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Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Go fly a kite!

The eighth annual kite festival this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden is a must for all kite devotees and families with kids.

In the open area near Evening Island, enjoy soaring stunt kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois.

These high-flying professionals demonstrate awesome feats of beauty and great skill. The Chicago Fire Kite Team has been competing and demonstrating team sport kite ballet and precision since 1986. Invited to kite festivals around the world, they have flown in front of friendly crowds in England, France, Japan, and Canada as well as the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: August 3-5

If you’re not planning to hit the city for Lollapalooza this weekend, here are three fun things to do right here on the North Shore:

Calypso Music at the Wallace Bowl

August 3 at 8:00 pm
Performance by Mr. Myers presented by Starlight Theatre
Wallace Bowl, Gillson Park, Wilmette
My Myers blends the tropical sounds of Calypso and Ska, rhythms of Reggae and Rock & Roll. No Charge

Family Camp Out on Glencoe Beach

August 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am on August 4
Hazel Ave., Glencoe
Spend an evening camping out with your family at Glencoe Beach! Beach staff provides hamburgers, hot dogs, pop and bottled water for an early evening cookout. After the sun sets, enjoy interactive musical show and roast marshmallows over a campfire. Coffee and cereal is provided at sunrise. Click here for more details. Read the rest of this entry »

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Commuting By Train? Wilmette’s the Place to Live

Wilmette Train Station

Results of a recent study by DePaul University’s Chaddock Institute for Metropolitan Development ranked Wilmette the #2 Chicago suburb for ‘transit-friendliness’.

The study evaluated 250 suburbs in the Chicago metro area based on convenience for commuters to walk to the Metra station, frequency of trains and walkability to nearby amenities, station buildings and grounds, available parking and other factors.

One of the great things about Wilmette is that there are effectively two Metra stations. If you live in Kenilworth Gardens or Indian Hill Estates, the Kenilworth station is an easy walk from most homes. And if you live in Southeast Wilmette, there’s the purple line at 4th and Linden. So you have a few options.

Other North Shore area suburbs that scored in the top 20 were Glenview (#4), Northbrook (#12), Deerfield (#17) and Highland Park (#19). La Grange was #1 with an almost perfect walk-score of 98.

You can read more about the study here.

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Winnetka Lakefront Estate

If someone blindfolded you and plopped you down outside this magnificent lakefront home in Winnetka, you’d swear you’d been transported to the shores of Lake Como. The Mediterranean architecture, the lakefront setting and Mariani designed landscaping can easily fool you into thinking you are at the summer residence of an Italian count. Once inside, you might think you’d landed in the Beverly Hills mansion of some celebrity. The villa has every room anyone can imagine having in their dream home, and then some. And all of them are done to the max by interior designer Alessandra Branca.

Listed for $13,900,000 it’s not the most expensive home for sale on the North Shore. Michael Jordan’s Highland Park home is still on the market for $29,000,000 and there’s another Winnetka home a little further north on Sheridan Road for $15,975,000. But this home is by far the most elegant of the three.

The home looks like it’s been there for a century but it was actually completely rebuilt from 2005 to 2007. It has eighteen rooms, including six bedrooms, each with an en suite bath,  lounge, media room, sauna, wine room, his and her offices, gym, play room and belvedere.(I had to Google that one: it means “a roofed structure, especially a small pavilion or tower on top of a building, situated so as to command a wide view.” On a clear day you can see all the way to the Sears Willis Tower from the belvedere. All of the formal rooms face the lake. The home also has a six car garage and a heated driveway.

If you’d like to see this or any of the other fine homes on the North Shore, please call us at 847-881-6657.  We’d be happy to help you!

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Winnetka Neighborhoods: Greeley

Greeley School: Go West, Young Man?

“Go west, young man” was advice generally attributed to Horace Greeley, a 19th century American newspaper editor and presidential candidate, and was advice followed by many who arrived in Winnetka in the 19th century. However, Greeley School was not named for him but rather for a popular Winnetka resident, Samuel Sewall Greeley.

Greeley School, an elementary school (grades K-4) located in the southeastern part of Winnetka, opened in 1912. Mr. Greeley encouraged the community to build the school in this area so that students on the east side of town did not have to cross the railroad tracks to get to school. (previously, all elementary students had attended Horace Mann School, located where the post office sits today.) Since its opening a century ago, Greeley School has been modernized many times, most recently in 2009. The school’s attendance area is bounded by Tower Road on the north, Green Bay Road on the west, Winnetka Avenue on the south and Lake Michigan on the east. Basically it covers all of east Winnetka except a small section north of Tower Rd., which is served by Hubbard Woods School.

