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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.

450 Sunset living room

450 Sunset Dr Kitchen

450 Sunset Drive master BR
Click here to see additional images of this Romona contemporary home.

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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Home For Sale in Winnetka’s Crow Island Neighborhood

1249 Cherry St. Winnetka IL

1249 Cherry Street, Winnetka, IL 60093

This utterly charming English-style stone house is ideally located on one of Winnetka’s favorite tree streets. You’ll love entertaining in the spacious living room with its wood-beamed ceiling and vintage fireplace. On warm summer evenings move the party out to the large screen porch overlooking the backyard, just off the wood-paneled den. The kitchen, with its separate breakfast room, offers plenty of space to create your dream kitchen. A first floor bedroom and full bath is perfect for out of town visitors.

1249 Cherry Street Winnetka living roomClick here to see additional photos of 1249 Cherry Street

Upstairs is a large master bedroom plus two family bedrooms and bath. The two-level attic offers not only great storage but the potential to create additional living space.

The huge lower level has a finished vintage rec room with bar, workshop, laundry (with laundry chute and built-in bins for sorting) and tons of storage. The old coal storage room is just waiting to be re-born as your wine room. Newer mechanicals and back-flow control system make for carefree living. This home has a two-car detached garage.

The tree streets of Crow Island encompass one of Winnetka’s most desirable neighborhoods. Popular with families the homes in Crow Island come in a mix of styles and are surrounded by mature trees and well-tended yards. The home at 1249 Cherry Street is especially well-located near all three primary schools (Crow Island Elementary, Skokie Middle School and Washburne Junior High), and is just a block to Skokie Playfield, Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka Golf Club and Winnetka Ice Arena. Commuting to the city? It’s easy to hop on the Edens Expressway from here or walk to the Metra station.

This home is offered at $725,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 1249 Cherry Street or send us a note here.

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Free Outdoor Concerts in Glenview – Summer 2014

concert in the glenBarefoot in the Park

Wednesdays at 7 pm in the Jackman Park Gazebo, Lehigh and Prairie.
In case of inclement weather, concert will be held at Park Ctr., 2400 Chestnut.

June 18 – Spoken Four

June 25 – Piano Man (tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel)

July 9 – Johnny Rusler & The Beach Bum Band (island & beach music)

July 16 – The New Invaders (British Invasion)

July 23 – Flat Cats (jazz)

July 30 – Jin & Tonic (classic country & rock)

August 6 – The Student Body (high energy hits0

Summer Sounds at the Glen

Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm. Glen Town Center’s Navy Park, 2671 Navy Blvd.

June 24 – Classical Blast

July 1 – Libido Funk Circus

July 8 – R Gang

July 15 – Red Pop Fury

July 22 – Soda (classic & current pop)

July 29 – Rockstar Rodeo

August 5 – Bopology (swing)

August 12 – Tropixplosion (Caribbean w/ Blue Man-style performance)

August 19 – Hillbilly Rockstarz (country & classic)

August 26 – Final Say (from oldies to now)

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore – June 20-22, 2014

strawberry fest

“Though it’s not happening on the North Shore, who doesn’t love a good strawberry Festival? Enjoy the weekend!”

Friday the 20th

Long Grove Strawberry Fest
From 10am-6pm
downtown long grove, long grove
Historic Downtown Long Grove’s annual Strawberry Festival is returning Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.

Strawberry Festival visitors are invited to enjoy three “berry” special days of decadent strawberry-inspired treats from local merchants and vendors such as:

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Glencoe New Construction by Highgate Builders

Glencoe New Construction by HighGate

 500 South Avenue, Glencoe, IL

Highgate Builders combines elegance, simplicity and charm in this exquisite Hampton-style shingle and stone home. Just listed by the Come Home North Shore team, the house will be built on an ideally-located property near town, train and schools. (Note: the photos shown below are of previously built Highgate homes).

It’s scheduled to begin construction in late summer or early fall 2014, allowing you to customize many aspects of the home to suit your specific desires. Everything about this home will be of the highest quality and built with the attention to detail that Highgate Builders is known for. The home is being offered at $2,595,000.

500 South staircase

The open floor plan will feature gracious room sizes, a sleek and stylish gourmet kitchen with separate eating area, and a paneled library on the main floor. Patios will extend the entertaining spaces to the outdoors.

500 South Ave. kitchen

The second floor will have four generous bedrooms including a luxurious master suite with large walk-in closets and spa bath.

The finished lower level will feature ten foot ceilings, a rec room, exercise room, as well as a fifth bedroom and full bath and plenty of storage. The home will have an attached two-car garage, with the option to add a separate garage for a third car.

Highgate Builders is one of the most well-respected and in-demand builders on the North Shore.  Winner of the 2009 Preservation Award, the firm has been featured in Luxe Interiors + Design and Home & Architectural Trends magazines. Highgate is also known for  building certified green and sustainable homes. You can see some of Highgate’s new homes here.

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If you would like to learn more about plans for this new construction, please call us at 847-881-6657 or email us. Come Home North Shore co-founder Paula Weiss has deep experience in all facets of new construction and can provide you with expert  guidance throughout the process.

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Outdoor Concerts in Glencoe – Summer 2014

Music on the esplanadeGlencoe Gazebo Grooves

Kalk Park, 298 Park Ave. Free

June 11 – Midwest Dueling Pianos

June 16 – Soda (Johnny Cash to Cee Lo Green)

August 13 – Bopology (Frank Sinatra band)

Music on the Esplanade

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Admission is free. Parking is $25/car for non-members. All concerts are Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.

