Searching for a Chicago Luxury Home

Unlike either New York or Los Angeles Chicago offers its luxury housing hunters both an enviable assortment of unique and interesting urban neighborhoods and depending upon individual tastes, a reasonably affordable market of housing opportunities. Of course the same reason that's true is also the problem that's most often cited by prospective residents-the same size and diversity that makes Chicago a likely place to stumble across your luxury dream home can also make its best housing offerings difficult to dig clear to. Both those new to the windy city and longtime residents alike, will often find its tangled environs somewhat confusing and more importantly intensely competitive, so if you've decided to look for a new luxury home here the best place for you to start would undoubtedly be with at least a bit of unbiased neighborhood research.

If you've never lived here, you're probably wondering what I meant by the above, and it's simple:

Besides being rather competitive about them, as I said before, Chicagoans have a tendency to be more than a little defensive about their particular neighborhoods. It's not uncommon to be completely unable to gather useful info about hunting for one of the South Loop's ubiquitous loft spaces from residents of Hyde Park, Greek Town or the Gold Coast despite their relative proximity. Similarly, residents of literally adjacent areas such as Lakeview, Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park will sometimes be notably unwilling to discuss the benefits of living in any neighborhood other than their own. This is truly a great characteristic in a locality once you've already moved in and are in need of a guide to say Wicker Park's coolest art galleries or Edgewater's finest restaurants.

Before then, what you'll really need is a strait to the facts resource where you can check out average rent price ranges and public transportation or parking availability and accessibility by neighborhood . . . A place, in short, where you'll be able to get loyalty free assessments of the best and worst points of each of Chicago's distinct locales to better determine which one would best suit your particular likes, dislikes and economic means.

For example, if you're the sort of person who'd prefer walk-up apartment living to a high-rise then you might want to steer clear of the Lake Front's towering apt. options and look for a place amidst the three-flat crowded streets of Old Town. Or, if you'd prefer purchasing a luxury townhouse to owning a condominium then avoid it might be a good idea for you to avoid a condo heavy area like Streetville and concentrate your search on the townhome friendly vicinity of River West. And, if you're more interested in simply owning an affordable home than any of the above then perhaps you'll want to skip collegian centered areas such as Rogers Park or Ukrainian Village and focus on in on the likes of Andersonville, Ravenswood or if you have quite a bit more to spend Evanston.

The other major thing that it will be absolutely important for luxury housing shoppers in the Chicago area to bear in mind is price range-the one thing that's never a problem in New York or Los Angeles, where just about everything is ridiculously expensive. Chicago offers its residents and would-be residents such a wide assortment of housing pricing options that it can literally boggle the mind. The same studio apartment that goes for $950 a month or more in the North Loop might carry a price tag of as little a $400 on South Shore Drive. The point being, that it will be very important for prospective residents to become as well acquainted as possible with the ins and outs of the cities housing marketplace before searching through it for a new home.

But as I mentioned earlier, given her variety and size, there's somewhere in Chicago where just about everyone will be able to find a luxury home and a neighborhood that'll be everything they ever wanted one to be.