Wilmette, IL Real Estate News

By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
Wilmette is in for a bad case of celebrity-itis. Even those of us who spurn Us Weekly and its ilk, will not be immune to the fever when the cast and crew from a new movie descend upon the town in a couple of months. The movie is called “Contagion” and it is an action-thriller about the worldwide outbreak of a deadly disease, and the international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the epidemic. Apparently it won’t be a sensationalist sci-fi movie, but rather an examination of how different groups (media, politicians, medical community and the general public) deal with the threat of a worldwide pandemic. Director Steven Soderbergh must have liked the North Shore when he was here last time (shooting Ocean’s Twelve in Winnetka and Lake Forest), but this time he’s going to s...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
If you’re an antique lover Wilmette’s Antiques Row is your destination for an afternoon of serious browsing. Although not an official name, the stretch of Ridge Rd between Lake and Wilmette Avenues has become known locally as Antiques Row because of the collection of stores clustered in those few blocks. Now we have a new one to cement the moniker. Collector’s Corner has moved in to the location at the corner of Lake and Ridge Roads, making it the northernmost stop on the Row. Here’s a rundown of the six shops: Heritage Trail Mall Antique Emporium 410 Ridge Rd. (847) 256-6208 Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00-5:30; Saturday 10:00-5:30; Sunday 12:00-5:30 Heritage Trail is the oldest antiques store on Ridge Rd. It was opened in 1993 by owners Joan and Jenny Carlson, and is now managed by daughte...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
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Get Your Antiques Appraised in Wilmette at Plaza del Lago - 9/25/10 If you're a fan of Antiques Roadshow and have always wondered about the value of certain collectibles you own, you are in luck.  Tomorrow, Saturday, September 25, appraisers Gary Sohmers and Daniel Buck will be at Plaza del Lago to help North Shore residents determine the value of their antiques and collectibles.  Gary Sohmers is known as the "King of Pop Culture" and produces and hosts the syndicated radio show "Calling All Collectors."  He is also one of the appraisers of Antiques Roadshow on PBS.  Daniel Buck Soules has been in the antiques and art business for over 30 years and has conducted auctions and appraisals all across the country. There is a suggested $10 donation for each item appraised, up to five items.  ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
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Wilmette Open House - 1028 Elmwood on 9/19 from 1-3 pmCome view this "CAGE" beauty in east Wilmette on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Great 5 bedroom home with a huge family room off the kitchen, 2 car garage, full basement.  Walk to the beach and train.  $899,000                                                                      
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
There is something about a tent circus that makes me nostalgic. Not that I ever went to a tent circus when I was a kid. By that time Barnum and Bailey was a three-ring extravaganza you had to drive all the way downtown to the Civic Center to see. It didn’t arrive on a train in the dead of night (at least I don’t think it did). There was no tent. And you had to drive 40 minutes and pay to park in some big underground parking garage. Not exactly small town Americana. But I did see movies about how circuses used to be in the good old days. My favorite was a Disney one called Toby Tyler about a kid who runs away from home to join the circus. He starts out with a job peddling concessions and then (somehow) manages to work his way up to being a bareback rider (within about a week of joining ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(@Properties)
Real Estate Sales Transactions for Wilmette, IL - August 2010          Wilmette - 31 total closed sales 2707 Birchwood - list price $420,000, sold price $393,000, 4 days on market - 94% of list price 613 Hunter - list price $489,000, sold price $432,000, 10 days on market, 88% of list price 1002 Linden - list price $569,999, sold price $435,000, 289 days on market, 76% of list price 1704 Wilmette - list price $565,000, sold price $490,000, 96 days on market, 87% of list price 330 N. Sunset - list price $599,000, sold price $500,000, 217 days on market, 83% of list price 225 Catalpa - list price $564,000, sold price $517,500, 16 days on market, 92% of list price 2120 Washington - list price $599,900, sold price $525,000, 69 days on market, 88% of list price 2222 Schiller - list price $54...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(@Properties)
UPDATED 2022 Wilmette, IL Homes for Sale Wilmette is more affordable than Winnetka, Kenilworth, or Glencoe. Usually, more than half of the homes are listed for under $1 million.   Wilmette is a popular place to live - it offers excellent schools, great shopping, and lots of really good restaurants. It has an immense lakefront park - Gillson Park - which has a beach, playground, tennis courts, an outdoor music arena, and lots of green space. The Wilmette Harbor (right) abuts Gillson Park on the south side. Wilmette is fairly large for a North Shore village and runs several miles west from Lake Michigan to the west of the Eden's Expressway, giving it a long narrow shape.  The least expensive homes are split levels and ranches that are in West Wilmette and the most expensive homes are foun...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
