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Evanston, a walkable success

The suburbs that have continued to prosper during the downturn share many attributes with the best urban neighborhoods: walkability, vibrant street [...]
Eclectic Evanston: the scene around Grand Bend at Green Bay

Eclectic Evanston: the scene around Grand Bend at Green Bay

Join Andy Kiener of Grand Bend at Green Bay for a brief look at his neighborhood. Walk half a block west of the condos (located at 1228 Emerson St) [...]
Rent-to-own at Grand Bend at Green Bay

Rent-to-own at Grand Bend at Green Bay

In today's market, many buyers need more flexibility in the timing of purchasing their next home. They might have their equity tied up in a home tha [...]
Walking with Andy: Bookman's Alley and the restaurants of downtown Evanston

Walking with Andy: Bookman's Alley and the restaurants of downtown Evanston

In the last segment from their recent walk through downtown Evanston, Joe Zekas and Grand Bend at Green Bay's Andy Kiener pay a visit to Bookman's A [...]
Walking downtown Evanston: Joe and Andy on Sherman Avenue

Walking downtown Evanston: Joe and Andy on Sherman Avenue

After short looks at Grand Bend at Green Bay, the Evanston Farmers' Market, and the shops and restaurants near Church Street and Maple Avenue, Joe Z [...]
Grand Bend condos get FHA approval

Grand Bend condos get FHA approval

The price cuts that accompanied the relaunch of Grand Bend at Green Bay in Evanston earlier this year opened the development's new-construction condos [...]
Walking Evanston with Andy: the dining and shopping choices near Church and Maple

Walking Evanston with Andy: the dining and shopping choices near Church and Maple

In the first segment from their Evanston walking tour, Joe Zekas and Grand Bend sales manager Andy Kiener started with a look at Grand Bend, a new co [...]
Walking downtown Evanston with Grand Bend's Andy Kiener

Walking downtown Evanston with Grand Bend's Andy Kiener

Evanston is the nearest North Shore suburb from Chicago, and its downtown rivals almost any Chicago neighborhood as a classically urban environment. [...]
Grab your greens, find some fruit every weekend, just steps from Grand Bend

Grab your greens, find some fruit every weekend, just steps from Grand Bend

Last month I asked Grand Bend at Green Bay sales manager Andy Kiener about the kinds of community activities a buyer could find near his Evanston co [...]
Why Jillian bought a condo at Grand Bend

Why Jillian bought a condo at Grand Bend

There's often a disconnect between what real estate developers perceive as the most attractive features of their projects and how their buyers percei [...]
BlockWalks: Prairie Avenue and Central Street in Evanston with Mike Stern

BlockWalks: Prairie Avenue and Central Street in Evanston with Mike Stern

Mike Stern of Koenig & Strey took Joe Zekas on a walking tour around the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Central Street, a convenient, pedestrian [...]
Grand Bend's "Casa Della Luce"

Grand Bend's "Casa Della Luce"

Now that you've seen inside one of the ready-to-deliver condos at Grand Bend at Green Bay, 1228 Emerson St in Evanston, follow Joe Zekas and Insight [...]
New prices, new team at Grand Bend at Green Bay in Evanston

New prices, new team at Grand Bend at Green Bay in Evanston

Andy Kiener of Insight Real Estate Services recently reintroduced Joe Zekas to a "tried and true project" in Evanston: Grand Bend at Green Bay at 12 [...]
New Buffalo or Evanston?

New Buffalo or Evanston?

Anyone contemplating the purchase of a vacation home in western Michigan might also consider Chicago's North Shore. It's an easier commute for the w [...]
Where to shop for wine in Evanston

Where to shop for wine in Evanston

This post doesn't signal an expansion of YoChicago's coverage. It's simply shameless plugs for a family friend and a new venture from our company. Fam [...]
The present and future of green building

The present and future of green building

During the media tour of the Winthrop Club in Evanston, the topic of green construction and LEED certification came up over and over again. I talked [...]
Panorama-rama!: Winthrop Club views

Panorama-rama!: Winthrop Club views

I can't take credit for these panoramas and view shots -- they came with the Winthrop Club's digital press kit -- but they're too nice to leave on t [...]
(Re)designing the Winthrop Club

(Re)designing the Winthrop Club

FitzGerald Associates' first design for the Winthrop Club was a brick tower inspired by the architectural styles of the late 1800s, says Winthrop Pr [...]
Building Evanston's Winthrop Club

Building Evanston's Winthrop Club

Last Wednesday I joined a handful of other reporters in a top-to-bottom tour of Winthrop Properties' new high-rise, the Winthrop Club, located at 15 [...]
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