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North Austin
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

North Austin Overview

North Austin is a part of Austin.

A diverse neighborhood of wide streets and single-family homes, North Austin is anchored by beautifully landscaped parks and recreation facilities. Long rows of brick bungalows and wood-frame houses epitomize North Austin, which has a limited amount of commercial business and nightlife. Instead, this west side Chicago community loves its tranquility and undeveloped nature. Public parks and playlots cover acres of neighborhood land with greenery, athletic fields, tennis and volleyball courts, jogging and walking paths, playground equipment and even an outdoor swimming pool. The indoor park facilities provide North Austin residents with gyms, meeting rooms and an auditorium.

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North Austin is a notable Chicago neighborhood with the classic rows of quaint redbrick bungalows and traditional frame houses, sitting on moderate lots edged by discrete fences or tidy yards and trimmed with landscaped greenery. Housing in North Austin is inexpensive, and the neighborhood has been experiencing rebirth in recent years with some plans for new construction and renovations of older homes scattered about.

The majority of the houses in North Austin are detached single-family homes, but there are a handful of condominiums and multi-unit options which include low-rise brick buildings, second-story storefront apartments and even some newer model townhomes.

The average sales price for a three-bedroom single-family home is about $212,000, although there are plenty options in the $250,000 to $300,000 range. A place with two bedrooms around here sell for between $90,000 and $245,000, while bigger houses are valued at $230,000 on average, with the low end around $116,00 and the high end at $385,000.

North Austin History

This far west side Chicago neighborhood was established by developer Henry Austin in 1865. It was his intention to create a community that would foster families and a pious lifestyle. Known then as Austinville, this new settlement grew fast and by the 1890s it was the largest settlement in Cicero Township. The growth of the Chicago & Northwestern rail line and the extension of the Lake Street elevated tracks made the early village of Austin an important transportation hub, a standing that was key to its development into a separate city—just like what happened in Oak Park to the west.

However, further expansion of the Lake Street 'El' into the Austin neighborhood created friction with neighboring settlements in the township. Local politics turned ugly when the majority of Cicero Township’s residents voted for Austin’s annexation to Chicago in 1899. Despite this turn of events this new Chicago neighborhood was determined to maintain its own identity to the point of constructing its own town hall in 1929. The first settlers of the Austin neighborhood were Europeans (Scandinavian, Irish, German, and Italian), but the ethnic makeup of Austin has since changed. In fact, in the 1920s Austin had a sizable Greek population, but the demographics shifted again in the 1960s when the Eisenhower Expressway was constructed through the community, and there was a mass migration of the neighborhood’s original inhabitants to the suburbs. By the 1970s Austin was in a slump of slow economic growth, a decrease in commerce and industry, and an increase in poverty and crime. Today, the greater Austin neighborhood, which includes North and South Austin, is the largest neighborhood in Chicago, geographically and in terms of population. While the ethnic makeup of greater Austin has changed, with South Austin becoming predominantly an African-American community, North Austin has retained more of the ethnic makeup of the original settlers.

Despite years of slow economic growth in North Austin, the neighborhood seems to be experiencing revitalization. In recent years, two-thirds of the streets have been repaved, and neighborhood activist organizations, like the Organization for a Better Austin, are working toward further improvements.

Dream Town Knows North Austin

As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in North Austin. 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 North Austin home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The North Austin Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Brunson Math & Sci Specialty Elementary School

932 North Central Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Lloyd Elementary School

2103 North Lamon Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5

Reinberg Elementary School

3425 North Major Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Schubert Elementary School

2727 North Long Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5

Young Elementary School

1434 North Parkside Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

McNair School of Excellence

4820 West Walton Street - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Horace Mann Elementary School

921 North Kenilworth Ave - public

Elementary K-5

Oliver W Holmes Elementary School

508 North Kenilworth Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5

Northwest Middle School

5252 West Palmer St - public

Middle 6-8

Chicago Academy Elementary School

3400 North Austin Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

St Genevieve School

4854 West Montana Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Notre Dame High School For Girls

3115 North Mason Avenue - private

High 9-12

Northwest Institute For Contemporary Learning Academy

5108 West Division Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Austin Career Education Center

5352 West Chicago Avenue - private

High 10-12

Chicago Christian Academy

5110 West Diversey Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-6

Douglass Academy High School

543 North Waller Ave - public

High 9-12

Alpha Omega Ministries

1251 North Parkside Avenue - private

High 9-12

Camras Elementary School

3000 North Mango Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8


5235 West Belden St - charter

Elementary K-1

CICS West Belden

2245 N. McVicker - charter

Elementary - Middle K-8

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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