I am up in Chicago and the past few days I have been looking at houses and getting pre-approval for a mortgage loan. I have realized a few things:
- buying a house in Chicago is expensive even in the “less desirable” areas
- it sucks to be self-employed when you are trying to get a loan
- Chicago has a great park district and an even greater library
- highways are confusing
- driving around in the inner city is even more confusing
- there are Dunkin’ Donuts everywhere!
So this may be our potential house. There are some great things about it:
- It belonged to my grandparents for over fifty years! (I have lots of fond memories in this house)
- It’s in West Lawn, which is a fairly nice neighborhood with a growing Latino population.
- It is one block from the cutest elementary school I have ever seen
- It is one mile from Marquette Park
- It is a few steps from a bus stop and two miles from a train stop.
- It has three floors: basement, main, and attic, and a small fenced in backyard and detatched garage
Then, there are some things that are not so great:
- The basement and attic need a complete overhaul
- It’s a bit crammed for space
- The main floor needs to be opened up and new kitchen cabinets would be quite an improvement
- It needs new windows
- The garage needs new siding (and a good cleaning)
- And the green railings have got to go, but black spray paint would take care of that
I am looking at more houses on Saturday, so we’ll see what’s out there. Right now it looks like not much in our price range.