Archive for June 2011

A classic front porch in Hinsdale

If you’re a sucker for a great front porch you’ll want to take a close look at 444 S Madison St in Hinsdale. The newly-listed 4,535 square foot, 6-bedroom, 6-bath home is on a quarter-acre corner lot diagonally across from the K-5 Madison School. The broad, covered front porch faces west, affording a shaded afternoon... Read more »

Home prices in western suburbs fall less than in other Chicago regions

The Wall Street Journal has a useful interactive map of home price declines – from peak levels – presented on a map by ZIP Code. The color-coding on the map instantly makes clear that there’s been wide variability in price declines among Chicago’s regions and ZIP Codes. That fact helps put the widely-watched Case-Shiller data... Read more »

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. Baird & Warner buys F.C. Pilgrim Oak Park high-rise controversy back... Read more »
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A conveniently located Oak Brook contemporary

Home styles and people’s preferences for them vary widely throughout the Chicago area. In some suburbs traditional homes are the most prized and in others contemporary homes attract the most interest. If your preferences run toward the contemporary, Oak Brook should be on your house hunt. You’ll find spacious homes on large lots in sought-after... Read more »

Is there a market for $6 million homes in Hinsdale?

The highest-priced sale in Hinsdale during the past twelve months has been well shy of $5 million, so one has to marvel at the fact that four homes costing over $6 million are currently on the market or underway in the village. In the video Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin tours a newly-built 7-bedroom home with... Read more »

A 4-bedroom raised ranch in Oak Brook for $249K?

Would you like to own a 4-bedroom, 2-bath raised ranch on an oversized lot in a prime area of Oak Brook, surrounded by $1 million dollar homes, for $249,000? You bet you would, so I snapped to attention when I saw the above listing highlighted on Redfin‘s map search. The address, however, seemed oddly out... Read more »
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Come-on pricing or a screaming deal on a Bolingbrook townhome?

The price of a 3-bedroom, 1 ½ bath townhome at 459 Yorkshire Square in Bolingbrook has just been reduced from $153,000 to $40,000. The property had been on the market for nearly 8 months. The listing description says “make an offer today. This is a bank-approved short sale. The owner is entertaining all offers.” My... Read more »

The most livable Frank Lloyd Wright home in Oak Park

Right down the street from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park, sits the Thomas Gale house, one of three homes which were designed by a moonlighting Wright while he was still employed by Adler and Sullivan. When Sullivan found out about these side projects and others, Wright was summarily dismissed. And the... Read more »

New homes ready for occupancy at Reston Ponds of Sycamore

If you’re looking to make a move this summer so your family is settled for the new school year, now’s the time to take a look at two move-in ready new homes at Reston Ponds in Sycamore. Sycamore has an acclaimed school district, and Sycamore itself is a surprisingly interesting small town. Great parks and... Read more »
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Big discount during June at Remington Landings in North Aurora

During June, J. Lawrence Homes is offering a $30,000 price break on two ‘move-in-ready’ homes at Remington Landings in North Aurora. Just a couple minutes from I-88 and shopping on Orchard Road, these two brick homes have upgraded interiors and are beautifully landscaped with fantastic back yards. Get a jump on this sweet summer deal... Read more »