If cheers are reverberating through open windows of condos in Lakeview then it’s a good bet the Chicago Cubs are playing and, though it does not happen often enough, winning. Whatever the team’s fortunes, fans are loyal to the Cubs and to Wrigley Field, a landmark in this neighborhood that’s also known for its rooftop decks, chic boutiques, trendy restaurants and for the many young people who flock here to live in condos and apartments. Lakeview is a northside neighborhood that is defined by Diversey Parkway on the south; Irving Park Road on the north; Ravenswood Avenue to the west and Lake Michigan to the east. It’s close to the tony Lincoln Park neighborhood which is just to the south.
Lakeview condos, however, tend to be more affordable than in Lincoln Park. Because Lakeview is so desireable and has some nicely appointed, vintage buildings, there also are condos that are quite expensive. Lakeview has all the assets that an urban neighborhood needs including convenient public transit by train and bus and a host of things for those young condo dwellers and others to do. It’s also known to be a safe neighborhood. This broad area has smaller niche neighborhoods such as Wrigleyville where the baseball stadium is located, Lake View East, North Halsted, and West Lakeview.
The area, like many in Chicago, was established in the 1800s by farmers. The ones who settled here came from Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden. Farms long ago were replaced by sturdy brick, frame two and three-flat structures that dominate inlying streets. The city annexed the leafy neighborhood in the late 1800s. Lakeview has a wide stock of vintage structures that remain from that time including brown and graystones and vintage courtyard buildings that were built in the early 20th century. Vintage structures tend to be located on interior streets that are prized for their quiet, and relaxed ambiece. Condo buyers who want a more modern home will not be disappointed in Lakeview.
There are a range of high rises with expansive views and other amenities. Quiet residential streets are part of Lakeview’s identity, but it also has a more colorful side. Some of its main thoroughfares, such as Broadway Avenue and North Halsted Street, are the places to go for trendy shops, bars, theaters, and restaurants that cater to the nightlife. The neighborhood has more than 600 shops. Many are independently owned; others are well-regarded national chains. The neighborhood’s diversity is on display at the annual Gay Pride Parade that draws a large number of participants and spectators. When it comes to cuisine, Lakeview has it all from sushi bars to pizza joints to all-night diners, ritzy refuges for a long Sunday brunch, and a local landmark, Ann Sather’s Restaurant which is famed for its cinnamon buns and reflects the area’s Swedish heritage. Working off those cinnamon buns would be easy in Lakeview. Because it is so close to Lake Michigan, its residents can take advantage of many opportunities for activity such as rollerblading, running or cycling. There are paths and trails along with lake that are easily accessed by residents. While the population of Lakeview tend to be young, they know how to recognize quality in materials and construction. They seek the sort of elements that make a condo stand out in today’s market.
Such elements are at 3010 N. Sheffield Avenue, an 8-unit condo building that has cherry floors, cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, nicely appointed master suites, and private rooftop decks. Another new project is a 13-unit gut rehab called Racine Flats at 3414-3424 N. Racine. it is has two and three bedroom units. Whatever sort of condo you seek, you are sure to find it in Lakeview.
And maybe, just maybe, you could be within walking distance of a day at Wrigley Field when the Cubs win.