Is this Evanston townhome ideal for a young family?

A hat tip to Anne West’s informative North Shore Views blog for alerting me to one of her recent listings in northwest Evanston, a short block south of Central Street. Here’s a part of Anne’s description of this fee-simple townhome:

This townhome at 3326 Culver St. lives like a single family house. It’s a half duplex with lots of space and lots of light. It has three bedrooms, one and a half baths, a large rec room on the lower level and ample closets. It’s been freshly painted throughout and has new carpet and tile as well as new vanities in the bathrooms. Off of the living/dining room is a spacious patio and there is a parking space off the alley. It is listed at $245,000.

Anne goes on to note that the home has easy access to Old Orchard and Central Street shops, I-94 and public transportation. The CTA (yes, the CTA runs in some suburbs) 201 bus route is a very short block north of the home and connects to Old Orchard, the Central Street Metra and Purple Line stops, and downtown Evanston. The home is in the Willard Elementary School attendance boundaries. Chicago Magazine recently ranked Willard number 21 among Cook County’s top public elementary schools, ahead of such Winnetka icons as Greeley and Crow Island.

Some bonuses for the location: a CVS Pharmacy, Starbucks and Subway are right around the corner on Central St. The Little Island hot dog stand, a short block from the home, serves up the most awesomely greasy fries on the North Shore. Wil-Ridge Auto is right there too, for those days when you experience car problems. The Barbereux School, which serves pre-schoolers from age 2 ½ with an all-day program, and runs through 1st grade, is directly across the street from this townhome. Bent Park, pictured above, is two short blocks to the east, and Lovelace Park – with tennis courts, a pond and a popular sledding hill – is a few blocks to the northwest.

The home appears to be fairly priced, since nearly-identical nearby townhomes have sold recently in the $240s.

I lived in a townhome very similar to this when I first moved to Wilmette and it served us well when our two kids were pre-schoolers.

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