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Message on a Rock

Rock with marriage proposalI love driving by the painted rock on Thornwood and Ridge to see its latest incarnation. Every season it sports a new look, in keeping with the time of year. At Halloween it has masqueraded as candy corn and as a pumpkin. At holiday time it’s been the Grinch and it’s been a reindeer.  It’s always something fun and creative, thanks to the Cox family, who live on the corner and carry on the decades-old  tradition of painting the rock.

So I was a little surprised last week to drive by and see that the rock had been painted black…just plain old black. Had someone died? Or was I just missing the joke?

A couple of days later I was even more perplexed to read the question painted on the rock: “Carly, will you marry me?” Who was Carly? What was this all about?

Turns out this really was a marriage proposal, from Daniel Hudson to Carly Graham, whose family used to live in the house on the corner and paint the rock before they moved to Georgia three years ago. Daniel had contacted Katy Cox and arranged to have the rock painted with his marriage proposal and then brought Carly blindfolded to the corner of Thornwood and Ridge to pop the question.

With a proposal like that, how could she say no?

Rock with marriage proposal

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Glencoe Grand Prix

Glencoe Grand PrixThere are a lot of wonderful things about living on the North Shore of Chicago, but one of the highlights is the Glencoe Grand Prix. The bicycle race has grown in stature and popularity since its humble beginnings in 2007 and now attracts professional-level riders from across the country. The Grand Prix was started as (and still is) a fundraising event for the Glencoe Educational Foundation, which benefits schools in Glencoe as well as Chicago public schools. But in six short years it has become THE event of the season.

This year the races are on Saturday, June 2, beginning at 8:15 with the Category 5 race and culminating in the AT&T Pro/1 race at 5:30. A “block party” with live music will follow the final race. Along with several categories of amateur races and the professional event , there are also kids races, beginning at noon with the 4 and 5 year olds, followed by 6-7 year olds and 8-9 year olds.

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Memorial Day Ceremonies on the North Shore of Chicago


Before you hit the pool or fire up the grill on Monday, take time to honor our fallen heroes this Memorial Day at one of the North Shore’s ceremonies:


American Legion Post 42 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at Fountain Square  – Veterans Memorial Plaza (Davis St. and Sherman Ave.) beginning at 10:30 am. The Northwestern University NROTC color guard and rifle team have been invited to participate. Evanston leaders will offer their thoughts and perspectives on Memorial Day and its meaning.


The parade begins at 10:30 on the corner of Lake and Ridge (St. Joseph’s parking lot) and proceeds down Lake to Park Ave, then south to Wilmette Ave. and east to Village Hall, where there will be a ceremony to honor our war heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Downsizing? This Northfield Home May Be The Perfect Choice

1 Regent Wood, Northfield

Are you ready for a smaller, lower maintenance home, but don’t want to go all the way to a townhouse or condo? If so, this Northfield home could be a great choice for your next move.

Located at 1 Regent Wood (just off of Winnetka Avenue east of Waukegan), this home won’t make you feel claustrophobic if you are used to a larger house. Because it has all the rooms you need but none of the ones you don’t. Here’s what makes it a perfect fit for your new elegant but carefree lifestyle:

  • A first floor master plus two additional bedrooms on the second floor. You still have room for your guests but day in and day out everything you need is on the main floor.
  • Large formal rooms mean you can still entertain in style.
  • Low maintenance: there’s no lawn to mow or snow to shovel. Like to travel? Have a second home? Just turn off the lights and lock the door behind you.
  • Nothing to do –  this home was tastefully remodeled from top to bottom just four years ago, so you can just move in and start enjoying it right away.
  • Tired of big house taxes? This home has an affordable tax bill of $11,911.

1 Regent Wood living room1 Regent Wood dining room

Before you sell your current home and make the move, be sure and consult your tax accountant about the tax implications of downsizing to a smaller home. In all likelihood you will be able to qualify for a tax-free capital gain up to $500,000 (if you file a joint return), but you should examine your options.

You can get more information about this wonderful house here. If you have any questions about it or would like to see it in person, just call us at 847-881-6657 or email us.  We’d be happy to show it to you.

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top teams in the Wilmette, Winnetka and Glencoe 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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Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage Sale

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I love the whole concept of rummage sales. Far from being an anachronism as some might think, they serve several important purposes, all at once:

  • They make low cost items available to those who need them.
  • They facilitate the re-use and recycling  of usable goods, thus sparing our landfills from more trash.
  • They provide a convenient (and tax-deductible) way to get rid of the stuff you no longer need.
  • And (in many cases) the proceeds provide funding for local charities and social service agencies.

This week Winnetka Congregational Church will hold its 80th consecutive spring rummage sale. It’s one of the biggest one-day rummage sales in the area (if not the world!), with 31 “departments” including furniture, electronics, toys, hardware, clothing, books, china, crystal and more. It  involves hundreds of volunteers, many of whom have been working at the sale for decades.  And it raises hundreds of thousands of dollars which are donated (after expenses) to nearly 40 Chicago-area social service agencies.

