This is What $500,000 Will Buy You

For about $500,000, you could purchase one of two comparably-priced homes. The first is located in Western Springs, the second is in La Grange.

1. 1123 Birch Ln., Western Springs: Priced at $498,000, according to listings.

This is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, single-family house built in 1964.

The two-story house has a covered front porch. Additionally, it has hardwood floors on the first and second floors, as well as an attached first-floor family room that has a fireplace. The home's kitchen is updated, and the property has a large deck and lot. The basement is finished and has a wet bar and a pool table.

Realtor source/information: Joe Thorne, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - La Grange.

2. 1209 S. Spring Ave., La Grange: Priced at $495,000, according to listings.

This is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom, 3,914 square-foot, single-family house built in 1993.

The home's roof, siding and carpet were replaced in 2010. The home's closets all have built-ins, and the hardwood floors were sanded and refinished in 2010. The home's eat-in kitchen has a wet bar, a sub-zero refrigerator, corian counters, hickory cabinets and a new back splash. Additionally, the home's master bedroom has a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace.

Realtor source/information: Michael Berg, Berg Properties.

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La Grange and La Grange Park // Western Springs

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