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North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report – 2014

North Shore Real Estate Report – 2014 vs. 2013

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report - 2014

Despite an improving economy, 2014 home sales on the North Shore were down 10% vs. 2013. This was driven by low levels of inventory as well as continued tight lending standards for home mortgages. Every village was down double digits except Wilmette and Northfield, which increased 2% and 5%, respectively. Kenilworth and Highland Park had the greatest declines, but they were the two villages that had enjoyed the greatest gains in 2013.

While sales were down, prices were up a healthy 6%, slightly higher than predicted at the beginning of 2014. Every village appreciated except Northfield (-6%) and Lake Forest (-1%). Kenilworth gained the most, followed by Wilmette, Winnetka and Highland Park.

Average selling price as a % of list price reached almost 97% early in 2014 when inventory was low and bidding wars were raging. Later in the year as more inventory came on the market it drifted back down to 95.2% by the end of the year, which was even with December of 2013.

As predicted this time last year, housing inventory increased vs. 2013 and ended the year up 13% over December of 2013. Months supply of inventory increased 11% to 5.6 months, which is very close to the 6.0 months supply typical of a “balanced” market. (Months supply is the number of months it would take to sell all the listings currently on the market if no new houses were listed).

Now that we are seeing prices appreciate again, are you wondering what your North Shore home is worth? You can get a quick and easy over-the-net home valuation by just giving us some basic information about your house. Just go here to submit your info and we’ll send you your home valuation within 48 hours.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 2 – 4, 2015

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Looking to start the New Year off with a little family fun? Then check out this weekend’s list of family friendly events that will delight family members of all ages.

The Great Scott
Jan. 2 @ 2 pm
Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park

There will be surprises galore during the Comedy and Illusion Show with The Great Scott. Expect silly and adult humor, audience participation, magic and more. Registration required. For details, call 847-432-0216, nonresidents: 847-681-7030.

The Frog Lady Presents Reptiles and Amphibians
Jan. 3 @ 11 am & 1:30 pm; Sensory-friendly performance at 12:30
Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

Learn the differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians, and meet over 20 live animals. You can stay after to get your picture taken with them, so be sure to bring your camera. Free ticket required. Tickets available at the Youth Desk the day of the performance. (847) 256-5025.

The Evanston Farmer & Artisan Indoor Market
Jan 3: 9 am – 1 pm (every Saturday through April 25)
Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston

With 30+ vendors, the indoor market extends the selling season for local fresh produce and meats, and provides local food artisans with a place to sell their products during the winter months. www.cityofevanston.org

Redhot and Blue of Yale – Jazz a cappella
Jan. 3 @ 6 pm, Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette (For more info., click here.)
Jan. 4 @ 2 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1024 Lake Ave., Wilmette  (For more info., click here.)

Yale University’s oldest co-educational a cappella group performs in a concert co-hosted by the Yale Club of Chicago on Saturday followed by a second area performance on Sunday. Rooted in a jazz tradition, their repertoire now spans such diverse genres as Broadway hits and Beatles favorites. The group has won national recognition for its innovative arrangements of jazz standards that blend American songbook classics with the fresh, upbeat flair of the collegiate a cappella tradition.

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Weekend & New Year’s Eve Fun Dec. 26-31

new year eveThe party is just getting started! From magic and opera, to one of the North Shore’s most beloved holiday traditions, the weekend is filled with lots of fun ways to wind down 2014. And then get ready to wind back up with a variety of festive events to ring in 2105. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday celebration and a healthy and happy new year!

The Merry Widow
Dec. 26 @ 2 pm; Dec. 27 @ 8 pm; Dec. 28 @2 pm; Dec. 31 @ 8 pm
Light opera Work’s Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston

Everyone’s after her money and Hanna, the saucy widow, knows just how to make them dance to her tune! The famous lost fan, constant flirting and mistaken identities create the most popular Viennese operetta of all time…filled with waltzes, can-cans and dreamy melodies. www.lightoperaworks.org/Widow.html

The Magic of Bill Blagg
Dec. 27@ 7:30 pm, Dec. 28 @ 3 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Find out why the Chicago Tribune calls The magic of Bill Blagg “Simply Amazing!” Bill Blagg has astounded audiences nationwide with mind-blowing illusions, such as the world’s only hoverboard illusion. He also brings ordinary objects to life, makes volunteers from the audience levitate in mid-air while others vanish in a millisecond. Everyone is left rubbing their eyes dumbfounded. Go see for yourself! Click here for tickets.

