Neighborhoods for the rest of us: Bowmanville

Bowmanville, ChicagoAccording to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, the founder of the Bowmanville subdivision in Lincoln Square skipped town after selling customers land he didn’t even own. If they’d caught up with him, they might have offer him a steal on a plot of his own in Rosehill Cemetery, which makes up the neighborhood’s northern border. (The rest of the ‘hood is bounded by Western, Foster, and Ravenswood avenues.)

Not for Tourists describes “blue collar” Bowmanville as “Andersonville’s low-rent sibling,” which basically means…what? That there are fewer Swedish and rainbow-patterned flags, or that Foster Avenue is no Clark Street when it comes to dining and retail? Or maybe that means exactly what it sounds like, and you can find similar styles of homes for lower prices.

The only new homes listed in the Bowmanville area are a couple of 2,300 square-foot, four-bedroom live / work condos at 2309 W Foster Ave, priced in the $590s and $690s, but dozens of condo and single-family resales are available all over the neighborhood.

See a handful of photos of Bowmanville in YoChicago’s Flickr album, or view them as a slideshow through the neighborhood’s NewHomeNotebook page. And, if you have a few hours to while away, you can sample over 10,000 YoChicago images of nearly 100 neighborhoods at Flickr.

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