New Neighbor Spotlight; Please Welcome Ashely and Nathaniel DeCarli 

By Brian Marchetti 

From their small-town beginnings in southern Illinois, Ashley and Nathaniel Decarli have lived in several areas around the world, including Germany and Honolulu. Late last year, they found a house at 91st and Oakley and have fallen in love with the Beverly/Morgan Park community. 

Due to Nathaniel’s role as an active U.S. Army critical care nurse, the DeCarlis have had to move several times. While the coordination of relocating always proves difficult, they enjoyed the opportunities to experience new environments and cultures. 

“We’ve been very blessed to meet new people and see different ways of life,” Ashley said. “We enjoyed learning about border culture in El Paso and I can tell you that the aloha spirit in Hawaii is very real.” 

Ashley earned a degree in Marketing and Mass Communications from Southeast Missouri State University. While living in Germany during the beginning of COVID, she, and a partner, started a marketing consultation business called A Land Beyond. Her work focuses on the wine industry and helping clients elevate their brands to the next level. 

Recently, Nathaniel began working at University of Chicago Medicine in a program that trains military personnel. The DeCarlis wanted to find a nearby neighborhood. Beverly/Morgan Park exceeded their expectations. They purchased the first house they looked at. 

“We just fell in love with it,” Ashley said. “None of the houses looked the same. There were tudors, bungalows, prairies. It just felt special and different.” 

So far, their favorite haunts include Horse Thief Hollow and Rainbow Cone, which they visit regularly with their three dogs, Auggie, Lola, and Greta. 

“When we first moved in, our neighbors said they try to get to Rainbow Cone once a year. We go once a week,” Ashley said. 

As seasoned travelers, Ashley and Nathaniel plan to take advantage of everything their new home has to offer, not just in the local community, but the area at large. 

“We like to treat the area we live in like we’re tourists,” Ashley said. “We want to go on the architectural tours. Traveling has given us a deeper appreciation for where we live and the beauty of the background.” 

Ashley spoke about the uniqueness of the neighborhood, how so many come back and live just blocks from their parents and siblings. She’s excited to have found a community with such pride in itself. As someone who grew up near St. Louis, she’s a Cardinals fan. 

“I could never root for the Cubs,” Ashley said, “but I can get behind the White Sox.” 

She fits right in. 

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