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North Shore’s Top 10 Luxury Home Sales 1n 2013

North Shore Chicago’s top 10 luxury home sales of 2013 ranged in price from $4,069,772 to $12,700,000, with a median price of $5,028,626. That’s up 11% from last year’s median price for the top ten, but still 16% below the 2006 median price of $6,020,000.

Five were in Winnetka, three in Lake Forest, and one each in Glencoe and Evanston.

While eight of the top ten luxury homes were on the lakefront in 2012, only four of them were waterfront properties this year.

Looking for luxury property for sale? You can search currently listed upper bracket homes here.

#10. 581 Ingleside Park, Evanston – $4,069,772

Top 10 Luxury Homes:581_InglesideThis is the second time in a year and a half that this home has changed hands. It sold for $3,800,000 in July 2012 and was listed again in September of 2013. On a private acre with 185 feet of frontage and lake views from every room the house has five bedrooms and four and a half baths plus a guest suite over the three car garage. It sold for 97% of list price in just 9 days.

#9. 471 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest – $4,500,000

Top 10 Luxury Homes: 471_HastingsBuilt in 2007, this sixteen room estate sits on almost two acres and has all the bells and whistles: gourmet kitchen, two master suites, elevator, home theater, wine cellar, billiard room, pool, sport court and four car garage. The home sold in 42 days for 91% of list price.

#8. 1150 Pelham Rd., Winnetka – $4,675,000

Top 10 Luxury Homes:1150_Pelham

On a private lane in the heart of Winnetka this home was built in 2007 and has spectacular grounds with a pool. It has seventeen rooms, six bedrooms and 6.2 baths. It sold in just 11 days for 96% of list price.

#7. 1015 Spring Lane, Lake Forest – $4,950,000

Top 10 Luxury Homes:1015_SpringThis Georgian home was custom built in 2006 across from Forest Park and Lake Michigan. It has 17 rooms, 6 bedrooms and 8 baths. It sold in two days for 93% of list price.

#6. 920 Hill Rd., Winnetka – $5,000,000

 

Top 10 Luxury Homes:920_HillThis grand Winnetka home features expansive rooms, high ceilings, four fireplaces, two porches and wonderful architectural details throughout. It sits on 1.6 gorgeously landscaped acres.

#5. 901 E. Rosemary Rd., Lake Forest – $5,057,253

Top 10 Luxury Homs:901_E_Rosemary

Built in 1914, this historic sixteen room home on four lush acres has been completely renovated. It home sold in 76 days for 85% of list price.

# 4. 36 Woodley Rd., Winnetka – $5,300,000

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A two year redesign brought this 1934 estate into the 21st century, maintaining its architectural integrity while updating and streamlining it. It lingered on the market for over a year and finally sold for 76% of its original list price.

# 3. 607 Longwood Ave., Glencoe – $8,000,000

607_Longwood_lakefrontThis fifteen room French Provincial home was custom built in 2007 to take full advantage of its breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. It sold in two days for full asking price.

 

# 2. 175 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka – $12,250,000

Top 10 Luxury Homes:175_Sheridan_front

This stunning villa was built in 1928 and renovated in 2007. It has eighteen rooms, a six car garage, his and her offices  and views from every formal room. Award-winning landscaping is by Mariani, including pool and terraces. It sold in 121 days for 88% of list price.

#1. 319 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka – $12,700,000

Top 10 Luxury Home: 319_Sheridan_front

This 1.5 acre lakefront property was the builder’s own home. With 15,000 square feet of living space and seventeen rooms, it has every amenity you can think of: wine cellar, two wet bars, gourmet kitchen, media room, exercise room elevator, smart home system. Outside is an oversized pool, cabana, fire pit and wood deck leading to 137 feet of sandy beachfront. It was originally listed in March 2012 for $16,875,000 and ultimately sold in June 2013 for 75% of its original list price.

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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Fabulous North Shore Luxury Home on One Acre

North Shore Luxury Home

375 Old Farm Road, Northfield, IL

Coming soon! The Come Home North Shore team  is proud to announce the listing of this gorgeous twenty-two room home on one acre in Northfield.

