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Wilmette teardowns are back

Beverly Dr Wilmette

Travel back in time to the spring of 2006 and you would have found more than 100 homes on the Village of Wilmette’s list of pending and approved demolition permits. We documented them at the time in five separate Flickr albums: East Wilmette, from Green Bay Rd east to Lake Michigan. East Central Wilmette, from ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 16, 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
North ShoreEvanston

Saying thanks with coffee and donuts at E2 in Evanston

E2 Evanston

Temperatures were in the single digits this morning when Fifield Companies‘ Randy Fifield set out to thank the construction workers at the new 356-unit E2 Apartments in Evanston. The hard-working crews from McHugh Construction gained a brief respite from the cold with coffee and donuts while Randy shared some of her background as an Evanston ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 12, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

Should AMLI Evanston be red-faced about its green claims?

Northwestern University

Three new apartment projects opened in Evanston last year, and all were designed to achieve some level of LEED certification. Being energy conscious and sensitive to the environment are de rigueur in Evanston, a North Shore community that boasts an Office of Sustainability. 1717 Evanston targeted LEED Silver certification and was awarded that designation last ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 3, 2014
North ShoreWinnetka

Wilmette’s winter wonderland annoys a neighbor

Wilmette Christmas lights

A year ago I wrote the following about a Wilmette home at the northeast corner of Cleveland and Thornwood: Wilmette resident Steve Maris has outfitted his home with an array of Christmas figures and more than 50,000 lights computer-controlled by more than 300 separate channels. Maris puts on the show, in part, for the benefit ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 19, 2013
North ShoreKenilworth

Shooting a no-go in Lincolnwood, still OK in Kenilworth

Kenilworth Metra station

Chicago Real Estate Daily is reporting that a Cook County Circuit Court Judge upheld the Village of Lincolnwood’s decision to bar a shooting range above Shore Galleries. If you’re a Kenilworth resident with a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card you’re welcome to use the Police Department’s shooting range at no charge. The Kenilworth police will ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 20, 2013
North ShoreHighland Park

Lease a vibrant villa in Highland Park

1074 Clavey Highland Park

It isn’t often that you’ll see a 2-bedroom, 1-bath home described as a “hand-built country villa.” But then, how would you respond if challenged to describe this one-of-a-kind polychromatic pad? The home, at 1074 Clavey Rd in Highland Park, was recently listed for rent, fully-furnished, for $2,500 a month. Click on the listing link to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 15, 2013
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

An Edward Dart masterpiece on a Glencoe acre

350 Sunrise, Glencoe

Architect Edward Dart completed nearly 100 projects before his premature death at 53, among them a landmark home at 350 Sunrise Circle in Glencoe. The current owners of the home were captivated by it from the moment they first saw it, and enjoyed it for 38 years. The 17-room home has 7 bedrooms, 4 full ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 7, 2013

Evanston’s 1717 Ridge apartments sell at $400K per unit

1717 Ridge, Evanston

The recently-completed and not yet fully-leased 175-unit apartment building at 1717 Ridge in Evanston has been sold for $70 million, according to Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily. Crain’s notes that the $400K per unit selling price “is likely the highest … ever paid for a suburban Chicago apartment property.” You can see a brief overview ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 12, 2013

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 ShoreEvanston

An architectural gem in southeast Evanston

1025 Forest Evanston

Designed in 1910 by the architect team of Spencer and Powers and built in 1911, this stunning “Prairie Tudor” home is situated on tree-lined Forest Ave in Southeast Evanston. Robert Spencer had worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and you’ll see his influence throughout the home. Most of the fixtures in the 6-bedroom, 3 ½ bath ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 27, 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
North ShoreHighland Park

Tour a Highland Park landmark, the Ben Rose house and pavilion

Ben Rose house

The Ben Rose house and pavilion has been said to be the most important modernist home in Chicagoland. It was designed by A. James Speyer, a student of Mies van der Rohe, for Ben Rose, an internationally-known textile designer, and built in 1953. In 1974 David Haid, another of Mies’ students, designed an addition to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 13, 2013
North ShoreWinnetka

Renovated office space in Winnetka

874 Green Bay Winnetka

My itinerary last Friday and Saturday started in Winnetka and moved on to Evanston, Park Ridge, the city and Highland Park. BJB Evanston, one of our sponsors, has a renovated retail / office building at 874 Green Bay Rd in Winnetka, at the intersection of Tower Rd and Green Bay. The building is in the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 12, 2013
North ShoreEvanston

Seat slots available for Evanston 4th of July parade

Evanston chairs

If you’re familiar with all the hoopla that surrounds the 4th of July parade in Evanston, you know that lawn chairs begin lining a more than mile-long stretch of Central Street at 6 a.m. on July 1st. A city ordinance prohibits the placement of chairs on the street parkway prior to that time. Back to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 3, 2013
North ShoreEvanston

An amenity-rich new luxury Evanston apartment community

1717 Ridge, Evanston

You’ll find much that’s unexpected at the new luxury apartment community at 1717 Ridge in downtown Evanston. The scope of the amenities package is rare in a 175-unit near-boutique building, and includes a business center, lounge, sprawling pool deck with barbecue grills and fire pit, a fitness center, a theater room, a conference center and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 24, 2013
North ShoreEvanston

A first look inside Evanston’s 1717 Ridge apartments

1717 Ridge, Evanston

The recently-opened 1717 Ridge apartments held its ceremonial grand opening last Wednesday, and drew a crowd despite the storm system that swept through the area that evening. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl keynoted the event. I attended the event and stopped by again on Friday, in better weather, to shoot some photos in preparation for a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2013
North ShoreEvanston

Tour a Georgian Revival home near Evanston’s Lighthouse Beach

705 Milburn Evanston

Koenig & Strey’s Sally Mabadi is our guide to this elegant, 5 bedroom, three-story Georgian Revival. The home, at 705 Milburn St, is beautifully situated in northeast Evanston, just steps to Lighthouse Beach and the award-winning Orrington School. 705 Milburn perfectly captures the old world craftsmanship of the 1920s with leaded glass windows, arched moldings, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 14, 2013
North ShoreEvanston

Sunny, spacious apartments in a convenient Evanston location

618 Hinman Evanston

The one- and two-bedroom apartments at 618 Hinman Ave boast hardwood floors, spacious rooms, built-ins, updated kitchens and baths and a gracious floor plan. The building has a laundry room, a fitness room and a huge back yard for outdoor relaxation and recreation. 618 Hinman Ave has easy access to the South Blvd CTA station ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 10, 2013