Monday, September 21, 2009

Not much to post

Not much going on in the 'hood. That's a good thing right???

14 comments:

WestBevChic said...

In and Around,
Your probably thinking, did I make the right decision. 2 Open posts since Monday and no comments. Back in the day..comments would be flying. I still think you made the right decision. People can post productive info., helpful info., positive or negative info., just not hateful and boggus info. Unfortunately it looks like a lot of that was flying around. Do you feel as if these people still deserve a voice? I don't think so. People like that are generally cowards and are not willing to speak out publically they want to hide behind anonymity or lies. People like that don't need a forum or should create their own not ride on the back of others. I liken this to the guilt I feel when I don't engage my wonderful mother in negative gossip and vitriol. Sometimes I think she needs someone to talk to, she needs to get it out. But then I think, if I don't let her tell me these negative hateful things about other people maybe she will realize no one wants to hear this stuff and hopefully she will stop. If people just stop engaging and encoraging this negative hateful talk then maybe the haters will realize that everyone is not like them. Maybe they will change. I used to get a bit of a sick nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach when ever I pulled up your site because I was afraid of the things I would read. Now I don't. I just wish more people would make use of the site in a productive way.

WestBevChic said...

P.S. Lots going on.. How about the development on 111th and Kedzie looks like it's happening! Where are all the naysayers now?

How about all of the business's that St. Xavier is investing in in Mt. Greenwood..the office it set up on 111th St, is Mt. Greenwood going to become the mini-St. Xav. college town?? That's what I see coming. Good or bad?

The mosaic is going in all around the playlot at Mt. Greenwood park it looks fantastic! The artists let my daughter and her friend install a few pieces. They will remember that forever!

How about that house that just went on the market in Mt. Greenwood for over $700k. If that sells for over $500k it will be the highest priced house sold in Mt. Greenwood. Any takers?

Looks like things have calmed down in regard to renters and sections 8's in 60655. In my opinion that was just a couple isolated incidents. 60655 is as stable as ever. The problems were due to the economic situation overall and as a matter of fact Mt. Greenwood, Beverly and Morgan Park have the least number of vacant homes in the city per the article that was just in that Red..? newspaper.

MaryCarol said...

People want to know about crime and suspicious behavior in the neighborhood. People come here to read and be aware of the bad as well as the good. Was everything posted here BS? I don't think so, I for one witnessed BBQ's in the park, saw the graffiti on garages, etc. Just because police or who ever was posting the information before is no longer posting does not mean it is not still happening, just we are no longer aware of it as a whole. Why are they cowards because they choose to inform us of things but did not want their name mentioned? With all of the nuts with access to the internet and this blog, why would anyone want to put their name out there? I don't think it is cowardice, rather someone being protective of their privacy.

overtaxedunderserved said...

Unless something changed today and there are bulldozers at 111th and Kedzie....there still is no progress. Maybe a new "coming soon" sign?

MrsShrek said...

Can someone answer a question for me? Why are the people in 60655 giving their homes away??? We bought our home for $263K in 2007. According to Zillow, it's only worth $246K! My co-worker bought a home at the same in Canaryville and it isn't 1/2 as nice as ours and it's appreciated over $65K. What's up with that? It just seems to me that people are undervaluing their property in 60655. When similar houses in the ghetto sell for more, that's just incomprehensible to me. PLEASE STOP GIVING YOUR HOUSES AWAY - THE MARKET WILL REBOUND - IT ALREADY HAS IN A LOT OF AREAS!!!!

b said...

Worry not Mrs. Shrek. The neighborhood and it's home values are fine. There are a few things at play here. Zillow is unreliable, unless someone can show me a study of some sort, showing what it's estimates were of homes pre-sale and what they closed for, I wouldn't put much stock in it. Also all real estate is local. How well do you know the market in Canaryville? The price has to be justified or it wouldn't appraise out, especially in this climate. Third, who knows what circumstances people are selling under, maybe preforeclosure or just starting to get behind on their bills. Who knows? I'm a realtor, born n' razed in MG, and will be here for at least 20 more years, as a city employee. I keep an eye on what's going on around us everyday. We'll be fine but need to be vigilant as well. Just my .02

SouthSide said...

I agree with Mrs Shrek. I'm tired of seeing homes go for nothing. If you can afford to wait please do, don't sell your home for 30% less than what it should really be worth. This neighborhood has modest sized homes, it's all about location. A lot of people live in 60655 because they have to. You can get more, don't undervalue.

