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Anne West Earns International Designation for Luxury Home Marketing Expertise

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist logoAnne West

We are proud to announce that our very own Anne West, co-founder of Coldwell Banker’s Come Home North Shore Team, has earned the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation in recognition of her experience, knowledge and expertise in the luxury home market.  “Anne West is an example of a real estate professional who has worked to develop market knowledge and the special skills and competencies necessary to provide exceptional service in the fine homes and estates marketplace,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore, upon announcing West’s designation.  “Affluent buyers and sellers can turn to sales professionals who have this designation and be confident that they have special expertise and experience in the luxury home marketplace.”

“I am committed to providing outstanding service to my clients,” said West. “The Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation is evidence of my ability to meet the needs of affluent buyers and sellers.  My membership in The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing also provides me with marketing tools and networking capabilities that benefit my clients.”

Another job well done, Anne! For current information on the upper bracket market on Chicago’s North Shore, contact West at Coldwell Banker’s Winnetka office (847.881.6657) or e-mail Anne.West@cbexchange.com

Come Home North Shore is one of the top real estate teams on the North Shore. We are experts at marketing, negotiation and correctly pricing homes to sell and are experienced in the sale and purchase of new construction, lakefront and luxury homes. If you are thinking of buying or selling in the following communities: Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Evanston, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, Northfield or Glenview, give us a call.

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Top Ten Luxury Home Sales On Chicago’s North Shore In 2014

North Shore Chicago’s top ten luxury home sales of 2014 ranged in price from $4,250,000 to $7,000,000, with a median price of $5,625,000. That’s up 13% from last year but still 6.5% below the 2006 peak median price of $6,020,000.

Three of the top ten this year were in Lake Forest, three in Winnetka, two in Glencoe and one each in Kenilworth and Wilmette. Five of them were lakefront homes. Two were new construction. The oldest home was built in 1897. Property taxes range from $54,000 to $105,000 per year.

Looking for luxury property? You can search currently listed upper bracket homes here.

# 10. 561 Circle Lane, Lake Forest – $4,250,000

561 Circle Lane kitchen

This new construction home by Heritage Luxury Builders sits on one and a half wooded acres with a deeded walking path to an exclusive beach. With sixteen rooms, seven bedrooms, seven full baths, three half baths and six fireplaces, this home has all the bells and whistles, including gourmet kitchen, media room, wine room and a sport court with a seventeen foot ceiling.

# 9. 1160 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette – $4,800,000

1160 Michigan Ave, Wilmette, IL

This wonderful mid-century modern house sits on beachfront property that is truly beachfront, not high on a bluff like most other North Shore lakefront properties. It only has three bedrooms but comes with plans for the addition of two bedrooms on the second floor.

# 8. 443 Sheridan Road, Glencoe – $4,807,500

443 Sheridan Rd, Glencoe

The magnificent Pabst Manor must have seen some amazing parties in its heyday (and probably still does). Built in 1936, the Georgian mansion has recently been completely renovated and redecorated. Situated on over two private acres bordering a ravine, it has lush landscaping, a pool and an outdoor sports court. Inside are eight bedrooms, a walnut-paneled library, four fireplaces and a commercial grade kitchen.mansions

# 7. 115 Meadow Lane, Winnetka – $5,200,000

115 Meadow Lane, Winnetka, IL
Another proposed new construction from Heritage Builders, this home will feature 14,000 feet of living space on 1.25 acre. A total of fourteen rooms will include six bedrooms, 6.3 baths, library, porch, exercise room, media room and sport court.

# 6. 20 Fox Lane, Winnetka – $5,500,000

20 Fox Lane, Winnetka, IL

This stately home, built in 1936 was designed by Stanley Anderson and is located on 1.6 acres on a private lane. Over the years it has been tastefully expanded and extensively updated. It has fifteen large rooms, including seven bedrooms, gourmet kitchen opening to a spectacular family room and library. It also has an outdoor pool, six fireplaces and garage for five cars.

# 5. 80 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest – $5,750,000

80 N. Green Bay Rd, Lake Forest IL

My personal favorite, this stone home at the end of a tree-lined private drive feels like an French manor house. It has been updated to provide all the modern amenities while preserving its historic character and charm. It sits on three acres adjacent to the Onwentsia Club and comes with a pool and coachhouse.

# 4. 255 N. Mayflower Road, Lake Forest – $6,100,000

Lake Forest IL Luxury home

This home was designed by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw and built in 1897. With over five acres of lushly landscaped property and historic gardens, it’s a gardener’s paradise. Recently restored and updated, the has plenty of room for out of town guests: seven bedrooms and seven full baths. It also has an awesome wine cave and five-car garage, as well as a wide veranda for enjoying views of Lake Michigan.

