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Home For Sale in Winnetka’s Crow Island Neighborhood

1249 Cherry St. Winnetka IL

1249 Cherry Street, Winnetka, IL 60093

This utterly charming English-style stone house is ideally located on one of Winnetka’s favorite tree streets. You’ll love entertaining in the spacious living room with its wood-beamed ceiling and vintage fireplace. On warm summer evenings move the party out to the large screen porch overlooking the backyard, just off the wood-paneled den. The kitchen, with its separate breakfast room, offers plenty of space to create your dream kitchen. A first floor bedroom and full bath is perfect for out of town visitors.

1249 Cherry Street Winnetka living roomClick here to see additional photos of 1249 Cherry Street

Upstairs is a large master bedroom plus two family bedrooms and bath. The two-level attic offers not only great storage but the potential to create additional living space.

The huge lower level has a finished vintage rec room with bar, workshop, laundry (with laundry chute and built-in bins for sorting) and tons of storage. The old coal storage room is just waiting to be re-born as your wine room. Newer mechanicals and back-flow control system make for carefree living. This home has a two-car detached garage.

The tree streets of Crow Island encompass one of Winnetka’s most desirable neighborhoods. Popular with families the homes in Crow Island come in a mix of styles and are surrounded by mature trees and well-tended yards. The home at 1249 Cherry Street is especially well-located near all three primary schools (Crow Island Elementary, Skokie Middle School and Washburne Junior High), and is just a block to Skokie Playfield, Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka Golf Club and Winnetka Ice Arena. Commuting to the city? It’s easy to hop on the Edens Expressway from here or walk to the Metra station.

This home is offered at $725,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 1249 Cherry Street or send us a note here.

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Free Outdoor Concerts in Winnetka – Summer 2014

concerts-hubbard-woodsWednesdays in the Woods

Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd.
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

June 11: basement Jacks

June 18: Hillbilly Rockstars

June 25: Spoken Four

July 9: New Invaders

July 16: Class of ’68

July23: 3rd Sunday String Band

July 30: Saturday June Band

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Winnetka Market Report – May 2014

As of May 31, there were 153 active listings in Winnetka, with a median list price of $1,699,000 and ranging in price from $159,900 to $18,750,000.

Single family detached homes represented 145 (93%) of the total listings. 36 are in Greeley School, 47 in Crow Island, 38 in Hubbard Woods and 24 in Avoca (District 37).

During May there were 29 closed sales with a median selling price of $1,315,000 and an average of 95 days on market. 28 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $1,353,500 and ranging from $435,000 to $5,500,000. Average market time was 93 days.

Year to date there have been 76 closed sales in Winnetka, with a median sold price of $1,052,000 and an average of 117 days on market. 69 of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $1,149,000 and ranging from $435,000 to $5,500,000. The average market time was 124 days.

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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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