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Marycrest
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Marycrest Overview

Maycrest is a part of Ashburn.

Situated on the edge of Chicago city limits, the tiny Marycrest neighborhood — no more than four blocks wide and a couple blocks long — has the feel of a suburban haven. Sprawling green backyards and large single-family homes mark Marycrest as a quiet community, perfect for those slowing down or just starting out. Marycrest inhabitants appreciate the privacy and seclusion of their pocketsize residential enclave, which does afford a few daily essentials hard to live without. The almighty corner coffee shop, for example, supplies that necessary morning boost, and a couple takeout joints is all you need to feed the fam on those nights you just don't want to cook.

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Marycrest is a somewhat undiscovered neighborhood of Chicago. Surrounded by larger neighborhoods like Ashburn and Wrightwood, and bordered to the south by the suburb of Evergreen Park, Marycrest often goes overlooked. The neighborhood is only about four blocks long and its entire south section is occupied by the Evergreen Cemetery, so that doesn’t leave much room for housing or other businesses. But it is this limited space that gives Marycrest neighborhood such a wonderfully quaint and private community ambiance.

The neighborhood’s few residential streets consist of good-sized single-family homes that are set back from the street and have front lawns, large backyards and decks, and attached garages. Yep, there’s no doubt about it—folks who yearn for the less cramped atmosphere and free parking (and garage parking in the winter, in many cases) of the suburbs will fall in love with Marycrest. It was like this tiny cove of homes was made for those who want a lot of living space but enjoy the convenience and culture of being close to the city.

Most of the homes here are two-stories, split-levels or raised ranches. As you may have guessed, the number of homes on the market in Marycrest is rather limited because there aren’t that many to begin with. But that’s not to say dedicated home-seekers won’t find exactly what their looking for in this tiny south side Chicago neighborhood. As this subdivision was established in the early 1990s, the bulk of the properties are in great condition and provide all the modern amenities and conveniences a homebuyer would expect these days.

The average sales price for a three-bedroom single-family house in Marycrest is about $237,000, but you can generally find one for under $200,000. A four-bedroom place averages around $262,000, although a handful of homes this size sell for between $300,000 and $340,000.

Marycrest History

Located at the southern tip of the larger Ashburn community, which borders the suburb of Evergreen Park, Marycrest is a relatively new Chicago neighborhood. However, the surrounding areas, particularly Ashburn, have a rich history that seeps into Marycrest’s culture and everyday life.

In the early 1890s, Dutch, Swedish, and Irish immigrants had settled the area of Ashburn in hopes that Chicago’s Columbian Exposition would meld the entire south side it into a bustling cosmopolitan hub, but alas, being so far away from the lakeshore (about 15 miles) made Ashburn a convenient outpost rather than another city center. The growth of transportation in the form of elevated trains never quite made it through Ashburn, and thus World’s Fair-goers never made it to Ashburn either. The disregarded community located next to the more industrial Chicago and Grand Trunk Railway and waited for success, again. It kept waiting. Eleven years later, well after the fair ended, Ashburn had grown from 30 homes to 48 homes, hardly constituting itself as any sort of destination.

Ashburn plunged forward into the 20th century. In 1916, Chicago’s first airport opened, the Ashburn Flying Field, the first step in the path to making Chicago an aviation center of the world. However, Ashburn’s mild aviation accomplishments were soon eclipsed. In 1927, Municipal Airport (now Midway) opened on the south side of Chicago. The Ashburn Flying Field struggled on until it closed in 1939. The airstrip was removed and the land was converted into a shopping mall and suburban-style subdivision in 1950.

Throughout the next several decades, Ashburn never caught on as a lively urban hotspot. Instead, suburbia crept in and around the area until Ashburn residents realized it was okay to be a more laidback community—hey, they still had the busy city center nearby, right? The neighborhood began to embrace its single-family homes, medium-sized malls, and small condominium complexes. And, in 1993 a new subdivision was constructed between the Chicago city neighborhood of Ashburn and the suburb of Evergreen Park. The pocketsize community was named Marycrest.

Marycrest is one of Chicago’s smallest neighborhoods with only a few residential streets, one main thoroughfare along 87th Street, and all the peace and quiet you can want—as the Evergreen Cemetery extends through the southern half of the subdivision. Despite its tiny size, Marycrest is the ideal neighborhood for families who are just starting out, career folks who crave the suburban lifestyle but want a shorter commute downtown (only 15 miles), or anyone who has a hankering for a large, lush lawn.

Dream Town Knows Marycrest

As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in Marycrest. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your Marycrest home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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The Sights of Marycrest

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Schools In The Marycrest Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Marycrest area.

School Type Grade Rating

Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123

4201 West 93rd St -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Dawes Elementary School

3810 West 81st Place - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Southeast Elementary School

9800 South Francisco Ave - public

Elementary K-6
6

J M Hannum Elementary School

9800 South Tripp Ave - public

Elementary K-5
5

Ashburn Community Elementary School

8300 South Saint Louis Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Queen Of The Universe School

7130 South Hamlin Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

New Direction College Preparatory

2750 West Columbus Avenue - private

Preschool - High PK-12
NR

Evergreen Park Esd 124 School District

9400 South Sawyer Ave -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Bogan High School

3939 West 79th St - public

High 9-12
4

Hurley Elementary School

3849 West 69th Place - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Evergreen Park High School

9901 South Kedzie Ave - public

High 9-12
8

Hampton Elementary Fine & Perf Arts School

3434 West 77th St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
3

Durkin Park Elementary School

8445 South Kolin Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

St Rita Of Cascia High School

7740 South Western Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Most Holy Redeemer Elementary School

9536 South Millard Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Ashburn Lutheran School

3345 West 83rd Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St. Bernadette School

9311 South Francisco Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Tarkington Elementary School

3330 West 71st St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Aquinas Academy

9003 South Kostner Avenue - private

High 9
NR

Joseph Academy At Hometown

9003 South Kostner Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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