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New Listings in Wilmette Worth Checking Out

It’s March, the weather has finally turned nice after a long, dreary winter, and there are A LOT of new houses on the market here on Chicago’s North Shore. And today is Tuesday,which is broker’s open day, so I had a lot of new inventory to see in just three hours. I saw some great homes in Wilmette today, each notable in its own way, and I wanted to share them here in case you are looking for something just like one of these.

Best Value

The 13 room home at 1226 Colgate St. is very well-priced, at $1,175,000. It’s ten years old but still feels like new, with all the features of new construction at a discounted price: deluxe kitchen that opens to a family room, mudroom, formal living and dining rooms, large master suite, huge basement with tall ceilings and attached two-car garage. It’s in a great location near Harper School and Thornwood Park. The yard isn’t huge, but with the park so near, who needs a huge yard?

1226 Colgate St., WilmetteFind out more about 1226 Colgate here.

Coolest House

The home at 1537 Washington Ave. definitely wins today’s prize for coolest house. Designed by Morgante-Wilson, it has four floors of living space, bathed in light from walls of windows and filled with exquisite architectural details. If you’re into model trains, don’t miss the third floor!

1537 Washington Ave living room

Find out more about 1537 Washington Avenue here.

Best Patio

This large, newer construction house at 163 Highland Ave. has lots things going for it, but the outdoor entertaining area is one of its best features. The picture below doesn’t begin to do it justice, but there is an outdoor kitchen complete with two grills and a seating area covered by a pergola that is perfect for entertaining on summer evenings.

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Find out more about 1633 Highland Ave. here

Most Like a Country Home

Ok, so this house isn’t actually in Wilmette, but it’s a stone’s throw from Kenilworth Gardens and part of the Harper School district even though it’s technically in Winnetka. When I stepped inside it reminded me so much of the homes back east in Maryland horse country that I felt all warm and nostalgic. The rooms are grandly scaled, especially the formal rooms, and the house rambles on and on, with six bedrooms and four and a half baths. Although there’s plenty of chintz in the living room, at least the baths and kitchen have been updated in the last ten years or so. If your taste runs to vintage homes with gracious living spaces rather than cookie cutter new construction, this may be the home for you.

90 Indian Hill Rd. Winnetka IL

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Best Case for Home Staging

If you had any doubts that staging works to sell homes, stop by 2233 Kenilworth Ave. This home-stager actually bought a dated 1940s Kenilworth Gardens house and remodeled it, choosing all the finishes herself. Once done, she staged it to highlight its best features and help buyers envision themselves living there. So much more appealing and inviting than a bland, empty house!

2233 Kenilworth Ave, Wilmette LR

Find out more about 2233 Kenilworth Avenue here.

Biggest Walk-In Closets

This four bedroom, four and a half bath house at 1049 Pontiac Rd. has terrific curb appeal and lots of nice features, but what spoke to me were the GREAT his and hers walk-in closets in the master bedroom. If you have more clothes and shoes that you have room for, this house is for you.

1049 Pontiac Rd., Wilmette
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Best House if You’re a Swimmer

If you’re a serious swimmer you’ll want to consider this house at 1111 Sheridan Rd, not only because it has a lap pool in the basement, but also because of its location just a block from Lake Michigan (with Langdon Beach just to the north and Gillson Park’s beach just to the south).
Of course this solid brick home has lots of other great features, including large formal rooms, a serene master retreat with spa bath and totally tricked-out dressing room, home theater and work-out room in the basement. The only drawback is that the house is somewhat awkwardly wedged on a lot between Sheridan Rd. and Elmwood Avenue.

1111 Sheridan pool

You can find out more about 1111 Sheridan Rd. here

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Anne West Earns International Designation for Luxury Home Marketing Expertise

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist logoWe 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

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 at 847.881.6657.

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Affordable 3 Bedroom Home For Sale In Wilmette

339 Lamon Ave., Wilmette

339 Lamon Avenue, Wilmette , IL 60091

This adorable and affordable 3-bedroom (plus lower level office or guest room) split level home at 339 Lamon Avenue in Wilmette is the best value in Wilmette. It’s on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Romona School District and convenient to shopping, the expressway and the Wilmette Community Rec Center. In fact, one of the great things about this house is that there is a shortcut to the Rec Center that takes three minutes to walk and gives you easy access to every kind of activity, athletic program and workshop you can think of!

