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For a while after the housing bust there was very little new construction going on on the North Shore with the exception of custom built homes for specific clients. But now, new construction has had a rebirth and builders are aggressively buying up property and building spec homes also. (A spec home is a home that is built without having a buyer).
Currently there are five (non-custom) new homes being built in Winnetka, ranging in price from $1,499,000 at the low end to $2,975,000. What do you get for that extra million and a half dollars? A bigger piece of property, a bigger house, a four car garage (vs. two car), more bells and whistles (eg., sauna, media room, etc.) and higher end finishes.
You can see all the Winnetka new construction homes available in the MLS here. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know as we often have access to properties that are not listed in the MLS. and we can facilitate an introduction to the builder to see if there might be a fit between what you are looking for and what he is planning to build.
If you are interested in finding out more about new construction in Winnetka or anywhere else on the North Shore, call us at 847-881-6657 or drop us an email. We have extensive experience working with new home buyers, sellers and builders. We can help you select the right builder for your needs and budget, find a property on which to build, select an architect, choose paint colors and finishes and guide you in all facets of the project. With Come Home North Shore at your side, you can be sure you will make wise decisions for your lifestyle and your pocketbook.
219 Linden Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091
Wouldn’t it be great to walk out your front door and onto the golf course to play a few holes after work? Or walk down to the beach whenever the mood strikes? Do you like to sail or kayak in the lake? Do you have dogs that like to go to the dog beach? Would you love to have a huge grassy yard that you don’t have to mow?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider making this charming stone house your new home.
Located at 219 Linden Avenue in Wilmette, this home sits right on the golf course with stunning views of the Baha’i Temple. It’s just a quick walk to Gillson Park, the yacht club, dog beach. And, it’s just two blocks to the el station at 4th and Linden, so you can be downtown in about 40 minutes.
The home is lovingly maintained with many vintage details, and it’s just waiting for you to bring your decorating ideas and updates. There’s a large living room with a marble fireplace, a mahogany panneled library, dining room with bay window, wood-panneled family room and a bright kitchen with separate eating area. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and three vintage tile baths.
It’s being offered at $1,050,000. You can see more info about this home here. If you’d like to arrange a private showing, call us at 847-881-6657.
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
789 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022
Just listed by the Come Home North Shore team, this lovely brick Glencoe home has a great in-town location, just steps from train, shopping, parks and beach.
The house has a perfect layout for entertaining, with spacious living room, dining room and family room, that opens out onto the professionally landscaped backyard.
It’s only thirteen years old, but it has been completely remodeled over the last five years. The bright eat-in kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinetry, quartz counters and designer lighting. The spa-like master bath has rain shower, air jacuzzi tub and Ann Sachs glass tile. The closets, flooring, laundry room and powder room have also been redone and many new mechanicals recently installed.
This is a great home for someone who appreciates fine quality and enjoys being close to everything. It is being offered at $1,349,000. You can get more information here. Or give us a call at 847-881-6657 if you’d like a private 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.
This is an afternoon of fun and educational activities for all ages. See the latest eco cars, commuter bikes, and home energy efficiencies. Enjoy nature activities for children and adults, cooking demonstrations and good food. Try your luck at the raffle. Find out what’s in your cosmetics and your food. Get advice about composting, rain gardens, or the best light bulbs for your home. Bring old electronics, Styrofoam and gently used children’s books for recycling. To volunteer, exhibit or see details go to: www.goinggreenmatters.org.
When: Sunday, March 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Where: Woman’s Club of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette
2225 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201
Are you thinking of buying a condo but can’t stand the thought of living in a high rise or vanilla box condo with no outdoor space? Need a pet friendly place for you and Rover? Then this adorable little house might be for you.
This one-bedroom home at 2225 Noyes Street in NW Evanston is 616 square feet of pure charm, plus plenty of outdoor space, including a nice yard and brick patio It’s one of the original Sears Roebuck catalog house, constructed in 1917 from ready-to-assemble pieces. It was certainly a quality product, as it’s solid as a rock despite being almost 100 years old.
