Looking for a Classic 3-Bedroom Chicago Brick Bungalow? 2600 W. Coyle in Indian Boundary Park

This 3-bedroom brick bungalow at 2600 W. Coyle in the Indian Boundary Park neighborhood of West Ridge came on the market in May 2013.

Built in 1921 on an oversized 32×124 corner lot, it has an unusual 1-car attached garage.

Two of the 3 bedrooms are on the main floor with a master bedroom on the second floor.

It has a finished basement with a family room and a full bath.

The kitchen has maple cabinets, granite counter tops and white appliances.

There’s no central air but it has space pak.

The house also has a back deck and a landscaped backyard.

Is this a starter home or a move up home for this neighborhood?

Denis Girard at Keller Williams Team Realty has the listing. See the pictures here.

2600 W. Coyle: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2800 square feet

  • Sold in December 1992 for $150,000
  • Sold in February 2000 for $265,000
  • Sold in November 2004 for $449,500
  • Originally listed in May 2013 for $479,000
  • Currently still listed at $479,000
  • Taxes of $5327
  • Space pak cooling
  • Bedroom #1: 16×13 (main floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 15×12 (main floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 26×18 (second floor)
  • Family room: 30×25 (lower level)

 

44 Responses to “Looking for a Classic 3-Bedroom Chicago Brick Bungalow? 2600 W. Coyle in Indian Boundary Park”

  1. Based on the listing, there is a large bedroom on the second floor/attic, but there is no bath up there. Not ideal.

    It’s a shame that the classic bungalow windows were removed but I like how the garage is on a lower level. I still think it’s a bit overpriced.

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  2. Really like the wooden playground at indian boundary park. Walk to school if your kid got into decatur. They should put that in the listing perhaps.

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  3. Interesting place, never heard of the hood before, then again If im this far north im hanging at my friends place in Rogers Park, don’t know anyone around here.

    No clue if priced properly seems nice enough I guess

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  4. How is this area compared to Howard and Western? It seems awfully close to there, but I know Chicago neighborhood characteristics change within blocks. If this area is anything like the homes near Howard and Western, I would say it’s WAY overpriced considering the large number of poor people. My friend lived in a house off of Howard and Western until recently, but she had to move because there were so many poor people moving in. The houses held their value, but huge families would squeeze into smallish houses.

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  5. Jenny, OMG, the poors!!!! I thought according to you, you were poor yourself since you aren’t middle class. Ugh, so confusing!!

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  6. Beautiful home though, although I do think the kitchen could use some updating and it is a shame the second bath is in the basement with the family room instead of upstairs with the bedroom. I’d say simply use the upstairs as a family room and put the master in the basement with the bath, but then you are sleeping in the basement every night.

    While I want to like this house, will someone be willing to put up with these quirks at this price in this neighborhood, pretty much in middle of no where? I doubt it, but one never knows….

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  7. Is this house unoccupied? Or do they just not believe in owning a TV? That attic of a master bedroom is no good. I would hit my head getting out of bed every morning.

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  8. Benjamon, would you want to live near families where there were 6 or more adults, plus countless children living in one smallish house? Would you want to live near people who had several non-working cars they parked up and down the street thereby limiting the parking from anyone else? Would you want to live near people who let their pit bulls roam the neighborhood free and who would just get a new dog every time the other dogs were taken away? These are the things my friend dealt with when living near Howard and Western. I use “the poors” as a joke since others have used on this site, but it’s a good way to describe the type of people mentioned above.

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  9. Wasn’t there some bar underneath the L tracks on Howard, called the PM club?

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  10. “would you want to live near [tehpoorz]”

    That you have the choice and ability to not to, is evidence that you’re actually middle class, Jenny.

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  11. The thing about the area near Howard and Western is that the houses are rather expensive. It’s not as though the area is a bargain (as this house shows).

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  12. “Wasn’t there some bar underneath the L tracks on Howard, called the PM club?”

    Yes. used to be very popular with nu students when ev was dry and later with area hs students. I think they served rhinelander beer. grumpy old bartender named sonies. once i got an under-aged friend in with my old drivers license. sonies sniffed mischief and asked to see mine again. he held up both my licenses and was eyeballing the two of us. Only thing different between the two IDs was the picture but he let us order.

    Howard was rough back then, still is but has improved. Pretty sure pm club closed mid 90s.

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  13. this house is all spiffed up and they are hoping to get top dollar. but there are other more reasonable priced nearby.

    the area is pretty. some old apts/co-ops have indoor pools. have no idea about the crime.

    here is non spiffed up example
    http://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/2512-W-Farwell-Ave-60645/home/13585403

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  14. Laura Louzader on June 6th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I’m familiar with this area, and, though this house is very charming, it’s steeply overpriced.

    For a better specimen, with better architecture and much finer millwork, which also has the beautiful original leaded glass window, for much less money at $419K:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2937-W-Greenleaf-Ave_Chicago_IL_60645_M89564-77303?row=3#modal_PhotoGallery

    If you look through the listings in this neglected, un-trendy neighborhood, you will find many similarly charming homes. W Rogers Park has wonderful architecture and it’s one of the last bargain nabes left on the north side. It’s close to the lake and close to a large array of retail and restaurants.

