Archive for April 2012

An expanded and renovated East Wilmette classic

618 Central Ave in Wilmette is the setting for a classic side-entrance center-entrance vintage charmer that’s been completely updated. The home has also been expanded to include a first- floor family room with French doors opening to a raised bluestone patio and professionally landscaped yard. The home has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a... Read more »

Kenilworth's Root-Badger House on the market for $8.95M

The Root-Badger House, 326 Essex Rd in Kenilworth, earned a place on Landmarks Illinois’ list of endangered properties in 2004, when there were hints it might be demolished. The neo-classical residence was designed by Daniel Burnham in 1896, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is situated on a 200... Read more »

Keck & Keck potential wreck in Lake Bluff on endangered list

A year ago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin reported that that a Keck & Keck modernist home in Lake Bluff was a potential teardown candidate. Kamin’s column today notes that the home, at 925 Sheridan Rd, has surfaced on Landmark Illinois‘ list of ten most endangered historic places. The pictures that accompany the linked articles... Read more »

Teardowns once again disturbing North Shore preservationists

Trib Local recently featured a “special report” titled Tearing down the Tearing down the North Shore. According to Trib Local, teardowns are once again on the rise on the North Shore and historical preservationists are once again perturbed. A cynic might call it a tempest in a crackpot, given how easily some preservationists are roiled... Read more »

Renovated rental townhomes in the heart of Winnetka

Library Place townhomes are in a convenient location steps from the very urban heart of downtown Winnetka. Shops, restaurants, schools, parks, a Metra station are all within easy walking distance – and some of the best North Shore beaches are nearby. The floor plans, from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet, feature 3 bedrooms, 2 or... Read more »

Woodley Road estate back on market at $6.5M

The 2.4-acre estate at 36 Woodley Rd in an unincorporated part of Winnetka just came back on the market at a list price of $6,499,000. Coldwell Banker’s Eve Bremen, a veteran of Winnetka real estate, describes the home as “one of Winnetka’s finest.” The 10,000 square foot 5-bedroom home has 5 full and 2 half... Read more »

The housing cost burden in Wilmette and Winnetka

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development explains the concept of a “housing cost burden” as follows: Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care. Most of us simply take it for... Read more »

Furnished executive rental in Wilmette's Indian Hill Estates

This 120+ acre Indian Hill Estates subdivision is unusual for Wilmette and for the 1920s, when it was designed by architect Philip Maher. Streets are winding, unlike the rectangular grid that prevails in most of Wilmette, and the homes have broad setbacks, large lots and underground utilities. Also atypical of Wilmette at the time were... Read more »

Where have all the North Shore agents gone?

That’s a question that some people may be asking come May 1st of this year, according to a recent Chicago Tribune article on changes in Illinois’ broker licensing law that take effect on that date. Most real estate agents hold only an entry-level salesperson license. The new law eliminates that category of licensing and requires... Read more »

Are North Shore sellers over-optimistic this spring?

The good news for North Shore buyers is that there seems to be a decent amount of fresh inventory hitting the market. There continue to be “new” listings that have been marketed off and on for years, but more of the new listings appear to be on the market for the first time in years.... Read more »