Archive for September 2011

High-quality video tours of Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Naperville and more

We’re always on the lookout for videos that showcase Chicago-area communities. Some of the best I’ve seen can be found at the website of John Greene, a west-suburban company based in Naperville. If you’re interested in Naperville, for example, you’ll definitely want to spend some time with the dozens of videos at John Greene’s site.... Read more »

Own a piece of Riverside history, the John Clarke Dore cottage

The Village of Riverside’s story is too storied to bear repeating, but if you’re interested you can visit the websites of the Village and the Riverside Historical Museum. One of the oldest homes in Riverside is the John Clarke Dore cottage, 100 Fairbank Rd, built in 1869. The home has had only five owners in... Read more »

An inheritable house in Hinsdale

According to the website for McAlpine Tankersley, the firm’s architecture “wedding historical precedence with graceful modern living, is a timeless and romantic pursuit of The Inheritable House.” The listing for the McAlpine Tankersley-designed home at 535 Warren Terrace in Hinsdale refers to the firm as “world renowned Architects.” Perhaps that phrase is misread from the... Read more »

West suburban rents on the rise but bargains still available

Today’s Beacon-News brings the following: Hunting for an apartment? Be prepared for a long search and high rent. New market studies show that the two-year trend of rent increases around Chicago and the suburbs will continue through this fall and could escalate into next year. And though real estate agents agree that it’s difficult to... 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. Aurora to study affordable housing? Geneva plans to block emerald ash... Read more »

Quick delivery on new townhomes in Oakbrook Terrace

Hartz Homes, a multi-generational family builder, has built homes in the Chicago area for over 50 years. Hartz’ OliviaBrook Townhomes in west-suburban Oakbrook Terrace offer high-end finishes and detailing appropriate to the sophisticated local market. Ranch and 2-story homes, both with full lower levels, are priced from the mid-$400s to mid-$500s and available for occupancy... Read more »

A visit to Elmhurst's Crescent Park neighborhood

Yesterday I visited two homes in the Crescent Park subdivision in Elmhurst with Tom Makinney and Maria Gracik of Koenig & Strey’s Gracik Makinney Group. We were shooting sponsored videos, which will be live at YouTube within a few days. The homes, at 350 E Ridge Ave, priced at $439,000, and 511 S Parkview Ave,... Read more »

Landmark home for sale in Elmhurst

that Robinwood, a home at 208 S Arlington Ave that had previously been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been granted local landmark status by the Village of Elmhurst. The 5-bedroom, 2 ½ bath English cottage has been restored with period details. It boasts leaded glass windows, a butler’s pantry, 3 fireplaces,... Read more »

Bank-owned properties in Geneva, St Charles, Elburn headed for auction

Four bank-owned, approximately quarter-acre subdivision lots in Elburn that were originally offered at nearly $90K will be auctioned next Saturday, September 17, with minimum bid prices of $12,500. Also up for auction that day will be a bank-owned single-family home in Geneva with a minimum bid price of $100,000, and residential lots in the Prairie... Read more »

A nearly-new "perfect" home in Oak Brook

You’re going pretty far out on a limb when you describe a home as “perfect,” but that’s the tag that listing agent Bryan Bomba has applied to 523 Wennes Ct in Oak Brook. Add in a “decadent first floor master suite” and it becomes hard to avoid a look-see if you’re shopping in the $4.3M... Read more »