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Free Summer Concerts in Plaza del Lago – 2013

Concert in Plaza del Lago

One of the best things about summer on the North Shore is the number of outdoor concerts you can enjoy, many of them free.

Plaza del Lago has concerts every Thursday (6:00-8:00 pm) for six weeks starting June 27 and running through August 1st. It’s one of my favorite venues because you can either bring a picnic or grab food at one of the Plaza’s restaurants and enjoy the music out in the center of the Plaza.

This year’s line-up of performers will look familoar if you’ve been to the concerts before, as several of them come back every summer:

June 27
Conjunto – Chicago’s premier salsa group.

July 4
Ac Rock  – a cappella rock n roll (maybe with somgs from “Pitch Perfect”?)

July 11
ABBA Salute – ABBA tribute band

July 18
The Dang-Its – Honky Tonk, Western Swing and Americana

July 25
The New Invaders – British Rock

August 1
Moss/Realtime – Chicago drummer/percussionist David Moss

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Fabulous North Shore Luxury Home on One Acre

North Shore Luxury Home

375 Old Farm Road, Northfield, IL

Coming soon! The Come Home North Shore team  is proud to announce the listing of this gorgeous twenty-two room home on one acre in Northfield.

We’ve seen a lot of high end new construction in our day, but this home is truly unique. It was custom built by the owner in 2010 to meticulous and exacting standards. Yes, it has everything you’d expect in a luxury home: state of the art appliances, custom cabinetry and high-end finishes. But it has so much more. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • There’s a Zen-like quality to the house. Once inside you feel a sense of calm and serenity.
  • The layout of the house is well thought out. The home is large but each space feels intimate.
  • Beautiful perennial gardens that bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall.
  • A guest suite with two bedrooms, bath and living room can also serve as a kids or teenager wing.
  • The lower level has a second full kitchen as well as a home theatre, billiard room, gym, fun kids’ playroom (where they can even write on the walls), paneled office, half bath and storage.
  • The dark oak floors have a high-friction matte finish for low slip and high endurance.
  • The seven-zone HVAC means everyone is comfy. And the whole house generator (17.5KW) means you never have to worry about power outages.
  • A three-season porch opens to a huge patio with outdoor kitchen and two grills, which makes for great summertime parties.
  •  This home is not likely to ever have flooding or seepage. Not only is it built on one of the highest lots in Northfield, but the owner also had the foundation dug out an extra three feet and filled with gravel for additional drainage.
  • And perhaps the most unusual feature of all: the floors and walls are insulated with recycled blue jeans, which provide excellent soundproofing!

Living Room Old Farm Rd

North Shore Luxury Home family room

Master bedroom 375 Old Farm

This home is being offered at $3,999,000. If you’d like to know more about it, you can get more information and see more photos at www.375OldFarm.info.

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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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 – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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Winnetka Children’s Fair – 2013

Winnetka Children's FairEvery June children from Winnetka and surrounding communities celebrate the end of school with a day (or two) at the Winnetka Children’s Fair. For two days, the Village Green is transformed into a fairgrounds, with rides, games and other activities for preschoolers to preteens. The fair is held the Friday and Saturday after school lets out – this year on June 7-8.

Now in its 67th year, the fair is actually a fundraiser for the Winnetka Community Nursery School. It’s organized by the school’s forty-strong Board of Directors with the help of hundreds of volunteers from the community. If you live in Winnetka, have friends in Winnetka or your child attends (or has ever attended) Winnetka Community Nursery, you will be tapped for a shift as a volunteer. When our daughter was at the preschool, my husband and I worked at the hot dog stand, which is the biggest money-maker for the fair and also the best place to work.

This fun event has become part of the fabric of the community and shouldn’t be missed if you have young children.

What: Games, rides, food and craft booths (mostly geared to kids up to 10, but older kids will enjoy some of the rides)

When: Friday and Saturday, June 7-8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Winnetka Village Green (Maple St. between Oak and Elm)

Cost: Admission to the fairgrounds is free but tickets can be purchased for rides, games and food.

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Appeal Your New Trier Property Taxes Before May 28, 2013

New Trier Property Tax AppealThe deadline to appeal your New Trier Township property taxes is fast approaching. You have until May 28 to file your appeal and until June 7 to file documentation.

