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A Lake Forest 3-bedroom single-family under $200K

1197 Telegraph Lake Forest

The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home at 1197 Telegraph in Lake Forest is on a site that spans nearly half an acre. It’s within walking distance of shopping, schools and a Metra station. Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) is currently renovating the home and offering it for sale at $190,000. The renovation includes a new kitchen, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 8, 2014
North ShoreLake Forest

MLS-listed North Shore rentals are scarce

Tower Road Beach

If you thought there was a shortage of homes for sale on Chicago’s North Shore, take a look at how the rental market has shrunk over the past two years. At this time two years ago there were 45 homes and condos listed for rent in the MLS in Lake Forest ZIP Code 60045. Glencoe ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 17, 2014

Lake Forest chapel converting to walk-in closet

Lake Forest chapel

Over the years I’ve been in a number of homes that had attached private chapels, several of them capable of seating dozens of people. The chapel pictured above is far smaller than many a walk-in closet that I’ve seen. According to a real estate agent quoted in Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily, the buyers plan ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 6, 2013
North ShoreLake Forest

Will a soft Lake Forest market lead to granny flats?

Lake Forest public library

Trib Local recently reported that Lake Forest is considering amending its zoning code to allow second living units, e.g. coach houses and garage apartments, on single-family properties. According to a news release for the public forum that the Tribune covered: Current economic conditions have made the sale of larger properties, with historic homes and outbuildings, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 26, 2013
North ShoreLake Forest

Down-and-up pricing on a Lake Forest home

1392 W Old Mill Lake Forest

Lake Forest differs, in many ways, from the mental picture that many have of a long-settled bastion of North Shore mansions. Perhaps the greatest difference is that the majority of Lake Forest housing is of fairly recent vintage, built within the past 50 years, and quite a bit of it in large subdivisions west of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 25, 2013
North ShoreLake Forest

An award-winning David Adler restoration in Lake Forest

Adler home in Lake Forest

David Adler was one of the most prolific and prominent architects and designers during the era of the “great American house,” and the North Shore suburb of Lake Forest is a showcase for some of his best. Adler’s clients were often willing to spend lavishly on detailing even the outbuildings on their estates to create ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 23, 2012
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Deal of the month – Lake Forest charmer for $180K

863 McKinley Lake Forest

Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) has just acquired and is offering for sale a 3-bedroom, 2-bath farmhouse at 863 N McKinley Rd in Lake Forest. The price is $180,000, which is $70K less than what CPAH paid for it less than a month ago, and about half of the $349K it sold for in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 21, 2011
North ShoreLake Forest

The price goes down, the price goes up, Lake Forest home doesn’t sell

1955 Telegraph Rd Lake Forest

A Lake Forest home has undergone multiple price ups and downs in its nearly 3-year tenure in the MLS. We first began tracking it as new construction in July of 2006. At $5,249,000, the French Provincial home at 1955 Telegraph Rd is the highest-priced listing west of Waukegan Rd in Lake Forest. It had that ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 20, 2011
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One of Lake Forest’s earliest homes is for sale

660 Sheridan Rd Lake Forest

The Italianate mansion at 660 Sheridan Rd, one of the oldest homes in Lake Forest, was just listed for sale at $3,999,999. It’s one of four homes honored by the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation (LFPF) in celebration of Lake Forest’s 150th birthday. The 7,066 square foot, 7-bedroom, 5 full, 2 half-bath home on 2.47 acres ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 8, 2011
North ShoreKenilworth

Kenilworth is the capital of stately on the North Shore

144 Woodstock, Kernilworth IL

If you’re a hard-core Joycean, as I once was, the word “stately” immediately calls to mind the opening of Ulysses and the rites of “stately, plump Buck Mulligan.” That’s especially true as Bloomsday nears. Stately is a staple in the real estate vocabulary, presumably because some aspire to an estate in a state of stateliness. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2011
North ShoreLake Forest