June 24 – Dave Specter (Blues)

July 1 – The Special Consensus (bluegrass)

July 15 – Kimberley Gordon Big Band (Duke Ellington and Count Basie)

July 22 – JoeSounds Steel Drum Trio (Caribbean/Calypso)

July 29 – Pamela Rose and Windy City Country (classics, contemporary country and rock n roll)

August 5 – Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan Quartet (gypsy jazz, flamenco & American jazz)

August 12 – Fernandez + Kimball (Spanish guitar)

August 19 – Nia Quintet (original music from Scott Anderson)

August 26 – Shamrock Ragsters (Irish/Celtic, bluegrass and Dixieland jazz)

Hot Summer Nights

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Admission is free. Parking is $25/car for non-members. All concerts are Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.

June 19 – The Mike Knauf Quartet (swing, Latin & standards)

June 26 – Pamela Rose and Windy City Country (classic, contemporary country)

July 3 – Silver Stars (fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and washboard)

July 10 – Jose Valdes & Mambo All-Stars (mambo, cha-cha and boleros)

July 17 – El Payo (flamenco)

July 24 – The Boils (Celtic music and Irish step dance)

July 31 – Grupo Cha Cha (Latin jazz)

August 7 – Bopology (swing and jazz)

August 14 – Rio Bamba (bossa nova, samba and American Latin jazz)

August 21 – Hillbilly Rockstarz

August 28 – Aloha Lives! (Hawaiian music)



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Free Outdoor Concerts in Evanston – Summer 2014


Starlight Concert Series:

June 19, 7:30-9:00 -Twiggs Park, Simpson at Dodge

June 24, 7:00-9:00 – Bent Park, Central at Cowper

June 25, 6:30-8:00 – James Park, Dodge at Mulford

July 1, 7:30-9:00 – Bent Park, Central at CowperJuly 8, 7:30-9:00 – Leahy Park, Lincoln west of Ridge

July 15, 7:30-9:00 – Brummel Park, Brummel at Elmwood

July 22, 7:30-9:00 – Centennial Park, Sheridan at Church

July 29, 7:30-9:00 – Harbert Park, Dempster at McDaniel

August 5, 7:30-9:00 – James Park, Dodge at Mulford

August 12, 7:30-9:00 – Twiggs Park, Simpson at Dodge

August 19, 7:30-9:00, Centennial Park, Sheridan at Church


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Free Outdoor Concerts in Winnetka – Summer 2014

concerts-hubbard-woodsWednesdays in the Woods

Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd.
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

June 11: basement Jacks

June 18: Hillbilly Rockstars

June 25: Spoken Four

July 9: New Invaders

July 16: Class of ’68

July23: 3rd Sunday String Band

July 30: Saturday June Band

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Free Outdoor Concerts in Wilmette – Summer 2014

Summer Concert on the North ShoreLove outdoor concerts but don’t want to spring for tickets to Ravinia? Not to worry. There are plenty of outdoor concerts on the North Shore this summer that are easy on the pocketbook (i.e., free!). Here’s the rundown on Wilmette’s summer music scene:

Summer Concerts at Plaza del Lago

1515 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette

June 26, 6:00-8:00 – Conjunto (salsa meets free jazz)

July 3, 6:00-8:00 – Moss/REALTIME (the pizzazz of modern jazz)

July 10, 6:00-8:00 – Cavern Beat (Beatles songs)

July 17, 6:00-8:00 – Final Say (from oldies to now)

July 25, 6:00-8:00 – Piano Man (tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John)

July 31, 6:00-8:00 – Bopology (swing with Sinatra and more)

Starlight Theatre at the Wallace Bowl

Gillson Park on the lakefront at Michigan and Washington

June 12 at 6:30 – Canzonetta String Chamber Orchestra

June 19 at 8:00 – Family feature film to celebrate Wilmette Thetare’s 100th anniversary

June 20 at 8:00 – A tribute to ABBA by ABBA Salute

June 21 at 8:00 – The Meteors (50′s ad 60′s)

June 26 at 6:30 – Rio Bamba (samba and jazz)

July 5 at 8:00 – Chad Bernstein and Suenelo (Miami’s Latin funk)

July 10-26 at 8:00 – Anie Get Your Gun

July 31 at 6:30 – Don’t Just Sit There (interactive musical act)

August 1 at 8:00 – Illinois Brass Band

August 2 at 8:00 – Centerfold (pop/rock)

August 7 at 6:30 – New Odyssey (three guys, 30 instruments)

August 8 at 8:00 – Bopology (pop swing band)

August 9 at 8:00 – Bagshot Row (British Invasion)

August 14 at 6:30 – Barefoot Hawaiians (Hawaiian music and dance)

In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Community Rec Center auditorium, 3000 Glenview Rd. Visit for info.

Mallinckrodt Concerts in the Park

Centennial gazebo in Mallinckrodt Park, 1041 Ridge Rd.

June 15 at 4:00 – Dangerous Folk (acoustic trio plays ’60s music)

June 29 at 4:00 – La Tarvaillant (Bayou)

July 20 at 4:00 – Rockin’ Johnny Band (Blues)

August 10 at 4:00 – Jazz Lady Robin Watson (jazz, big band and Motown)

Bring your lawn chairs for seating. In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Community Rec Center auditorium, 3000 Glenview Rd. Visit for info.

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Highland Park Market Report – May 2014

As of May 31, 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 75 days/

Single family detached homes represented 86% of the total listings.
34% of them are over $1,000,000.

During May there were 37 closed sales of single family homes, with a median selling price of $637,500 and an average of 88 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $180,000 to $1,850,000.

Year to date there have been 120 closed sales in Highland Park, with a median selling price of $532,500 and an average of 96 days on market.

Watch this video for more local market data for Highland Park:

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