This is our building (1924). Our unit is the one top left, with the door mat hanging over the railing to dry after a hard rain. The unit we bought is the top right, with the faux brick falling off the side of the odd little extra bit built out from the kitchen. It's a pantry! A real pantry. No other unit has it.
The building has 6 units total. All of the ones on our side (the west side) are two-bedrooms and all of the ones on the east side are one-bedrooms. Except for not having our bedroom, and having a pantry(!), the one we bought is basically a mirror-image of ours. There's a sun room on the front of each unit. Ours currently functions as Nat's room, though technically it's not a bedroom, because it has no closet.
What's nice about our building (versus similar ones in the area) is the green patch of decent-sized, fenced yard (from which this photo is taken). There are flowers, shrubs, flowering trees, an oak tree, and a decent patch of tame grass. Last summer I took Nat's little baby gym out there. This summer I'm planning on getting a wading pool.
We also know all of our neighbors quite well. There will be five extra sets of adult eyes on that back yard when Nat and/or other children are playing out there. Dogs live on the first floor and roam about in a highly friendly manner. Almost everyone in our building is gay. Cole calls it the Queer Melrose Place, but, um, NOT (thankfully).
We live two blocks from a big park with a nice playground where the local kids play and the nearby nursery school kids play and where Nat can generally run around with other kids rather than in isolation.
Before you email me, I know what you're going to say. The reason I took this picture in the first place was to email it to a local iron works company to help them envision a way to close those scary gaps in the railings on our stairs. They're going to put latticed metal sheets on the railings and a gate at the very top (which is steps from our back door). We're putting a baby gate at the top of the indoor stairs out the front door too, so Nat can safely traverse the halls between our place and Uncle David's place once he moves in. So worry not that Nat will tumble into the bushes below Lisa's unit. (Lisa is the dog-owner on the first floor and does most of the gardening. I think she's actually planning to axe that bush.)
I will do some indoor pictures of our place soon. Then I'll do some "before" pictures of the new place, once we get in there.