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Old 01-12-2020, 09:04 PM
 
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What you describe is actually a pretty big waste of space and would be a terrible design from a functional standpoint. Putting a hallway all the way to one side means you can only have rooms opening up from one side, meaning half of the hallway is wasted, and then the exterior side of the hallway either has no windows, meaning you have a significant part of your home without windows, or there are windows that are kind of wasted because any light coming in is just illuminating a hallway and not a space usable for anything other than movement.
A hallway that abuts an exterior wall is what's called a "single-loaded corridor", and they're very rare for the reasons you spell out here.

https://www.menamresidences.com/sing...dor-47264.page

One of the most prominent buildings in Chicago to use these is 333 N Canal St (the curvy one on the west bank of the Chicago River confluence), and the design was controversial because single-loaded corridors are so rare and uneconomical.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:57 AM
 
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Here's a great example of the old layout in a North Lawndale building. Even though the lot is wide at 32x125 the building does not make use of that lot width and is clearly a typical building you'd find on a 25 foot wide lot. Pics look nice and updated. Unfortunately the updated were wasted on the old layout once you look at the small bedroom sizes. This one has the layout dimensions of each floor which is why I posted it.



https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/39.../home/13235211
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Old 02-12-2020, 06:38 PM
 
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Here's a great example of the old layout in a North Lawndale building. Even though the lot is wide at 32x125 the building does not make use of that lot width and is clearly a typical building you'd find on a 25 foot wide lot. Pics look nice and updated. Unfortunately the updated were wasted on the old layout once you look at the small bedroom sizes. This one has the layout dimensions of each floor which is why I posted it.



https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/39.../home/13235211
3 things -
1) huge fan of this layout
2) pending at that price is interesting
3) "Hot north lawndale" is a laughable MLS comment.
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Old 02-12-2020, 09:56 PM
 
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3 things -
1) huge fan of this layout
2) pending at that price is interesting
3) "Hot north lawndale" is a laughable MLS comment.
- Why are you a huge fan of this layout? The bedrooms are unlivable.
- I've picked up modern layouts for the same price point or less much further east.
- I've noticed quite a few "updated" buildings like this going contingent in North Lawndale and I don't know what's driving it. Opportunity Zone? ROI? Gentrification is decades away that far west. Housing stock is great but I've driven area just north of Douglas Park with my cleaning lady and she's pointed out drug house after drug house. No way I'm investing there...maybe it gets better as you go closer to Cicero.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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Weird how the kitchen is so far from the dining room in that North Lawndale layout. And how a bedroom is situated directly off the kitchen.
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Old 02-14-2020, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Nowhere I would like to be!
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I lived in a 2 flat in Logan Square with that layout (except my roommate reversed the dining and liviing room areas).
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