Washington Park

Washington Park

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About Washington Park

Located just west of Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago, Washington Park is a largely residential neighborhood with an expansive, historic park on its eastern half. Washington Park residents enjoy convenient access to both Red and Green Line trains as well as the Dan Ryan Expressway. While many vacant lots can still be found in Washington Park, the area has lots of potential.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $85,000 to $549,900

Closed Prices: $32,000 to $590,000

Median Sale Price: $168,500

Average $ per sq ft: $130

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $100 to $396/mo

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

Age: 1888 to 2019

Sq. Ft.: 1888 to 2019 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Getting Around Washington Park

Around Washington Park

This neighborhood is at the end of the Green Line, so you can jump on an empty train, claim a good seat before it gets too crowded, and head north into the Loop. Meanwhile, the Red Line is just outside the neighborhood's perimeter, with several stops in Englewood. Just like its neighbor Hyde Park, Washington Park has a surplus of bus routes. You can travel north/south on S Cottage Grove Ave and S State Street and east/west on 51st, 61st, and 63rd Streets, and Garfield Boulevard. With so many buses running in every direction, it is easy to traverse this neighborhood, and those surrounding it, without a car. Multiple trails cut through Washington Park (the actual park), creating a great space for walking, biking, and running.

This tranquil neighborhood is perfect for someone on a budget. Affordable condo units are plentiful, while a few single-family homes fetch a higher, but still reasonable, price. Washington Park's median sales price is half that of its northeast neighbors, Hyde Park and Bronzeville, but slightly greater than its western neighbor, Englewood.

Modestly sized condos are common in this area. Many have been rehabbed in recent years, and while these may run at higher rates, they offer quality construction and strong foundations that are sure to last for years to come. Many of the lots in the area are currently being developed or have plans to be built up in the near future, which is sure to expand the range of housing options.

The menu is a bit short here as most of the blocks are dedicated to residences, but there are a few restaurants tucked away in the corners of Washington Park. Dishes are served up quickly and will appeal to those looking to eat a no-frills meal on the go. Ms. Biscuit, the most well-known of these spots, is a locally owned and passionately run diner serving southern comfort food.

The community here is resilient and has been a prominent part of efforts to rejuvenate the neighborhood. Residents are proud of their home and keenly interested in celebrating Washington Park's history while pushing the neighborhood's growth forward. Tourists travel to the neighborhood’s namesake park to see Fountain of Time, a concrete sculpture depicting the human experience throughout time, and visit the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Washington Park is a rather quiet neighborhood more suited to those who enjoy a relaxing dinner and a night in over a lengthy bar crawl through the city. However, the area does have a couple spots dedicated to music and dancing, and the festivals held here in the summer provide opportunities to mingle with the crowds and enjoy the arts on a warm evening.

Students of history and culture will certainly want to check out the DuSable Museum of African American History, which explores the rich story of African Americans in Chicago and the U.S. On days with cooperating weather, the neighborhood's namesake Washington Park is also worth a visit to explore its grassy fields, historic sculptures, and even its role as the setting of several prominent literary works.

Locals Love

  • Peaceful and quiet streets
  • Easy access to the park
  • A rich cultural history

Locals Don't Love

  • Traffic noise from the highway
  • Empty lots

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