Your Ultimate Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore

Luxurious Custom Waterfront Home in the North Woods of Wisconsin!

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Discover ultimate luxury within this stunning custom built log home in Wisconsin’s North Woods. This amazing home is prestigiously nestled on the western edge of High Falls waterfront. The home features floor to ceiling windows that will reward you with spectacular sunset views. Endless care was taken when each and every log that went into the home was hand picked.

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Relaxing among family and friends is easy w/ this open concept, 6 bdrm, 4.5 bath vacation getaway.

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  The home features a formal dining, designer kitchen with pantry, two living rooms with stone fire places, first floor laundry, mudroom, custom furniture throughout, a large rec room (36×19), sun porch, professional landscaping, wrap around porch off of the back, walkout basement, stone patio off of the walkout, 24/7 surveillance, lots of storage space, a 700 bottle count wine cellar & an attached 2 car garage.

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 Enjoy easy and endless access to water sports w/ your extra wide pier. It’s conveniently located just 12 miles from the Crivitz airport, about an hour North of Green Bay, 10 miles from Nicolet National Forest & quick easy access to interstate hwys.

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 To view the video for this home Click: http://youtu.be/CKrZBIX5A_4  & for more information on this home or other Wisconsin Lake homes visit http://bit.ly/1kjUS7l.

 

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3 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore July 25th-27th, 2014

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“Show off your classic in Highland Park this weekend!”

 

Saturday the 26th 

North Shore Festival of Art
Saturday the 26th & Sunday the 27th from 10am-5pm
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Festival-goers will enjoy live music on the music stage sponsored by WLIT, great food and art activities for kids! True to Westfield Old Orchard’s family-oriented environment, the entire north end of the festival will be devoted to kids. Art Bingo and the color creation station invite young guests to channel their inner creative spirit. Adults can unleash their inner artist with an onsite still life photography contest or take a souvenir snapshot in the festival’s photo booth. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1pc4ywN

Herb Garden Weekend!!!
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden
July 26 & 27, from 11am-4pm
Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe
Displays, demonstrations, tours, vendors and chef demonstrations showcase a variety of garden herbs at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden that visitors can grow in their own gardens.
For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1qDuoAu

Sunday the 27th 

Blue Oval Performance Car Club Show & Shine Car Show
From 10am-3pm
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1333 Park Ave West, Highland Park
Vehicles: All Ford, Lincoln, Mercury & Edsels
Free Admission & Vehicle Entry
Free Goodie Bags & Dash Plaques for the 1st 200 Cars
50/50 Raffle with the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & NW Indiana
For more info contact Jerry Robbin at: 847.997.8624 or email jerry@jerryrobbin.com

North Shore events are brought to you by the Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker.

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5 Bedroom Brick Home in Kenilworth Gardens

5 Bedroom home in Kenilworth Gardens2121 Beechwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

This stunning brick home in Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens has plenty of space for everybody! With five bedrooms and three and a half baths it’s one of the larger homes in the neighborhood. It has a huge living room with fireplace and a formal dining room, making it the perfect for house for parties and holiday gatherings. A newer kitchen with adjacent family room opens on to a large deck overlooking the back yard.

Upstairs is a large master suite with cathedral ceiling and skylights plus three more family bedrooms and a hall bath. The fifth bedroom is on the lower level and has its own spa bath, making it a great retreat for guests, nanny or teenager. Also on the lower level is a rec room and laundry. An oversized two-car garage sits at the end of the private driveway.

 

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See more photos and get more info about this home here.

Kenilworth Gardens is one of Wilmette’s most popular neighborhoods. Friendly and welcoming, there’s always something going on here, from summer block parties to egg hunts, concerts and neighborhood yard sales.  The biggest draw is Harper School (K-4), an award-winning elementary school that is walkable from anywhere in the neighborhood. The other big draw is Thornwood Park, with its playlot, ball fields, tennis courts and (in winter) skating pond. Finally, for those who commute to work in the city, Kenilworth Gardens is just a 5 minute walk to the Metra station in Kenilworth.

This home is offered at $975,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2121 Beechwood or send us a note here.

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July Art Fairs and Festivals on the North Shore

Art-Festival-North-ShoreDo you feel like summer is getting away from you? Are you looking for more fun things to finish off your summer? Check out the list of art fairs and festivals left in July.

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, noon-7 p.m. July 19-20 at Centennial Park, on Sheridan between Clark and Church, Evanston. The celebration of world cultures includes live music, dance performances, art and craft work of up to 140 juried artists, and ethnic foods. Free admission. Visit www.cityofevanston.org.

Glenview Art League’s 61st annual Art Fair will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26-27 on the Lyon School grounds, Lake and Waukegan, Glenview. Featuring fine art and crafts, jewelry and photography by more than 65 artists, food and children’s activities. Free admission. Visit www.glenviewartleague.org.

Northbrook Days Festival, July 30-Aug. 3 at Village Green Park, Meadow and Shermer roads, Northbrook. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Featuring food, carnival rides and live music. Bands to be announced. Visit www.northbrookdays.com.

