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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Lincolnwood: Cheap gas, great bagels annnnnnd... single family home sales!


New York Bagel & Bialy located at 4741 West Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood IL 60712 is a destination worth going "out-of your-way". It's also a convenient stop before hopping on the Edens Expressway to the North Shore or Wisconsin. Just check out the photos of the food!

I often find myself crossing the border to Lincolnwood.  Hey, there's a Home Depot, Panera, cheap BP gas station (with an amazing Jewish deli!) and many shops a handful of minutes from my house.  Not to mention one of the best bagel joints I've ever been to... NYB&B!

I mostly walk/ bike ride around my Lincoln Square neighborhood.  When I drive for errands I often go north to the Lincolnwood BP gas station at 6599 N Lincoln Avenue has the best prices... and an awesome deli inside the station. Locals know!

There are houses too! Occasionally we have Chicago clients interested in relocating to Lincolnwood.  Let's take a look at recent single family home sales.  

Lincolnwood single family homes can run on the elaborate side but much of the town is filled with modest brick split-levels, raised ranch homes and Georgians.

Lincolnwood single family home sales January 1st through November 25th

103 single family homes have closed from January 1st to December 31st, 2022.  The median price of a sold house was $535,000. That can get you a good condition three or four bedrooms house of varying size and location around town.

153 single family homes closed in 2021 with a median price of $455,000. Despite the mortgage interest rate hikes over the year median price increased at a large margin in 2022.

Slow roll: February 2023 home sales in Chicago


As expected Chicago over-all home sales over the 77 Chicago community areas were down year to year in February 2023. Important to most home sellers and buyers is median price slipped 3.1% year to year.  We know March has seen a couple strong weeks due to a dip in interest rates a couple months ago. However, its expected prices will remain flat for March.

  • 1,218 properties were sold in the City of Chicago in February 2023. This is a 36.7% decrease from February 2022.

  • The median sales price in the City of Chicago for February 2023 was $310,000, a 3.1% decrease from February 2022.

  • The City of Chicago saw listings average 94 days on the market until contract, which is a 2.5% increase from February 2022.
Of course not all market areas are the same.  Lincoln Square single family home median sales price was up 17% in February year over year.  Lake View condo median price was up in February 3.5%.  

I gather stats from the Chicago Association of Realtors and (our area MLS). 

Monday, January 23, 2023

North Park Chicago single family home sales

A charming North Park home near Northeastern Illinois University. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

I was out on this cold Monday morning looking at North Park single family homes with my clients. The area is an option for their $400K budget.  It will still be tough.  About 25 homes sold at $400K or under over 2022. The condition of homes gets bleak fast under $350,000.

North Park Single Family Home Sales

62 single family homes sold over 2022 with a median price of about $450,000. As mentioned above about 25 of those homes sold for $400K and under.  One home sold for over $1M. 5741 N Kostner, Chicago IL 60646 closed for $1,249,000. 

Only six homes are currently for sale listed on the MLS. Prices range from $350,000 to $850,000.  Two additional homes are listed on the Private Listing Network.  We viewed one of those today listed at $349,900.

Friday, January 20, 2023

West Ridge super sneaky house values, median price up


West Ridge community area's diverse residential housing, diverse demographics, small business community and access to great parks offer great value compared to many north side neighborhoods. 

My clients are ready to trade their small Lincoln Square / Bowmanville condo for single family home life.  With one large dog, another in the works and work-from-home situation... they need more space. They are on a budget under $400,000 and open to neighborhoods further west or north to take the next step.  West Ridge may be the answer.

West Ridge single family home sales 2022

114 single family homes sold in 2022.  The median price of a sold single family home over last year was about $465,000 (about half of Lincoln Square a couple miles to the south). Only one house sold for over $800,000. With mortgage interest rates up and the buying frenzy slowed I expect that median price to plateau.  Prices will remain close however to last year's due to more renovation and development in the area delivering higher quality products.

In 2019 (pre-pandemic) 141 homes closed with a median price of $365,000
2020, 142 single family homes closed with a median price of $399,900
2021, 152 homes sold with a median price of $429,000

West Ridge has great access to large parks like Warren Park and Indian Boundary Parks. It is a short trip to Chicago and Evanston beaches. Small business, grocery stores, schools, larger retailers and religious institutions are in close proximity throughout the entire community area. 

About 13 homes are currently on the market in West Ridge with a median asking price of $500,000. 

My (younger) kids at Indian Boundary Park  back in 2015! Our 4th would have been a few months old by now... maybe I am carrying him while taking pictures? 

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Record $530,000 median price for Bucktown condo sales 2022

We sold 1653 N Cortland #2 last summer in Bucktown for $566,000 in a multiple offer.  All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty and 

We're back in Bucktown looking with a condo buyer client. Last year was hot for our listings and unit sales! It is likely Bucktown 2022 saw a record high for median price.  Let's take a look at sales in 2022 and what's currently on the market.

A look at the general Bucktown neighborhood boundaries and sales from 2022.

Bucktown condo sales (townhomes, attached units) over 2022

245 condo units sold over 2022. The median price of a sold Bucktown condo was a hefty $530,000. This looks to be a record median price according to my research of the past seven years of price growth. Relatively larger and updated condo units represent the neighborhood.  There are few one bedroom condo units nor a true high-rise building. 
Fun facts:
- A two beds, two baths condo median price was about $445,000
- The median price of a condo with a minimum three beds and two baths was about $655,000.

198 condos sold over 2019 (pre-pandemic) for a median price of about $475,000. 
101 condos sold in 2020 with a median price of $490,000
A whopping 340 condos sold in 2021 with a median price of $519,000
Unit sales dropped back down to 245 units sold in 2022 with a high median price of $530,000.

Current sales

At this moment only 26 Bucktown condo units are listed for sale.  Of those only five condos are listed for under $500,000. Nine condo units are currently under contract with a median asking price of almost $700,000.

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