City vs suburbs smackdown: real estate

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  • Photo: Courtesy of Dream Town Realty

    A classic bungalow in Portage Park, a neighborhood known for good public schools.

  • 447 Michigan, Villa Park

  • Solar panels and a great Edgewater location make this single-family classic Victorian home at 1747 West Granville Avenue a hot property.

  • A fireplace, indoor pool and koi pond are just a few of the selling points at 4833 West Pratt Avenue in Lincolnwood.

    Photo: Courtesy of Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Century 21 Pro-Team

    This Beverly three-bedroom features vintage Victorian details combined with modern updates.

  • 1320 Deerfield, Highland Park

  • This Sauganash homes features a master bedroom with attached nursery and other family-friendly perks.

  • Photograph: Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

    A great school district and mid-century charms make the three-bedroom at 2662 Crawford Avenue in Evanston a steal.

Photo: Courtesy of Dream Town Realty

A classic bungalow in Portage Park, a neighborhood known for good public schools.


STEALS (under $200K)

Classic brick bungalow in good Portage Park school district! $199,950
This four-bedroom with one bath includes a semifinished walk-out basement with bar, plus a three-season enclosed rear porch overlooking a deck and well-landscaped yard. Great neighborhood known for strong schools, and ideal location just one block from lovely Portage Park’s pool and playground make this a winner for families. Cared for lovingly by same owner more than 51 years; decor could use updating. 5431 W Dakin St. Contact Joseph Summerville, Dream Town Realty (312-265-5156, dreamtown.com).

Brick two-story in lovely Villa Park! $175,000
Great location in Western Suburbs, just 1.4-mile walk to Metra line and walking distance to Prairie Path bike trail. Three-bedroom home with 2.5 baths set on 50’ by 187’ lot features many original charms such as fireplace and hardwood floors, while a spacious kitchen and deck add to family appeal. 447 S Michigan Ave, Villa Park. Contact Tammy Hensley, Hensley’s Prairie Path Realty (630-832-9060, hpprealty.com).

DEALS ($200—$450K)

Victorian charm with efficient solar power in Edgewater! $400,000
Classic Victorian five-bedroom, 1.5-bath in Edgewater features ecofriendly solar panels for heating and hot water. Spacious 30’ by 70’ yard on 30’ by 160’ lot, finished third floor and basement mean plenty of room for growing families. Located just a 15-minute walk from Red Line and beach, close to Andersonville shops and nightlife. 1747 W Granville Ave. Contact John Robinson, CONLON: A Real Estate Company (312-733-7201, home.conlonrealestate.com).

Modern split-level in coveted Evanston locale! $354,900
Bright, airy three-bedroom, two-bath midcentury home in great condition features vaulted ceilings in living and dining rooms, built-in bookshelves, updated kitchen and baths, ample storage and lovely private 57’ by 110’ yard with patio. Quick walk to Lovelace Park and Wilmette’s Centennial Family Aquatic Center pools combined with award-winning Willard School District make this a must-see for families. 2662 Crawford Ave, Evanston. Contact Carol Bild, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty (847-733-2816, jamesonsir.com).

Charming Beverly Victorian with all the modern updates! $270,000
This handsome three-bedroom, 1.5-bath Victorian on a quarter-acre Beverly lot features vintage charms such as a wraparound porch and a restored fireplace and hardwood floors. All the efficient modern conveniences families rely on are here, too, including a new chef-designed kitchen, energy-efficient air and heat, and a new roof of durable, high-end architectural shingles. 9766 S Vanderpoel Ave. Contact Jennifer R. Dowdy, Century 21 Pro-Team (708-279-7497, jenniferdowdy.com).

North Shore living made affordable in Highland Park! $259,000
Well-maintained ’70s split-level on the outside, sleek modern updates on the inside. Three-bedroom, two-bath with sub-basement features great school district, large backyard on 35’ by 100’ lot and location just minutes from Sunset Valley Golf Club. 1320 Deerfield Pl, Highland Park. Contact Ross Cannatello, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty (312-560-0964, jamesonsir.com).

SPLURGE ($450K and up)

A sprawling country estate in the city! $729,000
Get the best of both worlds with this manse in quiet Sauganash. Plenty of breathing room for the whole family with four bedrooms and 3.1 baths set on an oversized 40’ by 125’ lot. Amenities galore include a fireplace, vaulted beamed ceilings, bar and wine cellar, plus roomy kitchen and huge master bedroom suite with attached nursery and office space. Walk to Sauganash Park and Whole Foods! 5842 N Kenneth Ave. Contact Patrick McEneely, Gaeilge Realty, Inc. (847-441-4900, gaeilgerealty.com).

Luxury Lincolnwood property loaded with leisure amenities! $630,000
Great value in Lincolnwood Towers subdivision, featuring four bedrooms, 4.1 baths and gourmet eat-in kitchen in a 1929 split-level home. Great for family entertaining: Property features large indoor pool, hot tub and game room. Oversized 105’ by 185’ lushly landscaped lot features small play cabin, gorgeous koi pond and fantastic terrace with stainless-steel Viking outdoor kitchen—including a soda fountain—all just a short commute to downtown. A must-see for discerning, fun-loving families! 4833 Pratt Ave, Lincolnwood. Contact Carol Prieto, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty (847-778-1960, jamesonsir.com).

The following real-estate agents contributed to this story: Diana Soldo Massaro of Dream Town Realty (312-265-4931, dianamassaro.com), John Robinson of Conlon: A Real Estate Company (773-435-5800, conlonrealestate.com), Stan Thoren of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty-Evanston (847-256-6454, jameson.com/stanthoren) and Karl Vogel of @properties (773-610-7050, karlvogel.com). Editor’s note: Availability may have changed after deadline. Contact agents for current info.


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