Why we love: Uptown

Stats: 4 bed, 3 bath duplex down

It's lucky for me I count Meg and Joe as friends because I am also such a fan girl of these two and their MegMade empire. For the unconverted, MegMade is a furniture refinishing company that sells impeccably-designed refinished pieces, and unfinished vintage finds that can be customized in every way imaginable.* The furniture that comes out of their shop doors is nothing short of inspired.

And just as you'd imagine, the owners of a furniture refinishing business have just the home you'd hope they would, filled with incredible piece that translate to a wall-to-wall interior design tutorial. But I think what I love most about Meg and Joe is their passion for Uptown. Their historically protected street, favorite Mexican restaurant and love of their diverse neighbors combine to one giant "hallelujah!" for this sometimes forgotten corner of the city. 

How long have you lived in your home?
It's been two years!

Why did you originally move here?
Before we bought this place, we were actually renting across the hall, and before that we moved from Wicker Park because we wanted more space. We were shocked at just how much more space we could get for the same money, it literally felt like 2x the amount. We were a little nervous moving from Wicker Park to Uptown because we felt like maybe we were taking a step down moving north of Wrigley--we were SO wrong!

How long do you plan to live here?
We think another three-six years.

What is your favorite part of your home?
We love how welcoming it feels. Our intention was to create the sort of home where people come in and put their feet up. The dining room/kitchen combined space has also worked out so well for us. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
Ha, a few things: 1) The powder room. It's just not great. 2) Having our master on the main floor and the kid's rooms on the lower level--it's a lot of back and forth. 3) The lack of insulation/old windows can make it cold in the winter months. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
It's got to be a tie between the people and our street. Uptown has to be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city, while at same time feeling like the suburbs within city limits. And then there's our historically protected street! We love all the big front yards flanking the gorgeous old homes.

You also just can't beat the location since we're less than a mile walk from three of the best neighborhoods in the city: Lincoln Square to the west, Andersonville to the north and Southport Corridor to the south.  

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
The crime. 

What are you favorite local establishments?
Baker & Nosh: Great for breakfast with the kids
Heritage Outpost: The best coffee
El Gallo Bravo: We're passionate about their Mexican food
Dunkin' Donuts: #reallife
Tiztal Cafe: A great neighborhood breakfast/brunch spot
Inspiration Kitchen: We love this place because rotate famous chefs from around the city and hire ex-convicts  to cook and serve--second chances!
Tweet/Big Chicks: This place is Tweet by day, a super kid-friendly and delicious breakfast place, and Big Chicks by night, a great bar
Spacca Napoli: Incredible pizza

How do you get to work?
Our drive to MegMade on Western and Clybourn is 15 minutes. 

Where do you grocery shop?
The Mariano's right next to the Ravenswood Metra stop and Aldi. 

How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
Between the dog and the boys, literally 2-3 times per day! It never gets old. 

Where do you plan to move next?
As of now we think either Oak Park or Evanston. 

Are you friends with your neighbors?
Oh yes. We LOVE our building--it really feels like the best building ever. The boys have so many neighbor friends, which makes our lives so much easier and better. 

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
For us it does since before MegMade I (Meg) worked in Englewood and Austin, so it's all relative. We live in a big city, so you always have to be careful. 

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Anything goes. 

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others? 
We wouldn't want to live much further east, just for the sake of accessibility. 

*Editor's note 1: I just bought a dresser/changing table for our nursery and LOVE IT! Stay tuned for photos and more.

Editor's note 2: If you're looking to buy or sell in Uptown, give me a shout!