We’ve seen a lot of high end new construction in our day, but this home is truly unique. It was custom built by the owner in 2010 to meticulous and exacting standards. Yes, it has everything you’d expect in a luxury home: state of the art appliances, custom cabinetry and high-end finishes. But it has so much more. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • There’s a Zen-like quality to the house. Once inside you feel a sense of calm and serenity.
  • The layout of the house is well thought out. The home is large but each space feels intimate.
  • Beautiful perennial gardens that bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall.
  • A guest suite with two bedrooms, bath and living room can also serve as a kids or teenager wing.
  • The lower level has a second full kitchen as well as a home theatre, billiard room, gym, fun kids’ playroom (where they can even write on the walls), paneled office, half bath and storage.
  • The dark oak floors have a high-friction matte finish for low slip and high endurance.
  • The seven-zone HVAC means everyone is comfy. And the whole house generator (17.5KW) means you never have to worry about power outages.
  • A three-season porch opens to a huge patio with outdoor kitchen and two grills, which makes for great summertime parties.
  •  This home is not likely to ever have flooding or seepage. Not only is it built on one of the highest lots in Northfield, but the owner also had the foundation dug out an extra three feet and filled with gravel for additional drainage.
  • And perhaps the most unusual feature of all: the floors and walls are insulated with recycled blue jeans, which provide excellent soundproofing!

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This home is being offered at $3,999,000. If you’d like to know more about it, you can get more information and see more photos at www.375OldFarm.info.

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 contact us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here

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 contact us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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 contact us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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 contact us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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 contact us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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Newer Glencoe Home From HighGate Builders

Glencoe Luxury Home

 1223 Fairfield Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

This lovely newer home from HighGate Builders sits on nearly a half acre near the Glencoe Golf Course.

We’re big fans of HighGate’s homes. They are always well-designed for today’s lifestyle and always constructed with the finest materials. But here’s what we love about this home in particular:

  • Knock-out finishes throughout, including walnut floors, stone entry, walnut panelled library, cook’s kitchen, high ceilings and luxurious master bath.
  • A private, fenced back yard, perfect for entertaining, kids and dogs.
  • Five bedrooms and four baths on the second floor, great for big families. A sixth bedroom and full bath on the lower level is a private retreat for guests, teenager or nanny.
  • A lower level complete with home theatre, exercise room, rec room, bar and wine room.

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This exquisite home is being offered at $2,695,000. If you would like to see it, please call us at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing.

You can see other North Shore new construction homes here.

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Gorgeous New Construction in Glencoe

985 Bluff, Glencoe

985 Bluff Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

This beautiful new construction is waiting to become your dream home!  Just listed by the Come Home North Shore team, the house will be built on a fabulous property on one of the loveliest streets in Glencoe. Scheduled to be ready by spring 2014, 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 $2,850,000.

The property is almost a half acre on a street of upper bracket homes. The home itself will have gracious formal rooms designed for entertaining, a top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen with separate eating area, and a panelled library on the main floor. Patios will extend the entertaining spaces to the outdoors.

The second floor can be designed to have either five bedrooms or four bedrooms and a sitting room. The master suite will be the ultimate spa retreat.

The finished lower level will feature ten foot ceilings, a rec room, media room and excercise room, as well as a sixth bedroom and full bath.

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.

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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Top 10 Highest Priced North Shore Home Sales of 2012

This year’s top ten highest priced North Shore home sales ranged in price from $3,800,000 to $7,500,000. If you are looking for a luxury home, you may be able to find a (relative) bargain right now. The median selling price of $4,540,000 represented a 25% discount from the median price of $6,020,000 for the top ten homes sold back in 2006.

While Lake Forest had the highest number of upper bracket sales in 2011, Glencoe was the winner in 2012, with four top ten homes.  Two of the top ten were in Winnetka, two were in Lake Forest and one each was in Highland Park and Evanston. Last year four of the top ten upper bracket sales were lakefront properties. This year eight of the homes were on the lake.

Looking for luxury property for sale? You can search currently listed upper bracket homes here.

#10. 581 Ingleside Park, Evanston - $3,800,000


This lakefront property has beautiful gardens, courtyard and terrace plus 180 feet of lake frontage. There are two master suites and three other family bedrooms. A one bedroom, one bath guest suite is above the garage. Orginally listed for  $4,400,000, it sold
for 86% of list price.

#9. 955 Lake Rd., Lake Forest – $4,100,000

The architecturally significant Italian Villa on the Lake was designed by David Adler and situated on 2.8 acres of beachfront .The gardens are spectacular.  The Interior is simple & concise, reflecting Adler’s symmetry.

#8. 17 Indian Hill Rd., Winnetka – $4,400,000

Built in 1928, this thirteen room home on two acres overlooking the Indian Hill golf course has been expanded and renovated. It has six bedrooms, five full and four half baths, grand formal rooms, nine fireplaces, an indoor basketball court and a coach house. Ooriginally listed for $4,995,000 it sold for 88% of list price.

