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West Elsdon

West Elsdon, one of the 77 official community areas, is located on the southwest side of the City of Chicago, Illinois. It is noted as a twin neighborhood of West Lawn. It has a population which includes a mix of dwindling Polish-American residents and increasing Mexican-American residents who currently constitute a clear majority. (Source: Wikipedia)

Housing stock map

See the share of the area's total housing units that are in single family homes, condominiums, two-to-four unit buildings, buildings with five to 49 units, and buildings with 50 units or more.


The Composition of Cook County’s Housing Market >

Housing market indicators

All of these property level data sets are connected to parcel-level data files from the county Assessors offices that include data on every parcel in the Chicago metropolitan area. All of these parcel-level data sets include historical data and are updated on a regular basis ranging from every week to every year depending on the data set.

Housing Stock Composition

Data on the housing stock provides context about the underlying characteristics of a neighborhood’s housing market and helps in the interpretation of patterns and trends in property sales, mortgage lending activity, foreclosure filings, and completed auctions activity. Understanding an area's housing stock can help determine the appropriate targeted strategies for stabilizing local housing markets, preserving and creating affordable rental housing, and promoting neighborhood investment. Learn more »

Housing Units by Property Type

The share of total housing units in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in rental buildings with five or more units. Learn more »


Property Type 2018
Single Family 70.7%
Condominium 4.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 17.9%
Building with 5+ Units 7.4%


Property Sales Activity

Property sales data provide valuable information on the characteristics of neighborhood real estate markets, such as how active local residential property markets are, what types of properties are being purchased, how they are being acquired, who is buying them, and how much buyers are paying for properties. Learn more »

Total Sales Activity

Total property sales activity in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, activity is broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 357 276 181 100 141 146 142 170 189 184 154 194 155 153
Single Family 301 243 130 78 110 118 124 143 168 162 129 166 128 132
Condominium 19 11 44 15 8 9 9 9 9 13 13 13 15 11
Building with 2-4 Units 36 22 7 7 23 17 9 18 10 9 12 14 12 9
Building with 5+ Units 1 -- -- -- -- 2 -- -- 2 -- -- 1 -- 1


Sales per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel sales activity allows for comparison of yearly sales activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 8.0 6.2 4.0 2.2 3.2 3.3 3.2 3.8 4.2 4.1 3.5 4.4 3.5 3.4


Share of Sales, Business Buyers

The share of residential property sales that were purchased by self-identified businesses in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, transactions are broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 3.4% 3.3% 1.1% 2.0% 1.4% 5.5% 4.2% 7.6% 15.9% 8.7% 11.7% 8.8% 5.2% 11.8%
Single Family 2.3% 2.9% 0.8% 1.3% 0.9% 4.2% 4.0% 7.7% 14.9% 9.9% 10.9% 8.4% 3.9% 11.4%
Condominium 10.5% 18.2% -- 6.7% -- -- 11.1% -- 22.2% -- 23.1% 7.7% 6.7% 9.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 8.3% -- 14.3% -- 4.3% 11.8% -- 11.1% 20.0% -- 8.3% 7.1% 16.7% 22.2%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- 50.0% -- -- 50.0% -- -- 100.0% -- --


Share of Sales, Extremely Low Value

The share of residential property sales that were purchased for less than $20,000 in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, transactions are broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 1.1% -- -- 1.0% -- -- -- 0.6% 3.7% 0.5% -- 1.5% 0.6% 0.7%
Single Family 0.3% -- -- 1.3% -- -- -- -- 3.6% 0.6% -- 1.2% 0.8% 0.8%
Condominium 5.3% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 11.1% -- -- 7.7% -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 5.6% -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.6% -- -- -- -- -- --


Mortgage Activity

Mortgage activity data measures the flow of mortgage credit into an area and is indicative of the level of lender investment. The level of mortgage activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas can be used to assess how access to credit has changed over time in a community and how the flow of credit differs across geographies and for different property types within a geography. Learn more »

Total Mortgage Activity

Total mortgage recordings in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total mortgage activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 1,321 1,127 880 414 305 247 223 332 321 260 275 333 296 228
Single Family 1,172 996 761 358 265 213 208 293 293 242 251 299 261 211
Condominium 42 40 70 23 15 11 5 10 7 4 6 7 11 7
Building with 2-4 Units 105 87 49 29 24 21 9 29 19 13 18 27 23 7
Building with 5+ Units 2 4 -- 4 1 2 1 -- 2 1 -- -- 1 3


Mortgages per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel mortgage activity allows for comparison of yearly mortgage activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 29.6 25.2 19.7 9.3 6.8 5.5 5.0 7.4 7.2 5.8 6.2 7.5 6.7 5.1


Foreclosure Filing Activity

Foreclosure filings data can be used to understand the number and density of foreclosure filings activity in different communities and to assess the cumulative impact of the foreclosure crisis on properties and housing units. The level of foreclosure filing activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas is an indicator of distress in a local housing market. Learn more »

Total Foreclosure Filings Activity

Total foreclosure filings in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total foreclosure filing activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 24 43 80 136 196 197 172 168 115 67 40 46 45 33
Single Family 18 35 61 111 172 171 151 141 106 59 37 38 36 31
Condominium 2 6 4 10 6 11 7 16 4 2 2 1 6 1
Building with 2-4 Units 4 2 15 14 17 15 13 11 5 6 1 6 3 1
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 1 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- 1 -- --


Foreclosure Filings per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel filings activity allows for comparison of yearly filings activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.5 1.0 1.8 3.0 4.4 4.4 3.8 3.8 2.6 1.5 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.7


Foreclosure Auctions

Completed foreclosure auctions data can be used to understand the flow year-over-year of REO properties into a market, how third-party demand at auction is different for different property types, and to understand the density of REO activity in a given year across geographies. The level of completed foreclosure auctions activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas is an indicator of distress in a local housing market and is related to high levels of foreclosure-related distressed property sales. Learn more »

Total Auction Activity

Total foreclosure auction activity in a given year is available for all residential properties. In Cook County, this indicator is broken out separately for total foreclosure auction activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 2 5 17 42 55 71 46 55 62 49 45 30 13 23
Single Family 2 5 14 26 37 52 38 47 53 44 39 25 12 19
Condominium -- -- 2 3 6 10 4 5 4 4 3 2 -- 2
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- 1 13 11 9 4 3 5 1 3 2 1 2
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --


Share of Auctions Resulting in REO

The share of foreclosure auctions resulting in REO in a given year is available for all residential properties. In Cook County, this indicator is broken out separately for REO activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 50.0% 40.0% 94.1% 97.6% 100.0% 94.4% 100.0% 96.4% 77.4% 73.5% 84.4% 80.0% 84.6% 69.6%
Single Family 50.0% 40.0% 100.0% 96.2% 100.0% 96.2% 100.0% 95.7% 75.5% 72.7% 84.6% 84.0% 91.7% 73.7%
Condominium -- -- 50.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 50.0% -- 50.0%
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 77.8% 100.0% 100.0% 80.0% -- 66.7% 100.0% -- 50.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


REO per 100 Residential Parcels

Per-parcel REO allows for comparison of properties entering REO status across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties -- -- 0.4 0.9 1.2 1.5 1.0 1.2 1.1 0.8 0.9 0.5 0.2 0.4