Buena Park Historic District
The Buena Park Historic District, located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, in a gorgeous enclave of turn of the century homes, designed by eminent architects such as George Maher and Leon Stanhope, among others. Homes are in the Queen Anne, Shingle, Prairie, and Classical Revival styles. The district boundaries are 4000-4400 North, between Lincoln Park/Lake Michigan to the east, and Graceland Cemetery to the west.
See Listings of Homes for Sale in Buena Park
Virtual Home Tour
Listings that are for sale and have sold in Buena Park
Select one of the following links to take a virtual tour:
Computer (pdf) Format
|Stat||Listed||Sold||Closed Date||ASF||Rms||BR||BA||Built||Lot Size
|ACTV||817||Hutchinson||$4,500,000||12000||15||6||4.2||1913||136 X 140
|CLSD||828||Junior Terrace||$895,000||$815,000||7/22/13||4500||12||6||3||1891||40 X 123
|CLSD||4052||Kenmore||$650,000||$630,000||12/4/13||2300||10||4||2.2||1891||31 X 125
Want to Live in Buena Park?
National Registry Description
Buena Park Neighbors
Curbed Chicago Archives
Buena Park Historic District on Flickr
Ravenswood Manor, a Chicago Historic District in the Albany Park neighborhood, offers magnificent vintage properties near the Chicago River and the Brown Line.
View Ravenswood Manor Historic District in a larger map
Real Estate Tour
Take a virtual tour of homes that have sold — Select one of the links below to see the properties that have recently sold – including interior photos, and get an idea of the value of homes in this neighborhood.
Homes Sold Tour – Tablet Version
Homes Sold Tour – Computer (pdf) Version
At this writing, there are no homes for sale in the Ravenswood Manor historic district, but to see examples of homes that have sold over the last couple years, I included the following chart.
| ||Street||Listed||Sold ||Date||ASF||BR||BA||Yr Blt||Lot Dim
|2923||Wilson||$675,000||$645,000||4/27/12||2500||4||3||1922||30 X 120
|2950||Wilson||$425,000||$400,000||7/26/12||1400||3||1||1918||30 X 120
|4525||Sacramento||$765,000||$760,000||10/5/12||2254||4||2||1909||45 X 125
|2724||Sunnyside||$649,000||$635,000||9/12/12||2800||3||2||1917||94.4 X 114 X 110
|4416||Mozart||$225,000||$245,000||7/27/12||NR||3||2||1919||28 X 122 X 29 X 122
|2943||Wilson||$435,000||$400,000||10/11/12||1364||3||1.1||1923||30 X 125
|4427||Mozart||$624,900||$612,500||9/14/12||2500||3||1.1||UNK||45 X 125
|4458||Mozart||$545,000||$535,000||12/14/12||2657||3||2.1||1922||35 X 125
Home Search Links:
Ravenswood Manor Homes for Sale
Albany Park Homes for Sale
Chicago Historic Districts Search Links:
North Mayfair Historic District – Homes for Sale
Lakewood Balmoral Homes for Sale
East Ravenswood Homes for Sale
The Villa Historic District – homes for sale
Buena Park Homes for Sale
Talman West Ridge Bungalow Historic District
Rogers Park Manor Historic District Homes for Sale
Links about Albany Park:
WBEZ Article on the History of Albany Park
Ravenswood Manor on Facebook
Curbed Chicago articles on Ravenswood Manor
This morning -Lakewood Balmoral view from my front porch
As a “Local Expert” on StreetAdvisor, I often have to describe what it’s like to live in a particular neighborhood. I have sold properties in 18 different census tracts, each with multiple sub-neighborhoods that have their own unique character. I am fond of so many places in Chicago — I truly think it’s the best city in America–no joking!
It’s my own neighborhood, Lakewood Balmoral, part of Andersonville –in Chicago’s Edgewater Community, that I have the hardest time describing. I have difficulty explaining what a great community this is, full of warm and caring people who, together, make me forget I live in a hustle-bustle metropolitan area. At times, it’s almost like Mayberry!
