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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

106 S Ridgeland Avenue, Unit Number 315 Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 106 S Ridgeland Avenue, Unit Number 315, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10881850)
1 bed 1 bath 1,013 sqft $234,500
1116 Fair Oaks Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1116 Fair Oaks Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10881779)
3 beds 3 baths 2,061 sqft $659,000
248 S Marion Street, Unit Number 201 Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 248 S Marion Street, Unit Number 201, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10881362)
2 beds 1 bath 1,000 sqft $168,800
421 S Wisconsin Avenue, Unit Number 3 Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 421 S Wisconsin Avenue, Unit Number 3, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10850300)
1 bed 1 bath 660 sqft $112,000
949 Lake Street, Unit Number F3 Oak Park, IL 60301
Photo of 949 Lake Street, Unit Number F3, Oak Park, IL 60301 (MLS # 10880751)
1 bed 1 bath $149,000
708 Wenonah Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 708 Wenonah Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10880586)
4 beds 3 baths 2,278 sqft $750,000
1137 Rossell Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1137 Rossell Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10860732)
3 beds 2 baths 1,750 sqft $545,000
325 N Maple Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 325 N Maple Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10860519)
5 beds 3 baths 1,650 sqft $575,000
501 N Harlem Avenue, Unit Number 1 Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 501 N Harlem Avenue, Unit Number 1, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10880979)
1 bed 1 bath 900 sqft $136,000
1130 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 3A Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1130 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 3A, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10880504)
3 beds 2 baths $290,000
1115 N Oak Park Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1115 N Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10881179)
4 beds 4 baths 2,572 sqft $475,000
339 Home Avenue, Unit Number 2F Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 339 Home Avenue, Unit Number 2F, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10879977)
3 beds 2 baths 1,950 sqft $315,000
836 N Cuyler Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 836 N Cuyler Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10879941)
4 beds 2 baths 1,900 sqft $474,900
301 S Euclid Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 301 S Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10879377)
4 beds 3 baths 2,575 sqft $625,000
240 Flournoy Street Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 240 Flournoy Street, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10879210)
2 beds 1 bath 580 sqft $214,900
844 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 2 Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 844 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 2, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10878740)
1 bed 1 bath $110,000
835 N Cuyler Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 835 N Cuyler Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10781504)
4 beds 2 baths 3,350 sqft $499,000
1025 Randolph Street, Unit Number 105 Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1025 Randolph Street, Unit Number 105, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10877953)
2 beds 1 bath $185,000
948 Fair Oaks Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 948 Fair Oaks Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10877828)
4 beds 3 baths 2,790 sqft $799,900
330 Home Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 330 Home Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10877325)
4 beds 3 baths 3,000 sqft $650,000

Sold Listings in Oak Park

210 Wesley Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 210 Wesley Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10825636)
4 beds 2 baths 1,930 sqft $665,000
525 N East Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 525 N East Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10863363)
6 beds 5 baths 6,550 sqft $1,000,000
804 Wisconsin Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 804 Wisconsin Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10819134)
3 beds 2 baths $480,000
806 S Lombard Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 806 S Lombard Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10816420)
3 beds 1 bath 1,540 sqft $420,000
742 N Humphrey Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 742 N Humphrey Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10812510)
3 beds 2 baths $345,000
1134 S Elmwood Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 1134 S Elmwood Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10811987)
3 beds 2 baths 1,493 sqft $437,500
634 Lyman Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 634 Lyman Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10807305)
3 beds 3 baths $445,000
941 Wesley Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 941 Wesley Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10805897)
4 beds 3 baths 1,900 sqft $450,000
110 S Marion Street, Unit Number 305 Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 110 S Marion Street, Unit Number 305, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10810426)
2 beds 3 baths 1,613 sqft $390,000
1178 Clarence Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 1178 Clarence Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10809562)
4 beds 2 baths $351,000
147 N Ridgeland Avenue, Unit Number 2S Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 147 N Ridgeland Avenue, Unit Number 2S, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10808769)
2 beds 2 baths 1,500 sqft $245,000
1108 Erie Street, Unit Number 2R Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1108 Erie Street, Unit Number 2R, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10805861)
1 bed 1 bath $166,000
1124 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 1A Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1124 Washington Boulevard, Unit Number 1A, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10778987)
2 beds 1 bath $161,500
1132 Rossell Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1132 Rossell Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10805574)
4 beds 4 baths 3,455 sqft $895,000
1024 Columbian Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 1024 Columbian Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10801655)
4 beds 3 baths 2,226 sqft $681,500
1178 S Grove Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 1178 S Grove Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10804404)
3 beds 1 bath 2,359 sqft $326,300
1150 S Maple Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 1150 S Maple Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10802251)
4 beds 4 baths 2,100 sqft $417,800
925 Clarence Avenue, Unit Number 3 Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 925 Clarence Avenue, Unit Number 3, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10777843)
1 bed 1 bath 900 sqft $147,000
116 S Ridgeland Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302
Photo of 116 S Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 (MLS # 10792999)
4 beds 4 baths 3,193 sqft $700,000
516 Carpenter Avenue Oak Park, IL 60304
Photo of 516 Carpenter Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304 (MLS # 10798688)
4 beds 2 baths 2,000 sqft $473,500

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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
http://www.op97.org/Mann/
Irving Elementary School
K-5, public
Longfellow Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.op97.org/Longfellow/
Oliver W Holmes Elementary School
PK-5, public
Whittier Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.op97.org/Whittier/
William Beye Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.op97.org/beye/
William Hatch Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.op97.k12.il.us/hatch/index.html
Oak Park & River Forest High School
9-12, public
Ascension
PK-8, private
http://www.ascensionoakpark.com/school
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
http://www.op97.org/Brooks/
Percy Julian Middle School
6-8, public
http://op97.org/julian
Childrens Garden Montessori School
PK & ungraded, private
St Giles School
PK-8, private
http://stgilesschool.org/
Oakpark Montessori School
K, private
http://www.oakparkmontessori.com/
Intercultural Montessori
PK-6, private
http://www.interculturalmontessori.org/
Good Shepherd’s Learning Center
K, private
Oak Park Montessori School
PK-3, private
House Of Prayer College Prep
K-12, private
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