Archive for June 2012

Rent a Lake Forest coach house on a 5-acre estate

For a mere $2,600 a month you can rent a 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath coach house on a 5-acre estate whose main home was designed by Walter Frazier. Walter who? Walter Frazier, who was not a/k/a Clyde Frazier. You say you’ve never heard of Walter Frazier, the architect who designed Chicago’s Casino Club? And you’ve... Read more »

A new listing in a newer Northfield condo

Middlefork Woods, completed just over 10 years ago, is one of the newest condo developments in Northfield. It’s located on Old Willow Road, just north of the Walgreens on Willow Road, and within walking distance of a Starbucks, the Northfield Library, and Northfield’s small downtown area. It has easy access to I-94, the Edens Expressway.... Read more »

Wilmette starter homes sell quickly

You’ll occasionally find a livable home in Wilmette selling for under $300,000. What you won’t find is a home that fits that description and lingers on the market for more than a few days. If you’re looking in this price range in Wilmette, be prepared to act quickly, and don’t expect the home to be... Read more »

Spotting the Zook look in Winnetka

Although I’d been past it 100s of times I never paid attention to the home at 1487 Tower Rd in Winnetka. It caught my eye yesterday, and I instantly thought “it has the look of a Zook.” Homes designed by R. Harold Zook are a familiar sight in Hinsdale, where 31 of them were built... Read more »

Gazing down on the stars in Winnetka

The Winnetka Community House, which has to rank among the best community centers in the country, is celebrating its Centennial this year. If you’re considering a move to Winnetka, you can take advantage of Reaching for the Stars, one of the Centennial events, to get to know the Village better. Reaching for the Stars is... Read more »

A North Shore real estate news roundup

If you’re homeward bound to Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, 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. A foreclosure’s... Read more »

Santa Fe sensibility in Mettawa

The 5,400 square foot home at 105 Indian Ridge Rd in Mettawa boasts a Lake Forest mailing address – and a Santa Fe style that’s unlike anything you’ll find in the vicinity. The home is on a 5-acre parcel and is priced at $2,395,000. If you want more acreage and a guest house, another 5... Read more »

Signs of the times – home of a New Trier grad

I’ve traveled widely throughout Chicagoland for years. The New Trier School District is the only place where I see a concentration of signs in front of homes announcing milestones passed by the children who live there. Although high school graduation is an achievement, it’s one that’s routinely expected on the North Shore, so a bit... Read more »

New construction in Wilmette's Kenilworth Gardens

The second I saw the newly-listed new construction home at 2240 Thornwood Ave in Wilmette‘s Kenilworth Gardens I thought – “this won’t last.” And it hasn’t. The 5-bedroom (all above grade), 5 ½ bath home with a finished lower level is under contract almost immediately after going on the market at a list price of... Read more »

A rare rental on Mayflower Road in Lake Forest

The Mayflower Park condo in Lake Forest was formerly the site of a school. It’s on a gorgeous wooded site with ravines that drift down toward Lake Michigan. The condo conversion dates to the early 80s. It isn’t often that a unit in this development becomes available for rent, but one just did. It’s a... Read more »