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Old 08-16-2009, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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???
It was a joke relating to some comments Coldwine has made in the recent past.
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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It was a joke relating to some comments Coldwine has made in the recent past.
Ah, I figured it was something like that. On a more serious note, vast parts of Chicago (NW and SW in particular) are composed of neighborhoods full of SFHs. Lot of them are cheap (often for good reason.)
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:11 PM
 
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Bridgeport. Has all the amenities and not nearly the cost as SFH on the North side. Going a bit farther, by train, try Beverly.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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I fail to see how wanting "the city life" requires the purchase of a one bedroom apartment and nothing more, when the city is totally filled with a huge mix of SFHs and multi bed condos and apartments. Yeah, they're expensive, but someone can have the life the city provides while residing in a house (with the possibility of a bit of a yard, nonetheless.) Are these homes not part of the city?
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Bridgeport. Has all the amenities and not nearly the cost as SFH on the North side. Going a bit farther, by train, try Beverly.
This is your best answer, but you're still looking at a minimum $300K for a habitable SFH in Bridgeport, and you'll probably have a postage stamp for a yard.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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No $150K houses in Bridgeport or Beverly. Not even close.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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No $150K houses in Bridgeport or Beverly. Not even close.
Very true

When I was still married, we were looking into Beverly. Most decent houses in Beverly (and East Beverly) were $250K and up. Most of the roomier ones were $350K.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:30 AM
 
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I'm one of those people. Maybe they have kids. Live with kids in a condo for a week, and you'll have a different opinion.
That doesn't make much sense to me, not as an option. Schools are better in the suburbs and to such a material degree as to change anyone's opinion. And just as well, because that's where the SFH are.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago: Beverly, Woodlawn
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That doesn't make much sense to me, not as an option. Schools are better in the suburbs and to such a material degree as to change anyone's opinion. And just as well, because that's where the SFH are.
It isn't the most obvious choice but it isn't totally illogical. If you like to make use of the city's amenities on a daily basis, most (not all, but most) suburbs are too far, so you split the difference and live a few miles out where you can afford the space you need but are still in striking distance.

For quite a few there is also the residency requirement.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I'm astounded by the people who want to move to Chicago for "city life" but still want to live in a single family home.

Buy a freaking one bedroom apartment and shut up already. What is it with these inane searches?
Honestly, I'd be perfectly happy in a one bedroom apartment or condo, especially if I was single and with no pets. But, I have a wife and a dog and my wife prefers living in a SFH. We both like city life though due to public transportation, diversity, amenities, etc. Does that make you less astounded?
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