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Winnetka Lakefront Estate

If someone blindfolded you and plopped you down outside this magnificent lakefront home in Winnetka, you’d swear you’d been transported to the shores of Lake Como. The Mediterranean architecture, the lakefront setting and Mariani designed landscaping can easily fool you into thinking you are at the summer residence of an Italian count. Once inside, you might think you’d landed in the Beverly Hills mansion of some celebrity. The villa has every room anyone can imagine having in their dream home, and then some. And all of them are done to the max by interior designer Alessandra Branca.

Listed for $13,900,000 it’s not the most expensive home for sale on the North Shore. Michael Jordan’s Highland Park home is still on the market for $29,000,000 and there’s another Winnetka home a little further north on Sheridan Road for $15,975,000. But this home is by far the most elegant of the three.

The home looks like it’s been there for a century but it was actually completely rebuilt from 2005 to 2007. It has eighteen rooms, including six bedrooms, each with an en suite bath,  lounge, media room, sauna, wine room, his and her offices, gym, play room and belvedere.(I had to Google that one: it means “a roofed structure, especially a small pavilion or tower on top of a building, situated so as to command a wide view.” On a clear day you can see all the way to the Sears Willis Tower from the belvedere. All of the formal rooms face the lake. The home also has a six car garage and a heated driveway.

If you’d like to see this or any of the other fine homes on the North Shore, please call us at 847-881-6657.  We’d be happy to help you!

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Lakefront Living in Highland Park


Porch at 2714 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL

Go on vacation without leaving home!

Can’t you just picture yourself sitting on this porch on a warm summer evening, sipping a cold drink and gazing out at Lake Michigan? Follow Sheridan Road until it turns into a private lane and you’ll find this spectacular Highland Park home with its lake views and wide lawn that’s perfect for a game of croquet. Living here is like living in a summer resort, all year long.

The home is located at 2714 Sheridan Road and is being offered for $2,199,000. It has thirteen rooms, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths. It’s perfect for entertaining: whether it’s a holiday dinner with your entire extended family in the large formal dining room or a summer pool party out back, this house has plenty of room for everyone. And one of the best things about it is that you have all the advantages of a lakefront property without the sky-high taxes that normally accompany a home on the lake.

It’s going on the market later this week, but if you want more information about it please give us a call at 847-881-6657 or email us. And be sure and join us at our open house on Sunday, April 22.


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North Shore Chicago’s Top 10 Highest Priced Home Sales of 2011

Anyone able to buy in the upper-bracket this past year got a pretty good deal, as top tier homes sold at a discount of 30-35% (or more) from prices at the height of the market. The ten North Shore homes that sold for the most money this past year ranged in price from $4,600,000 to $5,625,000, with an average sale price of $5,274,000. This year’s list includes three homes in Winnetka, one in Glencoe, one in Highland Park and five in Lake Forest. Four of them are lakefront properties. All of them are fabulous.

#10. 45 Lakewood Drive, Glencoe – $4,600,000

45 Lakewood Dr., GlencoeThis lakefront home built in 1998 offers wonderful lake views from walls of windows. It has eighteen rooms and five bedrooms, one of which is a luxurious first floor master suite. Hopefully for the new owners the hefty tax bill of $182,000 will be appealed!

#9. 1141 Sheridan Road, Highland Park – $5,100,000

1141 Sheridan Rd., Highland ParkThis sophisticated contemporary home sits on a spectacular 2.7 acre lakefront property with almost 300 feet of shoreline. Since the house is up on a bluff, there is a tram to take you down to the beach. Too cold to swim in the lake? No worries, there’s a 60 ft. indoor pool and spa. This home also features a screened porch off the master suite, lake views from almost every room and a 4-car garage.

# 8. 682 Ardsley Road, Winnetka – $5,100,000

682 Ardsley Rd., Winnetka

Talk about a grand entrance! This imposing and classic home is only twelve years old, but it was designed to look like it’s been there for a century. Inside it has all the modern conveniences, including a DeGuilio kitchen, media room and wine cellar. Out back there is a patio, pool and pool pavilion in the lush private yard.

# 7. 722 Prospect Avenue, Winnetka – $5,150,000

722 Prospect Ave., Winnetka

This 12,000 square foot home is being constructed by Heritage Builders on an acre in East Winnetka. With seven large bedrooms and eight baths, this house also features a top-of-the-line kitchen, high-tech media room, library, porch and 3-car garage.

