Single Family Home- Andersonville? Uptown? Ravenswood?

Just Listed

This great single family home at 4829 N Paulina  is NOT my listing – I just think it’d a great home in a small pocket location that is often overlooked.

4832 Paulina Chicago, IL Single Family Home for sale

4829 N Paulina

$ 849,000

Specifics:

  • Wide and deep lot – 33 x 163
  • 1898 home – renovated
  • Updated kitchen with newer cabinets and stainless steel appliances
  • hardwood floors on first floor
  • 3rd floor master bedroom
  • 3 bedrooms on second level
  • back deck and landscaped yard
  • Finished basement – large rec room!
  • Great location- steps from Metra, new Mariano’s on Lawrence Ave.

This pocket often gets overlooked — It’s north of Lawrence Ave, and the East Ravenswood historic district is SOUTH of Lawrence…  it feels more RAVENSWOOD than Uptown, yet it’s in the 8003 census tract – Uptown. It feels more Andersonville than Uptown, too, but that is generally known to start at 5200 North(Foster) – 8077 census tract.

Confused?

Exactly!

This lovely section is quiet, charming, close to lots of great amenities, but because it’s not easily described, agents and buyers often don’t include it when looking in a specific neighborhood search.

Chicago Geography Lesson:

We have 77 communities, 50 wards, 85 zip codes, and (not surprisingly), these are NOT geographically the same!

Generally speaking, real estate agents search by zip codes, census tract areas, or by coordinates (# N/S and # E/W).

Chicago Census Tract Map

chicago zip codes (from ZipCodes.com)

Chicago Ward Map
Chicago Map of 50 Wards - Effective 2015

We agents can draw maps around areas, such as school boundary areas and historic districts, but when you hear “Uptown” and “Edgewater”, these specifically refer to census areas, not just neighborhoods.

 

Edgewater Census Tract Map 8077

Edgewater Chicago Census Tract 8077

Uptown Census Tract 8003

Uptown Census Tract 8003

Lincoln Square Census Tract Map 8004

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Lincoln Square Census Tract Map 8004 - Chicago

Vintage Homes for Sale – Chicago Historic Properties

 

lakewood balmoral historic district

New vintage homes for sale – built 1880’s  – early 1900’s — there are some great historic properties for sale on Chicago’s north side neighborhoods

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chicago vintage homes-historic property

3627 N Bell

4 Bedroom / 4 Bath

$1,149,000

2124 eastwood

2124 W Eastwood

Lincoln Square 3 Bedroom 2 Bath

$589,000

3757 bosworth

3757 N Bosworth – 2 blocks from Blaine

$769,000

3 Bedroom   2.1 Bath

3024 hamilton

3023 N Hamilton

4 Bedroom   3.1 Bath

$1,199,000

1915 wolfram

3752 N Wayne – Greystone in Blaine School District

$1,895,000

5 Bedroom 3.1 Baths

2454 winona

2454 W Winona

3 Bedroom 3 Bath

$699,000

See Recently Listed Historic Homes for Sale on Chicago’s North Side

    PriceRmsBRBA
833WLakesidePL$650,000732.1
4710NHamiltonAVE$629,000741.1
2454WWinonaST$699,000933
3044NClybournAVE$418,000633
1915WWolframST$1,185,00093.13.1
3024NHamiltonAVE$1,199,000943.1
1750WGraceST$624,900742
3730NHermitageAVE$765,0001042
3757NBosworthAVE$769,000732.1
5457NWayneAVE$1,395,0001253.1
2124WEastwoodAVE$589,000832
3528NDamenAVE$599,900932.1
3627NBellAVE$1,149,0001044
1738WNewportAVE$595,000632
3752NWayneAVE$1,895,0001153.1

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Lakewood Balmoral – Chicago’s greatest neighborhood!

 

Lakewood Balmoral Neighborhood in Chicago

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….

Lakewood Balmoral on NextDoor

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:

Dear B, 

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!!! 

LB

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Best Chicago Neighborhood – Upper Middle Class ?

As a StreetAdvisor contributor, I have been considering how to answer the question,

What is the best upper middle class neighborhood in Chicago?

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

Lakeview      $1,080,000

North Center      $875,000

Edgewater      $489,614

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:

Edgewater Block Clubs

 

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 MarketMedian Sales Price
Lakewood Balmoral Historic District1167$940,000
Edgewater Community6598$470,000

 

 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.

