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West Elsdon Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Get to know West Elsdon

From its beginnings as low-lying wetlands, the first half of the 20th century saw slow development for the neighborhood now known as West Elsdon. But with the arrival of nearby industrial areas and Midway Airport, the neighborhood took off after the 1950s, and this sleepy outlying settlement transformed into a comfortable and popular Chicago community. Today the area is known for its well-maintained bungalows, spruce lawns, and growing diversity. A number of schools and public parks add to West Elsdon's cultural aspects, and a sizeable commercial corridor along Pulaski Road presents inhabitants with ample shopping and dining selections that include the Chicago favorite, Giordano's Pizza. The nightlife in West Elsdon is on the quiet side, sticking to just a few neighborhood watering holes.

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West Elsdon Real Estate

West Elsdon is a stable, family-oriented neighborhood of redbrick bungalows, two-story homes and raised ranches. Many of the single-family dwellings provide residents with detached back garages, freshly-mowed front lawns and modest backyards—just enough space for a barbeque and to send the kids or dog out to play. While not typically large in size, most lots boast green grass, manicured hedges and leafy trees scattered here and there. The architectural characteristics found along the streets of West Elsdon are quite diverse, which gives the community a delightfully intriguing atmosphere that permeates from home to home. Never sure what you'll come across on the next block, a stroll though this southwest side Chicago neighborhood can easily turn into a lengthy tour of quaint housing designs.

While many homeowners have lived in the neighborhood for a generation, there are a lot of new families beginning to move into West Elsdon as well, attracted by the proximity to good transportation and schools, and the reasonable price of property. In addition to the renovation of older houses, the recent completion of Park Place Homes, a master-planned residential development of over 200 residences, is one of the factors that have sparked widespread growth in the area.

Generally speaking, the average sales price for a three-bedroom single-family detached home in West Elsdon is around $250,000. There are a handful of houses this size for under $200,000, but at the same time the neighborhood boasts several properties that sell for $300,000 or more. If you need more living space and want a home with four to six bedrooms, you are looking at an average price of about $267,000. On the other hand, the average sales price for a one- or two-bedroom condo or multi-unit dwelling in the neighborhood is around $138,000, although there are several options in the $150,000 to $175,000 price range, if want the most bang for you buck.


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