2 townhouse projects misnamed in far Northwest

Far northwest townhouse projects

In reviewing new-construction projects on the Northwest Side, we realized that we could only find six active townhouse developments. We posted on four that follow the course of the Chicago River yesterday. Here are the other two, located on the edge of the city.

Red Seal’s The Enclave at Galewood Crossings has a grandiose ring to it but also a pretty intriguing price point. Brand new townhouses starting under $300,000 in the city? The development is located in Austin (the 1900 block of North Central Avenue is close to Galewood but not quite there), which helps explain the competitive pricing. Still, even with a somewhat tough urban location, these prices are strikingly low for new townhomes with three or four bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 baths. We’ll get more details and a better look at the project soon.

Dunning Courtes should probably called “Portage Park Courtes,” or even “Portage Park Courts” since the name of the neighborhood where the project is actually located sounds much less European than Dunning – assuming that’s what the extra “e” is meant to convey.

Whatever you call it, this nine-unit development sits at a price point comparable to the projects we posted on yesterday and has a fairly high level of standard features. The $510,000 Esquire plan, for example, is essentially a three-story home with a finished basement, and an attic and private rooftop deck on a fourth level. The living rooms have 14-foot ceiling heights, and the homes include attached two-car garages; hardwood floors in living areas; brick and stone facades; granite countertops in kitchens and baths; GE stainless steel appliances; and fixtures by Moen and Kohler.

Your housing dollar stretches a little farther on the far Northwest Side, compared to, say the developments along the river, which is why we’re surprised more townhouses aren’t being built here. If anyone knows of projects we missed, click on “Comments” below and let us know.

Dunning Courtes, 4137 N Narragansett, 9 units, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, $510s-$550s

The Enclave at Galewood Crossings, 1900 N Central Ave, 76 units, 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths, $290s-$360s

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