Archive for September 2010

Seminar on North Shore real estate trends

Chicago’s North Shore communities host a large elderly population, but offer few retirement community options. Mather Place of Wilmette has one- and two-bedroom apartments and a wide variety of amenities and services geared to the needs of retirees. Mather Place is offering a free “Trends in North Shore Real Estate” seminar on Thursday, October 7,... Read more »

Laramie Avenue, one of West Wilmette's L streets

West of Skokie Rd (Rte 41) in Wilmette all of the north — south streets have names that begin with an L: Lacrosse, Lamon, Laporte, Lavergne, Lawler, Leclaire, Long, Leamington and Laramie. This is an area that belies the North Shore’s reputation as a wealthy enclave. Homes are typically priced from the mid-$200s to the... Read more »

Who's afraid of the Winnetka real estate market?

Some home buyers look at the current real estate market and are paralyzed by fear. Others find it as scary as the ghost trio, pictured above, outside Edwards Florist. Some buyers are more frightened by Winnetka’s reputation as an upper-bracket community. Boo! There are currently half a dozen homes for sale in Winnetka for less... Read more »

Lakefront contemporary home in Highland Park

If you’ve been following our posts you know that this year has seen an unusual number of lakefront homes come to market on the North Shore. Almost all of the homes, in keeping with architectural styles that predominate on the North Shore, have been traditional in character. Highland Park has what may be the best... Read more »

An open house at a beautiful East Kenilworth home

In this difficult market we want to do everything we can think of to sell our clients’ homes,” replied Liz Van Horn in response to my suggestion that many Realtors wouldn’t consider hosting an open house at a property priced above $2 million. Van Horn, together with other agents from Coldwell Banker’s Winnetka South office,... Read more »

New rent-to-own program at Grand Bend at Green Bay, Evanston

Quite a few people, in the current market, need more flexibility in the timing of purchasing their next home. They might have their equity tied up in a home that will take a while to sell, or they may be relocating from one town to another. Grand Bend at Green Bay recently announced a rent-to-own... Read more »

Back to basic values in Winnetka luxury homes

I stopped in at 984 Pine Tree Lane in Winnetka last Sunday to chat with Maureen Mohling about local market conditions and trends. Join us for a brief look at a 9,200 square foot, 5-bedroom, 8 ½ bath showplace, a glimpse at the Winnetka lifestyle, and some sage advice about what to focus on when... Read more »

A brief look at a Winnetka home's lakefront

I’ve been in so many beautiful homes over the years that I’m not always keen to tour another one. I did see enough of the French Provincial home at 499 Sheridan Road in Winnetka to know that it merits your attention if it’s in your price range. At $2.999M it is, according to listing agent... Read more »

Six homes in Kenilworth under $600,000

Just a few years ago you’d have been frustrated in a search for under $800K homes Kenilworth. Earlier today I found 9 homes under that level, and six of them were priced between $429K and $585K. Five of those homes were west of Green Bay Rd and the Metra tracks, and one was just east... Read more »

Winnetka teardown pace slower, but continuing

Only 13 demolition permits were requested in Winnetka from December 2009 to mid-July 2010, the most recent data available online. The pace of teardowns is slower than it was several years back, but the phenomenon is likely to continue, spurred by lower land prices and construction costs. Join me for a very brief look at... Read more »