Archive for November 2011

A home with acreage in downtown Geneva

Geneva has, in my book, the most charming, walkable and interesting downtown of any of Chicago’s far western suburbs. Getting to downtown and the train station can, however, be a hassle during busy weekday hours. Its walk-to-train location is just one of the pluses of the newly-listed 5,500 square foot, 4-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home... Read more »

West suburban real estate news roundup, November edition

If you’re homeward bound to Chicago’s western suburbs, the local media can help you learn the flavor of the different communities and keep you up-to-date on real estate news. Not all of the stories linked below qualify as actual “real estate news,” but they may affect your decision on where to move. Several new businesses... Read more »

Oak Park rental market stronger, but still soft

Marcus & Millichap, a respected investment real estate brokerage firm, recently released its Q4 Apartment Research Market Report for the Chicago metro area. The summary: The release of pent-up demand and tempered hiring by employers this year will keep the Chicago apartment market on track to post a vacancy rate less than the level recorded... Read more »

Eye-stopping stonework on Cicero 2-flat short sale

While scrolling through a page of west-suburban new listings, one property brought me to a complete halt. It isn’t easy to ignore the stone front façades of the 2-flat at 5108 3 24th Pl in Cicero and its neighbor to the east. The property has two 3-bedroom, 1-bath apartments, a finished basement, and a 2-car... Read more »

North Shore builder offers spec home in Hinsdale

George Adamczyk & Company, which bills itself as a “Builder of Finely Crafted Homes,” is better known for its work on Chicago’s North Shore, but is no stranger to Hinsdale. The company is currently offering a to-be-built 4,650 square foot 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home with a 2-car garage at 530 N Grant St in... Read more »

RE/MAX reports 22.3 percent jump in Metro Chicago home sales

Rather than summarize the data for you, I’ll just reprint the RE/MAX news release in its entirety: October home sales activity in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market continued the upward trend evident during the third quarter of 2011, according to an analysis by RE/MAX of home sales statistics collected by Midwest Real Estate Data,... Read more »

Four and a half years on the market in Plainfield

The 6,000 square foot, 4-bedroom, 4-bath home at 24905 W Pine Cone Ln in Plainfield has been on and off the market since May of 2007. At one time it was listed for $1.5M but now sports an asking price of $650,000. The home is on a 9.2 acre parcel that backs up to the... Read more »

Newly-listed Forest Park one-bedroom for $21K

Values on condos have been plunging throughout Chicago’s suburbs to levels that make rent vs buy comparisons almost irresistible. Take, for example, a newly-listed one-bedroom in Forest Park. The condo, at 1013 S Des Plaines Ave, came on the market 2 days ago for $21,000 – less than half the price for which it sold... Read more »

More home for the bucks in West Chicago

The basics: 6,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms, all with full private baths, 2 additional half-baths, a 4-car garage, a custom home on a 1.6-acre site in a small subdivision surrounded by forest preserve. We’re talking serious money, no? Not really. The asking price for 1N546 Burr Oak Rd in West Chicago is just $425,000, and... Read more »

Beechen and Dill offers a custom home in Clarendon Hills

Early in2010 I toured a number of Beechen and Dill homes in Lockport and Romeoville for the Tribune’s Festival of Homes. You can see one of the homes, a light-filled luxury residence, in the above video, and in the second part of my tour at YouTube. Next year will mark Beechen and Dill’s fortieth of... Read more »