We went to an open house last weekend where there was a line about thirty people deep before it had even started.
The house was tiny so we had to wait before we could even walk inside because there wasn’t room to move around. By the end of the day it had three offers. Luckily, Chris and I didn’t love it so we were happy to walk away.
A few weekends ago we saw a gorgeous brownstone (the second floor of it anyway) and I really liked it. But Chris thought it was too pricey for what it was. Did I mention it was only the back half of the second floor, the back “left half” if I remember correctly. Mind you, these are insanely huge brownstones that were single family homes only when they were first built back in the 1900s for Chicago’s elite. These days they house about 8 families.
The owners purchased the back half just a year ago and already jacked up the price more than $100,000. So yeah, the market here is a little stupid.
We didn’t put an offer in, but four other people did. Pretty sure it sold for above listing.
Our current space has been good for us the past two years, but it’s time to go… I dream of having a bedroom where the bed has enough space for TWO nightstands- one on each side. Talk about luxury. Right now if I get up in the night I have to hurdle myself over both Chris and Harlow in order to get out of bed.
On most days this sweet little space becomes covered with T-Shirts. And labels, and tissue, and envelopes. It’s a real shit show at any given time. So an actual work room with a work table would be dreamy. Also, working in a room with red walls just isn’t good for online retail. Red causes anger.
And I know I’ve mentioned this before, but Chris and I share a closet that most would consider a coat closet. Imagine your own closet, then cut it in half, then once again, then add another person’s wardrobe in there. The good thing is we don’t keep unnecessary stuff around. When bloggers showcase their shoe closets I can’t help but laugh. Let’s just say my shoe collection doesn’t exactly look like that…
We’ve lived in Lincoln Park our entire time in Chicago and it’s been wonderful, but we’re ready to branch out. It’s gotten to be too comfortable and familiar. It’s time we see some of the other awesome neighborhoods Chicago has to offer. So our primary search has been in neighborhoods like Wicker, West Town, Ukrainian Village, and a few spots in West Loop. If you’re not from around Chicago this means nothing to you, but all of these neighborhoods are just a couple of miles southwest of where we currently are.
More importantly, all of the neighborhoods mentioned are even more dog friendly than Lincoln Park. If you walk down Division Street it’s just patio after patio covered in dogs brunching or doing happy hour with their parents. I feel so at home there already.
As for an update on the actual show House Hunters, check back with me in about three weeks and maybe we’ll know more…