Haven't got the job offer yet. When it comes (highly likely), I will have very little time to move and become established. I won't have time to do a proper house search, so I'm relying on the collective knowledge of agents to steer me to the neighborhoods where I'm most likely to be happy.
Everyone here is on their "A game", I love it!
I think it apropo to ask YOU what type of surrounding are you use to living in/around and what would you prefer?
Depending on your response I can better determine an area. Chicago is a very diverse city and all the areas mentioned previously each have their own unique characteristics.
The transportation system here, CTA/Metra is great. You can pretty much get around anywhere by either train or bus, and of course, cab/taxi.
Much content on line about neighborhoods, but you need to go out and look around and see for yourself.
You definitely would benefit from considering renting, but with the current rate environment, I would give a purchase some careful consideration, especially if you know you are going to be here for more than a year or two.
As with any client, I suggest you talk to a mortgage professional and a Realtor to start making your way through the process.
Many of the best right here on Trulia, take a look at our profiles, ask a friend for a referral and and make a choice. It is a great city to live and work in.
Americorp Real Estate
Brokers Associate, e-PRO
You've been given a lot of answers with some great advice - I would just simply add that if you're wanting to get a glimpse of some of the neighborhoods mentioned online, before you go driving around (many of the suggestions are in widely varying locations and have different feels to them) you could visit http://www.dreamtown.com/neighborhoods/chicago-neighborhoods.html From there, just select the neighborhood/suburb you want to know more about and you will find a ton of very helpful information.
I also think, as some have suggested, that it would be helpful to speak to an agent over the phone because answers to certain questions might help in guiding you toward the right place. I always conduct an in person consultation wherein I ask a lot of questions to help determine what might be best for you and then I explain how the process works.
Lastly, do your research on each agent; speak to at least three different people and make sure you work with someone who you feel comfortable with. You will be working with this person for several weeks and you should feel confident that there is trust and communication. Ask questions, read testimonials or call references.
My bio and testimonials can be found directly on my website, listed below
I'd be happy to answer any other questions you may have!
Best of luck to you!
Congratulations on your upcoming move!!!!! Chicago is an awesome city with so much to offer!!! Along with the awesome diverse population; Chicago also offers a multitude of various neighborhoods within and just outside the city, Find a great Realtor and be brutally honest about what you are looking for. Type of home, neighborhood and yes price. A good Realtor can discuss neighborhood options with you. It will be important for you to visit neighborhoods so you and your partner can witness the look and feel up close and personal.
Best wishes for a fun search and a pleasant move. And if you are looking for a great Realtor, I'd love to assist you.
I see alot of realtors telling you where to live without first getting to know you as a buyer. I am glad you are moving to Chicago and will be working in the loop and want an easy commute to work but when your not working what are some other things that are important to you and your partner since you both will be living together I am assuming that the decision should be both of yours to make where you want to live.
The real estate market in Chicago is a difficult one right now and you have to be careful and have someone who is experienced to guide you but ultimately it is your decision where and when you want to buy.
Chicago has many neighborhoods to choose from as some of the agents below have highlighted some of them like South Loop, Oak Park, Rogers Park. Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Blvd, Ukranian /East Village, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, just to name a few.
I would be glad to give you a tour and show you around as I love to work with buyers. I am also very experienced with foreclosures.
How would you like to walk to work instead of commuting??? That was the salesman in me, my apologies.
It may be hard to believe, but there are actually a handful of 2BR condos available in the loop, Printer's Row and south loop for under $150K. They are mostly distressed properties (short sales or REOs), but they are for sale nonetheless. I would anticipate more to enter the marketplace daily.
If you have never lived in Chicago before, there is nothing like being in the middle of all that the city has to offer. Assuming you are able to find a place to your liking of course. If not, some of the areas previously mentioned by my peers are very good second options.
If you follow the Blue Line NW out to O'hare airport you should be able to find choices from Logan Sq out to Norwood. Anything else takes you out to the suburbs which might be too far a commute, but that is up to you.
I can set up a search or two to give you some ideas as to what you might get, but you also might want to rent for a year and get better acquainted with the city before you take the plunge.
My web site lets you search the MLS to get started also.
Call/email me and I can send you some listings.
I would recommend checking out Oak Park and Forest Park. They are suburbs immediately west of the city and have a lot of good housing options for you. There's lots to do around town and they are connected to the CTA via both the blue and green lines -- trains to downtown in about 20 minutes. They are also accessible via I-290 (10 minutes to downtown in no traffic). I'm happy to send you some listings so you can get a better idea of the area. I also encourage you to check out http://www.oakpark.com. Feel free to email me at MyRealtorLaurie@gmail.com if you have additional questions about the area or about the buying process -- I would love to help you find the perfect condo, whether it's in the city or 'burbs.
Laurie Christofano, Realtor
RE/MAX In The Village