Archive for July 2010

A month's free rent in downtown Highland Park

Highland Parkers have a reputation, in some circles on the North Shore, for being manic shoppers. If that description suits you – or if you’re just looking for an apartment in downtown Highland Park close to the Metra, shops, offices, cinema, restaurants and more – you might want to check out Renaissance Place. One and... Read more »

Chicago Yelpers slam Beal Properties

Beal’s Web site is one of the few management companies with a significant presence on Chicago’s North Shore. Among other properties, it manages the courtyard building, pictured above, at 894 Green Bay Rd in the Hubbard Woods neighborhood of Winnetka. If you look at the reviews of Beal Properties at Yelp you’ll see one message... Read more »

Captain's quarters for sale at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park

It’s not every day that you get a chance to walk on ground that Civil War General Phil Sheridan trod, but you have that opportunity at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park. A 5-bedroom, 5 ½ bath home that was once captain’s quarters is currently listed for sale at $799,000. The home sold for $1,275,000 in... Read more »

Glencoe pre-foreclosure, 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths under $400K

The 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath contemporary home at 1010 Skokie Ridge in Glencoe sold for $615,000 in 2002. It’s currently listed for sale at $399,900. The listing notes it as a pre-foreclosure “as is” sale with third-party approval required. Based on the pictures and the listing description it appears to be in reasonable shape. Will... Read more »

North Shore foreclosure action scant in Q2 2010

Late last year real estate agents were sounding alarms about a pending tsunami of foreclosures on the North Shore. It doesn’t appear to be happening. The Woodstock Institute’s Q2 2010 report was recently released, and the pickings appear to be relatively slim for foreclosure foragers in the more populous North Shore communities. According to the... Read more »

A $239K short sale in West Wilmette

The 3 bedroom, bath-and-a-half ranch home at 637 Hibbard in West Wilmette sold for $450,000 in 2006 – and is currently on the market as an “as is” short sale. Day by day the unaffordable seems to become more affordable in Wilmette and other North Shore communities.

A pied-a-shore in Hubbard Woods, Winnetka

Hubbard Woods in Winnetka is as interesting and walkable a neighborhood as almost any in Chicago. Its eclectic mix of mostly local shops and restaurants stretches from the Village of Glencoe border south to Tower Road. At the center of the neighborhood are a park and a Metra station. And just south of the Metra... Read more »

Pricing a Fox Meadow townhome in Northfield

I stopped in to visit with local correspondent Maureen Mohling at an open house she was hosting at 422 Fox Meadow Dr in Northfield. The home features over 2,400 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. The list price had just been reduced from $865,000 to $820,000, and I asked Maureen... Read more »

A walking tour of downtown Evanston

Downtown Evanston is an urban neighborhood that rivals anything in Chicago outside of Lincoln Park. And, depending on your location in Lincoln Park the commute to downtown Chicago may be quicker from Evanston. Grand Bend at Green Bay in Evanston is in a location that’s easy to misunderstand. If you zip by along Green Bay... Read more »

Wilmette's social divide -- NoLa and SoLa

The highlight of The Wolf Pack’s debut performance at the annual Thornwood Park Concert was the band’s original lyrics to Lola, touting Lake Avenue’s status as the social dividing line between different parts of Wilmette. NoLa is the part of Wilmette that lies north of Lake Avenue and SoLa is Wilmette’s southland. In the video,... Read more »