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Come enjoy the quiet charm of the sleepy little town of River Forest real estate. Adjacent to Illinois’ bustling Oak Park, experience some good, old Chicago hospitality here. River Forest and the surrounding area is home to many unique properties. Small town charm paints the landscape. Homes and neighborhoods are close knit and filled with friends. Those seeking to check out the area will find an array of vacation rentals nearby, including authentic artists' flats and houses big enough for a whole family vacation. Delicious eateries and dining opportunities are found nearby in Oak Park, Elmwood Park, and Forest Park.

River Forest Homes Are Filled With Good Times

Life in a River Forest home is perfect for those who prefer a quiet place to get away from the bustle of life. Moments away from big city amenities including a wealth of entertainment, should the mood strike, is only a quick trip away. Truly the best of both worlds, River Forest short commutes make this an ideal place for employees working hard in the city.

Children enjoy a carefree childhood with plenty of year round activities and events. Anytime is the right time and place to experience the small town community and hospitality of River Forest real estate.

The River Forest Library keeps folks of all ages active in body and in mind. Classes, lectures and workshops fill the calendar alongside teen programs and children’s story times. A very involved Board of Trustees, many volunteer and community activities, and local events such as Coffee Monday at the library and Chicago True Stories (River Forest’s version of live history!) promotes friendship and fellowship within the safety of the village walls!

River Forest is a hidden gem in the midst of busy Chicago, and perfect for your family, distant family, and friends of all life stories! If you love the feel of a close community and small town, but need the hustle and bustle of the city within arm's reach, River Forest is the place for you. Let the windy city blow you our way!


Newest River Forest Homes For Sale

4 Beds 5 Baths MRD11621193 MLS NEW Status
The uncompromising quality will astound you in this 5000 + sq. ft. custom built home! Luxury finishes and attention to detail are evident in every room. Situated on a 50 x 200 lot across from Thatcher woods this home was designed to offer unprecedented privacy and feel like a retreat. The 1st floor features a vaulted foyer, living room, dining room, gourmet chefs kitchen with pantry and butler's pantry, open to a huge family room and terrace. A well appointed bar room off the foyer is incredible for entertaining and could be reimagined as a guest room. There is also a full bathroom, powder room and laundry room on the first floor. A gorgeous staircase takes you to the 2nd floor where you will find a sweeping primary suite featuring vaulted ceilings, fireplace and double walk-in closets. The en-suite bath is truly a spa retreat with heated floors, steam shower, soaking tub and double vanities. Three additional bedrooms are on this level, each with custom closets. The shared bathroom is spacious and features custom double vanity. The basement has high ceilings and features a large family room, gym room and office with separate entrance. Tons of additional storage and a half bath round it out. The two-car garage is heated, offers storage and separate entrance to basement office. The driveway and apron allows room for 3 additional parking spaces and a turn-around. The backyard and stone terrace are lushly landscaped and offer entertainment and play spaces with dining and seating areas, a built-in grill, fire pit and fountain! The serenity and luxury of this fine home will truly take your breath away.

1349 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest

Listing courtesy of Gullo & Associates.

4 Beds 3 Baths MRD11625620 MLS PRICE CHANGE Status
Imagine yourself in a large, brick, custom Georgian home built in 1927 by and for the builder himself. Well, imagine no longer! Restored original vintage charm and installation of all the modern amenities make this house a dream come true. As you walk up to the home you are greeted by a front yard and a covered front porch. Open the front door to a natural foyer and a view through the home and into the backyard offering that open floor plan feel. Natural light pours in from every window in the home with sun from morning until night due to the Eastern and Western exposure. Through the foyer, walk into the living room or into the full Dining room that leads into a library/study overlooking the backyard. Come around the corner and you are at the back of the house with a heated floor kitchen that spans the entire distance between the dining room and library/study. This naturally flowing kitchen has it all: hand selected Brazilian granite, double ovens, a 5 burner gas range, microwave drawer, garbage disposal, garbage compactor, deep sink, double drawer dishwasher, and tons of custom cabinets. Some would call it the ideal "chefs kitchen". Let's make our way to the wide staircase that leads to the 2nd floor. Once upstairs, you will find the primary bedroom facing the front of the home with a custom, en suite bathroom. The other 3 bedrooms are on the other side of the home offering great privacy. There is an extra surprise on this floor! There is a hidden room that has been insulated and carpeted and can only be accessed from the hallway through a hatched door and a custom built-in ladder. This room is a kid's dream! It's great for hiding out, sleepovers, an artist's loft, or anything you can imagine! If this wasn't already enough space, let's take a look at the basement. The basement is half finished. It is currently being used for storage on one side and a rec room on the other. The driveway spans the whole lot (150 feet) with plenty of space for recreation, guest cars, etc. This backyard has it all and is fully fenced! Vegetable and herb gardens, low maintenance perennial and native landscaping, a playset, a water feature, plenty of room for a large patio table and still green space to enjoy. The garage is not your normal garage. To start, it fits 2 cars and then has an extra 5 feet of storage. Make your way to the 2nd floor of the garage to find a custom sound-proofed music studio that could be a second office or home theater room. Imagination was put into full use when designing this home and it still is wowing people to this day! Pride of ownership shows with all of the major updates recently completed: 2021 hot water heater, 2020 house roof, 2019 Pella wood windows, 2017 music studio, 2016 furnace and AC, and 2016 Garage roof. For a full interactive walkthrough please hit virtual tour

