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Austin is Community Area 25 of the 77 on the city's official list. It encompasses the sub-neighborhoods known as Galewood, North Austin and South Austin.

Austin's boundaries are, approximately, the city limits north to Metra tracks, and Cicero Ave (4800 W) west to Austin Ave (6000 W) south of North Ave (1600 N) and Harlem Ave (7200 W) north of North Ave.

ZIP codes: 60644, 60651.

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Is Austin Chicago’s ugly stepchild?

Austin Historic District

Austin has the largest population of Chicago’s 77 Community Areas, and suffered the largest population drop of the 77 between 2000 and 2010. The community is home to the leafy Austin Historic District, which you can visit in the above video, and to the historic devastation wrought during the riots that followed the death of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 4, 2013
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RealtyTrac reports foreclosure inventory up 33% in Illinois year-over-year

Downtown Round Lake IL

RealtyTrac released its Year-End 2012 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report yesterday, and Illinois earned an unenviable spot in a number of its rankings. Illinois was in third place among the states in foreclosure inventory, i.e. the number of homes bank-owned or in some stage of foreclosure. Illinois’ foreclosure inventory amounted to 135,858 properties, comprising 9% of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 18, 2013
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Prices go off the rails at Austin’s Galewood Crossings

Galewood Crossings Chicago

It’s been nearly six years since we first looked in at The Enclave at Galewood Crossings, the 15-acre residential portion of a 50-acre mixed-use development on a former railroad site in Austin. The site is nearly a mile east of the Galewood neighborhood. When we checked in for an update two years ago one of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 5, 2012
ChicagoWest / Southwest

The Miracle House in Galewood

The Miracle House, Galewood, Chicago

Yesterday I headed out to Galewood Crossings for an updated look at the development, and then ventured a mile further west to the Galewood neighborhood, from which the development takes its name. Galewood is a pleasant, leafy, middle-class enclave that differs sharply from much of the larger Austin neighborhood of which it’s a part. Galewood’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 3, 2012
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Chicago News Cooperative visits West Garfield Park, thinks it’s in Austin

4500 block W Wilcox Chicago

Whenever you read about a West Side or South Side neighborhood in Chicago’s mainstream media you need to double-check the reference. Reporters visit these areas infrequently, and are often clueless as to their whereabouts. About a month ago, for example, the Chicago News Cooperative (the New York Times’ local affiliate) ran a story based on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 21, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Are journalists unfairly portraying Austin?

Austin Historic District

Over at Austin Talks Anna Friedman Herlihy, a long-time resident of the neighborhood, is protesting what she feels is the media’s inaccurate portrayal of Austin. I welcome any of you to come sit with me on my front porch or take a walk around my part of Austin. It is not a perfect neighborhood, but ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 30, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

An Austin 3-flat and an Oak Park 4-flat

In-house tipster Eric just alerted me to a price drop on a classic Austin 3-flat 916 S Austin Blvd. The investor-oriented property, which needs work, sold for $270,000 in January of 2000 and resold for $160K 9 years later. After some work was completed it came back on the market last July for $295,000. A ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 19, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

A peek inside the Austin market

1633 N Leclaire Ave, Chicago

They used to say that you could swap a pair of 501s for a car in Prague. In Austin, you should be able to swap a car for a home. The median sale price of a home in the West Side neighborhood in 2010 was $44,900; 37 of the 301 homes sold went for $15,000 ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 10, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Another hard year for Austin homes

The Austin community area came in first among in foreclosures in 2009 and continues to be the leader of the pack going into this year. According to the latest report from the Woodstock Institute, Austin saw 208 foreclosure filings in 1Q ’10, down more than 27 percent from 1Q ’09 but still ahead of all ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 14, 2010

Newly priced townhomes, two-flat resales and more at Galewood Crossings

Flash back to May 2006, when Northbrook-based Red Seal Homes opened an on-site sales center at The Enclave at Galewood Crossings, a residential and retail community planned for the 50-acre Galewood Yards site at 1900 N Central Ave, in Austin’s Galewood neighborhood. Plans for The Enclave called for 57 single-family homes priced from the $420s ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 18, 2010