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South Shore Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Get to know South Shore

Historic parks and extensive beaches meet down-to-earth, affordable living in this beautiful south side Chicago neighborhood. South Shore is a sprawling community that encompasses expansive public recreation space and ambitious civic organizations. The neighborhood cultural center acts as a hub for outdoor amusement with lengthy walking trails, a bird sanctuary, all-ages sports programs, and waterfront grounds that offer breathtaking views of downtown Chicago. When night falls in the summer, movies and live music take place at the center, bringing neighbors and families together. A healthy retail corridor along 71st Street gives the area a cosmopolitan touch and the selection of down-home cooking available at the restaurants in South Shore is enough to satisfy any comfort food craving.  

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South Shore Real Estate

South Shore neighborhood offers Chicagoans an attractive and affordable mix of housing options. Recent years have seen a mini-boom in residential development down here with many new constructions going up as we speak. The most expensive housing (but still reasonable, compared with similar property to the north) is for lake lovers, who can opt for a new condo minutes from the beach and South Shore Drive. Many of these come with luxury trimmings like granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.

Families may favor the single-family homes, which have front lawns and small backyards. The majority of detached houses in the South Shore are found on tree-lined streets, intermingled with solid three- and four-story redbrick buildings with rental and condo units. Some residential high-rises vintage condominiums with ornate exterior stonework dot the neighborhood along South Shore Drive, affording breath-taking views of the water and the city skyline. The atmosphere here is laid back and neighborly. Residents enjoy front patios where they can sit and chat with neighbors, while children ride bikes on the sidewalks, though not all streets are well tended.

The average price for a three-bedroom single-family detached home in South Shore is around $178,000, and a four- or five-bedroom place costs about $250,000, on average. There are also homes that are valued at over a million dollars, but detached single-family homes can still be found for less than $100,000.

In terms of attached housing, one-bedroom condo units or apartments sell for an average price of $93,000, but there are places available for as low as $60,000. The average sales price for a two-bedroom unit in the South Shore neighborhood is about $139,000.

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