Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on February 22, 1991 · Page 203
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Your Place 20 Sections Chicago Tribune, Friday, February 22, 1991 C The long haul Most Mt. Greenwood residents are there to stay Chicago Chicago? 0 ' i ,i Evergreen Park A gat,, f 103rd ' 1 1-1 1 Chicago Oak Lawn $ i ID- T 111th : I mam, lit . . . Magnificen; By Brjan Edwards City living Mt. Greenwood 11Kth Finding a short-term dwelling in Mt. Greenwood is no easy feat. Like its neighboring city communities, Beverly and Morgan Park, Mt. Greenwood is a community primarily made up of owner-occupied, single-family homes. When people move there, they tend to stay a lifetime. On the Chicago city map, Mt. Greenwood is the community farthest southwest, an urban 119th Chicago TribuneDAVID JAHNTZ peninsula surrounded by suburbia. Only its eastern boundary, the Grand Trunk Western Railroad tracks, connects it to the City of Chicago. With its suburb-like atmo Glatz, owner of R.R. Glatz Real Estate. Cash buyers "We're finding the market has been pretty solid because we've got strong buyers," says Glatz, referring to Mt. Greenwood's large base of dual-income, blue-collar residents. "There're not too many yuppies or credit-card buyers here. They all pay cash." Glatz also attributes Mt. Greenwood's solid property values to the community's transportation, schools and revitalized commercial area at 111th Street and Kedzie Avenue. Buses run down the major streets (llltb Street, 95th Street and 103rd Street), connecting to the Rock Island train line and elevated train, making the trip downtown about a 30-minute ride. By car, Interstate Highway 57, which connects with the Dan Ryan Expressway, is just minutes from Mt. Greenwood. But fewer people are "leaving town" sphere, but a Chicago address, Mt. Greenwood is popular with city workers bound by residency requirements. Many Chicago fire and police officers are drawn to Mt. Greenwood's small starter homes, mostly of the bungalow variety, which sell in the mid-$60,000s, or to ranches that run into the $115,000 to $125,000 range, according to Richard 860 It X t i to do their shopping these days, says Glatz, and it has made the community stronger. "The only thing that makes a good, strong residential area is a commercial strip that has appeal to its residents," says Glatz, adding that the addition of a Dominick's at 115th Street and Kedzie Avenue and strong efforts by owners of small businesses over the past three years have beefed up shopping options. Rentals rare Apartments, however, are hard to scare up in Mt. Greenwood, with perhaps 70 percent of what's available located along the main strips of II 1th Street, 1 15th Street and Kedzie Avenue, according to Glatz. There's not much turnover in the housing or rental market, he adds. "People move in and they stay there." Rents vary widely, with one-bedrooms available for as little as $350, not including utilities, and into the $600 range for a two-bedroom apartment. Rents are comparable to, or a bit less than, those charged for similar apartments in the Beverly neighborhood or nearby Aisip and Oak Lawn. At the Southgate Apartments, one of Mt. Greenwood's only large rental complexes, a one-bedroom apartment costs $500 a month, and two-bedroom units fetch $620, according to leasing consultant Marge Sumner. Southgate has more than 400 apartments in eight buildings. You'll also find a number of expanded bungalows with converted attics or basements that double as "in-law" apartments, according to broker David Walsh of Associated Brokers Inc. Rents on these units usually run in the $250 to $300 range, Waish says. Walsh recommends patience in apartment hunting in Mt. Greenwood. Since the majority of rental buildings in the community are owner-occupied, many rent by word-of-mouth to friends or family. "A lot of times, especially with two-flats, when a son or daughter moves out of the apartment, the next sibling moves in," he says. "You really have to search. Drive around the neighborhood, look at the buildings and watch for postings," he says. "It may take a while." The Seneca's location at 200 East Chestnut is exceptional . . . even by Gold Coast standards. East of Michigan, Chestnut is a charming tree-lined residential street that's steps away from Water Tower, Bloomingdale's, buses, fine restaurants and entertainment. But even without leaving home, The Seneca offers unsurpassed conveniences and a rare commitment to personal service that includes a doorman ... 24 hour reception . . . daily or custom maid service ... an attendant to help you with your packages . . . three fine restaurants for casual or formal dining ... a beauty salon ... a valet shoppe ... and a staff that knows your name, not just your apartment number. The Seneca ... as perfect for today as for yesterday A Variety Of One Bedroom Rental Residences Are Available Featuring High Ceilings Crown Mouldings New Baths Select Studio & Two Bedrooms Also Available Open Weekdays 9AM to 7PM Open Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 7PM 312-787-8900 P&ace 560 sq. ft. studios available starting at $622 Heat included Modern hi-rise located between Michigan Ave. and the Lake Large, walk-in closets with double shelving units New deep-piled carpeting Remodeled kitchens and baths B Microwave oven Cable ready 24 hr. doorman 24 hr. valet garage service Dry cleaners on premises Sundeck Laundry facilities Stop and Shop supermarket adjacent to building Free parking while viewing apartments 10-6 Daily 125 Weekends Building Office 312-642-2860 Supera Properties 312-549-8300 A Rental Residence . The $eneca

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