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Oak Park Real Estate Analysis

Oak Park is a village adjacent to the western side of the city of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is the twenty-fifth largest municipality in Illinois as measured by population, and has easy access to downtown Chicago (the Chicago Loop) due to public transportation such as the Chicago ‘L’ Blue and Green lines, CTA buses, and Metra commuter rail. The 2000 census showed that the village had a total population of 52,524. As of the 2010 census, the population had dropped by 1.2 percent to 51,878.

Geography

Oak Park is located immediately west of the city of Chicago. The boundary between the two municipalities is Austin Boulevard on the east side of Oak Park and North Avenue on the village’s north side. Oak Park also borders Cicero along its southern border, Roosevelt Road, from Austin to Lombard; and Berwyn from Lombard to Harlem. Harlem also serves as its western border, where between Roosevelt and South Blvd, it borders Forest Park and between North Blvd and North Ave to the west it borders River Forest.

The entire village of Oak Park lies on the shore of ancient Lake Chicago, which covered most of the city of Chicago during the last Ice Age, and is today called Lake Michigan. Ridgeland Avenue in eastern Oak Park marks the shoreline of the lake, and was once an actual ridge. One of North America’s four continental divides runs through Oak Park. This divide, a slight rise running north-south through the village, separates the St. Lawrence River watershed from the Mississippi River watershed, and is marked by a plaque on Lake Street at Forest Avenue.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 4.70 square miles (12.2 km2), all land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2010, there were 51,878 people, 22,670 households, and 13,037 families residing in the village. The population density was 11,037.9 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 67.7% White, 21.7% African American, 0.2% American Indian, 4.8% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.8% of the population. 12.7% spoke a language other than English at home. [6]

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the village was $74,614, and the median income for a family was $103,840.[7] Males had a median income of $51,807 versus $40,847 for females. The per capita income for the village was $36,340. About 3.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

In the 1960s Oak Parkers began a concerted effort to avoid the destructive racial housing practices occurring in nearby communities. Steering and block-by-block panic peddling caused rapid racial change on Chicago’s west side, including the Austin Community Area adjacent to Oak Park. Whites fled west side neighborhoods based on concerns of property value losses and crime increases. Businesses fled as well. The Village of Oak Park passed a fair housing ordinance in 1968 (in the same year as the federal Fair Housing Act) to ensure equal access to housing in the community. In 1972,the Oak Park Housing Center was founded by Roberta (Bobbie) Raymond to promote integration in the community, by ensuring equal access and discouraging white flight.[8]

Ever since, Oak Park has encouraged integrated racial and ethnic diversity[citation needed]. The village operates a Diversity Assurance Program within its housing programs department to ensure a stable, diverse, and integrated population. Years ago,[when?] Oak Park eliminated the use of “For Sale” signs in front of houses, widely considered[by whom?] one of the keys of success to maintaining the high diversity. This law was declared unconstitutional, being overturned by the Supreme Court’s 1977 decision in the Linmark Associates, Inc. v. Willingboro case, but is still widely observed by local realtors.

Combating crime and providing safety programs in the community, Oak Park’s police department is the third largest in the state. In 2011, crime had dropped 16 percent on average in Oak Park, according to data released at a community forum.[9]

Oak Park Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Oak Park

825 N Ridgeland Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 825 N Ridgeland Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09864589)
3 beds 1 bath 1,511 sqft $395,000
1188 Home Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 1188 Home Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09864521)
3 beds 3 baths 1,624 sqft $435,000
222 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 102 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 222 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 102, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09864424)
1 bed 1 bath 850 sqft $94,999
720 S Ridgeland Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 720 S Ridgeland Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09864297)
3 beds 2 baths 1,428 sqft $420,000
642 S Cuyler Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 642 S Cuyler Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09864286)
3 beds 2 baths 2,039 sqft $399,000
401 S Grove Avenue, Unit Number 2E OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 401 S Grove Avenue, Unit Number 2E, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09864148)
2 beds 2 baths $235,000
800 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 204 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 800 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 204, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09863575)
1 bed 1 bath $109,900
936 Chicago Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 936 Chicago Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09862951)
5 beds 4 baths 2,856 sqft $639,900
633 S Oak Park Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 633 S Oak Park Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09863709)
4 beds 5 baths 2,578 sqft $699,900
838 Clinton Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 838 Clinton Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09863142)
5 beds 3 baths $530,000
635 N Ridgeland Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 635 N Ridgeland Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09862970)
4 beds 2 baths $445,000
1023 N Oak Park Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 1023 N Oak Park Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09862885)
4 beds 3 baths 3,064 sqft $399,090
337 S Maple Avenue, Unit Number 14 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 337 S Maple Avenue, Unit Number 14, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09853044)
1 bed 1 bath $100,000
619 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 3W OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 619 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 3W, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09862689)
2 beds 1 bath 1,200 sqft $199,800
200 Home Avenue, Unit Number 4A OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 200 Home Avenue, Unit Number 4A, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09862639)
2 beds 2 baths 999 sqft $255,000
618 Highland Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 618 Highland Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09862445)
3 beds 2 baths $459,000
314 Wisconsin Avenue, Unit Number 3S OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 314 Wisconsin Avenue, Unit Number 3S, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09863750)
2 beds 1 bath 1,400 sqft $284,900
333 S East Avenue, Unit Number 301 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 333 S East Avenue, Unit Number 301, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09862137)
2 beds 2 baths 1,000 sqft $172,000
622 Harrison Street, Unit Number 2N OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 622 Harrison Street, Unit Number 2N, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09852682)
1 bed 1 bath 700 sqft $104,000
1184 S Taylor Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 1184 S Taylor Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09861635)
3 beds 3 baths 2,000 sqft $369,000

