A recent Redfin analysis scoured the country for neighborhoods that have everything — from affordable homes for sale to great schools and easy commutes. After searching, Redfin analysts say they’ve found “just 25 neighborhoods that fit the bill across 80 major U.S. markets.” 

Perhaps surprisingly, considering the consistent beatdowns that Illinois gets in the local and national media, the state dominated the list — it boasted 14 of the 25 neighborhoods selected, with 10 of those neighborhoods located in Chicago (the city neighborhoods of Dunning and Ashburn ranked #1 and #2, respectively). 

Oak Park — with a median home sale price of $278,000 (167 homes were for sale as of December 2017) and a GreatSchools ranking of 9.4 on a 10-point scale — came in at #6. 

Evanston, the village’s friendly rival, was ranked #10. 

 Michael Romain  

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