Here are the details of this year’s sale:

When: Thursday, May 10 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Where: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Two pieces of advice:

Come early for the best selection or come late for the best deals.

Parking in Winnetka on sale day is a nightmare…take public transportation or get someone to drop you off.

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Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale

Yard Sale in Kenilworth GardensI do love to purge my house of stuff we no longer use, though you’d never know that if you came over to my house right now and saw the piles of clutter everywhere. Normally I just haul everything over to the rummage sale at my church, but this year my daughter is dying to have a yard sale. Which got me to thinking that it would be a lot more fun to make it a neighborhood event.

So, our Come Home North Shore team has decided to sponsor the first annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale. If you live in the neighborhood and want to participate, it’s easy.  All you have to do is drop us a line and tell us you want in, then put prices on your merchandise, drag it outside and welcome the hoards of buyers that are bound to show up on sale day. That’s it. We’ll supply the signs and the advertising to ensure we get a good turnout.

If you’re not from the neighborhood, we hope you’ll stop  by and check out all the wonderful “merchandise” we’ll be selling. I’m sure you’ll see lots of stuff you didn’t know you needed!

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, May 19 from 8:00 am to noon. (But you can start and stop whenever you want…we are not the yard sale police).

Where: Beechwood, Kenilworth, Chestnut, Thornwood, Greenwood and Elmwood Avenues (west of Ridge Rd.) in Wilmette

What to know more? Give us a call at 847-881-6657 or email us.



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Historic Wilmette Farmhouse

832 Chilton Lane, WilmetteWhen this three bedroom house at 832 Chilton Lane in Wilmette goes on the market later this week it’s going to go quickly. Here’s why it’s such a great buy:

  • It’s very well-priced at $629,000.
  • It has loads of vintage charm and hardwood floors throughout.
  • The kitchen and baths have been recently updated.
  • It’s on a double-lot: 111′ x 159′ x 110′ x 153′
  • It’s on a cul de sac street just a quick walk to Romona Elementary School

Built in 1920, we’re told this was the original farmhouse for the surrounding in this area. We’ll be having an open house this Sunday,  April 29 from 12:00 to 3:00 so stop by!

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top teams in our 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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Winnetka Neighborhoods: Hubbard Woods

Was There an Old Mother Hubbard?

There was an Old Father Hubbard, an early landowner, Gilbert Hubbard, who moved to Winnetka in 1871 after the Chicago fire, but no knowledge of his wife exists. The neighborhood that later developed on Hubbard’s land became known as Hubbard Woods and the elementary school (eventually) took its name from the surrounding neighborhood.

Hubbard Woods is located in the northern part of Winnetka. The neighborhood is bounded on the east by Green Bay Rd., on the north by Scott Ave., on the south by Pine St. and on the west by the Skokie Lagoons. The elementary school also serves a small part of Winnetka that is east of Green Bay between Tower Rd. and Woodlawn Avenue.

Homes in Hubbard Woods are typically traditional in style: Tudors, Colonials, Georgians, etc. Many were built between 1905 and 1930, though a few date from the late 1800’s. During the recent boom a number of smaller, older homes were torn down and replaced by new construction. Current prices for single-family homes range from $585,000 to $4,500,000, with a median list price of $1,498,000. In 2011 the average sales price was $1,392,000. Some of the most desirable streets with the biggest homes are Ardsley, Pelham, Laurel and Private Rd. Lot sizes for homes at the lower end of the price range are typically 50’x160′, while larger homes have lots as big as a half acre or more.

The neighborhood has its own shopping area along Green Bay Rd. with stores and a few restaurants, as well as a Metra station.

There are currently 46 homes for sale in Hubbard Woods. Here’s a sampling:

1427 Scott - $745,000

1427 Scott - $745,000

1190 Oakley - $895,000

1190 Oakley - $895,000

1168 Asbury - $1,939,000

1168 Asbury - $1,939,000

1090 Crescent - $2,995,000

1090 Crescent - $2,995,000

A little about Hubbard Woods School. Constructed in 1915, it was originally called Skokie School. (The name was changed to Hubbard Woods School in 1924, when the new junior high, named Skokie School, was opened.) Modern for its time, Hubbard Woods was designed to be a haven for students and less severe in appearance and environment than other schools of that era. To make each classroom feel like second home for the students, each had a skylight and its own outside entrance. To accommodate a growing population, the school was expanded and remodeled several times between 1918 and 1999. You can get information about Hubbard Woods School ratings and school reports here.

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Thornwood Park Egg Hunt – Part Deux

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt - Easter Bunny and kids

What a perfect day we had for our 2nd Annual Egg Hunt in Thornwood Park! Sunny, warm, lots of kids, the best Easter Bunny ever (thank you to Spencer Olson!), prizes for everyone…and even some fun for the parents, who got to enter a drawing to win gift cards to Depot Nuevo and Fuel Restaurants (thank you to Ann Garrison and Tim Lenon for donating these wonderful prizes!).

We just wanted to share some photos of the event and wish everyone a very Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny with kidsEaster bunny with kids in Thornwood ParkEgg hunt-kids on starting lineEaster Bunny Thoornwood Park

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