As you can imagine, this project is a big part of our lives. And we talk about it a lot. Not so much as to bore people, but our friends and neighbors frequently ask us for an update.
Just about every conversation includes the question, “Do you live there yet?” Of course the answer to that is no. There is no electricity, no plumbing and of course no heat. We’ll live there someday, but not anytime soon.
So where do we live?
You may recall that we had been working on a project in Elmhurst for the past few years. Last spring when we bought this building on 15th St. we clocked our travel to the city and back to Elmhurst at 45 miles, round-trip. We did that trip many times in the spring of 2009. That is certainly not sustainable, nor was it any help to our sanity.
We decided we really needed a place in the city … but how would we find a comforting home on a temporary basis? One day we were at brunch with some very cool friends at their place, the HUB Housing Cooperative. (HUB stands for “Housing for Urban Bicyclists.”) As it turns out, they had a unit for sale and our friend Ted was interested in renting it to us. So we moved in last Memorial Day weekend.
The HUB is a six-unit co-op right at 24th and Marshall Boulevards in the Little Village neighborhood. It’s an intentional community comprised of 11 people, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 3 worm bins and more than 50 bikes. The group meets once a week to talk about business and there are lots of social opportunities. I’ve known many of the people who live here for about 10 years through Critical Mass and other bicycling activities. They are truly a great bunch.
The unit we’re living in right now is for sale. It’s about 1,000 square feet with big windows and lots of light. And lots of built-in friends. The kitchen looks out onto the boulevard. If you think you might be interested in buying the share of the co-op that is this unit, please let us know and we’ll pass your info along.