimari of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

In Uptown’s Buena Park neighborhood, $484,900 buys an attractive first-floor condo with three bedrooms and tons of designer touches. The open living and dining area has 12-foot ceilings, upgraded lighting, a newly renovated white kitchen, and a doubled-sided tiled fireplace that can be enjoyed from an adjacent den. There are two updated bathrooms and a private outdoor space off of the master suite.

West Town

A living room with a green couch, green walls, and many houseplants.
White cabinets, metal appliances, and single window line this kitchen space.
A master bedroom with a floral accent wall and a three-part bay window overlooking a residential street.
A bathroom with the same wallpaper pattern, a single window, stone vanity, and jacuzzi tub. Courtesy Ted Mortellaro of Dream Town Realty

Last but not least, we have this very green two-bed, two-bath unit in West Town. Although located on the third floor of an older building, the colorful condo was recently rehabbed and boasts an open 1,500 square foot floorplan and contemporary decor. Standout features include an upgraded kitchen, a private rear deck, and a master suite with foliage pattern accent walls. It’s asking $485,000.


Which home would you buy for around $475,000?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Noble Square
    (340 votes)
  • 8%
    (73 votes)
  • 16%
    (138 votes)
  • 22%
    (187 votes)
  • 11%
    West Town
    (93 votes)
831 votes total Vote Now