So, it is time to sell your home.  Maybe you've been transferred, maybe you need more space (or less), maybe you want a change.  You want the home to sell quickly so you can move on, but you also want the best price in the current market.  For most people, this means attending to a few basics to make your Wilmette home stand out. You also need to think about how your house functions and how can it function beautifully over a long-time. Most of this you have heard before.  The basic tips Number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on most lists are to   clean, organize, de-clutter, add new paint, put in new carpet, and remove personal touches like family portraits.  Other basic steps to sell your home include keeping your lawn mowed and your gardens pretty and doing simple repairs such as tacking up a gutt...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
If you’re looking for a change of pace from the usual fare at Panera and Corner Bakery, then you should try Fuel Restaurant at 1222 Washington Court in Wilmette (right next to the Metra parking lot). They have some unique and creative breakfast and lunch options made from locally grown ingredients. And they are quite tasty. Ed and I stopped in for breakfast the other day and both of us ordered the Savory Strata. I got the vegetarian version with spinach and mushrooms and he ordered the one with Italian Sausage. I had never had a strata before but it was a yummy concoction made with Heavenly Hearth French bread, peppers, Crimini mushrooms, onions, low fat yogurt, Gruyere and Parmesan cheese, all topped by a garlic mushroom sauce and sun dried tomatoes. It was de-lish! Fuel opened almost ...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
There are so many things to love about summer on the North Shore, but for me one of the highlights has to be the Thornwood Park Concert, right here in the Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood of Wilmette. In its sixth year, the annual concert is the brainchild of Terri and Tony Lorenz, who organized the first concert back in 2005 and have continued to be the driving force behind it. They had moved from the city and bought a house across the street from the park. And they thought, “Wow, wouldn’t this be the perfect venue for a fun neighborhood event.” And the Thornwood Park Concert was born. The performers? Local dads (and one mom) who play in rock bands (for fun). It was a big hit that first year and has increased in popularity ever since. The concert is held on a Sunday afternoon and famili...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
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June Market Stats for Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth and Glencoe   There must have been a fire sale event in Wilmette in June - almost twice as many houses sold than in the previous month of May.  Winnetka saw an increase of 54% in sales, Northfield increased sales by 200% (2 in May, 10 in June.)  Glencoe was the only village that saw a decrease in total sales, from 13 in May to 9 in June. However, Wilmette recorded 52 closed sales of single family residences in June - a huge increase from 27 in May.  Winnetka - 28 closed sales      Average List Price = $1,587,392      Average Sell Price = $1,287,940      List to Sell Ratio = 81% Wilmette - 52 closed sales      Average List Price = $936,365      Average Sell Price = $814,875      List to Sell Ratio = 87% Kenilworth - 10 closed sales    ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
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Wilmette Preservation Awards The Village of Wilmette has announced that residents can participate in nominations for historic preservation awards.  Nominations can include single residences, as well as commercial buildings, public buildings, religious structures, gardens, and landscapes. Residents may nominate any property in Wilmette, or their own, in the following categories: STEWARDSHIP - available to those who have owned their properties (or gardens) in Wilmette for more than five years and have shown sensitive restoration including the use of traditional materials for repairs RESTORATION - this category recognizes restoration of home, building or garden to its historic state.  It can be specifically for just one part of the home (such as a porch) or wing, or ornamentation.   It als...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(@Properties)
Andrea McArdle Sings at the Wilmette Theater Andrea McArdle shot to fame in 1977 portraying Annie in the Broadway musical hit "Annie." She went on to become a seasoned Broadway veteran appearing in Les Miserables, Evita, Annie Get Your Gun, Meet Me in St. Louis, Peter Pan, and many others. Andrea will be singing this Sunday, May 16 at 2:30 at the Wilmette Theatre located at 1122 Central St. in Wilmette.  Tickets are $48.50 and can be purchased online or by calling Nili Yelin at 847-251-7424.      
