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Grainne McKeown

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Beautiful Victorian with Old Growth Forest Backyard and Garden

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Listing #141748

House | Entire Home
Rates from USD $3300 | Monthly
This Home is also available for Exchange
Last Updated 109 days ago


My home is a 1907 Victorian with lots of rustic charm. Whenever people enter this house, they tell me it reminds them of their ancestral home- whether that is a farmhouse in France, in the mountains of Nepal, or in Northern Wisconsin. I suppose it makes people feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, and in a place where they can completely relax and settle in. I am going to Europe in the spring and so my home is available for that time. This house is ideal for a professional or graduate student. I am an acupuncturist who is relatively quiet, likes to read, cook, listen to records on our player, and loves to garden in our large and very wild forest-like backyard. We have three chickens in the back who give us a delicious egg a piece each morning while needing very little care in return. We also have a vegetable and herb garden, a pond, and a 100-year old barn in the back. It is a very large lot, over 200ft so there is plenty of space for sitting outside to read, have breakfast, or watch the wildlife that goes on back there. We always have rabbits, birds, and squirrels to observe. There is a hammock, a fire pit, a large outdoor dining table as well as a patio and several cozy sitting and communing spots. The house has only had 2 owners so it remains very much as it was when it was built, except for new wood windows, and the hard wood floors have all been exposed and finished, lighting is updated with some modern fixtures in Scandinavian design and new wallpaper in the dining room by Morris and Co. There are many antique details that give the house a very warm, rustic, and cozy feel to it. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs as well as an attic bedroom/guest room and a study. The house is filled with light and positive energy. There is one bathroom on the top floor with a large claw foot tub in it. There is also a a porch swing, and a berry patch of raspberries, currants, and gooseberries out front. The basement is a rental unit or it can also be rented by you. It is a new and modern build out with a bedroom, bathroom and full kitchen. Washer Dryer is free downstairs and all utilities except heat are included. Parking is easy on the street right outside the door. We are very close to the Metra which takes you quickly to downtown Chicago, and the CTA which can take you anywhere in the city. We are only a few blocks from Lake Michigan which has a beautiful bike path to take you downtown or through the city itself. Finally, my house is only a 10 minute drive from Northwestern Campus (20 minute train ride), 10 minute walk to Loyola, and 10 minute drive (20 minute train ride) to Depaul Campus. Edgewater is a bustling neighborhood with great cafes, shared garden patches, antique stores and much more, but it still manages to retain a serene residential feel. Most of the people on my block own their home and look out for one another. This is a wonderful home for a family looking to spend a few months in Chicago this year. Please feel free to email me. Available this fall (October or November, depending on COVID cases) for a 1-3 month lease with option to renew for longer.




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Suited For

Property Type


From October 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021

Minimum Stay

1 Month | Dates are flexible for this listing


House in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Closest University

Loyola University

Nearby Universities
Northwestern University, Depaul, UIC, North Park University

Comments: Edgewater, Roger's Park, Andersonville


  • Walk to Campus
  • Urban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Historic Home
  • Architectural Gem
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Woods
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $3300 Monthly | Negotiable

The cost of utilities can be discussed

A cleaning service is not included


The home is suitable for young kids

Ask about bringing pets

Smoking is not allowed

A car is available





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Grainne McKeown

Member Since 2010

Trust Score (29)
Individual Outside of Academia