We've all seen the hulking McMansions and faux castles that seem totally out of character in their surroundings. Aside from their visual impact, they may have a negative impact on the value of nearby properties.
The experienced of architectural dissonance has been far more striking and common in the western parts of Chicago's North Shore suburbs than in the areas closer to the lakefront. There's a sharp difference between the aesthetics of newer homes in West Wilmette and East Wilmette, for example.
Whatever the reasons for this - and we can waste a great deal of time speculating on them - it's pleasant to see a home built in a style that is particularly respectful of its neighbors while expressing its own individuality.
In the above video Coldwell Banker agent Linda Martin shows me around a 3-year old contextual home by Paul Konstant. The 5-bedroom home on a corner lot has 4 full and 2 half baths and is being offered at a reduced price of $1,800,000.
The home, at 252 Myrtle St, is a very short distance from Greeley School, New Trier High School, Indian Hill Park and the Indian Hill Metra station, and a few blocks from Lloyd Park and the beach.