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Twenty-five new apartments headed for Halsted

2940 N Halsted

Sappanos Paint closed several years ago after a long run at 2940 N Halsted in Lakeview. The one-story building on the site had been completely demolished and workers were stacking up the salvageable brick when I stopped by late last week. Plans are in the works for a 4-story all-residential building with 25 apartments. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 21, 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

An update on Wilmette demolition permits

Wilmette IL

Several weeks ago we asserted that Wilmette no longer makes demolition permit data available online. We wrongly relied on looking for the data where we recalled finding it several years ago. A tipster from the Village sent along a link to the list of demolition permits, which has since been updated through December 6. It’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 28, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

A Wilmette teardown trio

Indian Hill Estates, Wilmette

Wilmette no longer makes available an online list of demolition permits, so I don’t have accurate data about the current pace of teardowns in the village. My impression, however, is that the number of teardowns is up this year over recent years, but fewer than in 2005 or 2006. I passed three teardowns last week ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 6, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

How to sharpen your North Shore new construction search

521 Park Wilmette

Looking back to 2007 it’s now clear that a cottage industry of home builders overbuilt the market for new single-family homes in the $1 million and up range. Prices collapsed for a while, and speculative new construction – homes built without a buyer in hand – came to a virtual halt. We’re now seeing a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 24, 2012
North ShoreWinnetka

Winnetka teardowns continue but builders hedge bets

655 Garland Winnetka IL

In a recent post, I commented on the relative paucity of listings advertised as teardowns or vacant land on the North Shore. The few available listings may represent only the remnants of a larger pool of properties. There are indications that teardown activity is picking up again – a potential harbinger of an improving market. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 5, 2011
North ShoreWinnetka

North Shore teardown and land listings scarce, but moving slowly

Six years ago builders seeking North Shore teardown lots were as common as flower-munching deer in Highland Park. Today I can find only 4 homes listed as teardown candidates on the North Shore, three in Glencoe and one in Winnetka. Listings for vacant land are also scarce and many of those listings have lingered on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 29, 2011

Notable new listings in Glenview’s Keck & Keck Solar Park

Forest Crest, Glencoe

The Solar Park subdivision, a creation of architects Keck & Keck, dates to the early 1940s – a period when what we now call World War II had dramatically increased energy costs. Solar Park is on the south side of Glenview Road and is bordered on the east and south by the Harms Woods forest ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 18, 2011
North ShoreWinnetka

Winnetka, the teardown capital of Cook County

New construction, Kenilworth IL

View Winnetka teardowns & new construction in a larger map The current issue of Crain’s Chicago Business (subscription required) reports a moderate resurgence of the teardown phenomenon in suburban Cook County. According to the Crain’s article, which was based on a recent study published by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Winnetka earned the “teardown ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 3, 2011

A $3.5M Keck teardown in Glencoe

573 Longwood Glencoe IL

Today’s new listings include a 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath lakefront home in Glencoe attributed to Keck & Keck. It’s priced at $3,495,000. The home, on an acre-plus lot at 573 Longwood Dr is being sold “as is” as a “could rehab.” The listing suggests that the value is in the land, making the home a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 23, 2011
West suburbsHinsdale

Teardownosaurus Rex in Hinsdale

Last week we went on a mini-tour of downtown Hinsdale with veteran real estate agent Gaby Jury, and we’ll be bringing you video from that visit soon. We’ve long known Hinsdale as the teardown capital of America, but were stunned to see the new stone-age apparition pictured above, at 300 N. Madison. Somewhere, Henry Hobson ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 25, 2010