Sold Listings in Oak Park

1130 Ontario Street, Unit Number A4 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 1130 Ontario Street, Unit Number A4, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09835144)
1 bed 1 bath 800 sqft $104,000
1035 S Kenilworth Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 1035 S Kenilworth Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09832913)
3 beds 3 baths $455,000
110 S Marion Street, Unit Number 201 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 110 S Marion Street, Unit Number 201, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09831240)
2 beds 2 baths $350,000
103 Lemoyne Parkway OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 103 Lemoyne Parkway, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09825786)
3 beds 2 baths 2,119 sqft $360,000
247 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 3A OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 247 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 3A, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09823064)
1 bed 1 bath $105,000
1107 Clarence Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 1107 Clarence Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09822444)
6 beds 4 baths 2,600 sqft $727,000
1040 Erie Street, Unit Number 504 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 1040 Erie Street, Unit Number 504, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09822230)
2 beds 2 baths 1,177 sqft $181,000
907 South Boulevard, Unit Number 3 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 907 South Boulevard, Unit Number 3, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09820801)
3 beds 4 baths 2,300 sqft $429,000
616 Carpenter Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 616 Carpenter Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09819674)
3 beds 2 baths 1,325 sqft $395,500
936 Mapleton Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 936 Mapleton Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09819527)
4 beds 4 baths 2,400 sqft $564,000
415 Wesley Avenue, Unit Number 42 OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 415 Wesley Avenue, Unit Number 42, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09818125)
1 bed 1 bath $85,000
1127 Erie Street, Unit Number 1B OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 1127 Erie Street, Unit Number 1B, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09817466)
1 bed 1 bath 750 sqft $85,000
510 Madison Street, Unit Number 2N OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 510 Madison Street, Unit Number 2N, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09815179)
2 beds 1 bath 900 sqft $97,000
1156 Wesley Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 1156 Wesley Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09800909)
5 beds 4 baths 4,300 sqft $775,000
1233 N Columbian Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 1233 N Columbian Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09814196)
4 beds 4 baths $488,000
1034 Home Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
Photo of 1034 Home Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60304 (MLS # 09812686)
4 beds 4 baths 3,200 sqft $650,000
1109 Hayes Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 1109 Hayes Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09810915)
3 beds 2 baths 1,800 sqft $305,000
1171 S Humphrey Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60304
4 beds 4 baths $615,000
731 Belleforte Avenue OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 731 Belleforte Avenue, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09808198)
5 beds 3 baths 2,288 sqft $379,000
447 N Lombard Avenue, Unit Number 2S OAK PARK, IL 60302
Photo of 447 N Lombard Avenue, Unit Number 2S, OAK PARK, IL 60302 (MLS # 09807704)
2 beds 1 bath 1,356 sqft $185,000

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Oak Park School Data

Oak Park School Districts

Oak Park Esd 97 School District
PK-8
Oak Park – River Forest School District 200
9-12

Oak Park Schools

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
K-5, public
Horace Mann Elementary School
K-5, public
Irving Elementary School
K-5, public
Longfellow Elementary School
PK-5, public
Oliver W Holmes Elementary School
PK-5, public
Whittier Elementary School
PK-5, public
William Beye Elementary School
K-5, public
William Hatch Elementary School
PK-5, public
Oak Park & River Forest High School
9-12, public
Ascension
PK-8, private
Fenwick High School
9-12, private
http://www.fenwickfriars.com
St Catherine Siena-St Lucy School
PK-8, private
Intercultural Montessori
PK-6, private
Alcuin Montessori School
PK-8, private
http://www.alcuin.org
St Edmund Parish School
PK-8, private
Our Lady Immaculate Academy
2-8, private
http://www.sspx.org/schools.html
Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School
6-8, public
Percy Julian Middle School
6-8, public
Childrens Garden Montessori School
PK & ungraded, private
Harbor Academy Reg Safe School Prg
9-12, public
St Giles School
PK-8, private
Oakpark Montessori School
K, private
Intercultural Montessori
PK-6, private
http://www.interculturalmontessori.org/
Good Shepherd’s Learning Center
K, private
Oak Park Montessori School
PK-3, private

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm by Jorge Vigil

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