We’ve railed on the problems that can plague garden apartments, but Beth and Frank tell us they’re more nervous about security as they move from a garden apartment in Ravenswood Manor to a first-floor loft in Wicker Park.
In Ravenswood Manor, a quiet neighborhood of single-families along the North Branch of the Chicago River, Beth and Frank weren’t concerned about break-ins. They say they felt safe because there weren’t a whole lot of people on their street at night, other than families out for an evening stroll.
Their new loft, however, is located at a busy intersection, and there’s easy access to a stairway that leads to Beth and Frank’s porch, which has sliding glass doors. The stairway is hidden behind a door, but the door doesn’t lock.
Beth and Frank just moved in this past weekend and are in the process of getting a security system to ease their nerves about that un-lockable door. Send them suggestions or share your experiences living in garden and first-floor apartments, and we’ll publish them on Yo.