What are the Current Market Conditions for Old Irving Park?

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The MLS neighborhood of Irving Park - commonly called "Old Irving," or "Old Irving Park" - is one of Chicago's most unique neighborhoods. Located on the northwest side, it's bounded by the Chicago River on the east, the Milwaukee Road railway tracks to the west, Addison Street on the south, and Montrose Avenue to the north. It also encompasses the area west of Pulaski Road, bounded by Belmont Avenue on the south and Leland to the north.

When you talk to your real estate team about this great area, you can call it by any of those names above; for the sake of clarity, we'll refer to it as Old Irving Park. Named for famed author Washington Irving, the Old Irving Park neighborhood offers convenient access to both the Loop and O'Hare airport. Full of charming public art and murals, stately homes dating back to the 1860s, and a variety of tasty restaurants, Old Irving Park is the perfect place to make your Chicago home.

Ready to learn even more about this wonderful Chicago neighborhood? Here are a few handy resources worth checking out:

Ready to give this historic area a fresh look? Here are the current housing market statistics for Old Irving Park to know: 

Old Irving Park's Current Condo Market

1. The Median Sales Price of an Irving Park Condo Has Leveled Off Slightly

Old Irving Park Single Family Home Median Sales Price

Median condo prices for the Old Irving Park area climbed steadily from 2013 until well into 2018, rising higher than $217K as of summer 2018. Since then, we've seen median condo prices in this market level off somewhat; they currently sit right around $205K, as of winter 2019, and reached a recent low of $200K earlier in the year. Based on market factors we'll discuss below, we expect to see these values continue to remain high or keep climbing again in the foreseeable future. 

2. Condo Prices are Expected to Continue Climbing, Based Upon Months Supply of Inventory

Old Irving Park Single Family Home Inventory

The months supply of inventory counts the number of months it would take to sell all of the condos currently on the market if no other new homes were added. It is a theoretical predictor of the housing market's growth and stability. 

Typically, three months of inventory or fewer indicates a seller's market, and we expect prices to rise in this situation.  

A balanced months supply of inventory is about four to six months, meaning that the situation is well balanced for both buyer and seller.

A buyer's market is typically a market that reaches more than six months. Because the number of homes on the market is disproportionate, prices would be expected to drop. 

Currently, inventory in Old Irving Park sits just above three months, making it a fairly balanced market that tips slightly in the seller's favor at present. We believe that this can result in steady growth and higher sale prices. 

3. The Average Condo Spends Fewer Than Two Months on the Market

Old Irving Park Single Family Home Days on Market

After a sharp drop over the course of 2014, the wait time for the average condo in Old Irving Park rose through the end of 2015 and into 2016, topping off at highs near 90 days before plummeting again. As of winter 2019, the average condo in Old Irving Park tends to spend 60 days or fewer on the market.

Old Irving Park's Current Single Family Home Market

1. The Median Sales Price of a Single Family Home Is Holding Steady 

Old Irving Park Median Sales Price

The average single family home in Old Irving Park saw steadfast growth from 2014 to 2016, with the sharpest increase - from just below $400k to roughly $475k - happening between 2015 and 2016. Prices climbed again heading into 2017, and held fairly steady throughout 2018 - right around $500K. In 2019, we saw a brief but notable upward trend once again, with prices crossing the $520K threshold in spring 2019. Since then, the median sales price in the Old Irving Park neighborhood has come down a bit, sitting just below $500K as of winter 2019. 

2. Sale Prices for Single Family Homes Are Expected to Remain High Based Upon Months Supply of Inventory 

 Old Irving Park Condo Inventory

The months supply of inventory for single family home sits right between 3.5 and 4 months This means that it is a fairly balanced market, with a lot to offer to both buyers and sellers. 

3. The Average Single Family Home Spends About Three Months on the Market

Old Irving Park Condo Days on Market

As of the time of this writing, wait times in Old Irving Park sit around 90 days, a sharp step up from even mid-2018, when the average home spent just 75 days or fewer on the market. Looking back, this graph also tends to be fairly cyclical, meaning that we may see this metric accelerate again soon. 

Ready To Purchase an Old Irving Park Home? 

When you're ready to live in a historic neighborhood with lots of Chicago charm, Real Group RE would love to help you find a new home in Old Irving Park! To begin the process and explore the neighborhood even more, drop us a line!

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