“Green” is more than a buzzword. In today’s real estate market, buyers, sellers, and homeowners are thinking about sustainability and green design choices more than ever before. 

If you’re among the countless Chicago homeowners or sellers who have made the decision to transform your home to be more environmentally friendly, it’s important to consider everything that comes next. You’re ready to make your home more green - now, it’s time to nail down the concrete steps you can take to move your property in the right direction. 

You may choose to focus on smaller fixes inside and outside of the house, or strive for the larger-scale green renovations that can dramatically minimize the carbon footprint of your home. Either way, you’re making big strides to bring your property into the future, which could help lower your bills, make your home more livable, and also make a dramatic difference when it’s time to sell. 

When it comes to selling a home, there is one detail that everyone wants to get right – and which everyone else seems to want to weigh in on: List Price.

Finding the right price for your home is an important step on the road to a successful sale, and everyone is looking for that “magic number” – the one that will yield maximum profit, a quick turnaround time, and minimal stress.

Of course, finding that perfect price is easier said than done, and plenty of the so-called advice you’ll hear is actually just hot air… which could end up doing your sale more harm than good.

It’s time to get to the bottom of things! Want to successfully sell your home for the best possible price? Be wary of these all-too-common home pricing myths:

The new 4896 North Paulina is a sophisticated home that has undergone a plush renovation in a top Ravenswood location.
This spacious home, originally built in 1885, is situated on a huge 52x165 lot and is conveniently located in the northeast corner of the Ravenswood neighborhood, adjacent to Lincoln Square, Andersonville, and Winnemac neighborhoods. The existing structure was rehabbed down to the original masonry walls to give this historic home a new chapter. There are six bedrooms (four upstairs, two on the lower level), five bathrooms, and an elegant first-floor powder room. The home features three mudrooms. And it is perfect for entertaining. The large home features an estimated 5300 square feet of high-quality design with a contemporary flair and boasts over 10' ceilings on the first and second floor. It’s a commuter's dream, located near schools including Lycée Français de Chicago, Chicago Waldorf School, and Rogers Park Montessori School and the Ravenswood Metra station.

Upon entering the original striking front door to the main level, you'll notice the flowing space and seamless transitions from the foyer into the large living room, dining room, lounge area, and high-end kitchen. The kitchen displays honed, Italian porcelain counters,  professional appliances, Wolf, Fisher Paykel, Sub-Zero, Bosch, a large breakfast peninsula, and a spacious, separate custom-built pantry and breakfast room. The abundant natural light, warm woods, and elegant metal materials will make you feel at ease and right at home.  Upstairs, you'll find four large bedrooms with custom-built closets. The gorgeous master suite has it’s own private roof terrace and features a soaking tub w/ large separate shower, as well as a large walk-in closet. The convenient upstairs laundry room offers stone countertops, a stainless steel sink, and European-style cabinetry. The lower level includes a family room with loads of natural light, a wet bar with a wine cooler, two spacious bedrooms, another large bath, and plenty of storage, complete with comforting floor radiant heat throughout the lower level.

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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 Climbed in 2020

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