Forget fashionable: Some renters seek apartments stuck in the past – Chicago Tribune

There is a subset of house renters who eschew stainless-steel home equipment and granite counter tops. As an alternative, they purposefully hunt for what they name time capsule dwellings — houses that appear like they've been untouched since John F. Kennedy was president, Marilyn Monroe graced the film display screen and pillbox hats had been the rage.

Whereas builders race to inject new rental buildings with each amenity below the solar — pet spa, anybody? — these renters seek out interval particulars. Pink tile loos final well-liked in the 1960s. Kitchens with authentic tile and cabinetry from the 1930s or 1940s. Wallpaper from a long time past lining bed room, eating room and lounge partitions. These renters adore classic home equipment — fridges and ranges — however will handle with their fashionable counterparts.

Chicagoan Rose Schreier, 36, a contract tutor, editor, proofreader and translator, is one such renter. She has resided in older dwellings, however nothing like the two-bed room, ,100-square-foot Andersonville house close to Rosehill Cemetery the place she's lived for the past seven years.

Her unit comes near being a real time capsule house, nearly unchanged from the 1960s. It nonetheless has an authentic crystal chandelier, mild-up fake fire logs and wallpaper. The kitchen has 1950s cabinetry with copper pulls and metallic-flecked counter tops; the lavatory, previous tile and a pedestal sink. Guests particularly like her wooden-paneled again room, Schreier says, which she transformed into a celebration room with a 1970s Wisconsin lodge theme utilizing resale and property sale finds.

When a 1914-15-era Andersonville three-bed room rental with an intact authentic fire flanked by a pair of stained glass home windows turned accessible final yr, curiosity was excessive. Matlin helped his shopper, a renter who had beforehand lived in a close-by historic constructing, safe the lease inside 24 hours.

Landlords of older buildings like renters who've lived in older buildings, he says, "as a result of they act like property managers and alert them to issues. In addition they have a tendency to remain lots longer than typical renters."

Mary Beth Klatt is a contract author.

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Forget fashionable: Some renters seek apartments stuck in the past - Chicago Tribune