We are looking to swap our residential home sometime during the summer of 2011, preferably (but not exclusively)during the first half of August. Our home is a two-story bungalow on the northwest side of Chicago, with bus and train service within a block or two of our house. We are a ten-minute drive to O'Hare, and on the weekends, a twenty-minute drive to downtown Chicago, Lake Michigan, and other places of interest on the north side of Chicago.
Our home is ideal for a family because it is in a quiet neighborhood, with an attractive elementary school across the street from our house. We have a living room and dining room, four bedrooms and a study, two bathrooms, and a very large kitchen with granite countertops, dishwasher, etc. (It was recently remodeled). Our house is a roomy and comfortable one, with air conditioning throughout, futon-couches in the living room to sleep extra people, and plenty of space for up to eight people. (A family of nine once lived in this house.) We have most of the modern conveniences - two televisions, a laptop with wireless internet, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, etc. There are hardwood floors throughout the house.
The backyard is small, but there is a large trampoline for children to play on - with a net surround - and also a garage for two cars. There is a brick patio with a gas grill, and table and chairs to sit four comfortably.
We have two cats that we would like, if possible, to keep in the house. It is not mandatory, however. They are friendly, somewhat aged cats - but this is not a requirement, as we could put them in a kennel.
Our house is ideal for a family looking for a summer vacation in Chicago. We are a five minute drive to a lovely Chicago swimming pool (free), libraries, shopping, city parks, and a very big forest preserve along which people ride their bikes and walk. We also have bikes for use.
We live in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago - almost at the northwest edge of the city. It is one of the few places in Chicago that has a fairly suburban feel, and yet it is very much a city dwelling. It is a very quiet neighborhood - most of the passersby are dog walkers or churchgoers heading to mass at the Catholic church at the end of our block. Our house is somewhat nondescript from the outside but has lots of character and comfort on the inside. However, a block from our house one can catch a bus, and two blocks away one can catch a train that will take you right downtown. Two blocks in the other direction , there is a large produce center where one can do most of one's grocery shopping, and within a short walk or drive there are restaurants of every description: Italian, Korean, Thai, etc. Perhaps best of all is the nearby forest preserve, a five-minute car ride or ten minute bike ride, which one can ride one's bike along all the way to the Botanic Gardens.
I am a program director in a social services agency in Chicago, and live with one daughter who is in high school, and another who is in college. I am American, but spent many years living in Great Britain, and am a graduate of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. My house has lots of books and music of all kinds, including a grand piano.