What $400,000 Gets You in Portage Park: A 1923 Bungalow at 4426 N. Menard

This 4-bedroom bungalow at 4426 N. Menard in Portage Park came on the market in October 2015.

(Sorry, I don’t have a picture as I haven’t been able to get out to take pictures of new properties. As soon as spring arrives, I’ll be out there.)

The listing says it has been renovated and has all new windows, heat, plumbing, electric and doors.

The roof is just 3-years old.

Built in 1923 on a 30×125 lot, the house now has more of a modern floor plan, with an open layout.

The kitchen still appears to be a separate room, however, and it has the now popular white cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, subway tile backsplash and a stainless steel farmhouse sink.

There are hardwood floors on the first and second floors.

The basement has been finished and now sports a family room and laundry room along with a reclaimed barn wood wall.

Two of the bedrooms are on the main floor with two on the second floor.

The house has central air and a 2-car garage.

Originally listed at $424,900, it has been reduced to $399,900 and is still looking for a buyer.

Is $400,000 the price buyers will pay for move-in ready in Portage Park?

Halina Jozefiak at Re/Max Destiny has the listing. See the pictures here.

4426 N. Menard: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2400 square feet, 2 car garage

  • No sales information prior to 2015 but it went into a trust in 2004
  • Sold in May 2015 for $207,000
  • Originally listed in October 2015 for $424,900
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $399,900
  • Taxes of $3976
  • Central Air
  • Bedroom #1: 19×14 (second floor)
  • Bedroom #2: 12×10 (main floor)
  • Bedroom #3: 12×10 (main floor)
  • Bedroom #4: 11×10 (second floor)
  • Den: 10×7 (main floor)
  • Laundry room: 12×10 (basement)
  • Family room: 29×23 (basement)

 

 

30 Responses to “What $400,000 Gets You in Portage Park: A 1923 Bungalow at 4426 N. Menard”

  1. https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/4426-N-Menard-Ave-60630/home/13476214 – House link

    Had a chance to be a decent reno, but cut too many corners

    LOL at the 5′ wide reclaimed barn wood wall.

    The Glass block & fireplace look cheesy

    Why do flippers not tile the entire wall?

    On the plus side the 100A in the garage is nice

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  2. I think the price is too high for this section of Portage Park. This goes closer to $300K

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  3. “Why do flippers not tile the entire wall? ”

    For a bath tub not “on” the wall I wouldnt tile all the way up either. I would have glassed walled one side of that shower though.

    Its an wonderful quiet hood over there, great place to raise a family. Portage doesnt get the love it should. I prefer Jefferson Park over Portage for the blue line, metra, expressway convenience but Portage is a prettier hood.

    anon(ufo),
    Taxes seem to low. Senior freeze still on the home? shouldnt be around $6,000?

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  4. Groove:

    AV = 21,432, so that’s about right with an HO exempt.

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  5. This is going to be a noisy home when the winds are out of the west. The O’Hare “Lawrence/Leland” runway 28C is two miles long and lands some of the biggest, noisiest airplanes. This home is close to the flight path. And it’s close to the point where the planes get the noisiest (5 miles from the runway)

    I have to think that the airplane noise is having an impact on the price of homes like this?

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  6. “AV = 21,432, so that’s about right with an HO exempt.”

    But the AV is low, even at whatev discount this ultimately sells for.

    Have some friends who live v close by. Nice enough area. Don’t like Hagen’s as much as I would have thought. Maybe I’m doing it wrong.

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  7. “I have to think that the airplane noise is having an impact on the price of homes like this?

    Airport traffic hasn’t affected pricing in Park Ridge very much. The entire NW side of Chicago and even some of the far north side is now in the flight path. This particular form of external obsolescence is well advertised.

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  8. Nice job on the renovation.

    Are you sure that far east it’s going to be loud? I attended a carnival at Lawrence & Oriole (is that Norridge?) and the landing planes were so loud it was incredible.

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  9. PS has anyone ever studied jet fuel exhaust raining down on your home & lawn constantly?

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  10. “PS has anyone ever studied jet fuel exhaust raining down on your home & lawn constantly?”

    It’s a non-issue.

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  11. Well, that settles it then.

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  12. The airplane noise at Lawrence & Oriole is going to be similar to the airplane noise at Lawrence & Menard. At Manard (5 miles from landing), the plane is 1,500 feet up and transitioning to final descent (nose up, additional engine power). At Oriole (2.5 miles from landing, the plane is down to 750 feet up and the engine power is steady. It’s a noise trade off between revving engines and being closer to the plane.

    Park Ridge is a lot quieter than it used to be. Other that the remote runway that aligns with Belle Plaine, nothing is going over Park Ridge anymore.

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  13. “The O’Hare “Lawrence/Leland” runway 28C is two miles long and lands some of the biggest, noisiest airplanes. This home is close to the flight path. And it’s close to the point where the planes get the noisiest (5 miles from the runway)”

    Very Good point VB!

    I dont know if this “far” east is an issue. I meet up with a long time friend at norridge park with our kids in the summer and spring once a month. The planes fly so low i can hardly hear her even when talking loud. They fly so low on Lawrence by that park i can see what they stewardess are serving for lunch.

    By my hood the planes are getting out of control. used to be one or two days in the week we would get annoyed. Now it seems like 5 or 6 days its annoying.