7624 Washington Boulevard, River Forest

Listing courtesy of EXIT Strategy Realty.

5 Beds 3 Baths MRD11623556 MLS ACTIVE Status
Welcome home to a beautiful Victorian that offers tons of functional living space & natural light throughout, front screened in porch. The entire house has been completely rehabbed over the last few years with every thought behind each update and material selection. New gas fireplace in Living room. The home has a newly finished basement with bonus room, (unique entertaining space). Many original items have been kept in place as the sellers are the second owner of this charming vintage home, hardwood flooring and original unpainted doors and trim, and staircase. A completely new eat -in , custom kitchen with "42 cabinets and soft closing drawers, soapstone countertops and subway tile with SS undermount sink and SS appliances. The kitchen opens to a beautiful back porch with trek flooring that boasts spacious mature gardens enclosed in a 6 ft pvc fenced area that include upper and lower views of a meditation area, lower stoned entertainment area with direct access to basement. Fully mature trees with both up and down lighting for maximin day and night enjoyment and security. A 2.5 car garage with additional 3 car carport off ally and a side drive. Room over garage can serve as a 2nd office for a multiple home office environment. Bedroom on 1st floor attached to ada accessible full bath that can also be A full office. All new bathrooms throughout. Upstairs bath has new steam shower along a claw tub with heated towel rack. 2nd floor laundry. Top rated schools, parks, and easy access to the Metra, EL, burbs, downtown, Restaurants, airports and much more...

314 Gale Avenue, River Forest

Listing courtesy of Compass.

3 Beds 2 Baths MRD11611348 MLS ACTIVE Status
Completely remodeled single family home rests just off Madison on a quiet tree-lined street. Enjoy the best of both city and suburban living with shops, restaurants, and public transportation just steps away, and a quick drive to the expressway for commuters. Location is in the highly ranked River Forest school district. The layout has been attentively redesigned by a professional interior designer (Instagram: @inTangerine) with modern lifestyles in mind. Vaulted ceilings with walnut-clad beams, all new windows, and skylight elevate the main living space with an abundance of sunlight and a lofty sense of space. Vintage features such as the impeccably preserved stained glass and built-ins have been integrated as a nod to the bungalow's history. Enlarged bedrooms provide extra private space for all members of the family. Oversized Master suite is a haven with heated floors, a walk-in closet, and private bath. Gorgeous sun-drenched kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz island and stunning designer fixtures. Let the outstanding southern exposure warm your winters or add sustainability as it will lend perfectly to solar panels. Finished basement has enormous living and storage areas ready for you to customize for your needs. Mechanical room houses new water heater, sump pump and drain tiles. There is an extra area for a workshop, wine cellar, or maybe a sauna - you decide! Convenient path from walk-up exit leads to your yard and detached 3-car garage with extra external space for parking and possible expansion of garage into an Accessory Dwelling Unit. Newly constructed mudroom and rear entrance lead to freshly quarried flagstone patio. The spacious backyard enclosed by a 7-foot original white stone wall and security gates is a perfect private oasis or place to entertain your crowd. Come see the designer upgrades and reconfigured spaces that elevate this unique home.

