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The MLS neighborhood of Irving Park - commonly called "Old Irving," or "Old Irving Park" - is one of Chicago's most unique neighborhoods. Located on the northwest side, it's bounded by the Chicago River on the east, the Milwaukee Road railway tracks to the west, Addison Street on the south, and Montrose Avenue to the north. It also encompasses the area west of Pulaski Road, bounded by Belmont Avenue on the south and Leland to the north.

When you talk to your real estate team about this great area, you can call it by any of those names above; for the sake of clarity, we'll refer to it as Old Irving Park. Named for famed author Washington Irving, the Old Irving Park neighborhood offers convenient access to both the Loop and O'Hare airport. Full of charming public art and murals, stately homes dating back to the 1860s, and a variety of tasty restaurants, Old Irving Park is the perfect place to make your Chicago home.

Ready to learn even more about this wonderful Chicago neighborhood? Here are a few handy resources worth checking out:

Ready to give this historic area a fresh look? Here are the current housing market statistics for Old Irving Park to know: 

Old Irving Park's Current Condo Market

1. The Median Sales Price of an Irving Park Condo Has Leveled Off Slightly

What Are the Current Real Estate Conditions in Logan Square?

Looking for a neighborhood with a vibrant creative scene, complete with an iconic old school movie theatre? Check out Logan Square!

Located northwest of West Town, "Logan," as it's commonly called, is jammed full of coffee shops, deliciously dive-y bars, and Longman & Eagle's legendary chicken and waffles. Noted for its high level of energy and grassroots activism, Logan Square also boasts a robust arts community, thriving nightlife options, and an easygoing sensibility that makes it an excellent neighborhood for just about anyone.

Here are a few resources worth checking out if you're interested in this red hot part of Chicago: 

Interested in this welcoming hub of art and food? Let's check out Logan Square's current real estate market:

Avondale Park ImagePhoto credit: MtHunder58 via Wikimedia Commons

Looking to live in one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city of Chicago - and maybe in the entire country? Then Avondale is the spot for you.

Avondale has been named one of the nation's hottest "up-and-coming" neighborhoods by travel media company Lonely Planet, whose writers vibed with the area's "scruffy, artsy, lived-in magic."

Those are their words, but we think they ring true. Avondale has long been a spot that's welcomed artists, families, and foodies of all stripes. Though the neighborhood has changed from the days when it was the center of Polish life for the city, Avondale has always been, and always will be, unique, unpretentious, and totally Chicago.

Boasting a unique combination of industrial architecture, classical cathedrals, and generously-sized homes, Avondale is home to some of Chicago's coolest haunts, including Honey Butter Fried Chicken, the pierogi-dispensing Red Apple, and, of course, Kuma's Corner, a world famous spot for burgers, beer, and heavy metal (yep, you read that right).

Officially, Avondale is bounded by Addison Street to the north and Diversey Avenue to the south, with the Chicago River on the east and Pulaski Road to the west. It is one of 77 officially-designated community areas in Chicago.

For more information on this eclectic, welcoming - and quickly growing - spot, we encourage you to check out some of these handy resources:

Ready to buy a house or condo in this charming neighborhood? Here are the current market statistics for Avondale:

According to NerdWallet’s “Down Payment Reality Report,” a staggering 44% of potential homebuyers see “a lack of down payment savings” as their biggest stumbling block when it comes to purchasing a home.

This is huge – and it reflects just how much the down payment means to the home buying process. In a lot of ways, your down payment is closely connected to your purchasing power in the short term, and the total amount you will pay over the long. It’s also tied to your mortgage loan in a few crucial ways.

For all these reasons, it’s important that you get your down payment right. So why are there so many myths and misconceptions out there, pointing would-be buyers in the wrong direction?

Ready to approach this important home buying step with greater peace of mind? Let’s break down five common, scary, and totally misleading myths about down payments:

1.) “You Have to Have a 20% Down Payment”

For years and years, a 20% down payment was considered to be the gold standard when purchasing a home.

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