Archive for July 2010

A drive around small town Sycamore

Driving in almost any direction from downtown Chicago the suburbs blur into one another, the boundaries indistinguishable. Not so with Sycamore. You have a genuine sense of arrival when you reach Sycamore, since you had to traverse miles of sparsely-settled land to get there.. Despite its recent growth, Sycamore remains very much a distinctive small... Read more »

Grand opening open house at The Reserve of St Charles

The Reserve of St Charles is a 135-acre site zoned for a total of 133 luxury single-family homes in an area that has little new home competition. This weekend John Hall Homes, a custom builder, and the Janko Group are hosting a grand opening open house at 4625 Grandfield Dr (pictured above) in St Charles.... Read more »

Michael Walsh blogs the Hemingway homes in Oak Park

There are surprisingly few real estate bloggers in Chicagoland – and even fewer who write consistently and informatively. One of the small group of “always-worth-reading” blogs is appraiser Michael Walsh’s Chicago Real Estate Blog. Last week Walsh wrote about writer Ernest Hemingway’s three Oak Park homes: the one in which he was born, the one... Read more »

1897 Frank Lloyd Wright home listed in Oak Park Historic District

  Frank Lloyd Wright architectural buffs will be interested in the recent listing of the George Furbeck House in Oak Park at 223 N Euclid Ave.  The home, listed for $1,100,000 is significant in that it is included in homes built during a three-year period of experimentation in the late 1890s by the renowned architect... Read more »

The Trib and YoChicago check out Forest Park

Is Forest Park Oak Park for people who don’t have kids? That meme is hinted at in the Tribune’s recent community profile of Forest Park. In the video above I drive along Madison St in Forest Park and muse about the current look of what was once known as a place for binge boozing and... Read more »

Some sellers not faring well at Prescott Mill in Oswego

Pulte Homes ranks first in the J.D. Power Chicago New Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Study, but that hasn’t insulated its buyers from significant losses in the value of their Prescott Mill homes in Oswego. A 3,400 square foot 4-bedroom 2 ½ bath home at 202 Chapin Way purchased for $461,500 in 2006 is now listed... Read more »

Camelot comes to Oak Brook

“Not everyone’s home is a castle, but this one is,” reports local correspondent Michael Marone, referring to the startling stone apparition that’s under construction on more than half an acre at 3015 Lincoln Rd in Oak Brook. The 5-bedroom, 18-room home features 7 full and 2 half baths, and a 3-car garage, but the specs... Read more »

No, all of Berwyn is not for sale

When you search for homes available for purchase in Berwyn at Redfin the resulting map might make you think that the whole town’s for sale. The 400+ offerings represent only about 3% of the owner-occupied homes, however. Home prices in Berwyn range from the low $40s for a fixer-upper, to nearly $500K, with a median... Read more »

An open ranch model at Reston Ponds, in Sycamore

Liz Malin is a Sycamore resident and also the sales manager at Shodeen Residential‘s Reston Ponds development. Join Liz for a walk through a furnished ranch model at Reston Ponds where Phase IV grand opening prices range from just under $200,000 to the $270s. Phase IV of Reston Ponds, 182 home sites, is all that... Read more »

Home shopping in downtown Naperville

Urban dwellers always seem shocked when they learn that a suburb has a downtown. Naperville, in fact, has a very walkable and very interesting downtown. One of the highlights is the Naperville Riverwalk along the DuPage River, a short stroll from the heart of downtown. If you’re headed toward Naperville to have access to good... Read more »