Archive for July 2011

Listed a home in Sycamore the other day; didn't know where Sycamore was

I was listening to the radio yesterday as I headed into the city, and heard a real estate agent delivering the all-too-typical babble about working “throughout Chicagoland.” To illustrate her point, the northwest suburban-based agent said “I listed a home in Sycamore the other day; didn’t even know where Sycamore was” before driving out there.... Read more »

Smoke-testing the sewers in Elmhurst

July’s record-breaking rains should place all suburban home buyers on the alert for flooding issues in any home they’re considering. We’ve written previously about Elmhurst, which seems to be a municipality with a greater than average propensity to submersion during heavy rainfalls. A Google or YouTube search for Elmhurst flooding will give you some idea... Read more »

The Tribune finds La Grange Park a little town with a lot of appeal

As someone who has written, commissioned and edited hundreds of community profiles over a span of several decades, I know how difficult it can be to develop and communicate an accurate take on a community. That said, I’m generally impressed with the Tribune’s series of community profiles. When I don’t have much familiarity with a... Read more »

Hinsdale high schools suspend challenging property tax appeals

If you bought a home in Hinsdale and challenged a property tax assessment that you thought was too high you might have found attorneys for Hinsdale District 86 high schools opposing your appeal, according to a recent report in Trib Local. The assessment appeal challenges have been suspended for a bit, but the financial squeeze... Read more »

Weekend open house pick – Oak Park 4-bedroom for $529,000

The 4-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home at 800 North Columbian Ave in Oak Park surfaces as a “new listing.” Like many “new” listings of late it’s been on the market since last year and gone through a series of delistings, relistings and price changes. This is a charming home on a 50 x 124 corner... Read more »

An Oak Park 3-bedroom for $54,900

As recently as November of 2007 the 3-bedroom condo at 336 N Austin Blvd in Oak Park merited a mortgage that was nearly three times the recently-reduced asking price of $54,900. That mortgage went into foreclosure and the property is now for sale through FNMA’s HomePath program. The condo is in a 19-unit vintage greystone.... Read more »

Hinsdale highs, Cicero lows, old new listings

Three hundred and forty-nine new listings in Chicago’s near west suburbs were entered in the local Multiple Listing Service during the past week. The six highest priced homes were all in Hinsdale, topped by the 9,000 square foot home on a half-acre lot at 939 Cleveland Rd. It is listed at $5,100,000 and includes 5... Read more »

St Charles proposes licensing landlords, evicting criminals

Or, as the Daily Herald headline so colorfully phrases it, “St Charles looks to chase riffraff out of rental units.” Responding to what’s reported to be disproportionate police activity in rental units, St Charles is considering a licensing program for landlords. According to the Daily Herald: The program would help landlords navigate criminal background checks... Read more »

New townhomes underway in Elmhurst

New construction activity has slowed throughout the Chicago area, but it hasn’t stopped. And, in many of the more desirable suburbs, well-conceived small infill projects have been selling well. T.E. McKenna Builders, which has built more than 200 homes and townhomes in the Elmhurst area, recently began construction on six new homes at The Townhomes... Read more »

River Forest period home price-reduced again

River Forest District 90 elementary and middle schools rank among the state’s best and middle schools and Oak Park River Forest High School is also highly-rated. The schools, the housing stock and mass-transit access to downtown Chicago make it easy to understand why so many families find west suburban River Forest so attractive. The commute... Read more »