8 Things to Know about Living in the Flood Plain in Winnetka

8 Things to Know about Living in the Flood Plain in Winnetka
Considering that there are over 600 Winnetka homes that are located in the flood plain, I think it’s an issue of great importance to both buyers and sellers. Home buyers have told me unequivocally that they will not purchase in the flood plain. And then I explain that I have lived in three different homes in the North Shore... Read more »

Should Avoca School boundaries be changed to benefit some homeowners?

Should Avoca School boundaries be changed to benefit some homeowners?
Today I read an article from the Chicago Tribune/WinnetkaTalk about a Winnetka homeowner who wants to rezone her home by moving school boundary lines. Apparently, she purchased a home in 2018 and saw that the school district was listed as Avoca. She assumed it was a mistake . . . With that little blunder she... Read more »

Wilmette IL Home of the Week for Sale February 5, 2019

Wilmette IL Home of the Week for Sale February 5, 2019
WILMETTE IL HOME OF THE WEEK   I saw a home today that I think is a wonderful value. This home has approximately 3500 sq. ft home and is located in popular Kenilworth Gardens. Chestnut St. is the only street with deep lots (most homes in Kenilworth Gardens are only 130 to 150 feet deep.) The... Read more »
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Will Quartz be the Darling of Your New Kitchen?

Will Quartz be the Darling of Your New Kitchen?
The long dominance of granite for kitchen countertops has been ebbing for several years. It is no longer the reigning high-end countertop despite its durability and popularity. The new queen of the kitchen is quartz – and it’s actually more durable than granite. A slab of quartz is about 94% crushed quartz with polyester resins and pigments (for color)... Read more »

Things That Don't Determine Your Home's Value

Things That Don't Determine Your Home's Value
Getting to the right list price for your home is a mixed process.  After I’ve seen a home for the first time, I leave with a good idea of what the price range will be. I will fine tune it with my knowledge of the local inventory, by studying comparable homes, and to some extent, my gut... Read more »

Winnetka & North Shore Homes - the Sweet Spot Price

Winnetka & North Shore Homes - the Sweet Spot Price
The current median list price of homes for sale in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield is $1,100,000. So that seems like a good place to consider what’s on the market between $800,000 and $1,100,000 Your money will stretch farther in Wilmette, Northfield and Glenview than it will in the other villages.  They have a... Read more »
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Kenilworth Historic Homes

1879 home on Cumnor Road
As a former long-time resident of Kenilworth, I am familiar with the incredible history and story behind the architecture of this little village. Joseph Sears, for whom the school is named, bought approximately 224 acres in 1889 and set out to build a planned community. Streets were laid out to get the most sunshine, utilities... Read more »

Winnetka Secret Passages

Fisher Lane to Sheridan Road.  This path is currently in disrepair since it runs downhill and gets lots of water runoff.
My husband and I have always walked our dogs after dinner.  It’s feels good to get exercise after our biggest meal and we found a quiet time to talk about our hectic days.  Having been doing this for many years, we’ve discovered a few “secret” passages sprinkled throughout Winnetka that one would only know about... Read more »

The French Institute of the North Shore

In 1979 I stepped off a plane in Paris, France and from that moment on my life changed.  I was in awe and marveled at the beauty, charm, quirkiness, history, and cuisine of this enchanted country. One day I decided to stop into the  French Institute of the North Shore in Winnetka, and ask the owner... Read more »
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The Winter Wonders of Lake Michigan on the North Shore

Pier at Tower Road Beach in Winnetka
At this time of year, we’ve all but forgotten about an outing to the beach here in Winnetka and the North Shore.  But Lake Michigan is a constant wonder all year round even if it’s off our radar.  It can be really moody during the winter from lapping waves of pulpy ice to thunderous surf... Read more »