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A pool, bar, golf simulator, theater and wine cellar: What $1.59 million can get you in St. Charles
Published May 15.2018

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An in-ground pool, European bar and more of what $2.39 million can get you in Barrington
Published May 15.2018

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An indoor pool and a home built in 1913: What $1.3 million can get you in Johnsburg
Published May 03.2018

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Luxury home of the week: What $3.8 million can get you in St. Charles
Published May 02.2018

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A pool, theater, bar, sport court and more of what $1.49 million can get you in Johnsburg
Published April 28.2018

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More than 6,000 square feet of luxury: What $400,000 can get you in DeKalb
Published April 18.2018

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1 acre of luxury in Crystal Lake: What $769,000 can get you
Published April 17.2018

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A tiered theater room and more of what $850,000 can get you in a custom European style estate in St. Charles
Published April 17.2018

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A full-sized basketball court and more of what $1.37 million can get you in St. Charles
Published April 11.2018

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A luxury gem in Johnsburg: What $499,000 can get you
Published April 10.2018

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Lakefront luxury: What $1.35 million can get you in Morris
Published April 04.2018

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A bar, a large deck with a fireplace and more of what $775,000 can get you in Oswego
Published April 04.2018

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Two acres of secluded luxury: What $748,000 can get you in Plainfield
Published April 04.2018

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Modern living and vintage vision: Inside a Crystal Lake home built in 1905. Sale price: $899,000
Published April 03.2018

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Somonauk St. views from a home built in 1900: What $400,000 can get you in Sycamore
Published April 01.2018

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A pool, a sauna, a bar and more of what $1.1 million can get you in Barrington
Published March 13.2018

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A luxury outdoor entertainment space and more of what $900,000 can get you in New Lenox
Published March 12.2018

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7 acres and a guest retreat: What $650,000 can get you in Sycamore
Published March 12.2018

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A bar, wine cellar, gym and more of what $1.55 million can get you in Geneva
Published March 12.2018

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A corner lot with a hot tub: What $375,000 can get you in Sycamore
Published March 07.2018

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A two-acre wooded lot and more of what $799,000 can get you in Oswego
Published March 05.2018

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A must-see entertaining space and more of what $1.39 million can get you in Downers Grove
Published February 28.2018

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Privacy and luxury: What $415,000 can get you in DeKalb
Published February 26.2018

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A gourmet kitchen and more of what $750,000 can get you in Yorkville
Published February 20.2018

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New hardwood floors and a heated three-car garage: What $500,000 can get you in Joliet
Published February 20.2018

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A wine cellar and an exercise/dance room: What $520,000 can get you in Sycamore
Published February 20.2018

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Luxury home of the week: What $1.2 million can get you in Elmhurst
Published February 12.2018

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A fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and more of what $675,000 can get you in Elburn
Published February 12.2018

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Waterfront views in Heron Creek: What $420,000 can get you in Sycamore
Published February 12.2018

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A theater, wine cellar, pool and more of what $975,000 can get you in Woodstock
Published February 08.2018

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A wine tasting room, large bar and more of what $825,000 can get you in Crystal Lake
Published January 29.2018

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Golf course views and a theater: What $1.34 million can get you in Lake in the Hills
Published January 17.2018

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A luxurious backyard, and a private poker room: What $1.39 million can get you in St. Charles
Published January 16.2018

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A full bar and golf course views: What $949,000 can get you in St. Charles
Published January 08.2018

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Lake Mary views, a theater room and more: What $790,000 can get you in Plainfield
Published January 05.2018

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Walking distance to downtown and more than 5,000 square feet: What $1 million can get you in Elmhurst
Published December 13.2017

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An in-ground pool, see-through fireplace and more of what $785,000 can get you in St. Charles
Published December 13.2017

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History and luxury combined: What $549,000 can get you in Morris
Published December 04.2017

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A bar, a media room and more of what $949,900 can get you in Wheaton
Published November 20.2017

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A library, exercise room and plenty of entertainment space: What $385,000 can get you in DeKalb
Published November 20.2017

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14 rooms and a pool. What $595,000 can get you in Genoa
Published November 20.2017

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A custom estate on the course: What $1.3 million can get you in Lemont
Published November 20.2017

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A dream kitchen, exercise room and more of what $465,000 can get you in Yorkville
Published November 20.2017

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Great lake views and your own wine bar: What $799,900 can get you in Plainfield
Published November 20.2017

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Main street views, a pool and more of what $1.79 million can get you in Glen Ellyn
Published November 13.2017

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A home theater, his and her walk-in closets and more of what $997,500 can get you in St. Charles
Published November 13.2017

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A wine cellar, pool, dance floor, arcade room and more of what $2.8 million can get you in Wheaton
Published November 03.2017

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A pool, and a pool house with its own bar: What $899,000 can get you in Bull Valley
Published October 31.2017

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Pistakee Lake views and your own dock: What $950,000 can get you in Johnsburg
Published October 31.2017

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17 acres along the Fox River: What $1.49 million can get you in Crystal Lake
Published October 31.2017

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Golf course views, a pool and a game room: What $425,000 can get you in Cary
Published October 31.2017

