While Oak Park is known for its beautiful historic single-family homes, the surrounding suburbs are also full of apartment buildings. Here you can use a variety of styles: from modern glass towers to some of the best old apartment buildings in Chicago. At the end of the Green Line just outside the city, Oak Park has a lot to offer, whether you’re looking for a good school or a suburban suburb with some urbanism and accessibility on foot. In addition, we must not forget its world-famous architecture. Not all of us can afford to buy the house of Frank Lloyd Wrightbut there are still many economic options for those who want to become a resident of Oak Park.
Architect Frederick Shock is best known for designing the series iconic houses across the border in the Austin area of Chicago, including him own spreading Queen Anne at 5804 W. Midway Park. At the end of his career he also worked at Oak Park, where developer EA Cummings commissioned Shock to create this building of red brick and white terracotta in 1911-12. Inside the three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment you will find stunning details such as original woodwork, a gas fireplace with vintage tiles, hidden pocket doors and artistic glass windows. In addition, there is a built-in sunny room and a beautiful dining room with a coffered ceiling and a built-in closet. No more such apartments are made.
The last decade in Oak Park has seen a boom in construction work with more new construction happening all over town. Located just down the street from the number one tourist attraction in Oak Park (Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio), Residences at Maple Place is a five-story, 10-apartment building built in 2017. This is an apartment with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. with the southwest exposition was originally a modeling unit of developers and much can be done. For the new building the balcony is spacious and private. It has a beautiful sized laundry room as well as plenty of extra space with multiple wardrobes and a separate pantry. Street parking can be a problem in Oak Park, so it’s a huge bonus if this apartment has two parking spaces in a heated garage.
This 1929 apartment building is conveniently located close to everything the city has to offer. The one-bedroom one-bedroom apartment is within walking distance of the Oak Park commercial area and public transportation. Did I mention the railroad tracks right at your door? Perhaps the noise factor may be a problem, but look beyond its richly decorated yellow brick façade because the interior is full of beautiful period elements, from arched doorways in the dining room to a playful bathroom with pink tiles. I also love the baseboards of the bay throughout the space. While the galley kitchen may not be for everyone, I think it is practical for people who love to cook. The monthly HOA fee of $ 401 seems reasonable given that it covers heat, water and general maintenance.
This well-kept old Graystone, known as Victoria Estate, is located next to the Austin ‘L’ bus stop near the Green Line. The two-bedroom and one-bathroom apartment has details such as beautiful woodwork and transom doors, but there have been some upgrades. The last owners bought the unit in 2018, so the kitchen has been refurbished with stainless appliances, granite countertops and a new dishwasher. Outside is a large balcony overlooking the fenced green area behind. Plus it’s pretty affordable for $ 185,000.
Built just five years ago, the district home is a LEED-certified modern middle floor in Euclid and Lake. This corner block on the top floor has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, as well as a number of upgrades such as an enclosed gas fireplace, built-in Closet Works cabinets and motorized gray woven shades (necessary given its south-western exposure). Ceilings are nine to ten feet high across the open space concept, even in hallways and bathrooms. The apartment has its own garden / terrace on a green roof, from where you can admire views of the surrounding Oak Park and the distant Chicago skyline. Below is Fairgrounds Coffee, which can be a problem if you have a caffeine addiction like me.