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  235 Van Buren ( ) 235 Van Buren is offering a special home sale program for CPS teachers.  As a result of efforts by the City of Chicago to provide and preserve affordable housing in private developments for low to moderate income homebuyers, 235 W. Van Buren includes 44 residences that are part of this innovative program.  These residences are only available to qualified applicants who will make 235 W. Van Buren their primary residence. 

  • All remaining residences have been beautifully upgraded and include stainless steal appliances, granite tops, and hardwood flooring
  • New 3-acre park under construction adjacent to building
  • $2,500 closing cost credit available to CPS teachers who qualify to purchase a CCLT residence
  • I-Go car sharing location
  • Immediate Occupancy

Contact: the sales center at 312-376-0600 (no email listed) for availability.
Price Min: $146,385
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  Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation ( ) Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, a 40 year-old not-for-profit community development corporation serving the communities of West Town, logan Square, Humboldt Park and Hermosa is proud to present, 26th Ward New Homes, in partnership with the City of Chicago and the 26th Ward Alderman Billy Ocasio. These new-construction, quality, affordable single-family homes and condominiums are now available for pre-construction sales.
11 Single Family Homes from $155,000 to $195,000 and 21 Condominiums from $123,000 to $170,000!

  • New Construction
  • New Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances
  • Spacious 3 Bedrooms Units
  • Parking Included
  • Some Units are Adaptable to Accommodate Persons with Disabilities
All units will be included in the Chicago Community Trust.
Contact: Claudia Montoya at (773) 278-5669 ( for availability.
Price Min: $123,000
Price Max: $195,000

  Breaking Ground ( ) Breaking Ground, 3501 W. Fillmore, builds new homes in Chicago's developing communities, providing what we feel is the best affordable housing value in Chicago.

CPS employees may qualify for up to $65,000 in purchase price reduction from the prices listed in this ad.

Our Housing Team offers solid project management skills and technical expertise in construction and finance.  We also partner with a full range of public and private sources to build "communities of choice."  Breaking Ground has been a catalyst for the revitalization of more than 75 homes within Chicago's West Side, and plans to construct another 50 homes in 2010-2011.

Call today to see one of our newly constructed homes.
Contact: Larry Kimbrough at 773-265-1370, Ext. 122 ( for availability.
Price Min: $202,000
Price Max: $278,000

  CHA Mixed Income Developer Partner "Parkside of Old Town" ( )
Welcome to Parkside of Old Town, where spacious and well-appointed condominiums and townhomes are rising up right in the heart of the city. From here, you'll enjoy park-side vistas as well as all the comforts and conveniences of living in one of the city's most popular neighborhoods.
This is the good life in the big city - fine dining, casual fun and world-class entertainment. Having a home at Parkside means you're exceptionally close to everything wonderful about Chicago living. Of course, a quiet evening at home is equally appealing, as you watch the stars come out and the skyline sparkle.

Click here for an overview of the CHA Mixed Income Developments

Contact: Sales Center at 312-254-0900 (no email listed) for availability.
Price Min: $230,000
Price Max: $600,000

  CHA Mixed Income Developer Partner "Westhaven Park" ( )
Something exciting is happening on Chicago's Near West Side. As this historic part of the city experiences an incredible resurgence, a brand new neighborhood, Westhaven Park, is now emerging.
This innovative, professionally planned community is unlike any other new development in the West Loop. With unbeatable prices, Westhaven Park offers the buyer better value than can be found anywhere else.
Choose from 8 fabulous buildings and over 15 spacious floor plans with the most desired amenities, including attractive designer kitchens and baths, hardwood floors and fireplaces.
Close to downtown, the United Center and West Loop dining and nightlife, Westhaven Park is the perfect close-to-everything place to live, where treelined streets lead to the absolute best Chicago has to offer.