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A pool, a wine cellar, and more of what $1.2 million can get you in Spring Grove
Published October 31.2017

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A boat with a dance floor, a wine room and more of what $699,000 can get you in Johnsburg
Published October 31.2017

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A library, exercise room and plenty of entertainment space: What $385,000 can get you in DeKalb
Published October 25.2017

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Pet-Friendly, 1-Bedroom Rentals in Chicago From $1,500-$3,000 per Month
Published October 17.2017

Looking for a 1-bedroom rental that welcomes pets? Fortunately, Chicago neighborhoods along the southwest end of Lake Michigan offer plenty of vacancies. Pet-friendly units vary in price, and the rental complexes offer a range of amenities. Consider these seven Chicago rental communities that accept — or even cater to — pets. As an added benefit, they all include fitness centers and dry-clean services for residents. McClurg Court: 333 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611 In the Streeterville neighborhood, less than two blocks from the waterfront, is the McClurg Court apartment complex. The building has the most 1-bedroom units available out of all seven complexes listed, and monthly rents range from $1,575-$1,951. Beyond welcoming both dogs and cats, McClurg Court residents share on-site laundry, and extra storage is available. The complex also includes a sun deck, clubhouse, party room, pool and tennis courts. Presidential Towers: 555 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661 Southwest of Streeterville, in the West Loop neighborhood, is the pet-friendly rental complex of Presidential Towers. Currently, about 14 1-bedroom units are available at monthly rates of $1,605-$1,846. Some rentals include an in-unit washer and dryer while others share on-site laundry. Like McClurg Court, additional storage is available. Amenities here include a clubhouse, sun deck, picnic area and kid’s playground, along with easy access to Zipcar service and on-site restaurants. Hawthorne House: 3450 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60657 Another waterfront location is Hawthorne House, situated in the northern neighborhood of Lakeview East. The rental complex has about five available 1-bedroom units, offered at a monthly rate of $1,706. This is not an ideal location for dog owners because pets are limited to cats only. Hawthorne House residents share on-site laundry and have access to additional storage if desired. Added amenities include a clubhouse, a rooftop pool with sun deck and a picnic area. Amli 900: 900 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605 In the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Hilton, is Chicago’s Amli 900 rental building. About 10 1-bedroom units are available at a monthly rate of $1,805-$2,167. Pets are allowed at Amli 900, and the building even features a designated pet area and dog run so furry friends can get a little fresh air. Speaking of which, Amli 900 is a completely smoke-free community inside and out. The units have their own washer and dryer, and additional storage is available. Standout amenities include a party room and a rooftop lounge with a theater, sun deck and fireplace. There’s also an electric car charging station and a Divvy bike-share station. Cobbler Square Loft Apartments: 1350 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 In the neighborhood of Old Town, between Hawthorne House and Presidential Towers, is an apartment complex called Cobbler Square Loft Apartments. Roughly 14 units remain vacant at a pricier monthly rate of $2,160-$2,395. Residents share on-site laundry, along with a party room, hot tub, spa and sun deck for sunbathing. Additionally, the complex includes a lounge with a billiards table and shuffleboard. To help avoid owning a car in the city, the complex offers car-sharing services such as Zipcar and I-GO. The Lofts at Roosevelt Collection: 1135 S Delano Ct, Chicago, IL 60605 The southernmost complex recommended is The Lofts at Roosevelt Collection in the South Loop neighborhood. Although it’s one of the most expensive options at a monthly rate of $2,448, very few units are available. The Lofts at Roosevelt Collection welcome cats and small dogs. Residents enjoy in-unit laundry, a billiard lounge in the common area, an outdoor plaza with green space, a play structure and a rooftop terrace with grills and picnic tables. The Hudson: 750 N Hudson Ave, Chicago, IL 60654 The River North neighborhood is home to The Hudson. Approximately 15 1-bedroom units remain vacant at varied monthly rents of $2,475-$3,295. Pets are welcome, and an allocated pet area makes it easy for them to get their much-needed exercise — and a bath afterward at the washing station. Like many of the other complexes, The Hudson offers in-unit laundry and additional storage. Beyond the pet perks, residents and guests can visit the party room with shuffleboard or enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and fire pits. Find Chicago rentals with amenities to suit both the needs of a pet and personal interests, all within a comfortable budget.

A pool, a sauna and a nine-car garage: What $2.9 million can get you in St. Charles
Published October 16.2017

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Lakefront views and a private sand beach: What $999,900 can get you in Morris
Published October 12.2017

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14 rooms and a pool. What $595,000 can get you in Genoa
Published October 12.2017

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A dream kitchen and more: What $1.1 million can get you in St. Charles
Published October 09.2017

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Giddy up: A stable, riding arena, and more of what $669,000 can get you in Hinckley
Published October 06.2017

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A music room and almost 5 acres: What $3.25 million can get you in Wayne
Published October 06.2017

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Log cabin living, plus a separate two-bedroom townhouse: What $499,900 can get you in Morris
Published October 03.2017

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An indoor basketball court, theater, and more of what $1.5 million can get you in Wheaton
Published October 03.2017

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Where You Can Avoid Competition When Searching for a Home
Published October 03.2017

Trying to decide between buying or renting? Many Americans struggle with this decision. In fact, as many as half of homebuyers with children consider renting instead of buying during their house hunt. Some of the factors that help determine the best path are total monthly costs, savings set aside for a down payment, length of time buyers intend to stay and the level of competition in the housing market.



