A Tale of Two Parks: Albany & Oak

Albany Park, Oak Park. City, suburb. So? Check out two FGR listings to see what the $700,000-$750,000 range offers in the city versus the suburbs. You might be surprised.





Agent says: “Having been raised in the city and now currently residing in the suburbs, I have first-hand experiences of both environments. This enormous home would usually be associated with having a suburban address. 4531 N Troy in the Albany Park/Ravenswood neighborhood hybrids the “within minutes” conveniences, urban excitement, and eclectic blend of cultures of the city with a more than generous size and amenities of the suburbs.” – Arnell Cordero

Bed/Bath: 6/4

Square feet: 4,000

Neighborhood: Albany Park, emanates culture & diversity

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Built in: 1911


  • Large floor plan
  • Mother-in-law apartment
  • Finished basement
  • 2 fireplaces
  • 2 spacious walk-in closets
  • 2 Jacuzzi tubs
  • Wet bar
  • Workout room
  • Deck
  • Fenced yard
  • Parking: garage–detached, 3 spaces

Schools: Albany Park Multicultural Academy, Palmer Elementary School, Bateman Elementary School, Roosevelt High School, Le Ballet Petit School of Dance

Coffee: 4-minute walk to Starbucks for your daily grind or First Slice for a pie fix.

Eats: International and lining the streets. Tacos (Rojo Gusano), Korean BBQ (Chicago Kalbi), Swedish staples (Tre-Kroner), Chinese, gyros, pizza, and more–just a “wok” away.

Transportation: 4-minute walk from Brown Line. Bike lanes. Car not needed for daily errands or supporting local businesses. Get shopping.





Agent says: “People love Oak Park for its gorgeous architecture, beautiful neighborhoods, and abundance of top-rated public schools. A thriving, yet quaint downtown with 3 different train lines to speed you to the City make it practically irresistible. Past Oak Park homebuyers would often let these factors outweigh that the beautiful shell of their home hid a tired, out-of-date interior. But with 725 Wenonah, you get it all! With only the original foundation and exterior first-floor walls, everything is new! The open design and amenities of a $million plus city home at an Oak Park price with all its benefits.” – CK Cole

Bed/Bath: 5/3.1

Square feet: 4,000

Neighborhood: Oak Park, pleasant & historic



Built in: 1917


  • Newer construction
  • Luxurious master suite
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • 3rd-floor bonus room
  • Upstairs laundry
  • Full basement
  • Wired for smart house technology
  • All new mechanical systems

Schools: St Bernadine Elementary School, Oliver W Holmes Elementary School, Percy Julian Middle School, Montessori Language Academy, Fenwick High School, Oak Park & River Forest High School

Coffee: 3-minute drive to Starbucks and Todd & Holland Tea Merchants. Pick up your daily caffeine dose, or shop around a hypnotizing tea market.

Eats: The Heritage (new restaurant alert), Sen Sushi Bar, Mama Thai, Maya Del Sol, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Oak Park Brewing Company. With a mix of restaurants nearby, you can afford to be “in the mood” for anything and everything.

Transportation: 4-minute drive to Downtown Oak Park (shopping, 74-year-old Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre, and more await; 10 miles west of Chicago’s Loop). 10-minute walk from Blue Line. Under 10-minute walk to Fox Park, pleasant patch of green for all ages–includes newer playground equipment.

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