How Much Are Waterfront Houses Selling For on the Chain O' Lakes, IL?

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2021 Chain O' Lakes Waterfront Sales Compared to 2020

So 2021 was a huge year for real estate and waterfront homes on the Chain O' Lakes in northern Illinois were no exception. As an expert on the Chain O' Lakes I wanted to take a minute and compare 2021 waterfront sales to 2020 sales.

The median sales price jumped 14% from $311,500 in 2020 to $355,000 in 2021 while the average sales price jumped 20% from $360,645 to $435,696! Both median and average days on market were down significantly year over year as well.  As of 12/20/21 there were 171 waterfront sales on the chain versus 188 in 2020.

There were a total of 4 sales north of $1,000,000 on the Chain O' Lakes in 2020 compared to 7 in 2021. $1,460,000 was the high 2020 sales compared with $2,200,000 in 2021.

No doubt low inventory coupled with strong demand were the driving forces in all of these stats. 

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2020 Waterfront Stats on the Chain O' Lakes in Northern Illinois

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2021 Notable Sales on the Chain O' Lakes

Andy Van Treeck Chain O Lakes Expert, IL

2923 Regner Rd Sold twice in 2021 and both sales represent the highest 2 sales on the Chain O Lakes in 2021. On April 8th it closed for $2,100,000 and on August 18th it sold again for $2,200,000. It is located on Pistakee Bay on an oversized lot. This property has 4 bedrooms, 4.1 bathrooms a 6 car garage and 3,667 above grade square feet. This property also features a finished walkout basement.

The third highest Chain O' Lakes sale 2021 was also on Pistakee Bay at 3320 Rocky Beach Rd. This property sold for $1,625,000 on September 1st 2021. This property featured 5 bedrooms, 5.2 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces and a 2 car garage. The total above grade square footage is 5,777 and there is 1,150 square feet of finished basement as well as 1,850 square feet of unfinished basement. The lot size is .9 acres.

Pistakee Bay notoriously commands the high sales prices on the Chain O' Lakes as it has above average size lots many of which are located above the flood plain. It is also located within McHenry County in the Johnsburg school district which is unique for the Chain O' Lakes.

The fourth highest sale was 3670 Grand Ridge Ct which closed on April 12th, 2021 for $1,400,000. This property is located on the west shoreline of Pistakee Bay. 

The fifth highest sale of 2021 is 1136 Bowles Rd in Antioch sold for $1,114,000 on Lake Marie on February 26th 2021. Lake Marie is a popular lake with spectacular views. 

42532 N Linden Ln Antioch tied for the sixth-highest sale in 2021. Located on Channel Lake it closed for $1,100,000. Channel Lake is the northernmost lake on the chain and is highly desirable with good water clarity and a sand bar where boaters anchor, swim and hang out. 

38596 N Drexel Blvd in Antioch tied for sixth high sale also closing at $1,100,000. This property is located on the north side of Fox Lake offering south and southeast water views. Fox Lake is the chain's largest lake and offers spectacular views and there are some sections with less boat traffic than you will find on other lakes.

994 E Shore Dr in Fox Lake sold for just under $1,000,000 at $969,000 and is located on Dunn's Lake. Dunn's lake is a smaller lake on the west side of the chain and connects to Nippersink Lake.

Attention Chain O' Lakes Sellers

If you are interested in selling your Chain O' Lakes property I will be happy to give you a free market analysis and will be sure to include all your upgrades, view and floor plan. I have been selling real estate for 13 years and offer negotiable rates.  Andy Van Treeck (815) 900-5921 voice/text

Attention Chain O' Lakes Buyers

If you're interested in buying a Chain O' Lakes property I would be happy to show you around with absolutely no obligation. I know where to find the high and dry properties and often learn about properties before they hit the market. Reach out to me anytime for the inside edge. You may also check out our main Chain O' Lake Page for more info. Andy Van Treeck 815-790-3548

Available Chain O' Lakes Listings.

This list updates dynamically every day so the freshest listings are always here. I am available to show you your favorite properties. 