In Chicago’s suburb of Joliet, the median cost of monthly rent is $1,364, a relative bargain compared to Chicago ($1,688) and many surrounding areas. Buying in Joliet is also more affordable than in nearby locations, with a median home value of $134,000. In fact, after just 1.3 years, buying a home in Joliet surpasses the “breakeven horizon” – the time it takes before purchasing a home is more financially advantageous than renting it.



However, a major challenge when shopping for a home in Joliet is the limited inventory. With reduced supply comes fierce buyer competition, and shoppers should expect that in Joliet.



Avoid the competition by shopping in neighboring communities such as Tinley Park, Orland Park and Naperville. Although prices are higher to buy and rent, these locations allow buyers to maintain the negotiating power throughout their transactions, which typically gives buyers more time to consider their decisions.



Tinley Park



Tinley Park is a fast-growing town about 20 miles northeast of Joliet with plenty of inventory to shop without the stress of major competition. The median home value in this buyer-friendly market is $210,100, and 24.4 percent of the active listings experienced price cuts. Renting in Tinley Park costs $1,770 on average, about $400 more than in Joliet. If shoppers plan to settle down in Tinley Park for a couple of years, it’s worth purchasing since the breakeven horizon is just 1.8 years.



Orland Park



Traveling 7 miles northwest from Tinley Park, shoppers will find the affluent community of Orland Park. The median value of homes is $268,500, double the value of properties in Joliet. Fortunately for buyers, 26.2 percent of current listings underwent price cuts, supporting the fact that Orland Park is a buyers market. However, with a breakeven horizon of 2.1 years, roots need to be put down for a bit longer in Orland Park than in Tinley Park. For folks testing out the area temporarily, the median monthly rent in Orland Park is $1,993, about $630 more than in Joliet.



Naperville



About 20 miles north of Joliet is the wealthy city of Naperville. The median home value is $378,100, more than two and half times the value of homes in Joliet. But, buyer competition in Naperville is far reduced from Joliet and the other two recommended markets, with 25.7 percent of for-sale listings dropping prices. Similar to Orland Park, buyers should plan to settle into the community for a minimum of 2.7 years to make the purchase financially worthwhile. Renters, however, can test the Midwest waters by spending a median of $2,377 on monthly rent in Naperville, close to double Joliet’s rent.



If patient decision-making and negotiating power are top priorities, avoid the chaotic competition of Joliet and shop in alternative neighborhoods for either short- or long-term housing.

Where You Can Avoid Competition When Searching for a Home
Published October 03.2017

Trying to decide between buying or renting? Many Americans struggle with this decision. In fact, as many as half of homebuyers with children consider renting instead of buying during their house hunt. Some of the factors that help determine the best path are total monthly costs, savings set aside for a down payment, length of time buyers intend to stay and the level of competition in the housing market. In Chicago’s suburb of Joliet, the median cost of monthly rent is $1,364, a relative bargain compared to Chicago ($1,688) and many surrounding areas. Buying in Joliet is also more affordable than in nearby locations, with a median home value of $134,000. In fact, after just 1.3 years, buying a home in Joliet surpasses the “breakeven horizon” – the time it takes before purchasing a home is more financially advantageous than renting it. However, a major challenge when shopping for a home in Joliet is the limited inventory. With reduced supply comes fierce buyer competition, and shoppers should expect that in Joliet. Avoid the competition by shopping in neighboring communities such as Tinley Park, Orland Park and Naperville. Although prices are higher to buy and rent, these locations allow buyers to maintain the negotiating power throughout their transactions, which typically gives buyers more time to consider their decisions. Tinley Park Tinley Park is a fast-growing town about 20 miles northeast of Joliet with plenty of inventory to shop without the stress of major competition. The median home value in this buyer-friendly market is $210,100, and 24.4 percent of the active listings experienced price cuts. Renting in Tinley Park costs $1,770 on average, about $400 more than in Joliet. If shoppers plan to settle down in Tinley Park for a couple of years, it’s worth purchasing since the breakeven horizon is just 1.8 years. Orland Park Traveling 7 miles northwest from Tinley Park, shoppers will find the affluent community of Orland Park. The median value of homes is $268,500, double the value of properties in Joliet. Fortunately for buyers, 26.2 percent of current listings underwent price cuts, supporting the fact that Orland Park is a buyers market. However, with a breakeven horizon of 2.1 years, roots need to be put down for a bit longer in Orland Park than in Tinley Park. For folks testing out the area temporarily, the median monthly rent in Orland Park is $1,993, about $630 more than in Joliet. Naperville About 20 miles north of Joliet is the wealthy city of Naperville. The median home value is $378,100, more than two and half times the value of homes in Joliet. But, buyer competition in Naperville is far reduced from Joliet and the other two recommended markets, with 25.7 percent of for-sale listings dropping prices. Similar to Orland Park, buyers should plan to settle into the community for a minimum of 2.7 years to make the purchase financially worthwhile. Renters, however, can test the Midwest waters by spending a median of $2,377 on monthly rent in Naperville, close to double Joliet’s rent. If patient decision-making and negotiating power are top priorities, avoid the chaotic competition of Joliet and shop in alternative neighborhoods for either short- or long-term housing.