    I have been to few of the meetings for the FAIR noise organization. I dont know what Daley did but man the plane noise is F’ed up even more for some people. Tiny dancer Rahm wont even listen to us or even gives a crap about us. The main reason the previous alderman got the boot is becasue she was on the Ohare noise comity and did nothing and wasnt transparent with the ward, so we all gave her the boot. Sadly our new alderman came in to late in the game to stop the machine from turning. so our ward is screwed.

    HD,
    i dont see how PR is affected, all planes now are east/west. PR is not in any paths, maybe a taking off plane turning but by that time they are high enough for it not to be a factor.

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  14. I live downtown and find the planes annoying sometimes, I can’t imagine being on a busy flight path

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  15. “i dont see how PR is affected, all planes now are east/west. PR is not in any paths,”

    PR goes all the way south to Higgins–how can it not be affected? Less than south of Foster, sure, but still affected.

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  16. Park Ridge is quiet because the noise is mostly south of I-90. Until they finish runway 27C in 2020. This “Peterson” runway will be another 2 mile runway and will make the south of Park Ridge a lot noisier.

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  17. What a generic, soulless renovation. I have no idea if it is appropriately priced for the area but they made this vintage place look like any and every non-luxury other place these days.

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  18. “Until they finish runway 27C in 2020. This “Peterson” runway will be another 2 mile runway and will make the south of Park Ridge a lot noisier.”

    The scam, oops i mean plan, is that runway is supposed to spread out the noise so they utilize each runway different days.

    I am still trying to figure out why is the northside of the airport hoods getting screwed when didnt Daley buy the town of Bensenville to expand, and bensenville is on the south of O’Hare.

    Also, i am no expert on aviation but weren’t there initiatives going on like 15-20 years ago for quieter planes?

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  19. “PR goes all the way south to Higgins–how can it not be affected? Less than south of Foster, sure, but still affected.”

    Correct, I always assume it ends at Devon. I guess the Higgins side is the poor side of Park Ridge.

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  20. “weren’t there initiatives going on like 15-20 years ago for quieter planes?”

    These are (mostly) the quieter planes. When you hear a really loud one–look up; I’ll bet you a dollar it is an MD-80.

    “bensenville”

    All of the stuff that was East of York, and North of the railroad. IPR got realigned thru there, too.

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  21. I agree it is a pretty soul-less renovation and that fireplace looks both cheap and lost in that living room but do we know what they started with? There was a trend to “update” a lot of bungalows in the 1950s/1960s/1970s – – the flipper might have started with someone elses’ crappy re-do. Personally this place approaches “good deal”status for someone in the market for a larger condo – – why not get a SFH? Also, Portage Park is a pretty awesome park and it isn’t that far away.

    Cannot comment on the noise issue from the airport but I understand some folks are really suffering from it. In my last year living in Albany Park the planes started flying more frequently and considerably lower. I cannot imagine what it is like for folks a mile or two closer to the airport from where I was.

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  22. “These are (mostly) the quieter planes”

    No efffin way? I am lucky i dont get the big beasts on the lading strip we are by, i just assumed we were still getting the older ones by the noise level.

    “In my last year living in Albany Park the planes started flying more frequently and considerably lower”

    I love my hood, my plan is to retire in the house we have. The only issue we have is the “da planes boss”. And it seems to be getting more frequent. Windows closed its no problem, but the groove family likes fresh air, we open windows in the winter.

    So if tiny dancer Rahm screws up this school thing with teacher strikes and heavy handed cuts, and add to that his middle finger to us NWsiders with the airplane noise, we will be forced to move and die a soulless boring death in a suburb out of cook county.

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  23. The plane noise in PR has been greatly reduced despite the rumblings from people who live around Belle Plaine – which for them is a bit noisy. However, most people I know in PR are newcomers and they bought knowing there was airport 3 miles to west and are comfortable with the noise.

    Sometimes the plans fly out west and then turn around to come back east and they fly directly over my house; but that only happens maybe once or twice a month, but the planes are loud, but not loud enough to interrupt conversations.

    ANd yes, the ‘peterson’ runway, more commonly called the ‘granville’ runway, will be completed in 2020 and that will add to noise. The wife and I looked at a nice house on granville for sale in 2012 and we decided not to buy specifically because of the granville runway. but that subdivision is pretty far west in park ridge and is the only area in the noise contour.

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  24. “the only area in the noise contour”

    You know that the noise contours were shown to be false, right?

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  25. I live north of touhy in PR and have noticed that the plane noise is significantly worse on windy/foggy days. Also we get night noise once in a while. It’s rare enough that I can handle it every few weeks but wow is it loud. I’m talking after 10:30 pm.

    The diagonal runways are a killer, the planes always go ‘off track’ and come a little too close for comfort sometimes.

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  26. “anon (tfo) on February 22nd, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    “the only area in the noise contour”

    You know that the noise contours were shown to be false, right?

    They weren’t False, they were just based on old data.

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  27. “They weren’t False, they were just based on old data.”

    They were presented as the projection of the post-project noise contours.

    That makes them false.

    Or are you an apologist for the Daley Machine??

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  28. The machine has been good to me.

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  29. Yes $400,000 sounds about just right. Portage Park is going to be the next Lincoln Park. Wise and astute investors should buy at the bottom before prices appreciate considerably.

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  30. you’re the best nimesh, I will buy you your first drink at this years CC annual Christmas bash.

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