As you search for homes around Chicagoland, you’re bound to find some layouts that excite and inspire - and some that leave you scratching your head.

Our city is full of all kinds of structures, some with more space than you may actually need, and some that are cozier than you might think possible. In other cases, a space could come with an architectural flourish that adds extra dimensions or square footage to the home. In other cases, spare space could come in the form of a basement, an attic, a loft space, or even a bedroom you don’t actually need.

If you’re in the market for a home, or you’re a current homeowner getting ready to stage and sell, you may have some of these extra spaces and bonus rooms on your mind.

As a seller getting your home ready to go to market, you may find yourself wanting to talk with your broker or a design professional about how to stage or highlight a bonus room or flexible space. For buyers, even if you’ve combed through design and decor blogs for room ideas, the idea of a bonus area or flex space may leave you feeling a bit flustered.

It’s awesome you have the extra space, after all, but now comes the question: What to do with it?

What are the Current Market Conditions for Edgewater? (Source: wikimedia.commons)

Chicago's Edgewater Neighborhood

Chicago's Edgewater - a community area bordered on the north by Devon Avenue, on the south by Foster Avenue, west by Ravenswood Avenue, and on the east by Lake Michigan - is located about seven miles north of the Loop.

Once a popular haunt of celebrities, politicians, and other big shots, Edgewater is still notable for its easy access to beaches, its plethora of winning local businesses, and its central Bryn Mawr historic district, which comes complete with vintage lamp posts and architecture that instantly whisks you back to the roaring 1920s. 

Want to get a better feel for this unique slice of Chicagoland? Here are a few resources worth checking out:

Want to call Edgewater home? Ready to buy or sell in this amazing area? Here are the current housing market statistics for Edgewater that you need to know now:

Edgewater's Current Condo Market

1. The Median Sales Price of an Edgewater Condo Has Been Climbing

Why Lincoln Park?

We've got two words for you: "Free Zoo." 

Lincoln Park is home to one of the country's last free zoos, meaning that your neighbors would be actual party animals. But if a sweet sloth and its friends aren't enough to draw you to the neighborhood, there are lots of other perks to living in Lincoln Park. It offers institutions devoted to preserving Chicago's history and culture, including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Chicago History Museum, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 

And, if you're hungry, there are a ton of diverse dining spots, along with plenty of beloved old school mainstays (the Wiener's Circle, anybody?).

Looking to learn more about this iconic Chicago neighborhood? Check out some of these handy resources:

Lincoln Park blends sophistication with Chicago's salty sense of humor and history, and is a great place to call home. Ready to take a look for yourself? Here are the current stats for Lincoln Park's condo and housing market:

Lincoln Park's Current Condo Market 

1. The Median Sale Price of a Lincoln Park Condo Has Been Climbing

People who move to Chicago for the first time often find themselves taken aback by the sheer variety of housing available. From spacious single family homes to cozy condos, from gleaming skyscrapers to humble two-flats, there’s a home for every taste and budget in the city.

But, for many, that dream home isn’t always easy to find – particularly when it comes to finding the ideal size. Plenty of Chicago homes offer gorgeous finishes, a convenient location, or top-of-the-line amenities – if you’re willing to settle for a little less space in some rooms.

But a home with a few particularly snug spaces doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker! In fact, there are countless tricks that you can use to make a small or awkward room feel bigger, brighter, and more inviting, without shelling out big bucks for renovations.

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