On the main level is a living room, dining room and updated kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms and an updated bath. On the lower level is a wonderful family room along with a fourth bedroom or office, a full bath and laundry room.

Out back is a large and private yard, patio and an oversized two-car garage with workshop.

The home is offered at $449,900. If you are looking to get into District 39 schools and/or New Trier, this might be a great option for you.

If you would like to schedule a private showing give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d be happy to show it to you. Or come to our open house on Sunday, February 22 from 1:00-3:00 pm.

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You can get more information about 339 Lamon Avenue and see more photos here. You can search all the homes for sale in Wilmette here. This home is listed by The Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

We are North Shore 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.

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Picture-perfect Kenilworth Gardens Home For Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Home for Sale- 2035 Thornwood
2035 Thornwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

If you have been searching for a move in-ready home in Wilmette, you may have just found it! This picture-perfect four bedroom home in Kenilworth Gardens was just listed by the Come Home North Shore team.

2035 Thornwood Ave living room

It has a wonderful open floor plan for entertaining or everyday living. There are lovely hardwood floors throughout and the decor is fresh and neutral. The large living room has a wood-burning fireplace and flows into the dining room, which opens to terrific deck and pretty yard. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen, making it the ideal gathering place for family and friends.

Upstairs is a serene master suite plus three other spacious and bright bedrooms and two updated baths.

2035 Thornwood Ave master bedroom

The finished basement has a rec room with built-ins and laundry room.

You can see more photos of 2035 Thornwood here.

Kenilworth Gardens is one of Wilmette’s favorite neighborhoods. The people are friendly, Harper School is the quintessential neighborhood elementary school and, for those who commute to the city, the Kenilworth Metra station is just a few minutes’ walk from here. Every spring the Come Home North Shore team hosts an egg hunt in the park and a neighborhood yard sale.  The other big draw is Thornwood Park, with its playlot, ball fields, tennis courts and (in winter) skating pond. We even have our own neighborhood concert every summer, with performances by dad bands and talented local kids.

This fabulous home is offered at $970,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2035 Thornwood or send us a note here.

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This home is offered at $950,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2121 Beechwood or send us a note here.

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Charming all brick ranch home in Skokie



Welcome to 9445 Lawler in Skokie. 

This mint condition 3 bedroom, 2 full bath all brick ranch has many features that make it a desirable home for many family types. 
The home features an updated kitchen with a sub zero refrigerator, exposed hardwood floors,  a 2nd kitchen and a full bath in the  finished basement. The functionality of this home makes it comfortable for enjoyable entertaining or for an in-law suite arrangement with the potential for a 4th bedroom in the basement. This home includes an unbeatable amenity package including a overhead sewer (no flooding), a natural gas powered generator (powers the entire home), 2.5 car garage and beautiful professional landscaping.

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David Adler-Designed Lake Forest Mansion For Sale

275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL Fleur de Lys Mansion – 275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

One of the side benefits of being a Realtor that I never get tired of is the opportunity to tour historically significant homes designed by some of the world’s finest architects. Today Coldwell Banker’s Previews Group hosted a party at the fabulous Fleur de Lys mansion at 275 Sussex Lane in Lake Forest and we got to see every square inch of it.

The 11,000 square foot house is situated on over 2 acres that include a pool, tennis courts, gardens and large terrace. It has 17 formal rooms, 8 bedrooms and 10 baths. The house is not the typical mega-mansion one would build today; it’s way too formal and grand, like something out of The Great Gatsby. It’s the perfect venue for weddings, charity balls and large parties.

The estate is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It was designed by David Adler in 1914 for meat-packing baron Joseph Cudahy and his wife, Jean Morton Cudahy, daughter of the founder of Morton Salt. Apparently Adler’s inspiration for the house was Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of Versailles Palace in France. You’d think at this price the home would be perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, but it’s not. In fact, it sits in the middle of a quiet neighborhood that was once part of the estate until it was sold off and subdivided.

You can watch a video about this fabulous estate here:

The home is listed by Coldwell Banker’s Straub Milito Group and is being offered at $8,900,000. If you would like to arrange a private showing, call us at 847-881-6657.

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We are North Shore 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.

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Home For Rent in Wilmette’s McKenzie Neighborhood

Wilmette Home for Rent

1636 Forest Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

Home available for rent on Chicago’s North Shore are few and far between. If you are looking for a great rental in a great neighborhood, this may just be the one!

