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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Why the South Loop is a great place to call home

Museum Park

Coldwell Banker’s Nadine Ferrata has lived in the South Loop for more than 20 years and loves calling it her home. The South Loop has a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife, many grocery shopping options, excellent public transportation, good school options and some of the best public park access in the city. The South ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2014
ChicagoFar North

Will an Andersonville school convert to “Trumbull Lofts”?

Trumbull school Chicago

A recent Atlantic Cities post sketched the real estate issues that accompany school closings: One of the thorniest issues (in what is a veritable forest of mess) is what to do with those school buildings once they’re empty. Often, the facilities are in poor shape, with promised renovations put off quasi-indefinitely. Many are located in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2013
West suburbsElmhurst

A split-level Elmhurst home with a great deck and yard

793 S Washington Elmhurst

The owners of the 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath split-level at 793 S Washington St have renovated the home over time to make it a warm and cozy environment. The main level opens into an L-shaped living / dining room with hardwood floors. Adjacent to the updated eat-in kitchen is an expansive deck overlooking a large ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 26, 2013
West suburbsElmhurst

A like-new Nantucket-style home in center-of-town Elmhurst

249 E St Charles Elmhurst

The 4-bedroom, 4-bath Nantucket-style home at 249 E St Charles Rd is in a convenient center-of-town Elmhurst location. This like-new, spacious home was built in 2008 and boasts 3,000 square feet of open-plan living area. The home has a separate formal dining room with butler’s pantry, a large kitchen island adjacent to a breakfast area ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 19, 2013
West suburbsElmhurst

A wonderfully rehabbed ranch close to Elmhurst schools

210 Van Buren Elmhurst

The 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch at 210 W Van Buren St has a great Elmhurst location. It’s diagonally across the street from Jackson Elementary School, a few blocks from Bryan Middle School, and close to everything that Oak Brook has to offer. The corner-lot home has been beautifully rehabbed and tastefully decorated. It has an unusually ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 18, 2013
North ShoreWinnetka

Across from Winnetka’s Crow Island School, and under $500K

Crow Island School video

The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home at 1129 Willow Rd in Winnetka has been on the market for almost 4 months despite a sub-$500K price tag. The market time is a sign that buyers have found it deficient in some manner compared to the competition. There’s nothing comparable currently on the market in Winnetka, but similar homes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 23, 2013
West suburbsElmhurst

A Nantucket-style home in Elmhurst’s Lincoln School district

744 S Hawthorne video

This six-year old home has an open floor plan with a first-floor office off the living room, a generously sized kitchen that opens to the family room and a breakfast area. The bedroom level of the home is outstanding, with four large, well-separated, bright corner bedrooms and 3 full baths, including the master. There’s a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 23, 2012
West suburbsElmhurst

Walk to three Elmhurst schools without crossing a street

318 Fair Ave Elmhurst IL

The 3,600 square foot home at 318 Fair Ave has a number of features you don’t often find in newer construction in Elmhurst, especially in a home priced at $725,000. For starters, there’s a 3-car garage, made possible by the home’s location on a wide lot. The home has a volume living room with a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 25, 2012
North ShoreWinnetka

Are Winnetka condos a screaming deal for a small family?

Hubbard Woods video Winnetka

A 1,730 square foot 3-bedroom, 3-bath condo at 660 Winnetka Mews just came on the market for $329,000. It had previously sold for $485,500 in October of 2001. The unit has an updated kitchen with white cabinets and granite countertops. All three bedrooms are generously sized. There’s a fireplace in the large living room, and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 6, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

From Yo’s archives – Bucktown’s elementary schools

Bucktown schools

Five years ago today we featured a video on the paradox of Bucktown elementary schools. The paradox or, more accurately, the anomaly? Bucktown‘s population was: … young, affluent and mostly white. But visit a Bucktown elementary school and you’ll see a much different picture – Hispanic children, typically from low-income families, playing with their friends ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 19, 2012
West suburbsElmhurst

Sunday open house pick – a newly-listed upgraded Elmhurst ranch

Elmhurst video

The 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch at 826 S Fairfield Ave is an upgraded variation on the typical ranch home. The floor plan affords privacy to the bedroom wing and includes an eat-in kitchen, a separate dining area, and a light-filled living room with windows on two sides. The home has hardwood floors and crown moldings. There’s ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 10, 2012

Do you know where your neighborhood school is?

Senn High School, Chicago

If you’re a single person or a childless couple you may not much care where your neighborhood school is located, or what its reputation or attendance boundaries are. That could be a big mistake. Chicago has only a very few highly sought-after neighborhood schools, and a property’s location within its attendance boundaries can have a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 12, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Is greater Bronzeville a school desert?

King College Prep Chicago

There’s been a great deal of attention paid to “food deserts” in Chicago, i.e. neighborhoods where fresh food is hard to find. More worrisome for Chicago’s future is the fact that large parts of the South and West sides of the city are school deserts, neighborhoods where decent public or private schools are non-existent. Perhaps ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 9, 2012
North ShoreWinnetka

Who’s afraid of New Trier High School?

New Trier High School

From Winnetka’s New Trier High School: New Trier High School students in the Class of 2011 achieved an average composite score of 27.5 on the ACT, the highest score the school has ever posted and among the top average composite scores in the nation among public open-enrollment high schools. … Overall, New Trier students achieved ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 3, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Are parts of the West Loop poised for housing price appreciation?

View from CA23 Chicago

Price appreciation in Chicago real estate? In this market? Am I out of my mind to be talking about appreciation? For more than a decade Chicago’s real estate market has either been swept up in a frenzied bubble or mired in a sky-will-continue-to-fall-for-years-to-come funk. Due to extraordinary market conditions many home buyers never learned the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 21, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

A contemporary single-family on a wide lot in the Bell School District

2522 W Patterson Chicago

The 2500 block of Patterson is a quiet cul-de-sac that’s been built out with newer million-dollar homes in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood. It presents a beautifully landscaped streetscape that’s teeming with young children in the early evening. The location is in the highly sought-after Bell School District, which accounts for the unusually large number of ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2011

Rental pick of the day – Wilmette 4-bedroom for $1,900

537 Romona Rd Wilmette

A 4-bedroom, 2-bath ranch home at 537 Romona Rd in Wilmette is being offered for rent at $1,900 a month. That’s an unusually low price for a 4-bedroom home in Wilmette. It’s also available for purchase for $399,000. The home, which last sold for $459,000 in 2004, is on a 63 x 132 lot almost ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 3, 2011
West suburbsElmhurst

A brief look at the Crescent Park neighborhood in Elmhurst

Crescent Park Elmhurst

Yesterday I visited the Crescent Park subdivision in Elmhurst with Tom Makinney and Maria Gracik of Koenig & Strey’s Gracik Makinney Group. We shot sponsored videos of two homes, which will be live at YouTube within a few days. The homes, at 350 E Ridge Ave, priced at $439,000, and 511 S Parkview Ave, priced ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2011
North ShoreEvanston

A loose history of Evanston

Evanston mural video

We’ve previously noted the wide variance among Evanston census tracts in private school attendance among elementary school age children. In Census Tract 8092, a part of Evanston’s Fifth Ward, only 6% of elementary school age children attend private schools. That census tract is more than 80% African-American and Hispanic, and is the only Evanston Ward ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

Cityscape condos back on market in Bell School attendance area

3935 N Western Chicago

We’re not seeing – and not likely to see for some time – large new condo projects, but infill development is continuing in this depressed market. A number of the projects that are being touted as “new” are revivals or completions of developments that have been around for some time. Today’s new listing report includes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 2, 2011