Wonderland Express
Daily Through Jan. 4, 10 am – 6 pm (closed Christmas Day)
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

Wonderland Express is one of the North Shore’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience. If you haven’t visited the exhibit yet which is filled with Chicago landmarks, hurry before it shuts down for the season. Kids can look out for Thomas the Tank Engine, while the rest of the family searches for aerialist Nik Wallenda on a tightrope between the Marina City towers! www.chicagobotanic.org/wonderland

NEW YEAR’S EVE:

For the Kids:
Itty Bitty New Year
Dec. 31: 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Oakton Community Center and Exploratorium, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie
Get transported to a mini Times Square at this kid-friendly bash with crafts, treats, DJ and balloon drop at noon! skokieparks.org

Dec. 31: 11:00am -12:30 pm
Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe
Kid-friendly bash with outdoor skating, crafts, treats, DJ and balloon drop at noon! glencoeparkdistrict.com

For the Family:
First Night Evanston
Dec. 31: Kids events: 1-4 pm; Evening events:7 pm –
Various locations throughout Evanston

This family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration features live music by an astonishing array of performers, wonderful children’s and teen entertainment, social dancing, and general merriment. The venues surround Raymond Park in downtown Evanston. A single admission button (worn on your coat) gets you into all the venues. www.firstnightevanston.net/

News Year Eve at Pinstripes
Dec. 31
Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook

All the fun of Pinstripes (bowling, bocce, food & drink) plus live music, champagne toast, party favors and two balloon drops at 8 pm and 12 am. No cover charge. For more information, click here.

For the Adults:
Feast & Imbibe’s Pop-Up New Year’s Eve
Dec. 31: 6 pm – 4 Course Tasting Menu, 8 pm – 12:30 am Cocktail Party
1601 Payne, Evanston

One of the hottest tickets in town brought to you by two of Chicago’s top culinary stars. The night features two separate pop-up events: a luxurious, sit-down, four-course dinner with champagne pairings and a festive cocktail party featuring passed hors d’oeuvres, a red carpet photo shoot and fire dance performance. Choose one or both! Click here for ticket info.

New Year’s Eve Swing Soiree
Dec. 31: 8 pm
The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St., Evanston

Swing in the New Year with a four-course steak and lobster dinner, piano music, live big bands and more. For more info, click 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.

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 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 at 847.881.6657.

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Best Gourmet/Specialty Food Markets on the North Shore

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Still putting your holiday menus together? Whether you need full on inspiration, assistance with some finishing touches or just want to stock your fridge, the North Shore has some great specialty food spots that just might make your holiday a whole lot merrier!

Poeta’s Italian Food Market
520 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-432-3037

A true neighborhood gem. They are known for their fine meats, Italian specialties, homemade pastas, fresh bread and their famous Homemade Italian Sausage and Beef. Their deboned marinated chicken also gets big raves and if you are running short on time, they have a great selection of prepared frozen meals and pizza dough that are mother-in-law full proof.

Zier’s Prime Meat & Poultry
813 Ridge Road, Wilmette, 847-251-4000

Zier’s Prime Meats is an “old-fashioned family butcher shop in a modern time” specializing in the finest Midwestern raised prime beef, fresh poultry, naturally raised pork, veal, and lamb. They have their own smokehouse onsite and offer many varieties of homemade smoked sausages and meats; even smoked salmon. They also offer an extensive line of wild game and American Wagyu KOBE beef; as well as unusual and hard to find gourmet sauces, soups, and spices.

Artisanal
414 Linden Ave., Wilmette, 847-512-3155

Artisanal is another modern-day version of a family-owned neighborhood grocery, offering a wide array of locally sourced, organic and specialty foods. From high quality meats and charcuterie, to fresh cheese, dairy and produce to a tempting selection of grocery items including jams, condiments and cereals; they’ve got it all. And, we didn’t even mention their in-house sushi chef and “The Happy Room” (fun and exciting libations)!

Harrison’s Poultry Farm
1201 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-724-0139

This poultry farm has been proudly serving the finest all-natural poultry to the people and restaurants of Chicago’s North Shore since 1893. In addition to a full range of fresh poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, goose, quail, hen, chicken sausage etc.), the store is filled with great products from local honey and all natural eggs, to an excellent selection of sauces and spices as well as pre-made poultry dishes and sides.

Reagan Meats
1855 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-724-0243

Reagan Meats serves up some of the finest prime and organic meats and produce on the North Shore of Chicago. They process all of their own beef, pork, lamb, veal, and chicken and welcome special requests. They’ll even special order sausages made according to your own family recipes. In addition, they sell a variety of marinades and homemade frozen entrees for when you are in a pinch!