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
Spring has finally sprung on Chicago’s North Shore. The sun is out. It’s warm (for Chicago). Trees are in bloom. Buyer activity has increased dramatically.  But it’s still a buyer’s market and there are lots of houses to choose from. What’s a seller to do? Right now you have a narrow window of opportunity to get a leg up on your competition when it comes to curb appeal. Put planters full of bright blooms on either side of your front door to welcome prospective buyers. If you have beds in front of your house, add some flowering annuals.   Since the weather will be “iffy” for a while yet, most people (including the home sellers you are competing with) don’t get serious about their yards until mid to late May. This is especially true when it comes to planting flowers, since there’s still a...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
There isn’t anything our three labs love better than the dog beach, so when we mentioned the possibility of going for our first outing of the spring, we nearly had a riot on our hands. The dogs go berserk when we say the words “dog beach”, so now we use “DB” as our code word. Of course, now they’ve figured that one out too, so I guess we’ll have to start saying it in Spanish or something. So, once we got them calmed down enough to actually get them into the car, we headed down to Gillson Park. With their noses out the window, they can tell when we’re getting close and they start squealing and yelping. Read the rest of Dog Beach
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
This past Sunday was a beautiful spring day here in Wilmette and the open houses were hopping. I held two houses open and the one that is listed for $690,000 had a lot of interest from buyers looking to cash in on the tax credit before the April 30 deadline. Most of them were young families from the city who were looking to make the big move to the suburbs. And several of them mentioned that they were working with a city agent (the same one who had listed or sold their city home) to help them buy their dream home in the suburbs. Now, I just don’t get that. Whatever agent you use is going to get the same commission. The question is, which one will really earn it? And the home that you are about to purchase is possibly the biggest and most important investment you will make in your life. ...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
Hallelujah! Things are looking up for the Wilmette real estate market and the news is positive across all the key measures. Wilmette Home Sales Sales of single family homes (including houses, condos and town homes) were up significantly in March, both vs. February (+65%) and vs. March of last year (+87%). Okay, so last March the market was dead. But still, this is very positive news. Most of the action continues to be below $900,000, but we are seeing more sales in higher price points. 31% of the sales were above $900,000 this year vs. 20% last year. Wilmette Home Prices Here’s something we haven’t seen in a while. Median and average home prices were UP, both vs. last month and last year. The median sales price in March was $655,000, up almost 30% from $505,000 in March 2009 and up 7.4%...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
My, how things have changed. A lot of those things that were all the rage just a few short years ago have fallen out of favor, thanks to the convergence of three major trends: the recession, the green movement and the aging of the baby boomers (and coming of age of the echo boomers).  Like Hummers, McMansions are now being shunned by many as crass and wasteful. Even the ubiquitous granite counter tops are losing their cache in favor of other materials like quartz, soapstone, slate and onyx. Here’s my run-down of what’s hot and what’s not in housing and home design today: Read the rest of What's Hot and What's Not
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
I love the way this house looks against the blue sky (something we haven’t seen much around here for awhile). If you don’t recognize it, it’s on Elmwood Avenue in the Cage. I drive by it often and finally stopped to take a picture today.This beautiful example of Victorian Italianate architecture was built in 1873,  and is one of the oldest homes in Wilmette. It was built by Horace and Edwin Drury for Asahel Gage, son of John Gage, who was one of the early movers and shakers in Wilmette. John Gage bought two tracts of land in the area that is now Wilmette: one was part of the Ouilmette Reservation (land given to Archange Ouilmette in 1829 as part of the Treaty of Prairie du Chien) and the other was in the area between Wilmette and Kenilworth. Later, after the Chicago fire (1871), Read th...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
The North Shore housing market looks a whole lot better in 2010 than it did at this time last year. Driven by low interest rates, the home buyer tax credit, plentiful supply of homes to choose from and attractive prices, buyers have returned to the market. Prices are still soft but the rate of decline has slowed. Housing sales on Chicago’s North Shore increased 56% in the first quarter of 2010 vs. the same period last year. All towns had healthy increases except for Northfield which had one less sale this year than last. The big winner in percentage terms was Kenilworth, which had nine sales this year vs. one last year. Read the rest of North Shore Chicago Market Update            
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