Although it’s small, the house has everything you need: a recently updated kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and a “great room” for dining, watching TV and entertaining. In warm weather you can enjoy the screened porch overlooking the backyard and patio. The basement has plenty of room for laundry and storage, and comes with a heated greenhouse as an added bonus for plant lovers.
The home is being offered at $310,000. You can go here for more info. Or give us a call at 847-881-6657 if you’d like to see it.
That’s the case this coming Sunday, February 24th when The Howard Levy Quartet will perform at Winnetka Congregational Church’s third annual Jazz Vespers.
You may not have heard of Howard Levy, but he is probably the world’s foremost harmonica jazz virtuoso and has won two Grammy Awards for his artistry. Said Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, “Certainly no one playing jazz harmonica these days approaches the technical wizardry, stylistic breadth and improvisational creativity of Levy.” Read the rest of this entry »
985 Bluff Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
This beautiful new construction is waiting to become your dream home! Just listed by the Come Home North Shore team, the house will be built on a fabulous property on one of the loveliest streets in Glencoe. Scheduled to be ready by spring 2014, everything about this home will be of the highest quality and built with the attention to detail that Highgate Builders is known for. The home is being offered at $2,850,000.
The property is almost a half acre on a street of upper bracket homes. The home itself will have gracious formal rooms designed for entertaining, a top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen with separate eating area, and a panelled library on the main floor. Patios will extend the entertaining spaces to the outdoors.
The second floor can be designed to have either five bedrooms or four bedrooms and a sitting room. The master suite will be the ultimate spa retreat.
The finished lower level will feature ten foot ceilings, a rec room, media room and excercise room, as well as a sixth bedroom and full bath.
Highgate Builders is one of the most well-respected and in-demand builders on the North Shore. Winner of the 2009 Preservation Award, the firm has been featured in Luxe Interiors + Design and Home & Architectural Trends magazines. Highgate is also known for building certified green and sustainable homes. You can see some of Highgate’s new homes here.
If you would like to learn more about plans for this new construction, please call us at 847-881-6657 or email us. Come Home North Shore co-founder Paula Weiss has deep experience in all facets of new construction and can provide you with expert guidance throughout the process.
There’s a right way to go about finding a home on the North Shore, and there’s a wrong way. Unfortunately, most people go about it the wrong way, putting the proverbial cart before the horse. And sometimes they make a home purchase decision they live to regret.
The Wrong Way to Find a Home on the North Shore
1. Surf real estate web sites looking at houses for sale anywhere in the general vicinity of where you want to live.
2. Get in the car and drive around the North Shore willy-nilly, visiting Sunday open houses.
3. Walk into a house and fall in love with the shiny new appliances and Pottery Barn decor. And then buy the house, without doing enough due diligence on the community and the location of the home.
4. Move in and discover that, while you still love the house itself, the location is wrong, for example:
- The house is in a flood plain and the yard has several inches of standing water every time it rains.
- The street that seemed so quiet on Sunday afternoon sounds like a super highway during morning and afternoon rush hour.
- The village ordinances won’t permit an addition on the back of the house and now you are stuck with no family room.
- The neighborhood is full of empty-nesters and “snowbirds,” when you were counting on a neighborhood full of playmates for your kids
- The elementary school your kids will attend is not the one right down the street but the one on the other side of the expressway. Read the rest of this entry »
If your kids love hockey, you should sign them up to play in the Watts Winter Classic Hockey Tournament. The Glencoe Park District puts it on every year during the holidays and it’s always a great event. Last year the weather was pretty mild so the parents could enjoy watching the games without freezing to death. This year I can only hope the outdoor heat lamps are working.
My daughter has played in the Watts Classic for the past three years and looks forward to it almost as much as she looks forward to Christmas morning. She plays in lots of hockey tournaments, so I’m not sure why this one is so special to her. Maybe because it’s played outdoors. Maybe because it has the low-key feel of an old-fashioned game of pond hockey, where players are thrown together randomly onto teams to compete in a round robin format. Usually my daughter will only know a few of the other kids playing, as they come from all over the North Shore, but she always makes new friends that she’ll run into later in other games on other rinks.
The tournament begins December 21 and runs December 30. There are games for Mite to Peewee levels.
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