Living in McKenzie Square Wilmette IL

McKenzie Square is one of Wilmette’s distinct neighborhoods and named for the local school, McKenzie Elementary School. This area is roughly bounded by Green Bay Road on the east; Ridge Road on the west side; Lake Avenue along the north side; and Wilmette on the south.   McKenzie Square is decidedly popular with home buyers – it’s centrally located... Read more »

Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette - Year-to-Date Real Estate 2020

Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette - Year-to-Date Real Estate 2020
Kenilworth Gardens, Wilmette Year-to-Date Real Estate 2020   Like many North Shore areas, Kenilworth Gardens in Wilmette is experiencing a real estate boomlet. Always a popular area for buyers, Kenilworth Gardens offers diverse housing options along with good schools, transportation, and all the restaurants and shops that downtown Wilmette offers. Here’s a snapshot of home... Read more »

Buyers are Skipping Fixer-Uppers. Why they Shouldn't

Strip window treatments, refinish floors, paint
Early in my career (1990s) most of the buyers I worked with in Winnetka and the North Shore were adamant about finding a fixer-upper. A home that they could “make into their own.” They often told me they didn’t want what someone else had done to the home, they had their own visions. Fast forward... Read more »
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Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette Year-to-Date Housing Report

Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette Year-to-Date Housing Report
Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette IL Year-to-Date Housing Info   Kenilworth Gardens is always a popular area for buyers to explore when they consider moving to Wilmette. It’s centrally located, close to schools, and parks, and an easy walk to the  Metra train or short drive to the expressway to Chicago. Here are the numbers comparing year-to-date home sales... Read more »

So Much to Love About 618 5th Street in Wilmette

So Much to Love about 618 5th Street – a new listing in Wilmette   This delightful Wilmette home for sale is for someone who’s looking to buy a newer home that is move-in-ready. The home is in a prime east Wilmette location near Gillson park and beach, CTA, and a short walk to Wilmette’s hopping downtown... Read more »

See What Sold in Your Winnetka North Shore Village in June 2020

There has been a surge of sales and under contract homes in the North Shore villages of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield. Due in large part to pent up demand from the stay-at-home quarantine coupled with unrest in downtown Chicago buyers are looking again to the suburbs.  The number of under contract homes is... Read more »
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How did Winnetka and the North Shore Housing Market do in 2019?

Most North Shore agents would say they’re glad 2019 is behind us. It was not as robust a selling year as 2018 and many of us felt that sales were sluggish with some outliers throwing the numbers out of whack. In the information listed below, for example, Kenilworth had 22% fewer home sales in 2019... Read more »

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 »
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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 »