Archive for June 2010

Grand opening pricing at Reston Ponds in Sycamore

Shodeen Residential recently announced the grand opening of Reston Ponds in Sycamore. It’s offering “grand opening pricing” which translates to discounts of as much as $30,000 and base prices beginning under $200k.

A private lane, somewhere in rural Wayne

A private lane, somewhere in rural Wayne
For some folks, transit-oriented development means building the house a tad closer to the horse barn, or adding a 6-car garage. Wayne is a largely rural village that harks to its equestrian past. It still maintains one of only two fox hunts in the Chicago area, though no foxes (to the disappointment of many) are... Read more »

A coach house by Frank Lloyd Wright in Riverside

A Frank Lloyd Wright home is almost always worthy of attention, especially one in a place as special as Riverside. The 3-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home at 335 Coonley Road in Riverside was originally part of the Avery Coonley estate, not far from the Des Plaines River. The home was restored in 2007 and is... Read more »

The 18,000 square foot clubhouse at Carillon Club in Naperville

Carillon Club in Naperville is an age-restricted (55-plus) community of more than 1,000 homes in a variety of styles. You can see one of the models in this video. Andy Simac of Cambridge Homes walked me through the sprawling clubhouse a while back and talked about how residents use its facilities. At the end of... Read more »

A Seyfarth home in Oak Park

During his long and distinguished career architect Robert E. Seyfarth designed homes in a variety of styles. Fairly early after leaving the practice of Prairie-school architect George Maher Seyfarth designed the Colonial-style home at 403 North East Ave in Oak Park for lumber-yard owner William Oliver. Seyfarth designed 100s of homes throughout the Chicago area,... Read more »

Thinking of a move to Oak Brook?

As you’re scanning the real estate ads and listings, be wary of the phrase “Oak Brook area.” That’s advertiser-speak for “a location that’s perceived as so undesirable we’d prefer not to name it.” Be wary, but don’t abruptly pass on the ad. Perhaps you’re looking for a low-priced alternative to Oak Brook with easy access... Read more »

Countdown to Swedish Days in Geneva

If you’re contemplating a move to the Geneva area, you won’t want to miss the 61st annual Swedish Days event. It’s billed as “six sensational days of music, food, crafts, and entertainment to please every age and taste.” Start your countdown clock now: Swedish Days begins next Tuesday, June 22nd and culminates in the grand... Read more »

Different locations, similar price in Hinsdale - which home is the better value?

In the video Gaby Jury and I visit two homes in Hinsdale. One has the edge on location, the other on amenities. Watch as Gaby gives me her take on which home is the better value. Gaby Jury, a longtime resident of Hinsdale, is a real estate agent with ERA Jensen & Feinstein in Hinsdale.... Read more »

Aurora tops foreclosure list in Chicago's western suburbs

There were 572 foreclosure filings in Aurora during the first quarter of 2010, giving it the top rank among Chicago’s western suburbs, according to data compiled by the Woodstock Institute. Aurora also had more foreclosure filings than any suburb in the Chicago metropolitan region. Other western suburbs which saw more than 100 foreclosures filed during... Read more »

Appraiser sees oversupply of homes for sale in Cicero and Melrose Park

It isn’t difficult to find elaborate statistical reports on the state of the real estate market in various parts of Chicagoland. For many home buyers and sellers, however, a few simple numbers are all they want to know and, some would argue, need to know. Appraiser Michael Walsh, writing at the Chicago real estate blog,... Read more »