It is ultimately up to you where you want to live, so doing research ahead of time will highly benefit you.
Good luck in your search.
Lyon Real Estate
I personally live and have my home office in Central Oak Park. I am very comfortable here and plan on staying a long time. In fact I have even invested in a couple other rental homes in my neighborhood. Overall, Oak Park is a neighborhood that has some very nice parts and some not so very nice parts. Oak Park is a great value and you can find many wonderful 1920's - 1950 homes with lots of old time charm. If you would like an opinion on any particular listing location, please feel free to contact me. Good luck on your search!
This area is trending upward and there are a lot of cute homes, as well as potential redevelopment. I would be happy to assist you in your search.
Elite Realty Services
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