Archive for August 2010

Oak Park's turn-of-the-century model homes

When I saw the recent listing for an E. E. Roberts designed home at 315 N Grove in Oak Park, it reminded me of an excerpt I’d seen in the the book titled Oak Park in Vintage Postcards. E. E. Roberts was a prolific designer of homes in Oak Park.  Between the 1890s and the... Read more »

Festival of Homes: $50,000 in savings offered at Acadia on the Green in Downers Grove

With the introduction of a new decorated model, $50,000 worth of incentives, great mortgage rates, and pricing from the upper $200s, sales are gaining strength at Acadia on the Green, an in-town condominium complex located in the heart of downtown Downers Grove. This mixed-use development is a vibrant pedestrian-friendly environment where residents can live, work... Read more »

A video introduction to Naperville

I’ve seen 1,000s of videos from real estate agents over the years – few of them worth watching. If you’re unfamiliar with Naperville, the above video is as good a video introduction as I’ve seen, and it’s the product of a real estate agent. You can see more community and other videos at Joshua Dean... Read more »
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Batavia and Geneva, a YouTube shootout

The video above is one of the oddest (and lamest) efforts I’ve seen aimed at attracting new residents to a town. One of Batavia’s attractions, according to the video, is the shopping in Geneva! Geneva appears, from the video featuring its mayor, a far more appealing community.

Visiting a water park and open houses in Woodridge

If the Tribune’s recent profile of Woodridge has you motivated to visit open houses there this weekend you might also want to check out the Cypress Cove water park. Spending some time at a local attraction can be a great way to develop a feel for whether a community is a good fit for you.... Read more »

Berwyn, close to Chicago, close to Oak Park

Berwyn is known for its great selection of bungalows, its close-in location – and little else. If you’re intrigued by the location and the relatively affordable housing, check out this extended thread at City-Data, always a good source for demographic information and multiple views on the desirability of many of Chicago’s suburbs.
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Market snapshot: High, median, and low rents for homes in Hinsdale

These three homes represent the high, median, and low price points for homes currently listed for rent in west suburban Hinsdale: High: A four-bedroom / four-bath single-family home (address unpublished) with three half-baths and a three-car garage listed for $7,950 a month. Median: 107 S Grant St Unit #4, a 1,650 square-foot, two-bedroom / two-bath... Read more »

At the Oak Park Farmers' Market, with Realtors Tony and Kathy Iwersen

Like many Oak Park residents, Prudential Rubloff Realtors Tony and Kathy Iwersen love spending their Saturday mornings in the summer and fall at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market, where they can picking out fresh produce, flowers, and donuts and socialize with their friends and neighbors.. Earlier this month, Joe Zekas met Tony and Kathy at... Read more »

High, low, and in between in Batavia

As of this afternoon, 249 single-family homes, condos, and townhomes were on the market in west suburban Batavia, according to Redfin. The following homes represent both ends of the price spectrum in the Batavia market, as well as the current median price among homes listed on the MLS. (Note: This doesn’t include FSBO’s or multi-unit... Read more »
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Construction underway at senior community in Elmhurst

Real estate public relations flacks repeatedly fall back on a few favorite words rather than stretch for more accurate descriptions. Homes are nestled somewhere, retail areas are often burgeoning and nearly everything that can be imagined is abounding. At Park Place of Elmhurst, a senior community, the Web site promises, “new opportunities to enjoy an... Read more »