Archive for March 2012

This week's rental pick is in Wilmette's Kenilworth Gardens

It’s been a while since I singled out a North Shore rental pick. This week’s focus falls on 2240 Kenilworth Ave, a 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home in Wilmette‘s Kenilworth Gardens offered at $3,300 a month. There isn’t enough information online to determine whether the home qualifies as special in any way, or whether it’s... Read more »

How quickly will this Evanston 4-bedroom Colonial sell?

The newly listed 4-bedroom, 2 ½ bath center-entrance Colonial at 2403 Marcy Ave appears to have all the basic elements that have made for a relatively rapid sale in Evanston recently. The home has good curb appeal and is on a 62 x 145 corner lot with professionally landscaped yard in an area of Evanston... Read more »

Lake Bluff home at $1.9M below 2005 price

The single-family home at 1780 Shore Acres Rd in Lake Bluff sold for $3,000,000 in November of 2005 and recently came on the market for $1,100,000. The home has some impressive specs for the price and the location: 2.66 acres, 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, 5 fireplaces, 6,590 square feet of living space, and a... Read more »

Few attractively-priced rentals on the North Shore

We’ve tracked the market for rental homes and condos on the North Shore for several years and the market appears to be as tight as I’ve seen it. There are more properties available than there were in the late spring and early summer of last year but, and this is purely an impressionistic take, the... Read more »

An insider's guide to Highland Park, and a new listing

The current issue of Chicago Magazine takes a brief look at the dining, shopping and entertainment scene in Highland Park. The article begins with the obligatory reference to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan’s having taken up residence in Highland Park and opened a tea house. The scent of tea – as the term was used... Read more »

Winnetka's Crow Island School and neighborhood

If you ask Winnetkans what neighborhood they live in, the answer is likely to be the name of a public elementary school: Greeley, Hubbard Woods or Crow Island. Crow Island is, as a broad-brush proposition, the most affordable of Winnetka’s neighborhoods. Pine St and Green Bay Rd are the northern and eastern boundaries of the... Read more »

Is Kenilworth the home value champ or just another chump?

One of the features of Chicago Magazine’s April issue, which hits the stands this week, is a series of charts on how home values have performed between 2006 and 2011 in Chicago’s neighborhoods and suburbs. Only one suburb, according to data supplied to Chicago Magazine by the local MLS, saw an increase in home values... Read more »

A newly-renovated Victorian near the lake in Highland Park

The newly-listed, recently-renovated 1870s-era Victorian home at 1894 Lake Ave in Highland Park is said to have lake views from its third floor. If you’d rather not climb that many stairs – the home has high ceilings –Central Park is an easy jaunt from the home. The renovation preserved many of the home’s original details,... Read more »

Will someone pay $16.7M for a second-rate Winnetka neighborhood?

“That’s not a great neighborhood. It’s just north of Elder Lane [park]. I think he’s smoking something,” was the off-the-cuff reaction from a knowledgeable Winnetka agent I called for a quick take on a newly-listed lakefront home on just over an acre at 319 Sheridan Rd in Winnetka. The asking price: $16,749,000. Other considerations, according... Read more »

Newly-listed Victorian in Evanston's Northeast Historic District

The 4-bedroom, bath-and-a-half home at 2102 Orrington Ave is at the heart of Evanston’s Northeast Historic District and a few minutes’ walk from the center of the Northwestern University campus. The 1890’s Victorian home has retained a number of its original vintage features, including a graceful staircase, picture-frame moldings, pocket doors, built-ins, steam heat and... Read more »