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Vintage bargains abound in Uptown

filed under: Buyers, Chicago home prices, Uptown posted on November 14th, 2011


A GILDED PAST: Chicago history buffs love Uptown and its well-preserved trove of late 19th and early 20th-century homes. This 1908 Prairie style mini-mansion, located at 4527 N Malden in the Uptown's Sheridan Park area, is now for sale at $895,000. Along with 8 bedrooms and a study, it features a king's ransom worth of glorious vintage delights, including a grand oak staircase, stained glass windows, stenciled box-beam ceilings, quartersawn oak and mahogany trim, pocket doors and a hutch with original brass hardware. It is, unfortunately, a short sale, and Andy Gersten of Prudential Rubloff has the listing.

Yesterday I took some buyers out house-hunting in Uptown, a historic neighborhood packed with vintage architecture, restaurants, nightclubs, and classic music halls like the Riviera, the Aragon Ballroom and the Green Mill jazz club. One of the best aspects of Uptown, in my humble realtor’s opinion, is that it’s one of the only North Side neighborhoods close to the lake that offers big, roomy, vintage homes at affordable prices — and the prices have gotten even more affordable lately.

If you’re looking for lots of space — meaning a large living room (often with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves), a separate dining room, spacious bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, and often a sunroom and back deck to boot — Uptown should definitely make your short list. Condo buyers in particular should check out the Sheridan Park section of Uptown, bounded by Montrose, Clark, Lawrence and Broadway, which has dozens of historic six-flats. My buyers and I just visited several 3-bedroom units, with parking included, in the $230,000 to $280,000 range. These condos often sold for $325,000 and up just a few years ago, and they are so big that buyers can be confident they won’t outgrow them in a few years.

For buyers hunting for a single-family home, Uptown features turn-of-the-century gems with lots of space for the money. Many of them are Victorian homes built in the 1890s or Prairie style houses built over the next two decades. For a history lover like me, these homes are so gorgeous that mere words fail to do them justice… So here are some photos to tell the story. All of the homes pictured here are currently for sale:


This 4-bedroom Victorian, built in 1891 on a double lot, is priced at $575,000.

The entryway to a

The entryway to a rehabbed 4-bedroom house on Magnolia, one of Uptown's nicest blocks.

This glorious hutch stretches across one end of the 15x21-foot dining room.

This glorious hutch stretches across one end of the 15x21-foot dining room in a Sheridan Park home.

Many Uptown condo buildings, like this 1912 Margate Park

Many Uptown condos, like this 1912 building in Margate Park, retain vintage features like sunrooms.

A typical living room in a vintage Uptown condo: fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves

A typical living room in a vintage Uptown condo, with a fireplace, built-in bookshelves, oak trim, plenty of windows and an adjoining sunroom.

The dining room of a

The dining room of a 2-bedroom vintage condo on Magnolia, now priced at $269,500.

Written by Sue Fox //

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