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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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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore July 11th-13th, 2014

“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:

Wilmette Summerfest
Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 11am-10pm
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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:

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 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 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:

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

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Highland Park Market Report – May 2014

As of May 31, 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 75 days/

Single family detached homes represented 86% of the total listings.
34% of them are over $1,000,000.

During May there were 37 closed sales of single family homes, with a median selling price of $637,500 and an average of 88 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $180,000 to $1,850,000.

Year to date there have been 120 closed sales in Highland Park, with a median selling price of $532,500 and an average of 96 days on market.

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ShedFest 2013

Shedfest posterNorth Shore music lovers, this is an event you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re into blues.

The Shed, the North Shore’s private musician’s club, will sponsor the second annual ShedFest, an outdoor music festival in Highland Park to benefit Rebecca’s Dream on July 19 and 20.

Last year’s event was so successful it has been expanded to two days this year. It will bring together local musicians and member bands as well as nationallly recognized headliners for 17 hours of live music over spanning the two days.

ShedFest 2013 will celebrate the blues, with a focus on “washing the blues away” for Rebecca’s Dream. Rebecca’s Dream is a local organization  dedicated to promoting awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases.

The event will be held at 1480 Old Deerfield Road in Highland Park:

Friday, July 19 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

  • Whiskey Junction
  • 341
  • The Bad Examples
  • Dick Holliday & The Bamboo Gang

Saturday, July 20 from 12:30 pm to 11:00 pm

  • School of Rock Highwood
  • The Buzzhounds
  • Borrowed Time
  • See Alice
  • Chicago Blues Reunion
  • Big Bill Morganfield
  • Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater

ShedFest is a family-friendly event  with a tented dining area featuring a variety of local restaurants.

Tickets are $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday or $35 for both days. Advanced ticket sales are available at

For more information about ShedFest visit or call 847-780-4944. For more information about Rebecca’s Dream visit

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Lakefront Property For Sale in Highland Park IL

lake view in Highland Park

Come Home North Shore just listed this lakefront property in Highland Park IL.

If you are looking to rehab an older home or build a new one, this is a property you should come see. It offers a great opportunity to create your own private vacation home in an idyllic setting that’s still convenient to town, train and schools.

You’ll enjoy unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and a 131 feet of private beachfront. The property is located at the north end of Highland Park, where Sheridan Road turns into a country lane at Edgecliff and then dead-ends in a cul-de-sac. The mid-century modern cedar and lannon stone house sits on a half acre on the west side of Sheridan, while the beach is just across the road and down the bluff.  The home also has a beautiful back yard with in-ground pool and bluestone patio. Charming on the outside, the house has six bedrooms and spacious formal rooms, but it definitely needs some TLC to bring it to today’s standards.

You can get more information about this Highland Park lakefront property here. Or, give us a call at 847-881-6957 and we’d be happy to answer your questions or schedule a showing.

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 contact us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here

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Lakefront Living in Highland Park

Porch at 2714 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL

Go on vacation without leaving home!

Can’t you just picture yourself sitting on this porch on a warm summer evening, sipping a cold drink and gazing out at Lake Michigan? Follow Sheridan Road until it turns into a private lane and you’ll find this spectacular Highland Park home with its lake views and wide lawn that’s perfect for a game of croquet. Living here is like living in a summer resort, all year long.

The home is located at 2714 Sheridan Road and is being offered for $2,199,000. It has thirteen rooms, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths. It’s perfect for entertaining: whether it’s a holiday dinner with your entire extended family in the large formal dining room or a summer pool party out back, this house has plenty of room for everyone. And one of the best things about it is that you have all the advantages of a lakefront property without the sky-high taxes that normally accompany a home on the lake.

It’s going on the market later this week, but if you want more information about it please give us a call at 847-881-6657 or email us. And be sure and join us at our open house on Sunday, April 22.

Pool at 2714sheridan rd, highland park

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Michael Jordan Lists His Highland Park Home

Gate to Michael Jordan's house in Highland ParkI’ve written before about the North Shore’s most expensive homes, but they pale in comparison to this one.