Click here for an overview of the CHA Mixed Income Developments

Contact: Sales Center at 312-421-0404 (no email listed) for availability.
Price Min: $250,000
Price Max: $600,000

  CHA Mixed-Income Development Partner "Oakwood Shores" ( )

Oakwood Shores is Chicago's next great lakefront community located in the historic Oakland-North Kenwood neighborhood (38th & Lake Shore Drive). The community will span 94-acres to include more than 3,000 units of mixed income housing. When completed, this new community will include single family homes, rowhomes, townhomes and one, two and three bedroom condominiums in six flat buildings and midrises. Each home is conveniently minutes from downtown Chicago and just steps from Lake Michigan's beautiful beaches, parks and bikepaths.
  • Oakwood Shores is now offering full-time CPS teachers 25% off on their first $10,000 spent on upgrades. Oakwood Shores is definitely a place to call home.  

Visit the Oakwood Shores Sales Center at 3744 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago.

Click here for an overview of the CHA Mixed Income Developments

Contact: Monica Hernandez at 773-538-0001 ( for availability.
Price Min: $179,900
Price Max: $749,900

  CHA Mixed-Income Development Partner -- "Park Boulevard" ( )
Park Boulevard, a new CHA mixed-income development, will boast 36 acres of friendly parks, local shops, a neighborhood school, and five distinct home styles: Metro Townhomes; Landmark Residences; Boulevard Condominiums; Garden Residences; and Park Residences. Backyards, outdoor living spaces and private parking areas designed to be spacious and secure. And inside, the very newest in energy-efficient technology makes these homes thoroughly modern and comfortable. A dream for all city-dwellers.
 Click here for an overview of the CHA Mixed Income Developments

Contact: Park Boulevard Sales Center at 312-328-1100 ( for availability.
Price Min: $130,000
Price Max: $450,000

  CHA Mixed-Income Development Partner -- "Roosevelt Square" ( )

Roosevelt Square is a new mixed-income community of the Chicago Housing Authority that will span 100 acres surrounding Roosevelt Road and Loomis Street on the Near West Side. A total of 2,441 condominium apartments and townhomes will reflect the community's balance of affordable rental and for-sale homes, public housing and market-rate residences. Varied architectural styles will embody the look and feel of traditional Chicago neighborhoods.

For full-time Chicago Public School Teachers, the developer makes the following purchase incentives: 3% of the purchase will be credited to the total down payment required when no cooperating broker is involved; $5,000 in upgrades towards the purchase of a newly constructed home.

Click here for an overview of the CHA Mixed Income Developments

Contact: at 312-836-1200 (no email listed) for availability.
Price Min: $240,000
Price Max: $600,000

  Carter Ware Group ( )

The Carter Ware Group is currently offering affordable single-family homes and condo units with the following benefits to CPS employees:

Beautifully rehabbed homes at affordable price points;
Upgraded electrical and plumbing;
The ability to buy pre-construction and add your own personal touch to the property;  
A home warranty on every property;
Interest rate buy down available;
Closing cost assistance available;
Flat screen T.V. as a closing gift;
$2,000 cash for all buyer referrals.

Please note: See a Carter Ware Group agent to discuss the above options. They are available on a case by case based on buyer’s qualifications.

Contact: Mike Volk at 773-375-9100 ( for availability.
Price Min: $99,999
Price Max: $240,000

  Century 21 S.G.R., Inc. ( ) Century 21 S.G.R. Real Estate makes the following commitment to all CPS employees:
        *        Each employee who selects Century 21 SGR as their preferred real estate company and registers for our "Free - educational gift program" will receive up to $3,000 deposited ina 529 education plan for each closed transaction.

        *        A Free Homebuyer's Manual and Free Welcome Home Package valued at more than $200.

        *        Each buyer will receive a free one-year home warranty.
Contact: Lisa A. Thompson at 866-SGR-1122 ( for availability.
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  Claretian Associates ( )

In partnership with the City of Chicago, Claretian Associates is building 25 new homes in South Chicago. Claretian has a 10-year history of serving the South Chicago community. Depending on family size and income, single family homes are available from $195,000 and 2-flats to $265,000. All homes have spacious floor plans - single-family homes up to 1,539 sq. ft. and 2-flats up to 2,100 sq. ft. on 1+1/2 lots.  Choose from a variety of building sites - many double lots are available. Homes are Energy Star Rated. Your new home will be within walking distance from the new Metra station at 93rd Street and downtown Chicago is only a 40-minute ride from South Chicago.