12 Franklin Avenue, River Forest

Listing courtesy of Flat Fee MLS Realty of Illinois PLLC.

7 Beds 5 Baths MRD11473344 MLS ACTIVE Status
Welcome to the Solomon Thatcher Jr. Home, one of the first and finest homes built in River Forest. This home was built on 516 and 518 Keystone Avenue. Keystone Avenue is affectionately referred to as "The Street of Dreams" with some of the deepest parkways, setbacks, and yards up to 235' deep. A rare opportunity to own a very distinctive home situated one block from beautiful Keystone Park, and the River Forest Metra train station. This impressive three story home features a Mansard roof, elongated windows, and a welcoming porch and veranda. Solomon built this home with thoughtful, hand crafted millwork. He was a builder that also owned a sawmill which accounts for the incredible selection and execution of the woodwork displayed throughout the home. The home is designed around a grand central foyer with soaring ceilings, 8' pocket doors and a transom of french panes. The foyer and the first floor rooms are filled with art and stained glass, fireplaces, some original gas light sconces, hand carved woodwork, wainscoting, beamed ceilings and more. Moving through the grand foyer is the intimate dining room showcasing warm walnut wainscoting and breathtaking crown moldings found frequently in great Chicago architecture of this period. Off the dining room is a breakfast room flooded with light and panoramic views of the expansive yard and mature trees. The chef's kitchen features custom cabinetry, granite counter tops, an island with seating for six, high-end stainless steel appliances including a professional 48" oven/range, two refrigerators and two dishwashers for quick clean up. Off of the kitchen is a convenient mudroom that includes first floor laundry. This awesome kitchen was selected for the annual Parenthesis Kitchen walk. The home was also featured as an ASID showcase home, a Wright Plus house walk home and was on the 2022 River Forest Historic Homes Tour. The second floor includes a magnificent hallway with a striking floor to ceiling mahogany trimmed mirror. There are 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a sunroom on the second floor. The Primary suite includes a fireplace, sitting area, walk-in closet, luxurious spa bath, separate shower and elegant double sink vanity. Third floor includes a game room, an office, 3 bedrooms and a full bath. There is a Coach House above the garage that is freshly painted and includes one bedroom, a family room, kitchen and a full bath. This is your opportunity to live in a wonderful home in a fabulous location on one of the largest lots in River Forest.

518 Keystone Avenue, River Forest

Listing courtesy of @properties Christie's International Real Estate.

5 Beds 4 Baths MRD11471146 MLS ACTIVE Status
The magnificent W. Muther House, designed in 1913 by William E. Drummond who was Frank Lloyd Wright's chief engineer. Prairie style architecture at its finest with what was at the time an innovative open living concept with a free-standing Roman brick fireplace separating the living and dining areas. The home is situated on one of River Forest's quietest and most charming streets, and there is a breathtaking view from every window. The back yard borders the Forest Preserves and provides privacy, peace and tranquility while being just two blocks from the Metra Station with easy access to downtown Chicago. The new kitchen with granite counters and SubZero refrigerator has two picture windows to take in the view of the English style gardens which include 1600 daffodils, native plants such as Virginia Bluebells, Celadon Poppies, Trout Lillies, Lilacs, and an herb garden. The bright first floor family room opens to a back yard pergola and patio. There is an office on the first floor with a half bath, and an enclosed porch on the second floor with a beautiful view of the woods. The two back bedrooms and bath could easily be combined into a master bedroom suite. The third floor is finished, and there is a recently finished basement rec room with French doors to provide plenty of sunlight. New boiler, central air, hot water heater and exterior stucco. A full set of Drummond's architectural plans will be conveyed with the home.

560 Edgewood Place, River Forest

Listing courtesy of Historic Homes Realty.

