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Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

This is the third installment of neighborhood-level real estate stats for Winnetka. It covers the Crow Island School “footprint,” the area bordered on the north by Pine St., on the west by Hibbard Rd., on the east by Green Bay Rd. and on the south by Hill Rd. Although sales in this area were up dramatically over 2010, median and average sales prices decreased 14% and 15% respectively.

Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011 vs. 2010

Crow Island Home Sales 2011Source: MRED llc- Single family home data. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

Wondering what your neighbor’s house sold for? Just email us with the address of the property and we’d be happy to send you that information (caveat: only if the transaction has closed. Until then the information is not available).

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Hubbard Woods Neighborhood Home Sales -2011

Here’s the second in a series of posts providing hyper-local home sales data for Winnetka. Yesterday was Greeley. Today is Hubbard Woods, the area north of Pine St. on the west side of Green Bay Rd. and north of Tower Rd. on the east side of Green Bay. This neighborhood, whose sales were a bit lackluster last year, came charging back in 2011, posting a 31% gain in sales and a 17% increase in median price.

Hubbard Woods Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011 vs. 2010

Hubbard Woods neighborhood home sales 2011Source: MRED llc – Single family homes data. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

Winnetka District 36 map

Wondering what your neighbor’s house sold for? Just email us with the address of the property and we’d be happy to send you that information (caveat: only if the transaction has closed. Until then the information is not available).

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Greeley Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

Last week I provided some hyper-local home sales data about Wilmette’s neighborhoods. This week I’m heading north to Winnetka, where I have broken down the numbers by the three elementary school neighborhoods in District 36 and one in District 37 (Avoca). First up is Greeley, which covers the area east of Green Bay Rd up to Tower Rd.

Although Winnetka sales overall were down 4% from last year, Greeley’s were down 29%. Greeley’s median sales price, on the other hand, was up 5% while Winnetka on the whole declined by 9%. Days on market for those homes sold decreased 37% vs. 16% for Winnetka as a whole.

Greeley Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011 vs. 2010

Greeley home sales 2011 vs. 2010

MRED llc- Data for single family homes. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Wondering what your neighbor’s house sold for? Just email us with the address of the property and we’d be happy to send you that information (caveat: only if the transaction has closed. Until then the information is not available).

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Opportunity to Build a Custom Home in Winnetka

1212 Westmoor, WinnetkaIt’s not every day that an opportunity comes along to work with award-winning HighGate to build your dream home. 1212 Westmoor is almost an acre of gorgeous property on a street of upper bracket homes in Winnetka.

You can either work with our architect or use your own to create your plans for a custom home ranging from 6,000 up to 11,500 square feet (not including lower level). There is a wide range of options to add amenities, including swimming pool, tennis courts, sports court or multiple garages.

HighGate is one of the North Shore’s most versatile and respected builders. You can see some of HighGate’s other magnificent homes below:

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Kenilworth is Third Wealthiest Zip Code in America

Kenilworth sign recently released findings of a study to determine the 50 wealthiest zip codes in America. Three North Shore communities ranked in the top fifteen, with Kenilworth in third place with an average household income of $323,588 and an average household net worth of $1,558,833.

Lake Forest and Winnetka, which ranked thirteen and fourteen, respectively, were the only other Illinois communities recognized in the report,

Here’s a list of the other zip codes making up the top fifteen richest areas in the country:

#1 – Palm Beach, FL (33480)

#2 – Old Westbury, NY (11568)

#3 – Kenilworth, IL (60043)

#4 – Beverly Hills, CA (90210)

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Coldwell Banker Holiday Celebration

Horsedrawn wagonYou’re invited!

Coldwell Banker Winnetka’s traditional holiday event is going to be even bigger and better than usual this year because we are holding it in our newly expanded, updated and upgraded office.

Here’s what planned for this year’s event:

  • Horse and wagon rides through Winnetka
  • Photos with Santa
  • Craft-making for the kids
  • Hot chocolate and treats
  • Holiday songs performed by the New Trier Swing Choir

You can also try out our new interactive home search kiosk, which will be a permanent fixture in our new state-of-the-art office.

When: Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 to 1:00

Where: 568 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka (Winnetka Galleria Courtyard)

Hope to see you there! I’ll be serving hot chocolate.

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Winnetka Home Sales by Elementary School (Jan-Sept 2011)

You can always come to this site to get home sales data for your own North Shore community. But even in a village like Winnetka, market activity and prices can vary significantly by neighborhood. So, once or twice a year, I try to get even more granular and show the data for three individual elementary school neighborhoods (Greeley, Hubbard Woods and Crow Island). Note: some Winnetka homes are in the Avoca School District (District 37), but this is a relatively small area. And a few Winnetka homes (part of Indian Hill) are in Wilmette’s District 39.

