Archive for July 2012

Wilmette's Mallinckrodt finally nears a sellout

The old Mallinckrodt College building at 1041 Ridge Rd has been a fixture in Wilmette and the North Shore for almost a century. The 180,000 square-foot building sits on 14 acres of park space, just a short walk or bus ride away from Wilmette’s shops and restaurants and the Metra’s rail line into Chicago. In... Read more »

Meet the LiveEvanston team and Chris, a first-time home buyer

LiveEvanston is a City of Evanston initiative that makes attractive, high-quality homes affordable to qualified moderate-income families. LiveEvanston is purchasing 100 homes and condos in two Evanston neighborhoods, completely rehabbing them, and selling them to buyers who meet income restrictions — typically $26,550 to $98,280. The program offers down payments as low as 3.5% and... Read more »

Google rolls out improved aerial and satellite images

There’s probably no aspect of shopping for a new home that’s changed as much as buyers’ reliance on images – photographs and video of the homes themselves, and satellite and aerial imagery of the home’s environment. A recent Tribune article highlights the importance of quality photography in marketing a home. This week Google has rolled... Read more »

Highland Park's Halcyon Hall listed for $5.65M

Ross J. Beatty built two homes in Highland Park that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first, built in 1893 at 1499 Sheridan Rd, is also a local landmark. The second Ross J. Beatty home, built just north of the first in the 1920s, is substantially larger at 8,855 square feet.... Read more »

Realtorland – where everybody doesn't know your name

“Where everybody knows your name” is, of course, the theme song for an 80s sitcom. The longest running sitcom in history is Realtorland where not everybody knows names well enough to spell them right. Anyone who’s spent time looking at real estate listings is familiar with the widespread phenomenon of misspelled cities, streets, schools, parks... Read more »

Video tours of eight updated Evanston apartments

Wouldn’t it be great if every apartment building had a video tour that gave you a good look at the apartments and their location? Video gives you the time to see more apartments, learn about their surroundings, and home in on the places that seem the best fit. The most useful video tours, like the... Read more »

Rent or buy this Highland Park contemporary

Contemporary architecture has a limited appeal to buyers in most North Shore communities and, as a result, you’ll find few homes built in a non-traditional style in most of them. Highland Park is an exception to that broad generalization. It boasts a wider selection of modern architecture than you’ll find elsewhere on the North Shore.... Read more »

A video tour of two Robert de Golyer-designed Evanston homes

Robert de Golyer is best known for designing classic multi-family residential buildings in Chicago, including the Marlborough, the Lathrop Homes and 1120, 1242, 3500 and 3750 N Lake Shore Drive. de Golyer also designed a number of single-family homes in Evanston, where he lived. Just a block from the park fronting Lake Michigan in Southeast... Read more »

The party scene at a $13.9M Winnetka lakefront home

Coldwell Banker’s Julie Deutsch and Maureen Mohling have sold many of the North Shore’s grandest homes and seen most of the rest. The Italianate villa at 175 Sheridan Rd in Winnetka, they say, ranks among the very best. It was completely gutted and rebuilt over a two-year period and is, in effect, a new home,... Read more »

An award-winning home on a Woodley Road acre

Almost a year ago we called attention to what seemed to be an unusually large number of homes for sale in the Woodley Road area, which is unincorporated but has a Winnetka mailing address. Nineteen homes were listed for sale at that time. Only nine homes are currently listed for sale in the area, priced... Read more »