# 3. 619 Sheridan Road, Winnetka – $6,100,000

Winnetka IL luxury home
This shingle lakefront home was built in 2002. Not as large as some of the other estates, it has thirteen rooms, four bedrooms and four full baths, as well as three half-baths and sits on .7 acre perched on the bluff. You can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Michigan from the patio, gazebo, screened porch or from an Adirondack chair on the lawn.

# 2. 439 Sheridan Road, Kenilworth – $6,200,000

Luxury home in Kenilworth IL439-Sheridan-Beach

With lake views from all the principle rooms and a private beach, living here is like being on vacation. But it’s a short walk to schools and train and just a 25 minute commute to downtown Chicago. On almost an acre, the house , which was built in 1958, has been exquisitely updated for maximum comfort and elegance.

#1. 45 Lakewood Drive, Glencoe – $7,000,000

Highest prced luxury home -45 Lakewood-Glencoe

This year’s most expensive home fetched $7,000,000 after only one day on the market! Built in 1998 on a little over an acre, it has a over 11,000 square feet of living space, with sixteen rooms and six full baths, plus garage space for four cars. It has its own expansive beach and breathtaking lake views from most of the rooms as well as a multi-tiered patio. Recent renovations include a new kitchen and lower level with exercise room, theatre and golf simulator.

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If you’d like to see what upper bracket homes are currently available on the North Shore, you can search here. Or give us a call at 847-881-6657 and let us know what you’re looking for. Often we know of homes for sale that are not listed on the MLS. If it’s out there we’ll find it for you!

North Shore Views is 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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North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report – November 2014

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report – November 2014

North Shore Chicago Market Data - November 2014
The North Shore real estate market has been quiet this fall, and, while market fundamentals are sound, we can say that the recovery is taking a breather. A decline in home buyer activity has driven an 8% decrease in home sales in November and a 9% decrease in the median price to %567,000. Market time, which has been steadily declining over the past year and a half, has leveled off at just over three months in November.

Housing supply is up 13% over November of last year and the months supply of inventory is up 29% to 6.7 months (meaning it would take 6.7 months for all the houses on the market to sell given the current rate of sale). Selling price as a percent of list price, which had increased to almost 97% earlier in the year, has settled back down to 95%. We are seeing more price reductions than we did during earlier in the year, and buyers are enjoying more negotiating leverage now than they did during the spring bidding wars.

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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North Shore Real Estate Report – October 2014

North Shore Real Estate Report – October 2014 vs. Year Ago

Real estate data for nine North Shore communities

North Shore home sales were down 2% in October vs. year ago. Results were a mixed bag across towns, with Glenview, Glencoe, Evanston and Lake Forest showing growth, while Wilmette, Winnetka and Highland Park had negative trends.

On the plus side, median prices for the month were 13% higher than October of last year, with the biggest gains in Glenview (+35%), followed by Wilmette (+27%) and Highland Park (+22%).

Market time was about even with last year but Wilmette and Glenview days on market continued to decline to just over two months on average.

While inventories were very tight during spring and early summer, they have been steadily increasing, and in the $1,000,000+ range there is actually a glut of listings in the majority of towns. In Wilmette, Winnetka and Glenview the oversupply of listed homes starts at $1,500,000.

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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Glencoe Housing Market Trends

Glencoe Housing Market Trends

If you read the news about the housing market, you’re likely to end up more confused than well-informed about what is really going on.  Is the market getting better or not? Have prices recovered or not?  You can read five articles on the same day which draw diametrically opposing conclusions. How can that be?

One explanation is that real estate really is local, and anything in the press about national housing market trends is not likely to reflect what is happening in your state, much less the community where you live. And that’s all you really care about, isn’t it?

So, if you live in Glencoe, here’s a graph showing the trends that matter to you. It tracks homes sold, median selling price, average selling price and market time for single family homes in Glencoe IL from 2007 to 2014 (all data is for the period January- September).

What it shows is that, after the housing bust, home sales declined their lowest point in 2009, and then turned around, increasing at an average rate of 20% through 2013. In 2014 sales stopped increasing (at least temporarily) and are actually down 20% for the first nine months vs. the same period of the previous year.

Market time reached its highest point in 2009 and declined steadily through 2013. It’s up 6% to 123 days or four months in 2014. But this is still below the six months we see in a “normal” market.

