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 $1.6 million. Vote for your favorite below.
Specs: Three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths
Details: You’ll find this attractive two-level condo behind the gothic brick and stone exterior of the 1920s-era building at 20 E. Cedar Street. The Gold Coast duplex boasts an impressive great room with 22-foot cove plaster ceilings and oversized windows on its main level—along with a formal dining room and a designer eat-in combination kitchen and family room—and a curving staircase leads to three bedrooms. HOA fees run an extra $2,047 per month
Specs: Eight bedrooms, eight-and-a-half bathrooms
Details: Designed by renowned architect James Gamble Rogers, this 5,800-square-foot Hyde Park mansion recently hit the market for the first time in 50 years. The handsome 1904 structure was being used as fraternity when it was purchased and restored by a University of Chicago professor and his family in the 1960s, says Crain’s. Lovers of historic homes will find plenty to like about the interior woodwork, tiled fireplaces, and leaded glass windows.
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Specs: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms, one-bedroom coach house
Details: Located in the West Jackson Boulevard District of the West Loop, this historic single-family greystone dates back to the 1880s. While much of the home has been updated and modernized, there’s no shortage of original restored details too: decorative wood archways, a carved grand staircase, and fireplace mantles. The property includes a large rear yard and a one-bedroom coach house apartment above the two-car garage.
Specs: Six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths
Details: In Beverly, this 1914 Craftsman mansion sits on a nearly 1-acre lot designed by notable landscape architect Jens Jensen. Surrounded by mature trees, a wrap-around lawn, and a charming rock-lined pond, the Southwest Side home spans more than 5,500 square feet and has plenty of old-school architectural details including custom stenciling and an attached greenhouse. The kitchen is newer but fits in well with the property’s Arts and Crafts style.
Specs: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms
Details: If you’re looking for something a bit newer, consider a contemporary penthouse perched on the 24th floor of a Streeterville high-rise. Built in 2008, the roomy condo spans 3,200 square feet and is full of upgrades including a custom kitchen and a redesigned master suite. There’s a 47-long terrace as well as a smaller balcony off the master bedroom. HOA fees are $2,085 per month and cover amenities such as a fitness center, an indoor pool, and 24-hour door staff.
Which home would you choose?
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