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"HVAC." "Full bath." "Square footage."

There are some real estate terms that homeowners tend to gloss over or take for granted – until they suddenly affect your ability to buy or sell a property for the price you’d imagined.

Square footage is one of those terms.

What is Square Footage?

In theory, it’s a concept that’s quite easy to grasp – it’s the total area available in your home, as measured in feet.

What are the Real Estate Market Conditions in Lakeview? (Source: wikimedia.commons)

Why Lakeview?

Lively and accessible, Lakeview is the perfect blend of everything Chicago. Not only is the neighborhood home to the World Series-champion Cubs and their iconic ballpark, Wrigley Field, but it's also the spot for a wide array of nightlife and entertainment.

For those looking for something scenic, Lakeview lives up to its name, offering residents gorgeous views of Lake Michigan with easy access to the Lakefront Trail. It's also host to Chicago's annual LGBTQ Pride Parade, and Lakeview's chunk of Halsted St. is home to numerous LGBTQ resources and support centers.

Lakeview is the second largest ward in the city, with a population of more than 98,000 folks - a group that once included Charlie Chaplin, among other stars.

If you're looking for a new home, you should also be looking into Lakeview for not just its abundant charms, but its vibrant housing market. Whether you're looking for a condo or a single family home, Lakeview boasts some attractive market statistics this year. Here's what to know now:

Lakeview's Current Condo Market 

Worried About a Small Space? Max It Out With Great Design

People who move to Chicago for the first time often find themselves taken aback by the sheer variety of housing available. From spacious single family homes to cozy condos, from gleaming skyscrapers to humble two-flats, there’s a home for every taste and budget in the city.

But, for many, that dream home isn’t always easy to find – particularly when it comes to finding the ideal size. Plenty of Chicago homes offer gorgeous finishes, a convenient location, or top-of-the-line amenities – if you’re willing to settle for a little less space in some rooms.

But a home with a few particularly snug spaces doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker! In fact, there are countless tricks that you can use to make a small or awkward room feel bigger, brighter, and more inviting, without shelling out big bucks for renovations.

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The Real Group team was proud to be a part of this year’s ProHOWbition charity event – and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that the evening was an enormous success!

A casino night to celebrate and benefit Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW), this year’s ProHOWBition raised nearly $50,000, all of which will go directly towards supporting the housing needs of Chicago families.

The ProHOWbition event featured gaming tables, raffles, silent auctions, and plenty of delicious food and drink, all under the roof of Untitled Supper Club, a legendary venue in River North.

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