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Back of the Yards Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Get to know Back of the Yards

The Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood is one of the original communities of the American Industrial Revolution. This was the site of radical social change that moved the country forward with progress in labor relations and how society views laborers. The slaughterhouses and harsh working conditions attracted both reformers and authors who acted as advocates for the everyman. Now the neighborhood is an intriguing place to explore, with a plethora of parks and a strong, diversified community that is expanding on its industrial base. Classic Chicago bungalows are joined by other single-family homes and some condominium conversions to give homeowners a wide range of real estate to choose from. Specialty grocery stores and an international selection of restaurants round out the backdrop of Chicago's Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood.

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Back of the Yards Real Estate

Back-of-the-Yards is a neighborhood that is convenient to the Loop and major expressways and has a large industrial tax base that offsets property taxes, which tend to be lower here compared with other neighborhoods in the city.

A lot of strong value exists in this market with bungalows, two-story single-family houses, raised ranches and brick two-flats and four-flats dominating the inventory. Most of the homes have modest yards in front and back, fences edging the property lines, and some even include garages to park the car, or, if you’re like us, use as extra storage space. Condominium conversions are starting to appear in Back-of-the-Yards with more regularity but not at the pace seen in other Chicago neighborhoods. Still, you won’t have trouble finding one if that’s your interest.

Just like the type of architectural designs in the Back-of-the-Yards, residential blocks vary widely, as do price ranges. Homebuyers will find some detached single-family three-bedrooms listed for $65,000 in this south side Chicago neighborhood. Of course, these are older dwellings that may need a bit of TLC. On the other hand, the newer constructions in the area, which are mostly two-stories with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, are going for closer to $450,000 or $500,000. Perhaps you don’t need all that space and upkeep. As we said, there has been recent development of condominiums and townhomes in the Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood. Typically, you’re looking at a price in the mid to high $300,000s for a three-bedroom townhouse, while you can get a two-bedroom condo for between $130,000 to $300,000.

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