Archive for February 2012

A walk-to-train 4-bedroom rental in Winnetka

It isn’t often that you’ll find a 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home in a walk-to-train, walk-to-town Winnetka location renting for $3,500 a month. The gambrel-roofed charmer at 1283 Asbury Ave in the Hubbard Woods neighborhood might come up short on a few items on your wish list, but you might find the home’s space and... Read more »

Will a new 5th Ward school raise Evanston property values?

We’ve written previously about the LiveEvanston program, which is rehabbing and selling attractively priced homes in several Evanston neighborhoods, including the 5th Ward, an area that borders parkland and is generally physically attractive and well-located. One of the factors that has depressed property values in Evanston’s 5th Ward over time has been the lack of... Read more »

A mid-century modernist home in Evanston

East Evanston is a bastion of traditional-style homes. If you search MLS remarks for “modernist” in Evanston you’ll get only one result: 701 Ingleside Pl. Searches on similar terms will also return only a very few single-family homes, and most of them will not be architecturally modern homes. The 1962-vintage 3-bedroom,3-bath home on Ingleside is... Read more »

Curb appeal at the edge of Evanston's Ridge Historic District

If the photo’s a good indication, this renovated home at the edge of Evanston’s Ridge Historic District (pdf) has killer curb appeal. The 1877 vintage Italianate 5-bedroom, 3-bath home at 1608 Ashland Ave is new on the market and priced at $795,000. A recent renovation preserved some of the original details, according to the listing... Read more »

Trying to better the 2009 purchase price in West Wilmette

If you spend any amount of time reading the comments on local real estate websites, you frequently encounter mocking references to sellers who bought in recent years and are now attempting to resell for more than their purchase price. Those jibes may be merited in some cases, but readers should investigate carefully before concluding that... Read more »

Two video tours of a David Adler home in Lake Forest

When it comes to touring homes with some architectural interest and history, the man to watch is Dennis Rodkin, Chicago Magazine’s Deal Estate columnist. Rodkin approaches a historic home with a more refined sensibility and a broader base of knowledge than architecture neophytes like me. Compare his tour of a David Adler-designed home in Lake... Read more »

A Wilmette home with a whole lot of space

“A whole lot of space” is how Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin, in the above video, sums up the historic home at 1137 Greenwood Ave in Wilmette. The home just came on the market as a new listing, but that’s because it was delisted during the holiday season. Rodkin wrote about the home last September after... Read more »

Rental spotlight – a new townhome in Northfield for $4,500

Unit 1C at 1884 Old Willow Rd in Northfield just came on the market. The 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath, 2-car garage condo is walking distance from the not terribly walkable downtown Northfield, and has easy access to the Edens Expressway. It is offered for rent at $4,500 a month. The 6-unit Residences of Northfield Center... Read more »

A look at Wilmette's most eccentric mansion

Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch has a fascinating look at the former home of architect / developer Benjamin Marshall in Wilmette. According to the Patch article, the home was “perhaps the most opulent mansion ever built on the North Shore.” Perhaps not. A number of homes would vie for that title, including the Schweppe Mansion, built by the... Read more »

$850K price drop on Evanston lakefront home

Last June, when the property first came to market and I saw listing copy describing 581 Ingleside Park in Evanston as the “most beautiful lakefront home” I was skeptical. So, I called the listing agent, Sally Mabadi, and arranged a tour. A quick walk around the home and the grounds quickly overcame my skepticism. If... Read more »