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Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

This is the third installment of neighborhood-level real estate stats for Winnetka. It covers the Crow Island School “footprint,” the area bordered on the north by Pine St., on the west by Hibbard Rd., on the east by Green Bay Rd. and on the south by Hill Rd. Although sales in this area were up dramatically over 2010, median and average sales prices decreased 14% and 15% respectively.

Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011 vs. 2010

Crow Island Home Sales 2011Source: MRED llc- Single family home data. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

Wondering what your neighbor’s house sold for? Just email us with the address of the property and we’d be happy to send you that information (caveat: only if the transaction has closed. Until then the information is not available).

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Hubbard Woods Neighborhood Home Sales -2011

Here’s the second in a series of posts providing hyper-local home sales data for Winnetka. Yesterday was Greeley. Today is Hubbard Woods, the area north of Pine St. on the west side of Green Bay Rd. and north of Tower Rd. on the east side of Green Bay. This neighborhood, whose sales were a bit lackluster last year, came charging back in 2011, posting a 31% gain in sales and a 17% increase in median price.

Hubbard Woods Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011 vs. 2010

Hubbard Woods neighborhood home sales 2011Source: MRED llc – Single family homes data. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

Winnetka District 36 map

Wondering what your neighbor’s house sold for? Just email us with the address of the property and we’d be happy to send you that information (caveat: only if the transaction has closed. Until then the information is not available).

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Greeley Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

Last week I provided some hyper-local home sales data about Wilmette’s neighborhoods. This week I’m heading north to Winnetka, where I have broken down the numbers by the three elementary school neighborhoods in District 36 and one in District 37 (Avoca). First up is Greeley, which covers the area east of Green Bay Rd up to Tower Rd.

Although Winnetka sales overall were down 4% from last year, Greeley’s were down 29%. Greeley’s median sales price, on the other hand, was up 5% while Winnetka on the whole declined by 9%. Days on market for those homes sold decreased 37% vs. 16% for Winnetka as a whole.

Greeley Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011 vs. 2010

Greeley home sales 2011 vs. 2010

MRED llc- Data for single family homes. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Wondering what your neighbor’s house sold for? Just email us with the address of the property and we’d be happy to send you that information (caveat: only if the transaction has closed. Until then the information is not available).

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Romona Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

The most affordable of Wilmette’s neighborhoods, the Romona School neighborhood had the biggest sales increase (+8%) in 2011. It also suffered the biggest decline in home prices, with a median selling price of $350,000 and an average selling price of $420,824 for 2011. Market time jumped in the last year, to 93 days or three months. Four of the homes sold were short sales and one was a foreclosure.

Romona Neighborhood Home Sales TrendSource: MRED llc – Data for single family homes. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

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Harper Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

Sales activity in the Harper neighborhood was down in 2011 vs. 2010. There were fewer listings on the market and 22% fewer sales. Those that came on the market, and were well-priced and well-presented, sold quickly, which brought the average market time to 72 days (2.4 months), the shortest market time of any of Wilmette’s neighborhoods.

Harper Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011Harper School trend

Want to know what your Wilmette neighbor’s house sold for? You can see that here. Want to know what your home is worth in today’s market? Give us a call at 847-881-6657 and we’d be glad to provide you with a complimentary, no obligation, home value analysis. Or you can get a free, quick, over-the-net evaluation.

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McKenzie Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

This is second in a series of posts about neighborhood level data for Wilmette. McKenzie neighborhood home sales in 2011 were roughly even with 2010 and 19% higher than 2009. As with Central School, prices declined in 2011, while market time increased by 27% to an average of 89 days or three months.

McKenzie Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

McKenzie Home Sales Trend

Source: MRED LLC – Single family homes data. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Want to know what your neighbor’s house sold for? You can see that here. Want to know what your home is worth in today’s market? Give us a call at 847-881-6657 and we’d be glad to provide you with a complimentary, no obligation, home value analysis. Or you can get a free, quick, over-the-net evaluation.

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

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Billy Corgan [Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

According to a recent report by Ari Bendersky in chicago.eater.com, 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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Opportunity to Build a Custom Home in Winnetka

1212 Westmoor, WinnetkaIt’s not every day that an opportunity comes along to work with award-winning HighGate to build your dream home. 1212 Westmoor is almost an acre of gorgeous property on a street of upper bracket homes in Winnetka.

You can either work with our architect or use your own to create your plans for a custom home ranging from 6,000 up to 11,500 square feet (not including lower level). There is a wide range of options to add amenities, including swimming pool, tennis courts, sports court or multiple garages.

HighGate is one of the North Shore’s most versatile and respected builders. You can see some of HighGate’s other magnificent homes below:

1294 Trapp Winnetka 93 Crescent, Glencoe

495 Greenleaf, Glencoe

249-Woodlawn, Glencoe

If you would like more information about this terrific opportunity, please give us a call at 847-712-0049 or email us at comehome@cbexchange.com.

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Wonderful Wonderland Express

Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic GardenIf there is one activity I can recommend for families with kids this holiday season, it is a visit to the Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden. You will realize how aptly named it is when you see your kids’ eyes widen with wonder when the first train rounds the curve amid a miniature landscape of seasonal greens and flowers and buildings made from bark, twigs and moss. Frankly, even adults are fairly awestruck when they visit for the first time.

Wonderland Express is a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains that wind through more than 80 miniature Chicago-area landmarks, including Navy Pier, Soldier Field, Chicago Stadium, the Chinatown Arch, the Art Institute, the South Shore Cultural Center, the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, old Comiskey Park.

All buildings are handcrafted from natural materials like leaves, bark, and moss. Meanwhile, Krehbiel Gallery will be transformed into an English country train platform, and a seven-minute video will run in the auditorium, showing the Busse workshop and crew at work as they developed Wonderland Express.

Wonderland Express is open until January 1st from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (the exhibit closes at 3:00 on December 24 and is closed all day December 25). Admission for adults is $8.00 for members and $10 for non-members. Children 3-12 and seniors are $6 members/$8 non-members. Children under 2 get in free. This is a very popular exhibit so you should buy your tickets ahead to ensure you can get in on the day you want to go.

Wonderland Express

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Tripping the Light Fantastic in Wilmette

Christmas light show in Wilmette

At our house we have gotten a little lax in the Christmas decorating department, and at this point I’m wondering when we’ll even have time to go get the Christmas tree between hockey games and pageant rehearsals. But luckily for us, most of our neighbors take this decorating thing a bit more seriously and we can enjoy their Christmas lights. One neighbor, in particular, puts on a display worth going out of your way to see. It’s grown every year and has gotten so popular that this year they set their lights to music and invited everyone over to munch on cookies and drink hot cocoa while enjoying the show. Even Santa stopped by to hear last minute gift requests from neighborhood kids.

Steve Maris, a self-proclaimed Christmas junkie, has been decorating with lights every year, adding more and more to his collection each Christmas. At this point he has about 30,000 lights on his house and garage, in the trees and all over the yard. In the past year he has spent countless hours programming the lights to blink to the music until he had a two hour long show. It truly is an awesome sight and will put even the most Scrooge-like person in the Christmas spirit. You can get a taste of it here:


Want to check out Steve Maris’ handiwork in person? The show will go on nightly through Christmas at 1200 Cleveland Street in Wilmette, but don’t count on hot cocoa or cookies unless you bring them yourself. And Santa has headed back to the North Pole to prepare for the big night.

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