A Glencoe extreme makeover across from Friends Park

Glencoe has a small, but surprisingly lively downtown near its Metra station. Glencoe's downtown has one-of-a-kind shops, sidewalk cafes, the Writers' Theatre, a farmers market, the wildly-popular Friends Park, and more. Living near downtown is a viable alternative to a low-density in-city neighborhood.

Two years ago I sat in Friends Park with Shirley Olin, chatting about Glencoe, where she'd managed a Coldwell Banker office for more than 30 years. We continued our conversation at the Starbucks, around the corner from Friends Park.

A 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home directly across from Friends Park at 724 Vernon Ave just came on the market, priced at $1,250,000. It's described as an "extreme makeover" of a "historically significant home."

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