The Redfin online real estate site says Evanston’s Lakeshore Historic District is one of the five “hottest” neighborhoods in the Chicago metro area.

The district, which includes most of the land east of Chicago Avenue from South Boulevard north to the Northwestern University campus, came in fourth in the rankings — which Redfin says are based on how many people look at listings in the neighborhood on the site, how many visitors mark homes in the neighborhood as favorites and an assessment of how fast a home is likely to sell.

Generally, Redfin says, the hot neighborhoods this year are “where affordability and convenience overlap.”

The Lakeshore Historic District includes a mix of older single family homes along with a wide selection of vintage and newer condominium and apartment buildings.

Redfin agent David Yocum says, “Business development along Chicago Avenue in the past few years has provided more storefronts, restaurants and services to the neighborhood. The lakefront is right there, which always appeals to buyers. And, there’s nearby access to the L and Metra, so getting to the city is fairly easy. Prices are still reasonable relative to other parts of Evanston, making it natural that interest will increase.”

Redfin agent Scott Kelly says, “The best feature of the neighborhood is its proximity to Lake Michigan. The beach at South Boulevard is a quiet escape and some residents are close enough to walk there. Evanston’s beaches require a token that only citizens of Evanston and Skokie can buy, and visitors from other municipalities have to pay higher daily access fees in the summer, which tends to cause the crowds to migrate up the North Shore to the beaches in Wilmette. So, if you like to sail, swim, or lay on the beach in the summer, this is the place to be.”

The three neighborhoods in the region that scored higher were all in Chicago — Andersonville, Garfield Ridge and Brighton Park. Ranked fifth in the Chicago area in the report was the Ishnala neighborhood in Palos Heights. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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