Tag: real estate

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 »

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 »
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Are North Shore real estate statistics useful?

Anne West has just published July sales data for North Shore communities at her North Shore Views site – a must-visit for anyone interested in area real estate. Real estate statistics are always problematic. National numbers are useless as an index of local conditions – markets are too variable, and too subject to local economic... Read more »

Redfin – multiple offer scenarios common on Chicago's North Shore

Redfin‘s Dario Medina and Mark Reitman stopped by my office the other day for an off-the-cuff discussion of Redfin’s business model and some of the trends its agents have been seeing recently in the Chicago real estate market. One topic I tossed out for discussion was multiple offers. According to Medina, 37% of Redfin’s local... Read more »

A walk-to-school location in Wilmette

Romona Road and the cul-de-sacs that branch off of it in Wilmette have long been popular with young families. The location is within easy walking distance of Romona Elementary School, Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High. If you live on Romona Road you can sip your morning coffee and watch less fortunate parents drop... Read more »
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A custom brick contemporary in Northfield

When I was first alerted to the newly-listed home at 2390 Dorina Dr in Northfield my first glance told me that I’d been at the home before. I hadn’t, but it was similar in a number of ways to 2456 Hedge Row, where I shot the following video 18 months ago. The homes, which are... Read more »

An ivy-clad country estate in Highland Park

It’s impossible to be certain without having been inside it, but the recently-listed 6-bedroom, 8 ½ bath home at 1427 Waverly Rd in Highland Park holds out the promise of being bargain-priced at $2,695,000. The 10,200 square foot ivy-clad home is entered through a large brick-paved courtyard. A porte-cochere leads to a 3-car garage and... Read more »

The Planes, Trains & Automobiles house for sale in Kenilworth

You’ll hopefully be able to reach 230 Oxford Rd in Kenilworth with fewer mishaps than Steve Martin and John Candy endured on their way there in Trains, Planes & Automobiles. The 6-bedroom home has three full and two half baths, a 3-car garage on a 90 x 160 lot within two blocks of Lake Michigan.... Read more »
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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 »