What You Can Buy for $650,000

April 12, 2014

ct-n-california-01-jpg-20140410How much house will $650,000 buy? For those who love to cook and entertain, here’s a sampling of homes in Chicago that are a chef’s dream. Besides the culinary amenities, the luxury homes are convenient to public transportation.

“Chicago is a great city for the urban homebuyer to find both value and city access. Each of these homes offers prime rail access in addition to their already rich internal offerings,” said Alison Schwartz, vice president of corporate communications for Move Inc., the operator of real estate listings site Realtor.com.

A recent addition to this 1903 home allowed for an attached garage, huge master retreat (walk-in closet, master bath with air spa tub and steam shower) and chef’s kitchen (double oven, five-burner cooktop, warming drawer, pot filler, walk-in pantry). Five bedrooms upstairs with sixth bedroom on the lower level. Family room includes wet bar, media area and separate fitness room. 4 1/2 bathrooms. Built-in speakers throughout. Landscaped yard with paver patio and fireplace, two decks. Easy walk to train. 9651 S. Winchester Ave. $650,000

Huge single-family home in Logan Square neighborhood. Four bedrooms, built in 2006, with two-car garage. Workout room could be a fifth bedroom. Large living room. Kitchen features 42-inch, cherry-finished cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Large dining room and kitchen combo. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms on second floor. Third-floor recreation room and rooftop deck. Lower-level family room, guest bedroom, bathroom and workout room. Walk to CTA Blue Line. 1822 N. California Ave. $649,900

Extensive renovation. A remodeled 1883 home ideal for today’s lifestyle. Chef’s kitchen includes stainless steel, high-end appliances, large island with sink and breakfast bar. Coffered ceilings, marble spas, wet bars, designer wallpapers, fixtures and finishes. High-end sound throughout. Dual master suites and laundry provide flexibility. Patios on every floor with roof deck. Dual furnaces, theater, office with entrance. 4058 S. Lake Park Ave. $649,900

This post originally appeared on ChicagoTribune.com on April 10, 2014.

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