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Wilmette Market Report – June 2014

Wilmette signAs of June 30, there were 121 active listings in Wilmette, with a median list price of $719,000 and ranging in price from $108,000 to $4,225,000.

Single family detached homes represented 109 of the total listings. 29 are in East Wilmette (Central School), 21 in McKenzie, 24 in Harper, 21 in Romona and 13 in Avoca (District 37).

During June there were 60 closed sales with a median selling price of $785,500 and an average of 50 days on market. 50 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $930,525 and ranging from $305,000 to $1,678,000.

Year to date there have been 238 closed sales in Wilmette, with a median sold price of $606,000 and an average of 74 days on market. 184 (77%) of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $755,000 and ranging from $210,000 to $2,455,000. The average market time was 60 days.

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore July 11th-13th, 2014

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“Celebrate Summer in Wilmette!”

Friday July 11th

Wendy Morgan at Glencoe Library
Begins at 10.30am
glencoe library at 320 Park Ave.
Kids will be singing and dancing along to Wendy Morgan at her exciting Musikgarten classes at Glencoe Library on  July 11, July 18 and July 25. For more info visit:
www.glencoepubliclibrary.com

Wilmette Summerfest
Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 11am-10pm
Heres the Parking guide to help make life easier: http://bit.ly/U3xRZW
Bring the kids, bring your wallet and bring your appetite to Wilmette Summerfest 2014. Join nearly 1,000 of your closest friends for two days of fun, shopping, eats and sounds in downtown Wilmette. Wilmette Summerfest has it all…where even the hottest summer days are cool! You’ll enjoy a Sidewalk Sale: groovy goods from nearly 100 vendors, Music Stage: local favorites and emerging talents, Beer Garden: a great selection of craft beers & wine, Classic Car Show: cool cars to view and vote for your favorites, Kid’s area: special activities, entertainment & crafts. For more info visit: www.wilmettesummerfest.org

Saturday July 12th

Northbrook Nine: Art in the Park
Saturday from 10am-5pm & Sunday from 10am-4pm
village green park, northbrook
Enjoy wonderful artwork presented by more than 70 talented artisans from across the U.S. representing all media, including oil, acrylic, wood, glass, photography, watercolor and jewelry, all featured within the shady grove of the beautiful Northbrook Village Green, at the corner of Shermer and Meadow Roads. In addition to top national artists, the Festival will also feature live music, food, fun children’s art activities and a junior artist festival. For more information, visit www.northbrookarts.org or call 847 664-4493.
***New this Year: Start the day off at 9 a.m. on Sunday with a Free ZUMBA Class in the Village Green by the gazebo taught by Northbrook Park District Instructors.
***Food Vendors: Little Louie’s Red Hots & Northbrook Dairy Queen.

Full Moon Rising Campfire
Begins at 7:30 pm
Millard Park: 35 Ravine Drive, Highland Park
[All Ages]
Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire, all while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan! Children two and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Min/Max is 6/20. Register at http://registration.pdhp.org with program number 32812.

Sunday July 13th
Avian Spirits Art Exhibition
Begins at 1:30 pm
brushwood center at ryerson woods,
21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
For centuries, artists have been attracted to—and inspired by—the ephemeral qualities of birds. This free group exhibition presents birds as metaphors for the human spirit, and is curated by Franck Mercurio. Exhibition runs July 13 – August 31, 2014 For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1oHpFJI

Events are brought to you by the Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker.

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Contemporary Home in Wilmette’s Romona Neighborhood

450 Sunset Drive, Wilmette IL

450 Sunset Drive, Wilmette, IL 60091

This light, bright contemporary home has many recent improvements, beautiful hardwood floors and is freshly painted throughout. You’ll enjoy cooking in the updated kitchen with cherry cabinetry and heated floor. The living room with two exposures is awash with sunlight.  The first floor boasts both an office and a family room while the lower level offers additional living space in a large rec room, plus full bath, laundry and plenty of storage space. Upstairs are three generously sized bedrooms and a newer bath.

