Archive for November 2010

A west suburban real estate news roundup

Not all the stories linked below are traditional real estate stories, but they are news items that may affect your thinking on where to move for your next home. Western Springs housing preservation awards Elementary school population grows in Oak Park Business openings and closings in downtown La Grange Is Downers Grove on the hook... Read more »

High-end homes open this Sunday in Naperville

The shopping frenzy of Black Friday is traditionally followed by a Bleak Sunday for home buyers seeking open houses to view. This year is no exception. In Naperville, for example, only six homes are open for viewing this weekend. Three of them are priced at upwards of $1 million, and all three have lingered on... Read more »

A Hinsdale 4-bedroom in the $220s?

On the surface, a 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home in Hinsdale for $224,993 seems like the deal of the year if it’s in decent shape – and it is in decent shape, according to listing agent Mike McCurry of Coldwell Banker. The classic 2-story 60s Colonial at 5500 South County Line Rd does come with... Read more »

William Ryan Homes offers to lease your home if you buy theirs

Want to take advantage of historic low interest rates to buy a larger or more deluxe home, but are afraid you can’t sell your existing home? William Ryan Homes has the solution for you. “Many prospective buyers tell us that they have concerns about whether they can sell their existing homes in today’s market conditions,”... Read more »

Tour a piece of Frank Lloyd Wright's Coonley House

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin tours part of the Avery Coonley House, in Riverside, in the above video, and writes about it in his Deal Estate column. The listing for the home, which is priced at $2,890,000 touts it as Wright’s “finest example of Prairie Style,” a judgment that few architecture critics would share. Rodkin describes... Read more »

It's turkey time in Hinsdale

Trib Local brings us the news that it’s the time of year when wild turkeys are wont to strut around Hinsdale Central High School. That comes as no news to students at rival New Trier High School in Winnetka, who’ve long deemed Hinsdale Central to abound in turkeys of a different sort. And, as long... Read more »

A noisy downer in Downers Grove

If you’re like many people you may have put in an offer a home after a showing on a peaceful weekend afternoon. If you haven’t checked out the neighborhood beforehand at different times and on different days you might be in for a rude awakening. Some residents of Downers Grove are complaining that they’re being... Read more »

On and off the market for 38 months in St Charles and still a new listing

That’s right; for sale for 38 months and billed as a “new” listing. The home at 3041 Majestic Oaks Ln in St Charles has been listed, delisted, relisted, delisted, relisted etc. more than half a dozen times since 2007. The 5,000 square foot 5-bedroom, 4-bath home was purchased for $802,000 in 2002, and is currently... Read more »

A west suburban real estate news roundup

Well, not all the stories linked below are traditional real estate stories, but they are news items that may affect your thinking on where to move for your next home. DuPage River greenway trail bike path plan Elmhurst Park District weighs proposed budget Downers Grove approves license plate camera River Forest signs off on TIF... Read more »

Comparing property taxes in select near west suburbs

Rising real estate taxes are becoming an increasingly important factor in home affordability, but they’re only one of many factors home buyers weigh in selecting their next community. Property taxes can vary considerably within a community based on the governmental districts and special assessment districts that have authority to levy taxes on a home. The... Read more »