Our new-to-Chicago pals, Jay and Philippa, have narrowed down their apartment search to two places: One is a newly rehabbed place in Ukrainian Village that they feel is perfect for them, and in an area of conveniences, if not beauty. The apartment is stunning and has all the amenities they need or want (including a private rooftop deck). The other place is in Lincoln Park, within walking distance to the park and lake, complete with older amenities and smaller rooms. Their dream scenario would be to take the first apartment and transport it to the location by the park, but a decision based in reality must be made.
Having left behind gray London skies for the summers of Chicago they've heard so much about, a huge priority to them is enjoying the outdoors daily (that equals Lake Michigan and long walks in Lincoln Park, to them).
We're wondering how most of our readers prioritize when renting a place. Obviously the most important things on the checklist include essentials like proximity to public transportation or parking, the right amount of space depending on number of people, cleanliness, safety, etc. But when it comes to beauty, is it more important for you to have beautiful apartment bones or to be near the beauty outside your doorstep (and to see it from your windows)?
Back in September '08, we asked what your best (or worst) view from your window was...take the survey or read the results here.