Consider the Type & Style of Your Home
Realistically assess your needs when deciding on the type and style of the home you'd like to own. An individual who has any kind of walking difficulties would probably prefer a one-story ranch house or a first floor condominium over a two or three story home. In many cases, older homes have less efficient spaces and narrower doorways. This may be inconvenient, not only in the moving of large pieces of furniture, but because older construction does not normally meet the requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that newer construction is required to comply with. Keep in mind, too, that Chicago has some of the most beautiful and well-maintained historic districts in the country. If you have a soft spot for nostalgia, the architectural details and craftsmanship of an older home may be just what your looking for that you can't find in a recently constructed home.

Here is a list of questions to keep in mind when deciding on the type and style of your home:
  • How many bedrooms/bathrooms will I need, now and in the future?

  • Do I need a home that is handicap accessible or in compliance with ADA regulations?

  • Will I have a vehicle that will need a parking space?

  • How many floors should my home have?

  • Do I want a home that is more contemporary in design, or more traditional?
Having a clear idea on how you would like these questions resolved can be invaluable to your Chicago Real Estate agent, not to mention the relief of knowing you have one less thing to worry about.

Property Styles and Types

The following is a list of property types and home styles:
  • Single-family
  • Usually detached homes that are free standing on an individual lot designed as a single family residence.

  • Duplex
  • Two individual units, one on top of the other, detached from other buildings.

  • Semi-detached
  • Similar to a duplex, but units are side by side and share a common wall.

  • Condominiums
  • More descriptive of property ownership than style. Condo owners enjoy multi-unit amenities like exterior maintenance and building repairs, security services, and, sometimes, recreational facilities. The costs for these items are called assessments and vary greatly from complex to complex.

  • Bungalow
  • In Chicago, a bungalow is a gable-roofed brick building with two to three bedrooms, a half-sunken basement, and stairs leading to an attic. Most bungalows were built in Chicago in the 1920s. See Chicago's Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative for valuable savings and grants offered by the City of Chicago to bungalow owners.