Buena Park

Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$97,000 to $3,995,000
  • Closed Prices:$80,000 to $1,065,000
  • Median Sale Price:$275,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$226
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0,$100 to $1492/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1894 to 2014
  • Sq. Ft.:450 to 10,000Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 6Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 7Bathrooms

Homes for Sale

Homes in this area come in a wide range of prices, styles, and sizes.

Transportation Options

Due to its location along the lake, transportation can be a bit limited in Buena Park. The Sheridan 'L' station lies along the border of the neighborhood and services the Red, Purple, and Brown Lines. You can also catch the Broadway bus north towards the Edgewater neighborhood. Even though transportation can be limited, nothing beats a nice walk among the trees and historic homes of the neighborhood. If you're driving, Lake Shore Drive is as scenic as it gets (even if you're stuck at the Montrose off-ramp) and parking is relatively available on the residential streets.

Price Vibes

Buena Park's median home price is similar to that of northern neighborhoods like Uptown and Edgewater. Due to the historical nature of the neighborhood, single-family homes can be a bit pricier and harder to come by. If it's these homes you're after, make sure to keep a close eye on inventory because once (if ever) they hit the market, they don't last long. Towards the lake, there is a much more reasonable selection of mid-rise condos that offer more modern home features at an affordable price--not to mention most buildings will give you a decent view.

Where to Live

Although we mentioned the Hutchinson Street Historic District already, you probably won't find any of its real estate up for grabs unless you're very lucky. You might also have trouble finding a traditional single-family home here. The neighborhood is mostly made up of residential condo and apartment buildings that, while spacious, don't offer the lot and unattached walls that some buyers seek.

Where to Eat

Buena Park's borders are delineated by some of Chicago's most important streets: Irving Park Road, Montrose Avenue, and Lake Shore Drive, as well as the Graceland Cemetery on its west side. That means that you'll find plenty of walk-in cafes, restaurants, and sit-down eateries within this area despite its small size. You might also want to check out Broadway Avenue, where there are tons of restaurants too.

What You'll See

Buena Park has an interesting seat just above the non-stop party that is Wrigleyville. Therefore, the neighborhood draws lots of young people who still like to go out, but prefer not to live in the thick of things. It's also a great place for young Chicago families who want to stay in the city while also finding a bit more serenity within the metropolis.

Friday Night Fun

When the Cubs are playing, the entire north side seems to pause and watch. Considering how close Buena Park is to Wrigley Field -- it's about a 10-minute walk from the Irving Park border of the neighborhood -- you'll feel the hype if there's a game going. Otherwise, expect to see revelers at the bars on Sheridan and Irving Park.

The Perfect Sunday

Overhanging trees and curvy, house-lined streets mean that Buena Park boasts the perfect backdrop for a Sunday stroll. Whether you're pushing a stroller or pulling a curious pup, you'll find quiet streets to match an introspective or relaxed mood. Of course, you might just want to cheer for the Bears, drink a 312, and watch the game; you can pop into one of many sports bars to make that vision a reality.

Locals Love

Close to many major bus routes, including the Lake Shore Drive express buses to downtown • Closeness to Wrigley Field • Easy access to CTA Red Line • Quiet, residential field despite convenient location • Traditional, beautiful architecture.

Locals Don't Love

CTA crowdedness when events take place at Wrigley Field • Fewer nightlife options than in other neighborhoods • Lack of single-family homes amongst real estate options.

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