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 adjacent deck and large, skylit master bath.

I can vouchsafe what Roy has to say about the neighborhood, since I lived just around the corner from this home for nearly 5 years. It's a short walk to the Metra station, a few minutes from the Edens Expressway and, more important to young families, near the K-8 Sears School and New Trier High School.

The price of the 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home, at 611 Roger Ave, has been reduced twice since my visit and is now $579,000. It's listed with Coldwell Banker's Barbara Mawicke, who has just joined our roster of Local correspondents.

Kenilworth doesn't have an official mayor, but I've often heard Barbara Mawicke referred to as the "Mayor of Kenilworth." Three of her adult children and 8 of her grandchildren also reside in Kenilworth, the base for a career that has encompassed more than $700 million in sales over the years.

According to Mawicke the Kenilworth market has recently begun to "get a little bit better, especially in the lower price ranges." "Under $1.2M" defines the lower price range in Kenilworth, she notes.

Mawicke generally holds a number of open houses each week in Kenilworth and usually hosts two of them herself, providing a great opportunity to learn about Kenilworth from someone who's been in most of the homes in this tiny (population 2,400) village, and knows the area as well as anyone.

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