Quiet, Comfy But Roomy Apartment For A Couple (Or Two) Or Small Family
Narciso 'Narci' Tavas
- english, Tagalog (Filipino) and some Spanish
About Narciso 'Narci' Tavas
My name is Narciso 'Narci' Tavas. I am a retired electrical engineer who came to the United States from the Philippines through employment with a global CPG firm with whom I had a long career. I greatly enjoyed the travels that came with my employment. I had memorable stays in Europe, particularly a one-year assignment in the Canary Islands, Spain. I have six children who grew up in Chicago, all of whom live within a short drive of Lincoln Square. I am a widower but happily re-married and live about a two-minute drive from this property. My wife and I enjoy times with the family, grandkids, travel, church functions, dining out and ballroom dancing.
Narciso 'Narci' Tavas purchased this Apartment in 1997
Why Narciso 'Narci' Tavas chose North Center
The family and I love this property because of the neighborhood it's in and the rich experiences we enjoy from living in the area. It has great access to public transportation and is steps away from anything a traveler would want.
What makes this Apartment unique
The neighborhood plays a huge part, but the place is special for its openness and multi-faceted history. It had once been a restaurant, business office, an art gallery, wine-tasting site and most importantly, a place for family get-togethers.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
We had a nice stay here (2 adults, 2 kids). Location is great, right near lots of shops and restaurants, and it was easy to find free parking on the street behind the building. Price is really good for the area. Ro was very helpful and accommodating. Apartment was fine for us, but I think it would be a bit tight for 4 adults. Bathroom and shower (tub) are very small, with a pedestal sink, so really no space to set anything down. A few other things: apartment is on the second floor at the top of a VERY tall staircase--if you are concerned about a young child navigating a lot of steps (or if you have mobility issues) this might not be the best place for you. Also, window shades in the living room do not reach all the way down to the window sill, so there is a several-inch gap. But overall this place worked out just fine for us.
Lovely North Center Chicago apartment
This is a lovely, well appointed apartment in a very walkable part of the city. I loved my stay here.
Comfy place to stay on a budget
We arrived to the neighborhood early and immediately met some friendly neighbors. Ro met us at the arranged time, and showed us the place. He also gave us some tips about the area. We loved the neighborhood! As a previous poster said, don't let the outside turn you away, because the inside is charming. We weren't here much because we wanted to experience as much of Chicago as we could, but when we were, it was quiet. This place is close to the Brown Line. There is a charming and yummy ice cream shop at the Montrose "L". The feedback we would give is to improve the outside and entry way a bit, and fix the fan in the living room. Also, if you need it to be dark when you sleep, bring an eye mask as the main bedroom is right next to the street lights. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay and would reccomend it to others on a budget.
Great neighborhood, reasonable cost.
The owners made the renting process pretty simple. Personally met us when we checked in and had us leave the keys and do a “self checked out” at the end.
The stairs and entry are pretty scruffy. Plastic runners on all the carpets and they are worn and coming loose going up the stairs.
The apartment was clean but just pretty worn. Reminded me of my college days apartments. The Kitchen and appliances were all in good shape. The bathroom was tiny with a claw foot tub with shower curtain. The tub was refinished and the paint is all peeling. You’d never want to take a bath in it. No bathroom counter. Pretty tight, but clean and plenty of hot water.
They had a coin op washer-dryer downstairs.
Our daughter stayed with us a couple nights and tried to sleep on the hideabed. It is broken down and needs to be replaced. Fortunately the was a rollaway single mattress that was better. It would be painful with four adults.
All deficits aside we’d stay there again just for the neighborhood and affordability.
Location! Location! Location!
This unit is small but well maintained. The owner is friendly and helpful. The outside doesn't look like much but don't let that deter you from staying here. Staying in a residential neighborhood like this right on the main street where everything you need is within walking distance is a huge plus. We drove parked the car and didnt move it for 5 days. Wrigley Field is a nice 2 mile walk from you. Or you can hop a bus or walk down to the metra. This is a great location to stay outside and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago. I'd stay here again next time we're in town to attend Cubs games. Or to save money while visiting Chicago.
Great apt, great neighborhood (North Center/Lincoln Square)
Loved this apt...was much bigger than we expected from photos and had everything you need to cook there is you wanted. VERY clean and great location! Train 3 blocks in either direction, quiet, tons of great restaurants for foodies. Ro met us and went over everything with us...very helpful!
A few suggestions: Get blinds that cover the full length of the windows in the front of the apt. Do not spray febreeze in the apt before guests come...took us 2 days to get the smell out by opening windows. Do a bit of cosmetic work in the entry way and stairs.
Would I recommend this apt? Yes!!
This property is located in Lincoln Square, a neighborhood in Chicago's northside that takes pride in its richly interwoven cultures and one-of-a-kind businesses that are endearing even for a diverse city like Chicago. Specialty shops like Merz Apothecary, Ash's Magic Shop, Timeless Toys and Gene's Sausage Shop and Fine Wine Brokers are but a few memorable stops in the area. Lincoln Square is a quaint enclave within a city rich in industry, finance, arts, architecture, blues/jazz, theater and ethnic neighborhoods. Amidst the urban bustle lies Lincoln Square's quiet, tree-lined streets where both residents and visitors enjoy year-round events, shopping, food and music festivals, gourmet and casual dining, neighborhood pubs, park activities, sightseeing, farmers markets, local craft beers and festivities like Oktoberfest that draw crowds from other states and countries. Some call the area 'Little Europe' for its European-style cafes, delis and specialty stores. Over its long and rich history, Lincoln Square has been settled by waves of immigrants from Germany, Greece, Eastern Europe, Asia and Mexico who have enriched the economy and traditions of the neighborhood. Cuisines from all continents are amply represented here.
Lincoln Square is also home to the world-renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, which, since moving to the neighborhood in the late 90's, has made the area a go-to destination for dining and nightlife. Many well-known folk, world, bluegrass, jazz, blues and country musicians from all over the world perform at the Old Town School of Music. Pete Seeger, Ottman Lieber, Mahalia Jackson, John Prine, Steve Goodman, Earl Klugh and Bonnie Koloc, Rickie Lee Jones, to name a few, have held concerts there.