Why we love: Roscoe Village #1

2 bed, 2 bath condo (low-rise building)

Becky and Noah are young professionals who live in a three-story condo building in the heart of Roscoe Village. 


How long have you lived in your home?
We moved in May 2014.     

Why did you originally move here?
Having lived in Lincoln Park for many years, we wanted to try a change of scene--somewhere we could have more space. We were also looking for somewhere quieter with a family vibe and good schools that we could test out before buying anything.

What is your favorite part of your home?
The master bathroom, hands down. Also, our walk in closet. We also like being close to the highway and El.

What is your least favorite part of your home?
Sharing walls. We live on the second floor, so we’re surrounded on all sides. Also, dealing with our alley when it snows. Digging out takes forever and there’s nowhere to put all the snow.

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
We love that it feels less populated than Lincoln Park. Our neighborhood is also great. We particularly love Four Moons, Turquoise Cafe and Paulina Meat Market. During the summer there are a lot of festivals within walking distance. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
I guess we miss having a bus right outside our door. In Lincoln Park, it was very easy for us to get downtown, but a long walk to the El. In Roscoe Village, nothing is as easy as walking out our door to the bus, but everything is relatively more accessible.

What are you favorite local stores?
Village TapBahn Mi & CoDenim LoungeVictory Banner.

How do you get to work?
Brown Line at Paulina.

How long is your commute?
30-40 minutes to the Loop.

Where do you grocery shop?
Mariano’s and Trader Joe’s.

How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
In the summer a lot--once or twice a week. We like the festivals and seeing the neighborhood block parties pop up.

Where do you plan to move next?
No definite plans yet, but definitely somewhere where we have space, and can enjoy the slower, quieter vibe of Roscoe Village. We love being able to sleep with our windows open in the summer.

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
In general yes, but there was a burglary down the street recently.

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Kids, dogs, strollers--we don’t fit in!

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others?
Our favorite area is north of School, south of Addison, west of Wolcott and not more than a few blocks and west of the train.