In the Northwest Side’s charming bungalows, everything is new — except the prices.
Chicago’s cozy brick bungalows and their tidy yards look like something out of an old black-and-white family sitcom. Fast forward to 2013 and the bungalow belt, as enchanting as ever, is having something of a renaissance.
In September and October, Chicago neighborhoods Dunning, Belmont Cragin and Portage Park — which encompass the northwest corner of the city’s belt-shaped, bungalow-lined strip — easily ranked among the top 10 city markets for single-family detached home sales, according to data compiled by Chicago Agent Magazine.
Why Northwest Side bungalows? “They’re everything people are looking for in a suburb, but they’re still downtown,” says @properties broker Zak Herman (call 312-835-6444), who’s helped fix up foreclosure purchases — some of which still ask for less than their estimated pre-recession values.
One of our favorites, rehabbed with neighborhood developer Kindybalyk Management, Inc., is Herman’s delightful four-bedroom listing at 4210 N. Menard. True to Herman’s observation, it offers easy access to the city or ’burbs by CTA, Metra and highways. The 2,300-square-foot home also boasts new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roof and garage, and features a slew of fresh finishes, including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and handsome bathroom tile work. “We don’t skimp,” Herman says. “We try to go classic style with modern touches.” Which makes the ask — $398,900 — that much more appealing.
Urban splendor: Another bungalow to consider is 3017 N. Narragansett — rehabbed by its current owner within the last five years. The four-bedroom home in Belmont Cragin is $325,000, and features hardwood floors throughout plus a finished basement with a bathroom and second kitchen. Suburban-like conveniences include the nearby Brickyard Mall, but the home retains tons of vintage urban character. “I mean, how many new houses have stained-glass-leaded windows?” asks @properties broker Marshall M. Magaro (312-618-0812).
Vintage charm: Say cheers to your new bungalow with these mid-century Gazelle highballs from Cushion Chicago. Local Etsy dealer Sarah Polster specializes in vintage housewares, furniture and textiles that offer a dose of sleek design and sweet nostalgia. $16; Etsy.com/shop/cushionchicago
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