Historical, nr parks & public trans, eclectic furnishings, Chicago 65 miles

Historical, nr parks & public trans, eclectic furnishings, Chicago 65 miles

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

My home is 90 years old, completely restored and updated. Living room w/colorful comfortable sofas and chairs, a fireplace, bookshelves, live plants. Dining w/sun room, wicker, wrought iron, 2 chaises, comfortable lounges, book shelves and art work. (Oriental carpets throughout the house.) Small compact kitchen with Jenn-Aire stove, fridge w/freezer section, microwave, etc. Lower level with complete studio apartment, including bistro table and chairs, single bed, single hide-away bed, lounge chairs, cable TV, closet, a compact kitchen, and a bathroom with shower. Upstairs level has three rooms plus full bath with whirlpool bathtub: master suite with electronic bed, step up closet, cable TV, comfy parlor area, with door leading out to balcony terrace overlooking neighborhood and w/a view of the beautiful Rock River, which meanders all through the whole city of Rockford. Small single bedroom/computer room w/small closet. Den with single comfortable hide-away bed, chairs and ottoman, plus office desk area. My entire home is filled with bricabrac from all over the world, but it is all on shelves and in various cases; nothing extremely valuable at all; but it might be too tempting for tiny tots.

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Who we are

  1. My name is Bill. I am a retired university theatre professor, currently a part time travel agent/consultant, and free lance landscape designer (as a hobby). I do lots of volunteer work, primarily with some of the better theatre groups nearby, as consultant, acting coach, designer, whatever I feel interested in at the time. I have also designed several gardens, some for good friends, but also for one of the good social service organizations here, called Stepping Stones, Inc. For them I have done three gardens, one casual "garden park", which won first prize three years ago in our "City of Gardens" competition, one formal English style garden and the entire landscaping for their main office building. I am also a theatre critic for two of the area newspapers, so I go to lots of theatre, often in Chicago, as well as throughout what we call "the Stateline area" (Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin). Chicago is really quite convenient; about a 90 minute drive, or an easy ride on one of some twenty bus schedules daily from Rockford straight to O'Hare Airport; several go straight in to downtown Chicago. Chicago is absolutely one of the most exciting cities in all of the USA. Fantastic shopping, museums, theatre, concerts, galleries, restaurants, zoo, arboretum, and the famous Navy Pier Recreation/Entertainment mecca, right on the gorgeous shore and beaches of Lake Michigan. Living in Rockford allows one to enjoy all the urban activities while interacting with the real people.

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The Indian Terrace Historical District is only one block long, with only a dozen homes. Several eclectic architectural house styles; very quaint little neighborhood; several accomplished artists live here, all very friendly and helpful. It lies along the river; however, my home is one house away from the water. But neighbors are wonderful about sharing their river decks and offering river rides on their boats. Visitors would always be welcome to share the waterfront. Everyone has lovely garden plantings; Indian Terrace is like one big garden from May till November. My house sits on a long narrow lot, but I have landscaped every inch. I have a flagstone front courtyard, 35 by 10 feet, completely furnished with wrought iron garden furniture, umbrella table, large plants, where I often have cocktail parties. Further back is another 40 ft. by 10 ft. open patio/terrace, all flagstone, with another umbrella table, lots of chairs, a chaise, and again, all sorts of large potted plants, antique decorative urns, and a trellis fence covered with clematis vines, etc. This back garden area is adjacent to other neighbor's terraces, so there is opportunity for lots of interaction with fun people. All this is "hidden away" right between a lovely little park at one end of our block, and our major Museum/Gallery complex at the other end of our block, all along the river; but we are hidden from general traffic, because we are one block off the main street, with lots of trees hiding us.

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