Chicago CTA Map

 

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.

Let me know if I can help you!

 

Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update

Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update

2013

Year in Review

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Lakewood Balmoral – treasured historic district in Chicago’s Edgewater Community – – had 10 sales in 2013. The table below lists the basic data, but you can see more photos and get information by taking a virtual tour of the homes  — select this link for pictures and information:

Lakewood Balmoral

Tour of Homes Sold  — 2013

5431 wayne - Lakewood Balmoral, Chicago

5431 N Wayne

For Sale – $845,000

5457 N Wayne - Lakewood Balmoral - Chiago

5457 N Wayne

For Sale – $1,395,000

The property at 5457 N Wayne, now at $ 1,395,000, has been listed 5 times for a total of 639 days since first listed in August, 2011.  It has been listed as high as $1,680,000.

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List PriceSoldASF# RmsBRBaths# CarsLot Size
5457Wayne$1,395,000NEW50001253.1229 X 123
5431Wayne$845,000NEW01163233X125
5224Wayne$1,150,000$1,150,00039701353.2230X123
5309Wayne$1,549,000$1,430,00060001133.1233X123
5238Magnolia$859,000$861,00001042.1235X123
5446Magnolia$895,000$940,0000952.1237.5 X 123
5340Lakewood$825,000$750,00001154.1137.5X123
5345Magnolia$899,900$845,00001054137.5 X 123
5248Wayne$725,000$680,00039151042.2235X123
5252Magnolia$699,000$695,0003100732.1225X123
1336Catalpa$1,495,000$1,195,00052001154.1250X123
5340Magnolia$799,000$810,0000741.1450 X 123

Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update – March 2013

Lakewood Balmoral – the historic Andersonville historic district in Chicago’s Edgewater Community, has 3 properties for sale today — 2 are on Bryn Mawr. There’s only one for sale in the heart of the district – 5313 N Lakewood.
5313 lakewood - single family home for sale in historic Lakewood Balmoral

5313 N Lakewood

$1,495,000

5224 n wayne lakewood balmoral

5224 N Wayne

Pending – $ 1,150,000

5316 n wayne - lakewood balmoral

5316 N Wayne

Sold – $985,000

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see photos and get more information by checking out this virtual tour!

Lakewood Balmoral Virtual Tour March 2013

STHSNSTRClosed DateList PriceSold PrMTBRBATAXASFDIM
ACTV5313Lakewood$1,495,00025953.2$12,051.86461037.5X123
ACTV1244Bryn Mawr$1,049,00016243.1$10,624.00320026.5 X 139.5
ACTV1226Bryn Mawr$829,0003033.1$13,332.00319021X84
PEND5238Magnolia$859,000442.1$9,477.00035X123
A/I5224Wayne$1,150,0004253.2$11,655.00397030X123
A/I1310Bryn Mawr$1,650,0003364.1$14,115.09085 X 125
CLSD5248Wayne1/31/13$725,000$680,00019742.2$14,021.10391535X123
CLSD5252Magnolia2/28/13$699,000$695,000632.1$11,698.01310025X123
CLSD5245Wayne11/16/12$500,000$465,00014041$9,942.42032 X 123
CLSD5345Magnolia1/13/13$899,900$845,00048754$12,731.69037.5 X 123
CLSD5316Wayne12/19/12$989,000$985,0004053.1$8,876.00037.5 X 123
CLSD5339Ashland9/28/12$199,000$199,00029332.1$6,799.21025X125

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Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update

Lakewood Balmoral Historic District has had some turnover in the last 6 months. Select this link to take a virtual tour and see the interiors of the homes that are listed or have sold recently:

 

Lakewood Balmoral Tour

 

New Listings in Lakewood Balmoral

5313 lakewood - single family home for sale in historic Lakewood Balmoral

5313 N Lakewood

$1,625,000

While it’s new to the MLS in 2013, this home was listed for 190 days in 2012. The charming home is situated on a 37.5′ wide lot, and while the facade is charming and historic, the rear of the home has an addition which creates a kitchen-great room. Download floor plans by selecting this link.

Under Contract in Lakewood Balmoral

5248 N Wayne in Lakewood Balmoral Historic District

5248 N Wayne

Under Contract

 The eclectic vintage/contemporary 5248 N Wayne is under contract. The home has some interesting architectural details. A four bedroom 2full/2half bath home with updates is rare at this price!