Go fish: Lake living near a stocked pond, and what $300,000 can get you in Sycamore
Published October 02.2017

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An indoor pool and a two-story great room: What $980,000 can get you in St. Charles
Published October 02.2017

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Crafted luxury and updates throughout: What $300,000 can get you in DeKalb
Published September 27.2017

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Luxury home of the week: What $2.5 million can get you in Morris
Published September 27.2017

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A three-season room with a two-way fireplace: What $995,000 can get you in Sugar Grove
Published September 26.2017

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Lakefront views and a private master suite: What $605,000 can get you in Sandwich
Published September 21.2017

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Lakefront views and a private master suite: What $605,000 can get you in Sandwich
Published September 21.2017

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A custom bar, wine cellar and more: What $1.05 million can get you in St. Charles
Published September 18.2017

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A custom bar, wine cellar and more: What $1.05 million can get you in St. Charles
Published September 18.2017

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Chicago Suburbs $18,472 Less Expensive for Families Than the City
Published September 14.2017



Relocating can be an overwhelming process, especially for parents or soon-to-be parents — in addition to finding the right home, they need to find the right community for their family. When evaluating communities, parents prioritize safety, the proximity to parks and outdoor attractions and the performance of nearby schools. In addition, working parents must weigh the tradeoffs of city-living and reduced commute times versus the suburban lifestyle and greater living space.



A study by Care.com and Zillow showed that living in the suburbs while paying for child care for two kids saves parents $9,073 annually compared to living in the city. Depending on your location, the suburban savings can be even higher. In the Chicago metro, the annual benefit of suburban living is a whopping $18,472. The median annual mortgage in The Windy City costs $45,335 compared to $28,408 in the surrounding suburbs, while child care for two kids adds up to $21,931 downtown, compared to $20,386 in the burbs. As if the padded wallet wasn’t enough, the median suburban home in the Chicago metro is 291 square feet larger than a house in the city.



If the extra space and added savings sway shoppers toward Chi-Town suburbs, consider house hunting in these four buyer-friendly neighborhoods.



Burbank

About 14 miles southwest of Chicago is Burbank, a family-centric neighborhood with numerous parks, trails for hiking or biking and a family amusement park. The community is dramatically safer than downtown and offers several great options for education. Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School is rated 10 out of 10 by GreatSchools, and six of Burbank’s other elementary schools received a rating of nine.



Homes here are listed for $104,000 less than in Chicago. The median price of homes currently on the market in Burbank is $195,000, with the median value of all homes just slightly lower at $182,900. Shoppers can expect far less competition in Burbank compared to The Windy City, meaning they’ll maintain the negotiating power and have more inventory to peruse. Throughout the next 12 months, buyers in Burbank are forecast to experience 2.8 percent appreciation on their home purchases.



Evergreen Park

Near Burbank, and about 15 miles southwest of Chicago, is the town of Evergreen Park. Although it’s less than 5 miles from the safe community of Burbank, it’s safer still. Evergreen Park is near numerous elementary schools rated 10, such as Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet, McDade Elementary Classical and Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center, and four others rated nine. Kids can play at Evergreen Park, Duffy Park or the vast Dan Ryan Woods.



Homes are slightly less expensive in Evergreen Park with the median cost of for-sale homes at $180,000, about $15,000 less than in Burbank. Buyers also maintain the negotiating power here. The median value across all homes in the community is $177,100, and projected growth within the next year is 2.4 percent.



South Holland

Situated 23 miles south of downtown, South Holland requires a slightly longer commute but offers many perks as well. Outdoor outings might include a visit to the stunning Veterans Memorial Park or Sand Ridge Nature Center. The community of South Holland is even safer than Evergreen Park and far safer than Chicago. The top-rated elementary school in South Holland is McKinley Elementary, rated 6.



Properties in South Holland are listed at a discount of $47,000 compared to Evergreen Park. The median listing price is $133,000 and the median home value is $144,900, with 2.6 percent anticipated appreciation in the next year. Although the community offers a dramatic price cut in relation to the other markets, buyers should expect some competition when shopping for homes in South Holland.



Lansing

Approximately 26 miles southeast of Chicago is Lansing, the safest city on the list. Locals here enjoy parks like Erfert or Lan-Oak, and just outside the city limits are Brownwell Woods and Wampum Lake Woods for hiking and fishing. Lansing offers three elementary schools with ratings of six, Oak Glen Elementary, Reavis Elementary and McKinley Elementary, like in South Holland.



