Archive for December 2010

A 6-bedroom rental in Kenilworth

It’s a gloomy day in late December with about 8 inches of snow on the ground, and I wanted to illustrate the 5-minute walk home from the train station to a 6-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home renting for $5,000 a month in Kenilworth. Not a fun walk today. Fortunately I have many hours of drives... Read more »

New in Highland Park, below 1999 price

The holiday season has slowed, but hasn’t stalled, the pace of new listings on the North Shore. New to the market within the past few days is a 3,700 square foot (lower-level included) 3-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 1782 Rosemary Rd in Highland Park, just around the corner from Red Oak Elementary School and... Read more »

Evanston beachfront near Lighthouse Park sold $150K above asking

A recent Trib Local article on a public art display of lighthouses in Evanston prompted me to check back on a beachfront home I visited earlier this year. The 6-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home on a 300 foot deep dune-laden lot, came on the market priced at $2,150,000 just days before my visit. Evanston’s few... Read more »
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A Wilmette Queen Anne or farmhouse

The recently-renovated, newly re-listed home at 1029 Lake Ave in Wilmette is described in the listing as “vernacular Queen Anne.” The Queen Anne architectural style, especially the American variants of the late 19th century and early 20th century, has always been one of the trickiest to pin down. The home pictured above is a bare-bones... Read more »

Winnetkans oppose, Plan Commission approves affordable housing plan

The Village of Winnetka’s Plan Commission recently considered, and adopted, a plan to expand the availability of affordable housing in the affluent village. The plan moves on to consideration by the Village Council. If you only read the muddled report on the plan in this Trib Local article, and the resident e-mails linked in that... Read more »

North Shore real estate news roundup

Not all of the stories linked below qualify as actual “real estate news,” but any or all may affect your decision on where to move. If you’re homeward bound to the North Shore, the local media can help you learn the flavor of the different communities. Wilmette extends construction moratorium Winnetka approves 2.8 percent property... Read more »
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A mood of optimism in Winnetka and Kenilworth

I checked in with local correspondent Karen Arenson earlier today to check the pulse of the Winnetka and Kenilworth market. In brief, the pulse of activity is lively this month, and the mood among sellers and real estate agents is upbeat. “We’re having an amazing December,” said Arenson, who manages Coldwell Banker’s Winnetka North office.... Read more »

Reindeer - and a North Shore market recap

If you want to know where to see reindeer this season, North Shore Views has a list of venues. If you’re trying to get a quick fix on the North Shore real estate market, North Shore Views has a list of values. Sales volume through November is up in most of the North Shore, considerably... Read more »

A deceptively spacious and sunny Highland Park home

On a quick drive-by the Highland Park home pictured above, on a quarter-acre lot at 2829 Twin Oaks Dr, presents as a typical 60s ranch. It’s not. Inside the home is a soaring vaulted ceiling and 3,000 square feet of living space encompassing 4 large bedrooms and 3 full baths. The listing indicates that the... Read more »
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An East Winnetka single-family home for $253,500

New listings are still coming to market on the North Shore despite the fact that the holiday season is upon us. New to the market today is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath single-family home on a 7,200 square foot lot at 800 Green Bay Rd in East Winnetka. The price, which is well below what the land... Read more »