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Chris Garvey and GRT Homes are devoted to enhancing Oak Park & River Forest by introducing both new and current residents to this beautifully diverse and multi-cultural community, it’s businesses and neighborhoods – rich with parks, recreation and events. We are devoted to making this community a great place to be a family.

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Looking for a fun and interactive way to find, see and buy a home in Oak Park and River Forest? You have found the right place. Our goal is to help you get to know what is going on in the villages today as well as to provide you insight into the history of Oak Park and River Forest and hopefully, after you have spent some time enjoying the site, you will never think of Oak Park and River Forest the same way as you walk down the streets looking at the beautiful homes.



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As I watched my children grow and learn with their first friends, experience the parks, the activities in the schools and want in life, I recognize the gift I was given. It truly dawned on me what a beautiful environment I was given to be born in and then go on and raise my family here In Oak Park and River Forest. When my grandfather decided to buy a house in Oak Park, to bring my father here, it was purposeful and it was to raise him with this idea that people from all over the world would come here and create a place like no other. A Place that has sought with purpose to embrace diversity and all of the opportunity that that provides. Now it may have been that he just got lucky, but whatever he did, he found the right answer.

As I get older and I watch my children manage their way through today’s world, I’ve come even more to realize how beautiful it is to see how they grew up with friends and families, a community with such complete harmony.  My grandfather somehow knew, that if you just put yourself in a place with the most potential, where you have the best chance of finding opportunities to enhance and develop who you are, there will always be a right answer.

As the manager of EXP Realty in Oak Park, a real estate broker and an agent extraordinaire:)  I am really beginning to grasp the unique planning of this village and how it positively affects peoples lives, my life and the lives of those around me. My three children are the fourth-generation of Garvey’s to live this perspective, see the world through this lens of well-planned diversity, where the fabric of the village was designed to gather together people from rich and poor, from all different countries and of all colors and backgrounds, all within easy walking distance from each other, while still a part of, in fact enhancing, the vibe of the greater Chicago area.

I am enjoying the best times of my life! It is incredibly exciting to be introducing new people and families to this community and constantly making new friends. I’m always learning more about Oak Park businesses and I love exploring Oak Park and River Forest architectural history and the history and even the “Why” of people who founded Oak Park. I love everything about Oak Park and River Forest and how these villages have influenced Chicago and even the world to be a better place. 

If you are looking for a real estate agent in Oak Park/River Forest, and you like architecture or at least like talking about and seeing Oak Park’s wide variety of different home styles, Victorian, Italianate, Queen Anne, Prairie Style, Frank Lloyd Write, the selection seems endless, you will love seeing and exploring homes with me. My days of past teaching high school chemistry and earth science come through when I show homes. I am more than a real estate agent, I am a life-long teacher and I have more than 200 families that I’ve helped buy or sell a home in Oak Park, River Forest and the surrounding areas – and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every single bright spot and problem ever encountered when it comes to homes that more often than not were built at the turn of the last century.

The incredible variety of homes, the nuances of the neighborhoods, walk-ability and amenities – small businesses, parks, events, the characteristics of a kitchen, bath, or living areas; finding the next right answer. Searching for opportunities and helping people find their place with their most potential. That’s what it’s all about. If you would like someone to help you find your place of most potential, your next place to call home, or if you just want to learn more about Oak Park, River Forest or the greater Chicago area and “where” is right for you, reach out to me!


139 South Grove Ave , Oak Park, IL 60302
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$1,250,000 107 South Scoville Avenue Oak Park
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139 South Grove Ave

139 South Grove Ave , Oak Park, IL 60302

$1,400,000 | 8 Bed | 4 Bath

Welcome to one of Oak Parks finest mansions. Built in 1894 for John Seaman, an inventor of the automated barrel making process, this 17 room Queen Anne features unparalleled craftsmanship with original woodwork, 6 fireplaces, 3.1 baths. Gracious living spaces, art glass windows, original built-ins, and grand staircase. Plenty of room to live, work and relax in.

1043 N Kenilworth, Oak Park, IL 60302 $749,900 | 4 Bed | 3 Bath House

1043 N Kenilworth, Oak Park, IL 60302

$749,900 | 4 Bed | 3 Bath

This one is new to the market and it’s beautiful! The time has come to call this GORGEOUS and STATELY colonial HOME! This classic oak park beauty features loads of historic charm along renovations that make it the perfect home for today. Walk into the living room featuring brand new BEAUTIFULLY finished hard wood floors, lovely crown moldings, palladian windows and a fireplace that leads into the sunroom. 

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Dan Roger
Dan Roger
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Chris has made the selling and buying process so easy! He has a ton of knowledge and lots of resources to take care of everything needed during the buying and selling processes. I would recommend him to anyone.
Kelly Koch
Kelly Koch
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Chris, where do I start.. You ARE the best realtor in Oak Park by far. We're so grateful to have your help and knowledge in buying our first home. I'm even a little sad that we won't get to look at houses together anymore, but very happy to have our new home. Thank you so very much for your kindness and patience and generosity. We were so very lucky to have you.
Kirk Jonathan
Kirk Jonathan
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We really enjoyed working with Chris. Chris grew up in the area and has an amazing knowledge of the buildings and history. He was super responsive, day or night, to any and all of our questions. Chris was always willing to give us suggestions, but when we made a decision he was 100% supportive even if it wasn't his suggestion, and bent over backwards to make it work. He really made sure the whole process went smoothly, from our first searches to closing day. My wife and I would highly recommend Chris!
Lauren P
Lauren P
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As a first time homebuyer, I really needed someone to patiently walk me through the process. Chris is so knowledgeable, was always available, and explained things to me in a way that made me feel capable and respected. From beginning to end, he was great at showing me options I liked, negotiating a contract, and answering any questions that came up. I am so grateful for all of his help and advice while purchasing my first home! I highly recommend his services.
Mary Kay Gilbert
Mary Kay Gilbert
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Chris did a terrific job helping us buy a foreclosed house needing a lot of work a year ago. He was very persistent on getting the contract finalized. He also was a wealth of information on the process and provided excellent professional resources along the way ( inspector , mortgage broker , lawyer ). I would HIGHLY recommend Chris for your real estate agent.

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