first floor flat -large bright 2 bedroom apartment in Historic Oak Park
Transplanted Rhode Islander who has fallen in love with Chicago and Oak Park. I do a lot of travel and this is my apartment you'll be staying at!
Rob purchased this Apartment in 1998
Why Rob chose Oak Park
Our house is in the Ridgeland Historical District and was build in 1914. One of only two homes on the block originally designed as a two flat. Scoville is a quiet tree lined street a walk from all the attractions that garnished Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District the American Planning Association ranking as one of the Top 10 Best Neighborhoods in the Nation and the Village of Oak Park was voted Third Best Neighborhood in the United States.
What makes this Apartment unique
Our 1200 sqft first floor apartment at 233 South Scoville Ave very comfortable, vintage home with lots of character in the heart of Oak Park a town famous as a unique village anchored in the late 1900’s by Frank Llyod Wright’s home and studio. Oak Park is the closest western suburb of Chicago and only 8 miles to Lake Michigan and Millennium Park. The apartment is a short walk to the Green Line making it an ideal Chicago touring location or Marathon training location.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Great location in Chicago
House was comfortable. There are two lovely porches to sit out in the morning or evening. You can walk to shops and stores. Television had lots of variety. Kitchen was well-equipped for making meals.
Unsuitable for rent
We left after first day in a four day rental,bathroom was a disaster ,our first and last Vrbo experience.
Great home, great neighborhood
We enjoyed our stay. The home was clean and ready, and the process was smooth all around. It's in a great spot, minutes from the green line and shopping. The porch was our favorite place to read and enjoy a pleasant meal together.
The good: Initial contact with the owner was pleasant. I was advised that a family was moving out from a long stay a few days before we arrived and that the owner's son lived a few blocks away if we needed anything.
The bad: When we arrived, it appeared that the previous family had just moved out that day. In fact, they left some of their laundry behind. The TV wasn't hooked up properly and the power strip was buried under a mountain of loose wires. While it may have been Netflix compatible as listed, someone had really undone those properties and the TV didn't even go on the first time I hit the power button. Most noticeably, there was an odor that reminded me of a gas leak. Within an hour, I realized that the "gas leak" odor was "dead mouse somewhere". Possibly in the wall. I noticed several traps all over the floor and figured they must be doing their job somewhat. When we went to make the bed, we went through 6 sets of sheets before we found one that didn't have some kind of stain on it. The pillows had stains and holes in them. My wife slept on the couch because the smell in the master bedroom was so bad that she couldn't sleep. I emailed the owner about the smell and the sheets and our concern about the dead mouse (mice?) and received a response of "sorry to hear about the smell & stains. In the kids bdrm closet I believe the plastic bins have additional pillows and sheets".
That was it.
The next morning, when I woke up, my suspicions were confirmed when I turned on the kitchen light and a mouse scurried across the floor into a hole behind the sink. Then when we did some laundry in the basement that night, I saw a second mouse scurry out of a window and a 3rd mouse lying dead on the windowsill. We had nowhere else to go as our payment was already taken and we were using the rental as a one week transition while we moved into a new place. I bought new pillows to use while we stayed. There were used toiletries, used food in the filthy fridge, clothes, shoes, etc. My guess is that the owner lives there most of the year and rents it out while he is away. If I'm incorrect on that, then I don't know why there are so many personal items all over the place. Honestly, it was hard to move around a lot without fear of knocking something over. This was a very uncomfortable experience, and I'm writing this review in hopes of updates to the rental before someone else has the same experience that we did.
The house has a great location and could be a great place to stay. We are people who like our rooms organized and uncluttered. The rooms and kitchen are filled with personal knickknacks and photos, children's drawings and toys. You felt like the owner just walked out and left everything as is which made us feel like intruders. The refrigerator was filled with food and there was barely room for our things without rearranging everything.
Our first floor apartment in a beautiful 1914 Stucco Home is an comfortable home in the heart of
Oak Park, a town famous as a unique village anchored in the late 1900’s by Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. Oak Park is the closest western suburb of Chicago and only 8 miles to Lake Michigan and Millennium Park. The apartment is a short walk to the Green Line making it an ideal Chicago touring location or Marathon training & racing location.