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Old 01-27-2010, 05:02 PM
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I'm curious about something.

Are the typically old (late 19th/early 20th) peaked roof houses that are all over Chicagos older neighborhoods from Bridgeport to Pilsen, through Wicker Park, etc.

Are these classified normally classified as apartments (or condos) even though they basically look like houses (made of wood or vinyl siding rather than brick). Are they classified as single family homes if someone owns and lives in the whole thing?

Does it more or less depend on whether or not someone rents, owns part, or owns the whole building, as to how its classified when it comes to the census or whatever?

What about the old syle brick two-flats. If a households lives in the entire place is it a single family home?
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:13 PM
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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The smaller ones (one to two stories) are Worker's Cottages. They were mostly built between the Chicago fire and WWI and were originally built as SFH. Some were converted to 2 apartments in the early part of the 20th century.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:57 PM
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Not a realesate expert, but for a brick 2 flat I think it depends on how it is used. If someone rents it out then it might be called an aparment. If someone lives in and owns the whole thing then it can be considered a single family home(infact some people buy 2 flats and convert them into single family homes for the extra space). If owned in part it could be a condo.

There might be a rule or something about when it is or is not considered a single family home, but you really can't tell from the outside.
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:41 AM
Location: Chicago
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It really depends more on how it's configured than how it's occupied. A SFH refers to a detached home that is a single living unit. To be considered a two-flat there would need to be two separate units with their own separate entrances, and each need to have at least a full bathroom and a kitchen area. This is the case even if the owner occupies both, or only occupies one unit while the other is empty. Of course, whether it's a "legal" two-flat is sometimes another question altogether.
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