3 Beds 4 Baths MRD11462854 MLS ACTIVE Status
This mid century modern ranch offers tons of functional living space & natural light on the main level. The main floor features 3 large bedrooms, 2 Full baths and a powder room off of the foyer for guests. Many original items have been kept in place from the original front door, flagstone foyer with period mirrored glass and large coat closets. Midcentury modern lovers will adore the vintage den which received new oak wood floors to tie into the rest of the home. The classic den retains its wood burning fireplace and original stone hearth with built-in cabinets & secretary for all of your albums, books, work and tech needs from Hi-Fi to Wi Fi. A completely new custom kitchen has been completed and includes a walk-in pantry, laundry room/mud room with lockers and are conveniently located off the attached large 2 car garage. New kitchen picture window, new custom CountrysideCabinets Kitchen cabinets feature soft closing cabinets and dovetailed drawers with matte gold handles/pulls & faucets to accentuate the white Quartz countertops and marble lit bascksplashs. Brand new stainless steel GE Profile appliance package features new stove with hood vent above a marble backsplash, energy efficient refrigerator and below shelf microwave. All new bathrooms throughout: The ensuite primary bedroom features a full bath remodel with skylight, large white marble shower with bench and glass partition, dresser style sink with below sink storage drawers. The 2nd full bathroom is easily accessible between the other two large main floor bedrooms. The full baths also recently completed keeping the style of the period with updated modern conveniences: All new shower/tub combination, new porcelain tile flooring, dual sink vanity, linen closet, new mirrors, porcelain tiled backsplash, and matte gold 3 station L'Aquila fixtures. *The listing pictures show the large 2nd and 3rd bedrooms currently and what they may look like with virtual paint and adult furniture. The popcorn ceilings have been removed throughout the residence while keeping the original recessed light fixtures in place and adding additional recessed lighting over the formal dining area. The completely refinished basement boasts all new windows, solid doors, new recessed lighting on dimmer switches throughout. The floors were redone using a luxury vinyl tile, that is cork backed and mold resistant. The additional framed-out basement bonus room with closet would make for a fantastic office, gym, home theater or 4th bedroom. Ideal finished basement with access to a powder room, full working wet bar with mini fridge, microwave, and white quartz counter bar top. Currently the lower level is being used as a guest room with HUGE recreation room divided into multiple sitting areas. Need storage space? 4 additional storage closets including a cedar-lined closet for seasonal clothing. MECHANICS: Bryant furnace 2016, Payne AC 2022, hot water tank 2016. All New Electrical, new windows Garage: The attached 2 car heated garage offers built-in cabinets and additional refrigerator for hosting larger gatherings. EXTERIOR Improvements include: 2016 removal of old electric lines, new roof 2016, complete painting of exterior 2022, new window wells 2022, complete 2020 renovation of drainage system, downspouts. Pet lovers will be glad to know the entire yard has been gated. ARCHITECTURE: Designed by Harold H. Croft, built with its mirror image example next door at 1227 Franklin in 1954, the homes were then built by his father Sam L. Croft. LOCATION: Easy walk to Willard elementary School next door. Conveniently located near great restaurants, multiple grocery stores, fitness/health clubs and incredible parks

1223 Franklin Avenue, River Forest

Listing courtesy of @properties Christie's International Real Estate.

2 Beds 3 Baths MRD11421002 MLS ACTIVE Status
This one is going to be hard to beat! This beautiful and impeccably maintained home, nestled on a quaint and quiet River Forest street, features 3 full floors of bright open living space. 3 bedrooms plus a charming office space overlooking the professionally landscaped and manicured yard, 2.1 bathrooms and a fully finished basement make up the space. The newly finished basement has a living room, bedroom, powder room, full laundry room and a fabulous expansive work room. The main level is so bright and inviting with a large living room, sitting room overlooking tree lined Park Ave and a separate dining room - the perfect spaces for entertaining and comfortable living. The bright white kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances opens to a massive back deck and beautiful back yard. The 2nd bedroom suite with a brand new bath is also found on this main level. The sunny, open top floor is a master bedroom with office space, a separate sitting/lounging/closet area and a full bath. The layout of the home has so many possibilities and options! Off the kitchen is the oversized newly finished 22x21 deck - ideal for grilling, entertaining and dining with large groups! The beautiful yard leads you to an inviting patio with an inviting and tranquil pond. This one is going to be hard to beat! Location Location Location! You are located in the geographic center of the Chicagoland area. Half way between Midway and O'Hare. Halfway between downtown Chicago and the Suburbs. Walking distance to the Green Line, Blue Line, and Metra. The nightlife of Madison Street in Forest Park is just around the corner. Walk to your award winning grade school, parks, dining and shopping.

121 Park Avenue, River Forest

Listing courtesy of Compass.

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