Archive for March 2011

A light, spacious one-bedroom in a great Evanston location

Earlier today I toured one of the better one-bedrooms I’ve seen – among many. The unit is at the corner of Chicago and Main, steps from the Metra, the CTA Purple Line – and a host of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. The unit has hardwood floors, in-unit washer-dryer, stainless steel appliances, granite counter-tops, a balcony... Read more »

North Shore homes are renting quickly

The inventory of homes and condos available for rent as of today increased to 279 as of today, from 270 at this time last week. That small increase masks a much more important fact about the North Shore rental markt – homes are turning over rapidly. Forty-five of the current listings have come to market... Read more »

A great deal on a prime Wilmette lot

We’ll talk about the lot in a minute – but first, the home that’s for sale on it. There’s nothing extraordinary about the to-be-built 4-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home at $1,295,000 on a 50 x 150 lot at 1327 Washington Ave in Wilmette. A similar home is pictured above. The location is excellent – just... Read more »

North Shore real estate news roundup

Not all of the stories linked below qualify as actual “real estate news,” but they 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. Lake Forest cracks down on slow-paying boaters Winnetka approves 2.1% budget... Read more »

Few new North Shore rentals at upper end

The slate of new rental offerings on the North Shore was very thin this past week, with only 5 properties coming to market in the $5,000 and up range, and only one priced over $10,000. The paucity of new rentals in this price range is a sign that owners are hoping to sell rather than... Read more »

Revisiting an East Winnetka walk-to listing

This 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 397 Sunset Rd in East Winnetka was listed for sale at $979,000 when I visited shortly after it came on the market last April. After several price reductions the home sold for $800,500 and closed this January. A sampling of recent closings indicates that a 15 to 20%... Read more »

Sprawling estate sale at Scottie Pippen's former HIghland Park home

Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen sold the 13,000 square foot home at 2320 Shady Lane in Highland Park in 1996, along with a great deal of his original furniture and artwork. The home has been resold and is closing shortly. This weekend, March 19 & 20, from 9 to 5, Sheryl Rue-Borden of... Read more »

Walkable downtown Lake Forest

Spanning nearly 17 square miles, the City of Lake Forest is one of Chicago’s largest suburbs by land area. It is also home to one of the most charming, walkable downtown areas in the suburbs. Downtown Lake Forest owes much of its personality to the Lake Forest Improvement Plan of 1916. Market Square, sited directly... Read more »

Glencoe new construction sold for less than half the original price

I spent a great deal of time in the summer of 2006 visiting new construction homes on the North Shore, and recently decided to take a look at the sales history of some of those homes. This home at 260 Wentworth Ave, in Glencoe, was nearing completion when I first visited it, in July of... Read more »

Long-lingering West Wilmette homes now for rent

Several weeks ago we focused in on a home at 2411 Thornwood Ave in West Wilmette that’s been on the market for nearly 5 years. The home is now being offered as a rental, for $7,500 a month, and is still for sale at $1,649,000. The Thornwood home is tied with 2411 Greenwood, just around... Read more »