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Winnetka Market Report – March 2014

SONY DSCAs of March 31, there were 118 active listings in Winnetka, with a median list price of $1,734,000 and ranging in price from $469,000 to $1,875,000.

Single family detached homes represented 109 (92%) of the total listings. 28 are in Greeley School, 34 in Crow Island, 26 in Hubbard Woods and 21 in Avoca (District 37).

During March there were 13 closed sales with a median selling price of $864,000 and an average of 134 days on market. 10 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $1,259,500 and ranging from $647,500 to $3,200,000.

Year to date there have been 29 closed sales in Winnetka, with a median sold price of $869,000 and an average of 109 days on market. 25 of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $970,000 and ranging from $500,000 to $3,200,000. The average market time was 118 days.

Watch this video for more local market data for Winnetka: 

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3 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ Feb. 28, March 2-3, 2014


Don’t miss The Preschool @ NSCI’s epic magic show & bake sale! Your children will laugh hysterically and have you to thank for all of the fun! Win Win! See you there…


Friday March 28th

Sleep Myths: What is a good night sleep?
A. Perry Homes
564 Lincoln Ave. Winnetka at 2pm
This event feature lesson expert Dr. Neil Stanley.
Light refreshments will be served.
Call 847.440.5400, for more info.

Saturday March 1st

Kiddie Gras
Glenview Park District
Park Center 2400 Chestnut Ave.
Must register! $9/child $7/adult
Marci Gras games & crafts
Bouncers, mini ball drop & Cajun refreshments and music
To register visit:

Sunday March 2nd

Magic Show & Bake Sale
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Rd Glencoe
From 3-4.30
Tickets in Advance: $10/child $5/adult
At the door: $15/child $10/adult

For more info call or email Ellen at: 847.835.0724 or

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Chicago Jazz Artist of the Year Willie Pickens Comes to Winnetka

Willie_PickensIf you are into jazz you probably know Willie Pickens. An incredibly talented jazz pianist, he was named 2013 Chicago Jazz Artist of the Year and is a fixture at jazz venues around town. Lucky for us, he is coming to Winnetka on February 23rd to perform at Winnetka Congregational Church’s 4th Annual Jazz Vespers.

82 year old Pickens has performed with some of the world’s leading jazz artists, and his performance was one of the highlights of last summer’s Chicago Jazz Festival, according to Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich.

Said Reich, “With his large and complex chords, his great splashes of color and dissonance in the right hand, and his barrel-house octaves in the left, Pickens never lets the dramatic intensity flag.”

Robert Harris, the Director of Music at Winnetka Congregational Church said, “We are so fortunate to have Mr. Pickens as the featured musician at our Jazz Vespers. He is an artist of incredible energy and musical depth, and he typically plays to standing-room only crowds in Chicago jazz venues.”

It’s not every day we have someone of this caliber performing in our little village, so if you are into jazz, you should not miss this opportunity to hear him live. You will not be disappointed.

The Jazz Vespers will take place February 23 at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary of Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St. Everyone is welcome! A $20 donation is requested. For more information, call 847-441-3400.

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Jay Cutler’s Winnetka House Goes On the Market

 Jay Cutler at Trapp Lane house

OK, so it’s not exactly HIS house, though he could certainly afford it after signing his seven year contract with the Bears a couple of weeks ago.

But it IS the house that Cutler and his wife Kristin Cavallari have been renting for the past year. Now they are moving on and the house at 1334 Trapp Lane in Winnetka is for sale.

The brick and limestone house, which was built by HighGate in 2006, is set on almost three quarters of an acre on a quiet cul de sac just west of Hibbard Road. Given its thirteen rooms, six bedrooms and six full baths, size probably wasn’t the concern for the celebrity couple, who are expecting their second child this spring. It also has all the bells and whistles any self-respecting QB would want in a home. It even has a backyard big enough for throwing the football around. Whatever the reason they are leaving, the home can now be yours for only $4,499,000. Want to check it out? There will be an open house this Sunday from 11:30 to 1:30…allowing you plenty of time to house-hunt and still get to your Superbowl party.

The home is being marketed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The listing agent is Sonia Cohen. For more information about 1334 Trapp Lane, go here.

Coldwell Banker Winterfest

Thanks to our friends and clients who stopped by the Coldwell Banker Winterfest yesterday!