NextDoor – Online Network for Neighbors
Many of us belong to NextDoor. If you don’t have this application for your neighborhood- I recommend you start it! It’s a community blog/resource/hub that lets people post classified ads, offers for free give-aways, recommendations for service providers and restaurants, info on crime/safety, and general community updates. It’s a way to get to know your neighbors, but much more, too!
Looking at the posts, one can easily get the flavor of a neighborhood – how many people are members, how they communicate with one another, the general tone of the conversation –these are all indicators of how warm and connected the neighbors are to one another.
So, having said all this, I wanted to share (anonymously) a post and reply from last week’s Lakewood Balmoral NextDoor postings. It’s a glimpse into what makes the Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood great – it’s says exactly what I have difficulty saying myself….
Post from B Sp:
What a neighborhood. Our friend, Carlos, got his Uhaul van stuck this evening. 5300 and 5200 blocks of Wayne both pitched in. V lent snow shovels and called J. J knew whose car needed to be moved. T not only moved his car but helped dig out the van AND move a futon! M lent her shoveling skills and salt. A number of anonymous neighbors offered help in various forms. Thank you all!
In response, LB adds her post:
It goes both ways-
Several years ago my nephew was visiting when a car was stuck right in from of our house. He dashed out and helped push it out (it took a long time). I never thought about it again. Last summer, I was sitting on the porch when a man walked by and picked up a few pieces of litter that had strayed onto my lawn. I didn’t know him or recognize him. I was aghast. I asked “what are you doing picking up my litter?” He replied that years ago, someone from my house helped push him out of the snow, so he always tries to help out when he passes by—-What a neighborhood!!!
Looking for a great neighborhood in Chicago?
Lakewood Balmoral is great, yet it’s one of many wonderful neighborhoods in this fantastic city.
Contact me and let me help you find your new home!
Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES, RSPS
Baird & Warner
Gold Coast Office
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What are the latest technological innovations that help seniors?
What are the best gifts we can give our Senior Parents?
While looking online for gifts for my mom, searching for top technology for seniors, I stumbled across some interesting articles …
Useful Gifts for Seniors
- OXO Kitchen and consumer products company whose products are created with Universal Design in mind – for young and old, righties and lefties, as well as those with disabilities. I always knew I liked these products, but I didn’t realize their design mission.
Technology for Seniors – Best Gifts
HomeCare, the leading magazine or home care professionals, lists the following products in their recent online article (see article in its entirely by selecting this link):
BeClose – sensors in home help you make sure your loved one is moving around easily, and alerts you when they may need help.
Fitbit lets us all see our activity levels, motivating us all to stay active!
The GrandCare System also includes wireless transmitters, but it provides opportunities for socializing, media, and entertainment systems.
GreatCall – This is a personal 911 system like OnStar — it can also be used with the Jitterbug phone (an easy to use phone for seniors, particularly those with vision or hearing problems).
Independa augments traditional caregiving by providing fully integrated, cloud-based solutions including a caregiver web application, a rich set of telephony-based solutions, comprehensive solutions for social engagement and health, environmental and activity monitoring.
MobileHelp, the Anywhere Help Button, is a GPS mobile personal emergency response system.
TabSafe is an online medication helper
Telikin is a large table device, pre-loaded with apps forvideo chat, photo sharing, e-mail and other popular features.
TV Ears helps people with hearing loss hear the television clearly without turning up the volume.
telyHD delivers high-definition (HD) Skype video calls directly to an HDMI-compatible TV.
Technology for Seniors – Another Top 10 List
Money Magazine lists its top 10 Favorite Technology Items for Seniors, but based on my experience, these are, for the most part, too techo-forward for my 81 year old mom:
- Windows7 — mom doesn’t know she has Windows 7 — we install it for her
- Goggles from Google –– really? who’s 80+ year old parent is playing with this?
- Mindflex from Mattel — really really?
- Ion — who cares?
- Roku — great device, but she forgets how to work it
- Silhouette — I don’t understandthe purpose of this one!
- Wii — perhaps if the grandkids brought it and set it up for them…can’t see mom bowling – she’d break a hip!
- Flip — she’d much rather GET videos than create them
- I-Tunes — we load the tunes for her — it’s not much more than a digital player
- Nook E-Reader — We got her the Kindle — Now THIS is my favorite Senior Gift!!!