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450 Sunset Dr Kitchen

450 Sunset Drive master BR
Click here to see additional images of this Romona contemporary home.

Wilmette’s Romona Neighborhood

The Romona neighborhood is located on the west side of Wilmette, allowing easy access to the Edens Expressway as well as shopping at Old Orchard Mall. It’s a desirable area due to its proximity to award-winning Romona Elementary School, Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High School. It’s also close to Centennial Park, with its three community pools, indoor tennis courts, community garden and ice arena. Just a short distance west is the Wilmette Community Rec Center, with a health club, preschool and community theater, as well as activities and sports for all ages.

This home is being offered at $489,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 450 Sunset Drive or send us a note here.

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Free Outdoor Concerts in Wilmette – Summer 2014

Summer Concert on the North ShoreLove outdoor concerts but don’t want to spring for tickets to Ravinia? Not to worry. There are plenty of outdoor concerts on the North Shore this summer that are easy on the pocketbook (i.e., free!). Here’s the rundown on Wilmette’s summer music scene:

Summer Concerts at Plaza del Lago

1515 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette

June 26, 6:00-8:00 – Conjunto (salsa meets free jazz)

July 3, 6:00-8:00 – Moss/REALTIME (the pizzazz of modern jazz)

July 10, 6:00-8:00 – Cavern Beat (Beatles songs)

July 17, 6:00-8:00 – Final Say (from oldies to now)

July 25, 6:00-8:00 – Piano Man (tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John)

July 31, 6:00-8:00 – Bopology (swing with Sinatra and more)

Starlight Theatre at the Wallace Bowl

Gillson Park on the lakefront at Michigan and Washington

June 12 at 6:30 – Canzonetta String Chamber Orchestra

June 19 at 8:00 – Family feature film to celebrate Wilmette Thetare’s 100th anniversary

June 20 at 8:00 – A tribute to ABBA by ABBA Salute

June 21 at 8:00 – The Meteors (50′s ad 60′s)

June 26 at 6:30 – Rio Bamba (samba and jazz)

July 5 at 8:00 – Chad Bernstein and Suenelo (Miami’s Latin funk)

July 10-26 at 8:00 – Anie Get Your Gun

July 31 at 6:30 – Don’t Just Sit There (interactive musical act)

August 1 at 8:00 – Illinois Brass Band

August 2 at 8:00 – Centerfold (pop/rock)

August 7 at 6:30 – New Odyssey (three guys, 30 instruments)

August 8 at 8:00 – Bopology (pop swing band)

August 9 at 8:00 – Bagshot Row (British Invasion)

August 14 at 6:30 – Barefoot Hawaiians (Hawaiian music and dance)

In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Community Rec Center auditorium, 3000 Glenview Rd. Visit www.wilmettepark.org for info.

Mallinckrodt Concerts in the Park

Centennial gazebo in Mallinckrodt Park, 1041 Ridge Rd.

June 15 at 4:00 – Dangerous Folk (acoustic trio plays ’60s music)

June 29 at 4:00 – La Tarvaillant (Bayou)

July 20 at 4:00 – Rockin’ Johnny Band (Blues)

August 10 at 4:00 – Jazz Lady Robin Watson (jazz, big band and Motown)

Bring your lawn chairs for seating. In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Community Rec Center auditorium, 3000 Glenview Rd. Visit www.wilmettepark.org for info.

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Wilmette Market Report – May 2014

Wilmette signAs of May 31, there were 113 active listings in Wilmette, with a median list price of $729,000 and ranging in price from $108,000 to $4,500,000.

Single family detached homes represented 98 of the total listings. 28 are in East Wilmette (Central School), 17 in McKenzie, 21 in Harper, 19 in Romona and 13 in Avoca (District 37).

During May there were 54 closed sales with a median selling price of $659,500 and an average of 73 days on market. 42 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $850,000 and ranging from $241,068 to $2,455,000.

Year to date there have been 133 closed sales in Wilmette, with a median sold price of $686,000 and an average of 102 days on market. 57 of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $625,000 and ranging from $210,000 to $2,455,000. The average market time was 68 days.

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Jumbo Split-Level Home Near Romona School

519 Koerper Ct., Wilmette, IL
519 Koerper Court, Wilmette, IL

This recently updated and light-filled home sits on a quiet cul de sac just south of Romona School. At $599,000 it’s a terrific value and a great way to get into the Wilmette and New Trier school districts. The home has four bedrooms, two and a half baths and an over-sized two car garage.

