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Westlawn Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Get to know Westlawn

A pleasant, family-friendly — almost suburban — quality lends a special warmth to this attractive bungalow community situated east of Midway Airport. But Westlawn isn't just your typical bedroom neighborhood. This distinctive west side address oozes rich culture, sparked by strong heritage and survived by healthy community ties. Westlawn is home to the country's only Lithuanian museum, established because of the neighborhood's largely Lithuanian population, which happens to top that of any other place in the world — besides Lithuania. The rise of a strong Latin-American populace in more recent years is apparent in the number of Mexican restaurants, taquerias and cantinas that have popped up throughout Westlawn. Mostly independent and family-owned, these popular dining spots have come to define the Westlawn neighborhood today, although consider the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture to be the area's most precious treasure.

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Westlawn Real Estate

Westlawn is a densely-packed, highly residential community characterized by long sidewalk-lined blocks and well-maintained single-family homes. Sturdy bungalows are common in this southwest side neighborhood—mostly one-and-a-half-story brick structures, typical of the Chicago bungalow style—and other small houses of varying architectural designs fill in the lots with simple frame compositions, solid raised ranches, and the occasional two-story dwelling. Although detached homes dominate Westlawn's residential streets, there are some multi-unit condo buildings and townhouses in the area. Found mainly along the neighborhood's busier roadways, residents have a good selection of one- and two-bedroom condominiums to choose from that range in price from the low $100,000s to $225,000, which usually includes a garage parking space.

It may come as a surprise, but Westlawn's proximity to Midway Airport is not particularly disruptive to the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. To most visitors, low-flying jets winging over 63rd Street near Cicero Avenue are a breathtaking sight, but their flight path follows the train yards that form the diagonal southern boundary of the community, so they don't fly directly over people's homes. In fact, recent increased activity and renovations at Midway, including the extension of the CTA Orange Line from the Loop to the airport, have contributed to a steady rise in Westlawn's property values.

The average sales price for a two-bedroom detached single-family home here is about $215,000. For a three-bedroom the price jumps up to around $236,000, however, there are several properties that sell for between $300,000 and $350,000. The average sales price for larger houses in Westlawn, ones that have four or more bedrooms, typically go for around $257,000, but again, there are a select few homes that cost in the mid to upper $300,000s.

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