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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ April 18-20, 2014

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Saturday the 19th
Easter Egg Hunt @ Whole Foods
Kicking off @ 8:00 am
whole foods, 760 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield
Hop on over to the Deerfield store at 8 a.m. for our first Easter Egg Hunt. Kids ages 1-10 will be able to hunt for some fun filled eggs throughout the store. For more info call: 847.444.1900

4th Annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
2400 Thornwood Ave, Wilmette
Starting at 9:45 (hunt starts at 10:00 sharp!)
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday for the hunt. Come early with your camera to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and enter our drawing for fab prizes (many thanks to the Noodle and Depot Nuevo, Big Blue Swim School and Dominos Pizza for generously donating prizes).
*Sponsored by: The Come Home North Shore real estate team of Coldwell Banker

Celebrate Earth Day!
10am-2pm
kent fuller air station prairie/tyner center, glenview
2400 Compass Rd, Glenview
Each year, Earth Day is honored around the world and marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie/Tyner Center. For more info call: 847.901.6828

Sunday the 20th

Glencoe’s Spring Egg Hunt
Watts Park @ 10am
305 Randolph Ave Glencoe

Easter Brunch at The Happ Inn
Serving from 10am-3pm
the happ inn
305 Happ Rd, Northfield
The Happ Inn, located in Northfield, will hold a family-friendly Easter brunch buffet on Sunday, April 20. The festive celebration will not only feature a fabulous meal, but the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance! For reservations call: 847.784.9200

Events are brought to you by the Come Home North Shore team.

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4th Annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt – 2014

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt - Easter Bunny and kidsThe Thornwood Park Egg Hunt is one of my favorite events of the year. After hibernating all winter, the whole neighborhood comes to Thornwood Park to participate in this rite of spring, re-connect with friends, grab a quick photo with the Easter Bunny and watch their kids make a mad dash to stuff their baskets with eggs. While you will probably still need a coat this weekend, at least it will be dry and partly sunny.

We hope you’ll join us this Saturday for the hunt. Come early with your camera to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and enter our drawing for fab prizes (many thanks to the Noodle and Depot Nuevo, Big Blue Swim School, Homer’s Ice Cream and Dominos Pizza for generously donating prizes).

When: Saturday, April 19 at 9:45 am (hunt starts at 10:00 sharp!)

Where: Thornwood Park, 2400 Thornwood Ave., Wilmette

Sponsored by: The Come Home North Shore real estate team of Coldwell Banker

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North Shore Real Estate Update – 1st Quarter 2014

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

home sale data for nine North Shore Chicago towns

The spring market has gotten off to a slow start in 2014. Despite an improving economy, home sales on Chicago’s North Shore declined 4% in the first quarter vs. last year. The weather has been so nasty for so long, that most people just hunkered down and didn’t do anything. On the positive side, prices appreciated a healthy 18% over last year, fueled by pent-up demand on the buyer side.

Sellers have also been watching prices rise and many have held off listing in hopes of getting more for their homes down the road. That, combined with the bad weather, has led to a continued lack of inventory. Some towns on the North Shore, most notably Wilmette, are down to less than a three month supply of homes. In Winnetka, while there is more inventory on the market, much of it is in a higher price range than what most buyers are looking for (under $1,000,000).  Over 80% of the active listings are above $1,000,000, whereas only 54% of the homes that sold in the last twelve months were over $1,000,000.

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 neighbohood. Just give us a call at 847-881-6657.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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Spring Happenings On Chicago’s North Shore 2014

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Spring has finally sprung! Here’s a guide to help you & your family make the most of the new season…

Sunday April 5th

Northbrook Park District
Indian Ridge Park
3323 Walters Ave. Northbrook
The Spring Bunny Trail will welcome spring with an egg hunt, egg-dying and entertainment from 2:30–4:30 p.m. Children can enjoy a bounce house, carnival games, hopping relay races, face painting and clowns. For more info call: 847.291.2960

Saturday April 12th

Park Center, Glenview Park District
2400 Chestnut Ave. Glenview
Park Center Eggstravaganza. Park Center will provide some eggcitement when children of all ages can participate in an old-fashioned egg hunt on April 12 at 10 a.m. Before the hunt, have breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Lakeview Room from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cereal, fruits, bagels, pastries and other treats are on the menu. Registration for breakfast is required. Fee for residents is $7 per person and nonresidents is $9 per person. For more info call: 847.724.4793

Saturday April 19th

4th Annual Thornwood Park Easter Egg Hunt
2400 Thornwood Ave, Wilmette
Arrive at 9.30am for a visit by the easter bunny and egg hunt.

Glencoe’s Spring Egg Hunt
10-11am @ Watts Park
Bring your basket and get ready for an egg hunt! We’re hiding eggs, filled with surprises, throughout Watts Park. After the hunt, wander inside for crafts, games, and photos with the Spring Bunny. Food will be available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be relocated to the Takiff Center; for weather related updates, call: 847.835.7538
Reminder: Bring your camera!