Prices are cheapest in Lansing, with homes on the market listed at $114,000, about $19,000 less than in South Holland. The median value of homes throughout the community is $111,200, and it has the highest projected appreciation rate of 3 percent. Like many of the other cities, Lansing is a buyers market with available inventory to select the ideal home.



All four suburbs offer far discounted home prices compared to relocating to Chicago, and they come with the added benefits of extra space, safer communities for the kids and reduced buyer competition.

Chicago Suburbs $18,472 Less Expensive for Families Than the City
Published September 14.2017

Relocating can be an overwhelming process, especially for parents or soon-to-be parents — in addition to finding the right home, they need to find the right community for their family. When evaluating communities, parents prioritize safety, the proximity to parks and outdoor attractions and the performance of nearby schools. In addition, working parents must weigh the tradeoffs of city-living and reduced commute times versus the suburban lifestyle and greater living space. A study by Care.com and Zillow showed that living in the suburbs while paying for child care for two kids saves parents $9,073 annually compared to living in the city. Depending on your location, the suburban savings can be even higher. In the Chicago metro, the annual benefit of suburban living is a whopping $18,472. The median annual mortgage in The Windy City costs $45,335 compared to $28,408 in the surrounding suburbs, while child care for two kids adds up to $21,931 downtown, compared to $20,386 in the burbs. As if the padded wallet wasn’t enough, the median suburban home in the Chicago metro is 291 square feet larger than a house in the city. If the extra space and added savings sway shoppers toward Chi-Town suburbs, consider house hunting in these four buyer-friendly neighborhoods. Burbank About 14 miles southwest of Chicago is Burbank, a family-centric neighborhood with numerous parks, trails for hiking or biking and a family amusement park. The community is dramatically safer than downtown and offers several great options for education. Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School is rated 10 out of 10 by GreatSchools, and six of Burbank’s other elementary schools received a rating of nine. Homes here are listed for $104,000 less than in Chicago. The median price of homes currently on the market in Burbank is $195,000, with the median value of all homes just slightly lower at $182,900. Shoppers can expect far less competition in Burbank compared to The Windy City, meaning they’ll maintain the negotiating power and have more inventory to peruse. Throughout the next 12 months, buyers in Burbank are forecast to experience 2.8 percent appreciation on their home purchases. Evergreen Park Near Burbank, and about 15 miles southwest of Chicago, is the town of Evergreen Park. Although it’s less than 5 miles from the safe community of Burbank, it’s safer still. Evergreen Park is near numerous elementary schools rated 10, such as Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet, McDade Elementary Classical and Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center, and four others rated nine. Kids can play at Evergreen Park, Duffy Park or the vast Dan Ryan Woods. Homes are slightly less expensive in Evergreen Park with the median cost of for-sale homes at $180,000, about $15,000 less than in Burbank. Buyers also maintain the negotiating power here. The median value across all homes in the community is $177,100, and projected growth within the next year is 2.4 percent. South Holland Situated 23 miles south of downtown, South Holland requires a slightly longer commute but offers many perks as well. Outdoor outings might include a visit to the stunning Veterans Memorial Park or Sand Ridge Nature Center. The community of South Holland is even safer than Evergreen Park and far safer than Chicago. The top-rated elementary school in South Holland is McKinley Elementary, rated 6. Properties in South Holland are listed at a discount of $47,000 compared to Evergreen Park. The median listing price is $133,000 and the median home value is $144,900, with 2.6 percent anticipated appreciation in the next year. Although the community offers a dramatic price cut in relation to the other markets, buyers should expect some competition when shopping for homes in South Holland. Lansing Approximately 26 miles southeast of Chicago is Lansing, the safest city on the list. Locals here enjoy parks like Erfert or Lan-Oak, and just outside the city limits are Brownwell Woods and Wampum Lake Woods for hiking and fishing. Lansing offers three elementary schools with ratings of six, Oak Glen Elementary, Reavis Elementary and McKinley Elementary, like in South Holland. Prices are cheapest in Lansing, with homes on the market listed at $114,000, about $19,000 less than in South Holland. The median value of homes throughout the community is $111,200, and it has the highest projected appreciation rate of 3 percent. Like many of the other cities, Lansing is a buyers market with available inventory to select the ideal home. All four suburbs offer far discounted home prices compared to relocating to Chicago, and they come with the added benefits of extra space, safer communities for the kids and reduced buyer competition.

A pool, five fireplaces, a media room and more: What $2.4 million can get you in Wheaton
Published September 14.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Wheaton home, listed for sale on Zillow.

A custom home near downtown: What $1.2 million can get you in Downers Grove
Published September 11.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Downers Grove home, listed for sale on Zillow.

Luxury and entertainment: What $3,000,000 can get you in Frankfort
Published September 07.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Frankfort home, listed for sale on Zillow.

A fully loaded theater room and custom crafted bar: What $1.4 million can get you in St. Charles
Published September 06.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this St. Charles home, listed for sale on Zillow.

Should You Rent or Buy?
Published September 06.2017

By Paul Tooher



Planning to spend just a short time living in Chicagoland? You’re financially better off renting rather than buying a house.



That’s according to Zillow’s most recent breakeven horizon, which estimates the number of years you would have to live in a home before buying it would become more financially advantageous than renting it.



