Bob's neighbor in Lincoln Park has a beautiful ivy covered facade that often stops foot traffic. We tell ourselves, that while lovely, it could be doing a number on the brick! Ivy can damage the most services of your home and is recommended for solid well kept masonry only. In any event, our buyers like it because Ivy has Curb Appeal!
Check out these tips for growing ivy at DannyLipford.com, "Can Ivy Damage Brick or Wood on your Home?".
I found this video, "How to get rid of ivy". It's British!