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Bird Watching in Gillson Park

Bird Watching in Glisson ParkThe Illinois shoreline juts farthest into Lake Michigan at Gillson Park, making this an excellent spot to observe migrant birds and an important place for their survival as they rest and eat on their long journey north every spring.

Bring your binoculars and join fellow bird enthusiasts every Sunday in May at 8:00 to look for warblers and other colorful visitors.  Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome.  Meet at the top of the Wallace Bowl.

On Sunday, May 4, join us for our annual guided bird walk, where leaders can help us identify what we are seeing.  First walk begins at 7:00, second begins at 8:00.

Finish off your exploration of Gillson’s hidden treasures with a Garden Walk in the Wildflower Preserve, hosted by the Little Garden Club of Wilmette. The Garden Walks start at 9:00 am and include a demonstration garden of a “pocket prairie” planter and gardens you can start in your own yard.

For more information see www.gogreenwilmette.org

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ April 2-4, 2014

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Love kitchens? Don’t miss tomorrow’s designer kitchen walk!

Friday April 2nd

The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore Presents:
Designer Kitchens of the North Shore
Kicking off at 10am starting at the Winnetka Community House
This house walk focuses on the heart of the home, the kitchen, by offering guests an intimate look at six amazing North Shore kitchens and a unique opportunity to chat with the designers who created them. The homes include new construction and remodeled spaces. The homes are located in Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette and Kenilworth. This year’s tour features kitchens by: • Airoom Architects, Builders and Remodelers • Chester & Chester • Coda Design + Build, LLC • Morgante•Wilson Architects, Ltd. • Newgard Custom Homes and Abt • Normandy Remodeling
The tour is self-guided and starts by picking up your tour guide book at the Winnetka Community House on Friday May 2. The tour is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $40/person. To purchase tickets visit: http://bit.ly/1ivb7Xl

Mother/Daughter Treasure Keepsakes Jewelry
From 6.30-8pm at
glenview park center
2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
Grab your daughter(s) for a fun night honoring MOM! Each couple designs necklaces, bracelets and zipper dangle ensembles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Youth Connection Spring Fling Concert

Youth Connection spring-fling_FLYER_If you’re into music and want to support a good cause, you won’t want to miss the Youth Connection Spring Fling Concert at 27 Live on Friday, May 9 from 7pm to midnight.

The concert will feature a nationally known artist, and several local bands, a couple of which are comprised of Wilmette Junior High students that participated in the recent Battle of the Bands.

Here’s a line-up for the evening’s entertainment:

  • Louie Zagoras, founder, songwriter and lead singer for Rollover. Rollover has supported top acts like the Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Dave Mason, Cheap Trick and Eddie Money. Louis is a multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, sitar, bass, harmonica and piano.
  • T-Byrdz, a popular local band- Danny Yohanna, Lee Kiser, Mack Reynolds, Phil Palumbo, Byrd Rhyne-Fisher
  • Pink Lightening – Olivia Schotz, Piper Phillips, Daniela Sirott, Alaina Vivian
  • Maiden America – Jimmy McDermed, Mick Flannery, Brian Kaiser, Libby Markham amd Nathan Yamaguchi

Funds raised from the event will benefit the Wilmette Youth Connection and its after-school programs for 5th-8th graders.

When: Friday, May 9 from 7pm to midnight

Where: 27 Live, 1012 Church St., Evanston

How much:  Tickets are $75 each and include heavy appetizers, beverages and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at www.youthconnection.org.

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ April 25-27, 2014

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“Celebrate spring with Highland Park’s Spring Flower Cupcake decorating!”

Friday the 25th

Mom and Me Spring Flower Cupcake Decorating (Adult/Child Grade K-3)
From 7-8.30pm
Cost: $20/25
Location: West Ridge Center
636 Ridge Rd, Highland Park
What’s better than creating edible art? Celebrate spring time with some sweet treats! Combine cupcake decorating skills with new flower making techniques that will almost be too pretty to eat. Enroll here: http://bit.ly/1eXecVj With Registration #:32027

Community Theater Presents: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Community Recreation Center Auditorium
Located at: 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette
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Glencoe Market Report – March 2014

Glencoe signAs of March 31, there were 62 active listings in Glencoe, with a median list price of $1,445,000 and ranging in price from $179,000 to $5,950,000.

Single family detached homes represented 96% of the total listings.
73% of the active listings are over $1,000,000.

During March there were 4 closed sales with a median selling price of $825,000 and an average of 318 days on market. The median selling price was $825,000 and ranged from $312,000 to $3,650,000.

Year to date there have been 17 closed sales in Glencoe, with a median sold price of $1,025,000 and an average of 150 days on market.

