Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Chicago's North Side: Neighborhood Views

Here's a little view of a typical North Side home on a typical North Side Chicago winter morning.
The view is from a duplex-down in in a six-flat building. This particular unit was originally an apartment building that has been converted to condos. We're looking out through the former sun room. It is now an atrium like staircase and landing, leading down to the lower level family room and master bedroom.

This particular area of Ravenswood has many six-flat and eight-flat center entrance buildings. But here we see several six-flats that have a set back front entrance. Three units are situated in the front with the prominent sunrooms. Three units are set back (rear units). This "Z" configuration of units allows the living spaces to share very little common walls. A huge plus.

Looking north down Winchester. The neighborhood is know for it's mature trees.

I really love the organge brick building with the tile roof across the street. The landscaping in the summer looks great as well.

Here's the front of the building from the first picture above. The sunroom here now serves as the staircase and landing. Notice the little touch of detail in the brick. Theses buildings built between 1920 and 1945 are so much more pleasant to look at than the majority block and brick new construction we see today in Chicago.

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