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Normally I make most of my videos in the summer when the North Shore homes and communities are looking their best. But I realized that it’s a lot easier to see what the houses look like when there aren’t any trees or shrubs in the way, so I decided to make a video of Kenilworth Gardens in all of its snowy glory.
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This spacious and sunny Wilmette townhouse at 1829 Wilmette Avenue is perfect for anyone who wants a carefree lifestyle. On cold winter days (like today) you can pull into your own two-car attached garage and be in your cozy warm home without having to shovel the driveway or trudge through the snow.
The townhouse has tons of living space, ample rooms sizes and plenty of storage. The main living floor is perfect for parties. The bright and open living room has a fireplace and hardwood floors and flows right into the dining room and kitchen.
The kitchen was recently updated with granite counters, Wolf cooktop and oven, GE Profile refrigerator and Miele dishwasher.
There are two bedrooms on the top floor with an updated master bath and a hall bath. The third bedroom is on the first floor and can double as an office. It also has its own full bath. The newer LG washer and dryer, also located on the first floor, makes doing laundry easy and convenient.
And for bonus living space, head down to the lower level where you’ll find a rec room that can work as a family room, play room or exercise room.
Go here for more information about 1829 Wilmette Ave. If you’d like to arrange a private showing, give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d be happy to help you!
Food Patriots are ordinary people who are taking revolutionary steps to change the food system. They have committed to changing the way they buy and eat food by increasing their consumption of fresh, local and organic food. A new film will show you how you can become a Food Patriot.
The movement is the brainchild of Northbrook filmmakers Jeff and Jennifer Spitz, who produced a film called “Food Patriots” with the goal of starting a conversation that inspires audiences to make a 10% change in the way they buy, eat and talk about food. If they can get enough people to make this very modest and do-able change, it will ultimately pressure both policy and production changes in our food supply. The film was inspired by their son’s three-month battle with a food-borne superbug contracted from factory-farmed chicken (where the animals are fed large quantities of antibiotics).
Go Green Wilmette and the Wilmette Public Library are sponsoring two screenings of the film: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 pm and Wednesday, January 29 at 1:00. Both screenings will be at the library (1242 Wilmette Ave.).
I recently posted 2013 results for nine North Shore communities, showing that Wilmette had a solid 9% increase in home sales and a 6% improvement in median selling price.
But Wilmette is one North Shore community with pretty diverse housing stock, so I wanted to look at the data on a neighborhood level to see if results were consistent across the board. At the neighborhood level, the results are a mixed bag. The most and least expensive neighborhoods showed the biggest sales gains over last year: Central (+27%), Romona (+50%) and Avoca (+8%). Harper and McKenzie sales actually declined vs. 2012, though that is due to lack of inventory rather than lack of buyer demand.
Harper (+14%) and McKenzie (+11%) had the greatest median price increases over last year, in line with high buyer demand and low supply. Central and Romona showed more modest price appreciation (+2% and +8%, respectively), while Avoca actually posted a 5% price decline.
If you’d like to get a detailed report of home prices for your neighborhood, just send me an email and I will send you information on all of the homes that sold there in the last six months.
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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the scary decorations, trick-or-treating in the crisp fall air and seeing all of the neighborhood kids dressed up as their favorite superhero or TV character. Our neighborhood, Kenilworth Gardens, is Halloween Central, with more kids per capita than anywhere else on the North Shore. It’s perfect for trick-or-treating as the houses are pretty close together and kids can score gobs of candy in a short period of time. And a short detour out of the neighborhood boundaries will get you to the Wirtz’s house, where commemorative Blackhawks pucks are given away instead of candy.
Unfortunately, we’re going to have to miss Halloween this year, as we’ll be on the road to Detroit for (yet another) hockey tournament. So, I’m going to have to content myself looking at the decorations in advance and enjoying the video I shot in the neighborhood last Halloween.
Anyway, it’s supposed to be bad weather on Thursday, so maybe I should be glad I won’t be standing around in the rain handing out candy to water-logged kids.
Wilmette residents are putting their yards to work for practical and delicious purposes, with beautiful results. On July 21st you can visit 8 Wilmette gardens independently or join one of two guided bike tours. Highlights include: rain gardens, edible gardens, native species and wildlife habitats.
Bring your questions and leave inspired to put your own yard to work. The event is sponsored by Go Green Wilmette.
When: Sunday, July 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 am
Where: Around Wilmette. You can visit participants’ yards independently or join guided bike tours leaving Starbucks (Plaza del Lago) and Wilmette Public Library promptly at 9:00 a.m.Visit www.gogreenwilmette.org for details.
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:
Conjunto – Chicago’s premier salsa group.
Ac Rock – a cappella rock n roll (maybe with somgs from “Pitch Perfect”?)
ABBA Salute – ABBA tribute band
The Dang-Its – Honky Tonk, Western Swing and Americana
The New Invaders – British Rock
Moss/Realtime – Chicago drummer/percussionist David Moss
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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.
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 email@example.com
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!