The key to a charming home is having historic character, if you can find it. One path to obtaining it is going to Andersonville, an area known for its Swedish heritage and lack of chain stores. Within the Map Factory Lofts, there's a brick and timber duplex loft that could be calling your name.
The building's history traces back to its original life as a map factory in the 1890s, with its original maps adorning the walls of the entryway. In the home itself, the 12-foot timber ceilings and 8-ft windows with north and west exposures leave room to breathe. Huge living room with hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and wood-burning fireplace.
Lovely bones in this home with two-bedrooms (note that the second bedroom is not enclosed) and one-bathroom. This duplex has no one above or below the unit and a secure parking space included, which is great for those who want their space. But before you rejoice, note that the roof deck is shared, so this paradise is not solely owned. But if your neighbors are anything like you, they'd probably be pretty good people that appreciate history at home.
·5235 N Ravenswood Ave #15, Chicago, Illinois 60640 [Redfin]
·Under $300K Club archives [Curbed Chicago]