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July Art Fairs and Festivals on the North Shore

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Do you feel like summer is climbing 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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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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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore July 11th-13th, 2014

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“Celebrate Summer in Wilmette!”

Friday July 11th

Wendy Morgan at Glencoe Library
Begins at 10.30am
glencoe library at 320 Park Ave.
Kids will be singing and dancing along to Wendy Morgan at her exciting Musikgarten classes at Glencoe Library on  July 11, July 18 and July 25. For more info visit:
www.glencoepubliclibrary.com

Wilmette Summerfest
Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 11am-10pm
Heres the Parking guide to help make life easier: http://bit.ly/U3xRZW
Bring the kids, bring your wallet and bring your appetite to Wilmette Summerfest 2014. Join nearly 1,000 of your closest friends for two days of fun, shopping, eats and sounds in downtown Wilmette. Wilmette Summerfest has it all…where even the hottest summer days are cool! You’ll enjoy a Sidewalk Sale: groovy goods from nearly 100 vendors, Music Stage: local favorites and emerging talents, Beer Garden: a great selection of craft beers & wine, Classic Car Show: cool cars to view and vote for your favorites, Kid’s area: special activities, entertainment & crafts. For more info visit: www.wilmettesummerfest.org

Saturday July 12th

Northbrook Nine: Art in the Park
Saturday from 10am-5pm & Sunday from 10am-4pm
village green park, northbrook
Enjoy wonderful artwork presented by more than 70 talented artisans from across the U.S. representing all media, including oil, acrylic, wood, glass, photography, watercolor and jewelry, all featured within the shady grove of the beautiful Northbrook Village Green, at the corner of Shermer and Meadow Roads. In addition to top national artists, the Festival will also feature live music, food, fun children’s art activities and a junior artist festival. For more information, visit www.northbrookarts.org or call 847 664-4493.
***New this Year: Start the day off at 9 a.m. on Sunday with a Free ZUMBA Class in the Village Green by the gazebo taught by Northbrook Park District Instructors.
***Food Vendors: Little Louie’s Red Hots & Northbrook Dairy Queen.

Full Moon Rising Campfire
Begins at 7:30 pm
Millard Park: 35 Ravine Drive, Highland Park
[All Ages]
Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire, all while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan! Children two and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Min/Max is 6/20. Register at http://registration.pdhp.org with program number 32812.

Sunday July 13th
Avian Spirits Art Exhibition
Begins at 1:30 pm
brushwood center at ryerson woods,
21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
For centuries, artists have been attracted to—and inspired by—the ephemeral qualities of birds. This free group exhibition presents birds as metaphors for the human spirit, and is curated by Franck Mercurio. Exhibition runs July 13 – August 31, 2014 For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1oHpFJI

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

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North Shore 4th of July Celebrations – 2014

Winnetka 4th of July Parade

Every year we post a comprehensive guide to 4th of July fun on the North Shore. There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate and everyone has their favorites, but the one thing you won’t want to miss is the Coldwell Banker Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team marching in the Winnetka parade (see video below). You will be amazed by our talent as we march in formation and perform skillful maneuvers with our lawn chairs. We’ve added some slick new moves this year, too. Be sure and give me a shout out if you come!
Other things to note:

  • Wilmette’s festivities and fireworks are on July 3rd, as usual.
  • Glenview’s parade route is slightly different this year, due to construction on Glenview Rd. (see below).
  • Lake Forest’s event has an admission fee because there is a concert, but if you are only going to the fireworks, it’s free.

Evanston

July 4

2:00 pm – Parade from Central Park Avenue east on on Central Street to Ryan Field on Ashland Avenue.
7:30 pm – Twilight concert by the Palatine Concert Band.
9:15 pm – Lakefront fireworks viewing from Centennial Park (north) & Dawes Park (south)
Visit www.evanston4th.org for more info or see the complete program here.

Wilmette

July 3

4:00 pm – Festivities begin in Gillson Park: Tastefest, musical entertainment, roving performers, rides, games and races.
7:15 pm – Sneak preview of Starlight’s Theatre’s “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Wallace Bowl
7:30 pm – Concert of patriotic music by the Palatine Concert Band at the Wallace Bowl
9:30 pm – Fireworks in Gillson Park.

The easiest way to get to and from the Independence Day celebrations in Gillson Park is by using the special Pace shuttle bus service. Motorists may park at Edens Plaza or at the METRA commuter lot. To see a complete listing of events or for additional transportation information see the Wilmette Park District’s website.

Winnetka

July 4

10:00 am – Parade begins at Elm and Glendale and heads east through town to the Village Green. (Watch for Coldwell Banker’s Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team!)
11:00 am – Flag raising ceremony, children’s flag parade and family races on the Green
6:00 pm – FourthFest begins at Duke Childs Field, with mini-golf, moon walk, face painting, balloonists and a concert by Liquid Soul
8:00 pm – Jesse White Tumblers
9:15 pm – Fireworks at Duke Childs Field accompanied by music.
Go here for more info.

Glenview

July 4

11:15 am – Bike parade from Harlem Ave. to Central Rd. (kids pre-school thru age 9)
11:20 am – Main parade begins at Harlem Ave. and Glenview Rd., goes Rd., south on Harlem, west on Central to Johns Park.
7:30 pm – Twilight concert at Glenview Park Golf Club, 800 Shermer Rd.
Dusk – Fireworks synchronized to patriotic music
Go here for more info.

Northfield

July 4

9:45 am – Parade groups form: north group at Old Willow and Somerset Lane. South group at Ameritech parking lot on Winnetka Ave.. Groups converge at rec center parking lot.
10:00 am – Bike parade at Willow Park (499 Wagner Rd.)
10:30 am – Bike judging, games and attractions. Concession stands open.
10:30-1:00 – DJ, rides, face painting and more
11:00 am – Running races for all ages.

Glencoe

July 4

8:00 am – 2 mile Rotary Fun Run starts at the train station.
10:00 am – Art fair on the Village Green and family games at Kalk Park.
12:00 pm – Glencoe’s Got Talent at Kalk Park.
2:00 pm – Parade steps off from Central School
4:30 – Old fashioned games at Lakefront Park
5:30 – Park and Ride to lakefront Park starts (Village and Train parking lots)
6:00 pm – Musical entertainment by Shout Out
9:00 pm – Fireworks at Lakefront Park
Go here for more info

Highland Park

July 4

10:00 am – Parade in downtown Highland Park (Laurel and St. Johns Ave.)
11:00 am to 2:00 pm Fourth Fest in Sunset Park featuring food, pony rides, carnival games, petting zoo and music by Mike & Joe.
6:00 pm – Concert: Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands
Dusk – Fireworks at Wolter’s Field.
Go here for more info.

Lake Forest

July 4

6:00 pm – Gates open at Deerpath Community Park. Entrance fee: $10 residents/$15 non-residents (children under 5 are free). Parking: $20
6:00 pm – Concert by “10,000 Maniacs”
8:00 pm – Concert by Big Head Todd and the Monsters
9:40 pm – Fireworks
For more information, go here.

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ June 27th-29th, 2014

 

Glencoe Public Library

Kick off your weekend with song and dance at the Glencoe Public Library!

 

Friday the 27th

Wendy Morgan at Glencoe Library
Free event!
Begins at 10:30 am
320 Park Ave. Glencoe
Kids will be singing and dancing along to Wendy Morgan at her exciting Musikgarten classes at Glencoe Library on June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25.
Wendy Morgan loves to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and just having a great time! Her original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words. “Pure fun,” says Wilmette Beacon, and Laurel Shapiro, Youth Services Event Coordinator at Vernon Area Public Library, says “Parents and kids were all smiles at the end of the program.” For more info call: 847.835.5648

45th Anniversary of Highwood Festival Days
From 5-9pm
Everts Park,
130 Highwood Ave. Highwood
A North Shore spin of “Taste of Chicago,” guests can expect an array of foods from many vendors and restaurants from all over Chicagoland. Read the rest of this entry »

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Contemporary Home in Wilmette’s Romona Neighborhood

450 Sunset Drive, Wilmette IL

450 Sunset Drive, Wilmette, IL 60091

This light, bright contemporary home has many recent improvements, beautiful hardwood floors and is freshly painted throughout. You’ll enjoy cooking in the updated kitchen with cherry cabinetry and heated floor. The living room with two exposures is awash with sunlight.  The first floor boasts both an office and a family room while the lower level offers additional living space in a large rec room, plus full bath, laundry and plenty of storage space. Upstairs are three generously sized bedrooms and a newer bath.

450 Sunset living room

450 Sunset Dr Kitchen

450 Sunset Drive master BR
Click here to see additional images of this Romona contemporary home.

Wilmette’s Romona Neighborhood

The Romona neighborhood is located on the west side of Wilmette, allowing easy access to the Edens Expressway as well as shopping at Old Orchard Mall. It’s a desirable area due to its proximity to award-winning Romona Elementary School, Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High School. It’s also close to Centennial Park, with its three community pools, indoor tennis courts, community garden and ice arena. Just a short distance west is the Wilmette Community Rec Center, with a health club, preschool and community theater, as well as activities and sports for all ages.

This home is being offered at $489,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 450 Sunset Drive or send us a note here.

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