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Stony Island Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Stony Island Park Overview

Stoney Island Park is a part of Avalon Park.

Stony Island Park is one of Chicago's many small south side neighborhoods, tucked next to convenient public transportation routes and a major expressway. A plentiful dining and shopping district, affordable housing, and a good amount of new construction make Stony Island Park a neighborhood on the rise. The slew of new residential developments gives homebuyers a broader range of architectural styles to choose from when looking for real estate in Stony Island Park. Many of the modern designs are two-story, brick houses, however, there are still an abundance of classic bungalows and vintage homes in the neighborhood — if you are searching for that antiquated charm.

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Stony Island Park has traditionally been a neighborhood of single-family homes, but some recent construction has included more multi-unit housing. Still, the number of condominiums and townhomes in Stony Island Park is very limited. A few low-rise brick condos with two to three bedrooms are available. These are typically listed in the low to upper $100,000s and unfortunately do not generally include parking. If you are going to live in Stony Island Park, chances are you’ll find yourself in one of the neighborhood’s attractive single-family dwellings. As we mentioned, there is a slew of new residential development in this south side Chicago community which is giving residents a lot of options for the architectural style and amenities. Many of the modern designs are two-story brick abodes that are priced in the mid $200,000s to mid $300,000s, but it’s the vintage homes that give this tree-lined neighborhood its notable charm. From large bungalow-style houses with stone chimneys and wide front porches to ranches partially hidden by greenery with landscaped backyard patios and lawns. Tall pines, maples and oaks fill in the lots with a dusting of shrubs and flowerbeds, giving the blocks a balance of maturity and new growth.

Stony Island Park was built up in the post WWII era, so you are not hard pressed to find the classic, quaint redbrick Chicago bungalows along the streets. But because the properties in this neighborhood have been so well cared for over the years, homes are full of life and are just as inviting as the day they were erected. While a smaller home (something with two bedrooms) in Stony Island Park may only cost $90,000 to $135,000, there are plenty of three-bedroom places for less than $165,000. Even houses with four or five bedrooms are priced below $200,000, which as attracted many families to this lovely south side Chicago neighborhood over the years.

Stony Island Park History

Stony Island Park is a triangular neighborhood adjacent to the eastern edges of the small communities of Avalon Park and Marynook. These three neighborhoods were once considered part of one larger township called Avalon Park. Actually, the area was known by the name of Pennytown until 1910 after a local store owner named Penny, or so the story goes. Like much of the south side, this region was marshland when early European inhabitants arrived in the early 1800s. In fact, before the swamp was drained, houses had to be built on stilts to avoid being flooded—not exactly what you might have imagined Chicago looking like back in the day.

The Illinois Central Railroad, which forms the western border of Avalon Park/Pennytown, brought many German and Irish workers to the village, and later many Swedish immigrants settled in the area as well. As the number of inhabitants grew, the settlement was annexed to Chicago in 1889. In the early 1900s, the neighborhood’s marshy terrain was finally tackled with a series of drainage systems that successfully dried out the land enough for serious development. This had the desired effect of the first of three major population and new home construction booms that the neighborhood would experience. In addition, the name was officially changed from Pennytown to Avalon Park.

The affluence of the roaring twenties sparked the second population increase and the World War II Baby Boom brought on the third, also prompting a rise in employment for residents who took to working in nearby industrial plants. Unfortunately, the increased prosperity lasted only a couple more decades until the population began to decline. The 1960s saw many African American families moving to Avalon Park from nearby overcrowded neighborhoods. These were mostly professionals of the emerging black middle-class, but fear and ignorance caused many white residents to move to the suburbs, and by 1980, African Americans made up 96 percent of Avalon Park’s populace—up from 83 percent just a decade before.

The southeast, triangular section of Avalon Park is now called Stony Island Park and is its own distinctive Chicago neighborhood. The area takes its name from the hill located in the Calumet Heights neighborhood directly to the south. In a sea of tall prairie grass, the hill looked like an island to early pioneers and was named accordingly. Their instincts weren’t too far off the mark, as Stony Island was in fact an island in glacial Lake Chicago in prehistoric times—who knew? Today Stony Island Park is an upper-middle class neighborhood of almost 14,000 residents, many of whom are professionals and business people that commute downtown for work.
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Schools In The Stony Island Park Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Stony Island Park area.

School Type Grade Rating

Avalon Park Elementary School

8045 South Kenwood Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Bradwell Community Arts & Sci Elementary School

7736 South Burnham Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Bouchet Elementary Math & Science Academy

7355 South Jeffery Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Mann Elementary School

8050 South Chappel Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Okeeffe Elementary School

6940 South Merrill Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Revere Elementary School

1010 East 72nd St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Wadsworth PreK-8th STEM School

6650 S. Ellis Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-5

Mt Carmel High School

6410 South Dante Avenue - private

High 9-12

South Central Community Services - South Shore

7550 South Phillips Avenue - private

Elementary - High 4-12

Milburn Alternative School

321 East 84th St - public

Middle - High 7-12

Black Magnet Elementary School

9101 South Euclid Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8

Hoyne Elementary School

8905 South Crandon Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8

Hirsch Metropolitan High School

7740 South Ingleside Ave - public

High 9-12

Park Manor Elementary School

7037 South Rhodes Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Tanner Elementary School

7350 South Evans Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Powell Elementary Paideia Community Academy

7511 South South Shore Dr - public

Elementary - Middle K-8

St Philip Neri Elementary School

2110 East 72nd Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Rescue Missionary Christian School

7740 South Eberhhart (former St. Dorothy School) - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Shabazz International Chrtr Schls

7823 South Ellis Ave - charter

Elementary - High K-12

Stair Step Villa Nursery & Kindergarten

6725 South Jeffery Boulevard - private

Elementary - High n/a

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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