Archive for October 2011

Name the architectural style of this Hinsdale home

The listing copy describes the home at 312 East 9th St in Hinsdale as a “Greek neo-classic villa of proportion & substance. Blending the gracious style of today w/uniquely bold grandeur & panache.” I’ll go (tongue in cheek) with the “uniquely bold grandeur” but I’m hard-pressed to discover the panache, the proportion or the substance,... Read more »

Hilltop Colonial for $6.5M in Hinsdale

One of the shocks for East Coasters relocating to Chicagoland is its generally flat topography. No familiar rock outcroppings; no streets winding up and down rolling terrain. Hinsdale has hills. They’re not hills that will completely satisfy an East Coast transferee, but they’re about as good as it gets in the Chicago area. Gazing up... Read more »

Live like a lottery winner in Lombard

When Don Ryan, then Chairman of Lombard’s Plan Commission, won $11 million in the Illinois Lottery he didn’t head for a warmer climate as many might have. He built a 14-room, 4,085 square foot new home on one of the largest lots in Lombard. The home at 756 Finley Rd is now for sale for... Read more »

Why Carol and Ricky are leaving Oak Park for the West Loop

Oak Park is a very attractive community and Carol and Ricky have enjoyed the 28 years they’ve been homeowners there. Ricky retired a while ago, and Carol is nearing retirement. With an urge to travel more, and be closer to the things they love in the city, they scoured a number of Chicago neighborhoods for... Read more »

Oak Park 2-bedroom at less than half the 1990 price

A 4th floor, 2-bedroom condo at 429 Wesley Ave in Oak Park came on the market a week ago and quickly went under contract. The home was listed at $55,000 and had previously sold for $117,000 in 1990. If the listing pictures are any guide the condo appeared to be in good condition and very... Read more »

Black days for sellers at Elburn's Blackberry Creek

Five or more years ago the typical 4-bedroom, 2 ½ bath newly-built home in the Blackberry Creek subdivision in Elburn sold in the $300,000 range, plus or minus. Today the typical sale is a foreclosure or short sale at one-third below the 2004-2006 price. A 2,873 square foot, 4-bedroom, 2 ½ bath with a 3-car... Read more »

Western Springs has lots to offer, but little diversity

The Village of Western Springs has the aura of a small town – which it is, clocking in at under 3 square miles and fewer than 13,000 residents. La Grange is on its eastern border and I-294 separates it from Hinsdale to the west. One of the most striking things about Western Springs to an... Read more »

Hundreds of Aurora homes selling for under $60K

A quick look at surfaces more than 250 homes in Aurora selling for $60,000 or less. Quite a few of those homes are selling at a 75% discount from their previous sales price. Per square foot prices trigger a time-travel experience, with numbers straight out of the 1960s and 1970s – under $20 a square... Read more »

In Downers Grove, a flood plain is an LPDA

Most homebuyers are used to thinking of areas at risk of flooding as being on a flood plain. In Downers Grove the working moniker for flood-prone property is a Localized Poor Drainage Area or LPDA. The Village of Downers Grove website links to a map of LPDAs and provides a number of helpful tips and... Read more »

A new 5-bedroom home in Elmhurst's College View neighborhood

The 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 3,583 square foot newly-built home at 200 S Sunnyside Ave is a handsome addition to an already attractive block in Elmhurst’s College View neighborhood. The home is near Elmhurst College and York High School and is in one of the top locations in Elmhurst, according to listing agents Tom Makinney... Read more »