glencoe: Why Spring is Such a Good Time to Sell Your Home - 03/28/14 03:03 PM
Chicago's North Shore villages of Winnetka, Northfield, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glenview, and Glencoe have traditionally kicked off their real estate season as early as January.  Potential sellers have waited for the end-of-year holiday season to end before listing their homes.  
Springtime brings a hop to your step!  There is daylight savings time, warmer weather, and little green shoots pushing through the ground. Who wouldn't want to be out looking a new houses after months of cabin fever.
Sellers, meantime, can use the early cold months to get their house ready for market. This is the time to organize, clean up, and … (3 comments)

glencoe: Are Winnetka & North Shore New Construction Homes Getting Larger - 01/06/14 01:19 PM
In the Chicago Tribune, Mary Umberger wrote in December:  "The McMansion lives!  . . . No, I don't think the McMansion is dead.  People want that square footage."
She spoke with a spokesman at Pulte Builders (who does not build on the North Shore) who said that buyers still want large spaces - whether it's the kitchen, yard, master bedroom, closets or garage.  
I decided to do a quick survey on new construction homes that were built in 2003 versus new ones built in 2013.  
In the towns of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield, I found that newly … (7 comments)

glencoe: The North Shore Real Estate Market Report for 2013 - 01/05/14 12:46 PM
2013 was the comeback year for local real estate.  The comeback was slow and steady with increasing prices and demand in Winnetka and other North Shore villages.  There were multiple offers and many homes sold quickly - it was definitely a seller's market.
 
I foresee more homes coming on the market in Winnetka, Wilmette Kenilworth, Glencoe and Northfield in 2014 as sellers adjust to the new dynamic - it's not so scary anymore to list your house for sale!  
 
Here is how 2013 compared to 2012 in numer of houses sold, the average sold price, the ratio of the … (1 comments)

glencoe: 2014 Trends in Hardwood Floors | Westchester NY - 01/03/14 10:11 AM

You can always tell the age of a house if the floors are original.  The 1980s showed floors that were very light, and whitewashing was very popular.  Floors got dark, then light again, and now they're trending darker again.  If you are redecorating you will probably want to change the finish on your floors.  I tell my sellers, however, not to change them because new buyers will want to choose their own stains and finishes.
Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth and Glencoe all have many new construction homes being built and they are all installing darker floors, and sometimes different plank widths.  I … (3 comments)

glencoe: Winnetka & North Shore 3rd Quarter Real Estate Statistics - 12/12/13 03:12 PM
  Today's Chicago Tribune published an article in the Business section: "Cook County Home Prices Jump." The article stated that suburban Cook County saw in increase of 12.6% over last year 
during the 3rd quarter.  
Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield are all in Cook County.  So I have prepared a Winnetka & North Shore 3rd Quarter Market report that shows exactly where prices have headed.  The numbers are for the 3rd quarters of 2012 and 2013:
 
 
With the exception of 3-bedroom homes, prices have risen in 2013 over 2012 (which I think we all knew!)   
Overall North … (4 comments)

glencoe: Homes with 1 Acre in Winnetka, Wilmette, and the North Shore - 11/14/13 01:13 PM
Homes with 1 Acre in Winnetka, Wilmette, and the North Shore Homes with large lots are not common in Winnetka and other North Shore communities.  There are however, enclaves where large lots are in abundance, even expected.  These would include Indian Hill Road, Woodley Road, and various parts of Northfield.  
It's much easier to find a home with a 1/2 to 3/4 acre of land sprinkled throughout the area.  But a full acre is harder to find, and of course, more expensive.  
As of today, there are 27 homes for sale in Winnetka, Northfield, Wilmette and Glencoe that have … (3 comments)

glencoe: Pet Friendly Condos in Winnetka, Wilmette & the North Shore - 11/06/13 02:39 PM
Pet Friendly Condos in Winnetka, Wilmette & the North Shore Animal lovers are often frustrated in their search for a new condo in Winnetka and other North Shore suburbs.  I have had many buyer clients horrified to discover that their favorite condo complex won't allow man's best friend in the door. As a dog lover myself, I don't understand why all buildings don't just allow the creatures in their realm.  As a pragmatist, I know that some people don't like them, and others have severe allergies and can't like them even if they wanted.  My daughter's downtown rental solved the problem by … (5 comments)

glencoe: North Shore Real Estate Market Report - Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Evanston - 10/08/13 02:50 PM
North Shore Real Estate Year-to-Date Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield, Evanston, Glenview, Northbrook, Highland Park
Chicago's North Shore communities rebounded in 2013 - the figures have been up every month this year as I have shown in previous posts.  Year-to-date single family home sales for the past 3 quarters is shown in this chart.  With the exception of Northfield, all North Shore town showed an increase in sales.


