Lake View Home Inspection
Lake View, also spelled Lakeview, is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, located on the city’s North Side. It is bordered by West Diversey Parkway on the south, West Irving Park Road on the north, North Ravenswood Avenue on the west, and the shore of Lake Michigan on the east. The Uptown community area is to Lakeview’s north, Lincoln Square to its northwest, North Center to its west and Lincoln Park to its south. The 2016 population of Lakeview was 99,876 residents, making it the largest of the Chicago community areas by population.
Lakeview unofficially includes smaller neighborhood enclaves: Sheridan Station Corridor, North Halsted, Southport Corridor, Wrigleyville, and Wrigley Plaza. Boystown, famous for its large LGBT population, holds the pride parade held each June. Wrigleyville, another popular district, surrounds Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Lakeview is home to the Belmont Theater District showcasing over 30 theaters and live performance venues located near the Belmont El station. In 2013, Money Magazine named Lakeview as number 3 of its top 10 Big-city neighborhoods for its selection of Best Places to Live.
It is highly recommended that you get a complete professional home inspection done on any home that you purchase in Lake View. The unique architecture and ornate Victorian homes may have surprises or complications that an experienced home inspector can identify in their home inspection report.
Lakeview was used as a camp and trail path for the Miami, Ottawa, and Winnebago Native American tribes. In 1837, Conrad Sulzer of Winterthur, Zürich, Switzerland, became the first known white settler to live in the area. In 1853, one of the first permanent structures was built by James Rees and Elisha Hundley on the corner where present-day West Byron Street (or West Sheridan Road) meets North Lake Shore Drive and was called the Hotel Lakeview, named for the hotel’s unobstructed view of the shore of Lake Michigan. It gained what was characterized as a resort atmosphere.
The early settlement continued to grow, especially because of increased immigration of farming families from Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden. Lakeview experienced a population boom as Chicago suffered a deadly and devastating cholera outbreak. The Hotel Lakeview served as refuge for many Chicagoans but became filled to capacity. Homestead lands were sold and housing was built. Access to the new community was provided by a wooden plank road connected to present-day West Fullerton Parkway, which was called Lakeview Plank Road and is the present-day North Broadway. With infrastructure and growing population, residents realized it was time to organize formal governance to provide essential public services.
If you are planning to attend an open house to give it a thorough inspection, don’t go in blind. There’s a whole lot you can find out about a property, either by checking it out yourself in person during the inspection or asking the on-site real estate agent (or both).
We have inspected many homes in Lake View community, and have many years of experience with the homes in the neighborhood! Call us today to schedule a Lake View home inspection.
- Official City of Chicago Lakeview Community Map
- Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
- Lakeview Citizens’ Council (LVCC)
- Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
- Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
- Northalsted Business Alliance
- Central Lakeview Merchants Association- Wrigleyville
Why Chicagoland Home Inspectors
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Exceeding our customers’ expectations is our number one priority. We became the highest rated home inspectors in the Chicagoland area because we do more than any other home inspection company. We take great pride in our public feedback from customers on Google and Yelp. It’s not easy to achieve these great reviews. We create the most detailed inspection reports and the best equipment is used by skilled professionals who are committed and passionate about their work. We also provide the best warranties should an unpleasant surprise happen.
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Services Offered in Lake View
STANDARD HOME INSPECTION IN LAKE VIEW
Chicagoland Home Inspectors Inc. provides home inspection services in the Lake View community, and have many years of experience with the homes in the neighborhood!
SELLERS / LISTING INSPECTION IN LAKE VIEW
We offer sellers pre-listing inspection check on Lake View homes with a detailed report of needed repairs before the property is put on the market.
REHAB A HOME INSPECTION IN LAKE VIEW
The Lake View home inspection offers detailed reports, if the property is a REHAB HOME.
RADON TESTING IN LAKE VIEW HOME
If you’re buying a home in the Lake View area, get it tested for radon. Radon gas is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of cancer in America.
