Should I have a safety concern if I choose to buy a garden unit?

Asked by Tim, Chicago, IL Thu May 29, 2008

I'm looking to buy a Garden Unit just west of ravenswood manor and east of Western Ave. I realize this is a very safe neighborhood however I still have a concern about safety. Are there any stats to answer my question?

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Josh, Home Buyer, Roscoe Village, Chicago, IL
Sun Jan 24, 2010
Obviously it is easier to get into a garden unit, the windows and doors can be reached from the ground. Also many doors for these are below grade and not visible from the street, so it would be better if the building had a common security door before going down to your unit. I lived in a building off the southport corridor in 2006, the garden unit was burglarised through the front door, which was hidden under the stairs to my first floor unit.

You also need to consider flooding. During heavy storms the last few years I know several garden unit owners who have flooded, ruining floors, walls and furniture and potentially leading to mold.
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Eric Marcus, Agent, Chicago, IL
Thu May 29, 2008
I don't know af any statistics on this. My clients with garden units have never had safety issues but I know safety is a general concern of garden owners. I highly suggest purchasing an alarm system with a monitoring service just to be on the safe side.

If you ever want to check out crime statistics for an area go to http://www.chicagocrime.org. They have stats block by block.
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