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Head for Evanston on the Fourth of July

An Evanston City ordinance allows lawn chairs to be placed on the parkways beginning July 1st to stake out prime spots for the Evanston Fourth of July Parade. That’s 6 a.m. July 1st, and you better believe the chairs were out there. Chairing up a prime spot for the Evanston parade is as much of... Read more »

An update on the Ferris Bueller home

Despite her decades of selling unique properties Coldwell Banker’s Meladee Hughes was surprised by the media attention focused on the Ferris Bueller home. The home is temporarily off the market while it’s undergoing some renovation. “It will be back, and it will be beautiful and we’ll be inviting everyone to come see it again,” says... Read more »

A Colorado-style home in Wilmette's Indian Hill Estates

The recently-listed 6-bedroom home at 1045 Romona Rd sits on a secluded half-acre lot with an in-ground pool and hot tub. The site is larger than you’ll find in most of Wilmette, even in Indian Hill Estates. And the home is unusual, with a 2-story family room and an open, flowing plan oriented toward the... Read more »

The big topic is keeping the deals together

Every so often I check in with Mike Stern, the manager of Koenig & Strey’s Evanston office, for a recap of what’s trending in the Evanston real estate market. Mike is a 25-year veteran of Chicago real estate who always has solid information and a good feel for the pulse of the market. He’s a... Read more »

An updated home at the Courts of Regent Wood in Northfield

You’ll often encounter the term “Blietz-built” in listings for North Shore homes and condos. It’s shorthand for a high level of quality and thoughtfulness in design and siting, and award-winning landscaping. The Blietz-built (early 90s-era) Courts of Regent Wood in Northfield is one of the most lavishly landscaped developments on the North Shore. The development... Read more »

Remembering a more affordable - and neighborly - Winnetka

Proponents of affordable housing in Winnetka have created a Web site – Winnetka is Neighborly (WIN) – to inform Winnetkans on the long-simmering controversy. The site links to a Google Group which people can join to stay current. Anyone who’s spent any amount of time in Winnetka has seen the many modest homes, 2-flats and... Read more »

Kenilworth rental for $2,800 a month

When we checked Kenilworth rentals last week, only two were available, priced at $7,500 and $9,000 a month. Those two homes represented the smallest number listed for rent in the MLS in Kenilworth since we began tracking rental inventory a year ago. A 3-bedroom, 1 ½ bath home at 535 Melrose Ave just came on... Read more »

North Shore open house picks - a garden party event

Cheri Allen, who owns Wilmette-based The Village Gardener, will demonstrate container gardening at two open houses this Sunday, April 17. The townhome at 2257 Royal Ridge in Northbrook is open from 11:30 to 1:30. It features 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half-baths, a 2-story great room, and carries a price tag of $589,000 after... Read more »

Evanston home sells after a storm of interest

Whatever the general market conditions might be, well-priced, well-located homes still generate a major flurry of buyer interest and go under contract quickly – even in the midst of a historic snowstorm. Coldwell Banker’s Alan May listed 2752 Central Park Ave, just half a block from Willard Elementary School, on a Sunday. On Tuesday, May... Read more »

Just where were those 30 $1M home sales?

Many of the numbers he talks about these days aren’t very pretty, particularly when it comes to Moorehead’s sweet spot: upper-bracket homes. According to the realty board, only 30 homes sold for $1 million or more in 2010, one fewer than in 2009. And those 30 homes were the fewest number of million-dollar homes sold... Read more »