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Going Green Matters: It’s Time to Go Green!

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Join Go Green Wilmette today (Sunday, March 9, 2014), from 1 -5 pm at The Woman’s Club of Wilmette for an afternoon of fun activities around healthier living and a healthier environment.

This is an annual event that keeps getting better every year. There are  interactive nature exhibits for children and adults. You can get advice about gardening and native landscaping, and even start your first seed of the season. You’ll find out what’s in your cleaning products and your dinner. You can get answers to your questions about Water Quality, Storm Water, Conservation and Recreation. You can try your luck at the raffle. And, importantly, here’s a chance to recycle your old electronics, Styrofoam, shoes, textiles and bicycles (recycling from 12-4 pm only).

Here are some of the highlights of the event:

  • Examine eight of the latest electric and hybrid cars and the newest hybrid electric commuter bikes.
  • Attend demonstrations on a wide variety of environmental topics including cooking demonstrations by Farmhouse Restaurant of Evanston.
  • See an actual solar hot water system at work and learn how you can harvest the sun.
  • Find tips about growing your own food, reducing your home energy use, native plant and sustainable landscaping, and making smart water choices.
  • Enjoy the expanded interactive “Eco-Zone” on the lower level.
  • Join “Talk it Up: Conversations about Water” with area policy makers and experts.
  • Relax in the complimentary Go Green Café.
  • Recycle from 12 – 4 at nearby Central School, collecting textiles, bikes, shoes and electronics.

This is a family friendly event and it’s FREE! Bring your friends and take home a short list of great things you can easily do to help the planet.

When: Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1-5 pm

Where: Woman’sClub of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette

Find out more at GoingGreenMatters.org.

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A Snowy Tour of Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens

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.

If you’d like to see the homes currently for sale in Kenilworth Gardens, you can go here.

If you’d like some help finding a home in this or any other North Shore neighborhood, please give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d love to help you!

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Wonderful Wilmette Townhouse For Sale

Wilmette Townhouse for Sale1829 Wilmette Avenue, Unit A, Wilmette

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.

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1829 Wilmette Ave_kitchen This 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath home is being offered at $499,000. Showings begin Monday, February 3.

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!

 

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Learn How To Become a Food Patriot

Food_Patriots_logoA what??

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.).

You can learn more about the Food Patriots movement and see a trailer for the film here.

Wilmette 2013 Home Sales by Elementary School

Wilmette Home Sales by Elementary School 2013

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.

North Shore Views is the official website of the Come Home North Shore team and 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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Halloween in Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood

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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 Kenilworth Gardens Ghostperfect 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.

 

A Wilmette Tour of Alternative Yards

Alternative garden in WilmetteWilmette 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.

Cost: FREE!

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Free Summer Concerts in Plaza del Lago – 2013

Concert in Plaza del Lago

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:

June 27
Conjunto – Chicago’s premier salsa group.

July 4
Ac Rock  – a cappella rock n roll (maybe with somgs from “Pitch Perfect”?)

July 11
ABBA Salute – ABBA tribute band

July 18
The Dang-Its – Honky Tonk, Western Swing and Americana

July 25
The New Invaders – British Rock

August 1
Moss/Realtime – Chicago drummer/percussionist David Moss

North Shore Views is the official website of the Come Home North Shore team and 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, schoolsand what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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2nd Annual Kenilworth Gardens Yard Sale

Yard Sale in Kenilworth Gardens

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.

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL YARD SALE

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Guided Bird Walks in Gillson Park

bird standing in waterAttention bird watchers:

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 info@gogreenwilmette.org

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