This traditional brick home in Wilmette’s McKenzie neighborhood has four bedrooms and two and a half updated baths upstairs, plus a full bath on the first floor. It has a wonderful living room with wood burning fireplace, a dining room with bay window and an updated kitchen that opens into a large family room. Enjoy a screened in porch off the family room, a large deck and a lovely backyard with play structure. There are hardwood floors throughout and it has a two car detached garage.  From this home it’s an easy walk to school, train and parks.

It’s available September 1st at $5,500/month.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment to see this home, give us a call at 847-881-6657 or send us an email here.

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Luxurious Custom Waterfront Home in the North Woods of Wisconsin!


Discover ultimate luxury within this stunning custom built log home in Wisconsin’s North Woods. This amazing home is prestigiously nestled on the western edge of High Falls waterfront. The home features floor to ceiling windows that will reward you with spectacular sunset views. Endless care was taken when each and every log that went into the home was hand picked.


Relaxing among family and friends is easy w/ this open concept, 6 bdrm, 4.5 bath vacation getaway.

Formal Dining

  The home features a formal dining, designer kitchen with pantry, two living rooms with stone fire places, first floor laundry, mudroom, custom furniture throughout, a large rec room (36×19), sun porch, professional landscaping, wrap around porch off of the back, walkout basement, stone patio off of the walkout, 24/7 surveillance, lots of storage space, a 700 bottle count wine cellar & an attached 2 car garage.


 Enjoy easy and endless access to water sports w/ your extra wide pier. It’s conveniently located just 12 miles from the Crivitz airport, about an hour North of Green Bay, 10 miles from Nicolet National Forest & quick easy access to interstate hwys.



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5 Bedroom Brick Home in Kenilworth Gardens

5 Bedroom home in Kenilworth Gardens2121 Beechwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

This stunning brick home in Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens has plenty of space for everybody! With five bedrooms and three and a half baths it’s one of the larger homes in the neighborhood. It has a huge living room with fireplace and a formal dining room, making it the perfect for house for parties and holiday gatherings. A newer kitchen with adjacent family room opens on to a large deck overlooking the back yard.

Upstairs is a large master suite with cathedral ceiling and skylights plus three more family bedrooms and a hall bath. The fifth bedroom is on the lower level and has its own spa bath, making it a great retreat for guests, nanny or teenager. Also on the lower level is a rec room and laundry. An oversized two-car garage sits at the end of the private driveway.


2121 Beechwood Ave Living room

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See more photos and get more info about this home here.

Kenilworth Gardens is one of Wilmette’s most popular neighborhoods. Friendly and welcoming, there’s always something going on here, from summer block parties to egg hunts, concerts and neighborhood yard sales.  The biggest draw is Harper School (K-4), an award-winning elementary school that is walkable from anywhere in the neighborhood. The other big draw is Thornwood Park, with its playlot, ball fields, tennis courts and (in winter) skating pond. Finally, for those who commute to work in the city, Kenilworth Gardens is just a 5 minute walk to the Metra station in Kenilworth.

This home is offered at $925,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2121 Beechwood or send us a note here.

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Contemporary Home in Wilmette’s Romona Neighborhood

450 Sunset Drive, Wilmette IL

450 Sunset Drive, Wilmette, IL 60091

This light, bright contemporary home has many recent improvements, beautiful hardwood floors and is freshly painted throughout. You’ll enjoy cooking in the updated kitchen with cherry cabinetry and heated floor. The living room with two exposures is awash with sunlight.  The first floor boasts both an office and a family room while the lower level offers additional living space in a large rec room, plus full bath, laundry and plenty of storage space. Upstairs are three generously sized bedrooms and a newer bath.

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Wilmette’s Romona Neighborhood

The Romona neighborhood is located on the west side of Wilmette, allowing easy access to the Edens Expressway as well as shopping at Old Orchard Mall. It’s a desirable area due to its proximity to award-winning Romona Elementary School, Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High School. It’s also close to Centennial Park, with its three community pools, indoor tennis courts, community garden and ice arena. Just a short distance west is the Wilmette Community Rec Center, with a health club, preschool and community theater, as well as activities and sports for all ages.

This home is being offered at $489,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 450 Sunset Drive or send us a note here.

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