No one knows better than you what to buy your senior.
But, when it comes to getting real estate advice
for your senior loved ones, contact
Baird & Warner
Your Senior Real Estate Specialist!
StreetAdvisor Question this week:
Can a couple live affordably in Chicago’s Loop?
In order to answer the question, we need to know how much it costs to live there, and then based on the current interest rates, determine monthly costs. From that, we can figure out how much income one needs to purchase this mythical condo.
If the couple lives in a One Bedroom condo in Chicago’s Loop, Near North, or South Loop Neighborhoods….
I did research on 1,2, and 3 bedroom condos in Chicago’s Near North (8008), Loop (8032) and Near South (8033) neighborhoods, and I discovered the following:
- One bedroom sales have increased between 20% and 36% in the 3 neighborhoods
- Average taxes range between $ 3364 and $ 3723 per year.
- Average assessments range between $ 445.39 (South Loop) to $ 590.26 in the Gold Coast.
Cost to Live in a One Bedroom Condo
Let’s determine the monthly cost of one of these one bedroom condos.
Purchase Price: $ 230,000
Down Payment: $23,000
Interest Rate: 4.5%
Debt Ratio 28% of Gross Income
Monthly Payment Resulting from these assumptions:
Principal and Interest: $ 1841
Taxes: $291.67 (or, $ 292)
Gross Monthly Payment: $1841
Annual Tax Savings for Federal and Illinois: $3254 (from Bankrate.com)
Net Monthly Payment (not including property tax savings): $1569
What do you have to Earn To Afford This Purchase?
Lenders usually allow for more debt than this, but when I first became a Realtor in 1987, the 28% rule was always followed. (Part of why we got into trouble in 2008 was our relaxing of this 28/36 debt ratio.)
28% debt ratio means that the gross monthly payment can be no more 28% of the gross monthly income.
For this example, $1841 / 28% = $ 6575 per month.
Annual Income Required: $ 6575 x 12 = 78,900.
Two Bedroom Condos –
Loop, Near North, Near South
Three Bedroom Condo Prices –
Loop, Near North, Near South
Want to Learn More about condos in the Loop, Near North, or Near South Neighborhoods?
Are you ready to begin the first steps toward owning a condominium in Chicago?
Contact Anne Rossley
of Baird & Warner today!
What are the most expensive streets
in Chicago’s Lincoln Square Neighborhood?
Based on the MRED sales data over the last 5 years, 4 streets in Lincoln Square are known for their luxury properties:
Since 2007, 32 homes sold for over $800,000 on these 4 streets. Giddings had the most homes that sold over $800K (11), according to the Midwest Real Estate Data MLS service. Sunnyside had 9, averaging $1,364,117. Hamilton’s 6 averaged just over $1.3MM, while Wilson’s 6 averaged $1.1MM. Of all 32 properties, 8 were vintage homes (built before 1925), which were clearly the bargains- they averaged $1.0MM. Only 3 (on these 4 streets) sold for over $1.0MM.
