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An Elmhurst Cape Cod and a market update

The dormered Cape Cod-style home is popular throughout the United States, and common in Elmhurst. The 4-bedroom, 2-bath Cape Cod at 328 Hillside has an uncommon feature — a large family room addition with patio doors leading to a nicely landscaped yard. The home has a recently-remodeled kitchen, a fully-finished basement and better storage than... Read more »

Tour week – a drive through Western Springs, the Mayberry of the western suburbs

While I’m away on vacation this week, I’m dipping into the archives to show you around parts of Chicago’s western suburbs we haven’t visited in a while. “It’s not the town for you if you want to be anonymous,” says Ann-Marie Hickey about Western Springs, which has been her home for the past 20 years.... Read more »

An Elmhurst 5-bedroom around the corner from three schools

The 3,600 square foot home at 318 Fair Ave has a number of features you don’t often find in newer construction in Elmhurst, especially in a home priced at $725,000. For starters, there’s a 3-car garage, made possible by the home’s location on a wide lot. The home has a volume living room with a... Read more »

More options at lower end of market in Clarendon Hills

When I visited Clarendon Hills just over two years ago there were very few homes available in the under $300,000 price range, and what was available – even in the low $300s – was small and not in what everyone would consider move-in condition. A quick scan of the current offerings surfaces a wider range... Read more »

A lakefront home in Downers Grove

Most people who are familiar with Downers Grove would find themselves in head-scratching mode when contemplating the possibility of lakefront property in the village. There are a few ponds in Downers Grove that, with a bit of stretching, you might be able to call a lake. What about fish-rich Bruce Lake, where there’s a home... Read more »

The Trib dishes the line on Lyons

There aren’t a lot of good sources out there to give home buyers a useful sense of the characteristics of different suburban communities. Mere statistics tell the story to some extent, but are no substitute for a reporter with a keen ear for a community’s vibe. The Chicago Tribune publishes the best collection of community... Read more »

A new owner and new approach for Yorkville's Grande Reserve

Chicago’s far west suburbs saw dozens of large subdivisions offered for sale during the boom years in the early to mid-2000s, and saw all of them flounder to greater or lesser degrees during the housing bust that followed. Grande Reserve, at 1,128 acres was the largest subdivision in Yorkville, and was originally planned to host... Read more »

Buy in Westmont, attend Hinsdale Central

A pristine, Tudor-inspired home in Elmhurst

Over many years I’ve been in many spotless homes that have been carefully prepped for viewing. Few, if any, matched the pristine condition of a custom home I visited recently in Elmhurst. The 5-bedroom, 5 ½ bath home at 757 S Berkley Ave rests on a pretty tree-lined street in the Lincoln Elementary School attendance... 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 »