Archive for May 2011

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. Kenilworth is the capital of stately on the North Shore Lake... Read more »

It's a landlord's market on the North Shore as rental inventory shrinks further

The number of MLS-listed rental homes and condos in Chicago’s North Shore communities fell to yet another new low this week, with only 230 units available, down from 254 one week ago. Forty-three new rentals were listed last week and remain on the market. This, together with the inventory reduction, reflects a very rapid rate... Read more »

A Kenilworth Memorial Day celebration

It isn’t quite right to say that the tiny Village of Kenilworth“exceeds expectations” – more accurately it defies expectations. Kenilworth is a very traditional island on the North Shore that shares many traits with small town America. Think Boy Scouts, bingo nights at the Kenilworth Assembly Hall and a municipal bowling league, for starters. One... Read more »

New construction condos launch sales in Lake Forest

Sales are now underway for the final building at Amberley Woods in Lake Forest. Eighteen different 2- and 3-bedroom floor plans are available at prices beginning in the high $290s and ranging to nearly $1M. Units feature high-end finishes, 10-foot ceilings and prices include 2 heated garage spaces. My video visit, above, was at an... Read more »

Service day - make affordable housing happen in Highland Park

Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) is calling for 15 volunteers to help with painting and landscaping at a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home that’s being prepared for a new homeowner in the Sherwood Forest area of Highland Park. Help is needed Sunday May 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CPAH guarantees a “feel good” time... Read more »

The big topic is keeping the deals together

Every so often I check in with Mike Stern, the manager of Koenig & Strey’s Evanston office, for a recap of what’s trending in the Evanston real estate market. Mike is a 25-year veteran of Chicago real estate who always has solid information and a good feel for the pulse of the market. He’s a... Read more »

An updated home at the Courts of Regent Wood in Northfield

You’ll often encounter the term “Blietz-built” in listings for North Shore homes and condos. It’s shorthand for a high level of quality and thoughtfulness in design and siting, and award-winning landscaping. The Blietz-built (early 90s-era) Courts of Regent Wood in Northfield is one of the most lavishly landscaped developments on the North Shore. The development... Read more »

Weekend open house pick - Wilmette starter home for $350K

Our open house pick this weekend is a 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath 50s-vintage split-level ranch at 527 Romona Rd in West Wilmette. It’s a relatively affordable way for a small family with young children to get a toehold in Wilmette. The home sits on a 63 x 132 lot just a few yards south of... Read more »

Remembering a more affordable - and neighborly - Winnetka

Proponents of affordable housing in Winnetka have created a Web site – Winnetka is Neighborly (WIN) – to inform Winnetkans on the long-simmering controversy. The site links to a Google Group which people can join to stay current. Anyone who’s spent any amount of time in Winnetka has seen the many modest homes, 2-flats and... Read more »

Kenilworth rental for $2,800 a month

When we checked Kenilworth rentals last week, only two were available, priced at $7,500 and $9,000 a month. Those two homes represented the smallest number listed for rent in the MLS in Kenilworth since we began tracking rental inventory a year ago. A 3-bedroom, 1 ½ bath home at 535 Melrose Ave just came on... Read more »