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North Shore – Barrington area home price growth is moderating

Barrington kitchen

The following arrived via a news release from the North Shore – Barrington Association of Realtors: Home prices on the North Shore continued to rise last month, but at a lower rate, reflecting the national picture. The medium home sale price in the North Shore – Barrington market increased 0.6 percent in July to $417,500, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 27, 2014
North suburbsNorthbrook

Is Northbrook the heart of the North Shore?

Northbrook park scene

Yesterday’s email served up another droplet in the endless stream of news releases touting a new development’s location as being “in the heart of the North Shore.” The development in question is in Northbrook, which is a North Shore community in the same sense that Oak Park is a Chicago neighborhood. The Village of Northbrook ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2014
North ShoreHighland Park

YoChicago’s video walk through the Ferris Bueller house

Ferris Bueller House

Last August I spent nearly two hours shooting photos and video at what, in deference to the listing agent’s wishes, we referred to in the above video as “the Ben Rose house,” after the name of its original owner. The home, built in 1953, together with an outlying pavilion built in 1974, has been described ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 30, 2014

Winnetka offices for the North Shore professional

874 Green Bay Winnetka

874 Green Bay Rd offers smaller office spaces completely renovated with the North Shore professional in mind. The building has a classic Tudor exterior and an all-new interior with shared kitchens, two baths per floor and a lobby waiting area. The bright, airy spaces have windows that open, air-conditioning and individual climate controls. 874 Green ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 22, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

Newly-remodeled apartments in a convenient Evanston location

941 Chicago Evanston

941 Chicago offers studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments a block from the Chicago / Main CTA and Metra stations. The apartments have been totally renovated and feature hardwood floors, all new kitchens and baths, and very functional layouts. The location is within a short walk of major grocery stores, restaurants and bars, and parks and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 19, 2014
DealsNorth ShoreLake Forest

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 ShoreNorthfield

A tight-as-a-noose North Shore rental market

Colonial Square Northfield

The rental market for MLS-listed North Shore homes and condos in the New Trier School District is as tight as we’ve ever seen it. As of yesterday evening, for example, only a single home was listed for rent in Kenilworth. Four homes were available in Glencoe, 9 in Wilmette, 3 in Winnetka and 2 in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 25, 2014
North ShoreNorthfield

A $5.25M Northfield home built in 2013 and completed in 2010

2202 Martin Ln Northfield

According to the current listing, the 7-bedroom home at 2202 Martin Ln in Northfield was built in 2013 and spans approximately 21,000 square feet. The listing has been active at Redfin for 194 days. The home was complete, except for a few finishing touches, when I walked through it and shot a video in December ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2014
North ShoreWilmette

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