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I have lived in Andersonville and the Ravenswood neighborhoods a couple times... currently own a home in NORTH Ravenswood. However, the whole direction thing hit me some time ago when I walked down North Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago. Therie were these sighs alond the parkway btween the street and the Metra tracks... West Andersonville Gardens. Here's a look: I like a good walk, and these days a walk with (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Early in the home search? - 02/13/07 11:06 PM
In my day to day business habits, I come across many real estate consumers. I directly contact those who register on our Chicago Home Estates brokerage web site. Many walk right up to me at an open house. Several mention they are looking when the conversation turns to real estate at a cocktail party. The conversation ALWAYS turns to real estate in Chicago. There are people who call our office from a for-sale sign. There are several commonalities in their responses at times. The most uttered is, "We are early in our search". It's almost as if they read some "how to (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Is Parking Included? - 02/08/07 11:07 PM
Recently, an Internet client of mine asked a great question. To paraphrase, she was wondering why a listing indicated no parking, but then showed 1 or 2 in the parking space by-line on the listing. Why does it say no parking, but then list a space?Many listing agents will do this to indicate there is some form of designated parking available... somewhere. Maybe there is a transferable rental spot or rental lot. Sometimes listing agents put in the space when there is Chicago zoned permit parking on the street adjacent to the property. This drives me crazy. Nice to indicate it (0 comments)
neighborhoods: What makes a Chicago neighborhood hot? - 01/26/07 11:36 PM
Albany Park... Not so Hot Crain's featured a short little story about neighborhoods that haven't "popped" and heated up as thought. Albany Park was on that short list which is a little upsetting... guess where I live people. Anywho, I really hate those hit and run articles... so let's add a little context here. Albany Park owners have been pleased with an appreciation of 10-12% a year on the average during the housing boom. As a Realtor, I can honestly say I'd get at least 15K more for my unit than I paid for it a over two years ago. Crime is (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Finding stuff in Chicago...a series - 01/26/07 10:25 PM
Find a bar, restaurant, theatre... bar! Interactive map I was perusing the Chicago blog scene and came across this interactive map at the Chicagoist site. The map allows you to select an "L" stop for a drop down list of amenities. Really cool. I'd be wary of the updating, but gives you a great sense of what type of neighborhood straddles each stop.It's like that guy on PBS who travels Chicago by the "L"... expect you don't have to watch the whole part about Chicago's meat packing history to find a bar in the West Loop. Just click away. (0 comments)
neighborhoods: For Chicago neighborhoods... it's all in a name - 01/26/07 10:21 PM
The West Wilson Corridor: Chicago's North Side What's in a name? In Chicago the short answer is: Everything. People identify themselves not only by their neighborhood, but by their block... and their street... and their building! You just don't live in Lakeview, you live on Seminary Street, or Halsted or on Lake Shore Drive. Not just downtown, but in the "Legacy". Names of neighborhoods have been broken down into mini communities... sometimes within the same four block radius. One good example in Chicago is an area in western Uptown from Montrose running north to Wilson. "Malden" and "Beacon" streets have a sub-community within Uptown where a Chicagoan would know (3 comments)
neighborhoods: Chicago has a Northwest Side according to the Chicago Tribune - 01/18/07 10:37 AM
Discover Chicago's Northwest Side The above title sounds innocent and pedestrian enough, but you should know me better.The Chicago Tribune ran a story concerning the religious epiphany many soon to be buyers/home owners are having; there is a Northwest Side to the city. However, the story misses the boat on where it is really happening and hops to some neighborhoods that will be a tough sell to a Lincoln Parker or Lakeview aficionados. These of the home buyers the author seems to be suggesting are moving to the "sticks".The author of the story more realistically alludes to the corridor of West (0 comments)
neighborhoods: Chicago Local reaction to Hussein hanging - 12/31/06 07:59 PM
Albany Park weighs in on Hussein hanging Albany Park, here at Lawrence and Kedzie, doesn't make the news too often... usually a building collapses or a dictator is hanged... normal stuff. But the local news was all a flutter, staking out the Iraqi restaurant Mataam Al-Mataam for some immediate local reaction.I'm glad to say that the patrons of this Middle Eastern haunt for the undergound foodie and native Iraqi were as classy as it gets. CBS aired a little celebration in Dearborne, Michigan, but Iraqi citizens of Chicago gave some perspective on the hanging for the news audience instead.Amazing... just down (2 comments)
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