Originally Posted by Meis
Lakeview is overpriced (and overrated). There's plenty of good (and cheaper) neighborhoods north and west, I pay about $100 less than that for my decent 1bd and while I wouldn't call it overpriced, its not that much of a deal for my neighborhood.
I agree with you for the most part...and I'm open to suggestions if you know any good places opening up.
I think its overpriced and I actually don't like a lot of things about the neighborhood (e.g. I never go out at night anywhere near my place) but the location of my place is great. I'm walking distance from my friends (one of whom lives in lakeview because their commute switches between downtown and evanston and the last purple line stop is at belmont). I bike a ton and it pays to be a block off of the lake and at a distance that makes it a perfect commute downtown (any further would start to take longer than I like and any closer I would no longer feel like I get any exercise from it)...and I've got a grocery store right between me and the red line so I stop on the way home from work and never have to make dedicated shopping trips.
While I think it is overpriced (and any other place in lakeview near me costs *more*), I have looked around and found that it is hard to get a better deal in other neighborhoods. A lot of places to the southwest of me like bucktown/noble square/etc have great prices but I have trouble finding decent 1BRs...everything is 2BR+ with the occasional studio thrown in. North or Northwest is starting to feel to far or inconvenient to me (despite areas like Lincoln Square being pretty sweet).
My lease is up in september and I am considering bailing to a new neighborhood...but unless my landlord raises rent by a ton or I find a good place at a good price, I will probably end up staying