Winnetka Park District
West Elm Park
1155 Elm St. Winnetka
At 10:00 a.m. sharp, join the fun and excitement of hunting for goody-filled eggs in Winnetka’s annual Egg Hunt. After the eggs are all cracked, stick around and get your picture taken with the hare himself, EB the Bunny. All children (ages 8 and under) will have the opportunity to get their picture taken and enjoy some new special surprises. Children under three should hop on over to the “Bunnies-in-Training” pen where they can safely explore unfilled eggs. Don’t be late; the eggs will not last long! Please bring your own basket. For more info call: 847.501.2040

Sunday April 20th

Chicago Botanical Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe
Easter Egg Brunch–Sunday. Enjoy a buffet meal and activities for the whole family. Bring your Easter basket and hop over to the Rose Garden lawn after brunch for the Easter Egg Dash. $38 for adults; $29 for children 3–12. Member tickets are discounted. Tickets are available online and at the Visitor Center. Three seatings are available; 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For more info call: 847.835.5440

Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd. Northbrook
Join the Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m. and the visit by the Easter Bunny himself and then enjoy brunch served from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Brunch includes one mimosa, made-to-order Omelettes, Carved Prime Rib, Fresh Seafood and Delectable Desserts. $30 per adult; $15 kids 6–12 years old; kids 5 and under free. $3 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary’s. For more info call: 847.480.2323

What Will $520,000 Buy You On Chicago’s North Shore?

The median purchase price of a single family home on the North Shore of Chicago was $520,000 in February, 2014.

So what will that actually get you? Well, it depends where on the North Shore you are looking. All real estate is local, and even here there are many local markets within the larger North Shore. In Glenview, Highland Park or parts of Lake Forest, you can get an older four bedroom, two and a half bath house. In Wilmette, a three bedroom split level. In Winnetka, Glencoe or Kenilworth, not much.

Here’s a sample of homes currently listed for sale around that price:

1633 Elder Ln, Northfield1633 Elder Lane, Northfield – $524,900

This home, built in 2003 has nine rooms, four bedrooms and two and a half baths. Its kitchen has cherry cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. One thing that makes this newer home so affordable is that the fourth bedroom is on the main floor (though that could be a plus for some) and the family room is in the basement.

660 Northmoor Rd., Lake Forest660 Northmoor Rd., Lake Forest – $525,000

This charming Tudor style homes dates from 1938. It has six rooms, three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Come summer, its gardens are absolutely stunning. The drawback is that it needs updating. The kitchen and baths are all “vintage.”

 2145 Grey, Evanston2145 Grey Ave., Evanston – $525,000

This NW Evanston Dutch Colonial house has seven rooms, three bedrooms and one and a half baths. It has potential but could use some updating.

 1773 Winthrop Rd, Highland Park1773 Winthrop Rd., Highland Park – $519,900

This four bedroom, two and a half bath home was built in 1960 and still has the original kitchen and baths.

2439 Happy Hollow2439 Happy Hollow, Glenview – $500,000

Another 60′s house, this one also has four bedrooms and two and a half baths. Its best feature is its large, wonderful sun-room that overlooks a big backyard.

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top teams in the area. If you would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore team, please call 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

Real Estate Hidden Gems You Should Be Marketing When Selling Your North Shore Home

Ever wonder what the real hot buttons are for the prospective buyers of your house? Some things are obvious, like a recently remodeled kitchen. But there are the not-so-obvious things that could, quite possibly, put more money in your pocket if your agent were to focus more on them in the marketing of your house.

Based on a survey of 1500 agents around the country, this infographic highlights the most desirable features and which ones are the hidden gems that are often over-looked when pricing the house.

How would this infographic look if the survey were focused on North Shore Realtors only? I suspect that schools and neighborhood quality would score even higher, since these are the main reasons people move to the North Shore in the first place.

Amazing views would be less important, except to the few people who can afford lakefront property. On the other hand, a second floor laundry, which only scored 19% in the national survey, would certainly be higher here. And, after this past dreadful winter, I’m pretty sure that an attached garage would be pretty high up on the list, too. While this feature is taken for granted in many areas of the country, relatively few older houses here on the North Shore can boast that “hidden gem.”

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top teams in the area. If you would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore team, please call 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

Data provided by ActiveRain.com.

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ March 28-30, 2014

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Friday the 28th

Natural Areas Volunteer Workday
From 9am to noon at the
Heller Nature Center
2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park
Come join the Natural Areas Program for a volunteer workday. Activities include invasive species removal, brush pile burns, seed collecting and processing, native tree and shrub planting, and plant, animal and habitat monitoring. Contact Liz Ettelson (eettelson@pdhp.org) for more details or call: 847.433.6901. Come prepared to work outside and get dirty! Cost is free!