The cold weather didn’t stop us from enjoying our annual horse and wagon ride around Winnetka but we were sure glad to warm up inside with some hot cocoa and treats! And Santa made a special stop to find out what’s on our Christmas lists this year.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

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Coldwell Banker’s Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team

Coldwell Banker Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team

The thing I love about my office (Coldwell Banker Winnetka) is the esprit de corps among the agents and staff. Case in point: today’s 4th of July parade.

It’s been a tradition to march in the Winnetka 4th of July parade, but about three years ago Steve Hoffman (fellow agent and all around awesome guy) decided that, if we’re going to be in the parade, we needed to be memorable. He suggested fielding a precision lawn chair drill team. It took a little coaxing and cajoling but he finally convinced us to go for it.

We start practicing on the Village Green a month in advance and drill sargent Steve puts us through our paces: right flank, left oblique, gallery salute and cadence calls. Early on we wonder how this is ever going to come together. During the practices, half of us are stepping out of formation to take calls from our clients. The rest of us struggle to keep in step, going right when we should be going left. Through it all, drill sargent Steve remains patient and positive, even providing the more marching-challenged of us with one on one tutoring.

Finally it all comes together. We march as one. We do our cadence calls. We salute the gallery.  And the crowd loves us!

Watch us here. Aren’t we awesome?

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Winnetka Children’s Fair – 2013

Winnetka Children's FairEvery June children from Winnetka and surrounding communities celebrate the end of school with a day (or two) at the Winnetka Children’s Fair. For two days, the Village Green is transformed into a fairgrounds, with rides, games and other activities for preschoolers to preteens. The fair is held the Friday and Saturday after school lets out – this year on June 7-8.

Now in its 67th year, the fair is actually a fundraiser for the Winnetka Community Nursery School. It’s organized by the school’s forty-strong Board of Directors with the help of hundreds of volunteers from the community. If you live in Winnetka, have friends in Winnetka or your child attends (or has ever attended) Winnetka Community Nursery, you will be tapped for a shift as a volunteer. When our daughter was at the preschool, my husband and I worked at the hot dog stand, which is the biggest money-maker for the fair and also the best place to work.

This fun event has become part of the fabric of the community and shouldn’t be missed if you have young children.

What: Games, rides, food and craft booths (mostly geared to kids up to 10, but older kids will enjoy some of the rides)

When: Friday and Saturday, June 7-8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Winnetka Village Green (Maple St. between Oak and Elm)

Cost: Admission to the fairgrounds is free but tickets can be purchased for rides, games and food.

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New Construction Homes For Sale in Winnetka

luxury home in Winnetka

 For a while after the housing bust there was very little new construction going on on the North Shore with the exception of custom built homes for specific clients. But now, new construction has had a rebirth and builders are aggressively buying up property and building spec homes also. (A spec home is a home that is built without having a buyer).

Currently there are five (non-custom) new homes being built in Winnetka, ranging in price from $1,499,000 at the low end to $2,975,000. What do you get for that extra million and a half dollars? A bigger piece of property, a bigger house, a four car garage (vs. two car), more bells and whistles (eg., sauna, media room, etc.) and higher end finishes.

You can see all the Winnetka new construction homes available in the MLS here. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know as we often have access to properties that are not listed in the MLS. and we can facilitate an introduction to the builder to see if there might be a fit between what you are looking for and what he is planning to build.

If you are interested in finding out more about new construction in Winnetka or anywhere else on the North Shore, call us at 847-881-6657 or drop us an email.  We have extensive experience working with new home buyers, sellers and builders. We can help you select the right builder for your needs and budget, find a property on which to build, select an architect, choose paint colors and finishes and guide you in all facets of the project. With Come Home North Shore at your side, you can be sure you will make wise decisions for your lifestyle and your pocketbook.

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Grammy Winner Howard Levy To Perform in Winnetka

Howard LevyWinnetka may be a small village but sometimes we get treated to some big talent.

That’s the case this coming Sunday, February 24th when The Howard Levy Quartet will perform at Winnetka Congregational Church’s third annual Jazz Vespers.

You may not have heard of Howard Levy, but he is probably the world’s foremost harmonica jazz virtuoso and has won two Grammy Awards for his artistry. Said Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, “Certainly no one playing jazz harmonica these days approaches the technical wizardry, stylistic breadth and improvisational creativity of Levy.” Read the rest of this entry »

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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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