Archive for May 2010

Frank Lloyd Wright home for sale in Batavia

The A.W. Gridley house, built in 1906 on 2.3 wooded acres, is currently on the market at $1,550,000. The 5,100 square foot home, with 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 3 half baths, has been expanded and modernized in what the listing describes as a “historically sensitive” manner, respecting the original integrity of the Prairie-style home.... Read more »

Call ahead if you're shopping for a new home

If you’re planning to spend some time this weekend visiting builder models, don’t rely on the schedule of open hours you’ll find on builder Web sites. A number of builders shut down their sales models during long holiday weekends – and don’t update their Web sites to reflect that fact. They also sometimes neglect to... Read more »

Glen Ellyn, Oak Park and Western Springs on Chicago Magazine's 10 best suburbs list

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin picks Glen Ellyn, Oak Park and Western Springs as the standouts among Chicago’s western suburbs, deserving a place on a list of Chicago’s 10 best suburbs. What’s your vote for the best of the west?

A Pingree Grove ranch with a great great room

For reasons I can’t quite fathom, home builders like to call their age-restricted (55-plus) developments “active adult communities.” What I can understand, however, is the very strong appeal these communities have to many home buyers in the 55-plus age cohort. I recently visited Cambridge Homes’ Carillon at Cambridge Lakes and toured the “Beethoven” floor plan... Read more »

Time to rent a home in Chicago's western suburbs?

The softness in the for sale market has resulted in a proliferation of homes available for rent throughout Chicago’s western suburbs. If you’re relocating temporarily to the area you might consider renting in what some say is a real estate market that hasn’t yet hit bottom. If you’re running a rent vs own analysis you... Read more »

Talking about Oak Park, on the porch with Kathy

Oak Park is a place where block parties linger late into the evening and no one wants to be the last stop at a progressive dinner. I’m a sucker for a front porch on a quiet street so, when I stopped to visit an open house at 1025 Erie St in Oak Park, I invited... Read more »

An unusual double-turreted Oak Park Victorian

How often do you meet a Realtor who knows what a finial is and pronounces wainscoting properly? In my experience, infrequently, and I meet Realtors frequently. Prudential Rubloff‘s Tony Iwersen, as you’ll see in the video above, and hear in the video below, has both an eye and an ear for the details of the... Read more »

A new home offer that will floor you at Mill Creek in Geneva

Home buyers who sign a contract by June 13 at the popular Mill Creek development in Geneva from Shodeen Residential will receive a free hardwood floor upgrade. That’s just one of a number of incentives currently being offered at Mill Creek, and it applies to “dirt starts only,” i.e. homes on which construction has yet... Read more »

Downsizing your home, upsizing to a showplace kitchen in Naperville

I suspect I’m not the only one who finds the “active adult” phrase that home builders use to describe age-restricted communities to be patronizing and a bit off-putting. The phrase seems to imply “wow, they’re over 55 and still ambulatory!” Setting aside the phrase, the age-restricted communities that I’ve visited have been undeniably appealing and... Read more »

Oak Park open houses - one stop, two homes

I’ll be in Oak Park tomorrow, visiting local correspondents Tony and Kathy Iwersen at open houses almost directly across the street from each other. My first stop will be a double-turreted 5 bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 1032 Erie St that dates from the 1880s, the dawn of the Queen Anne architectural style. It’s... Read more »