Tour The Most Expensive Lincoln Square Streets
See photos and get property information by selecting one of the following links:
pdf version tablet version
| || ||Closed Date||Listed||Sold||SF||# Rms||Beds||Baths||Yr Blt||Lot Dim||Recent Rehab
|2012||Giddings||8/8/13||$1,050,000||$1,010,000||3900||9||4||3.1||2001||30 X 123||No
|2019||Giddings||5/25/12||$1,795,000||$1,795,000||5100||12||7||4.2||2012||37.5 X 124||No
|2129||Giddings||7/21/08||$1,595,000||$1,497,500||4950||12||5||4.1||2008||37.5 X 123||No
|2152||Giddings||2/1/11||$1,795,000||$1,675,000||5100||13||7||4.2||2010||37.5 X 124||No
|4439||Hamilton||7/16/13||$2,689,000||$2,589,000||NR||13||6||3.2||2008||37.5 X 177||No
|4913||Hamilton||7/9/13||$999,000||$975,000||4700||10||3||3.1||2005||30 X 117||No
|4934||Hamilton||8/3/13||$1,299,900||$1,206,500||4600||12||6||4.2||2008||30 X 120||No
|2104||Sunnyside||1/30/13||$1,395,000||$1,367,500||4100||12||4||3.1||2012||35' X 100'||No
|2109||Sunnyside||10/4/13||$1,280,000||$1,280,000||NR||11||5||3.2||2013||26 X 125||No
|2132||Sunnyside||9/1/09||$899,000||$860,000||NR||12||5||3.1||1886||50 X 100||Yes
|2161||Sunnyside||9/18/09||$1,862,500||$1,862,500||5500||13||6||4.2||2009||37.5 X 125||No
|2310||Sunnyside||1/29/10||$1,249,000||$1,301,000||NR||11||5||3.1||2007||24 X 125||Yes
|2120||Wilson||9/16/10||$1,379,000||$1,310,000||4300||11||5||3.2||2005||37.5 X 125||No
|2125||Wilson||1/30/09||$899,900||$847,500||NR||11||4||2.2||UNK||35 X 135||No
|2174||Wilson||7/11/08||$1,175,000||$1,087,500||NR||13||5||3.1||2007||37.5 X 125||Yes
|2174||Wilson||3/22/11||$1,050,000||$825,000||5500||14||4||3.1||1901||37.5 X 125||Yes
|2600||Wilson||6/7/11||$1,250,000||$1,200,000||6000||12||5||5.1||1920||45' X 120'||Yes
What Homes in Lincoln Square Sold for the Most Money?
I shared the streets that had the most pricey homes,
but what are THE MOST EXPENSIVE HOMES?
See the Most Expensive Lincoln Square Homes
See photos and get information – select one of the following links:
Pdf version Tablet Version
| || ||Listed||Sold||Date||ASF||# Rms||Beds||Baths||Yr Blt||Lot Dim||Recent Rehab
|4439||Hamilton||$2,689,000||$2,589,000||7/16/13||0||13||6||3.2||2008||37.5 X 177||No
|2161||Sunnyside||$1,862,500||$1,862,500||9/18/09||5500||13||6||4.2||2009||37.5 X 125||No
|2019||Giddings||$1,795,000||$1,795,000||5/25/12||5100||12||7||4.2||2012||37.5 X 124||No
|2131||Agatite||$1,875,000||$1,775,487||8/31/11||5100||12||7||4.2||2011||37.5 X 124||No
|2152||Giddings||$1,795,000||$1,675,000||2/1/11||5100||13||7||4.2||2010||37.5 X 124||No
|2129||Giddings||$1,595,000||$1,497,500||7/21/08||4950||12||5||4.1||2008||37.5 X 123||No
|2104||Sunnyside||$1,395,000||$1,367,500||1/30/13||4100||12||4||3.1||2012||35' X 100'||No
|2120||Wilson||$1,379,000||$1,310,000||9/16/10||4300||11||5||3.2||2005||37.5 X 125||No
|2310||Sunnyside||$1,249,000||$1,301,000||1/29/10||0||11||5||3.1||2007||24 X 125||Yes
|2109||Sunnyside||$1,280,000||$1,280,000||10/4/13||0||11||5||3.2||2013||26 X 125||No
|2145||Eastwood||$1,299,000||$1,250,000||6/28/10||4600||11||4||4||2004||37.44 X 121.55||No
|4934||Hamilton||$1,299,900||$1,206,500||8/3/13||4600||12||6||4.2||2008||30 X 120||No
|2600||Wilson||$1,250,000||$1,200,000||6/7/11||6000||12||5||5.1||1920||45' X 120'||Yes
|4420||Campbell||$1,199,000||$1,150,000||10/6/08||0||10||4||3.1||2007||30 X 125||No
What’s for Sale Now in Lincoln Square?
As of this writing, there are 4 homes for sale over $800K, ranging in price from $899,000 to $ 1,199,000.
It’s early in the spring selling season, so to get immediate alerts when new listings become available, sign up for a Lincoln Square Home Search Alert by selecting this link:
Looking for a real estate agent who’s an expert in Chicago’s north side neighborhoods?
Contact Anne Rossley of Baird & Warner.
