Archive for November 2011

North Shore Views spotlights Wilmette's McKenzie Square

If you’re considering a move to Chicago’s North Shore and in a learning mode you really ought to check in regularly at Anne West’s North Shore Views site. Anne writes regularly about local events, neighborhoods and real estate. Her most recent piece focuses on a Wilmette neighborhood that some call McKenzie Square and others just... Read more »

North Shore real estate news roundup, November edition

If you’re homeward bound to the North Shore, the local media can help you learn the flavor of the different communities and keep you up-to-date on real estate news.. Not all of the stories linked below qualify as actual “real estate news,” but they may affect your decision on where to move. Grunsfeld home in... Read more »

East Winnetka spotlight – newer construction under $800K

Newer construction under $1 million east of the tracks in Winnetka is scarce, even in the current depressed market. Under $800K is virtually unheard of. The newly-listed 3-bedroom. 2 ½ bath home at 381 Poplar St was built in 2005 and is priced at $785,375. It has a full unfinished basement and a 1-car garage,... Read more »

New listing spotlight – Winnetka walk-to-train mini-chateau

During the past 15 years many of East Winnetka’s aging brick and wood homes were demolished and replaced by stone homes in a nouveau-chateau style, reasonably accurate scale-model versions of their European ancestors. The exterior façade of the 3-year old home at 1144 Tower Rd is a classic example of the genre, but its interior... Read more »

Play Robin Hood in Highland Park's Sherwood Forest

You can play a part in doing something about Chicago’s growing shortage of affordable housing, and play Robin Hood to a family earning less than 80% of Chicagoland’s median income. Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) is a land trust, initiated by the City of Highland Park, that helps provide quality housing to low- and... Read more »

Six-plus acres on the lake in Lake Bluff

A 6.4-acre parcel is available either as a vacant lot or a design-build home at 700 Forest Cove Rd in Lake Bluff. The listing copy bills it as “one of the most desirable properties on the whole North Shore … with 680 feet of lakefront including tire beach, well known to boaters … Room for... Read more »

Wilmette's Mallinckrodt in the Park offering $10K upgrades, discounts

Mallinckrodt in the Park, an age-restricted community in Wilmette, has been on multi-year slow march to sellout, but that day is nearing as only 7 units remain available. The development has seen price reductions of 40% and more from the original developer pricing, and has lowered its minimum age for at least one of the... Read more »

An agent-owned home nearing 3-years on the Glencoe market

I’m always a tad suspicious when an agent-owned home lingers on the market for years. The question that occurs is whether the agent is serious about selling, or just using the home for buyer bait in the absence of any other listings. Baird & Warner’s Marlene Rubenstein has, at this writing, 17 listings, so we... Read more »

A great way to sample living in Wilmette?

If you think Wilmette might be your next home, but would like to try it on before making a commitment, a short-term furnished rental might be the way to go. There’s a newly-listed rental at 327-C Greenleaf Ave in Wilmette, offered furnished from December to June for just $1,495 a month. Assuming the 3-bedroom, 2... Read more »

Rent with an option to own at Evanston's Grand Bend

When Bluewater Assets Group purchased the remaining 39 unsold units at Grand Bend at Green Bay in Evanston it slashed prices and arranged new financing options for buyers. Large one-bedrooms are now priced from the $170s and two-bedrooms from the $250s. The price reductions have resulted in 14 sales and, while continuing to sell, Grand... Read more »