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ChicagoNorth Side

‘Exquisite’ Queen Anne in Old Town Triangle listed $455K below ’03 price

1935 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

In November 2003, this vintage Queen Anne at 1935 N Lincoln Ave in the Old Town Triangle sold for $1.85 million. According to Zillow, the home was offered briefly in January 2009 at $7,000 a month, then listed for sale from March to July 2009 at $1.39 million. Yesterday it returned to the market at ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 10, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

$1M off over seven months for a Howe Street home

A $300,000 price cut over the weekend has brought this 5,400 square-foot, five-bedroom / 4.5-bath home at 1924 N Howe St in Lincoln Park down to $3,195,000, a full $1 million less than where it started in October. The home, listed by Rachel Krueger of Coldwell Banker, sits on a 44-foot-wide lot and features a ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 9, 2011
North ShoreWinnetka

‘Home Alone’ house available for $2.4M

Home Alone house in Winnetka

It’s a little after 9:30 a.m., which means that everyone’s already mined the good quotations and bad puns for this story. I’ll keep it simple — the Winnetka home made famous by the first two Home Alone films has been put on the market at $2.4 million. The 4,250 square-foot, Georgian-style home at 671 Lincoln ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 5, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

A single-family home with a townhome price, where Lincoln Park and North Center meet

Video: A single-family home with a townhome price, where Lincoln Park and North Center meet

Yesterday afternoon I met up with Realtor Eric Rojas at Chi Che Wang Playlot Park, near the border of the Lincoln Park and North Center community areas, and together we made our way into the nearby gated Picardy Place community, where Eric has listed a three-bedroom / three-bath single-family home at $474,900. The light-filled home ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 3, 2011
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A 3,000 square-foot oddity in Oriole Park, priced at $539K

5241 N Osceola Ave, Chicago

This squat stone turret of a home doesn’t look like most of its Norwood Park neighbors, or anything other single-families that went on the market in the past day, so of course I had to take a look at the listing. A few single-families in the far northwest community area of Norwood Park are listed ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 26, 2011
ChicagoFar North

An architect-built home on a quiet Ravenswood street

Video: An architect-built home on a quiet Ravenswood street

When architect Pat FitzGerald set out to build a home for himself and his family, he had comfort and function, rather than architecture, as his priorities. Having lived in lofts, he placed a high value on openness, light and volume space. FitzGerald and Property Consultants‘ Bill Senne were Joe’s tour guides through this three-bedroom / ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 22, 2011

A model home checklist from J. Lawrence Homes

Midlane Country Club, Wadsworth

With mortgage interest rates at all-time lows and a great selection of quality new homes on the market, it’s an ideal time to get an outstanding value on a new-construction home in Chicago. But with so many homes available, it’s easy for them to blur together, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. So just what ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 21, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

Estate-sale home in Beverly awaits ‘your magical touch’

10154 S Longwood Dr, Chicago

The people of Beverly love the old mansions overlooking Longwood Drive, so don’t be surprised if someone snatches up this hilltop home in short order. The 1889 Colonial-style home at 10154 S Longwood Dr was listed today as an estate sale priced at $600,000, $15,000 below its 2002 sale price. The three-story mansion, located on ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 18, 2011
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Checking in: $51K off a stylish West Bucktown single-family

1756 N Rockwell St, Chicago

This four-bedroom / 3.5-bath single-family home at 1756 N Rockwell St in West Bucktown was priced at a surprisingly low $799,900 when Joe Zekas visited it in February. Ten days ago, the home dropped to $748,900. The home, built by Ultimate Homes and listed by Izabela Sloma of Sergio & Banks, features hardwood floors, a ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 18, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Recent single-family short sale in River North returns as $9,500 rental

430 W Huron St, Chicago

Dennis Rodkin’s recent writeup on the sale of a a foreclosed River North townhouse got me wondering about the other townhomes and single-families found on and around Huron and Superior streets in River North. One that caught my eye immediately was the only home of its kind in the neighborhood that’s listed for rent — ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 18, 2011