You can appeal your taxes yourself by going to the Cook County Assessor web site. Click on Appeals and then File a Residential Appeal.

If you want to handle your tax appeal yourself but need some help, the New Trier Township Assessor is a great resource. They will help you get your documentation in order for your appeal and there is no charge for this service. You can visit their website or stop by the New Trier Township offices at 739 Elm St. in Winnetka.

If you’d rather have an attorney take care of it, there are plenty of options. In fact, you’ve probably received at least twenty solicitations in the mail from tax appeal attorneys in the last month. Almost all of them work on a contingency basis, meaning that you don’t pay them unless they win the appeal (though you may have to pay for an appraisal, which runs about $375). Usually the attorneys’ fee is 50% of the first year’s savings. For the next two years you get to keep it all. If you want a good attorney, give us a call at 847-881-6657 or email us. The Come Home North Shore team can recommend an excellent attorney and we may be able to get you a better deal.

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2nd Annual Kenilworth Gardens Yard Sale

Yard Sale in Kenilworth Gardens

The Come Home North Shore real estate team is sponsoring the second annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale on Saturday, May 18.

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 18 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Where: Hunter, Beechwood, Kenilworth, Chestnut, Thornwood, Greenwood and Elmwood (north of Lake Ave. and 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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Guided Bird Walks in Gillson Park

bird standing in waterAttention bird watchers:

Enjoy Guided Bird Walks in Gillson Park beginning May 5 and continuing each Sunday in May.

The Illinois shoreline juts farthest into Lake Michigan at Gillson Park, making it an excellent spot to observe warblers and other migrant birds as they rest and eat during their long journey north every spring. Beginners and experienced birders of all ages are welcome to join the free, annual guided bird walks sponsored by Go Green Wilmette and the Wilmette Park District.

Where:  Meet at the top of the Wallace Bowl near the Lakeview Center in Wilmette’s Gillson Park.  Don’t forget your binoculars and bird books.

When: Tours on May 5th at 7 & 8 a.m. and May 12, 19 & 26 at 8 a.m.
For information see www.gogreenwilmette.org or contact info@gogreenwilmette.org

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Newer Glencoe Home From HighGate Builders

Glencoe Luxury Home

 1223 Fairfield Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

This lovely newer home from HighGate Builders sits on nearly a half acre near the Glencoe Golf Course.

We’re big fans of HighGate’s homes. They are always well-designed for today’s lifestyle and always constructed with the finest materials. But here’s what we love about this home in particular:

  • Knock-out finishes throughout, including walnut floors, stone entry, walnut panelled library, cook’s kitchen, high ceilings and luxurious master bath.
  • A private, fenced back yard, perfect for entertaining, kids and dogs.
  • Five bedrooms and four baths on the second floor, great for big families. A sixth bedroom and full bath on the lower level is a private retreat for guests, teenager or nanny.
  • A lower level complete with home theatre, exercise room, rec room, bar and wine room.

1223_Fairfield_MasterBathroom

This exquisite home is being offered at $2,695,000. If you would like to see it, please call us at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing.

You can see other North Shore new construction homes here.

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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Third Annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt

Easter Bunny with kids

Back by popular demand! It’s the third annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt, this Saturday morning, March 30, at 9:45.

Voted the #1 egg hunt on the North Shore by Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood kids, you won’t want to miss it. It looks like we’ll have decent weather for the hunt. Not as warm as last year but partly sunny and 50 degrees, which is definitely an improvement over recent temps.

The Thornwood Park Egg Hunt is hosted by the Come Home North Shore real estate team for kids 10 and under.  Be sure and bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. And don’t forget to bring a basket for collecting your eggs. We’ll have prizes for the kids and a drawing for the parents.

Who: Kids 10 and under (but don’t worry, we aren’t going to card your kid)

Where: Thornwood Park in Wilmette (2400 Thornwood Ave. – catty-corner to Harper School)

When: Saturday, March 30. The hunt will start at 10:00 am SHARP! ( If you are even 5 minutes late you will miss it.) So come early to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and enter our drawing for a fabulous prize.

Why: Because it’s fun, of course!

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New Construction Homes For Sale in Winnetka

luxury home in Winnetka

 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.

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East Wilmette Home With Stunning Views

East Wilmette home for sale

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

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