Corner Cooks
507 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-441-0134

While there may be some changes going on at the restaurant, Corner Cooks is still providing a wonderful Holiday-to-Go menu that can fulfill all of your holiday needs. Featuring a wide variety of appetizers, soup, salads, entrees, sides and of course, dessert, there is something for everyone on the menu. Please note: orders must be placed by Dec. 19 and picked up on Dec. 24 from 11-1:30.

Foodstuffs
2106 Central Street, Evanston, 847-328-7704
338 Park Avenue, Glencoe, 847-835-5101
1456 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-832-9999
225 E. Westminster Avenue, Lake Forest, 847-234-6600

With four locations throughout the North Shore, Foodstuffs has been providing quality gourmet food to Chicagoland shoppers for more than 30 years. Modeled after the European Market concept , they offer a full menu of items including homemade appetizers, soups, entrees, salads, sauces, breads and pastries as well as pates and cheeses, fresh seafood, quality meats, build your own salads and sandwiches and unique shelf products. Visit their website for special holiday menus and ordering deadlines.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Holiday Fun on the North Shore Dec. 19-21

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Whichever holiday you celebrate, the weekend is filled with wonderful ways to partake in the joy of the season!

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
Dec. 19-21: 8 pm
Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview

Come be a part of a live studio audience for a special broadcast of this classic holiday story from 1946 highlighting family, faith and determination overcoming adversity and greed. From Lionel trains to cookies and hot chocolate – all your favorites will be here.  A great time for the whole family!  Click here for more information.

Winter Wonderland at Cuneo Mansion & Gardens
Dec. 19-21: 6pm – 10 pm (though Jan. 3)
Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills
If you haven’t gone yet, make sure to block off time this weekend for this dazzling drive-thru holiday light show held on the magnificent grounds of the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. Admission $10 per car on weekends. $5 weekdays.  See website for special entry location. For more info, click here.

The King and I
Dec. 19 @ 8 pm, Dec. 20 4:30 pm & 8 pm, Dec. 21 1 pm and 5 pm
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Get swept off your feet all over again when East meets West in this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein romance. For tickets, click here.

North Shore Jewish Community Hanukkah Concert
Dec. 20: 7:30 pm
Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette

Join The North Shore, Skokie and Chicago Jewish communities for an unforgettable evening of song and story, schmooze and blues featuring Chicago’s newest Jewish folk rock band and YouTube sensation “Rogers Park.” The two lead singers – Yosef Peysin and Mordy Kurtz have been performing together as “Rogers Park” since 2011. To purchase tickets, click here.

Christmas & Hanukkah Concerts at the Garden
Christmas Concert: Dec. 20 at 2:00 & 4:00 pm
Hanukkah Concert: Dec. 21 2:00 & 4:00 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Brass Concert, featuring festive holiday favorites and The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band performing Hanukkah favorites in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Ticket price includes concert and access to the Wonderland Express exhibit. Click here for more info.

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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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

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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

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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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Best Gift and Home Accents Store on the North Shore

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So you’ve checked off all of your family members, but what about hostess gifts, teacher gifts, a gift for your dog walker, etc. Tired of the old gift card route? Well, lucky for you, the North Shore has a plethora of gift and home accent shops filled with unique items for everyone on your list, including yourself! And if your holiday décor could use a little freshening up too, then chances are you’ll be able to pick something fabulous along the way! Happy Shopping!

Ellen’s on Elm
841 Elm Street, Winnetka, 847-441-5240

More than just a gift shop, Ellen’s on Elm, thoughtfully selects unique gifts, many made by local artists, to line their shelves for all seasons of life. From jewelry and accessories to engraved and monogrammed items, the helpful and friendly staff is always ready to help you find the perfect gift.

Artisan Shop & Gallery
Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, 847-251-3775

If you are looking for interesting, eclectic and beautiful gifts, then look no further. This store is filled with unique and sophisticated handcrafted items by more than 350 American artists, including artisan jewelry, pottery, hand blown glass, wooden jewelry boxes and games, kitchen items, scarves, jackets, baby gifts and more.

Stumble & Relish
1310 A Chicago, Ave, Evanston, 773-330-3488

Owned by a mother/daughter duo, this adorable, little boutique has been described as a live Etsy store. Clients love the creative displays, the affordable prices, their adorable gift wrapping and the passion and knowledge that the owners have about each item and every item in the store. Jewelry, pottery, air plants, soaps, purses, journals, illustrated artwork, small wood curios, and so much more for you to discover and enjoy.

