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Your Questions About Luxury Apartments Chicago

April 19, 2013

Betty asks…

Company Newsletter Name?

I recently landed a new position at work and my first project is to head up our company newsletter. I work for Archstone and we are an apartment real estate investment company that builds high end luxury apartments in California, Seattle, New York, Chicago and the D.C. area. I really need some help coming up with a catchy name for the newsletter, that doesn’t have to have our company name in it! This newsletter will have company updates, employee focuses, happenings and new developments, things to keep everyone in the loop and pat people on the back for their dedication, hard work and customer service. Any ideas?

Thanks!

Administrator answers:

What about The Informer? I like that because people like to be educated when they make a decision.

Chris asks…

finding apartment next year. any advice?

I go to a private university in Chicago. Here dorms (especially apartment-style) are much more expensive that off-campus housing, even when comparting luxury apartments with many amenities included. I use rent.com, apartments.com and roomates.com website. I am not sure whether I should look for a studio for myself, or for another roomate who has a spare space which gives me at same cost living room, own bedroom and a company ;) What are advantages and disadvantages between two? Would you consider looking for apart or rather a roomate who has a place.

Besides currently I live in dorms and hate it. my roomate sits in our room 24/7 h except when he goes to classes 2 times a week. He once watched me sleep! He watches anime! He is weird? How would you cope with that if you were in my situation?

Thanks for sharing your answers!
In addition he types on his keyboard very nosily all the time. Thats why it drives me little bit a nut.
what other websites to use besieds the one I mentioned?

Administrator answers:

You mentioned he “once” watched you sleep…

…How do you know it was only once!!!

Sounds like you’d enjoy your own place. If you can afford it, go for it.
Do they offer single dorms? It may be good to be in that social environment compared to off-campus, but be able to shut the door when you want to.

William asks…

Finding off-campus next year. any advice? exprience? thoughts?

I go to a private university in Chicago. Here dorms (especially apartment-style) are much more expensive that off-campus housing, even when comparting luxury apartments with many amenities included. I use rent.com, apartments.com and roomates.com website. I am not sure whether I should look for a studio for myself, or for another roomate who has a spare space which gives me at same cost living room, own bedroom and a company ;) What are advantages and disadvantages between two? Would you consider looking for apart or rather a roomate who has a place.

Besides currently I live in dorms and hate it. my roomate sits in our room 24/7 h except when he goes to classes 2 times a week. He once watched me sleep! He watches animes! He is weird. In addition he types on his keyboard very nosily all the time. Thats why it drives me little bit a nut. How would you cope with that if you were in my situation?
what other websites to use?

Administrator answers:

If you are going to share an apartment or house Just be sure that you are compatible with the other person by setting down with them and asking a lot of questions. You do not need another one like what you have now. Or a party animal, or some one on drugs or stays drunk all the time. Then there are people who want to argue or fight all the time. When I was in college many years ago I had one male room mate, that lasted 2 months. He was a pig, always had to be on him to do his share of the house work. Left his dirty clothes all over the house. Just like he probably did at home, and momma picked up for him. After that I only had girl room mates.

Linda asks…

Chicagoans I need your advice! Moving a Chicago. What’s a good area to live?

Hello, my husband and I are moving to Chicago in a few months and weren’t sure where to start looking for apartments.
Right now we may end up renting a friend’s apartment in the Edgewater area, just north of Uptown, on the Lake; it’s 2 br / 2 bath for $1,400, a great price. We may be able to afford more but that will depend on the jobs we get, which we are still searching for.

As far as what we are looking for, all of these are things we like but we are ready to compromise:
- We like that old town home look on the outside
- A fire place would be just perfect
- Hardwood floors.. a nice plus but not necessary
- pool, gym, washer/dryer, dishwasher would be awesome additions but might at this point be a luxury, lol, so like I said, we’re ready to compromise :)

We are looking for something in town to be in the middle of it all (& neither of us will be bringing a car). We are both turning 30 this year, and we like to be active but are past the crazy night out/drunken outing stage lol, so we don’t need to be THAT close to where it all happens.
We enjoy the outdoors, the community events that are put on, quaint little pubs, the theater, taking a nice stroll around the streets or Grant Park.. you get the idea.

