Archive for August 2011

North Shore home rental pace slows, inventory increases

The number of MLS-listed rentals in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs increased by 9% during the past week, to 274 homes and condos. Forty new listings came on and remain on the market during that period, while the absorption rate slowed. Our rental pick this week is a two-bedroom, 1 ½ bath townhome with a full... Read more »

In Glencoe, the price on Mary is quite contrary

When we first visited 120 Mary St in Glencoe, back in July of 2006, the property was the subject of a teardown permit request and a new home was being offered at $4,250,000. A few months back I noted that a number of new construction homes in Glencoe had sold at steep discounts from their... Read more »

What's for sale in the Grand Canyon of Winnetka?

The stretch of Sheridan Road north of Tower Road in Winnetka is one of the most scenic areas in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs. It’s also a favorite among student drivers who have few opportunities to navigate winding roads in hilly topography. Everyone calls the area “the ravines” and I’ve just learned from the Winnetka Historical... Read more »

North Shore rentals stable but Wilmette inventory grows

The inventory of homes and condos available for rent in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs has remained relatively flat over the past 6 weeks, but the absorption rate has been slowing. The average listing is now taking 5 weeks to rent versus the 4-week rate we saw just a short while ago. The number of homes... Read more »

New apartment complexes moving forward in Evanston

According to a report at Evanston Now, AMLI Residential has received final approval from a city review panel to build a 214-unit apartment complex on Chicago Ave at Kedzie St. The 6-story project will include 14 2-story live-work units at street level. The plans include wide sidewalks and a 40 x 40 foot plaza at... Read more »

Newly-listed Wilmette short sale at $349K

The ranch home at 3301 Wilmette Ave has only been on the market a day, and it’s bound to attract a lot of interest despite its status as a short sale. The 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath, 2-car garage home is on a corner 45 x 125 lot just a block from Beth Hillel Congregation. It... Read more »

Evanston rental pick – 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, $1,500

Central Street in Evanston, just west of Green Bay Rd, is one of the most interesting, walkable neighborhoods on the North Shore – and a more urban neighborhood than most of what you’ll find in Chicago. As a bonus, it offers a shorter commute by train than Roscoe Village, Ravenswood, Andersonville, Lincoln Square, Rogers Park... Read more »

The Skokie Lagoons, at Tower Road

The Skokie Lagoons are seven inter-connected lagoons with a total area of 190 acres. They were built by thousands of Civilian Conservation Corps workers in the 1930s. The lagoons are up to 16 feet deep and reported to be a great spot for fishing for bass, walleye, northern pike, channel catfish, bluegill and bullheads. Private... Read more »

Rent a home at the fort – Fort Sheridan

If you’ve always wanted to live on a former army base but don’t want to make a permanent commitment, you’re in luck. A 2-bedroom, 2 ½ bath townhome in what used to enlisted men’s quarters is available for rent in the Highland Park section of the former Fort Sheridan. The home, at 245 Whistler Rd,... Read more »

New and notable – Wilmette 4-bedroom under $500,000

Only four 4-bedroom homes are currently listed for sale for less than $500,000 east of Skokie Rd in Wilmette. Two of them have been on the market for less than 10 days, and one of them, 244 Vista Ct, just came on the market two days ago. The 60s vintage split-level home has all four... Read more »