J.O.B. said...

Hi everyone. I have an opinion on the property comparisons between Mt. Greenwood and Canaryville. As I've stated before, I do not live in the city. However, it is increasingly ineveitable that I will be. I can only hope that there is some cheap property when we decide to buy in the neighborhood. I have many friends that live in Canaryville, and I'm in Mt. Greenwood alot. I believe the property values in Canaryville, as a whole, is always gonna be higher than Mt. Greenwood. That's just how it is. In Canaryville, your closer to the loop. Your next door to "Comiskey". your next door to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, rental property does account for a great deal of real estate values in that area. Plus, you're just 1 neighborhood south of "King Richard", and his flower box infatuated wife. If I was a single man with no kids, I would move there in a second. In fact, 4 years ago I tried. Financing on a 2 flat fell through though. But the truth is, there is not much in that neighborhood. Besides for Comiskey, you got a hand full of greasy spoons, 3 bars, and a shell gas station. I think MTG has a better choice of schools, parks, restaurants, and shops. Plus, when my children get older, I'd rather there car break down on 111th and Vincennes, instead of 63rd and Union. Point is, I'd rather deal with higher market influctuations and lower market values that are in MTG. In my opinion, it is a better neighborhood. A $300,000 house in MTG might be worth $450,000 in Canaryville. But at least your neighbors to the south are Merionette Park, as compared to Englewood. Plus, now you have a Taste of Mt. Greenwood. Canaryville doesn't have that. I do agree with B though. You don't know the circumstances of the home sales in the neighborhood. That's my take. Have fun at The Taste everyone

MrsShrek said...

J.O.B. While I think you provide some very good insite, I do believe you might be confusing Canaryville with Bridgeport. Definately two different areas. The house I mentioned is across the street from Tilden High School. Not the loveliest/safest of neighborhoods. But thanks anyway.

J.O.B. said...

Mrs. Shrek- You're welcome for the input. I was talking about Canaryville though. Along with Bronzeville, the Canaryville area has grown to become quite nice. Sometimes I wonder if IIT actually gave money for any projects. But The houses on 47th & Union, around Tilden, have risen in value over the last few years. Those houses are a little cheaper than the houses on blocks such as Normal & 43rd. I think the houses around Tilden are a little cheaper, because they are right by the back of the yards neighborhood

Captain Caveman said...

September 24, 2009 8:53 AM


For your information, you got ripped off when you bought your house. If you haven't noticed, most houses in this neighborhood are dumps that have been picked over and slapped together by some fireman that had no idea on how to get the job done properly. Your house isn't probably worth 190k anywhere else in this dump of a city. People in this neighborhood got stupid with the prices they were asking for houses in this neighborhood. They got greedy, and people were dumb enough to pay the high price. I got my house for under 200 less than 6 years ago, I have a huge lot and 3 bedrooms. I told the guy selling it I wasn't gonna pay no 250, and I didn't. Look at the assessors site and see what they say your house is worth. You would cry.

MrsShrek said...

Captain Caveman: While we might have gotten "ripped off", but my house, nor any of my neighbor's houses even remotely resembles a dump. It's 4 bed/2 baths, true brick with fireplace. It's actually pretty nice, small, but nice. I don't think the Assessor's site would be helpful to anyone in truly determining what you're house would be worth on the open market. Actually, most people would want the Assessor to value it less -- less taxes. That's why a lot of people don't get building permits -- the government knows you added a bath, they will assess you higher and then you'd pay more taxes.

Hope everyone goes to Taste of Mt. Greenwood today and has a great time!

WestBevChic said...

In the last 2 months, yes 2 months, a total of 25 houses have closed in Mt. Greenwood, per MLS, Multiple Listing Service, from $85k to $356k. All 12 houses under $200k were either "under water", (mortgaged for more than they were worth), or were 2 bedrooms or beat up frames. That means 13 houses closed from $200k to $356k. That's a decent number of homes and a decent price range. Some of these were 2 bedroom homes. I would say considering what is going on in the rest of the country in regard to realestate, eg..multiple board ups in a single community, houses selling for pennies on the dollar, houses not selling at all, that is not too shabby. Mt. Greenwood folks should count their blessings they live in such a stable community.

MrsShrek said...

Thanks for the info WestBevChic! That's good to know.

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