Contact: Lupe Castaneda at 773-734-9181, Ext. 26 ( for availability.
Price Min: $195,000
Price Max: $265,000

  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ( ) Paulette Edwards and Sybil Martin are offering the following incentives to CPS employees!!

For CPS Teachers and CPS Personnel who contract for a home:
  • Where there is no cooperating broker is involved, CPS Personel that purchase ME Team properties will received 1% of the purchase price and closing assistance.
  • Where cooperating brokers are involved and a ME team property is purchased by CPS personnel,we will be reimburse the usual attorney fees or home inspection fees or home warranty fees at closing.
For CPS Teachers and Personnel CPS Teachers that are represented on all other real estate will receive the following incentives:
  • Reimbursement for usual attorney fees at closing or
  • Reimbursement for home inspection fee at closing or
  • Reimbursement for 13 month home warranty fee at closing.
Contact: Paulette Edwards at 773-837-0383 (paulette.edwards@cbexchange,com) for availability.
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  Dream Town Realty ( )
$1,000 Cash Back
1-1/2% Pay Back of Purchase Price 

Dream Town Realty recognizes and appreciates the huge contribution made to our vibrant city by citizens working in Chicago Public Schools.  Today's students are the skilled workers, professionals and service personnel of the City of Chicago's future.  We blieve that without the dedication of CPS workers, the future of our great "world class" city would be in serious jeopardy.

Dream Town Realty agents work with buyers and sellers throughout all of Chicagoland.  Our agents are always on-call 24/7, to serve the teachers and employees of Chicago Public Schools.

We offer the following attractive incentives to ALL CPS EMPLOYEES*:

1.        $1,000 payback to Dream Town Realty's CPS client, upon successful closing of a real estate transaction (buy or sell) of $150,000 or more.
2.        1-1/2% of the purchase price payback at closing if a CPS employee buys a listing of the agent representing them in their home search.

* To obtain these perks, please contact Dream Town Realty's Sales Director Robert Billimack, CRB, ABR at or call 312-423-9124.

* To be eligible, you must mention upon your FIRST contact with Robert or with any Dream Town Realty agent that you want to participate in Dream Town's Chicago Public School buyer/seller incentive program.

* Benefits can only be claimed once per CPS employee.

For more information, visit

Contact: Bob Billimack at 773-680-1246 ( for availability.
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  Envision Real Estate ( ) ALL CPS EMPLOYEES who purchase a home through Envision Real Estate will receive at closing:

A Home Warranty is provided to cover all major components of your home as well as any pre-existing conditions of rehabbed homes; and

A $500 credit toward the purchase of a major appliance (washer, dryer, refrigerator, sump pump or television).

ALL CPS EMPLOYEES who sell their home through Envision Real Estate will receive:

A home inspection prior to listing the property;

A Virtual Tour of the property with 16 marketing photos; and

A feature ad on "Real Estate on Radio" for the first 3 weeks of the listing. 

Contact: Derrick Carpenter at 773-791-0593 ( for availability.
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  Homes of Troy ( )

20 New Townhomes offered by Scalise Construction Company in a high end community. This development is located in the Lawndale area on 1130 S. Kedzie. The Home of Troy is located in a private gated community and is also just steps away from shopping, CTA transit, Douglas Park and within minutes from the loop and I-290.
Unites range from: $249,000 - $267,000

Units priced at $249,000 will include:

9 foot ceilings on the 1st floor with ceramic tiles in entry and kitchen
Hardwood floors in living room
Granite counters, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher
The 2nd floor includes 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath with granite counter, 1 master with private bath, 5' Jacuzzi and also a private rooftop deck.
Storage and full unfinished basement

Units priced at $267,000 will include the same as the above with a full finished basement and a full finished bathroom in basement. All units include a 1 car attached finished garage and a private yard.


