The cliche in real estate is “location, location, location.” I think of that when I think of the Blagojevich home. It is situated on the NW corner of its intersection in Ravenswood Manor. The main door is on an elevated brick porch with generous concrete steps leading down to the sidewalk. The main door and porch are set on the long side of the house.
The set-up is almost like a stage or movie set where the speaker can step outside his house and immediately address a small throng below. I can imagine Evita standing on it with her arms in her trademark “V.” In short, it’s a perfect set-up for someone who wants to be noticed.
When we moved back to Chicago after a brief stint in Washington, D.C., I asked my house-hunting wife to please avoid picking a house on a corner, for two reasons: being on the corner means a loss of privacy since one side of your house is completely exposed to the street. And secondly, it means extra shoveling in winter since you have to shovel both the front and the side.
When I first saw the Blagojevich house in person, my immediate reactions was, “Why would a politician want a house where he is so exposed? Where your comings and going are in open view to any passerby? Where you’re almost asking strangers to drop in?”
Duh. Clearly it’s the perfect house for Blagojevich. There’s even convenient parking for TV trucks on four corners. He recently indicated he would consider being in another reality show. Let’s face it. He is in a reality show. 24/7. And the house on the corner is the main set.