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 $250,000. Vote for your favorite below.
Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, unspecified square footage
Cost: $259,000 plus $1,264/month HOA fees
Details: In the former Churchill Hotel building, designed by architect H.L. Stevens in the 1920s, you’ll find this attractive corner unit. Considered roomy for a one-bedroom, the space was recently repainted and boasts vintage moldings, tons of light, and an updated bathroom. Even with its somewhat steep HOA fees, the property offers a considerable bang for your buck at a desirable downtown location.
Specs: Three bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,100 square feet
Cost: $250,000 plus $252/month HOA fees
Details: Enjoy exposed brick and sturdy stone walls in this surprisingly bright garden unit located on the lower level of a North Center building. The condo is big on character and sports a newer kitchen with stainless appliances and hardwood floors. There’s a private outdoor space off the kitchen and a common backyard courtyard shared by other residents in the building. The Brown Line and Lincoln Square’s shopping district are both a short walk away.
East Garfield Park
Specs: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,794 square feet
Cost: $249,900 plus $200/month HOA fees
Details: This roomy top-floor condo in a vintage 1915 building along California Avenue recently received a gut rehab. It includes an open-plan front room with a fireplace, renovated kitchen, and a custom built-in entertainment center. The home’s rooftop terrace provides skyline views of downtown, and the location is convenient to both 290 and the Forest Park branch of the CTA Blue Line.
Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, 800 square feet
Cost: $249,900 plus $269/month HOA fees
Details: A buyer seeking the rustic appeal of a classic Chicago timber loft (but not a ton of space) should look at this cozy example in Logan Square’s Artist Village Loft. The compact one-bedroom-plus-den layout feels much larger than 800 square feet thanks to its open floorplan and soaring 13-foot ceilings. The property is close to the Blue Line and The 606 and includes a gated parking space and access to a communal rooftop deck.
Specs: Five bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, 1,467 square feet
Details: Need room to spread out? Check out this single-family home with two bedrooms on the main level, two bedrooms on the second floor, and a fifth bedroom (along with a family room) in the fully finished basement. Located in Scottsdale community of the greater Ashburn neighborhood, the Southwest Side property includes hardwood floors, a detached two-car garage, and a fenced-in backyard with a brick-paved patio.
Which Chicago home would you choose for $250K?
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East Garfield Park