10 of the 20 new townhomes will be reserved for all CPS employees for 120 days.
A $5000 preconstruction incentive offered for the next 120 days.
A $500 gift available at closing will go towards closing costs.
A 2% purchase price will be credited to the total down payment required where no   cooperating broker is involved.
Lastly, a $2500 to $3500 credit for upgrades depending on the size of the unit.

Contact: Rosario or Russell Scalise at 312-421-8414 (no email listed) for availability.
Price Min: $249,000
Price Max: $267,000

  Marquette Village ( )

Marquette Village is a brand new community of 139 single family homes offering six styles of homes set amidst fresh green lawns and new streetscapes. Situated on an expansive 18 acre site at 7400 S. Rockwell, Marquette Village offers proximity to desirable schools, parkland, and major roadways.

RDM Development and Senior Lifestyle Corporation will reserve half of the 28 affordable single family homes in the development for ALL CPS Employees . RDM is also offering an upgrade package valued at $3,000.

Contact The Sales Center or Bill Martin @ 773-430-1049 or

Contact: Sales Center at 773-476-4200 ( for availability.
Price Min: $215,900
Price Max: $275,900

  Mi Casa - ERA Realty ( ) We are the #1 destination for those interested in real estate on the South or Southwest side of Chicago.  On the corner of 55th Street and Pulaski since 1995, ERA Mi Casa is a mainstay in the neighborhood servicing the community for all its real estate needs.  We specialize in first time hom buyers and are dedicated to answering any and all questions you may have about the home buying process.  We are honored to be given the opportunity to help CPS teachers and employees find not only a house, but their home.

All CPS employees who choose to work with us will receive the option of one of the following benefits:

*        Home Inspection -- A professional home inspection for your property that will provide you with peace of mind as to the condition of the home you are purchasing.

*        Home Warranty -- A 13-month warranty for the entire house that would protect you from any unexpected repairs.

*        Resort Vacation Certificate -- A voucher that consists of a FREE one-week (7 nights) vacation stay of your choosing at an RCI affiliated resort (over 3,800 in nearly 100 countries).
Contact: Joe Castillo at 773-767-1616 ( for availability.
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  NHC ( ) New Homes for South Chicago Phase IIIB are 23 new construction single-family homes and two flats that are nestled within a southeast side neighborhood with in six blocks of Lake Michigan. These homes benefit from several energy efficent and 'green friendly' products and systems, including structural insulated panels, energy efficient windows, lighting, mechanical systems and appliances. The homes provide buyers with a high standard of modern sophistication, while still being reasonably priced.

All CPS employees may be eligible for the following incentives: New Homes for Chicago (up to $30,000 in purchase-price assistance), TaxSmart or Federal Home Purchase Tax Credit.

Contact: Lupe Castaneda at 773-734-9181 (no email listed) for availability.
Price Min: $195,000
Price Max: $265,000

  NHS Redevelopment Corporation ( ) What we offer our clients is the Comfort & Security knowing they have a well built and healthy home, that is considerate of the invironment, their finances and the health and well being of their families.

NeighborHomes undergo a complete renovation, with everything built new from the inside to out.

Security features
Brinks Alarm Systems
Carbon Monoxide detectors
Smoke detectors
Security fencing [5? Wrought Iron in front, 4? Chain link surround]
Steel clad, fire resistant doors
Steel security storm doors
Outdoor lights [motion lights]
New wood porches [per City of Chicago code]

Our minimum specifi cations for rehab are being upgraded to include Green and Energy effi cient elements.

Environmentally friendly and healthy living environment
All duct joints sealed with mastic or approved tape
Energy star rated programmable thermostat
Water heater located near clothes washers
Range hood vented outside
Blown-in insulation [spray foam, cellulose or denim]
High energy efficient flooring
considerate of the environment, their finances and the health and well being of their family.

Lower energy costs
Bamboo flooring
Recycled content carpet
Recycled/recovered content gypsum
Low V.O.C. paint and
Low toxic adhesive and plasticier-free grout for ceramic tiles
Contact: Rhonda Lawson at 773-341-3177 ( for availability.
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  NuVision Realty ( ) NuVision Realty is a uniqe real estate company serving all the unique needs of CPS employees. 