Green leaf Gallery
1760 Sunset Lane, Bannockburn, 847-948-7689

Located in a charming cottage in the woods, Greenleaf Gallery features a wonderful selection of fine art, folk art, handcrafted goods and gifts, accessories for women and men, jewelry, whimsical garden art, stationery and cards, tabletop and baby gifts. The gallery supports more than 100 American artists, including many local Chicagoans in addition to talented people across the country.

Black Sheep General Store
346 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847-242-0130

This quaint, new storefront in Glencoe already has customers raving. It is stocked with a little something for everyone including candy, housewares, spa items, baby gifts, books, clocks, pillows, flasks, specialty t-shirts, candles and more, all with a focus on local, handmade, small batch merchandise.

Kenzy Gifts & Décor
1849 Green Bay Rd., Ste 109, Highland Park, 847-780-4177

Kenzy Gifts & Décor carries exceptional gifts, dinnerware and decorative home accents in every price range. Created from a need to find items for her home that were unique and different, the boutique features designs by owner, Yasmin Mekki, as well those by various other designers.

Style Shack
1839 Second Street, Highland Park, 847-579-4525

Style Shack is a magical place where commerce and culture intersect. The unique collection of giftware is only part of what the Style Shack experience has to offer. From unique jewelry and handbags to one-of-a-kind home accessories and hostess gifts, their collection will entice the most discriminating shoppers, not to mention their outstanding complimentary gift wrapping!

Pierce Interiors
1264 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-291-0300

Don’t let its Northbrook Court location fool you. Established in 1969, Pierce Interiors is a family-owned and operated fine gift and home accent store. Here you’ll find an extraordinary selection of fine crystal, porcelain, metal work, service ware, curio cabinets and other beautiful home decor, including Michael Aram, Swarovski, Lladro, Waterford, Julia Knight, and Lalique. They offer complimentary gift wrapping, price matching, shipping services and free layaway.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Holiday Fun on the North Shore: Dec. 12 – 14

holiday fun bannerThe holiday fun continues all weekend long and includes opportunities to skate and brunch with Santa. If you need a break from all of the holiday craze, you check out Highland Park’s very own Billy Corgan’s entree into musical theatre.

 

The 48 Hour Musicals: Encore!, Featuring a musical by Billy Corgan
Dec. 12 & 13: 8 pm, Dec. 14: 2 pm
The Musical Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park

The 48 Hour Musicals are 15-minute musicals written in only 48 hours by exciting new musical theatre writers. This year’s offering reprises (by demand) 4 musicals that have led to full-length TMTC commissions and concludes with the premier of a 20-minute musical by Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan whose Pretty Persephone is based on the The Eleusinian Mysteries and the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Click here for ticket info.

Yelp’s Holiday House Pop Up!
Dec. 13 & 14: 12 – 4pm
Light Opera Works, 516 4th St, Wilmette

Two days of FREE family-friendly activities in Yelpville! Play with the Yelp elves, enjoy hot cocoa, cooking, crafts, giant LEGO build, storytelling, indoor snowball throwing, free gift wrapping station (for a good cause), Frozen sing along with Elsa and Light Opera Works Kids Workshop, sing along with Super Stolie, holiday raffle, giant gingerbread house and so much more! For a schedule of events, click here.

Candy Cane Lane Tree Decorating
Dec. 13: 10 am – 12 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka

Register your organization, club, troop, neighborhood, or family to decorate your very own tree in Hubbard Woods Park. To register, click here.

Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dec. 13: 1 & 5 pm, Dec. 14: 2 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Salt Creek Ballet’s whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and sugar plum fairies are all exquisitely set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and is a holiday experience worth sharing. Fantastic new sets and costumes for 2014. Click here for ticket info.

Skate with Santa/Holiday Skating Exhibition
Dec. 13: 1:40-2:55; 3-4:30 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Sleigh rides on ice and a visit from the jolly old elf himself will highlight this Winnetka tradition. Skate rental is $3.50, quantities are limited. Continue the fun and watch tot thru Free Skate program participants, WFSC members and the Ice Angels Synchro teams demonstrate their skills at annual Holiday Exhibition. Free admission for both. www.winpark.org.

Brunch with Santa
Dec. 14: 11 am – 2 pm
Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook
There’s no doubt you’ll strike up a good time with an appearance by Santa at Pinstripe’s already famous Sunday brunch featuring made-to-order omelets, prime rib, fresh seafood, gourmet waffles and more, not to mention photo ops with the special guest! Click here, for more info.

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.

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