Archive for October 2011

Nearly two years on the market in Wilmette, now two-thirds of the original price

When I first visited the home at 1418 Elmwood Ave in Wilmette and shot the above video, back in January of 2010, Coldwell Banker agent Linda Martin noted that it was “a lot of house” for the $1.047M price tag. In January of this year, the home came to my attention as a new listing... Read more »

Is CVS coming to Plaza del Lago?

Wilmette’s charming Plaza del Lago shopping center has had its ups and downs over the years. The developer who completed it in roughly its current configuration anticipated the ups years before they arrived and saw the project go to its lenders. Major tenants have come and gone and the Spanish-themed center is now, according to... Read more »

Is Lake Forest overtaxing some of its subdivisions?

SSA’s – Special Service Areas – are common at suburban subdivisions. The typical pattern is that a suburb issues bonds to finance infrastructure improvements (roads, etc.) at a subdivision and home buyers pay a special SSA tax whose proceeds are used to retire the bonds. Buyers are made aware of the SSA and agree to... Read more »

Celebrating Halloween at a Winnetka salon and day spa

When you move to the North Shore your first task may be finding a salon that makes you look like you’ve gone native. Frank Kiesel has been shaping the North Shore look since opening his salon and day spa at 48 Green Bay Rd in Winnetka nearly 30 years ago. When you step off of... Read more »

Trying to flip for double in Glencoe?

The recently-built home at 120 Mary St in Glencoe had been the subject of a flurry of lien claims and a foreclosure before being acquired for $2,200,000 three months ago. The 6-bedroom home has 6 full and 2 half baths and a 4-car garage. It’s on a nearly 1-acre southeast Glencoe site. It’s currently listed... Read more »

A not-new but noteworthy listing – Lake Forest' s Pullman Estate

Of late it seems that a depressingly large percentage of “new” listings are simply homes that have been on and off the market, often for extended periods of time. We first wrote about the Pullman estate, 700 North Mayflower Road in Lake Forest, six months ago when it came to market at a price of... Read more »

Evanston residents question Emerson Square affordable housing

According to a report at Trib Local, some Evanston residents are skeptical of the need for Emerson Square, an affordable housing development in the city’s 5th Ward. The Emerson Square development is part of the West Evanston Master Plan adopted through a process that began in 2006. A major goal of the plan is to... Read more »

Rental deal of the day – Kenilworth 3-bedroom for $1,900

West of Green Bay Road, the affluent Village of Kenilworth offers a number of modest homes that come with all of Kenilworth’s amenities – including some of the best public schools in the state. A 3-bedroom, bath-and-a-half ranch in West Kenilworth was just listed for rent at 514 Sterling. The home has a 1-car garage... Read more »

Another Dart targets the Highland Park homebuyer

Four months ago we noted that two very different homes by modernist architect Edward Dart were for sale in Highland Park. Both are still for sale, and one has reduced its asking price by more than the price of the other. A third Dart home, at 195 Ivy Ln in east Highland Park, just came... Read more »

A 4-bedroom, 3-bath home under $400K in Wilmette

The market has been strong for true 4-bedroom homes in Wilmette. A recent offering at 641 Knox, just over a block from Romona Elementary school, has a plus that isn’t often seen in under $400k 4-bedrooms in Wilmette: a large master suite with a fireplace. Typical of many homes in West Wilmette it offers surface... Read more »