 

Mortgage rates increased in May and June but that didn't slow down buyers' desire to purchase a new home.  As has often been said, rates are still historically low. … (1 comments)

glencoe: 5 Things You Didn't Know about the North Shore Real Estate Market - 08/06/13 02:38 PM
5 Things You Didn't Know about the North Shore Real Estate Market  
There are many signs throughout the North Shore that the real estate market has changed for the better.  One reason I like doing market reports is because of all the great data that comes out of it.  
I've just done market reports comparing 2012 to 2013 year-to-date (January-July.)  Here's what I discovered:
 
   1.  Kenilworth had the largest increase of total number of sales:  up 71%
   2.  Winnetka home prices dropped 6% in 2013.  
   3.  Northfield had the most condo sales both years:  21 … (5 comments)

glencoe: Guanajuato - Fresh Mexican Food in Glencoe - 07/24/13 07:33 AM
Guanajuato - Fresh Mexican Food in Glencoe Did you ever imagine that a strip mall in Glencoe would house a good restaurant that serves really fresh Mexican food . . . and over 50 specialty tequilas.  Years ago, it used to be the former restaurant Wholey Quacamole just a few store fronts away.  But Guanajuato (pronounced juan-a-wotto) is the real thing.
The owner, Margarita Challenger, comes from the city and state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.  After arriving in the United States about 20 years ago, she put herself through culinary school in Chicago.  She then opened a catering business with … (2 comments)

glencoe: Mexican Restaurants in Winnetka and the North Shore - 07/23/13 02:58 PM
Mexican Restaurants in Winnetka and the North Shore  

If you love Mexican food like me, you are always on the lookout for good restaurants in the suburbs.    Is your palate beyond cheesy burritos and heavy bean/rice side dishes?  (not bad stuff, just not "inspired".)  You know what I mean - the type of Mexican restaurant that does "fusion" or "nuevo" or whatever you wish to call it. 
Winnetka, alas, does not have its own Mexican restaurant, but Northfield, Wilmette, Glencoe, Highland Park, Evanston and Skokie do.  No chains here, just good, fresh and innovative Mexican fare.
 
Guanajuato - located … (1 comments)

glencoe: Winnetka and North Shore Restaurants - 06/21/13 10:29 AM
Winnetka and North Shore Restaurants
 
With Chicago being just a short drive or train ride away, it's tempting to head downtown for dinner.  But the North Shore is brimming with good dining spots of all varieties. Here's the rundown:Winnetka/Northfield:
Cafe Buongiorno - 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, - 847-784-8899 - made-from-scratch breakfasts and lunches
Happ Bar and Grill - 305 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-0784-9200 - American continenta'
Jerry's - 505-07 Chestnut, Winnetka - 847-441-0134 - opened in conjunction with Corner Cooks - eclectic, seasonal, a little French
Kyoto  - 1062 Gage St., Winnetka (corner of  Gage & Green Bay) 847-446-784-9398 - traditional … (1 comments)

glencoe: Block Parties - a Cherished North Shore Tradition - 06/12/13 10:21 AM
Block Parties - a Cherished North Shore Tradition Way back in 1986 when I moved to Roger Avenue in Kenilworth, the moms of the block revived an old tradition - the Fourth
of July block party.  
I moved away from the block in 1989 - but I have never given up on the block party.  Every year since, my family has returned, first with children in tow, and as they grew up, just the two of us. 
And so it is throughout the North Shore - and not just on the Fourth of July.  Every Memorial Day, Labor Day, and just … (1 comments)

glencoe: Winnetka & North Shore Summer Camps - 2013 - 04/11/13 02:36 PM
Winnetka & North Shore Summer Camps - 2013  
While the weather outside is frightful (can you sing along?) it is actually time to starting thinking about summer camps for your children. The North Shore area, including Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glenview, Northfield, Glencoe, Evanston and Highland Park have many good programs.  
The park districts offer the most for your dollar but there are lots of other choices as well.  Your kids can indulge in just good old sports, or try gymnastics, acting, chess, cooking, and even opera! Kenilworth

