You know Northside. It's that part of town with the crazy parade every 4th of July, one of the coolest bike shops in the Tristate, and all kinds of good bars and one-off restaurants you can't find anywhere else in the city. It's the neighborhood that's celebrated as one of the most inclusive and creative places to live in the city.
It's also the place The New York Times once dubbed "a casually hip destination." That pretty well sums it up, right?
There's more, though. Northside's also a well-known haven for attractive homes and old churches, the likes of which have been largely restored and repurposed. Urban Artifact is probably the neighborhood's best example of that.
But since so many of Northside's prettiest properties are privately owned, peeking inside each one is often prohibited. Thankfully, the Northside Home Tour, a non-profit event that's hosting its 17th edition this year, opens doors that would otherwise be closed to the public.
Coordinating with a dozen or so homeowners, the Northside Home Tour unlocks architecturally significant, uniquely designed homes for tours. The event features a range of styles from mid-century moderns to American Foursquares to LEED-certified homes. This year, however, the Home Tour takes its tried-and-true formula in a new direction with a focus on accessibility.
Since older homes have a knack for being frustratingly inaccessible for people with mobility challenges, the tour will spotlight several noteworthy Northside homes that've innovated in thoughtful ways to include them. The move ultimately serves to illuminate and reinforce the neighborhood's focus on inclusion while showcasing the creative ways period homes have been adapted.
Nine homes and one church are on this year's tour, which takes place on September 30th.
If you buy in advance, tickets are $15. If you wait until the day of the event, they're $18. Don't pay the procrastination tax.
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Get a sneak peek at some of what you'll see on the tour in the gallery above. For more info, visit the Facebook event page.