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Here’s a great house in a wonderful neighborhood on the north end of Winnetka. This delightful brick home at 149 Glenwood has all the charm of a vintage house and all the modern amenities you’d find in a newer home. Listed for $739,000, it’s bigger than it looks from the street. Downstairs it has an elegant living room with floor to ceiling arched windows and a fireplace. The formal dining room opens to a cozy sunroom and to a comfy sunken family room. The eat-in kitchen has been recently updated with granite counters and stainless appliances.
On the second floor there’s a large new master bedroom and bath as well as two family bedrooms and bright and fresh hall bath. Up on the third floor is a fourth bedroom with sitting room/office and half bath, a perfect teenage suite.
Out back is a lovely shaded patio and a two car garage. Just across the street and down the block is a great little neighborhood park and playlot. You can get more info about this home here.
Come Home North Shore just listed this charming Glencoe home and, if you are looking for a three bedroom, two and one half bath house that’s been totally redone, this is the one for you!
With incredible curb appeal, the front porch welcomes you home. Sitting back from Green Bay Rd. on a lovely lot, the home features spacious and light-filled rooms and hardwood floors throughout. On the first floor there is a living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen with granite countertops, cherry cabinetry and top of the line stainless steel appliances. The family room opens out onto the pretty yard with bluestone patio and pergola. Upstairs are three delightful bedrooms, including a fabulous master bedroom with cathedral ceiling and skylights, as well as a luxurious bath. The finished basement has a big rec room, laundry room and plenty of storage.
Here are the best things about this house:
- It’s been recently redone from top to bottom and has a fresh and young decor.
- It’s close to town and train and right next door to the Takiff Community Center, which offers activities for everyone in the family.
- You will enjoy summer evenings entertaining on your patio.
- A two car garage is steps from your back door.
Perfection! It’s ready and waiting for you to move in. Go here for more information about this adorable house.
Crow Island is named for a geographic feature that no longer exists. Originally, the western part of Winnetka bordered the Skokie swamp. Within this swamp were a few islands, one of which was called Crow Island because many crows nested there. During 1933 through 1940, the swamp was drained to form the present-day Skokie Lagoons. While most of the crows now nest elsewhere, the former island location, just west of Crow Island School, is now called the Crow Island Woods and serves as an outdoor laboratory for learning, where wildlife and wildflowers abound.
Crow Island neighborhood (and the school for which it is named) is located in the southwestern section of town. The school was opened in 1941 and expanded and remodeled in 1954 and 1975. Its attendance area (shaded in blue on the map) is defined by Pine Street on the north, Hibbard Road on the west, Winnetka Road/Hill Road on the south, and Green Bay Road on the east.
The houses here are mostly traditional in style: Colonial, Georgian and Tudor, plus a few Capes, Victorians and American Four Squares. The majority of the houses here were built between 1920 and 1940. However, during the recent housing boom many smaller homes were torn down and replaced by new construction. Lots sizes are typically 50 x 187 but vary greatly depending on where the property is located. In many cases the garages are detached and accessible via alleys.
Home prices in Crow Island range all the way from $425,000 to $3,500,000, but the typical price range is $750,000 to $1,000,000. There are currently 46 homes on the market in Crow Isalnd. Here is a sampling:
The Crow Island school building is considered by many to be the jewel of elementary schools, not just within Winnetka but within the nation. In 1971, the original architects received the American Institute of Architects’ 25-Year Award for the school. (The award had been given only once before, to the Rockefeller Center in New York City.) Further, in 1975 Crow Island School received architectural recognition when its recently completed Resource Center was awarded citations for excellence of design by a number of state and national organizations and was featured in a display at the AASA Convention in Dallas. More recently, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Crow Island School as a National Historic Landmark in 1990. You can take a video tour of Crow Island School with Joe Zekas from Yo Chicago here.
- Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales
- Winnetka Home Sales by Elementary School – 2011
- Winnetka – Home of the First Jungle Gym
- Winnetka Neighborhoods: Forest Glen
- Winnetka Neighborhoods: Winnetka Heights
- Winnetka’s Indian Hill Neighborhood
Are you interested in learning more about how you and your family can have a positive impact on our environment? Then you won’t want to miss the 6th annual Going Green Matters, a community event being held this Sunday, March 11 from 1-5 pm at the Woman’s Club of Wilmette.
The event is organized by Go Green Wilmette, a citizen’s group founded in 2006, whose mission is to raise environmental awareness in Wilmette and inspire people to take action and make a difference. The event draws hundreds of residents, not only from Wilmette but from around the North Shore. There are exhibits, displays and presentations about home energy conservation, renewable energy sources, green cleaning products, green landscaping, composting, organic food choices, birding on the North Shore, and more. There are also activities designed to both entertain and educate children about the environment. An interactive Eco-Zone has displays for all ages. Here are some of the fun things kids can see and do:
- Wiggly Worms: Watch worms at work making rich soil from kitchen food scraps with Urban Worms Girls. Learn about how to start composting with worms.
