No. 25: Glenview and Dimond neighborhoods, Whittle Avenue


If you like California bungalows, the neighborhoods surrounding Dimond Park make for good walking. Most of the houses are one- to one-and-a-half stories and 80-100 years old, but you will see numerous variations on the theme: stucco, shingles, or ship-lapped siding, Mediterranean, Craftsman, Tudor or Storybook architecture.

In a few cases, the front yard will be bordered by old-fashioned trimmed hedges and punctuated with viciously tortured junipers. But in most cases, you will see the California version of an English cottage garden, using drought-tolerant matilija poppy, lamb’s ears, hens-and-chickens, statice and kangaroo paws. Occasionally, you will find a true eccentric or artist who supplements the usual landscaping with murals or hand-lettered signs asking for the return of a missing cactus.

You can make a very pretty excursion out of any of the streets running between Hampel and East 38th streets in Glenview. Today, I made shady, well-groomed Whittle Avenue in…

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