Prices took longer to bottom out, hitting a low point in 2011 when the median price declined to $846,000 (37% below the 2007 high).  It wasn’t until 2013 that prices started improving. For the first nine months of 2014 the median price of $1,244,005 is up 21% from 2011 and the average price is up 17%. Of course, that number doesn’t even include the most expensive sale EVER in Glencoe (and maybe even the entire Chicago area), a $19,500,000 private sale (outside the MLS) of a four acre lakefront property.

We are Glencoe real estate specialists and one of the top teams in the area. If you would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore team, please call 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

North Shore Views is 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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North Shore Real Estate Report – September 2014

North Shore Market Report – September 2014 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Market Data - September 2014

Home sales on the North Shore were down 16% in September vs. year ago and down 36% from August.  Glencoe had the biggest loss (-42%) followed by Highland Park and  and Wilmette, which were both down 19%. Only Lake Forest posted a gain (+7%).

The median sales price was down 2% overall, but the results were mixed across towns. Half were down and the other half were up this month over last year.

Market time continued to decline to under three months (six months is what we typically see in a “normal” market). The months supply of inventory has risen to 6.4 months, which is in the normal range, but this varies widely across prices ranges, with larger than average inventories in the upper bracket segments.

Want more data? You can get all the North Shore real estate stats your heart desires right here.

North Shore Views is 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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North Shore Real Estate Report – August 2014

North Shore Real Estate Report – August 2014 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Real Estate Report - August 2014

North Shore home sales were sluggish in August, down 7% vs. August 2013. Results were mixed across villages, though. Winnetka, Evanston and Highland Park actually increased vs. last year, while the other North Shore communities had double-digit declines. After a frenzied spring/early summer market, home buyers, exhausted from bidding wars, took a break in late summer, and showings were down significantly across the board.

The median home price on the North Shore was up 14% in August over last year, with Glencoe, Wilmette and Evanston showing the most robust gains. In the case of Wilmette and Evanston, the price increases were driven more by an imbalance of supply and demand (more buyers than sellers). Glencoe’s 11 August closings happened to be weighted toward the higher end of the price spectrum than this time last year (including one sale for $4.8M).

Market time continues  to decline, down 37% in August from last year. And Wilmette continues to be the hottest market, with homes selling in just 35 days on average.

As we head into September, showings and sales have begun to pick up and we expect to see a burst of buyer activity continue through early November. If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, you’ll want to get it on the market soon, before buyers go into hibernation for the winter.

Want more data? You can get all the North Shore real estate stats your heart desires right here.

North Shore Views is 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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North Shore Real Estate Update – July 2014

North Shore home prices were up 5% in July, with every town showing appreciation except Glenview (-1%) and Glencoe (-28%), though both were up double digits year-to-date through June. On the other hand, homes sales were down 12% in July vs. last year. The only town that showed an increase was Wilmette (+29%).

Days on market continued to decline to 77 days (market time in a normal market is 180 days). Glenview, Northfield and Wilmette had the shortest market time (< two months), while Kenilworth, Highland Park and Glencoe had the longest time on market.

North Shore Real Estate Update – July 2014 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Real Estate Data- July 2014What’s the explanation for declining sales when we’re supposed to be in a recovery? The inventory of homes for sale continues to be below the 6 month level we associate with a normal market. Some North Shore towns, namely Wilmette and Evanston, have only three months of inventory, and this is driving prices up. Why are more people not selling? Some because they still have less equity than they did back in the day, and they’re hoping that prices will continue to rise. And some because they have a super-low mortgage rate and don’t want to give that up.

Want more data? You can get all the North Shore real estate stats your heart desires right here.

North Shore Views is 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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Highland Park Market Report – June 2014

highland-park-il-signAs of June 30, there were 218 active listings in Highland Park, with a median list price of $769,000 and prices ranging from $49,900 to $16,000,000. (If you take out Michael Jordan’s house, the next highest priced house is $9,800,000). The average market time was 84 days.

Single family detached homes represented 87% of the total listings.
33% of them are over $1,000,000.

During June there were 64 closed sales, with a median selling price of $506,000 and ranging from $91,800 to $3,200,000.

Year to date there have been 214 closed sales in Highland Park, with a median selling price of $497,000 and an average of 90 days on market.

 

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Glencoe Market Report – June 2014

Glencoe signAs of June 30, there were 81 active listings in Glencoe, with a median list price of $1,499,000 and ranging in price from $109,000 to $4,600,000.

Single family detached homes represented 94% of the total listings.
71% of those are over $1,000,000.

During June there were 17 closed sales with a median selling price of $1,025,000 and an average of 60 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $492,000 to $2,650,000.

Year to date there have been 65 closed sales in Glencoe, with a median selling price of $1,025,000 and an average of 129 days on market. Single family detached homes represented 95% of closed sales, with a median sales price of $1,030,000.

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