SEWER SCOPE INSPECTIONS IN LAKE VIEW
We are proud to offer sewer scope inspections. Sewer inspections are important because any problems with the main sewer line are the financial responsibility of the owner.
FHA VA CERTIFICATIONS
Appraisers and Home Inspectors generally call for FHA VA Certifications when they notice unusual issues on the property they are appraising or the utilities are off, preventing a sampling of parts of the system.
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Charles Bellefontaine is a great inspector! I just started getting my feet off the ground and found a nice home in Chicago's Lake View Neighborhood. I mentioned to him my very tight work schedule and he was very helpful at working around it. During the inspection I was very glad to have him as he showed me the problems he spotted around the home and what exactly they could mean. This is very helpful as I can now make a better choice of if I want to keep moving forward. I plan to suggest him to friends and family!
Thank you for the nice words. I can't tell you how much I like it when a client stays with me and shows as much interest in the property as you did. I hope you enjoy your new home.
I had the opportunity to have Charles inspect my 106 year old home in Chicago. Charles was very knowledgeable about the different systems, masonry, and features or historic homes. He is realistic and helps explain why something is good or bad in the home. I would highly recommend Charles for any home inspection needs..
Thank you Greg. I did enjoy taking a long look at your home. I was a pleasure looking at that history.
Charles helped me with a real estate transaction in Chicago. FHA certifications were required. I contacted Charles and he responded back to me immediately, listened to my concerns and assured he could help while educating me about the process. Charles arrived on time and with the necessary equipment to complete his inspection. He took the time to do proper inspections, then thoroughly explained his findings and noted other issues that previous inspectors had missed. Charles was professional, courteous and showed great attention to detail and showed he is very well versed in real estate inspection. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Thank you for the nice review. The repairs made to your home will make a safe place for the new owners. Nice work.
I just completed a gut rehab on a home in Lake View and Charles was my inspector. Because I took out a renovation loan, I needed an inspector knowledgeable in dealing with lenders for a Homestyle renovation loan. Charles certainly was well versed with the process and he completed 5 separate inspections over the course of 5 months. In order to complete our project on time, it was imperative that our inspector was responsive and prompt about completing the required paperwork and Charles always submitted his work to the lender in a timely manner.
Charles made the whole inspection process painless. I would highly recommend him for inspections, he was knowledgeable, honest, and responsive, as a client, there isn't much more you can ask from an inspector.
Thank you for the nice comment Joon. It was a pleasure to watch the transformation of your Lake View home. I'm sure your family will build some wonderful memories there.
It was obvious Charles has a passion for building science and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge along. During my home inspection in the Lake View Neighborhood, Charles provided a comprehensive understanding of energy efficiency, he was very competent, attentive to detail, professional and friendly. He was very patient and answered all my question, and was very thorough in conducting the inspection. I consider Chicagoland Home Inspectors the perfect home inspection company! I will highly recommend using them. Charles commitment to honesty and personable customer service complements his technical expertise, providing me with the confidence to make an important decisions regarding my home purchase. Thank you Charles!
I'm at a loss for words. Thank you. And thank for being so attentive at the inspection. My job is so much easier when we can talk about issues in the home. It was a pleasure to be part of your journey.
Charles is very passionate about his inspection. He's very through and will not hesitate to give you his honest opinion on a property. I know some stuff about houses, all that I didn't know, Charles brought me up to speed. Remember, we don't know it all and that's why we have angels like Charles. He operates with integrity and honesty which means a lot when you have people out here that are just trying to get a quick dollar. Charles's knowledge and expertise is worth everything he charges and more. I will recommend him to my friends that are looking to purchase homes in the near future.
Thank you for the nice words. I just found out today that you decided not to purchase the home. I am assuming it was because of the large amounts of mold in the attic, amongst other items.
I saw that you really liked that home and I'm sorry it didn't work out. Hopefully you will find a home that you like and doesn't need major remediation. My best wishes.
Charles was very thorough in his inspection. He explained everything he was doing and answered all of my questions. A+ service!
Thank you for the feedback Dan. I hope you, and your family, will enjoy that home.