They say a property owner's home is his (or her) castle, and the recently rehabilitated Charles Castle house on Linden Avenue is hitting the market with all the bells and whistles that home buyers, male and female, will find attractive.
Oak Park residents Mac and Harriette Robinet installed ground source heat pumps (geothermal system) outside their home in 2011 and 12 solar panels on their garage roof last summer. Mac, who worked as a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory for 39 years, estimates they are already saving 20% on the cost of energy.
In a village that values its historic homes, bragging rights go along with title of oldest home. But just what is the oldest home in Oak Park? Many, including historians, architecture buffs, and this very paper, have assumed that title went to the Garland House at 241 Home Ave. Presumed to be built at some point in the 1850s, the home has often been called the oldest in town.
We all have cabin fever, so chase those blues away by attending a series of free lectures presented in collaboration with the Pleasant Home Foundation. The three intriguing talks will be offered at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Room at Oak Park Public Library. Drive over and park in the underground, protected from the elements.
As their first-year numbers rolled in, Ana Garcia Doyle, and her spouse Jim Doyle, say they are starting to enjoy the energy savings related to the "greening up" of their 94-year-old American Four Square home in Oak Park.
Perhaps it was the cabin fever or the review of potential houses for my daughter or the new residential commission for a family in Riverside or all of the above that got me thinking what makes a house a home.
Three years ago the boiler at Euclid Methodist Church gave out. The congregation turned what most churches would call a financial crisis into an opportunity to put their money where their ecological convictions were.
Did you unearth a forgotten treasure hiding in the basement? Find Grandma's favorite necklace tucked away in the attic? Maybe you still aren't quite sure exactly what it is you got such a great deal on at that summer estate sale?