Archive for January 2012

On the North Shore, lakefront isn't always beachfront

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin recently reported on the sale of four multi-million lakefront properties, one each in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka and Glencoe. Rodkin’s report prompted me to revisit a video I shot in May of 2010 with Maureen Mohling, one of the grandes dames of Winnetka real estate. I asked Maureen to chat about what... Read more »

Adjectives in abundance at new Winnetka home

The website for Glenn Gutnayer Custom Homes touts the first in a series of “Live Forward Today” homes. I paused for a moment, wondering what other direction one might live in, before taking a look at the online brochure (PDF) for 887 Spruce St in Winnetka. The brochure pictures a traditional-style home “right-sized for the... Read more »

An updated Ernest Mayo home in Evanston

Ernest Mayo immigrated to Chicago from his native England in 1891. Although his architectural work spanned a variety of commercial, educational and residential projects he’s best known for the many homes he designed in Chicago’s North Shore suburb. Mayo lived in Evanston, where he designed more than 30 homes. The architectural practice he founded with... Read more »

Tour a restored David Adler gatehouse in Lake Forest

David Adler was one of the most prolific and prominent architects and designers during the era of the “great American house,” and the North Shore suburb of Lake Forest is a showcase for some of his best. Adler’s clients were often willing to spend lavishly on detailing even the outbuildings on their estates to create... Read more »

Looking to buy new construction on the North Shore?

Looking back to 2007 it’s now clear that a cottage industry of home builders overbuilt the market for new single-family homes in the $1 million and up range. Prices collapsed for a while, and speculative new construction – homes built without a buyer in hand – came to a virtual halt. We’re now seeing a... Read more »

It's price reduction season on the North Shore

North Shore homes for sale often are pulled from the market before the holidays and relisted as “new” after the first of the year. Genuinely new first-time listings start appearing with greater frequency after the Super Bowl – or earlier depending on what kind of a season the Bears have had. Although you won’t see... Read more »

Want to trade for a Wright-inspired home in Kenilworth?

After having their home at 154 Kenilworth Ave off and on the market for five-and-a-half years, the owners are apparently looking for creative ways to move on. The listing copy for the home, which was recently featured as the Wall Street Journal House of the Day, suggests the owners are willing to trade for a... Read more »

Average price down $150K in two years in Wilmette's Romona School area

West of Skokie Rd (Rte 41) in Wilmette all of the north — south streets have names that begin with an L: Lacrosse, Lamon, Laporte, Lavergne, Lawler, Leclaire, Long, Leamington and Laramie. It’s an area that belies the North Shore’s reputation as a wealthy enclave. Homes are typically priced from the mid-$200s to the low... Read more »

French Provincial in Lake Forest

It’s not unusual to see a cupola atop a Lake Forest country estate. You won’t often see one, however, on a French Provincial style home. The imposing 9,000 square foot home at 464 Ridge Rd in Lake Forest was built in 2004 and offers the period details and graciously-scaled rooms you’d expect to find in... Read more »

Glencoe contemporary with pool, tennis court

There are few homes in Glencoe that can boast both an in-ground pool and a tennis court. The 14-room contemporary at 630 Stonegate Ter has both on a ¾-acre wooded site midway between the Skokie Lagoons and the pedestrian-scaled downtown Glencoe. The split-level home has 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, a lower-level... Read more »