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About Hermosa

Hermosa is a stalwart of Chicago's northwest side, resisting the change that has defined its neighbors in order to remain a family-oriented and quiet community. High-rise condos are a foreign concept, with single-family homes dominant. Families, both young and well-established Chicago ones, proudly call Hermosa home with a kind of outsider determination, while being hospitable and welcoming to newcomers. They are in good company, too: Walt Disney was born in the neighborhood in 1901.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $249,900 to $779,000

Closed Prices: $100,000 to $585,000

Median Sale Price: $332,000

Average $ per sq ft: $258

Association Fee Ranges: $99 to $424/mo, $0

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1851 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 650 to 3780 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 7 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 4 Bathrooms

Getting Around Hermosa

Around Hermosa

Hermosa is a family-centric community, close to the rapid development of Logan Square and Humboldt Park yet far removed due to the preponderance of the single-family homes that are more than a century old. Hermosa is a historically working-class neighborhood that developed a large number of worker's cottages and bungalows to accommodate the factory employees. Although Fullerton, Diversey, North, Armitage, and Belmont Avenues are the main roads that cut through Hermosa, these streets are still quiet relative to the neighborhoods next door.

Considering its proximity to burgeoning neighborhoods like Avondale and Logan Square, Hermosa's home prices are very reasonable. Two-story, single-family homes make up most of this neighborhood, with brick apartment buildings tucked in here and there. For those looking to be close to "hip" neighborhoods but not sacrifice affordability, you can't beat Hermosa.

The food in Hermosa is populated by small, independently owned restaurants that represent a variety of cuisines. Diners, taquerias, and taverns are located along Belmont and Diversey, while Armitage has a scattering of cafes and bakeries. The style in Hermosa is informal, casual, in-and-out dining rather than formal sit-down, candle-lit restaurants, making it perfect for residents constantly on the go or who opt for carry-out over sit in.

Hermosa is a microcosm of the northwest side of Chicago: a mixture of young families establishing roots in the city and homeowners whose family stretches back generations when Hermosa was a part of the city of Jefferson Township before being incorporated into Chicago in the late 1800's. Hermosa is well-equipped to deal with the constant population of children, who can be seen playing in Kelvyn Park and the wide, green avenues on Wellington. The main avenues throughout Hermosa are typically populated with younger parents pushing strollers, shopping in one of the array of the stores, or playing fetch with their dogs in one of several green spaces.

The nightlife options in Hermosa aren't as dynamic as in other neighborhoods, but most residents enjoy the quieter bars and restaurants where everyone feels like a regular. Fullerton Avenue has some comfortable dive bars where the owner seems knows everyone by name while a local band plays in the background. Farther north, the mood leans more towards dance clubs and traditional taverns that are perpetually populated by locals.

Fullerton and Diversey have several brunch options that range from diners to corner taverns. Get some Sunday shopping done along Belmont, Pulaski, or Cicero Avenues, where large retailers and thrift stores exist side by side. Take the dog out to Hermosa Park for a game of fetch or visit the fitness center in Kelvyn Park for a quick workout.

While Hermosa might be a bit of the hike from the Blue Line, public transportation is still accessible in this neighborhood. The main roads of Diversey Avenue, Fullerton Avenue, and Armitage Avenue cut through the neighborhood, so there's always a bus stop within a reasonable distance. The Healy Metra station also sits on the east edge of this neighborhood. Because this neighborhood is so family friendly, side streets are calm and less congested compared to some main routes. But most residents in this neighborhood do rely on their cars to get around, so be mindful that street parking can become scarce and make for cramped roads. Still, cyclists will appreciate the slow pace of Hermosa.

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