Top realtors do point out that Rogers Park real estate offers great value in housing in addition to wonderful features such as lakefront beaches and parks. East Rogers Parks offers a variety of housing types including single-family and small to mid-size condominiums, many of them a close walk to the lake while to the west of the neighborhood you find traditional bungalows and beautiful grand homes on streets like Ridge.
I remember hanging out in Wicker Park with my brother in late 1980/early 1990…what a difference a decade or two can make. We bounced around from one cool loft to one cool flat in a traditional brick multi family. Rent was cheap. Music and art were plentiful. Michael used to read poetry at Estelle’s; usually after many cocktails. Wicker Park has matured, but thankfully she has not lost her gritty, down to earth charm.
The Washington Park neighborhood is filled with a rich culture of African-American heritage. It is named after the the beautiful 372-acre park that anchors the neighborhood. Green features of the park include a nature area, a Harvest Garden and an arboretum.
The Little Italy and University Village neighborhood provides diversity in its real estate housing stock. With its proximity to the Loop, its access to public transportation and location southwest of downtown Chicago and close to the rapidly growing Illinois Medical District it has become an up and coming destination for savvy home buyers.
One of the city’s hottest and most rapidly developing neighborhoods: the South Loop is also one of Chicago’s newest residential communities. With its location close to the Loop, residents of South Loop enjoy easy access to Grant Park and the lakefront as well as excellent public transportation and access to Illinois’s biggest roadways.
The Streeterville neighborhood contains a mix of professional office centers, medical facilities, universities, residential high rises, hotels, restaurants, and cultural venues. The area has undergone increased development in the early 21st century as numerous empty lots in Streeterville have been converted into commercial and residential real estate properties, especially in the southern part of the neighborhood.
In Chicago’s northwest side there is a neighborhood called Sauganash that allows its residents to be part of the city they love while still enjoying the forest preserves the quiet and of course the larger yards that many buyers look for in the Chicago suburbs.
River North real estate offers an eclectic mix of old warehouses converted to art galleries, cafes and shops with flats above. There are also a number of historic treasures converted to condos, mixed in with some beautifully detailed new construction high-rise buildings.
In Chicago Pilsen storefront art galleries, the resonance of church bells on Sundays, and bicycle-powered Mexican food-carts are all part of this diverse neighborhood’s charm. While lobbying continues to try to secure sections of Pilsen on the historical district register, new development and rehabilitation are transforming the neighborhood into a contemporary place to live.
The community area of North Center is located on the north side of Chicago, bounded by Montrose Avenue, Diversey Parkway, Ravenswood Avenue and the Chicago River. Within North Center are the neighborhoods of Roscoe Village, St. Ben’s, Hamlin Park and Northcenter.