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What are the best Chicago neighborhoods for SFH in $275-375 price range?

Priorities are:
- Safety
- Close to public transportation
- Good investment
- Inside the city
- Schools (thinking long term)

We love these neighborhoods (Lincoln Park, Lake View, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Andersonville, Roscoe Village) but understand we may need to move further west or north to get into a single family home. 

Any thoughts?
  • March 05 2012 - Ford City
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I suggest you get a few applications via your iPad, iPhone, or Android that can help you determine if the area is ideal for you. If you'd like me to send you a list, please feel free to let me know. 
  • June 17 2013
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Its going to be difficult to find a SFH in your price point in these areas. Try searching a bit away from the heart of the city. Lincolnwood may be a good option for you. Ask your agent for some help they should be able to point you in a good direction.
  • June 03 2013
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Your price seems a bit low for the areas you listed. You might want to consider searching a little outside Chicago. Evanston is nice.  
  • June 01 2013
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I see schools are important to you. I would advice you to start with that. Compare the schools in Chicago. You can use some of these websites:

http://www.greatschools.org/illinois/chicago/ 
http://cps.edu/NewSchools/Pages/ONS.aspx 
http://schools.chicagotribune.com/ 

I personally love the first one...

After you find the schools you'd like your children to go to, then look in the neighborhoods were the schools are located. Before you visit Chicago, call couple Real Estate Agents, interview them on their knowledge of the areas, and schedule appointments with one to give you a tour in those specific neighborhoods to get a feeling of the neighborhood.

Good luck in your search.
  • March 17 2012
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Michelle, You might want take a look at the Irving Park neighborhood, Portage park, Jefferson park, Norwood park, Mayfair, Oriole park and even Edison park. Let me know if you would like a list of homes in these areas sent to you. Feel free to research these neighborhoods. They are very good alternatives for what you are looking for, you would also get something nice in your price range. Good luck on your search. Juan Espinosa [phone removed by Zillow moderator] cell
  • March 06 2012
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It really depends on how much work you are willing to do on the house and what type of SFH. Buying in that price range in most of those neighborhoods you mention would only be possible with a smaller "fixer-upper" house. If you want to live near the blue line in a nicer house, Jefferson Park may be a good fit. Let me know how I can help.
  • March 05 2012
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Well one thing I can tell you is that you cant find a single family in those neighborhoods in those price ranges. You will most likely have to double that price range to do so.

As to what a Realtor can describe is "good" is something we cannot comment on. Only you will know whats best for your family. I suggest going to different neighborhoods in your price range and seeing which meets all your families needs the best.
  • March 05 2012
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