Since Greeley’s footprint is exclusively in East Winnetka, it has the highest median and average price of the three schools, but had the lowest number of sales (32). Crow Island has the biggest footprint, with the highest number of homes for sale and the highest number of sales year to date.

As for distressed sales, Crow Island has had three foreclosures and one short sale so far this year, while Hubbard Woods has had one of each and Greeley has had two short sales.

Home Sales by Elementary School
Year to Date through September 2011

Winnetka Home Sales by Elementary SchoolSource: MRED- Data for single family homes. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

Interestingly, though Hubbard Woods had the lowest median and average price, it had the single highest priced sale ($5,375,000 for 1133 Taylorsport). Greeley’s highest priced home was $5,150,000 for 722 Prospect, Crow Island’s highest priced home was $3,275,000 for 261 Linden.

And, although people don’t think you can actually buy a single family house in Winnetka for this little, there were eight homes in Crow Island that sold for under $500,000 (including one for $227,000), four in Hubbard Woods and one in Greeley.

You can go to Market Statistics for more details on homes sold in each neighborhood. You can go here to search for homes for sale  in Winnetka.



Odds of Selling Your Winnetka Home

Yesterday I wrote about the odds of selling your Wilmette home depending on its price point.

For Winnetka, you’ll see that the best place to be if you’re a seller is between $700K and $999K, especially between $800K and $899K, where demand actually exceeds supply. So, if you’re selling and your price is just above $1,000,000, you might consider reducing it to $989K to $999K so as to attract more buyers. If you are buying in the $800K-899K you might not be able to negotiate a big discount. Be prepared to make a strong offer if you want the house.

Odds of Selling Your Winnetka Home by Price Point

Odds of Selling Your Winnetka HomeSource: MRED -single family home sales in Winnetka June-August 2011

57 Money-Making Tips to Preparing Your Home for Sale

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Hounds for Hadley 2011

Hounds for Hadley 2011After “Pawgust, this is my three labs’ favorite fundraiser. (Assuming, of course, that I don’t make them get dressed up in Halloween costumes). They get to go on a walk in the crisp autumn air, mark some new territory, meet and sniff other dogs, bark and wag at everything, and enjoy treats. And it’s all for a good cause. What’s not to like?

Hounds for Hadley is an annual event to benefit the Hadley School for the Blind, which provides distance education  for people who are blind or visually impaired.  The benefit is a two-mile walk through Winnetka for dogs and their people. Even people without dogs are welcome. There will be complimentary refreshments, trick-or-treat fun and raffle prizes! Lots of people and their dogs come in costume so it’s a fun show. There will be a dog costume contest as well as prizes for “Top Dogs” – those who raise the most funds for a great cause. And remember, dogs (or costumes) are not required for you to participate in this community event.

Here are the details, or you can go to the event website for more information and to register.

When: Saturday, October 1

Where: The Hadley School for the Blind, 700 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL

Start Time: 9 a.m.

Check-in: 8 a.m. (Please allow a half hour to check-in.)

Registration fee: $30 in advance; $40 day of the event.

Here are some pix of last year’s event:

Hounds for Hadley 2010

corgi as sushiDog in skeleton costumeDog in pumpkin costumeVampire and dog

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies on the North Shore

This Sunday marks the ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. I’ll never forget where I was when I heard the news and I doubt anyone else will either. Most of us know someone who was directly affected by the tragedy, and the wounds still feel fresh, even after ten years. You can take time out to remember those who lost their lives at one of the ceremonies taking place on the North Shore this weekend:

sept 11Evanston

The community is invited to join local public safety members of Fire and Law Enforcement, elected officials and community partners to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001.  Participants and guests are asked to gather for this event at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. Members of Fire and Police Clergy, along with public safety officials and the mayor, will give speeches and music will be provided. A special dedication will also take place for the actual artifact from the World Trade Center.

8:45 a.m. Gathering
9:00 a.m. Welcome – Video Presentation
9:11 a.m. Moment of Silence
9:15 a.m. Comments from Mayors, Fire Chief, Fire Clergy, Police Chief, Police Clergy, Police/Fire Honor Guard Presentation, Ringing of the Bell 3-4-3 to Honor the 343 Fallen Firefighters; National Anthem; Dedication of 9/11 Artifact – Fire Chief; and Closing Comments


The Winnetka Village Council and the Winnetka Park Board cordially invite all Winnetkans, friends, and neighbors to attend a Ten Year Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. on the Village Green.  Scout troops from the Village, students from NTHS, our public safety chiefs, and representatives from local religious congregations will participate in a brief ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. In the event of rain, participants will gather in the Winnetka Club.

All are also invited to participate in the planting of the memorial flags on the Village Green, beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 10th.


You are cordially invited to join the Glenview community at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of that fateful day as we gather in gratitude to and recognition of all first responders who every day put their lives on the line for citizens. 7:00-8:00 pm in Gallery Park (Patriot and Chestnut).

The evening’s tribute will include:

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