Skokie offers a wide variety of housing options that appeal to every lifestyle. Quiet, tree-lined streets feature affordable colonials, ranches and Chicago-style bungalows as well as upscale newconstruction. Condominium buyers also find a wealth of options, including a number of large new-construction developments with luxurious amenities. “I just love the mix of housing that Skokie has to offer. My clients always have a wealth of homes and unique locations to choose from,” said Arlyn Tratt of NextHome Elite Realty. “My clients also love the fact that Skokie offers several distinct and convenient shopping and entertainment districts to choose from. Whether they choose to live near Old Orchard Mall, Village Crossing Mall or Downtown Skokie, they truly feel more connected to the community.” In the heart of Skokie’s downtown on historic Floral Avenue, Streetscape, LLC, is creating 27 single-family homes in a twophase development project. The first homes were completed in 2015. The Streetscape homes with beautiful front porches, and courtyardstyle homes, are “a throwback to the old Chicago bungalow and arts-and-crafts style houses,” said Tom Thompson, Skokie Economic Development coordinator. “The homes are a revival of front porch traditions with a new twist.” Upscale, quality homes are built on small lots, but designed with optimal efficiency. Located in the heart of Skokie’s downtown just blocks from grocery stores, a world-class library, unique specialty shops and restaurants, parks and a public transit station, location is Floral Avenue’s greatest asset. For buyers hoping to call
Housing Skokie home, the Village of Skokie offers an enticing mix of big city benefits, cultural diversity and hometown charm. The majority of Skokie homes were constructed in the 1950s, 60s and 70s along with several new projects, teardowns and renovations in the last decade. Property values are recovering at a brisk rate in Skokie since the 2008 economic downturn, and investors and primary homeowners alike continue to purchase homes at steadfast rate. “My wife and I moved to Skokie after living in Ravenswood and Lincoln Park for several years,” Tratt said. “Skokie was initially appealing to us because of the close proximity to Chicago, schools, diversity and affordability. After getting settled in we were amazed that Skokie had so much more to offer. The park district facilities and community programming, state of the art library and thriving downtown are just a few that stand out.” Home buyers looking for that urban feel can choose to live near the exciting downtown district. Offering several restaurants, bars, retail, gathering places and live theater. “Skokie’s commercial center, recreational facilities and shopping rival any Chicago suburb: Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, a favorite upscale shopping destination for North Shore residents; premier cultural and educational offerings at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie; a major science and technology campus; Oakton Community College with an enrollment of 4,000; an award-winning library that serves 2,000 visitors daily; the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center; a new CTA station; and an award-winning park district with over 240 acres of parkland,” Thompson noted.
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