North Center Real Estate

north-center-chicago-ilThe charming community of North Center is located on the north side of Chicago, bounded by Montrose Avenue, Diversey Parkway, Ravenswood Avenue and the Chicago River.

Within the North Center area are the neighborhoods of Roscoe Village, St. Ben’s, Hamlin Park and Northcenter.

North Center’s history is deeply rooted in European cultural influences, and that history can be seen in the architectural charm of the homes and buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Beautiful trees are abundant along the residential and busy commercial streets, giving the area a presence of natural beauty.

The North center neighborhood is also a great find in terms of real estate–the cost of houses here are considerably less than in other north side neighborhoods that are closer to the lake or the Loop. With luxuries that downtown residences don’t normally see, such as big yards and wide lots, it’s not surprising that North Center real estate values have continued to rise as it steadily matures into a delightful area of the city with beautiful homes, great food, and a low-key neighborhood vibe.

What kind of real estate will you find here? There are a few single-family homes, which typically fall between $700,000 and $1.5 Million, with a few fixer-uppers to be had in the $400,000 to $600,000 range. There are riverfront condos on the west end, and Victorians with huge porches to the east.

For information on real estate close to North Center see these links below

Ravenswood | Albany Park | Avondale | Lakeview


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Real Estate Market Stats

Zillow Home Value Index: $441,600

Home Size in Square Feet

Year Built

Local National
Zillow Home Value Index $441,600 $202,700
Median Single Family Home Value $755,300 $200,300
Median Condo Value $327,000 $218,100
Median 2-Bedroom Home Value $365,000 $158,700
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $513,300 $196,300
Median 4-Bedroom Home Value $944,800 $320,000
Percent Homes Decreasing 37% 17.9%
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $389 $128
Median Sale Price 122 225,300
Property Tax $5,560 $2,147
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 5.4% 2.9%
1-Yr. Change 2.4% 6.9%

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Q: There are so many neighborhoods to choose from, how do I know which neighborhood is best for me?
A: I suggest to clients that they make a list of what they want their day to day life to look like. That list might include things like: easy access to public transportation; ½ mile from the the lake; tree-lined streets with mostly single family homes; close to bars and restaurants; top level public elementary school; trendy, up and coming… start big, winnow down and prioritize. I also suggest that clients look at a few places in several neighborhoods to get an understanding of what each neighborhood offers. It’s all about options, choices and priorities.
If you’d like to know more about North Center or scope out other neighborhoods in Chicago with a top buyer’s agent, let’s chat! You can also scroll down to see current North Center real estate listings. I look forward to hearing from you! Let’s find your dream home, shall we?
Q: Should I work with a real estate agent?
A: Yes, there are several benefits to working with a real estate agent, especially an experienced top drawer agent. Not only will she be able to give you an accurate value assessment for the property you fall in love with, you’ll likely get a better deal if she is a bear in negotiations. And your agent will advocate for your best interests throughout the transaction. You may also get access to properties not yet actively listed – which is especially important in a hot real estate market such as Chicago! Additionally, when working with an agent, you don’t just get access to her expertise – you get access to her entire network of advisors, lenders, contractors, and more.
Looking to sell your home in North Center? Call me to talk about how the #1 brokerage firm in Chicago, and one of its top listing agents (me!), can help you stage, price, market and sell your home for maximum value. It's never too soon to begin; preparation to list time can range from 14 to 120+ days, depending on how many closets there are to purge.
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Listings in North Center