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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.

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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

 

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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

 

 

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 “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!

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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.

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

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  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.

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 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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3 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore July 25th-27th, 2014

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“Show off your classic in Highland Park this weekend!”

 

Saturday the 26th 

North Shore Festival of Art
Saturday the 26th & Sunday the 27th from 10am-5pm
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Festival-goers will enjoy live music on the music stage sponsored by WLIT, great food and art activities for kids! True to Westfield Old Orchard’s family-oriented environment, the entire north end of the festival will be devoted to kids. Art Bingo and the color creation station invite young guests to channel their inner creative spirit. Adults can unleash their inner artist with an onsite still life photography contest or take a souvenir snapshot in the festival’s photo booth. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1pc4ywN

Herb Garden Weekend!!!
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden
July 26 & 27, from 11am-4pm
Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe
Displays, demonstrations, tours, vendors and chef demonstrations showcase a variety of garden herbs at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden that visitors can grow in their own gardens.
For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1qDuoAu

Sunday the 27th 

Blue Oval Performance Car Club Show & Shine Car Show
From 10am-3pm
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1333 Park Ave West, Highland Park
Vehicles: All Ford, Lincoln, Mercury & Edsels
Free Admission & Vehicle Entry
Free Goodie Bags & Dash Plaques for the 1st 200 Cars
50/50 Raffle with the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & NW Indiana
For more info contact Jerry Robbin at: 847.997.8624 or email jerry@jerryrobbin.com

North Shore events are brought to you by the Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker.

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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.

 

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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 $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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July Art Fairs and Festivals on the North Shore

Art-Festival-North-ShoreDo you feel like summer is getting away from you? Are you looking for more fun things to finish off your summer? Check out the list of art fairs and festivals left in July.

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, noon-7 p.m. July 19-20 at Centennial Park, on Sheridan between Clark and Church, Evanston. The celebration of world cultures includes live music, dance performances, art and craft work of up to 140 juried artists, and ethnic foods. Free admission. Visit www.cityofevanston.org.

Glenview Art League’s 61st annual Art Fair will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26-27 on the Lyon School grounds, Lake and Waukegan, Glenview. Featuring fine art and crafts, jewelry and photography by more than 65 artists, food and children’s activities. Free admission. Visit www.glenviewartleague.org.

Northbrook Days Festival, July 30-Aug. 3 at Village Green Park, Meadow and Shermer roads, Northbrook. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Featuring food, carnival rides and live music. Bands to be announced. Visit www.northbrookdays.com.

Glencoe Festival of Art, featuring more than 120 juried artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Aug. 2-3 at Green Bay Road and Park Avenue, Glencoe. Includes interactive art demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Free admission and free parking in commuter lots. Visit www.GlencoeFestivalofArt.com.

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