A buyer in the Chicago metro area, which includes DeKalb, would need to live in their home for 2.1 years before it became financially advantageous to buy rather than rent.



Someone buying a home in Washington, D.C., on the other hand, where the median home value is $366,371 and the median rent is $2,150 per month, would have to live in their home for 4.5 years before reaching the breakeven point.



Nationwide, the breakeven horizon on a median-valued home is currently 1.9 years, and remains unchanged since the end of 2014.



In the Chicago metro area, Zillow expects home prices to increase 2.2 percent over the next year, while rents are expected to rise by 3.65 percent. Zillow puts the median home value in Chicagoland at $193,800, compared to a median rent of $1,649 a month.



In DeKalb, Zillow reports that the median home value is $132,700, which is expected to rise 2 percent over the next year. The median rent price in DeKalb is $1,306.



In general, buying versus renting makes sense if you plan to live in a home for an extended period. Buying a house can require large upfront costs, such as a down payment and closing costs, and then there’s taxes and maintenance to consider, too.



But over time, in a healthy housing market, the value of a home will appreciate so that the owner can recoup the investment and possibly even make a profit. However, it takes time for home values to appreciate, which is why knowing how long you plan to live in one place is so crucial in making the right decision.



Should You Rent or Buy?
Published September 06.2017

By Paul Tooher Planning to spend just a short time living in Chicagoland? You’re financially better off renting rather than buying a house. That’s according to Zillow’s most recent breakeven horizon, which estimates the number of years you would have to live in a home before buying it would become more financially advantageous than renting it. A buyer in the Chicago metro area, which includes DeKalb, would need to live in their home for 2.1 years before it became financially advantageous to buy rather than rent. Someone buying a home in Washington, D.C., on the other hand, where the median home value is $366,371 and the median rent is $2,150 per month, would have to live in their home for 4.5 years before reaching the breakeven point. Nationwide, the breakeven horizon on a median-valued home is currently 1.9 years, and remains unchanged since the end of 2014. In the Chicago metro area, Zillow expects home prices to increase 2.2 percent over the next year, while rents are expected to rise by 3.65 percent. Zillow puts the median home value in Chicagoland at $193,800, compared to a median rent of $1,649 a month. In DeKalb, Zillow reports that the median home value is $132,700, which is expected to rise 2 percent over the next year. The median rent price in DeKalb is $1,306. In general, buying versus renting makes sense if you plan to live in a home for an extended period. Buying a house can require large upfront costs, such as a down payment and closing costs, and then there’s taxes and maintenance to consider, too. But over time, in a healthy housing market, the value of a home will appreciate so that the owner can recoup the investment and possibly even make a profit. However, it takes time for home values to appreciate, which is why knowing how long you plan to live in one place is so crucial in making the right decision.

Celebrity Real Estate: Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Blake Lively
Published September 05.2017

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An in-ground pool and home theater: What $695,000 can get you in Joliet near Black Road
Published September 05.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Joliet home, listed for sale on Zillow.

A koi pond and historical luxury: Take a look inside this $649,900 Geneva home built in 1929
Published August 31.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Geneva home, listed for sale on Zillow.

A heated in-ground pool and nearly five acres of privacy: What $1.4 million can get you in Wayne
Published August 25.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Wayne home, listed for sale on Zillow.

Local luxury: Take a look inside this $969,000 Sugar Grove home
Published August 23.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Sugar Grove home, listed for sale on Zillow.

A huge in-ground pool with a gazebo: What $464,900 can get you in Plainfield
Published August 18.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Plainfield home, listed for sale on Zillow.

A huge in-ground pool with a gazebo: What $464,900 can get you in Plainfield
Published August 18.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Plainfield home, listed for sale on Zillow.

A huge in-ground pool with a gazebo: What $464,900 can get you in Plainfield
Published August 18.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Plainfield home, listed for sale on Zillow.

A huge in-ground pool with a gazebo: What $464,900 can get you in Plainfield
Published August 18.2017

Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Plainfield home, listed for sale on Zillow.

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer
Published August 17.2017

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

Lena Headey Lists a Home in Los Angeles While Overtaking Another in Highgarden

Winter is coming, and actress Lena Headey, best known as Queen Cersei Lannister, is preparing by selling her Los Angeles home. Headey listed her Sherman Oaks property in June for $1.945 million, a steep increase from its 2014 sale price of $790,000.

The abode’s creature comforts far exceed those of the familiar Casterly rock. All 2,900 square feet flaunt a mid-century modern aesthetic with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a stunning backyard pool. Headey has at least another four months to offload the listing before winter arrives.

Rom-Com Darling, Meg Ryan, Parts with Soho Property

After five months on the market, the queen of romantic comedies sold her Soho loft for $9.85 million. Though originally listed at $10.9 million, Meg Ryan certainly won’t be sleepless in Soho since agreeing to the building’s priciest sale on record.

