Last weekend was my grandson’s first birthday! My daughter decided on a lumberjack party theme and rented a little log cabin in Riverside, Illinois. It was such a cute party and I took lots of pictures which I’ll share in a future post. After the party, hubby and I toured the tree-lined streets and of course I had to snap photos of the charming older homes.
I love me a red house, and a gorgeous Victorian charmer is right up my alley! So much detail to love on this house!
I had to take more than one photo of it. Check out all that custom trim work! I want the owners to adopt me. Sigh.
I love a buttery yellow house, too. After all, my own house is yellow. This pretty Victorian house happens to be for sale if you want to take a tour of the inside. It’s located on a quiet street across from a wooded park. Perfect location!
Here are a few more Victorian charming older homes in the same neighborhood …
When I look at Victorian houses, I can’t help but feel each one is a unique piece of artwork.
Some of the homes in Riverside are quite expansive, but there are smaller, charming older homes too.
Another stately yellow Victorian home graces the same neighborhood. Aren’t the mums beautiful? I was happy the owners planted them so close to the sidewalk so that passers-by could enjoy them up close.
And of course, you’ll almost always find at least one pink house in a Victorian neighborhood!
I imagine someone’s home office is on that third floor. Or maybe it’s a teen hangout, or even a cozy reading nook.
I love homes with clapboard siding. The only downside is having to paint them. I adore the corner entry on this home.
The streets of Riverside also feature other types of architecture, like this beautiful Tudor-style house.
The residential streets of Riverside are dotted with over 300 charming, antique gas-style street lamps. Towering trees provide plenty of shade in summer. Although I hate to see the trees shedding their leaves, it makes it easier to snap photos of the houses.
Hubby loved the brick homes in the area. It reminded him of Pittsburgh where he grew up. I had to agree with him. It felt like we were in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, which is near the university.
I fell in love with the simplicity of this brick charmer.
This stunning white house stopped us dead in our tracks, from the solarium to the expansive front porch. Did you notice the pair of horse statues in the front yard?
Around the corner was another beautiful, white home.
The town of Riverside is about 11 miles west of Chicago. Its known for its quaint, oak-hickory tree-lined streets and landscape architecture. The town really took off shortly after the Chicago fire, with people moving out of the city and into the suburbs.
To prove that not all the charming older homes are ginormous, I took a few pics of smaller houses. Cute, right?
To top off the highly enjoyable afternoon in Riverside, Illinois, we were blessed with the ringing of the bell chimes of the neighborhood church.
We plan to re-visit Riverside and take more pictures of the eye candy lining the streets. I think sometime in December when the Christmas decorations are out. With a dusting of snow, I think it’ll be gorgeous.
Do you have historic neighborhoods where you live? I’d love to hear about them!