North Center Home Inspection
North Center is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, located in the city’s North Side. North Center is bordered on the north by Montrose Avenue, on the south by Diversey Parkway, on the west by the Chicago River and on the east by Ravenswood Avenue; it includes the neighborhoods of North Center, Roscoe Village, St. Ben’s, and Hamlin Park. The Brown Line of the Chicago ‘L’ has stops within the community area at Addison and Irving Park.
North Center was settled in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century largely by Germans who worked in what is known as the industrial corridor along Ravenswood Avenue, and the large industrial plants along the Chicago River to the west.
It is highly recommended that you get a complete professional home inspection done on any home that you purchase in North Central. The unique architecture and ornate Victorian homes may have surprises or complications that an experienced home inspector can identify in their home inspection report.
The neighborhood known as North Center refers to a neighborhood in the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. Boundaries of North Center are Addison on the south, Montrose on the north, the Chicago River on the west and Ravenswood (1800 W) on the east. North Center has grown since the 1870s when the area was only accessible by the Chicago River and Little Fort Road (now known as Lincoln Avenue). North Center is considered a vibrant neighborhood with an eclectic mix of retailers, restaurants, live music, live theater, and service-oriented businesses. It is also home to some of the best public schools in the City of Chicago. Lane Tech High School, a top ranked well-rounded and diverse high school in the state; as well as Coonley & Bell Elementary. North Center was voted one of Chicago’s best neighborhoods by the Chicago Magazine in 2014.
North Center’s history is deeply rooted in European cultural influences, from German, Polish, Czech, Romanian, Serbian, Greek, Croatian, French making the majority and that history can be seen in the architectural charm of the homes and buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also during this time, the Selig Polyscope Company produced some of America’s earliest motion pictures and was based in Chicago. Along Byron Street near Oakley Ave and Western Ave, historic production buildings of the company are still standing and being used as residences and retail businesses. The neighborhood continues to grow and become more culturally diverse. The neighborhood includes bowling alleys, three city parks – including an indoor ice arena, a nearby library, a nearby movie theater complex, and North Center Town Square. The North Center Chamber of Commerce hosts many free family and community events throughout the year. North Center Town Square is also home to a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from June to October.
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 North Central community, and have many years of experience with the homes in the neighborhood! Call us today to schedule a North Central home inspection.
- Official City of Chicago North Center Community Map
- Northcenter Neighborhood Association
- Northcenter Chamber of Commerce
- Roscoe Village Neighbors
- Encyclopedia of Chicago entry on North Center
- Lakeside Community Development Corporation
- Photographs of North Center by Jordan Bettis
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