Why we love: Lakeview

2 bed, 2 bath duplex loft

A born and bred Chicagoan, Nate took one look at his current Lakeview home, and new this is the place he wanted to live. 


How long have you lived in your home?
Since May 2007,  though from 2010-2013 I rented the place out. 

Why did you originally move here?
My target area was literally Belmont and Seminary, when I was looking for a condo after business school. I knew I wanted to live in Lakeview and that I wanted to be close to the Red Line versus the Brown Line. I chose this property because I love the esthetic of Bucktown, but wanted to live in Lakeview.  

How long do you plan to live here?
Until a relationship forces a move. I'm planning on another five years, but I won't sell. I can rent out the place for $500 more than my costs, so it's a great deal for me. 

What is your favorite part of your home?
I have a lot of favorites. I love the 25 foot wall. When people walk in, their response is always, "Holy sh*t, that's a big wall." I also love the high ceilings. I feel more creative in bigger spaces. The kitchen is another favorite. It was super dated when I bought the place, so I redid the the whole thing and exposed the staircase. The whole kitchen feels so much more open now. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
I don't have an amazing view, or private outdoor space. I also wish I had covered parking. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
I love that I'm right at the intersection of three neighborhoods: Boystown, with a taste of Wrigleyville and also the yuppier feel of the single family neighborhoods west of Sheffield in Lakeview. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
There are moments in a year when there are drunk people vomiting on themselves on their way home from Wrigleyville, for example, the 12 Days of Christmas [bar crawl]. 

What are you favorite local stores/restaurants?
I do a lot of eating on the Belmont Strip. Big & Littles has amazing tacos, and DMK Burgers has the best burger in the city. Bittersweet Pastry is also a great neighborhood spot. 

How do you get to work?
I take the Red Line to State/Lake and walk a half mile underground to the Aon Center. 

How long is your commute?
35 minutes door-to-door. 

Where do you grocery shop?
The Whole Foods on Ashland or the Mariano's on Ashland. 

How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
A lot when it's nice out. I'm one mile to the Lake, so I walk there a lot in the summer. 

Where do you plan to move next?
No idea. I'm a lifelong North Sider, but love Bucktown/Wicker Park. It's tough because where I am now, I'm one mile from both my parents and my sister. 

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Yes, as much as any city neighborhood. 

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Eclectic, family, young, old, gay, straight. A good mix of Chicagoans.