The unit spans the entire fifth floor of a Queen-Anne style building, offering 4,100 square feet, including 3 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and a third sleeping area partitioned by French doors. The 519 Building, constructed in the 1880s, stands in place of the famous St. Nicholas Hotel which was once the most luxurious hotel in the world. Ryan’s renovations add an industrial-chic elegance to the expansive unit with dark lacquered cabinets, antique light fixtures and exposed brick. The new owners can enjoy their pie, ice cream and/or whip cream any way they prefer under their 12-foot ceilings.

Kelsey Grammer Sells After Seven Years in Chelsea

Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is losing one famed psychiatrist as actor Kelsey Grammer, Frasier Crane, offloads his 3,076-square-foot condo. After listing the home in 2016 for $9.75 million, Grammer finally sold in June 2017 for $7.95 million.

The incredibly posh 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo boasts unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline with spacious 11-foot ceilings. What’s next for Grammer? Maybe he’ll head back to Chicago in pursuit of romance or perhaps sport scrambled egg all over his face.

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer
Published August 17.2017

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

Lena Headey Lists a Home in Los Angeles While Overtaking Another in Highgarden

Winter is coming, and actress Lena Headey, best known as Queen Cersei Lannister, is preparing by selling her Los Angeles home. Headey listed her Sherman Oaks property in June for $1.945 million, a steep increase from its 2014 sale price of $790,000.

The abode’s creature comforts far exceed those of the familiar Casterly rock. All 2,900 square feet flaunt a mid-century modern aesthetic with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a stunning backyard pool. Headey has at least another four months to offload the listing before winter arrives.

Rom-Com Darling, Meg Ryan, Parts with Soho Property

After five months on the market, the queen of romantic comedies sold her Soho loft for $9.85 million. Though originally listed at $10.9 million, Meg Ryan certainly won’t be sleepless in Soho since agreeing to the building’s priciest sale on record.

The unit spans the entire fifth floor of a Queen-Anne style building, offering 4,100 square feet, including 3 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and a third sleeping area partitioned by French doors. The 519 Building, constructed in the 1880s, stands in place of the famous St. Nicholas Hotel which was once the most luxurious hotel in the world. Ryan’s renovations add an industrial-chic elegance to the expansive unit with dark lacquered cabinets, antique light fixtures and exposed brick. The new owners can enjoy their pie, ice cream and/or whip cream any way they prefer under their 12-foot ceilings.

Kelsey Grammer Sells After Seven Years in Chelsea

Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is losing one famed psychiatrist as actor Kelsey Grammer, Frasier Crane, offloads his 3,076-square-foot condo. After listing the home in 2016 for $9.75 million, Grammer finally sold in June 2017 for $7.95 million.

The incredibly posh 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo boasts unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline with spacious 11-foot ceilings. What’s next for Grammer? Maybe he’ll head back to Chicago in pursuit of romance or perhaps sport scrambled egg all over his face.

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer
Published August 17.2017

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

Lena Headey Lists a Home in Los Angeles While Overtaking Another in Highgarden

Winter is coming, and actress Lena Headey, best known as Queen Cersei Lannister, is preparing by selling her Los Angeles home. Headey listed her Sherman Oaks property in June for $1.945 million, a steep increase from its 2014 sale price of $790,000.

The abode’s creature comforts far exceed those of the familiar Casterly rock. All 2,900 square feet flaunt a mid-century modern aesthetic with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a stunning backyard pool. Headey has at least another four months to offload the listing before winter arrives.

Rom-Com Darling, Meg Ryan, Parts with Soho Property

After five months on the market, the queen of romantic comedies sold her Soho loft for $9.85 million. Though originally listed at $10.9 million, Meg Ryan certainly won’t be sleepless in Soho since agreeing to the building’s priciest sale on record.

The unit spans the entire fifth floor of a Queen-Anne style building, offering 4,100 square feet, including 3 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and a third sleeping area partitioned by French doors. The 519 Building, constructed in the 1880s, stands in place of the famous St. Nicholas Hotel which was once the most luxurious hotel in the world. Ryan’s renovations add an industrial-chic elegance to the expansive unit with dark lacquered cabinets, antique light fixtures and exposed brick. The new owners can enjoy their pie, ice cream and/or whip cream any way they prefer under their 12-foot ceilings.

Kelsey Grammer Sells After Seven Years in Chelsea

Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is losing one famed psychiatrist as actor Kelsey Grammer, Frasier Crane, offloads his 3,076-square-foot condo. After listing the home in 2016 for $9.75 million, Grammer finally sold in June 2017 for $7.95 million.

The incredibly posh 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo boasts unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline with spacious 11-foot ceilings. What’s next for Grammer? Maybe he’ll head back to Chicago in pursuit of romance or perhaps sport scrambled egg all over his face.

