Big Value in Chicago's Bronzeville Neighborhood


Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood prepped for its biggest influx of residents since the post Civil-War Great Black Migration when it bid for the 2016 Olympics last year. Rio de Janeiro won the bid, but that just makes Bronzeville an even better housing value.

Once one of the only Chicago neighborhoods where African Americans could reside, it was the home of Louis Armstrong, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, and founder of the Negro Baseball League Andrew "Rube" Foster. Currently on the market for $995,000 at 3619 S. King Drive: a four-bedroom 1890s brownstone owned by Etta Moten Barnett, the inspiration for Bess in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." (Listed by Bronzeville Properties LLC.) Gracious mansions, townhomes, condos, and rental apartments make up the diverse housing stock here.