As a StreetAdvisor contributor, I have been considering how to answer the question,
This is a loaded question, indeed!
Here are the reasons I CANNOT answer the question:
- What’s “upper middle class”? Certainly, the cost of living in Chicago is higher than the cost of living where I grew up — in Bloomington, Illinois. We’re not Manhattan, however. Chicago has 77 neighborhoods, or communities, all with their own charms.
- What’s “best” ? Best in terms of location? Amenities? Value? What’s best for the young professional right out of college may not be best for a family of 5 with 3 kids in elementary school, nor the same for empty nesters in their mid 60’s.
Here’s what I CAN answer:
- Average (mean) cost of single family homes by neighborhood,
- Published demographic information by neighborhood
- Amenities for each neighborhood
Relative Prices of Some Chicago North Side Neighborhoods
For purposes of this post, I’m including a few examples of neighborhoods in which I’m most familiar. This is NOT an all-inclusive list of neighborhoods in Chicago. The chart below shows average (mean) prices for single family homes – resale only (not new construction) for
As of today’s writing, the average prices are:
Lincoln Park $1,350,000
North Center $875,000
The prices aren’t surprising – essentially, the closer the neighborhood lies in relation to the loop, the more expensive the homes.
Micro-Neighborhoods in Chicago
These neighborhoods include many sub- or micro-neighborhoods. Sales prices within each neighborhood can vary greatly, depending on many factors (proximity to public transportation, conformity, school district…)
For example, Edgewater has multiple micro-neighborhoods, delineated by block clubs, as seen in this map:
There are so many neighborhoods, micro-neighborhoods, and even preferred areas within the micro-neighborhoods that giving an average price for Edgewater is somewhat misleading. I live, for example, in Lakewood Balmoral (# 16 above). This block group, the Lakewood Balmoral Historic District, is part of Andersonville, which is part of the Edgewater Community. To give an average resale price for all areas above is not at all indicative of the values within LBRC (or #16).
Here are the differences:
| ||# Properties Closed||# Days on Market||Median Sales Price
|Lakewood Balmoral Historic District||11||67||$940,000
Beyond Home Prices – Other Criteria for Choosing a Neighborhood
So far, we’ve just talked about average prices.
Other things to consider when choosing a “best” neighborhood:
- Crime by block, neighborhood, police beat, community – See Clear Map – Select this link
- Elementary Schools – See my website to learn more about Chicago Elementary Schools and specifically, CPS Elementary School Districts on the city’s north side.
- Proximity to Public Transportation/Highways – See Map Below and click on photo to pull up website.
Having said all this, I find there’s no way to easily answer the question, “What is the best upper middle class neighborhood in Chicago”.
This post is just a long-winded way of saying that it’s critical that buyers work with an experienced Realtor who’s familiar with the neighborhoods AND MICRO-NEIGHBORHOODS in Chicago, who can help clients best understand their priorities, and who can then provide all options that meet those needs.
East Ravenswood Historic District was a popular neighborhood in 2013!
East Ravenswood is located in 2 Chicago Communities – Uptown on the north and Lakeview on the south. Because it straddles 2 communities, getting concise market data is a challenge.
The graph below depicts single family home sales over the last 3 years for each of the communities– both neighborhoods have remained strong, but when looking at each one separately, the statistics are very different.
Combined Statistics for the
East Ravenswood Neighborhood
When looking at ONLY DETACHED homes (old and new) in the quadrant bounded by
– 4000-4800 North, and 1400-1900 West –
one can see a more accurate representation of the homes in this district:
click on the photo above to download the pdf file
The average sales price was 96% of the list price of the home when the contract came in, and it took 108 days on average to sell a home in this neighborhood.
The average 3 bedroom sold for just over $ 650,000 and the average 4 bedroom closed at $ 1,054,000.
Interested in seeing what’s available for sale
in the East Ravenswood Historic District?
Select this link to see TODAY’s list of available homes.
