Welcome to Sauganash | Chicago Guide to Sauganash Real Estate
Elegance and quiet luxury are a couple of the standout traits of the Sauganash neighborhood. It’s suburban-like feel puts an emphasis on space - spacious homes and spacious streets. Weaving in and out of the blocks that make up this northwest community area is in many ways a tour of grandeur. Get to know a little more about the Sauganash neighborhood with this local real estate guide.
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Living in Sauganash
DISTINCT • MIDDLE & UPPER CLASS • TREE-LINED STREETS • BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS
Driving down Peterson Ave, one of the main thoroughfares of the Sauganash neighborhood, flanked by a line of trees on either side and down the median that divides its two-way traffic, one gets the sense that this neighborhood is not just well-manicured but also distinct from other parts of Chicago. The Sauganash neighborhood is a primarily middle-class and upper-class community and luxurious residential housing is the dominant characteristic. The homes in the Sauganash neighborhood are grand and beautiful, and your eyes can’t help but to be drawn to the elegant design and largeness of these houses.
Within a short distance, residents of the Sauganash neighborhood have access to nature trails, wooded areas, and golf courses. It’s proximity to Old Orchard Mall makes a weekend shopping excursion easy. And a trip to downtown Chicago is also straight shot on the I-94 which is accessible on the west end of the neighborhood.
Where is Sauganash?
Situated on the northwest side of Chicago, surrounded by the LaBagh Woods and the North Park and Forest Glen neighborhoods, Sauganash makes up a community area that is bordered by Devon Ave to the north, Pulaski Rd to the east, Cicero Ave to the west and portions of Bryn Mawr Ave to the south.
The area largely constitutes the 60646 zip code and is serviced by the 39th Ward office.
Getting to and from the Sauganash neighborhood is easiest by car but can be done by public transit. The bus routes that service the neighborhood area include the #84 Peterson, #54A Cicero/Skokie Blvd, and the #53 Pulaski which arrives and departs from the southeastern edge of the Sauganash neighborhood.
While not within its boundaries, residents of the Sauganash community are close to the Forest Glen and Edgebrook Metra Rail stations.
Beyond those forms of public transit, accessibility to the Sauganash neighborhood is best via car, and the area’s position just east of Interstate 94 (I-94) near the Peterson Ave exit is perhaps the quickest way to connect to the area.
Sauganash Real Estate Market Snapshot
MANSION-LIKE • PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS • GRANDEUR • RANCH HOMES
Size and location are two key features that home buyers seek out when considering a home purchase in the Sauganash neighborhood. While, the housing inventory in Sauganash is limited; those that are looking to invest in a large home, or are ready to upgrade to a house with more than three bedrooms, spaces for entertaining - both indoors and outdoors, and a personal driveway, are likely to find some compelling options in the area. Many of the homes in Sauganash incorporate the popular residential architectural styles common throughout Chicago (think Georgian, Tudor, Colonial styles), but on a grand scale. Mansion-like, in fact. These houses are often brick, multi-level three-, four- and five-bedroom homes. A vast majority feature the most sought after bells and whistles, like hardwood floors, walk-in closets, modern kitchen appliances, an open layout and stunning interior design. These larger homes carry a price tag that start above $500K and can go upwards of $1 million.
If your budget is not as high, but the neighborhood area is a desirable location, there are also homes in Sauganash that are priced between $300K and $400K. These houses tend to be ranch style homes, some with updated finishes and plenty of outdoor space. Or space, in general, to customize and make your own.
Get more insight about the market trends and housing inventory from a Sauganash real estate expert:
Mark Quesada, Sauganash Realtor
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Live Like a Local in Chicago’s Sauganash Neighborhood
Schedule your home tour with a Sauganash realtor and then explore the neighborhood on your own. Here’s a quick self-guided tour of Sauganash.
One of the best ways to get to know a neighborhood is to walk through its streets admiring its homes and landscape and stumbling upon the places that give it character. Get started by popping into Whole Foods Market (6020 N Cicero Ave) for a coffee, tea and a couple of pastries and then start your stroll heading east along Peterson Ave . Later, if the weather is agreeable, plan for a picnic in the LaBagh Woods. You can even arrange to cater your picnic from Backyard Grill (6355 N Pulaski Rd). Then, for the evening venture just a little further north of the neighborhood’s northern end, cross over to Lincolnwood Village, for dinner to enjoy some traditional Greek dishes like moussaka and pastichio at Psistaria Greek Taverna (4711 W Touhy Ave).
Dining options in Sauganash is limited to a few restaurants along the perimeter of the neighborhood area. Residents, however, are close to neighborhood restaurants in surrounding communities. These are a few restaurants in and near Sauganash that are worth checking out:
Himshikar Restaurant (6031 N Cicero Ave) - this storefront BYOB spot specializes in Indian and Nepalese dishes, proudly showcasing family recipes.
Chai’s Asian Bistro 4748 W Peterson Ave) -
Eden’s The Original (6045 N Cicero Ave) - Italian beefs, Chicago-style hot dogs and all-day breakfast
Lou Malnati’s (6649 Lincoln Ave) - a longstanding and popular Chicago family-owned pizzeria. Be sure to try it’s signature deep dish pizza, “The Lou.”
The Elephant Thai Cuisine (5353 W Devon Ave) this c
ozy Thai restaurant is a favorite among local residents and is praised for its flavors and freshness.
Sauganash Neighborhood Amenities
You can easily grab your groceries on your route home by exiting at Peterson Ave on the I-94 West by stopping at Whole Foods Market (6020 N Cicero Ave) just on the corner of Peterson and Cicero Avenues. Sauganash residents also are a short distance away from the Mariano’s (5353 N Elston Ave) just over in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.
Though surrounded by wooded areas with trails and picnic groves, inviting for outdoor recreation, including Forest Glen Woods (5420 N Forest Glen Ave) and the LaBagh Woods, the neighborhood’s central park which carries its name, Sauganash Park (5861 N Kostner Ave), is also a prime gathering spot for outdoor play including tennis, football soccer and a playlot for the younger active members of the family.
Speaking of the youngsters, in terms of schooling, Sauganash parents have their choice of Sauganash Elementary School (6040 N Kilpatrick Ave) and Sauganash Montessori School (5750 N Rogers Ave) for the elementary school years.
Sauganash Real Estate Consultant
So you're ready to make a major home purchase? Let a Sauganash neighborhood real estate agent talk with you about the housing options available in the area to give you a more complete look at the residential properties on the market before to help inform your home purchase. A knowledgeable Sauganash realtor will not only share neighborhood and market insights with you to help aid your search, but will also work with you to ensure that the houses you view and consider align with your desired features for your next home.
Also, if you’re ready to take the step of selling your home, connect with me and let’s discuss how to best prepare your home for the market. We’ll evaluate the major selling points of your property and position your home to attract good offers.
Mark Quesada, Sauganash Realtor