Teachers can choose from one of the four packages described below: 

A)  The Big Red House Program.  This program was developed to reach out to the teaching community, it  represents an oppurtunity for teachers, with our help to gain a financial investment through home ownership while enriching their schools where they teach,  10% of my commision from the closing will be allocated back to the school where the client originated from.  The funds would be given back to the school after closing,  as a contribution for the school to use for their computer labs,  science labs,  music programs,  gyms,  etc... 

B )  Home Warranty Of America, a 13 month home warranty starting at the time the property is conveyed to the buyer which would cover the home for any unexpected repairs for the first 13 months.  A cost of $399 for their best coverage, The Diamond Program.   

C )  MJS Home Inspection. A comprehensive home inspection valued at $295 which includes a termite inspection.  The propertry is inspected by a certified and liscensed home inspector from the foundation to the roof. The buyer would pay for the inspection (which is highly recommended)  at the time of inspection. The voucher would be refundable to the buyer at closing. 


D )  A $300 voucher for your attorney fees refundable at closing.
Contact: Alberto Diaz at 773-616-2110 ( for availability.
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  Oak Realty of Chicago, Inc. ( ) Oak Realty's primary focus is community redevelopment on the south side of the City of Chicago. 

Our superior rehabbed homes stabilize and add value to the community, protecting the investment of Chicago Public School employees.

Oak Realty makes the following commitment to CPS employees:

1.        We will provide 3% toward closing costs;
2.        We will provide a 13-month home warranty from Home Warranty of America.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Contact: Frank Montro at 773-216-9888 ( for availability.
Price Min: $129,000
Price Max: $219,900

  ROR Construction, Inc. ( ) For ALL CPS EMPLOYEES who purchase any of our developments/projects, ROR Construction is offering:

*        $2,500 gift at closing to help with closing costs;

*        When no cooperating broker is involved, 3.5 percent of the purchase price to be credited toward the total down-payment required or to be applied to buy-down the interest rate; 

*        When a cooperating broker is involved, the gift toward down-payment or interest rate buy-down would be 1.5 percent; and

*        For a new rehabbed home, a preconstruction incentive of 10% off the pre-list price.

Contact: Mabel Guzman at 312-286-4401 ( for availability.
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  Renaissance at Beverly Ridge ( )
The Renaissance at Beverly Ridge is located between 105th & 107th Streets & Vincennes and Throop. The community borders Beverly and Morgan Park. Located on the south side of Chicago, both neighborhoods consist of upscale homes each unique and on very large lots in relation to most of Chicago. The neighborhood has more of the appearance of a quiet suburb yet is within the city of Chicago and  has a diverse ethnic mix of residents. The Renaissance at Beverly Ridge is offering "Affordable" homes beginning at $284,990. These comfortable two story homes come equipped with a spacious formal living room and dining room, one and one half baths, three beautiful bedrooms, a large kitchen/breakfast area overlooking your backyard, a generous pantry, patio and a two car detached garage. The City Programs (TaxSmart and City Mortgage) would also be great ways to save money on the purchase of your first home!!! 

And, this developer is offering all CPS employees $5,000 in credit toward interior upgrades.
Contact: Ron Johnson at 312-235-0130 ( for availability.
Price Min: $284,990
Price Max: $559,990

  Resurrection Homes ( ) RESURRECTION HOMES are 2 bedroom condos, 3 bedroom single-family homes and 2-flats. These properties are scattered sites in the neighborhoods of the Pilsen , Little Village, Douglas Park and Back of the Yards.

All CPS employees may be eligible for discounts up to $65,000 from the developer in addition to lender incentives, TaxSmart savings or Federal Income Tax Credit incentives.
Contact: Marilu Villanueva at 312-666-1323 x232 ( for availability.
Price Min: $159,000
Price Max: $234,900

  Revelation Pointe, LLC ( ) Revelation Pointe is offering CPS teachers an opportunity to purchase single family homes and 2-flats.

