Archive for May 2011

West suburban real estate news roundup

Not all of the stories linked below qualify as actual “real estate news,” but they may affect your decision on where to move. If you’re homeward bound to the western suburbs, the local media can help you learn the flavor of the different communities. Video – what residents like about Geneva’s Mill Creek DuPage Housing... Read more »

An in-town Tudor in Clarendon Hills

I’m a sucker for what I call the “jewel-box Tudor,” a smaller-scale, beautifully-proportioned, finely-detailed older home in the English-Tudor style. And when I see one in a walkable in-town location I pay closer attention. Apparently not everyone shares my tastes. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath home pictured above at 4 North Prospect in Clarendon Hills has been... Read more »

Move-in ready homes in Geneva and Sycamore

If the approaching end of the school year reminds you that you’ve been meaning to have yourself in a new home and the kids in a different school system next year – it’s time to buy that new home. Construction schedules are pretty inflexible. If you want to be sure to be moved in prior... Read more »

New listings in La Grange's higher range

The over $1M price range in La Grange has seen only two sales in the last six months, but that may change as four new $1M+ listings have come to market within the last 60 days. An expanded Victorian farmhouse on a 75-foot wide lot at 217 S Ashland Ave was listed for sale 4... Read more »

Check out Oak Park at the Farmers Market

Saturday, May 21, marks the start of this season’s Oak Park Farmers Market. Oak Park hosts one of the best farmers markets in Chicagoland from the second to last Saturday in May through the month of October. I visited the Farmers Market last August with Prudential Rubloff Realtors Tony and Kathy Iwersen who love spending... Read more »

Property taxes - a tale of two townships at Sun City in Huntley

A recent Daily Herald article reports on wide differences in property tax assessments within a single development – Sun City in Huntley. Part of the development lies in Kane County, and part in McHenry County, and the article attributes the tax variations to differences in the assessment methods used by each county. Further investigation is... Read more »

This week's Tribune introduces Bloomingdale

If you’re just beginning to research your next move, the Chicago Tribune’s Communities pages are a great place to start. This week’s focus falls on Bloomingdale, one of Chicago’s oldest suburbs, and the Trib serves up an informative overview of this relatively affordable village. Read on to the end, where you’ll discover a topic that... Read more »

Oak Park's South Marion Street may never look better

Gaze carefully at the above rendering of the streetscaping plans for South Marion Street in Oak Park. Given the history of this type of project, it’s likely that South Marion will never look better than it does in the rendering. The artistic narrowing of the street in the rendering, for one thing, enhances the pedestrian-friendly... Read more »

Berwyn bungalow owners angle for tax breaks

With property taxes poised to soar in many of Chicago’s suburbs, homeowners are pursuing any avenue that may lead to property tax relief. Eligibility for a property tax assessment freeze has certainly been on the radar of backers of the Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative, as reported in a recent Tribune article. One has to wonder... Read more »

100s of garage sales at Mill Creek in Geneva

The annual 3-day garage sale event at the sprawling Mill Creek development in Geneva kicked off its run on Thursday with strong participation despite the gloomy weather. More than 250 homes are participating in the event, and many of them have an almost astonishing variety of household goods, furniture, games, sports items and more on... Read more »