Homes in the Greeley neighborhood are typically traditional in style like the rest of Winnetka: Colonials, Tudors and the occasional Victorian.  Most have at least four bedrooms but many are much larger. There is no typical lot size but many of the homes on the east side of the village are between a quarter and a half acre.

Homes in the neighborhood range from $649,000 to $15,975,000, but the average sale price during the first half of 2012 was $1,428,319. The four highest priced homes for sale are all lakefront properties along Sheridan Road.

There are currently 22 active listings in east Winnetka. Here’s a sampling:

812 Foxdale – $899,000

761 Lincoln – $1,375,000

835 Humboldt – $1,695,000

790 Bryant – $3,100,000

If you would like more information about these or any other homes in Winnetka, give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d be happy to help you. You can also search for Winnetka homes here.

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Winnetka Home Sales by Elementary School – 1st Half 2012

Here’s a look at homes sales and prices by elementary school neighborhood in Winnetka. While the in average home sale prices diverge that much from one school to another, the range is wide, all the way from $355,000 up a $4,400,000 in Crow Island , while in Greeley, homes range fin price rom $482,000 to $4,900,000. The range in Hubbard Woods is tighter: $739,000 to $2,305,000. Winnetka’s small portion of the Avoca district is strictly high end, ranging from $1,400,000 to $2,175,000.

 

Winnetka Sales by School – 1st Half 2012

Source: MRED LLC – Data for single family homes. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Would you like a list of all the homes that have sold in your neighborhood this year? You can get it here.

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Chiasso Brings Modern Design to the North Shore

If your style of interior design runs toward contemporary, you’ll want to check out Chiasso, which opened late last fall at 108 Skokie Boulevard in Wilmette.

Chiasso (pronounced key-AH-so) is Italian for uproar. The store sells modern furniture and decorative accessories. According to store manager Dave Spaulding, Chiasso’s wares are also more affordable than Design Within Reach or West Elm.

Most of the company’s sales are from its catalog business but its Chicago store (at 2112 N. Clybourn) has been so successful that they decided to expand out to the burbs.

One of Chiasso’s best sellers is its bar stools, and they’ve got great ones: simple, sleek and comfortable. Office chairs are another popular item.

What I really like about Chiasso is the sense of fun it brings to interior design. There’s nothing stark or sterile about Chiasso’s merchandise. Yes, the furniture is sleek and modern but it’s all meant to be combined in creative ways and the accessories bring a touch a whimsy to any decor.

You really should check it out next time you’re on your way to Old Orchard. And Chiasso is offering our readers a 15% discount*  if you mention our team (Come Home North Shore) or this blog (North Shore Views).

*Discount not valid with gift cards or on previously purchased items.

Chiasso is located at 108 Skokie Blvd. in Wilmette. Call 847-251-8600 or visit www.chiasso.com.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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Wilmette Home Sales By Elementary School – 1st Half 2012

Most of the time looking at the local real estate data is to see what’s going on in one’s own town or community. But even within a given community, housing prices and sales activity can vary dramatically, so it helps to periodically examine the data at a more granular level. Wilmette is a case in point. Prices here run the gamut, from the $200,000’s on up to the $2,000,000’s. Homes in the Central School neighborhood (i.e., East Wilmette) tend to be the most expensive, while homes in the Avoca area (farthest west and farthest from the lake) tend to be the most affordable. Here are the numbers for each elementary school neighborhood for the first half of 2012.

1st Half Sales by Elementary School

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. Or call us at 847-881-6657. We’re always happy to answer your questions!

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Lake Forest Home For Sale

Our team just listed this great brick split level home at 382 Cherokee in Lake Forest. For anyone looking for a move-in ready house at a great price ($500,000), this is it.

On almost a half acre of property, the house has four bedrooms and two and a half baths. The kitchen has recently been redone, with granite counters and stainless appliances. The large living room/dining room combo has lovely hardwood floors and a fireplace. Off of the living room the sunroom also has a fireplace and views of the yard.

If you’d like to see this home, please give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d love to show it to you.

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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