So there you have it! I’m looking online but it’s so confusing when you don’t know the area specifically yet! What areas are unsafe? Which are too far to downtown? Which sound like they would be a good fit for us given our age/likes?
I have a friend who lives in the Ukrainian Village and he has the type of place we like but I wasn’t sure, is that close to downtown?

As you can see I have many questions :) All input is appreciated!! I love your city, I can’t wait to move!!! :D
Thanks for the suggestions but we are not looking to be in the suburbs. We are young professionals without children living in a metropolitan area for the first time and want to be at the heart of it. Not to mention we won’t have cars, as I’ve specified.
Thanks so much Richard for the tip! That’s very good to know, and the kind of valuable information I need. I appreciate it!

Administrator answers:

Ballerine82… Thank you for your question.

According to the statistics to be found at the Chicago Police Department’s website “east Rogers Park” could be described as a somewhat iffy, sketchy or questionable part of town, but it is not one of Chicago’s worst areas. Not even close.

The City of Chicago contains a total of 77 community areas. Rogers Park is one of these community areas and it has a population of 55,000. Much of the crime in Rogers Park occurs in east Rogers Park basically the area east of Clark Street and toward the lake and north from Loyola University to Evanston, IL. For the last 12 months Rogers Park had a total of 6 homicides of 1st or 2nd degree and 428 other incidences of serious violent crime(criminal sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, & aggravated battery). Last 12 months of property crime for R/P: 1512. So the Rogers Park community area does have the highest rate of violent crime on the north side lake front.

Chicago Community Areas and the neighborhoods contained within them:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_areas_in_Chicago

Uptown is another of Chicago’s community areas, it has a population of 56,000. During the last 12 months Uptown has had a total of 4 homicides of 1st or 2nd degree and 313 other incidences of serious violent crime. Last 12 months of property crime for Uptown: 1752. So Uptown is not one of Chicago’s safest community areas, but it is not what could be described as crime ridden and unsafe
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Edgewater is another of Chicago’s community areas, it has a population of 56,000. During the last 12 months Edgewater has had 1 homicide of the 1st or 2nd degree and 222 other incidences of serious violent crime. Last 12 months of property crime for Edgewater: 1396. So Edgewater, according to the CPD data for the last 12 months is one of Chicago’s safer community areas.

To compare the Rogers Park, Uptown and Edgewater community areas to the community area of Lincoln Park. During the last 12 months, Lincoln Park with a population of 64,000 had one homicide and 214 other incidences of serious violent crime. Last 12 months of property crime for L/P: 3114. Lincoln Park is considered a very safe community area(based on the rate of violent crime).

So comparing the three north side lake front community areas to the very safe Lincoln Park community area we see the 3 lake front areas are not so bad after all. Edgewater is as safe as the very safe community area of Lincoln Park.

Http://gis.chicagopolice.org/website/clearMap_crime_sums/viewer.htm?SUMTYPE=COMM&SUMCATA=VIOL&SUMTIME=365

Mark asks…

what kind of job can i get with a degree in business?

well, after I graduate from college, I will have my Bachelors in Business and a Associates in either accounting or finance, so I was wondering, what type of jobs are out there with degrees in the fiancial field? How much do some of these jobs pay for starters? I will be either working in New York City or Chicago. So can someone please help me out here and tell me what type of jobs are out there for this and like that type of places I would work. Also, what my dream is, is to be like donald trump in a sense, I like real estate, I would like to have my own thing, like luxury apartments, condos, and so on and so forth, but its still a dream…so can someone please help me out here,,,

Administrator answers:

Business degree you’ll be fine

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