East Ravenswood Homes Sold in 2013
Get a photo tour of these homes – select a link below
Home Tour- pdf format
Home Tour – Tablet Format
The chart below lists the HISTORIC homes that sold in East Ravenswood in 2013
|Stat||Street #||Str Name||List Price||Sold ||SF||# Rms||Beds||Baths||Gar Spaces||Days||Yr Blt||Lot
|PEND||4341||Greenview||$695,000||NR||7||4||1.1||2||5||1902||25 X 120
|CLSD||1440||Pensacola||$1,189,000||$1,124,500||4050||12||5||3.1||2||285||UNK||25 X 121.75
|CLSD||4335||Greenview||$789,000||$769,000||NR||8||3||2.1||2||15||1900||25 X 120
|CLSD||1700||Wilson||$699,000||$680,000||NR||11||5||1.2||2.5||245||1909||45 X 108
|CLSD||1443||Pensacola||$825,000||$820,000||NR||9||4||3.1||2||8||1901||125.25 X 25
|CLSD||4031||Hermitage||$1,029,000||$1,089,000||4642||11||4||3.1||4||6||1900||30 X 165
|CLSD||1466||Pensacola||$820,000||$815,000||NR||7||3||2||0||42||UNK||37.6 X 121.9
|CLSD||1409||Berteau||$1,199,000||$1,169,500||NR||10||4||3.1||2||74||UNK||25 X 125
|CLSD||4115||Greenview||$1,387,000||$1,387,000||NR||11||4||4||2||1||1901||25 X 161
See a map of all Chicago Historic Districts by selecting this link: Chicago Historic District Maps on Google
As the daughter of a currently-driving 81 year old, helping mom decide when it’s time to give up driving is on my mind these days.
I was delighted to find this article from Senior News – 50 and Better –
Help your elderly parents retire
from driving when it’s time
The article gives great advice – basically, it provides a list of suggestions for how to evaluate your parent’s skills, how to gently suggesting limitations and alternatives, and how to begin the difficult conversation of easing out of driving.
Most importantly, the article reminds us that we, as the adult children, may have to make the difficult choice to take charge by intervening to prevent our parents from driving when they could endanger themselves and others.
More than anything, starting the conversation WELL BEFORE it’s necessary is the best way to parent your parent!
Of course, making sure your parents live where they don’t need to drive is the best way to keep them safe.
Chicago Seniors – Live in a home
with a Great Walk Score
Senior Living Centers offer meal plans and bus trips for shopping/shows/doctor appointments.
For those who are aging in place, living in a neighborhood/building with a high walk score – meaning necessary amenities are close by – is a must.
Chicago Senior Living Facilities
Here are some senior housing centers in Chicago and their walk scores:
The Admiral On the Lake — Walk Score
Sunrise Living Center – Lincoln Park – Walk Score
The Hallmark — Walk Score
The Clare – Walk Score
The Kenwood – Walk Score
The Breakers — Walk Score
The most frequently requested property in Chicago is probably the 3 bedroom condo — and outdoor space of some kind is usually a “must have” for today’s buyers.
This post includes information for 3 bedrooms in 3 Chicago neighborhoods – Near North (including Streeterville and the Gold Coast), the Loop, and the Near South Side (South Loop).
Three Bedroom Sales Statistics
Three bedroom condos in the South Loop, Loop, and Near North are listed (on average) at $ 1.3MM, and they range in price from $ 335,000 to $5,900,000. There are currently 271 condos for sale in these neighborhoods, and 336 have sold over the last 6 months — the inventory is low right now!
The properties that sold were under contract in an average of 97 days, and they sold for 96% of the listed price at the time of contract. (Many had price reductions during the listing — the sales price was 89% of the ORIGINAL listed price.)
Click Here for Condo Sales Data for the Loop, Near North, and South Loop Neighborhoods
# Months Supply of 3 Bedroom Condos
Average Sales Prices of 3 Bedroom Condos
See What’s for Sale Today…
Select the appropriate link below and see what 3 bedroom condos are listed now:
Best 3 Bedroom Condos for Sale
$500,000 – $800,000
While 3 bedroom condos average over $1MM in these neighborhoods, I’ve found some terrific properties for sale between $500,000 and $800,000. Below are my top choices in what’s available today.
Take an online tour of these homes when you select this link.
Make an Appointment to find your Chicago Condo!
Contact Anne Rossley of Baird & Warner
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