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ChicagoSouth Side

A brief take on Hyde Park’s Shoreland apartments

Shoreland lobby, Chicago

I visited Hyde Park‘s newly-renovated Shoreland apartments last Saturday for a sponsored video shoot. Here are my first impressions of what I saw, and what I heard. The contrast between the Shoreland’s ornate Spanish Renaissance Revival exterior and its Art Moderne lobby couldn’t be more striking. A variety of furniture groupings and colorful rugs reduce ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 17, 2014
North ShoreWinnetka

On a sandy beach in Winnetka

Sheridan Rd Winnetka

There’s a chill in the evening air at this time of year that may inspire you to dream about life on a sandy beach in a warmer clime. Or it may just have you looking forward to summer’s return and an idyllic waterfront home on the North Shore. There are currently only five lakefront homes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 15, 2013
North ShoreWilmette

Can an off-lakefront Wilmette home command $4.5 million?

723 8th St Wilmette

The asking price for the 6-bedroom, 6 ½ bath home at 723 8th St in Wilmette is $4,500,000. The home, built in 2011, boasts an outdoor pool and a 3-car garage on a nearly half-acre lot. The classic American Foursquare architecture of the home blends well with its East Wilmette neighbors. Homes in the $4M+ ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Can you imagine the South Side as home to a game-changing urban ideal?

McCaffery, South Works

Or is McCaffery Interests overly optimistic in anticipating a 25 to 45-year time frame for completion of its Lakeside development? McCaffery Interests posted the above video at YouTube yesterday. It appears to address developers who might have an interest in acquiring land and building on the nearly 600-acre former site of US Steel. From the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 13, 2013
North ShoreWinnetka

A well-attended lakefront party at a superlative Winnetka home

175 Sheridan Winnetka video

Coldwell Banker’s Julie Deutsch and Maureen Mohling have seen and sold many of the North Shore’s grandest homes. The Italianate villa at 175 Sheridan Rd in Winnetka, they say, is among the very best. It was completely gutted and rebuilt over a two-year period and is, in effect, a new home, albeit one dating to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 11, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

A rare rental on the beach in Wilmette

Langdon Park Beach video

There are only a few dozen single-family homes in Wilmette that have private beaches, and it’s extremely rare to see one of them become available for rent. The 6-bedroom home on a 50 x 509 foot lot at 1204 Michigan Ave was just listed as a short-term rental (August 25 to June 14) – just ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 10, 2012
North ShoreWinnetka

Can a not-great Winnetka neighborhood fetch $16.7 million?

319 Sheridan Rd Winnetka

If the notion of a second-rate neighborhood in Winnetka seems strange to you, you probably don’t live in Winnetka. “That’s not a great neighborhood. It’s just north of Elder Lane [park]. I think he’s smoking something,” was the off-the-cuff reaction from a knowledgeable Winnetka agent I called for a quick take on a newly-listed lakefront ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 12, 2012

An idyllic Fox Lake home on 5 lakefront acres

900 Benjamin Fox Lake

After 20 years of renting large beachfront homes for an annual family gathering, I’ve become a tough critic of the vacation home genre. The one you’ll see in this video is truly a gem and, at $850,000, strikes me as a genuine bargain. The 7,500 square foot home at 900 Benjamin Ave has a 5-acre ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 20, 2012
North ShoreEvanston

University housing options at Grand Bend in Evanston

Grand Bend at Green Bay, Evanston, IL

With fall semester right around the corner, Northwestern students are finalizing plans for housing. With rents rising and condo prices at their lowest in years, students and their parents are finding that after all the figures are done, buying could be the right choice. This article in the Chicago Tribune looks at buying vs renting ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 23, 2011
Far north suburbsLibertyville

A Lake Geneva alternative in Libertyville

419 E Winchester Libertyville

Mark Stone was 17 years old when his dad bought two abandoned gravel quarries in Libertyville. At the time, he didn’t share his dad’s vision of the pristine environment he came to love on what became Lake Minear. After living in a much larger home in Riverwoods for 13 years Mark commissioned North Shore architect ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 11, 2011
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston’s most beautiful lakefront home

Evanston Lakefront home

When I saw listing copy describing 581 Ingleside in Evanston as the “most beautiful lakefront home” I was skeptical. So, I called the listing agent, Sally Mabadi in Evanston of Prudential Rubloff and arranged a tour. A quick walk around the home and the grounds quickly overcame my skepticism. If this isn’t the most beautiful ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 24, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lake Point Tower, 505 N Lake Shore Dr, Streeterville

Lake Point Tower, Daniel Schwen photo

The 70-story Lake Point Tower soars in splendid, undulating isolation as the only high-rise east of Lake Shore Drive. It’s likely to retain that distinction if Chicago honors the Canal Commission’s 1836 decree that the lakefront “remain forever open, clear and free of any buildings or other obstruction whatever.” Architects John Heinrich and George Schipporeit, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 14, 2011

Mundelein leap-frogged by gentrification?

Mundelein lakefront home

The Tribune’s latest community profile tells us that: When the gentrification wave swept across Lake County in the 1980s-90s, on its way from the North Shore to the Barringtons, it skipped Mundelein, which remains their down-to-earth, unpretentious cousin. We don’t know about that gentrification wave, but the Trib’s description of Mundelein as “affordable” seems fitting. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 13, 2011
North ShoreEvanston

The finest lakefront property on the North Shore?

Evanston lakefront home

Chicago’s North Shore is speckled with spectacular lakefront mansions in idyllic multi-acre settings, a fact that instantly triggers skepticism when you encounter one, newly listed for $5.25M, that purports to be the “finest lakefront property on [the] North Shore.” The 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 1950s-era home at 581 Ingleside Park in Evanston is on a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 13, 2011
North suburbsPark Ridge

On the waterfront home in Park Ridge

Park Ridge waterfront

If the above picture gives an accurate perspective on this home’s location, it is immediately on the water on Park Ridge’s private 14-acre Murphy Lake. It’s highly unusual to find a home with a boat dock this close to downtown Chicago, and even more unusual to find one with this home’s specs. The newly-listed 3-year ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 5, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Larger living areas, more options at 600 North Lake Shore Drive

600 Lake Shore Drive

As the market changed, buyers at 600 Lake Shore Drive began telling Stephanie Maloney, a top sales associate at the development, that they would like to see larger public spaces in the units. Even though the project is nearing a sellout, developer Buzz Ruttenberg of Belgravia Group responded by reconfiguring 3-bedroom, 3-bath units to enlarge ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 31, 2011

A $3.5M Keck teardown in Glencoe

573 Longwood Glencoe IL

Today’s new listings include a 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath lakefront home in Glencoe attributed to Keck & Keck. It’s priced at $3,495,000. The home, on an acre-plus lot at 573 Longwood Dr is being sold “as is” as a “could rehab.” The listing suggests that the value is in the land, making the home a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 23, 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
North ShoreWilmette

Condo open house event on the lake in Wilmette

1420 Sheridan Wilmette IL

Seven of the 74 units at 1420 Sheridan in Wilmette are currently on the market, and six of them will be open for viewing from noon to 2 on Sunday, February 6. The available units range from a 2-bedroom, 2 ½ bath priced at $295,000 to a 3-bedroom, 4 ½ bath priced at $899,000. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 6, 2011

Valley Lo, lakefront living in Glenview

Valley Lo, Glenview IL

YoChicago has a huge library of drive-around video shot on sunny days this past summer in north suburban and North Shore communities. I just tapped that library for a brief look at Valley Lo, a 60s and 70s-era development in Glenview. Valley Lo is both a private club and a residential development built around a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 3, 2011