Glencoe Festival of Art, featuring more than 120 juried artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Aug. 2-3 at Green Bay Road and Park Avenue, Glencoe. Includes interactive art demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Free admission and free parking in commuter lots. Visit www.GlencoeFestivalofArt.com.

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Highland Park Market Report – June 2014

highland-park-il-signAs of June 30, there were 218 active listings in Highland Park, with a median list price of $769,000 and prices ranging from $49,900 to $16,000,000. (If you take out Michael Jordan’s house, the next highest priced house is $9,800,000). The average market time was 84 days.

Single family detached homes represented 87% of the total listings.
33% of them are over $1,000,000.

During June there were 64 closed sales, with a median selling price of $506,000 and ranging from $91,800 to $3,200,000.

Year to date there have been 214 closed sales in Highland Park, with a median selling price of $497,000 and an average of 90 days on market.

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Glencoe Market Report – June 2014

Glencoe signAs of June 30, there were 81 active listings in Glencoe, with a median list price of $1,499,000 and ranging in price from $109,000 to $4,600,000.

Single family detached homes represented 94% of the total listings.
71% of those are over $1,000,000.

During June there were 17 closed sales with a median selling price of $1,025,000 and an average of 60 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $492,000 to $2,650,000.

Year to date there have been 65 closed sales in Glencoe, with a median selling price of $1,025,000 and an average of 129 days on market. Single family detached homes represented 95% of closed sales, with a median sales price of $1,030,000.

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Evanston Market Report – June 2014

EvanstonILLogoAs of June 30, there were 370 active listings in Evanston, with a median list price of $317,000 and prices from $52,000 to $1,130,000.

Single family detached homes represented 39% of the total listings. 24% of them are over $1,000,000.

During June there were 128 closed sales with a median selling price of $345,500 and an average of 45 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $70,000 to $1,470,000.

Year to date there have been 445 closed sales in Evanston, with a median selling price of $315,000 and an average of 80 days on market.

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Winnetka Market Report – June 2014

Winnetka signAs of June 30, there were 164 active listings in Winnetka, with a median list price of $1,699,000 and ranging in price from $159,900 to $18,750,000.

Single family detached homes represented 98% of the total listings. 43 are in Greeley School, 59 in Crow Island, 49 in Hubbard Woods and 26 in Avoca (District 37).

During June there were 27 closed sales with a median selling price of $1,300,000 and an average of 176 days on market. 23 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $1,353,500 and ranging from $457,739 to $3,300,000. Average market time was 176 days.

Year to date there have been 105 closed sales in Winnetka, with a median sold price of $1,149,000 and an average of 132 days on market. 93 of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $1,240,000 and ranging from $435,000 to $5,500,000. The average market time was 124 days.

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Wilmette Market Report – June 2014

Wilmette signAs of June 30, there were 121 active listings in Wilmette, with a median list price of $719,000 and ranging in price from $108,000 to $4,225,000.

Single family detached homes represented 109 of the total listings. 29 are in East Wilmette (Central School), 21 in McKenzie, 24 in Harper, 21 in Romona and 13 in Avoca (District 37).

During June there were 60 closed sales with a median selling price of $785,500 and an average of 50 days on market. 50 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $930,525 and ranging from $305,000 to $1,678,000.

Year to date there have been 238 closed sales in Wilmette, with a median sold price of $606,000 and an average of 74 days on market. 184 (77%) of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $755,000 and ranging from $210,000 to $2,455,000. The average market time was 60 days.

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North Shore Real Estate Update – 1st Half 2014

North Shore home sales declined 10% in the first half vs. last year. The only two villages with increases were Wilmette (+4%) and Northfield (+15%).

Prices, on the other hand, rose 8% vs. the first six months of 2013.  Every town but Northfield showed appreciation, with the greatest gains in Kenilworth (+52% off a low base), Highland Park (+27%) and Winnetka (+24%).

Market time continues to decline and Wilmette continues to be the hottest market in terms of speed of sale (60 days).

North Shore Real Estate Update – 1st Half 2014 vs. Year Ago

1st Half 2014 North Shore Market Data

We are supposedly in a housing recovery. So what is this strange phenomenon of rising prices and declining home sales? It’s because demand continues to outstrip supply, at least in the low to moderate price ranges (above $2,000,000 there is plenty of inventory!). The months supply of homes for sale on the North Shore overall is 5 months, though it ranges from a low of 2.6 months in Wilmette to a high of 10 months in Lake Forest. So, given prices are rising, why aren’t more people selling? One reason is that they are waiting for prices to increase even more (some hold out hope of prices reaching 2006 levels). Others aren’t selling because that would mean giving up a never-to-be-seen-again interest rate if they sold and bought another home. According to CoreLogic more than a third of all homeowners with mortgages have a rate below 4%, many as low as 3.3%. So more people are opting to stay put and hold on to their crazy low interest rate, leading to lower inventory and upward pressure on prices.

Want more data? You can go here to get more market statistics for the North Shore. If you are trying to figure out what your home is worth in today’s market, we can provide you with a competitive market analysis based on sales of similar homes to yours in your own community and neighborhood. Just give us a call at 847-881-6657.

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