THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!
All my life, I have been a Chicago Dog. Proudly! Well, except for the six weeks of my puppy hood I spent in Joliet IL, near The Big House - before I got sprung.
And where do I live? In Casa Moss, of course - the Historic Chicago Bungalow of our Human Team Leaders Dean & Sue Moss, in the South Edgebrook Neighborhood on the Northwest Side of Chicago.
The Moss home is a proud Chicago Bungalow, indeed! Two courses of yellow brick, in a long-lost Checkerboard Pattern. Stained Glass Bay Windows. Hardwood Floors throughout. Formal dining room, modest living room, and just enough kitchen. Four big bedrooms - unusual for homes built in Chicago in the late 1920's (our home was completed in 1929).
It's not yet a Certified Historic Bungalow, but we are working on that, and the home has all the requisite earmarks and distinctive features intact. It's one-and-a-half stories, original roof line, all trim intact, detached garage (added later), and full basement - originally for coal storage, but now partially finished. The home sits on a Standard Chicago 30 x 125 lot.
Drive down our street and you'll see bungalow after bungalow - just sitting there, like freshly-made loaves of banana bread right out of the oven!
Again in 2010, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association reminds owners of these historic, but often unsung Chicago Homes the opportunity to preserve their homes, maintain its value, and also improve it for better livability and energy efficiency. Check out their website - ChicagoBungalow.org for more information.
This years HCBA Seminars will emphasize cost-effective, inexpensive improvements ranging from overall remodeling, keeping the overall bungalow motif intact, to green improvements, to landscaping, and masonry repair.
Seminars in several parts of the city over the coming weeks will focus on "Going Green to Save Green." Speakers from Commonwealth Edison, the area's Electric Utility, the Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and a large regional mortgage company will discuss ways of making your bungalow more energy efficient. The lender will discuss ways of financing these improvements in a tough credit environment.
A HCBA Representative will also discuss a number of financial incentives available from the City of Chicago and the U.S. Government which would write down the cost of improving your Chicago Bungalow.
The next seminar on the North Side of Chicago is scheduled for Monday, February 25th, at the West Belmont Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 3104 N. Narragansett Avenue. The HCBA Phone Number, for more info, is 312-822-0505.
Well, you dogs, I guess I better get my Nail Gun ready. This Spring, our Historic Chicago Bungalow is going to get a sprucing up!
Please read my post today via BlogChicagoHomes.com.
YOUR ACE REPORTER ON FOUR PAWS,
BUDDY HOLLY MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO