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3 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 19-21, 2014

Oktoberfest WilmetteEnjoy Indian Summer at this weekend’s fun outdoor events!

Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 20
St. Joseph Catholic School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette.

Oktoberfest includes an antique market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a family fest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a dinner and outdoor adults-only party from 6-11:30 p.m.

Bike Winnetka
Saturday, September 20 at 3:30
Skokie Playfield Service Center (north end at Pine St.), Winnetka
A scenic ride through Winnetka in a group rider format. Register at winpark.org.

Fall Fest
Saturday, September 20 from 4:00-10:00pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Food, DJ, Beer/Wine, Inflatables, Touch-A-Truck, Pumpkin Roll, Scarecrow Building, Community Row, Ice/Tennis/Golf Activities, Bike Winnetka, Winnetka Whiffleball Challenge and more. The evening caps off with a showing of the movie FROZEN (7:30 pm).

Prior to the showing of FROZEN, ice cream sundaes will be available to the first 300 children (ages 12 years and under) thanks to a partnership with Dairy Queen Highland Park.

Shermerfest
Sunday, September 21
Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road, Northbrook
The event includes a collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and homemade sweets. Free.

 

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10th Annual Thornwood Park Concert – September 7, 2014

Thornwood Park Concert

It’s the last gasp of summer but Kenilworth Gardens will be rockin’ this afternoon at the 10 annual Thornwood Park Concert.  This concert is one of the many great events we have in our neighborhood (one reason why Kenilworth Gardens is such an awesome place to live). It was started by Terri and Tony Lorenz back in 2000 when they had first moved to the ‘burbs and were pining for all the street fairs, festivals and concerts they were used to enjoying in the city.

The event was a hit right off the bat and has grown in popularity every year as more and more Wilmettans have heard about the good time. The performers are mostly local dads (and a few moms) but a couple years ago they added kid groups as warm-up entertainment, many of them trained at Wilmette’s Rock House.

If you live in Wilmette and/or have attended before, you’ll recognize many of the bands playing today:

  • Lonesome Rodeo (Chris Karabas and friends)
  • Jealous Mistress (Rob Phillips, Steve Vivian and friends)
  • Running Still (Tim Sheehan and friends)
  • King Saturday (Pete Wilson and friends)
  • Hamilton Chang and Family

The kids’ concert starts at 3:30 and the grown-ups start playing at 4:30.

Bring a picnic, cooler, beach chairs  and the kids and head on over to enjoy the music.

Oh, and if we’re lucky (as we have been in previous years), the kids can run through the world’s biggest sprinkler when the fire department hooks up to the fire hydrant and starts spraying.

The concert is free to attend but it’s not free to put on, so the organizers are asking attendees for donations to help defray the cost. You can go here to donate.

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4 Fun Thing To Do On The North Shore~ August 8-10, 2014

 

 

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 “Come Sail Away! Literally, in Glencoe this Saturday will be the George cup Regatta!”

 

Friday the 8th

Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street, Winnetka
From 3-4pm
Stop in for a fun afternoon craft!
Meet in the Lloyd Room.
For more info call: 847.446.7220

Saturday the 9th 

George Cup Regatta, Glencoe 
From noon to 1pm at the Perlman Boating Beach
Participate in challenging, hands-on boat races set up by beach staff.
If you are planning to participate in the regatta, please be at the boat house promptly at noon.
This year, boaters will be required to fill out a registration form and pay $10 to enter the race.
For more info call: 847.835.3030

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David Adler-Designed Lake Forest Mansion For Sale

275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL Fleur de Lys Mansion – 275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

One of the side benefits of being a Realtor that I never get tired of is the opportunity to tour historically significant homes designed by some of the world’s finest architects. Today Coldwell Banker’s Previews Group hosted a party at the fabulous Fleur de Lys mansion at 275 Sussex Lane in Lake Forest and we got to see every square inch of it.

The 11,000 square foot house is situated on over 2 acres that include a pool, tennis courts, gardens and large terrace. It has 17 formal rooms, 8 bedrooms and 10 baths. The house is not the typical mega-mansion one would build today; it’s way too formal and grand, like something out of The Great Gatsby. It’s the perfect venue for weddings, charity balls and large parties.

The estate is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It was designed by David Adler in 1914 for meat-packing baron Joseph Cudahy and his wife, Jean Morton Cudahy, daughter of the founder of Morton Salt. Apparently Adler’s inspiration for the house was Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of Versailles Palace in France. You’d think at this price the home would be perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, but it’s not. In fact, it sits in the middle of a quiet neighborhood that was once part of the estate until it was sold off and subdivided.

You can watch a video about this fabulous estate here:

The home is listed by Coldwell Banker’s Straub Milito Group and is being offered at $8,900,000. If you would like to arrange a private showing, call us at 847-881-6657.

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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.

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Home For Rent in Wilmette’s McKenzie Neighborhood

Wilmette Home for Rent

1636 Forest Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

Home available for rent on Chicago’s North Shore are few and far between. If you are looking for a great rental in a great neighborhood, this may just be the one!

This traditional brick home in Wilmette’s McKenzie neighborhood has four bedrooms and two and a half updated baths upstairs, plus a full bath on the first floor. It has a wonderful living room with wood burning fireplace, a dining room with bay window and an updated kitchen that opens into a large family room. Enjoy a screened in porch off the family room, a large deck and a lovely backyard with play structure. There are hardwood floors throughout and it has a two car detached garage.  From this home it’s an easy walk to school, train and parks.

It’s available September 1st at $5,500/month.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment to see this home, give us a call at 847-881-6657 or send us an email here.

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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
westfield old orchard mall, skokie
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 $950,000. 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.

Watch this video for more local market data for Glencoe:

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