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West Town

West Town, located in Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois, northwest of the Loop, on Chicago's West Side is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas. The boundaries of the community area are the Chicago River to the east, the Union Pacific railroad tracks to the south, the former railroad tracks on Bloomingdale Avenue to the North, and an irregular western border to the west that includes the city park called Humboldt Park. Humboldt Park is also the name of the community area to West Town's west, Logan Square is to the north, Near North Side to the east, and Near West Side to the south. (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.

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.


Property Type 2018
Single Family 8.6%
Condominium 27.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 38.5%
Building with 5+ Units 25.9%


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.

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.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 2,852 2,394 2,243 1,479 1,066 1,042 989 1,414 1,846 1,835 2,032 2,006 2,073 1,788
Single Family 384 299 214 160 137 165 160 227 279 250 328 300 397 247
Condominium 2,040 1,772 1,764 1,124 770 662 593 890 1,145 1,125 1,276 1,299 1,291 1,184
Building with 2-4 Units 380 286 233 165 144 183 214 261 363 383 355 346 328 306
Building with 5+ Units 48 37 32 30 15 32 22 36 59 77 73 61 57 51


Sales per 100 Residential Parcels

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


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 11.7 9.8 9.2 6.1 4.4 4.3 4.1 5.8 8.5 8.5 9.6 9.4 9.6 8.2


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.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 10.3% 10.6% 7.3% 9.6% 10.9% 13.7% 17.9% 17.7% 16.4% 15.1% 14.6% 14.7% 13.4% 11.6%
Single Family 12.5% 11.7% 11.2% 10.6% 10.9% 15.2% 12.5% 21.6% 13.6% 13.2% 11.9% 14.0% 10.1% 10.9%
Condominium 8.2% 8.1% 4.0% 3.9% 6.2% 7.4% 7.9% 6.6% 5.0% 4.9% 5.0% 4.5% 4.7% 3.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 13.4% 18.9% 19.7% 33.9% 27.1% 27.9% 41.1% 41.0% 44.1% 34.5% 36.1% 41.3% 42.7% 33.3%
Building with 5+ Units 54.2% 54.1% 71.9% 83.3% 93.3% 56.3% 100.0% 97.2% 81.4% 75.3% 90.4% 82.0% 64.9% 76.5%


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.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.8% 0.4% 0.2% 0.5% 0.6% 1.7% 0.8% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% -- 0.3%
Single Family -- -- -- -- -- 1.2% 0.6% -- 0.4% -- -- -- 0.3% --
Condominium 1.1% 0.4% 0.3% 0.6% 0.5% 2.4% 1.0% 1.3% 0.5% 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% -- 0.5%
Building with 2-4 Units -- 0.7% -- -- 1.4% -- 0.5% -- -- -- 0.3% -- -- --


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.

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.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 7,263 7,108 6,698 4,851 4,185 3,643 3,062 4,180 4,057 3,284 4,025 4,372 3,517 2,743
Single Family 1,184 1,179 968 768 775 732 633 801 686 544 785 806 773 487
Condominium 4,256 4,326 4,253 3,112 2,782 2,215 1,697 2,455 2,355 1,761 2,245 2,516 1,875 1,497
Building with 2-4 Units 1,662 1,473 1,304 803 530 590 650 807 863 800 826 890 715 629
Building with 5+ Units 161 130 173 168 98 106 82 117 153 179 169 160 154 130


Mortgages per 100 Residential Parcels

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


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 29.9 29.2 27.5 19.9 17.2 15.0 12.6 17.2 18.7 15.3 18.9 20.5 16.3 12.6


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.

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.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 130 146 263 441 584 479 412 319 182 96 75 55 66 59
Single Family 22 25 48 86 106 72 71 46 20 18 17 12 18 14
Condominium 60 65 119 206 287 225 192 168 90 41 28 24 25 23
Building with 2-4 Units 41 52 92 135 176 155 137 93 67 31 27 19 21 18
Building with 5+ Units 7 4 4 14 15 27 12 12 5 6 3 -- 2 4


Foreclosure Filings per 100 Residential Parcels

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


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.5 0.6 1.1 1.8 2.4 2.0 1.7 1.3 0.8 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3


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.

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.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 20 29 77 134 165 212 154 140 153 93 77 56 24 17
Single Family 2 4 13 16 26 30 18 20 16 9 7 11 4 4
Condominium 13 13 37 73 98 125 76 70 96 59 46 29 13 10
Building with 2-4 Units 5 11 25 44 36 51 51 42 37 22 20 15 7 3
Building with 5+ Units -- 1 2 1 5 6 9 8 4 3 4 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.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 70.0% 86.2% 94.8% 94.0% 95.2% 95.3% 93.5% 82.9% 82.4% 77.4% 62.3% 57.1% 50.0% 58.8%
Single Family 100.0% 50.0% 84.6% 100.0% 96.2% 96.7% 88.9% 90.0% 81.3% 77.8% 85.7% 45.5% 50.0% 75.0%
Condominium 76.9% 92.3% 94.6% 95.9% 98.0% 97.6% 94.7% 92.9% 91.7% 78.0% 67.4% 62.1% 53.8% 60.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 40.0% 90.9% 100.0% 88.6% 88.9% 88.2% 96.1% 61.9% 62.2% 77.3% 50.0% 60.0% 42.9% 33.3%
Building with 5+ Units -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 80.0% 100.0% 77.8% 87.5% 50.0% 66.7% 25.0% -- -- --


REO per 100 Residential Parcels

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


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.1 --