Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park Condos

Jefferson Park, a community on Chicago’s Northwest side, has become a hub of condo construction as buyers seek more affordable places to live within the city. Jefferson Park boasts urban amenities such as convenient transportation, but also is prized for its quiet, tree-lined streets and a close-knit feeling. Just as it is today, Jefferson Park has always been prized as a transportation hub.

Traders and hunters traveled Indian trails in the area in the early 1800s. One of those hunters, John Kinzie Clark, built the first cabin here in the early 1830s. By 1855, a village had been formed in the area near Milwaukee Avenue and Higgins Road. Farmers often stopped in the village to get supplies, rest or water their horses. The town of Jefferson was incorporated in 1872 and named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson. It was annexed by the city of Chicago in 1890. The heart of the neighborhood goes by the same name as the community. It is Jefferson Park at Long Street and Higgins Avenue.

Jefferson Park has two baseball fields, three tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and a seven- acre park where residents can enjoy an oasis of greenery in the city. A popular local event is Jeff Fest, an outdoor festival that every summer features food, fun and music. Another well-known institution in the area is the Irish American Heritage Center. Every year, the center holds its own community festival called Irish Fest. The center is housed in a converted, brick college building and features a pub, a museum, and meeting rooms. It promotes Irish music and culture and is a friendly place where residents of the nearby community often drop by. Due, in part, to its location near expressways and public transportation, building has boomed in Jefferson Park in recent years.

Condos are to be found in renovated two and three flats and in midrises. A two or three bedroom unit in a new building that features granite counters, hardwood floors, and other amenities is likely to cost in the $430,000 to $450,000 range. Lesser expensive condos can also be found around the $300,000 mark in Jefferson Park. As its flourishing condo construction proves, Jefferson Park is a highly desirable place to live in Chicago.

It offers affordability, green lawns and peaceful streets and is a place where neighbors get to know each other.