Geneva, Illinois is the town where I grew up and as a kid, I took my home for granted. Never did I realize the curb appeal and beauty of this small river town outside of Chicago. Now as an adult I appreciate the historic neighborhood and homes that make Geneva a destination place outside of the big city.
Today we’re exploring the historic neighborhood near the elementary school I attended. The dark gray house above is right across the street from the school. Well, it’s no longer a school – it’s been renovated into educational offices for the Geneva school district.
Large trees line the street which was perfect for a summer walk. I took these photos when it was 90 degrees outside so the shade and a slight breeze were much appreciated.
One thing I love about Geneva is the variety of architecture throughout the town. Neighborhoods are divided by the schools – there were four grade schools when I grew up – one for each quadrant.
Does anyone else enjoy taking walks along tree-lined streets in order to admire the curb appeal and landscaping of pretty houses? Even when on vacation I love to explore each town’s neighborhoods.
I love that some of the homeowners have opted for bold, exterior colors like this dark blue beauty that’s just a few blocks from the heart of the downtown area.
Not too far away from the dark blue house is this green charmer. Note the little half moon window at the attic level.
The green house has a charming blue front door, too. I like the owner’s choice of wreath and house number. Sidelights are important, too. I hate not being able to see who’s at the front door before you answer it.
It’s nice to see that some of the more run-down homes from my youth have been beautifully renovated, like this one. It’s been added onto and has a modern farmhouse look.
Every historic neighborhood has a yellow house, doesn’t it? Maybe I think that because my own 150-year old house is yellow. This one in Geneva is simple and appealing.
If this house ever goes on the market and there’s an Open House, I’m going to make sure I go see it. I’d probably paint it a different color if I owned it, in order to bring more attention to the architectural details.
I have more photos of the charming homes of the historic neighborhood near the grade school I attended, but I’ll save those for later in the week.
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