A restored walk-to-train catalog home in Brookfield

Brookfield is one of the close-in western suburbs that doesn't garner as much attention as Riverside, La Grange, Western Springs and its other, pricier neighbors. Except, that is, for its zoo.

It's been nearly a year since we looked in on what was then the highest-priced home in Brookfield, listed at $449,900. It sold shortly after our post for $399,900, well above the median recent sale price of $165K.

A"beautifully restored early 1920's historic catalog home" with a wraparound front porch just came on the market in Brookfield, priced at $349,900, nearly double the median list price of homes in Brookfield.

The 3-bedroom, 3-bath bungalow at 4031 Prairie Ave boasts a great deal of period detailing. It sits on a 50 x 126 lot just north of Ogden Ave and adjacent to the small St Barbara School, which covers pre-school through 8th grade.

The home's location affords it excellent access to Chicago's expressway grid, and is only two blocks from the downtown Brookfield Metra station with connections to Chicago's Union Station in about half an hour.

A catalog home, if you're unfamiliar with the term, is a ready-to-assemble "mail order" home of a type that was popular at the time when this home was built.

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