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Lincoln Park Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

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Active lakeside park and beach meet upscale boutique shopping and world-class dining in this charming near north side Chicago neighborhood. Over the years Lincoln Park has gained a reputation as one of the city's most desirable communities. Its shady, tree-lined residential streets and stretches of exciting entertainment and nightlife are the ideal union of serenity and fun. The majority of Lincoln Park holds an old-fashioned appeal, reinforced by rows of brown- and graystone walkups and ornate, vintage architecture. DePaul University campus adds to the neighborhood's historic character with beautiful late-19th century buildings, while the population of students interjects a youthful energy into the area. An electric bar and club scene - favored by the younger crowd in Lincoln Park - is buffered by miles of tranquil green space and breathtaking shoreline in the neighborhood's namesake 1,200-acre park. Summertime bursts with activity as people come from all over the city to enjoy the expansive beach, waterfront jogging and biking trails, a jam-packed schedule of street festivals and farmer's markets, and the family favorite - the Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Lincoln Park's residential streets are among the most beautiful in Chicago. Towering trees, shaded sidewalks and rows of elegant, wrought-iron gates preserve the neighborhood's historic charm. Lincoln Park real estate is a mix of three- and four-story conventional flats, single-family townhomes, contemporary courtyard condominiums and high-rise residential buildings offers everyone from young working singles to beginner families to empty-nesters a place to call home.

Many of Lincoln Park's older, stately graystones, brownstones and brick walkups are rehabs, updated with modern conveniences and state-of-the-art amenities essential to today's lifestyle. While some are still private single-family residences, most of these vintage buildings have been split up into separate two- and three-bedroom units. The majority of studios and one-bedrooms can be found in Lincoln Park's stretch of mid- and high-rise condos that are generally limited to the eastern edge of the neighborhood, closer to the lakefront. You can typically get anything from a studio loft to a three-bedroom duplex. Lincoln Park buildings usually offer bonuses such as a pool, exercise room, tennis courts, garage parking, extra storage, doorman and roof-top deck. And some of the properties on the top floors afford amazing views of the water, which means you'll have to pay more, but for a coveted window or balcony facing that kind of scenery, it's well worth it.

With DePaul University's campus located within Lincoln Park neighborhood boundaries, there is a large student population residing in the area. So a portion of the classic flats and condos near the school's grounds have retained a 'lease only' situation, catering to the transient nature of the college's student body. Even with tenants coming and going on a yearly basis, landlords maintain the rental properties with the pride and care that is seen throughout the neighborhood's owned real estate, and oftentimes it is hard to tell whether a place is occupied by renters or homeowners.

For the most part, detached single-family real estate in Lincoln Park neighborhood is characterized by narrow multi-story townhouses, with small cottage-style frame houses here and there. Rising from the sidewalk with dignified stature, many of these private homes are a reminder of the community's past with massive front stoops and ornate exterior stonework, although the residential blocks hold a good number of contemporary designs that incorporate a fresh new side to this long-established section of Chicago. While there are quite a few posh mansions in Lincoln Park, coach houses hidden behind the street-front homes are common dwellings for those with more moderate incomes. These quaint abodes are completely separate from the main residence and provide a very quiet and secluded existence, set off from the actual road and accessed through side gates.

In general, the average sales price for a one- to three-bedroom unit in Lincoln Park is around $435,000. However, potential homebuyers will find the range for attached properties spans from the low $100,000s for a studio to $3 million for a four- or five-bedroom townhouse with two-car garage. The average sales price for a single-family detached home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood is about $1.6 million with the lower end dipping into the $500,000s for a tiny 'worker's cottage' or coach house, and the upper end easily reaching into the multi-millions ”we're talking anywhere from six to 16 million dollars" for a straight up three- or four-story Victorian estate.

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