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Beds
2
Baths
2,400
Sq.Ft.
2
Days on Site
11396534
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Beautiful renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath waterfront home boasting over 160 ft of frontage and separate office on a large double lot located at the mouth of Bluff Lake and adjacent to the tranquil Yacht...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,638
Sq.Ft.
2
Days on Site
11417949
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Welcome to this beautiful Lake Catherine home. You are greeted by the lush landscaping with hundreds of perennial plants/flowers and views of the lake. The home was completely rebuilt in 2008 with...
1
Baths
340
Sq.Ft.
3
Days on Site
11416591
MLS
Want to feel like you're on vacation all year? Then come check out this studio condo in Vacation Village. Plenty of room inside to relax after a day on the water and room to store your stuff in the...
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,464
Sq.Ft.
4
Days on Site
11414560
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Resort living 365! - Not in FloodPlain! No flood insurance needed! Almost 3,700 square feet (2464 sq ft upper two levels + 1232 sq ft basement = 3696 sq ft) of living space when you include the...
2
Beds
1
Baths
800
Sq.Ft.
4
Days on Site
11407797
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Direct waterfront 2-bed unit in move-in condition! One of the only units with a legal no-spiral staircase. Every window has water views. Newer Oak kitchen cabinets & large 4-person breakfast bar....
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,766
Sq.Ft.
5
Days on Site
11413924
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Welcome to your beautifully renovated River Cottage in Johnsburg. Perfect vacation property or year-round home. 3 bedroom 1 bath home on highly sought after street along the Fox River. Recently...
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,200
Sq.Ft.
6
Days on Site
11412675
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**MULTIPLE OFFERS RECEIVED. HIGHEST AND BEST BY 5/27 10:00 AM** WHY GO ON VACTATION WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A STAYCATION YEAR-ROUND. CHOICE COLUMBIA BAY LAKEFRONT!! VERY DESIRABLE LOCATION!! 3 BEDROOMS,...
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,200
Sq.Ft.
6
Days on Site
11412802
MLS
Lake life beckons you to this fabulous 2 bed, 2 bath waterfront ranch on the Chain! Whether you're seeking a full time residence or a weekend retreat this head turner is sure to please. Open concept...
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3231 N Bayview Ln Mchenry, IL 60051
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Beds
3F21/2
Baths
3,307
Sq.Ft.
8
Days on Site
11411695
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AMAZING PART OF CHAIN O'LAKES HISTORY. RIGHT AT THE MOUTH OF PISTAKEE BAY THIS 7BR HOME WIH 3 FULL BATHS AND 2 HALF BATHS IS SOLID & VINTAGE WITH ENCLOSED 1ST FLOOR TILED AND 2ND FLOOR WOOD FLOOR...
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Beds
3F11/2
Baths
4,695
Sq.Ft.
10
Days on Site
11406190
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Vacation all year long in this stunning lakefront home designed and built by renowned architect and custom home builder A. Perry Homes. 2011 Crystal Key Award Winner for Excellence on Innovation &...
2
Beds
1
Baths
864
Sq.Ft.
10
Days on Site
11409858
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On Channel with access to Chain of Lakes. Floating Pier with three wave runner ports. Charming 2 bedroom 1 bath lake home in desirable Pistakee Highlands. Hardwood throughout. Pistakee Channel...
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,384
Sq.Ft.
11
Days on Site
11407961
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Waterfront home situated on nearly 6 acres with views of Fox Lake!! We are happy to present you with the opportunity to purchase this rare gem located in Antioch, Illinois on the highly coveted Chain...

Available Riverfront Properties on the Upper Fox River

13 Properties
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Beds
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1,766
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Days on Site
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Welcome to your beautifully renovated River Cottage in Johnsburg. Perfect vacation property or year-round home. 3 bedroom 1 bath home on highly sought after street along the Fox River. Recently...
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Days on Site
11413909
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Can't find the right home on the Chain 'O Lakes or Fox River? Build your own! Here is the place for the smart buyer to build their special home on the river. If you like relaxing days and nights by...
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Days on Site
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It's more than a house, it's a lifestyle. Introducing this custom waterfront home located on the Fox River great for entertaining plus includes a guest house. The kitchen is spacious and it features...
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Beds
2F11/2
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2,472
Sq.Ft.
17
Days on Site
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Welcome to 1808 Charnbrook Dr. This charming 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home sits in the sought after Chapel Hill Estates. Home sits on a wooded acre with a stocked pond in the backyard. When you walk...
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,400
Sq.Ft.
18
Days on Site
11388220
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Welcome to a year-round vacation on the Chain O' Lakes! This home has been tenderly loved and updated within the past 5 years. Nearly everything inside and out has been touched and is top quality....
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,238
Sq.Ft.
24
Days on Site
11391853
MLS
Welcome to life on the river! This home is located on the famous Chain O' Lakes waterway, enjoy -round fun and beautiful views here! The backyard is a park-like setting with mature oaks and an...
6
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
4,820
Sq.Ft.
26
Days on Site
11371283
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This one is the whole package! Located on a very private street with a dead end. Move in and enjoy the summer in this beautiful cape cod home on the Fox River, Chain of Lakes. Over 3000 square feet,...
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,272
Sq.Ft.
32
Days on Site
11387433
MLS
ONE OF THE PREMIER LOCATIONS ON THE FOX RIVER!! SITS HIGH AND DRY, HOUSE AND LOT IS NOT LOCATED IN THE FLOOD ZONE!! 3 BEDROOM 2 STORY WITH LOADS OF OPPORTUNITIES!! Unique and larger lot being on the...
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,207
Sq.Ft.
36
Days on Site
11376000
MLS
Great Location on the Fox River in a no wake zone in the heart of downtown McHenry with over 67 feet of water front. This home offers 2 great piers for your water toys. Walking distance to all that...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,202
Sq.Ft.
39
Days on Site
11380221
MLS
New construction by reputable high end builder. River Front living at its best! 1/4 acre+ lot size. Awesome waterfront views. Frist floor with 5" White oak flooring. White painted trim and 2 panel...
0.34
Acres
57
Days on Site
11364025
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Waterfront property without the high price or high taxes. Beautiful wooded lots. Additional PIN 09-36-178-003. Priced as a package. Will not sell separately.
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Beds
4F11/2
Baths
7,800
Sq.Ft.
106
Days on Site
11323444
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Easy access to 30 miles of biking and hiking trails at Moraine Hills State Park & the McHenry Dam. Absolutely Stunning 8,000 Sq. Ft. CHAIN O'LAKES WATERFRONT. 150' of Riverfront North of the Dam, on...

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