Archive for September 2011

A Wilmette home will educate your tastes and control your happiness

When it comes to pompous pronouncements, Chicago architects have many peers but few superiors. Consider this quote from John Shelette Van Bergen, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright: [Since the American architect has a great opportunity as a leader of the people toward honesty, simplicity and directness, he can educate their tastes and control, to... Read more »

A misleading chart on million dollar home sales

It was “a pricey roller coaster ride” blares a brief article in the current issue of Chicago Magazine, accompanied by a chart that illustrates the “surge” in high-end home sales. A lengthier companion article provides additional detail. What’s missing from both articles, however, is any perspective on the supply of $1M+ homes. That perspective is... Read more »

How quickly will the LiveEvanston homes sell?

The first LiveEvanston homes have just been listed in the MLS. If the pictures of these renovated homes are an accurate indication of their attractiveness, my guess is that they’ll sell very quickly at the listed prices. The split-level ranch home pictured above, at 1704 Grey Ave, has been fully-renovated and has 5 bedrooms, 2... Read more »

LiveEvanston program offers rehabbed homes, second-mortgage grants

Last year Evanston received an $18.15 million federal grant to acquire and rehab 100 units of foreclosed and abandoned properties in two census tracts on the city’s west and south sides. The homes and condos will be offered for sale at prices as low as $60,000 for a condo and $100,000 for a single-family home... 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 will keep its golf course Winnetka’s affordable housing strategy... Read more »

A bed and breakfast on Evanston's lakefront?

Trib Local is reporting that Evanston may be on the verge of approving its first bed and breakfast. The proposed lakefront site, a 6-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home at 300 Church St, had been on and off the market for nearly 3 years and was recently listed at $2,375,000. It is currently under contract. Evanston... Read more »

First Church in Wilmette becomes a synagogue

When I first moved to Wilmette, back in the late 80s, my Jewish friends were intensely curious about what part of town I was moving to. East Wilmette, they advised me, had once been an anti-Semitic enclave while parts of West Wilmette were heavily Jewish – the Wilmetto, as some called it. They contended that... Read more »

Winnetka tri-level 4-bedroom under $500K

The newly-listed 4-bedroom, 3-bath home at 355 Hibbard Rd in Winnetka sits at the busy intersection of Hibbard and Willow. That’s not so great if a quiet lane is your priority, but it’s a huge plus if you’re seeking a lot of living space, convenient access to parks, Winnetka’s elementary schools, the Edens Expressway –... Read more »

Marriott Residence Inn coming to Wilmette – Patch vs TribLocal

I’ve strongly recommended that anyone looking to relocate to a new municipality read the local media to familiarize themselves with local issues. Stories reported locally often surface major problems that might impact your decision to buy: school closings or overcrowding, looming property tax hikes, flooding and sewer backup problems, or just a tone among the... Read more »

Is this a for real 3 months free rent offer in Evanston?

Or is it just shuck and jive to grab your attention? 415 Premier Apartments, formerly known as Skyline at Evanston, sits on the north side of Howard St – the Evanston side. There’s an outstanding array of shopping and dining options almost directly across the street from 415 – on the Chicago side of Howard.... Read more »