Sheena Fisher grew up in Humboldt Park, but when the time came last year to buy a house for her family of four, she already knew it wouldn’t be as easy for her to afford to buy there as it was for her parents three decades ago, long before it became one of the city’s fastest-gentrifying areas.
Fisher, who works in marketing for a large retailer, ultimately found a four-bedroom house in her price range, newly rehabbed with stylish tile and flooring and a homey front porch. She paid $95,000 for the house in November, and the foursome moved into their new address in Englewood.
Yes, Englewood, a neighborhood that in recent decades has been among the city’s hardest-hit by foreclosure, crime, disinvestment and population loss. More recently, it’s been a focus of investment, with a Whole Foods, a Starbucks, a new Kennedy-King College campus and, under construction now, a new STEM-focused public high school.
“It looks like things will keep getting better in Englewood in the coming years,” said Fisher, who grew up hearing relatives’ stories of the good old days when Englewood was a thriving, solidly middle-class section of the city.