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer
Published August 17.2017

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer Lena Headey Lists a Home in Los Angeles While Overtaking Another in Highgarden Winter is coming, and actress Lena Headey, best known as Queen Cersei Lannister, is preparing by selling her Los Angeles home. Headey listed her Sherman Oaks property in June for $1.945 million, a steep increase from its 2014 sale price of $790,000. The abode’s creature comforts far exceed those of the familiar Casterly rock. All 2,900 square feet flaunt a mid-century modern aesthetic with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a stunning backyard pool. Headey has at least another four months to offload the listing before winter arrives. Rom-Com Darling, Meg Ryan, Parts with Soho Property After five months on the market, the queen of romantic comedies sold her Soho loft for $9.85 million. Though originally listed at $10.9 million, Meg Ryan certainly won’t be sleepless in Soho since agreeing to the building’s priciest sale on record. The unit spans the entire fifth floor of a Queen-Anne style building, offering 4,100 square feet, including 3 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and a third sleeping area partitioned by French doors. The 519 Building, constructed in the 1880s, stands in place of the famous St. Nicholas Hotel which was once the most luxurious hotel in the world. Ryan’s renovations add an industrial-chic elegance to the expansive unit with dark lacquered cabinets, antique light fixtures and exposed brick. The new owners can enjoy their pie, ice cream and/or whip cream any way they prefer under their 12-foot ceilings. Kelsey Grammer Sells After Seven Years in Chelsea Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is losing one famed psychiatrist as actor Kelsey Grammer, Frasier Crane, offloads his 3,076-square-foot condo. After listing the home in 2016 for $9.75 million, Grammer finally sold in June 2017 for $7.95 million. The incredibly posh 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo boasts unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline with spacious 11-foot ceilings. What’s next for Grammer? Maybe he’ll head back to Chicago in pursuit of romance or perhaps sport scrambled egg all over his face.

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer
Published August 17.2017

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer Lena Headey Lists a Home in Los Angeles While Overtaking Another in Highgarden Winter is coming, and actress Lena Headey, best known as Queen Cersei Lannister, is preparing by selling her Los Angeles home. Headey listed her Sherman Oaks property in June for $1.945 million, a steep increase from its 2014 sale price of $790,000. The abode’s creature comforts far exceed those of the familiar Casterly rock. All 2,900 square feet flaunt a mid-century modern aesthetic with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a stunning backyard pool. Headey has at least another four months to offload the listing before winter arrives. Rom-Com Darling, Meg Ryan, Parts with Soho Property After five months on the market, the queen of romantic comedies sold her Soho loft for $9.85 million. Though originally listed at $10.9 million, Meg Ryan certainly won’t be sleepless in Soho since agreeing to the building’s priciest sale on record. The unit spans the entire fifth floor of a Queen-Anne style building, offering 4,100 square feet, including 3 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and a third sleeping area partitioned by French doors. The 519 Building, constructed in the 1880s, stands in place of the famous St. Nicholas Hotel which was once the most luxurious hotel in the world. Ryan’s renovations add an industrial-chic elegance to the expansive unit with dark lacquered cabinets, antique light fixtures and exposed brick. The new owners can enjoy their pie, ice cream and/or whip cream any way they prefer under their 12-foot ceilings. Kelsey Grammer Sells After Seven Years in Chelsea Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is losing one famed psychiatrist as actor Kelsey Grammer, Frasier Crane, offloads his 3,076-square-foot condo. After listing the home in 2016 for $9.75 million, Grammer finally sold in June 2017 for $7.95 million. The incredibly posh 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo boasts unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline with spacious 11-foot ceilings. What’s next for Grammer? Maybe he’ll head back to Chicago in pursuit of romance or perhaps sport scrambled egg all over his face.

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer
Published August 17.2017

Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

Lena Headey Lists a Home in Los Angeles While Overtaking Another in Highgarden

Winter is coming, and actress Lena Headey, best known as Queen Cersei Lannister, is preparing by selling her Los Angeles home. Headey listed her Sherman Oaks property in June for $1.945 million, a steep increase from its 2014 sale price of $790,000.

The abode’s creature comforts far exceed those of the familiar Casterly rock. All 2,900 square feet flaunt a mid-century modern aesthetic with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a stunning backyard pool. Headey has at least another four months to offload the listing before winter arrives.

Rom-Com Darling, Meg Ryan, Parts with Soho Property

After five months on the market, the queen of romantic comedies sold her Soho loft for $9.85 million. Though originally listed at $10.9 million, Meg Ryan certainly won’t be sleepless in Soho since agreeing to the building’s priciest sale on record.

The unit spans the entire fifth floor of a Queen-Anne style building, offering 4,100 square feet, including 3 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and a third sleeping area partitioned by French doors. The 519 Building, constructed in the 1880s, stands in place of the famous St. Nicholas Hotel which was once the most luxurious hotel in the world. Ryan’s renovations add an industrial-chic elegance to the expansive unit with dark lacquered cabinets, antique light fixtures and exposed brick. The new owners can enjoy their pie, ice cream and/or whip cream any way they prefer under their 12-foot ceilings.

Kelsey Grammer Sells After Seven Years in Chelsea

Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is losing one famed psychiatrist as actor Kelsey Grammer, Frasier Crane, offloads his 3,076-square-foot condo. After listing the home in 2016 for $9.75 million, Grammer finally sold in June 2017 for $7.95 million.

The incredibly posh 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo boasts unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline with spacious 11-foot ceilings. What’s next for Grammer? Maybe he’ll head back to Chicago in pursuit of romance or perhaps sport scrambled egg all over his face.