Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice
is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one
might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether
shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Chicago,
the N Western Ave / W North Ave neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
A unique way of commuting is simply not to. And in the N Western Ave / W North Ave
neighborhood, analysis shows that 14.6% of the residents work
from home, avoiding a commute altogether. This may not seem like a large number,
but it is a higher proportion of people working from home than is found in
98.2% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
One thing NeighborhoodScout's research reveals is that the wealthier and/or
more isolated the neighborhood, the greater the proportion of residents who
choose to work from home.
Also, if you like to ride the train to work, this neighborhood may be for you.
NeighborhoodScout's research revealed that 29.2% of the
N Western Ave / W North Ave neighborhood's commuters ride the train to and from work each
day, which is more than we found in 97.4% of America's
Finally, if your dream is to be able to ride your bike to work each day, look no
further than this unique neighborhood. With 4.7% of residents in
the N Western Ave / W North Ave neighborhood commuting on a bicycle to and
from work daily, this neighborhood has more bicycle commuters than
97.2% of all neighborhoods in the U.S., according to
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the N Western Ave / W North Ave neighborhood has more
Polish and Dutch ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 15.0% of
this neighborhood's residents have Polish ancestry and 4.6% have Dutch ancestry.
N Western Ave / W North Ave is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 6.7% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Tagalog, which is the first language of the Philippine region, at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 98.8% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
Being a walkable neighborhood can help increase property values for the simple reason that people enjoy it and value it. To put it plainly, despite our love affair with the automobile, American's enjoy taking to the streets, sidewalks, paths, and courtyards of a place to get a coffee, relax, and take in the sights and sounds. And, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive and first quantitative walkable score index, the N Western Ave / W North Ave neighborhood is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in America.
In addition, corner bodegas, stores on the first floor and apartments above, former grand Victorian residences converted into apartments, three-deckers built shoulder-to-shoulder, duplexes. Such building types define the real estate of neighborhoods dominated by small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings. Many are in older core neighborhoods of Eastern and Midwestern cities, or historic town centers in their hinterlands. If you wax romantic about the look and feel of such neighborhoods, with fresh pizza, falafel and an independent florist at the corner, then you might find the N Western Ave / W North Ave neighborhood worth a close look. This neighborhood is an absolutely outstanding example of the dominance of small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings compared to neighborhoods across the nation, as they make up a substantial portion of this neighborhood's real estate stock. In fact, no less than 53.5% of the real estate here is made up of such dwellings, which is higher than 98.4% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: People
Think about the people you know personally. How many of them would
purchase box seats to opening night at the symphony? How many of them
regularly attend gallery openings, or are the first to reserve tickets
to opening night at the ballet? If they're like most of us, they don't
do any of these things. But if you're among an exclusive crowd of wealthy
and refined patrons of the arts, then you'll feel right at home in
the N Western Ave / W North Ave neighborhood: a neighborhood in which more
"urban sophisticates" live than 95.2% of neighborhoods
across the U.S. Here, your neighbors are defined as having urbane
tastes in literature, music, live theatre and the arts. They are wealthy,
educated, travel in style, and live a big city lifestyle whether or
not they live in or near a big city.
In addition to being an excellent choice for urban sophisticates, this
neighborhood is also a very good choice for highly educated executives and young, single professionals.