Forest Park Condos
Forest Park, a community just 10 miles west of Chicago’s Loop, has a wide variety of condos, from upscale to affordable. They create an attractive housing landscape that appeals to young and old alike. The village’s main thoroughfare is Madison Street which is illuminated by old-fashioned street lamps and is flanked on both sides by restaurants and shops. Antique stores and boutiques are among the retailers as are eateries offering every sort of cuisine from Irish pub grub (along with foot tapping music), Mexican fare, pizza, or Cajun Creole. The village was incorporated as the town of Harlem in 1884. It was renamed Forest Park in 1907. Although the energy of it’s downtown does not reflect it, one of the village’s main early industry was cemeteries.
There are several large ones in the village and these add greenery to the village. In addition to restaurants and stores, there are lots of other opportunties for recreation in Forest Park. The village boasts Forest Park, a 15-acre park, an aquatic center, a community center and hosts an annual 16-inch No Glove Softball Tournament. The village is served by the Chicago Transit Authority’s Lake and Congress Street “L” train lines, by a commuter train that goes to Chicago and other western suburbs, and by suburban bus lines.
When you are not on the go, a condo is the ideal place to call home. Prices for condos range from $100,000 to $470,000. The top end of the market will get you a loft-style condo in newer brick construction with well-sized rooms and an attached garage. Tuscany in Forest Park features two bedroom, two or two and a half bath loft units that are priced from from $325,000 to $334,900. Features include deluxe designer kitchen with breakfast island, granite counter tops, oak floors, 10-foot wood beam ceilings, gas starter wood burning fireplace, in-unit laundry hook-up, columns and arched doorways, slate and travertine foyer, marble and tile euro-style baths, balconies and decks,. Forest Park is also seeing older apartment buildings being converted to condos
These units make up the lower end of the market that attracts young people seeking their first homes. A one-bedroom, one bath unit close to the bars, restaurants and shops on Madison Street is priced at $119,000. With all it has to offer, condos in Forest Park have been appreciating and a condo here is a sure to provide a convenient place to live, as well as increase in value.