When Your Home IS a Castle: A 3-Bedroom at 2436 W. Greenleaf in Indian Boundary Park


This 3-bedroom in the Park Castle Condominiums at 2436 W. Greenleaf in the Indian Boundary Park neighborhood of Rogers Park came on the market in May 2016.

Park Castle Condominiums are on the architectural tours. It has 68 units.

From Open House Chicago:

Architect Jens J. Jensen—not to be confused with landscape architect Jens Jensen—designed this 1925 structure. The sprawling, double courtyard brick apartment building looks like a castle, with crenelations, turrets and towers. A moat-like pond was once graced by live swans. This feature has been removed, but the bridges and some retaining walls remain. Inside the complex, an extravagant indoor pool, reflecting the opulence of the era, remains one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets.

The pool is apparently open 24 hours a day and has mosaic tile walls.

This unit is on the top floor of the building and has picture windows with views of Indian Boundary Park.


Indian Boundary Park is a 14-acre park that was once the boundary of Indian lands.

It now has a lagoon, tennis courts, community center and children’s park. In its early years, it once housed the second zoo in Chicago.

When I was there, there were a handful of painters painting in front of the lagoon.

This unit has built-ins and crown molding.

The kitchen has white cabinets, granite counter tops, a backsplash and stainless steel appliances.

It has window units for air conditioning and there is no in-unit washer/dryer. The building does not allow it. There is coin laundry in the building.

Like a lot of vintage buildings, the parking is leased nearby. There is 2 transferrable parking spaces available for up to $65 a month each.

Is this complex a hidden gem for architecture lovers?


Katrina de los Reyes at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #3: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1619 square feet

  • Sold in March 1989 for $105,000
  • Sold in September 1992 for $127,000
  • Sold in March 1996 for $122,000
  • Sold in April 2007 for $245,000
  • Originally listed in May 2016 for $199,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $189,000
  • Assessments of $697 a month (includes heat, exercise, pool, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger, snow removal
  • Taxes of $2143
  • No central air- window units
  • No in-unit w/d allowed. Coin laundry in the complex
  • 2 transferrable leased parking spaces from $50 to $65 a month
  • Bedroom #1: 13×11
  • Bedroom #2: 13×11
  • Bedroom #3: 13×11



20 Responses to “When Your Home IS a Castle: A 3-Bedroom at 2436 W. Greenleaf in Indian Boundary Park”

  1. Nice Place, and assessments seem really low

    “This home comes a portable washer” – ????

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  2. This is why I have to laugh when the poverty pimp aldermen are like “we need more affordable housing built!”

    There is a shit load of stuff like this all over the city where it is plenty affordable.

    basically what these pimps should be shouting is “we want to buy more voters with YOUR tax dollars!”

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  4. Sonies, I completely agree. This isn’t NYC. There is plenty of affordable housing throughout Chicago.

    This building is really cool. I wouldn’t want to live so far from downtown or not have an in-unit washer/dryer though. It still beats places like Lincoln Square in terms of value.

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  5. The kid playground is great!

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  6. Two properties in my neighborhood in the last week! Sweet!

    As I wrote in my post on the Victorian property, I live in the area directly south of the the park. This park is one of the main reasons we moved to the area–aside from the well-kept, architecturally interesting SFH offerings at a great price.

    The park this building sits next to is without a doubt one of the best parks in the city. Incredibly diverse array of kids/families at all times here. The wood play structure is awesome, albeit showing its age (unfortunately, city’s minimal maintenance has allowed some of the wood to rot–compare to Penny Park in Evanston, which was built around the same time and is in much better shape). Lots of interesting events/classes offered at the Cultural Center (fieldhouse). The old zoo on the north end of the park was converted to a nature play center a few years back and is a great offering.

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  7. Stone Park beats Lincoln Square for value too, doesn’t mean you want to live there. Not much of a comparison.

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  8. I would choose this neighborhood and the cheaper prices over Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, or Andersonville.

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  9. Apparently the market prefers Lincolns Square and Andersonville as prices are significantly higher.

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  10. Seems to have poor downtown transportation options at this location. Where do folks who live here commute to?

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  11. @vb

    I live just south of this building/park and walk to Rogers Park Metra station. It’s just under a mile away and takes me <15 minutes. The trains I take are usually at OTC in approx. 18 minutes. So I'm downtown in less than 35 minutes. My office is about 7 minutes from OTC, so it ends up being a consistent 40 minute door-to-door commute each way.

    Commute was important to me when we were looking at options. Had a hard time finding a spacious 3+ bedroom SFH <= 500k with a commute less than 40 minutes. Was able to make it work in this area. Would prefer to be a bit closer to the train but I can live with 40 all-in, plus I prefer the neighborhood south of the park and west of Western over the neighborhood east of Western.

    However, I bike downtown most days April-October. 45 minutes door-to-door by bike.

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  12. “I would choose this neighborhood and the cheaper prices over Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, or Andersonville.”

    “Apparently the market prefers Lincolns Square and Andersonville as prices are significantly higher.”

    The market actually is actually indifferent (to the extent the market’s “preference” makes sense) between lincoln sq/aville and this neighborhood at the cheaper price (which jenny explicitly incorporated as a factor).

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  13. “It’s just under a mile away and takes me <15 minutes."

    On CC, no one can walk that far that fast.

    So you must be running from the hoodlums.

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  14. This castle needs her queen….. you go Jan Terri.

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  15. Always liked this park. And amazed at the value in the hood.
    Not the best location for downtown workers but still pretty cool.

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  16. gringozecarioca on October 4th, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I’m curious as to the overall perspective of Chicagoan’s (north side?) on The Cubs…

    b)Guarded optimism
    c)Bartman riding around on a goat.

    since you are all a bunch of liberal, gay lovin, negroe jews, and came from CPS, I decided to be kind and only give 3 choices so that you have a 74% chance of getting it right (74% being based on a formula from a CPS approved textbook, of course).

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  17. wow everyone is coming out of the wood work, glad you finally nailed that brain buster math problem ze!

    Cubs fans are annoying as usual like they are when they are good

    I hope they lose badly in the first round!

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  18. gringozecarioca on October 4th, 2016 at 10:04 am

    “I hope they lose badly in the first round!”

    Yeah, to the Mets, just to remind Chicagoans that they are a mutt to the purebreddedness of NY.

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  19. I think the Park Castle units look a bit small inside compared to their neighbor, Park Gables (which has cathedral ceilings in the 3rd floor units). The prices seem comparable too.

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  20. “I’m curious as to the overall perspective of Chicagoan’s (north side?) on The Cubs…”

    Ze- it is the same as it was with the Blackhawks when they started getting good.

    They’re playing well. Everyone believes they’re going to go far. Will they will the Cup? Unclear. They have the talent.

    With the Cubs- same thing. They went far last year (just like the Blackhawks first did).

    This team is good. Good coaching. Great, young players. They will win it all in the next few years. That’s all.

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