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Edgewater Named As Top Neighborhood To Live In

Our secret is out! It should come as no surprise to any of us living here that we have been rated as one of most coveted areas to live, when compared to all of Chicago’s 200 other neighborhoods. Chicago Magazine highlighted the Edgewater neighborhood as one of the top four neighborhoods on Chicago’s North side, alongside neighboring communities Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square and North Center. Chicago Magazine selected neighborhoods with low crime, great homes and other cultural assets that make them desirable to live in. No surprise to us! We all know how amazing it is to live so close to the lake, enjoy open spaces and  walk around and find a local hangout on every block. With easy access to both public transportation and Lake Shore Drive, getting downtown can be a breeze, depending on traffic.

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Neighbor Luke Bigelow comments on his love for Edgewater, “There is a sense of residential community on one hand, and access to everything else on the other hand: Broadway business district, beach, train, LSD, Andersonville, etc. And above all it feels safe.”

Our neighborhood is diverse in styles of homes, people, business, and food. With varied styles of housing from 19th-century homes, modern condos, tall high-rise buildings by the lake, and bungalows, there are plenty of options for different levels of household incomes. The median sales price for a home is $490,000 and for condos is $150,000. The median household income for Edgewater is around $45,000. Despite the last few weeks, our crime rate is at a low 3.3, compared to citywide 9.3.

While there is not a lot of concrete data on LGBTQ people and families, our area has an large number of GLBT families that live here intentionally because of its accepting and affirming culture. “Being able to feel safe in a neighborhood that thrives on diversity. The ability to be who I am and not feel judged by others if I want to walk hand-in-hand with my wife. Andersonville has a small community feel to it, but that awesome big city vibe to it as well,” states Amanda Wolf.

With local businesses, mellow bars, and food options from every part of the world, there is no shortage of places to walk your furry friends, shop, and find a spot to wine or dine with friends. New businesses have been opening on a regular basis, many that focus on supporting local artists and promoting independently owned boutiques. In the last few years there have been several design and retail shops that have made the northern end of Clark Street a destination for those looking for high-end classy items for their homes. Shannon Cunningham, aWinnemac Avenue resident for four years,  likens us to a mini version of downtown: “Clark street is my neighborhood Mag Mile. Love spending money in the ‘hood where I live.”

We love where we live, and there is no shortage of reasons why we  love calling Edgewater our home.

 


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