Mary Tyler Moore me

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Mary Tyler Moore me.  Like The Mary Tyler Moore TV show, I rented an upper apartment in a house when I was a single 20 something (but Mary was in her 30s).  I had a landlady downstairs, but no upstairs neighbor named Rhoda or any upstairs neighbor, it was just….me.

Mary Tyler Moore rented a studio apartment, but unlike her my Mary Tyler Moore me apartment had a bedroom with a good-sized walk-in closet, living room, dining room and nice sized eat-in kitchen.  The bathroom had a claw foot tub I used to soak in a lot that especially hit the spot in the winter after work.  The bathroom also had a large vintage single basin sink.  One of my favorite features was a built-in buffet just outside the bathroom and along the kitchen.

Since it was this old Victorian type house divided in two, the living room and dining room had closets in them left from no doubt the original bedrooms.  I was young and had storage galore.

Mary Tyler Moore - meI took a ride by to take a look at her.  She has seen better days but for me will always be my special Mary Tyler Moore me apartment.  I am still investigating, but I think the house may be abandoned or up for historical preservation.  There is a large historical area in town, but this house location is just shy of that area so I am not sure.

On the second level, the three windows on the far right was my kitchen window where my table sat.  The next window to the left was the window to my dining room. 

I recently did a post about the real life Mary Tyler Moore Kenwood house in Minneapolis to read.

Like the real life Mary Tyler Moore Kenwood house that had an unfinished attic, so did my Mary Tyler Moore me house.  I moved to a one bedroom high-rise apartment closer to work exactly like Season 6 of the Mary Tyler Moore show too.   I am not telling you this to say the show influenced me to live in an upper apartment in a Victorian house and then move to a high-rise.  It’s just the way my life went at that time, Mary Tyler Moore me.

Victorian I entered by the front door that had a large interior with double french doors to the landlady’s quarters.  I kept my bike in the landing with room to spare.  Turn to the right and up the stairs was my place to be me.  The stairs leading up are visible (on a nice day) through the large square window to the right of the entrance door.  Up and turn left and up again.  A wonderful old key to unlock my door.  I loved my door to enter that had an upper window with a little curtain.  As I write this looking back it is kind of painful to think of those wonderful days now gone..sniff, sniff.

Victorian house styleHere is the window to my bedroom that I peered out of watching for my boyfriend to arrive who just happened to become my husband.

Mary Tyler Moore me houseMy apartment had a back door!  The steps to this door led to either the landlady’s kitchen quarters with its own private entrance or turn right and up the stairs to my back door that let me in to the kitchen and bath area.  The single upper window to the right of the door was in the stairwell.  The other windows moving right to left were my living room and second bedroom window.  The house is in West Chicago, IL that is a far west suburb of Chicago and not at all in the western part of Chicago.  I tried to find inside photos from back then, but sadly the few I dug up were barely worth sharing.  If I find some I will share later.

I had a green flower couch with a matching bedspread in brown.  I didn’t paint or change the funky wallpaper because it was hard enough to make ends meet and it didn’t matter to me; this was my haven.

Wheaton Center ApartmentTime to move on to my Mary Tyler Moore me high-rise called Wheaton Center that landed me back in my hometown Wheaton, Illinois.  I was on the 13th floor and loved living here as well.  One balcony off the bedroom and a balcony off the living room, and a separate vanity area with a sink inside the bedroom were the best features along with the amenities of a parking garage, pool and clubhouse.

Do you have a Mary Tyler Moore me story?  Did you move out of the house on your own as a young working girl or stay home as long as you could and save money?  Maybe You did something totally different.

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  1. I love it! I am picturing the room with the slanted ceiling. When we are young we don’t care so much about these details. Kinda cool it was on the 3rd floor of the house too.

  2. Hi Sue,
    I lived in the third story of an old house when I was in college but it did not have any of the character that your MTM house had! There was no bathroom door and the ceilings were so slanted that I had to tilt my head to do the dishes! But I was on my own which was new and worth experiencing.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. I know – can you believe that! So early to be demanding quiet! I was glad to later buy my own house…with my own rules!

    And I still play the guitar (and I drink too much wine!)


  4. Ridiculous time frame to be QUIET especially with children. The house you had sounds so wonderful with an upstairs sunroom; honestly very unique and I love picturing you sitting there playing the guitar and wine of course.

  5. I think you have skill galore and as for energy I have to giggle and agree about that at this point. Snooping around old houses is fun!

  6. Of course we followed the same path to somehow meet here like a couple of twins. Can’t wait to read that post about your Queen Anne.

  7. This Jamaica house you lived in is one of favorite things about you that I have learned. I paid $250 a month for rent there and your $115 a month to live in paradise is something I wish I could have done too. I wonder if we had the address if we could find it online?

  8. Hi Sue…just love that hiuse. I didn’t have the single MTM me house because I had kids early and went from my parents house to marriage to divorce…with two kids. But the house that was the most similar was an old house next to a church in my home town. I had the upstairs and tge landlady lived downstairs. It had two levels – my kids had the two bedrooms I had a little privacy. The thing that made me love the place was a little upstairs sunroom, which was screened in the summer and it had window seats on all sides. I loved to sit there, playing my guitar…sipping a glass of wine. It was so heavenly. Too bad tge landlady was crazy…or else I would have stayed there longer! She wanted no noise on Friday and Saturday nights (from 10pm on…) – a little difficult to do when you are in your 20s!


  9. What a beautiful old home! I love to snoop around old houses- well, any houses, actually, but old home are my favorites. If only I had the skill and energy to rehab such a home!

  10. Oh my goodness Sue! I never watched MTM show but I too have a similar story! I lived in an old Queen Anne style house in Toronto for about a year then went on to live in a high-rise apartment (10th floor) which I really hated. I did a post on the old house I used to live in…. let me see if I can find it for you. It has since been converted into a trendy restaurant!

  11. I have never lived alone- went from the dorms, to apartments shared with too many roommates to marriage.

    I love your MTM me house – so much history there for you if you were dating your husband then.

    Although I love our little cottage, the favorite house we ever lived in was when we were in the Peace Corps in Jamaica. It sat on the Caribbean Sea. We walked down our drive, across the main highway that runs around the island, and we were in warm clear blue water. The windows had no glass, just wooden slats and we threw them open to the view immediately upon rising each day. It was a stone house with 3 bedrooms and three baths, came fully furnished and cost us $115 a month. I spent my last weeks of pregnancy on the front porch, lying in a hammock and gently swaying in the breeze. We have never been back to Jamaica and I often wonder if the house is still there or if it was bulldozed to make room for a hotel.

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