Park--turning the corner
Sieglers have gone north. After
more than 30 years as loyal Hyde Parkers, residents of 58th and
Blackstone, they have packed up and moved. And the neighborhood
won't miss them one bit. This is not the first time they've done
this, but "it will be the last," insists Mark Siegler, MD'67,
professor of medicine and director of the MacLean Center for Clinical
Sieglers, Mark and Anna (AB'66, PhD'80), met as students, got
married, and in 1972 paid $32,000 for a three-bedroom condominium
at 5760 South Blackstone, three doors down from the Blackstone
dorm where Anna had lived as an undergrad. "It was an extraordinary
stretch for us financially," she says. But they loved the location,
a quiet, tree-lined, one-way street, one block from campus, 50
yards from the Midway, and 100 yards from the train to downtown,
where Anna now works on educational outreach projects for John
are the three most important words in real estate?" goes the old
joke. "Location, location, location." The Sieglers had found the
perfect one. The area around 58th and Blackstone is "open, airy,
bright," says Anna, "a gracious blend of the best that Hyde Park,
or anyplace in Chicago, offers." So why move?
1984, with four children, three of them sleeping in the back bedroom,
"we knew we had to find someplace bigger," she says. After eight
months of searching, Anna found the perfect house, 50 feet away,
directly across the street, selling for $235,000.
house was great for the kids," says Anna. "Plenty of room, and
they could roll out of bed at 7:55 and walk to their 8 o'clock
classes at Lab School." So, why move again? Why leave a great
house in the perfect location?
they needed a home where Anna's mother, who has trouble walking,
could visit, which meant a ground-floor bedroom and bath. "With
both of us working," explains Anna, "we could never survive a
they relocated. In May, the Sieglers moved north--not quite so
far this time, about 20 feet--from 5805 South Blackstone to the
outwardly identical but recently renovated 5801 South Blackstone.
Their former house sold for the asking price, well over twice
what they had paid, after only four days on the market. "The new
house has everything my mother needs," Anna says happily, "plus,
we know our furniture will fit, and we've already met the neighbors."--J.E.