Amberley Woods condos launch final phase in Lake Forest

Amberley Woods video

New projects are still being launched in Chicago’s suburbs. Sales are now underway for the final building at Amberley Woods in Lake Forest. Eighteen different 2- and 3-bedroom floor plans are available at prices beginning in the high $290s and ranging to nearly $1M. Units feature high-end finishes, 10-foot ceilings and prices include 2 heated ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2011
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Final-phase condos at Amberley Woods in Lake Forest

Amberley Woods, Lake Forest

Sales are now underway for the final building at Amberley Woods in Lake Forest. Eighteen different 2- and 3-bedroom floor plans are available at prices beginning in the high $290s and ranging to nearly $1M. Units feature high-end finishes, 10-foot ceilings and prices include 2 heated garage spaces. My video visit, above, was at an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 23, 2011
North ShoreLake Forest

Notable new listing – Shaw home in Lake Forest

81 Laurel Lake Forest

The Howard Van Doren Shaw home at 81 Laurel was once considered a teardown candidate but was meticulously restored by committed owners. The Moorish gardens, designed by Rose Standish Nichols, have also been restored. The 8,000 square foot, 7-bedroom, 6 ½ bath home is on a nearly 2-acre site close to downtown Lake Forest. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 19, 2011
North ShoreLake Forest

Yet another Lake Forest Adler

1421 Lake Rd, Lake Forest IL

We’ve reported before on the unusual number of David Adler homes that have come to market recently. Add a lakefront Adler in Lake Forest to what’s becoming an Army of Davids. The 7,691 square foot, 6-bedroom, 6 ½ bath home at 1421 Lake Rd in Lake Forest is on a more than 2-acre site with ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 22, 2011

Lake Forest open house pick

After a recent price reduction, and nearly two years on the market, the 10-year old 18-room home at 254 W Laurel Ave in Lake Forest is listed at $4,150,000. It was purchased for $5,475,000 in October of 2005. The 9,544 square foot “French chateau estate” boasts 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, an outdoor pool with waterfall, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 30, 2011
North ShoreLake Forest

Strategic defaults and walk-aways in Lake Forest

Wilmette sailing beach

Times are apparently tough in Lake Forest – for boat owners. According to a recent article at Lake Forest Patch, there are currently 19 sailboats on the beach storage rack at Forest Park Beach, and none of them have paid their 2010 fees. Some of the boats may have been abandoned by their owners.

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 22, 2011
North ShoreLake Forest

When times go bad in Lake Forest

Video: Tall Grass Lane, Lake Forest, IL

“When times go bad, when times get rough,” Fleetwood Mac would have you lay down in the tall grass (video). Join Joe and Jordan Zekas for a drive – with vocals – along Tall Grass Lane, in the Conway Farms development in Lake Forest, where some home sellers have experienced rough times during the past ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 30, 2010

What happened to that looming North Shore foreclosure wave?

Late last year real estate agents were sounding alarms about a pending tsunami of foreclosures on the North Shore. It doesn’t appear to be happening. The Woodstock Institute’s Q2 2010 report was recently released, and the pickings appear to be relatively slim for foreclosure foragers in the more populous North Shore communities. Foreclosure filings for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 22, 2010
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A David Adler coach house is not a city coach house

Local correspondent Ned Skae reports that Lake Forest has more David Adler historic homes on the market than perhaps ever before. If your vision of a coach house is shaped only by your experience in the city you’ll be startled by the coach house pictured above, at 51 Mayflower Road in Lake Forest. See the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 1, 2010

Shark bites: Top five North Shore discounts

Matt Garrison’s CondoShark.com tracks the biggest discounts on homes in seven Chicago neighborhoods and eight suburbs. This morning I browsed the suburban listings at Garrison’s ShoreShark page and found these properties, which represent the five biggest discounts on North Shore homes. Click on the links below to see listings for these homes. 515 Kenilworth Ave ...

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