Revelation Pointe, located between 67th St & 71st, Stony Island & Dorchester, is a 44 unit housing development consisting of 30 Single Family homes and 14 Two flats.  Revelation Pointe offers a potpourri of single family floor plans, ranging from handicap assessable to inter generation living.   Both the two flat and single family homes offer 3 bedrooms and 2  2.5 baths, spacious living rooms, gourmet kitchens, etc.

Contact: A Representative at 312-558-1544 ( for availability.
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  Revere Way Homes ( ) Beautiful New 5-Star Energy Efficient Single Family Homes

We are building 90 new homes in a developing corner of the Greater Grand Crossing community with over 50 homes sold.  We have a brand new $30 million community center, new charter high school and a new library opening soon.
Features include:
  • 3bedrooms, 2baths
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • Hardwood floors
  • Deck
  • Two-car garage
  • Fencing/Landscaping
  • Home Warranty
  • Approx. 1600 sq. ft. (with basement add an additional 600 sq. ft.)
 Also Available:
        * Finished basement
        * Stainless Steel Appliances
        * Granite Counter Tops

Open House every 1st Saturday 11am to 3pm or Monday through Friday by appointment at our Model Home:

7211 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60619

Contact: Theretha Reid or Angela Beckham at 773-456-6799 ( or for availability.
Price Min: $170,000
Price Max: $195,000

  Ryan Realty & Associates, Inc. ( ) Ryan Realty & Associates is a full service real estate company located on Chicago's north side.  Beth Ryan's 20 years experience as a real estate agent will educate the prospective client on the ins and outs of the Chicago Real Estate Market.  It is an exciting time to buy real estate in Chicago, and she will make this happen as part of the ongoing improvements in the City of Chicago.  Beth has been successful in assisting clients in the purchase and sale of real estate and her qualifications include: graduate of Chicago Public Schools, possesses both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, lives on the north side, is both a property and investment owner, and has 2 school-aged children.  Let her experience help you achieve your financial goals.

Ryan Realty & Associates, Inc. offers all CPS employees the following incentives:

1)        A cash rebate of $1,000 to any CPS employee that purchases a property with Ryan Realty.

2)        A cash rebate of $1,000 to any CPS employee that sells a property with Ryan Realty.
Contact: Beth Ryan at 773-671-1922 ( for availability.
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  Starting Point Realty ( )
 Starting Point Realty's Exclusive Discount For ALL CPS Employees
Starting Point Realty will pay each CPS employee using our services, one inspection fee and one attorney fee (up to $500 each).  The buyer's inspector and/or attorney does not have to be a referral partner with Starting Point Realty. 
Contact: Nick Skidmore at 312-519-2483 ( for availability.
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  The Verandas on Harlem Avenue ( ) Brand New Construction! The Verandas on Harlem Avenue: where elegant design meets lasting quality in condominium living!

ALL CPS receive:

*        An amazing opportunity to purchase at low fixed interest rate with little or no money down!

*        6% of purchase price credited to down-payment when no cooperating broker is involved;
*        $2,000 in upgrades towards the purchase of a newly constructed condominium;
*        6 months free assessments (cooking and heating gas, water, basic cable, trsh removal, snow removal, landscaping and use of private fitness center); monthly value of between $234.00 and $279.00

Be the first to live in these spacious 2 and 3 bedroom layouts offered in a variety of appealing floor plans, some with incredibly large decks and stunning city views to the east and west.

The building is of brick, limestone and solid pre-cast concrete construction; fully-sprinklered, with indoor heated parking included with one deeded storage area; includes state-of-the-art fitness center for residents only.

Luxury Amenities include: High-speed internet; full-size in-unit laundry facilities; solid core entry and interior doors; solid wood kitchen cabinetry; granite countertops and stainless steel appliances; baths have granite vanity, imported Ceramic tile floors, full-height mirrors, glass shower enclosures and designer fixtures.

Contact: Daniella Zitella at 708-867-3799 ( for availability.
Price Min: $294,900
Price Max: $394,900