Watch this video for more local market data for Glencoe:

 

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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Winnetka Market Report – March 2014

SONY DSCAs of March 31, there were 118 active listings in Winnetka, with a median list price of $1,734,000 and ranging in price from $469,000 to $1,875,000.

Single family detached homes represented 109 (92%) of the total listings. 28 are in Greeley School, 34 in Crow Island, 26 in Hubbard Woods and 21 in Avoca (District 37).

During March there were 13 closed sales with a median selling price of $864,000 and an average of 134 days on market. 10 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $1,259,500 and ranging from $647,500 to $3,200,000.

Year to date there have been 29 closed sales in Winnetka, with a median sold price of $869,000 and an average of 109 days on market. 25 of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $970,000 and ranging from $500,000 to $3,200,000. The average market time was 118 days.

Watch this video for more local market data for Winnetka: 

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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Wilmette Market Report – March 2014

wilmette_signAs of March 31, there were 86 active listings in Wilmette, with a median list price of $624,900 and ranging in price from $99,000 to $4,749,995.

Single family detached homes represented 80 of the total listings. 24 are in East Wilmette (Central School), 7 in McKenzie, 16 in Harper, 24 in Romona and 9 in Avoca (District 37).

During March there were 31 closed sales with a median selling price of $510,000 and an average of 91 days on market. 23 of the closed sales were single family detached houses with a median selling price of $650,000 and ranging from $300,000 to $1,430,000.

Year to date there have been 76 closed sales in Wilmette, with a median sold price of $516,250 and an average of 102 days on market. 57 of the closed sales were single family detached homes with a median selling price of $625,000 and ranging from $210,000 to $1,725,000. The average market time was 72 days.

Watch this video for more local market data for Wilmette:

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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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ April 18-20, 2014

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Saturday the 19th
Easter Egg Hunt @ Whole Foods
Kicking off @ 8:00 am
whole foods, 760 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield
Hop on over to the Deerfield store at 8 a.m. for our first Easter Egg Hunt. Kids ages 1-10 will be able to hunt for some fun filled eggs throughout the store. For more info call: 847.444.1900

4th Annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
2400 Thornwood Ave, Wilmette
Starting at 9:45 (hunt starts at 10:00 sharp!)
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday for the hunt. Come early with your camera to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and enter our drawing for fab prizes (many thanks to the Noodle and Depot Nuevo, Big Blue Swim School and Dominos Pizza for generously donating prizes).
*Sponsored by: The Come Home North Shore real estate team of Coldwell Banker

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4th Annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt – 2014

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt - Easter Bunny and kidsThe Thornwood Park Egg Hunt is one of my favorite events of the year. After hibernating all winter, the whole neighborhood comes to Thornwood Park to participate in this rite of spring, re-connect with friends, grab a quick photo with the Easter Bunny and watch their kids make a mad dash to stuff their baskets with eggs. While you will probably still need a coat this weekend, at least it will be dry and partly sunny.

We hope you’ll join us this Saturday for the hunt. Come early with your camera to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and enter our drawing for fab prizes (many thanks to the Noodle and Depot Nuevo, Big Blue Swim School, Homer’s Ice Cream and Dominos Pizza for generously donating prizes).

When: Saturday, April 19 at 9:45 am (hunt starts at 10:00 sharp!)

Where: Thornwood Park, 2400 Thornwood Ave., Wilmette

Sponsored by: The Come Home North Shore real estate team of Coldwell Banker

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North Shore Real Estate Update – 1st Quarter 2014

North Shore Real Estate Update – 1st Quarter 2014 vs. Year Ago

home sale data for nine North Shore Chicago towns

The spring market has gotten off to a slow start in 2014. Despite an improving economy, home sales on Chicago’s North Shore declined 4% in the first quarter vs. last year. The weather has been so nasty for so long, that most people just hunkered down and didn’t do anything. On the positive side, prices appreciated a healthy 18% over last year, fueled by pent-up demand on the buyer side.

Sellers have also been watching prices rise and many have held off listing in hopes of getting more for their homes down the road. That, combined with the bad weather, has led to a continued lack of inventory. Some towns on the North Shore, most notably Wilmette, are down to less than a three month supply of homes. In Winnetka, while there is more inventory on the market, much of it is in a higher price range than what most buyers are looking for (under $1,000,000).  Over 80% of the active listings are above $1,000,000, whereas only 54% of the homes that sold in the last twelve months were over $1,000,000.

Want more data? You can go here to get more market statistics for the North Shore. If you are trying to figure out what your home is worth in today’s market, we can provide you with a competitive market analysis based on sales of similar homes to yours in your own community and neighbohood. Just give us a call at 847-881-6657.

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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