Mike recently wrote about our great experience with the people who manage our apartment building, so I thought I’d post about the apartment itself. If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you’ll notice all our same stuff in yet another environment!
Ever since I visited Chicago in 2001 I’ve wanted to live here. When Mike and I came in 2007 we even looked at condos for sale! So when Mike got laid off last year the first thing I thought was “Yay, now we can move to Chicago!”
Even though we had both visited Chicago several times, we weren’t 100% sure where we wanted to live. I thought Lakeview/Wrigleyville would be pretty Chicago-y so searched CraigsList for places up there. We weren’t able to come out to look for a place and it was super hard to do via CraigsList and email- only about 5% of the people we contacted even bothered to get back to us! SO LAME. But finally someone did get back to us. The apartment was in Lincoln Park which is the next neighborhood south of Lakeview, so I figured it was close enough. The apartment was just a 2 month sublet anyway, so it was fine. But we love Lincoln Park. There are places in Lakeview that are nice, too but it seems a little more young up there. Plus, we actually live right on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview, so it’s the best of both worlds.
Anyhow, since it IS Lincoln Park, it’s expensive (the second most expensive neighborhood in Chicago). We couldn’t get a super huge place. In fact, we got a super tiny place. It’s only about 370 sq feet, with the main room only about 225. When we moved we weren’t sure how much space we’d have or how long we’d be staying so we just brought the bare minimum basics with us. It’s small but it’s working out fine for us and we haven’t managed to kill each other yet.
Over time we’ll probably fix it up more so consider these the “before” pictures.
We got this desk from IKEA because it fit perfectly in this little nook. The space above it needs shelving or art or something.
The kitchen is really little but surprisingly functional.
There are no drawers and no space for a knife block so I got the wall mounted magnetic knife holder from amazon.com.
This kind of tile is not my fave. I’m more of a subway tile kind of girl. At least it’s just in the shower surround and on the floor and not all over all the walls. I’ve lived in some hideous rental bathrooms and this is quite an improvement on most of them out there. I love the big window for ventilation and view. You can open it and take a bath with a view of the other high-rises in the neighborhood.
Our apartment is on the 14th floor with an awesome view.
Stay tuned because you know we won’t be able to resist home improvement.