Where are the best old house neighborhoods in and around Chicago?

This Old House just came out with its annual list of best old house neighborhoods.  Checking 2009-2011, I found 4 nearby areas they mentioned…

5.  Greencastle, Indiana?  Okay – not near Chicago…. I went to college there, (DePauw), and I guess I had more on my mind than vintage single family homes.  The comments are right – it’s not an easy trip to Indianapolis – particularly when that’s the commute for a formal dance.

4.   Berwyn, Illinois Okay – If one loves bungalows, and I do, you could agree that this is a terrific place.  I showed about 40 of them 4 years ago when I sold one to a dear friend.  You have to get over the fact, though, that it’s Berwyn.

3.  Elgin, Illinois Not near the city, right?  Thought I should list it, anyway – good value,but long distance, 2009 winner

2.  North Mayfair, Chicago – I love this neighborhood!  For history, for bungalows, for conformity of style – this is a terrific neighborhood!

This Old House overlooked Lakewood Balmoral.

Fortunately, Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin, @DealEstate, knows of the treasure…

1.  Lakewood Balmoral As I noted in my comments to This Old House, Lakewood Balmoral can’t be beat – walk to the lake, Bryn Mawr shopping, Clark Street shopping, commute to the loop via Lake Shore Drive in 10 minutes — the location is terrific.  The community is close-knit, with well-attended festivals and block parties.  For value-priced historic homes on oversized Chicago lots – this neighborhood cannot be matched.

This list was culled from Old House Journal and Chicago Magazine – my goal is to get you the Anne Rossley favorites by April 1 – stay tuned!

Anne Rossley specializes in selling historic homes in Chicago – she and her family have lived in Lakewood Balmoral for over 12 years.  For more information about homes in this Andersonville district, contact Anne Rossley at 773-620-5333.

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