We live in a somewhat transitional neighborhood in Chicago. It's been through alot of changes over the past few decades. After the riots in the 60's many people fled the city for the burbs but more recently people are coming back and city living is getting very expensive.
Right now our neighborhood has some typical city problems: drug dealing, loitering, litter, graffiti. But don't get me wrong, this is a nice neighborhood - we just have some "issues."
I've been wanting to do some posts about the neighborhood related to old houses. I've really enjoyed seeing slices of life from other people's blogs lately. Grex over at Petch House showed us some amazing Victorians and Jess over at Bungalow High had some great ones. And of course, we can count on House in Progress for capturing shots of Bungalows wherever they roam.
Here's a few shots of a few of our favorite houses in the neighborhood. One advantage of walking everywhere is you get to know your neighborhood pretty well. These are also homes that have had quite a bit of work done and I think reflect their owners personality.
This is an unbelievably quaint home, we call cottage-like.
I like they way they made this one their own with the paint colors.
Close up of the unique paint job (purists may not like)
A Nice Victorian recently restored.
Close up of wood work
This one was also recently redone and has a lovely Japanese garden.
My plan is to continue this saga in the spirit of Sergio Leone.
The first installment: The Good
Coming soon: The Bad
To be followed by: The Ugly
And so as to not end on a negative: The Beautiful!