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Evanston apartment review, 1509 Hinman Ave

1509 Hinman

1509 Hinman is a 3-story, 33-unit courtyard apartment building at 1509 Hinman Ave in Evanston. The handsome brick and limestone building was completed in 1923 and has been recently remodeled. The elaborate limestone detailing on the building’s façade was a contributing factor to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The apartments 1509 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 17, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston apartment review, 1410 Chicago Ave

1410 Chicago Evanston

1410 Chicago is an 8-story, 84-unit contemporary brick apartment building at 1410 Chicago Ave in Evanston. 1410 Chicago was built in 1957 and has been recently remodeled. The apartments 1410 Chicago has a mix of studio, 1- and 3-bedroom apartments. Floor plans are available online. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,025 to $2,595 depending ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 16, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston apartment review, 1575 Oak Ave

1575 Oak Evanston

1575 Oak is an 8-story, 57-unit contemporary apartment building at 1575 Oak Ave in Evanston. The building was completed in 1961 and has been recently renovated. The apartments 1575 Oak has a mix of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,055 to $1,755 depending on apartment size. Floor plans ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 16, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston apartment review, 1420 Chicago Ave

1420 Chicago Ave Evanston

1420 Chicago is an 8-story, 28-unit contemporary apartment building at 1420 Chicago Ave in Evanston. 1420 Chicago was built in 1962 and has been recently remodeled. Locals call it “the blue building” for reasons that are readily apparent. The apartments 1420 Chicago has a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. Two- and 3-bedroom apartments ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 14, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston apartment review, 1576 Oak Ave

1576 Oak Evanston

1576 Oak is a 3-story, 36-unit courtyard apartment building at 1576 Oak Ave in Evanston. The brick and limestone building was completed in 1917. The large limestone quoins on the first-floor corners and sunrooms facing Oak Ave give the building a distinctive presence. The building also has frontage on Davis St with ground-level service establishments ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 13, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston apartment review, 1717, 1717 Ridge Ave

1717 Ridge Evanston

1717 is a new 8-story, 175-unit apartment building at 1717 Ridge Ave in Evanston. The building was completed in 2013 and has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The development team included Focus Development and Atlantic Realty Partners. Focus was the general contractor and Booth Hansen the architecture firm. The apartments ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 13, 2014
News & trendsMarket conditions

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