Why we love: Lakeview #2

Even as a first time buyer, Renee was a model client from the start: she knew EXACTLY what she wanted. As a result, we found her dream home in just a few hours--and she moved in a month later! In addition to her decisiveness, Renee is a brilliant educator, working as a middle school principal in Lake Forest. When she's not shaping the minds of tomorrow, she's strolling down Southport, scoping out the latest and greatest...and now sharing her findings with us! 

I have to give Renee a major shout out too. This place was not the cutest when we walked in, and now it could be an Anthropologie magazine!

How long have you lived in your home?
A little over a year. 

Why did you originally move here? 
Moving here from Southern California, I didn't have a sense of where I wanted to land for good in Chicago. I lived in Evanston for a bit and then Downtown, but in the end decided that Lakeview was a nice compromise. Plus, there's an Anthropologie down the street, so how could I go wrong?!

How long do you plan to live here?
I'm not sure. I've never really "planned" any of my moves--I'm a nomad by nature, so I can't imagine I will stay forever.

What is your favorite part of your home?
When I first moved here, my least favorite part was the fireplace, but somehow it's become my favorite! I like to visualize changing the decor up ever so often to spice it up. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
My guest bathroom. I'm already researching Pinterest for new ideas for showers and tile. It's important to me that my guests feel even more comfortable than I do. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
Ha, Anthropologie! And, being so close to Wrigley in the summer...but not too close. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
Obviously there's not as much to do as there is Downtown. 

What are you favorite local stores?
Besides Anthropologie:
U.S. Aphothecary: Great for candles and scents
SIP Southport & Irving: The best truffle mac and cheese for $5!
Rise Sushi & Sake Lounge: Great sushi, and not crazy expensive
Cafe El Tapatio: Amazing tortilla soup and margs

How long is your commute?
Forever sometimes. I leave before 6am in the morning, so in the morning I will drive about 35 minutes. In the afternoon it’s an hour on average, and Thursdays and Fridays we won’t even talk about.

Where do you grocery shop?
The Mariano’s on Ravenswood Ave and the Trader Joe's on Lincoln.

How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
I usually walk the same pattern with my puppy, but I’d like to explore more as I think there’s a lot of character and charm in the neighborhood.

Where do you plan to move next?
Hopefully in with a boyfriend or husband!

Are you friends with your neighbors?
I wouldn’t say “friends.” But we are definitely cordial and socialize simply when we see each other.

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Yes and no. We’ve had our cars broken into a couple of times, but overall I feel like I can walk with little to no problem.

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Family-oriented and very friendly.

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others?
I’m sure there are, but it depends on who you speak to. Some appreciate diversity more than others, and by that, I mean age, race, and socio-economic status.

Previous Lakeview Posts:
Why we Love Lakeview #1: Nate's two bed, two bath loft
Why we Love East Lakeview: Jack's one bed apartment by the Lake

Editor's note: Thinking of buying or selling in Lakeview? I would love to help!