- Arts, Crafts and Storytelling: Help color a large mural or make a poster to take home. Read nature books together or stay for some lively storytelling with friends from the Library.
- Nature in Wilmette Photography Exhibit by Carol Freeman. Can you guess what each picture is and where it was taken?
During the fair you can also bring batteries, electronics and styrofoam for recycling at 600 9th St. (one block east of the Woman’s Club). For more information about recycling resources, go here.
When: Sunday, March 11 from 1-5 pm
Where: Woman’s Club of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette
Get more information about Go Green Wilmette and get involved!
I’ve written before about the North Shore’s most expensive homes, but they pale in comparison to this one.
Michael Jordan’s home at 2700 Point Lane in Highland Park came on the market yesterday, and it can be yours for a mere $29,000,000. Oh, and once you come up with the money to buy the house, be sure you can also afford the yearly tax bill of $165,224.
Wondering what that $29 million will buy you? 32,683 square feet on 7+ acres, enough bedrooms for all your friends, even more bathrooms 15.4 (!), all MJ’s furniture, a pool, tennis court and a full indoor basketball court.
The contemporary house was custom built in 1995 north of Half Day Rd. MJ hasn’t spent much time there of late and is now buying a mega-home in Florida.
This House Checks All the Boxes on Your Wish List
The Come Home North Shore team just listed this classic center entry colonial house at 2347 Greenwood Avenue in Kenilworth Gardens. Listed for $849,900, it’s a great value for a house this size in such a desirable location. Here’s what we think is so special about this home:
- A large eat-in kitchen with a two-sided fireplace it shares with the adjacent family room.
- Five bedrooms, which is not typical of Kenilworth Gardens houses.
- Updated decor and freshly painted.
- French doors leading out to a lovely blue-stone patio in back
- Less than a block to Harper School and Thornwood Park
- An easy walk to the Kenilworth Metra station.
You can get more info and see photos here. We’re having an open house this Sunday, February 26th from noon to 3:00 pm so please come see this wonderful home. Or call us to schedule a showing at 847-881-6657.
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Glencoe Park District is challenging residents to take a dip in the chilly winter waters of Lake Michigan on February 25th. But don’t worry, full submersion is not required. Even a toe dip will count. Afterwards, you can warm up with hot chocolate or coffee in the warming area and meet with Watts Center mascot, Wattson the Polar Bear.
“Leap in the Lake” is a fundraiser for the Glencoe Park District’s Community Access for Recreation for Everyone (C.A.R.E.) Scholarship Fund. C.A.R.E. was established to offset registration fees for community members in need of financial assistance. It enables eligible Glencoe residents to benefit from Park District programs and activities, regardless of financial status.
So man up and support a great cause!
When: Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 am (back-up date is Feb. 26)
Where: Glencoe Beach
Registration Fee: $20 for ages 10-17; $25 for ages 18+
For more information about the event and how to register, go here or call 847-835-7544.
Looking for something fun to do on Chicago’s North Shore this weekend? Here are some ideas:
Movie Night featuring “The Smurfs”
Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm
Kenilworth Club, 410 Kenilworth Ave., Kenilworth
Tickets: $5.00 (includes snacks)
Family Bingo Night
Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka- Rm 111
$15.00 (includes snacks and beverages)
Robin’s Dog Stars
Saturday, Feb. 11 2:00-2:45 pm
Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette
Two dogs will visit the library with their expert trainer, Robin Bengston. They’ll do stunts, show off their adding and counting skills , and even perform some magic tricks.
Comedy at the Mette with Sean Flannery
Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9:00 pm
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette
Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4:00 pm
Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St., Winnetka
Featuring the Victor Goines Quartet and vocalist Tammy McCann
Suggested donation: $10.00
WJHS and the District 39 Educational Foundation will host an open house at 6:15 this Friday evening, February 3rd to dedicate a new state-of-the art recording studio to be used by students at the Junior High.
Funding for the studio was provided by the District 39 Educational Foundation’s Paul Tilley Music Fund, which was established by Cristina Tilley in memory of her husband. “ The recording studio seemed like the perfect way to honor Paul’s memory, “ said Ms. Tilley. “He was an exceptionally creative person who loved music. I wanted to do something that would celebrate music and encourage our kids to express their creativity.” Read the rest of this entry »
How is it that an old school retailer like the Wilmette Bicycle and Sports Shop can survive and even thrive in today’s big box world? That was the subject of a Today Show segment this week. Mike Leonard visited with his camera crew and interviewed proprietors Jim, Al and Larry , sons of Jim and John Versino, who founded the shop 80 years ago.
It may be a cramped and crowded throwback to an earlier day, but that doesn’t bother loyal patrons, who come to buy or repair bikes, sharpen their skates and order team uniforms for the local sports teams their children play for. They love the familiarity, personalized service, information and advice that’s freely given by the shop owners and their employees.
You can watch the TV segment here: