Stats: 2 bed, 2 bath top condo (2-flat) + 2 car garage parking + private balcony and yard
Brett says Roscoe Village feels like a neighborhood sanctuary, but I'd say that the sanctuary starts with the totally glam, boho chic home Brett and her husband Eric have created. As the voice behind the popular food and lifestyle blog, Her Tasty Life, I definitely wasn't shocked that I wanted to move into Brett's kitchen, but what was more surprising was the supreme elegance of her master bedroom. It is beeeeautiful.
Having lived in the neighborhood for eight years, Brett also has the unique long-term bird's eye view of Roscoe Village before it became the Roscoe Village we know today--one of the top neighborhoods in the city. Plus, her shoe collection is life-changing.
How long have you lived in your home?
Would you believe me if I said eight years? It's unheard of, I know! I moved in when I was 26, and was definitely the one all the neighbors talked about since I was by far the youngest person in the neighborhood. Eric moved in two years ago.
Why did you originally move here?
The yard. With my dog Morgan, I needed a yard, and someone suggested Roscoe Village. It's crazy how things have changed and stayed exactly the same since I moved in eight years ago. Even though property values have continued to increase, the neighborhood has stayed exactly the same. Same retail, restaurants, all of it.
How long do you plan to live here?
Our dream is to actually buy the entire building (a two-flat) and convert it to a single family home. If that happens, we'll be here for the foreseeable future.
What is your favorite part of your home?
The yard, definitely. I also love how spacious the kitchen is, and how it opens to the dining area.
What is your least favorite part of your home?
The lack of storage in the master bath. With the pedestal sink we have no drawers or cabinets, and there's literally a Sephora store in there with all my products--it's a nightmare to share the space.
What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
Roscoe Village feels like the neighborhood I grew up in: neighbors leave their doors open, everyone feeling safe. When I get home it feels like I'm in a private sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
There's nothing here in terms of restaurants and retail options. Nothing notable opens, so we're constantly commuting to other neighborhoods to try new places.
What are you favorite local establishments?
90 Miles Cuban Cafe: Great Cuban food
Hero Coffee Traders: They serve Glazed and Confused doughnuts, one of my favorites
Denim Lounge: Good selection
Commonwealth Tavern: A local gastropub, fun for games, but they also have good food
Crush: They have a make your own t-shirt bar with iron-on decals!
Costello's Sandwiches: Great for a quick lunch
How do you get to work?
I work from home!
Where do you grocery shop?
The Mariano's on Ashland and the Whole Foods on Kingsbury, which is a little out of the way, but it was close to my old apartment and I still like shopping there.
Where do you plan to move next?
If we don't stay in this building, then maybe Bucktown--or back home to California!
Are you friends with your neighbors?
Yes. Jose two doors down takes care of everyone in the neighborhood. In the winter he even clears the snow on both sides of the street--you just don't get that anywhere else. Everyone knows everyone in the neighborhood so it feels very homey. Plus our annual block party can get crazy!
Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Very safe, very quiet. Everyone works very hard to keep their home and yard looking nice. It's a very peaceful place to live.
What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Family-oriented, and where you want to live if you want to stay in the city, but have still space to grow without spending an arm and a leg.
Previous Roscoe Village home tours:
Becky & Noah's 2 bed, 2 bath newer construction condo
Kelli's 2 bed, 2 bath vintage walkup
Editor's note: If you're looking to buy or sell in Roscoe Village, give me a shout!