Here’s why we think this home is such a great value:

  • It’s bigger than most split-level homes in the area and has great flow.
  • Unlike most splits, this one has a family room on the main floor as well as a huge rec room on the lower level.
  • It has lots of updates, including a newer kitchen with maple cabinetry, remodeled master bath, new laundry room, energy efficient windows, new flooring and it’s freshly painted throughout.
  • It has a super-convenient location, within walking distance of the schools and Centennial Park.

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3rd Annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Yard SaleThe Come Home North Shore real estate team is sponsoring the third annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale on Saturday, May 17.

If you live in the neighborhood and want to participate, it’s easy.  All you have to do is go to our new interactive website and sign up (it’s free). That way your home will be on the interactive map that shows shoppers which houses are participating. Or, if you prefer, just drop us a line and tell us you want in.  On sale day 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 “treasures” 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 17 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Where: Beechwood, Kenilworth, Chestnut, Thornwood, Greenwood,  Elmwood and Hunter (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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Bird Watching in Gillson Park

Bird Watching in Glisson ParkThe Illinois shoreline juts farthest into Lake Michigan at Gillson Park, making this an excellent spot to observe migrant birds and an important place for their survival as they rest and eat on their long journey north every spring.

Bring your binoculars and join fellow bird enthusiasts every Sunday in May at 8:00 to look for warblers and other colorful visitors.  Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome.  Meet at the top of the Wallace Bowl.

On Sunday, May 4, join us for our annual guided bird walk, where leaders can help us identify what we are seeing.  First walk begins at 7:00, second begins at 8:00.

Finish off your exploration of Gillson’s hidden treasures with a Garden Walk in the Wildflower Preserve, hosted by the Little Garden Club of Wilmette. The Garden Walks start at 9:00 am and include a demonstration garden of a “pocket prairie” planter and gardens you can start in your own yard.

For more information see www.gogreenwilmette.org

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Youth Connection Spring Fling Concert

Youth Connection spring-fling_FLYER_If you’re into music and want to support a good cause, you won’t want to miss the Youth Connection Spring Fling Concert at 27 Live on Friday, May 9 from 7pm to midnight.

The concert will feature a nationally known artist, and several local bands, a couple of which are comprised of Wilmette Junior High students that participated in the recent Battle of the Bands.

Here’s a line-up for the evening’s entertainment:

  • Louie Zagoras, founder, songwriter and lead singer for Rollover. Rollover has supported top acts like the Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Dave Mason, Cheap Trick and Eddie Money. Louis is a multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, sitar, bass, harmonica and piano.
  • T-Byrdz, a popular local band- Danny Yohanna, Lee Kiser, Mack Reynolds, Phil Palumbo, Byrd Rhyne-Fisher
  • Pink Lightening – Olivia Schotz, Piper Phillips, Daniela Sirott, Alaina Vivian
  • Maiden America – Jimmy McDermed, Mick Flannery, Brian Kaiser, Libby Markham amd Nathan Yamaguchi

Funds raised from the event will benefit the Wilmette Youth Connection and its after-school programs for 5th-8th graders.

When: Friday, May 9 from 7pm to midnight

Where: 27 Live, 1012 Church St., Evanston

How much:  Tickets are $75 each and include heavy appetizers, beverages and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at www.youthconnection.org.

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Wilmette Market Report – March 2014

wilmette_signAs of March 31, there were 86 active listings in Wilmette, with a median list price of $624,900 and ranging in price from $99,000 to $4,749,995.

Single family detached homes represented 80 of the total listings. 24 are in East Wilmette (Central School), 7 in McKenzie, 16 in Harper, 24 in Romona and 9 in Avoca (District 37).

During March there were 31 closed sales with a median selling price of $510,000 and an average of 91 days on market. 23 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $650,000 and ranging from $300,000 to $1,430,000.

Year to date there have been 76 closed sales in Wilmette, with a median sold price of $516,250 and an average of 102 days on market. 57 of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $625,000 and ranging from $210,000 to $1,725,000. The average market time was 72 days.

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