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3rd Annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Yard SaleThe Come Home North Shore real estate team is sponsoring the third annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale on Saturday, May 17.

If you live in the neighborhood and want to participate, it’s easy.  All you have to do is go to our new interactive website and sign up (it’s free). That way your home will be on the interactive map that shows shoppers which houses are participating. Or, if you prefer, just drop us a line and tell us you want in.  On sale day put prices on your merchandise, drag it outside and welcome the hoards of buyers that are bound to show up on sale day. That’s it. We’ll supply the signs and the advertising to ensure we get a good turnout.

If you’re not from the neighborhood, we hope you’ll stop  by and check out all the wonderful “treasures” we’ll be selling. I’m sure you’ll see lots of stuff you didn’t know you needed!

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, May 17 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Where: Beechwood, Kenilworth, Chestnut, Thornwood, Greenwood,  Elmwood and Hunter (north of Lake Ave. and west of Ridge Rd.) in Wilmette

What to know more? Give us a call at 847-881-6657 or email us.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day on Chicago’s North Shore

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Events
Kohl Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
847-832-6600
Attention all Young Artists! Mother’s Day is here at Kohl Children’s Museum. Design and create a special Mother’s Day card with colored paper, crayons, makers and fancy hole punchers. The card making activity is located in the Adventures in Art Studio Saturday, May 12th 10:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:00 pm–4:00 pm and Sunday, May 12th from 12–4 pm. Admission required.

Dining
Allgauer’s on the Riverfront
2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
847-664-7999
Award winning Mother’s Day champagne brunch featuring over 100 decadent items ranging from bubbly champagne and mimosa, oysters on the half-shell, dozens of fresh salads and special kids buffet. Adults $38.95, Children (4–12) $16.95. Reservations required.
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North Shore Real Estate Update – April 2014

North Shore Real Estate Update – April 2014 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Real Estate UPdate - April 2014

With all the positive news about the housing market, it probably comes as a surprise to see some negative trends: April home sales on Chicago’s North Shore were down 27% in April vs. last year. But there’s a pretty straightforward explanation. There are plenty of buyers out there but there just isn’t enough inventory of homes for them to buy. In fact, they are fighting over the houses that do come on the market, and the best homes are getting multiple offers.  Some would-be buyers have made offers on several homes, only to lose out in a bidding war.

This shortage of homes is driving prices up. In April the median home price rose 7% from April of last year, which is good news for homeowners and is likely to encourage more of them to put their homes on the market in the coming months.

The shortage of homes for sale has also resulted in shorter market times. The average days on market has declined to 88 days, or just under three months, which is half the time it normally takes to sell a home. In fact, almost half (46%) of the homes that sold in April sold in two weeks or less!

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 neighborhood. Just give us a call at 847-881-6657.

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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

North Shore Views is the official website of the Come Home North Shore real estate team and 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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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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