Why we love: West Loop #2

Stats: One bed, one bath loft

When Sarah and Kunal were looking for their first condo, they took one look at the current home and knew it was the one. Their vision for the space three years later is apparent in every corner: bright whites, industrial elegance and eclectic vintage finds perfect the wide open spaces. 

 

How long have you lived in your home?
We've lived here for three years. 

Why did you originally move here?
We wanted to live walking distance to The Publican! When we first saw this place, we were drawn to this specific unit, not the building. We walked in, did a lap and said, "we'll take it," It was perfect because it needed a little work, which we were excited about, but was still livable. 

How long do you plan to live here?
Another five years. 

What is your favorite part of your home?
The windows and natural light. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
That we only have one bedroom. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
Besides living near The Publican, our proximity to "stuff" is ideal. We lived in River North before, where we felt like we couldn't get anywhere fast. Now we can walk to nearly everything. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
Kunal: All of the recent development. Some of the original character of the area is being built over. 
Sarah: Green Street. With all of the new places going in on this little street, it's so crowded with people and traffic, and people just don't pay attention. 

What are you favorite local establishments?
Momotaro
Little Goat
Sushi Dokku
Girl & the Goat

How do you get to work?
Kunal: I walk to River North, which takes about 30 minutes
Sarah: I drive to Hyde Park, which takes about 15 minutes in the morning and double that at night

Where do you grocery shop?
We use Instacart, and it's awesome. We used to drive to the store, have to find parking in a crowded lot and then shop in a crowded store. Instacart is so fast and easy. 

Where do you plan to move next?
Wherever Sarah gets a job! (Editor's note: Sarah is a PhD student at University of Chicago)

Are you friends with your neighbors?
We're friendly. A lot of younger people are moving in now. About half of the owners are from the original remodel in the late 1990's. 

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Yes, definitely. 

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Active, a destination--people come here to eat or work. We have a lot of young families with babies. It seems like once they're toddlers, the families move elsewhere. 

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others? 
Around here you always have to be careful of a high rise going up next to where you live. We wouldn't want to live too far from Randolph, and at least for us, more than a few blocks south gets too residential. 

If you, or someone you know, is looking to buy or sell in the West Loop, I'd love to help!