You bought your first home — now learn to take care of it

Kaneville model home at Reston Ponds, Sycamore

Many of today’s buyers are first-timers who will face the challenges of a home’s upkeep for the very first time. The sales staff at Shodeen Residential recently recommended a great beginner’s guide to home maintenance, published by MSN Real Estate. MSN suggests 14 handy tasks, ranging from a monthly check of the furnace filter to ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 15, 2011
North ShoreNorthfield

A $400K discount on a Northfield single-family

Video: A $400K discount on a Northfield single-family

When Joe Zekas first visited the family-friendly six-bedroom / 4.5-bath home at 775 Sunset Ridge Rd in Northfield, it was priced at $1.95 million. The home, which was built by the current owners, first came on the market in June of 2009. The price has since been reduced to $1.55 million. A Redfin agent comments: ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 14, 2011
West suburbsOak Park

Two Tudors come to market in Oak Park

1212 Fair Oaks Ave, Oak Park

A couple of the newest single-family home listings in Oak Park are identically aged Tudor-style homes starting at similar prices. One, a 2,247 square-foot, four-bedroom / two-bath home at 1212 Fair Oaks Ave (above left), is listed as a short sale, at a price of $625,000. According to the listing by Jeanette Madock of Weichert, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 14, 2011
ChicagoFar North

Spacious Ravenswood home on a large lot, listed $105K below 2007 price

4829 N Paulina St, Chicago

This “fantastic and spacious” four-bedroom home at 4829 N Paulina St sold for $805,000 back in June 2007, according to Zillow. In February 2009, its owner tested the market with a list price of $849,900, and decided more than a year later that $749,000 might be more reasonable. The house has bounced on and off ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 14, 2011
West suburbsDowners Grove

Slow times for Downers Grove’s upscale market

There are 15 homes listed for sale in Downers Grove in the $1 million and up range, but only two sales have closed in the last six months. Most of the upper-end listings have been on and off the market for years, even though they surface in a search for new listings. The five-bedroom / ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 13, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

First quarter figures: Stuff that sells in Old Town

1447 N Mohawk St, Chicago

Here are four homes on the high end of the Old Town home market that closed between January 1 and March 31, according to Redfin’s records: Condo: 1436 N Wieland St Unit 3N, a two-bedroom / two-bath home. Listed in January 2010 for $699,000; closed in February for $562,500. A duplex penthouse with hardwood floors, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 12, 2011
ChicagoFar NorthNorth Side

Rent for $3,500, buy for $625K in Bucktown

1637 N Honore St, Chicago

One of the newest rental listings in Bucktown is a Colonial-style single-family at 1637 N Honore St (between North and Wabansia avenues), priced at $3,500 a month. The home just went on the MLS as a rental last Friday, but has been listed for sale since February, at a price of $625,000. According to the ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 11, 2011

Touring three new homes in Chicago’s southwest suburbs

Video: Touring three new construction homes in Chicago's southwest suburbs

This year Michael Hampton has taken our own Chuck Gekas on tours through suburban communities developed by J. Lawrence Homes and Smykal Homes. Three of those communities are located in the southwest suburbs: the Carriage Homes at Ravine Woods in Channahon, Ashford Place in Plainfield, and River’s Edge Landing in Minooka. We’ve already shared footage ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 11, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

Grand Boulevard ‘masterpiece’ dips to $835K

4018 S King Dr, Chicago

This three-story greystone at 4018 S King Dr in Grand Boulevard may not have been much to look at in August, when it closed in a foreclosure sale for $486,000. By November, it was back on the market as a must-see “masterpiece,” with “every bell and whistle” added and a doubled-up price tag of $975,000, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 5, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

From $258K to $1.28M for a Kenwood Victorian

5040 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago

The title for this 1890s Victorian home at 5040 S Blackstone Ave in Kenwood bounced around a lot over the past decade. According to Blockshopper, it sold in December 2004 for $280,000; in October 2005, it sold again for $380,000. In September 2009, it went into foreclosure, and in November 2009 it sold for $258,000. ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 31, 2011