Little Springs Sports Camp                  … (7 comments)

glencoe: How to Protest Your New Trier Township Property Taxes - 04/04/13 02:37 PM
How to Protest Your New Trier Township Property Taxes Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe YEA for those of us living in North Cook County - 2013 is the tri-annual property tax reassessment for our area.  For property taxing purposes, Cook County is divided into three segments:  North, South, and Chicago.  We are in the North segment (which is Cook County north of North Avenue in Chicago.) New Trier Township is within the North segment and consists of 56,000 residents living in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and parts of east Glenview and east Northfield.
  You do not need to hire an … (12 comments)

glencoe: Winnetka & Glencoe Real Estate Market Report - March 2013 - 04/01/13 10:04 AM
Winnetka & Glencoe Real Estate Market Report March 2013 As I thought, home sales increased in March over February.  There have been so many homes going under contract so quickly that March and April had to have some good figures. Here's how March home sales in Winnetka and Glencoe ended up: WINNETKA Sold Homes:    10 Average Sold Price:     $1,014,450 Average List to Sell Price Ratio:    92% Average Number of Days on Market:  99 Current Winnetka Homes for Sale:    103 Low Price:    $509,000 High Price:    $21,900,000 (next lowest is $9,750,000.) Homes Under Contract:    75 GLENCOE Sold Homes    11 Average Sold … (1 comments)

glencoe: Winnetka & Glencoe IL - Real Estate Market Report - February 2013 - 03/05/13 12:07 PM
Winnetka & Glencoe IL Real Estate Market Report February 2013   With all the sales activity that I have seen, I was surprised to see very few sales in February - I'm sure they will hold over and close in March and April.  The local trend has been quick sales for well-priced homes, buyers walking away from homes that they don't see as a value, and home prices remaining steady but with a slight rise. Winnetka - February 2013 Sold homes:  4 Average Sold Price:  $1,143,750 Average List Price to Sell Price Ratio:  95% Average Days on Market:  231 Current Homes … (0 comments)

glencoe: Strawberry Hill in Glencoe, IL - 01/22/13 01:40 PM
Strawberry Hill in Glencoe, IL Strawberry Hill in Glencoe, IL is a subdivision that lies in the western side of Glencoe, abutting the beautiful Cook County Forest Preserves and the Skokie Lagoons.  After the main part of Glencoe was developed, this side, which was then called the Skokie Marsh, was drained and built upon. Strawberry Hill compromises approximately 160 acres and was opened up for development after World War II.  The driving force behind the architectural style here was Greta Lederer, who designed the newly popular bi- and tri-level homes that so dominate the area.  New homes were advertised for $15,000 … (5 comments)

glencoe: Relocating to the Chicago Area? - 01/16/13 08:56 AM
Relocating to the Chicago Area  
If you are thinking of moving to the Chicago area, the North Shore is one area you should definitely explore. The North Shore stretches north from Chicago and includes the suburbs of  Wilmette, Kenilworth,Winnetka, Northfield, and Glencoe (heading north from the city.)  
These communites make up one large contiguous area and while each suburb has its own unique feel, they are very similar in character.  Wilmette is the largest community and has the most diverse housing stock with homes ranging inprice from $300,000 to lake front mansions up to $4 million.  
Kenilworth is the smallest … (0 comments)

glencoe: Condos for Sale in Glencoe, IL - 01/15/13 01:42 PM
Condos for Sale in Glencoe, IL Condos in Glencoe are mostly found along the Green Bay Road corridor, with a few found elsewhere in town.  If you are looking to downsize, the availability  here is not as extensive as Winnetka or Wilmette.  The units with the best location in Glencoe were built in 1998 in the 300 block of Park Avenue and are one of the few not built on Green Bay Road.  These beautiful townhouses have three levels plus a basement and are just west of Vernon and walking distance to shopping and the train.  These are also the most expensive, but … (2 comments)

 
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