Archive for August 2012

A progress report on Evanston's Central Station apartments

Some of you may remember the 1700 block of Central Street in Evanston as the site of the former Evanston Theater (pictured above). Some may recall it as the site of The Eastwood, a 51-unit project which offered one-bedroom condos in the mid-$300s and 3-bedrooms ranging over $1,000,000 six years ago, before the condo market... Read more »

North Shore rents spike up 12.8%

According to an Appraisal Research Counselors study, reported recently in Crain’s, suburban apartment complexes in the Chicago area had the lowest vacancy rates in nearly five years and the highest rent levels ever. The Naperville / Aurora submarket had the highest occupancy rate, at 96.9% but saw net rents rise year-over-year by just 0.7%. North... Read more »

Coming up (almost) empty on new construction new listing searches

Every time I’m in the western suburbs I see what strikes me as an abundance of new single-family homes under construction. I expected, based on those impressions, to have no trouble finding a few new homes to write about. That expectation proved to be wrong. A search for new construction new listings (on the market... Read more »
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Construction check – Seventeen17 on the rise in Evanston

Seventeen17, an 8-story, 175-unit apartment complex underway at 1717 Ridge Ave in Evanston, has risen above its 2-story parking base. The steel frame and precast concrete construction should facilitate rapid progress toward a goal of Spring 2013 occupancy. When complete, Seventeen17 will include a courtyard, outdoor pool, lounge and fitness facility. The project is being... Read more »

An updated look at AMLI Evanston

AMLI Evanston, the mixed-use development at Chicago Ave and Kedzie St in Evanston, continues to progress toward its goal of occupancy by spring 2013. Concrete work, which was the focus of activity at the time of my last visit, is expected to wrap up by the end of the month. When complete, the project will... Read more »

Landmark Highland Park cottage listed for $679K

The modest cottage at 315 Prospect in Highland Park is a local landmark that sits in a National Register of Historic Places landmark district. The home was built in 1875 by the Highland Park Building Company, which was formed in 1867 and assembled a 1,200 acre forested parcel east of the railroad tracks. The Victorian... Read more »
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A North Shore news roundup

If you’re homeward bound to Chicago’s North Shore, 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 recent stories linked below qualify as actual “real estate news,” but they may affect your decision on where to move. A historic... Read more »

Tour week – a drive through Indian Hill Estates and West Wilmette

While I’m away on vacation this week, I’m dipping into the archives to show you around parts of Wilmette we haven’t visited in a while. We begin with Indian Hill Estates, a 170-acre subdivision planned by architect Philip Maher in the 1920s. It’s bounded by Hunter and Hibbard Roads, Lake Avenue on the south, and... Read more »

Tour week – a drive through Wilmette's Kenilworth Gardens

While I’m away on vacation this week, I’m dipping into the archives to show you around parts of the North Shore suburbs we haven’t visited in a while. Kenilworth Gardens is the area of Wilmette bounded on the east by Ridge, on the south (approximately) by Lake, on the north by the Indian Hill Club,... Read more »
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Tour week – driving the CAGE in Wilmette

While I’m away on vacation this week, I’m dipping into the archives to show you around parts of the North Shore suburbs we haven’t visited in a while. Wilmette’s historic CAGE neighborhood takes its name from four streets: Chestnut, Ashland, Greenwood and Elmwood. The CAGE has stately old homes, broad brick streets with deep setbacks,... Read more »