Michael Jordan’s home at 2700 Point Lane in Highland Park came on the market yesterday, and it can be yours for a mere $29,000,000. Oh, and once you come up with the money to buy the house, be sure you can also afford the yearly tax bill of $165,224.

Wondering what that $29 million will buy you? 32,683 square feet on 7+ acres, enough bedrooms for all your friends, even more bathrooms 15.4 (!), all MJ’s furniture, a pool, tennis court and a full indoor basketball court.

The contemporary house was custom built in 1995 north of Half Day Rd. MJ hasn’t spent much time there of late and is now buying a mega-home in Florida.

Michael Jordan's house

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to Open a Tea House in Ravinia


Billy Corgan [Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

According to a recent report by Ari Bendersky in, the founder and front man of Smashing Pumpkins has decided to open a tea shop in the Ravinia neighborhood of Highland Park.

Billy Corgan, who was born in Elk Grove Village and grew up in Glendale Heights, now lives in Highland Park, and has decided that there just aren’t enough cool cultural things to do in town. So he’s planning to take over the former U.S. Post Office on Roger Williams Avenue, where his new shop will open in March or April. It will seat about 30 people and will have a “1930s Chinese-style tea house vibe” (whatever that is).

Apparently, Corgan wants this to be a gathering place for people of mixed ages to come and just enjoy a cup of tea or listen to live music, view one of the rotating an art exhibits or become engaged in a talk about archeology or other interesting topic.

In addition to serving unique and exotic teas, Corgan plans to offer coffee, as well as some healthier, basic sweets and vegan options.

Read the whole story here.

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North Shore’s Best Chinese Food

Little SzechwanYears ago, when we lived in Highland Park and worked in the city, our Friday night ritual was to head directly from the train to Little Szechwan for dinner. Our regular server was Annie and she rolled a mean Mu Shu Pork. I credit Annie with getting me to branch out of my comfort zone and try new (spicy!) dishes. No matter what we ordered it was always tasty and the service was always friendly and attentive. We stopped going only because we moved out of town. A few years later, when we moved back to the North Shore, we landed in Wilmette, and Little Szechwan just wasn’t as top of mind or as convenient anymore.

But last Sunday, my daughter had a late afternoon soccer game at the Bubble in Highland Park, so afterwards we decided to head over to Little Szechwan, hoping it would still be as good as we remembered. We were not disappointed. We ordered some old favorites like Kung Pao Beef and tried a couple new things like Yu Hsiang Eggplant and Szechwan Shrimp.

For my money Little Szechwan is still the best Chinese restaurant on the North Shore.

Little Szechwan is located at 1900 First Street in Highland Park and is open every day.  The restaurant is owned by Chef Simon Lin, who also owns the more upscale (and expensive) Asian Bistro in Lincolnshire. For more information visit

Kung Pao Beef

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End of August Festivals

Skokie Backlot BashSummer may be winding down but there are still plenty of fairs and festivals going on around the North Shore. Here’s what’s going on through the end of August:


Summerfest at Beth Hillel Congregation on Saturday, August 22 from 11 am to 4 pm. Live music, food, children’s activities, Israeli dancing and appearances by alumni Blackhawks players. Free admission.
3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Call 847-256-1213 for more information.


American Craft Exposition. 150 juried craftspeople will exhibit baskets, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewlry and mixed media crafts. Friday, August 27 from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door (good all 3 days). Proceeds benefit breast and ovarian cancer research.
Northwestern University’s Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, 2311 Campus Drive.


Backlot Bash. A summer tradition featuring live music on the main stage at Oakton Avenue, amusement park/carnival, classic auto show, sidewalk sale and teen activities. Friday, August 27 from 6 to 10 pm, Saturday, August 28 from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday, August 29 from noon to 8 pm. Lincoln at Oakton in downtown Skokie. You can see the schedule of events here.

Highland Park

Port Clinton Art Festival featuring works by 260  juried artists, live music, children’s activities and Taste of Highland Park. August 28-29 from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission free. Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave.


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