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Old 05-20-2014, 08:58 AM
pulykamell pulykamell is offline
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Originally Posted by Mr Downtown View Post
I don't agree with nevadaexile. Nearly all two-flats were built as such. Chicago's middle-class families of the early 20th century saw the investment value of living in one unit and renting out the other.
I agree. There is such a thing as a converted two-flat, but the kind pictured is a classic vintage two-flat and was built as such. These are the most common around here. They have a common entrance, and identical floor plans on the first and second floor. The basic idea is that middle class families would live in one unit and rent out the other for investment purposes. These days, they are quite often not owner occupied, though. Also, there is often a garden unit/ basement area that can be illegally rented out (or, as in the case of my friends who grew up in two flats, were used as an extra bedroom or two for the older kids.)