Archive for May 2010

A thaw in the $1.2M to $1.5M market in Winnetka

Local correspondent Maureen Mohling reports a small but significant number of recent contracts in the $1.2M to $1.5M market in Winnetka, some of them involving multiple offers. “All but one of the buyers were from the city,” noted Mohling, “and all but one of the sales have involved new or newer homes.” Mohling says she... Read more »

A video visit to Tower Road Beach in Winnetka

Tower Road Beach is the best of several in Winnetka, and one of the few along the North Shore to sport a concession stand. Most of the North Shore beaches open for the season this weekend, but Winnetka’s don’t officially open until Friday, June 11, affording you a shot at enjoying the beach without paying... Read more »

Winnetka lakefront home for rent

The 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 139 Sheridan Rd in Winnetka has been on the market for nearly 4 years. It’s currently for sale at $4,850,000 and available for rent at $11,000 a month. The photos, especially the ones accompanying the rental listing, make the home appear to be a neglected fixer-upper. An... Read more »

An affordable Kenilworth home with a "had to have it" master suite

Roy, one of the owners of this immaculate Kenilworth home showed me around last fall and talked about the many aspects of the home his family has enjoyed over the years. The highlights of the home include a rambling back yard garden with a koi pond and hot tub, and a master suite with an... Read more »

A fabulous master suite in Wilmette's Indian Hill Estates

Indian Hill Estates is a 170-acre subdivision planned by architect Philip Maher in the 1920s. The area was mostly built in the 1950s and 1960s and features large lots, winding roads, and homes priced upwards (in some cases well-upwards) of $1M. It’s a very different experience than the classic railroad suburb street grid in East... Read more »

Grow it yourself at an Evanston Community Garden

Peggy White’s an avid gardener, but she has a problem many people wouldn’t consider a problem: a back yard completely shaded by giant elm trees. The solution to Peggy’s problem lies just a few feet away from her home at one of Evanston’s community gardens, where garden plots rent for just $37.50 to $75 a... Read more »

BlockWalks - Prairie and Central, in Evanston

Evanston is the most urban of Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, and the intersection of Prairie Ave and Central St rivals all but the most pedestrian-friendly city neighborhoods. Within a short walk along Central and Prairie you’ll find a variety of restaurants, boutique shops, galleries, neighborhood services, a lovely park, and the Metra station connecting to... Read more »

Evanston vintage 2-bedroom condo, in a walk-to-everything location

Local correspondent Mike Stern, who manages Koenig & Strey’s Evanston office, suggested we take a look at the changes in Evanston architecture over the years by visiting some representative buildings. Our first stop was the vintage courtyard, built in the 1920s, at 2514 Prairie Ave, where a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with updated kitchen... Read more »

A dramatic upswing in Lake Forest home sales

Local correspondent Ned Skae reports that “we finally have some very good news. Lake Forest has seen a dramatic upswing in the number of accepted contracts. Much of this sales increase is due to the expiration of the buyer credit, but good news is good news.” Skae is the manager of Coldwell Banker’s Lake Forest... Read more »

What does it take to buy lakefront property in Winnetka?

When I posed the question in the headline to local correspondent Maureen Mohling she exhibited her usual flair for summarizing a complex topic in a single word: “patience,” she responded. Mohling was taking into account the relative scarcity of beachfront homes, the fact that they come to market infrequently, and that some trade privately without... Read more »