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Anne West Earns International Designation for Luxury Home Marketing Expertise

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist logoAnne West

We 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.

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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

561 Circle Lane kitchen

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

Luxury home in Kenilworth IL439-Sheridan-Beach

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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David Adler-Designed Lake Forest Mansion For Sale

275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL Fleur de Lys Mansion – 275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

One of the side benefits of being a Realtor that I never get tired of is the opportunity to tour historically significant homes designed by some of the world’s finest architects. Today Coldwell Banker’s Previews Group hosted a party at the fabulous Fleur de Lys mansion at 275 Sussex Lane in Lake Forest and we got to see every square inch of it.

The 11,000 square foot house is situated on over 2 acres that include a pool, tennis courts, gardens and large terrace. It has 17 formal rooms, 8 bedrooms and 10 baths. The house is not the typical mega-mansion one would build today; it’s way too formal and grand, like something out of The Great Gatsby. It’s the perfect venue for weddings, charity balls and large parties.

The estate is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It was designed by David Adler in 1914 for meat-packing baron Joseph Cudahy and his wife, Jean Morton Cudahy, daughter of the founder of Morton Salt. Apparently Adler’s inspiration for the house was Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of Versailles Palace in France. You’d think at this price the home would be perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, but it’s not. In fact, it sits in the middle of a quiet neighborhood that was once part of the estate until it was sold off and subdivided.

You can watch a video about this fabulous estate here:

The home is listed by Coldwell Banker’s Straub Milito Group and is being offered at $8,900,000. If you would like to arrange a private showing, call us at 847-881-6657.

You can search all North Shore luxury homes 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 call 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

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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

Top 10 Luxury Homes:36_Woodley

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!

Living Room Old Farm Rd

North Shore Luxury Home family room

Master bedroom 375 Old Farm

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
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.

1223_Fairfield_MasterBathroom

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.


Pool at 2714sheridan rd, highland park

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