    Before you laugh, consider the neighborhoods that have been “gentrified” over the past 25 years, like the area along Chicago Ave, as well as other blighted West Side neighborhoods now being “gentrified”, which hardly had a shard of decent architecture and was a real slum, which W Rogers Park is surely not. Ugly, wretched little frame shacks built for foundry workers in the late 19th century were gussied up into “yuppie housing”, even though this area still has lots of vacant weeds and a notable crime profile even now.

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  15. Laura Louzader on June 6th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Also, keep in mind that, though the area still has a couple of troubled pockets, it’s still a fine middle class (and better) area, especially around and west of Indian Boundary Park. Housing options range from modest vintage apartments in fine old buildings to houses costing over $1,000, 000, including some costly new construction.

    There is still a large population of Jewish people who remain committed to the area, along with Hindus and other middle-eastern people. By and large, it is safe. There are some pockets with problems, such as the area south of Devon and west of Western, but the problems are being addressed.

    You could do much worse in the way of an “up and coming” area, for a lot more money, for much worse housing stock. Most of the stuff around here has not been too beaten up, because this was a prime area until a couple of decades ago.

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  16. Laura Louzader on June 6th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Not to worry, Bob. We have a respectable sampling of each of the “correct” groups as well.

    There is plenty of EVERYTHING in the far north neighborhoods, which some curmudgeonly folk think is not exactly a blessing.

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  17. for the same price, this house is way frickin better

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2933-W-Lunt-Ave_Chicago_IL_60645_M83883-80755

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  18. “But Laura, for aspiring north side city living SWPLs …”

    There’s no train! Somehow, shockingly, people who work in/near the loop prefer to have a single short train ride as opposed to multi-modal, multi-transfer trip to work. Thus, the gentrification of ‘ blighted West Side neighborhoods ‘

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  19. ” to have a single short train ride”

    Bwahaha! And is it still 1956 where everyone works in the loop?

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  20. Funny cause I’m finishing up for the day and heading out of my loop office to the train. Then its a short hop home to my recently gentrified west side hood.

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  21. “is it still 1956 where everyone works in the loop”

    You can’t have it both ways Bob, you always say SWPL hate the bus, and love the train, and now you want to ignore that fact bc *you* drive your civic hybrid all over the metro.

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  22. Nonchatterer on June 6th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Some SWPLs like their gentrifying hellscapes to be near expressways that take them to suburban jobs.

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  23. “Some SWPLs like their gentrifying hellscapes to be near expressways that take them to suburban jobs”

    And, strangely, this ain’t especially close to an expressway, either.

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  24. “You can’t have it both ways Bob, you always say SWPL hate the bus, and love the train, and now you want to ignore that fact bc *you* drive your civic hybrid all over the metro.”

    They do. And the train isn’t particularly fast. As far as my vehicle last reference on here was awhile ago…so you’re using some dated info with that. To be sure if I am in a different vehicle it is equally unglamorous (but without battery problems as a risk).

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  25. “so you’re using some dated info with that.”

    Ah, bumped up to a Diesel Jetta/Rabbit, to keep your low cpm, to make big money on the mileage. Woot!

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  26. You guys, these photos do not do this place justice at ALL. We were in it this weekend and let me tell you, it is amazing. We actually saw 3 on this same block, one a fixer from the 70’s and another very cool actually. But this was the best. Even when you first walk in, the entryway is amazing. You can see Indian Boundary park from here, and the landscaping! It’s like a small piece of the botanic gardens in the front, back, and all around the side even. The owner is obviously a master gardener but really they are mostly perennials and will bloom every year so not too much work. And if so (or if the new owner would like more open space in the yard) he will uproot them and take them with him. But I would keep them… the peonies! Seriously, so calming and beautiful in the garden. As for the house… it does still have some original stained glass windows, but some have been replaced with newer energy efficient windows. A house down the street still had theirs (and I’m SUCH a sucker for that shit) but this one still won hands down. I didn’t even mind the kitchen being so-so. The up and downstairs are really just bonus areas, as we would really live on the main level. You could easily stick 2 kids upstairs (or down) and be fine. And the garage just put it over the top. If the schools weren’t absolute garbage up here we would have been all over it. Too bad Decatur can’t just take my word for it that my kids are geniuses.
    Something about this place reminds me of New Orleans, it is just a really special home. I wish the schools didn’t matter…

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  27. T. S.: I don’t know if you saw it already but I posted a suggestion for you to consider re a potential deal on an REO SFH in Lakeview . It’s in “Market Conditions – best April…” thread & I posted 5/30 or 5/31. The potential deal did have time constraints. Good luck whatever way you decide to go!

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  28. “T. S.: I don’t know if you saw it already but I posted a suggestion for you to consider re a potential deal on an REO SFH in Lakeview.”

    Why do you assume she wants to stay in Lakeview? She is gushing about the beautiful garden in this house which is on an oversized lot. Why would she want NO backyard in the next place she buys? She’s leaving a condo. She wants a real house!

