Looking back on the year that was, Wednesday Journal Homes has covered a variety of topics from Wright Plus beauties to old home renovations, but a favorite topic is always high-end homes. 

The most expensive sales of 2017 in Oak Park and River Forest highlight a range of distinctive homes from historic landmarks, stunning rehabs and high-end condos hitting the market in both villages.

During 2017, according to John Lawrence, managing broker of Weichert Nickel Group in Oak Park and 2016-18 president of the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors, Oak Park notched an identical 457 single-family homes sales and 457 attached homes sales. 

The most expensive house sold in Oak Park was 214 S. Euclid Ave., an art moderne design originally listed in 2016 for $1,450,000. The home closed in April of 2017 with a sales price of $1,240,000 (featured in the Wednesday Journal on Oct. 4, 2016. (http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-4-2016/Where-moderne-meets-modern/.) 

Oak Park’s most expensive condominium sales were all in the newly constructed Maple Place development on Chicago Avenue, which was move-in ready during the summer of 2017.

 In River Forest, according to Lawrence, single-family homes tipped the scales at 136 closed sales, with 82 attached home sales in 2017. The largest price tag was on 918 Franklin Ave., a five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home originally built by the Buurma Home Builders in 1968 on a 96-by-184-foot lot. 

The home sold for $700,000 in October 2015 and was gut-rehabbed before it was listed in July 2017 for $2,100,000. It closed for a sales price of $1,875,000 on October 13, 2017. 

Four of River Forest’s top condominium sales came in the newly-built Promenade complex on the former site of Hines Lumber (featured in the Wednesday Journal on March 1, 2016.  (http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/3-1-2016/The-Promenade:-Hines-Lumber reinvented/?utm_campaign=RSS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_source=RSS.)

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