#6. 904 N. Green Bay, Lake Forest – $5,200,000

904 N Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest

Designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw and built in 1910, this 5.4 acre estate is adjacent to open land and walking distance to town. A masterful renovation in 2001 blends historic grandeur with modern convenience, winning the Lake Forest Preservation Award. The home has sixteen rooms, eight bedrooms and nine baths and boasts a pool, lighted tennis courts and a 6-car garage.


#5. 1133 Taylorsport Lane, Winnetka – $5,375,000

1133 Taylorsport Lane, Winnetka

Perched on a bluff above the ravines on the northern edge of Winnetka, this contemporary home has 230 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan and a deep sandy beach. Built in 1973, it was recently renovated and has an open floor plan with incredible lake views from virtually every room.

#4. 910 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest – $5,490,000

910 Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest

This classic English manor house was built in 1911 but was extensively restored and renovated by Lake Forest Landmark Development. Set on a 2.4 acre estate, the house has seventeen rooms, seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It features custom details such as a Christopher Peacock kitchen, mahogany paneled library, nine fireplaces, a heated 4-car garage. There is also a gardener’s cottage on the grounds.

3. 111 E. Onwentsia Rd, Lake Forest – $5,500,000

111 Onwentsia Rd., Lake Forest

This stately home looks old but was actually built in 2001. Beautifully situated on a four acre property, it elegant but also comfortable, with all the amenities you would want for today’s lifestyle, including a large master with sitting room, separate in-law apartment, 5-car garage and 7 fireplaces.

#2. 1345 N. Lake Rd, Lake Forest – $5,600,000

1345 North Lake Rd., Lake Forest

Built in 1908 this home was designed by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. On 3.1 acres of waterfront property, this 11,000 square foot home has sixteen rooms, seven bedrooms and seven plus bathrooms.

#1. 1145 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest – $5,625,000

1145 N Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest

This house is so picture perfect it almost looks like a movie set. Set on almost three beautifully landscaped acres this home was built in 1895 but completely renovated in 2001. It has twenty rooms, eight bedrooms and eleven baths, as well as six fireplaces and a five car garage.

If you’d like to see what upper bracket homes are available on the North Shore now, you can search here. Or give us a call at 847-881-6657 and let us know what you’re looking for. 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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Opportunity to Build a Custom Home in Winnetka

1212 Westmoor, WinnetkaIt’s not every day that an opportunity comes along to work with award-winning HighGate to build your dream home. 1212 Westmoor is almost an acre of gorgeous property on a street of upper bracket homes in Winnetka.

You can either work with our architect or use your own to create your plans for a custom home ranging from 6,000 up to 11,500 square feet (not including lower level). There is a wide range of options to add amenities, including swimming pool, tennis courts, sports court or multiple garages.

HighGate is one of the North Shore’s most versatile and respected builders. You can see some of HighGate’s other magnificent homes below:

1294 Trapp Winnetka 93 Crescent, Glencoe

495 Greenleaf, Glencoe

249-Woodlawn, Glencoe

If you would like more information about this terrific opportunity, please give us a call at 847-712-0049 or email us at comehome@cbexchange.com.

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North Shore Lakefront Homes

Evanston lakefront home

lakefront home winnetkaNorth Shore Chicago lakefront homes are on sale! If you’ve dreamed of having your own little piece of paradise on the lake, now is the time to buy it. Never in recent memory have there been so many lakefront properties available as there are right now, and at steeply discounted prices compared to a few years ago.

Between Evanston and Lake Bluff there are 23 active listings on the lake, ranging in price from $2,5000,000 to $12,000,000. Like homes in every other price range, these lakefront homes have seen declines of 20-30% in value since the market peaked in 2006. In the case of these homes that translates to a price drop of a million dollars or more. The grandest and most expensive home is the Schweppe Mansion in Lake Forest, an English style brick home on 5.3 acres dating from 1917, but fully restored in the 1980′s.

These homes run the gamut of architectural styles, from traditional Georgians and Tudors to Contemporaries and Mid Century Moderns. Some date from the early twentieth century and were designed by noted architects like David Adler or George Maher. Others are new in the last ten years and have been designed to take full Lakefront home Lake Forestadvantage of their beachfront location, with walls of windows and lake views from every room. Almost all have a private or semi-private beach and many have boathouses, pools and beautiful gardens.

You can search for available North Shore lakefront homes here. If you have questions about any of them or would like more information, feel free to  give me a call at 847-687-5957 or email me. I’d love to help you.

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