Berwyn steps out of the shadow of its...

Berwyn steps out of the shadow of its neighbors

There are 44 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 22, 2009, titled Berwyn steps out of the shadow of its neighbors. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Berwyn is noted for having the most significant collection of Chicago-style bungalows in the nation.

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Amit Shah

Saint Albans, UK

#51 Apr 26, 2012

Chicago, IL

#53 Jun 13, 2012

Berwyn, IL

#54 Sep 2, 2012
rico wrote:
What's the point of buying a great home when your neighbors are blasting Mexican music. And when your not home your home is robbed by section 8 residents.
At least the town cleans your garage door from the gang graffiti. It you want to tough it out be sure to buy south of 22nd street and see who your neighbors are!!!
stay in that suburb you live in then like i tell the rest of you, you will not get rid of Latinos or "Mexicans" how you call them no matter what you say, so good job on moving the hell out of here and go comment of the topix of what ever suburb you live on and know that the "Mexicans" are coming soon, in case there not already their haha

Chicago, IL

#55 Sep 3, 2012
This taken from

Best Old House Neighborhoods 2011: Berwyn, Illinois

"People used to snicker whenever you mentioned Berwyn," says photographer Matt Schademann, who purchased a brick bungalow here three years ago. Indeed, many Chicagoland residents only knew of the area because of a sci-fi-movie TV showcase on which the host relentlessly chastised working-class Berwyn. But this city of 53,000, just seven miles west of Chicago proper, is shaking its butt-of-joke status thanks to affordable housing stock, a slew of recently opened restaurants, shops, and watering holes, and an enviable proximity to the Loop.

The Chicago Tribune even called Berwyn "the center of the middle-income buyer's market." Long ago a stronghold for Czech and Italian transplants, Berwyn is now a choice for families and young suits, as well as artists and writers, looking for a laid-back, livable, more economical alternative to the big city on the lake.

The Houses
Brick bungalows and English Tudors along with wood-sided Queen Annes are the primary home styles here. Thanks to a long history of single-family ownership, most houses retain their original layouts, many with oak millwork, subway-tiled kitchens, and stained-glass windows. The average bungalow price is around $225,000.

Why Buy Here?
The Berwyn-to-downtown commute is 15 minutes by car, though Chicago's closest elevated-train stop is a bus ride away. The tony Oak Park suburb, made famous as the base of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School of Architecture, is nearby, helping to keep housing values stable.

Among the best for: Among the best for: The Midwest, Cottages & Bungalows, Singles, Easy Commute, Victorians

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