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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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3 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 19-21, 2014

Oktoberfest WilmetteEnjoy Indian Summer at this weekend’s fun outdoor events!

Saturday, September 20
St. Joseph Catholic School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette.

Oktoberfest includes an antique market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a family fest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a dinner and outdoor adults-only party from 6-11:30 p.m.

Bike Winnetka
Saturday, September 20 at 3:30
Skokie Playfield Service Center (north end at Pine St.), Winnetka
A scenic ride through Winnetka in a group rider format. Register at

Fall Fest
Saturday, September 20 from 4:00-10:00pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Food, DJ, Beer/Wine, Inflatables, Touch-A-Truck, Pumpkin Roll, Scarecrow Building, Community Row, Ice/Tennis/Golf Activities, Bike Winnetka, Winnetka Whiffleball Challenge and more. The evening caps off with a showing of the movie FROZEN (7:30 pm).

Prior to the showing of FROZEN, ice cream sundaes will be available to the first 300 children (ages 12 years and under) thanks to a partnership with Dairy Queen Highland Park.

Sunday, September 21
Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road, Northbrook
The event includes a collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and homemade sweets. Free.


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10th Annual Thornwood Park Concert – September 7, 2014

Thornwood Park Concert

It’s the last gasp of summer but Kenilworth Gardens will be rockin’ this afternoon at the 10 annual Thornwood Park Concert.  This concert is one of the many great events we have in our neighborhood (one reason why Kenilworth Gardens is such an awesome place to live). It was started by Terri and Tony Lorenz back in 2000 when they had first moved to the ‘burbs and were pining for all the street fairs, festivals and concerts they were used to enjoying in the city.

The event was a hit right off the bat and has grown in popularity every year as more and more Wilmettans have heard about the good time. The performers are mostly local dads (and a few moms) but a couple years ago they added kid groups as warm-up entertainment, many of them trained at Wilmette’s Rock House.

If you live in Wilmette and/or have attended before, you’ll recognize many of the bands playing today:

  • Lonesome Rodeo (Chris Karabas and friends)
  • Jealous Mistress (Rob Phillips, Steve Vivian and friends)
  • Running Still (Tim Sheehan and friends)
  • King Saturday (Pete Wilson and friends)
  • Hamilton Chang and Family

The kids’ concert starts at 3:30 and the grown-ups start playing at 4:30.

Bring a picnic, cooler, beach chairs  and the kids and head on over to enjoy the music.

Oh, and if we’re lucky (as we have been in previous years), the kids can run through the world’s biggest sprinkler when the fire department hooks up to the fire hydrant and starts spraying.

The concert is free to attend but it’s not free to put on, so the organizers are asking attendees for donations to help defray the cost. You can go here to donate.

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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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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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4 Fun Thing To Do On The North Shore~ August 8-10, 2014




 “Come Sail Away! Literally, in Glencoe this Saturday will be the George cup Regatta!”


Friday the 8th

Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street, Winnetka
From 3-4pm
Stop in for a fun afternoon craft!
Meet in the Lloyd Room.
For more info call: 847.446.7220

Saturday the 9th 

George Cup Regatta, Glencoe 
From noon to 1pm at the Perlman Boating Beach
Participate in challenging, hands-on boat races set up by beach staff.
If you are planning to participate in the regatta, please be at the boat house promptly at noon.
This year, boaters will be required to fill out a registration form and pay $10 to enter the race.
For more info call: 847.835.3030

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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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