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  29. Sonies, that is a great house at 2933 W Lunt, very nearly perfect, even though I have a weakness for octagonal bays and leaded glass windows. I also have a weakness for full two story houses with nice staircases.

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  30. Thanks southbound I will take a look… I would love to stay in Lakeview but the priority is a yard for the boys and good schools, so we’re priced out. We would love something… anything, to come on the market in old Irving, but since there is no inventory we’re actually going to look in Western Springs this weekend.

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  31. Oh man, that place makes me sad. Another one right there came on the market couple days ago, and the school is fine and the size is good but it’s just so BLAH.

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  32. “Why do you assume she wants to stay in Lakeview?” I didn’t assume anything S. I did do what I thought the purpose of your blog is – I posted what I believe was an excellent opportunity for her & her family and other ccr’s to consider (w/no possible benefit to me in any way). Iirc she’s under pressure to find a place. Fwiw I believe it’s difficult to get hurt buying a sub $400K SFH in decent condition in Lakeview.

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  33. “I would love to stay in Lakeview but the priority is a yard for the boys and good schools, so we’re priced out. We would love something… anything, to come on the market in old Irving, but since there is no inventory we’re actually going to look in Western Springs this weekend.”

    I love Western Springs T.S. Great suburb. You should also consider LaGrange. It has a bigger downtown with more restaurants and a movie theater. Also has several metra stops. But both have great housing stock. Good luck!

    Unfortunately for the city of Chicago, T.S. and her family are all too common. They want to stay in the city but the housing prices in the “good” school districts with decent commutes are all $500,000 or above. No way these are starter home prices. A 3-bedroom SFH in Southport will run you $700k and up. Probably more likely $850k and up these days. Not many normal families affording that.

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  34. Just some food for thought: boys will outgrow a standard Chicago “yard” pretty quickly. Grew up in Lake View with a brother, we had a yard and didn’t spend any time in it whatsoever by the middle school years. By then all outdoor activities were in parks and organized (AYSO, etc).

    “I would love to stay in Lakeview but the priority is a yard for the boys and good schools, so we’re priced out. We would love something… anything, to come on the market in old Irving, but since there is no inventory we’re actually going to look in Western Springs this weekend.”

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  35. yeah we’re all lemmings because we can’t afford $850k 3 beds in southport. hahahah! the other night on house hunters they had a young couple In a small Chicago condo that bought a house for $200k, of all places, carol stream. Lincoln park to carol stream! what losers they could only spend 200$k. not only losers but lemmings too. hahaha they should be throwing down $790k for a spruced up workers cottage to avoid being lemming. $200k for a house in carol stream what losers

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  36. heck even homes in west ridge are $450k and it may as well be the suburbs! no wonder why niles and long grove are so damn Hott Hott Hott

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  37. HD: Were they really looking in Carol Stream? Well- you certainly WOULD get way more for your money there, that’s for sure.

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  38. Yup. Carol stream

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  39. I’m not one to denigrate anyone’s life choices but imo living in Carol Stream/ Glendale Heights would bite. There’s a reason you get a lot of house for your dollar but good luck selling it to when you are ready to move on. I don’t know how the schools are rated but it is far from Metra w/o viable public trans, far from expways, far from every freaking other place in Chicagoland I’d rather be. Why would anyone buy there over relatively nearby (& similarly priced) Schaumburg/Hanover Park/Bartlett or Bloomingdale/Roselle/Elk Grove?

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  40. Carol stream doesn’t even have a downtown, so they try and spruce up corners where industrial buildings sit, like at North and Gary Aves.

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  41. at least carol stream isn’t run down. but for some people less fortunate in life, annony, $200k for a house in carol stream is all some families can afford. and they think you’re the moron for your life choices.

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  42. “yeah we’re all lemmings because we can’t afford $850k 3 beds in southport. hahahah! the other night on house hunters they had a young couple In a small Chicago condo that bought a house for $200k, of all places, carol stream. Lincoln park to carol stream! what losers they could only spend 200$k. not only losers but lemmings too. hahaha they should be throwing down $790k for a spruced up workers cottage to avoid being lemming. $200k for a house in carol stream what losers”

    No more walking to Starbucks or Harmony Grill for them! But in the end they are lucky: they won’t be taking their toddlers to microbrewery beer gardens like many of the fools on here. Plus–I’d be the Carol Stream PD responds to complains about petty crime far better than the CPD.

    But crime isn’t something that happens to high-flying greenzoners, just like being underwater on a mortgage.

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  43. gringozecarioca on June 11th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    “But crime isn’t something that happens to high-flying greenzoners, just like being underwater on a mortgage.”

    “Franks and Beans”, Bob. “Franks and Beans” :-)

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  44. “But in the end they are lucky: they won’t be taking their toddlers to microbrewery beer gardens like many of the fools on here.”

    LOL, was just looking at IPA ratings, and check out this “theme” for friggin’ beer. I think skeptic is our little anti-hero.

    http://revbrew.com/beer/detail/anti-hero-ipa

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