Real Estate Activity – Last 6 Months

Status  ClosedListSoldMTRMSBRBATaxesSFLotPKN
ACTV1244Bryn Mawr
$1,049,357100943.1$10,624.00320027x140Garage
ACTV5457Wayne$1,249,0003161453.1$14,207.00500029 X 123Garage
NEW5313Lakewood$1,625,0001971255.2$12,051.86461037.5X123None
PEND5248Wayne$725,0002531042.2$14,021.10391535X123Garage
CLSD5453Magnolia7/30/12$490,000$418,000367852$8,157.90225048X123Int Sp
CLSD5509Lakewood9/21/12$785,000$720,000141842.1$11,844.51255031 X 123Garage
CLSD5345Magnolia1/13/13$899,900$845,0004871054$12,731.69037.5 X 123Garage
CLSD5446Wayne9/4/12$985,000$930,000156125+13.1$15,833.39410037.5X123Garage
CLSD5435Lakewood7/27/12$1,600,000$1,575,00011253.1$10,354.00429030X123Garage
CLSD5452Lakewood8/21/12$1,695,000$1,576,000141374.1$13,978.15037.5 X 125Garage

 

 

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Edgewater Real Estate – Market Statistics for Homes Sold and For Sale

Edgewater Home Sales

 Condo Sales in Edgewater

The biggest news in Edgewater’s real estate market is in the condo segment. Year to date, condo sales are up 45% vs Jan-Sept 2011. Prices are down – 12.6%, and market times are lower, too – 7.7%. Looking at inventories, there were 304 condos for sale in September of this year vs 478 during Sept2011 — again, a very positive sign.

As of today, November 8, 2012, there are only 272 condos for sale in Edgewater. Over the last 3 months 187 condos closed, thus we are averaging 62 sales/month.

The result — only 4.4 months of inventory.  This is a tremendous improvement – a sign that the market continues to improve!

Single Family Homes in Edgewater

As for Single Family Homes — it’s more difficult to see a trend, as the unit numbers are smaller. As of today, 20 homes have closed in the last 3 months, and 19 are currently on the market. This compares to 41 closed 2012 YTD.

Find Homes for Sale in Edgewater – select this link

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Staging Sells Malibu Condo

The Malibu Condominiums are some of the best condos on Sheridan Road- on Lake Michigan, homes offer balconies, large room sizes, and it’s a truly full-amenity building.

I looked forward to helping my seller market his home – he was an original owner, and had enjoyed beachfront living for many years. When he invited me in for the first time,  I found gorgeous views to the south — both city and beach, but not so great views inside.

6007 N Sheridan Road - The Malibu - Views South to Chicago

To get the property sold, we needed to take action.

We hired an organizer and staged the condo before putting it on the market. Of course, we also employed a professional photographer.

Check out the before and after photos…

Living Room - AFTER

Living Room - BEFORE

 

Kitchen - BEFORE

Kitchen - AFTER

Master Bedroom - BEFORE

 

Master Bedroom - AFTER

Bedroom 2 - BEFORE

Bedroom 2 - AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 For more tips on staging your home, or to find out what your home is worth,

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CHICAGO HISTORIC HOME OF THE WEEK

1454 W Hood

$ 579,900

Fresh for 2012, this Edgewater Glen 1911 home is a terrific buy!

It’s currently a 3 bedroom 2 bath home, and it’s very liveable as it is, yet there are options for increasing the # of bedrooms and baths very easily. The home sits on a 30′ wide lot, and there is a tall attic with plumbing stubbed in  – terrific space for a master suite!  The basement is large and clean – it could be used as a play room or finished out as needed.

The home has been fully rehabbed, and it’s in mint condition – just what today’s buyers are looking for!! Pictures are available at this link, but don’t be fooled – it’s staged so well that the photos don’t do it justice – you need to see it in person.

It’s not my listing – I’m just reporting that I think it’s a good buy for someone interested in historic Chicago homes in Edgewater – Chicago’s north side.

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If you are interested in finding out about home sales in  your area, please email Anne, who can either send a CMA via email or meet with you to discuss your home’s value.

For more information on Chicago Single Family Homes,

particularly historic homes,

contact Anne Rossley at Prudential Rubloff.

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