Saturday the 29th

Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs
Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe
Two Classes; 9.30 & 1
Find out how people use parts of rainforest trees to make chewing gum and rubber. Create your own bouncing ball and flavorful gum to take home. TIMES:9.30–11 am & 1–2.30 pm.
To register visit: http://bit.ly/IKwk5t

Pop-Up Adventure Playground
crow island woods
1112 Willow Rd, Winnetka
From 11am-3pm
Bring your family to this unique, public celebration of child-directed play! Join playworkers from Pop-Up Adventure Play as they transform the Woods into an inspiring, rich play environment using large scale, loose parts. Crow Island Woods is the only Chicagoland stop on the Pop-Up Adventure Play National Spring Tour! Sponsored by The Alliance for Early Childhood, Winnetka Park District and Meatheads Burgers and Fries. To find out more about pop-up adventure play ground visit: http://www.popupadventureplay.org

Sunday the 30th

Haiti: An Insiders Perspective
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
From 2-4pm
Griselda Garibay, Advancement Coordinator for the Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative, gives insight into Haiti’s past, present and future and describes how the organization empowers Haitians to create better lives for themselves. For more info call: 847.256.6947

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North Shore Real Estate Update – February 2014

North Shore Real Estate Update – February 2014 vs. Year Ago

Feb 2014 Mkt Data

The spring market is off to a slower start this year due to the cold and snowy weather here on the North Shore (as well as everywhere else!). Home sales were off 3% in February vs. last year, mainly because of the low inventory of homes for sale. There continues to be pent-up buyer demand and the houses that come on the market are selling quickly if they are priced right and in good condition. Bidding wars are pushing prices up, and the February median price was 6% ahead of last February, while market time declined 44% to under three months.

Now that we are seeing prices appreciate again, are you wondering what your North Shore home is worth? You can get a quick and easy over-the-net home valuation by just giving us some basic information about your house. Just go here to submit your info and we’ll send you your home valuation within 48 hours.

Now that we are seeing prices appreciate again, are you wondering what your North Shore home is worth? You can get a quick and easy over-the-net home valuation by just giving us some basic information about your house. Just go here to submit your info and we’ll send you your home valuation within 48 hours. – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/2014/02/08/north-shore-real-estate-update-january-2014/#sthash.SeFTL8jk.dpuf

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore, March 21-23, 2014

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It’s never to early to teach your children the importance of helping others. Volunteers are welcome to the Winnetka Community House this Saturday, “kids against hunger.”

Friday, March 21st

Zumbathon
From 7-8.30pm
At the Greenbriar Gym
1225 Greenbriar Lane, Northbrook
Help restock the Northfield Food Pantry!
Join a dance fitness party with free admission
& a donation of two non-perishable items.
Monetary donations will be accepted, too.
All ages welcome! Prizes and giveaways!
Questions? Call 847.291.2995

Saturday, March 22nd

Kids Against Hunger
Winnetka Community House
Beginning at 8.30am
Please join us at Winnetka Community House on Saturday, March 22 and help the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club, The Volunteer Center and Winnetka Community House package 100,000 highly nutritious meals for starving children in Nicaragua. For more info call: 847.446.0537

Brew your own Kombucha

WHOLE FOODS @ 2pm
1640 Chicago Ave, Evanston
Learn how to brew your own kombucha at the Whole Foods Market Evanston South Kombucha Workshop! All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation to Whole Planet Foundation.
To reserve a spot email karen.levy@wholefoods.com

Sunday, March 23rd

Symphonies in C
Sheely Center for the Performing Arts
(on the campus of Glenbrook North High School)
2300 Shermer Rd, Northbrook
Three remarkable symphonies side-by side, one from each of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. And even though all are written in the majestic key of C Major, their sound is vastly, fascinatingly different. To order tickets follow this link… http://bit.ly/1mhh1lU

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Where To Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day On The North Shore

St. Paddy's DayWe may not have a green river or an Irish parade, but we do have some fun ways to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day on the North Shore:

Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook
847-480-2323

Wear green for free bocce and bowling. Deals include $4 green draft beer and $14 Irish dinners all day.

The Curragh
1800 Tower Drive, Glenview
847-998-1100

The newest of four Irish pubs of the same name, Curragh just opened in the Glen last week and is located on the south end of the Glen Town Centre, next to Flight. The pub is named for the famous Ireland racetrack and has five different rooms each with unique Irish themes.

In celebration of St. Paddy’s Day, there will be live bands, Irish dancers, bagpipers, beer specials and authentic Irish food, like Shepard’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and Irish Boxty (stuffed Irish potato pancakes).

The Celtniks at Vibe
1935 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music from the Celtniks. 7:00 pm. Free.

Bring Your Own Leprechaun to Key Lime Cove
1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee
847-360-0403

The whole family can stay overnight for this St. Patrick’s Day celebration that includes crafts, food specials, contests and more. Rates starting at $139.95.

“Chapatti” at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

OK, Northlight isn’t open on Mondays so you can’t see the show tomorrow, but if you just can’t get enough Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, then you’ll want to see the world-premiere comedy,”Chapatti. It’s about an aging Dublin dog owner who crosses paths with a woman who owns 19 cats. This collaboration with the Galway Arts Festival plays at Northlight Theatre through April 13. Tickets cost $25 to $75, $15 for students (subject to availability). (847) 673-6300 or northlight.org.

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