The Little Italy & University Village Real Estate

university-village-little-italy-bwThe Little Italy and University Village neighborhoods often lure savvy homebuyers in search of their own slice of La Dolce Vita. (“The Sweet Life,” that is! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Few areas of the city have such diverse real estate to offer–a growing number of single family homes, two-flats, vintage condo buildings, converted lofts and warehouses and small town house communities. This charming neighborhood has something for everyone at nearly every price point–from two bedroom flats for $325,000 to single family homes that can reach $800,000 or more.

With Little Italy real estate neighboring the rapidly growing Medical District and UIC, and easy access to the Loop, it’s quickly becoming one of Chicago’s real estate hot spots. Aside from the diverse housing selection, this historic neighborhood is filled to the brim with old-world charm–several classic Italian restaurants, markets, and vendors, that still set up shop on Sunday mornings a few blocks east of their original Maxwell street locations. (And you can’t forget about Mario’s Italian Lemonade – the best in the city!)

If you’re searching for a realtor who can help you navigate the varied pockets of real estate in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, I’d love to help! You can search current University Village and Little Italy real estate listings by below. Give me a call today, and let’s get on the hunt for that dream home of yours, shall we?

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Real Estate Market Stats

Zillow Home Value Index: $274,200

Home Size in Square Feet

Year Built

Local National
Zillow Home Value Index $274,200 $198,000
Median Single Family Home Value $1,050,600 $196,200
Median Condo Value $269,400 $212,300
Median 2-Bedroom Home Value $334,300 $154,800
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $504,100 $191,700
Percent Homes Decreasing 6.9% 16.5%
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $294 $125
Median Sale Price 153 2,577,565
Property Tax $2,831 $2,147
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 2.6% 3%
1-Yr. Change 15.1% 7.3%

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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 The Little Italy & University Village or scope out other neighborhoods in Chicago with a top buyer’s agent, let’s chat! You can also scroll down to see current The Little Italy & University Village 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 The Little Italy & University Village? 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 The Little Italy & University Village