Wilmette, IL Real Estate News

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(@Properties)
UPDATED 2022 NO MAN'S LAND IN WILMETTE ILNo Man's Land in Wilmette, IL - it's an appropriate name for an area that was left largely undeveloped until the 1960s.  No Man's Land is a strip of land along the lakefront between 10th. St. and Westerfield Drive in Wilmette..  It was originally an unincorporated area, and thus the name, No Man's Land. After much debate, it was annexed by Wilmette in 1942. Around 1926 plans were drawn up for a Spanish/Moorish style shopping arcade which included a hotel, restaurants, clubs, the Miralago Ballroom, the Teatro del Lago, apartments, and a 50-car garage.  The project was designed by Edwin H. Clark and opened in 1928.   Most of the area was destroyed during a fire in 1932 when neighboring towns refused to assist in the unincorporated area (hope that s...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
I know what you’re thinking. Gas is gas, right? But this gas is different. Well, maybe not the gas, but the gas station. I’ve never been much of a loyalist when it comes to gas. It’s a convenience thing for me. I get gas wherever I happen to be when my car is on empty. But a while back I came out of my house one cold morning and my battery was dead. Triple A gave me a jump but told me the battery was basically shot and I should get a new one ASAP. I was already running late that day so I went down the hill to Forrest’s Marathon Station (now owned by Duxler Complete Auto Care) at 1201 Green Bay Road in Wilmette to see if they could help me. I had no sooner settled in with my newspaper and complimentary cup of coffee when they told me I was all set. The new battery was already installed. ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
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Wilmette to Begin New Solid Waste and Recycling Program - Wilmette is instituting a new program that will begin on March 29 with Veolia Environmental Services.  This will include waste, recycling and landscaping refuse. Essentially, Wilmette residents will be given new "toters," or plastic containers, which must be taken to the curb or, if you have an alley, can be left there.  There will be two toters - one for refuse and one for recycling which are both free of charge.  More than 17,000 toters will be delivered to residents beginning on March 22.  The new collection program will be automated which means that drivers will not have leave their trucks to collect waste. One of the main changes is that Wilmette residents who currently have free back door pick up will now roll their toters ...
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By Haris Dedic, Glenview Real Estate - Chicago North Shore
(Villager Realty 847-878-2588)
Every time that I have visitors from out of town, I have to show them Baha'i Temple located on Chicago's North Shore in Wilmette. The architecture is absolutely stunning. You would think, because it is a religious building that you would not be welcome unless you were a member. There is a visitor center on the bottom level.  There are several of these in the world and this is the only one, right here in our backyard, in the USA. The auditorium is open every day of the year from 7am until 10pmVisitors Center:10 am to 5 pm  October 1 - April 3010 am to 8 pm. May 1 - September 30 Parking is free and there is no donation box at the premises.  They only accept donations from members. There are 48 comments on Yelp with an average 5 star rating. Here are a few words from the reviews around the...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
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Big Views . . . (from every room!) Tiny Price . . .   ($188,500!) Have you dreamed of waking up in the morning to beautiful, sunny lake views?  Or what about windy roiling waters?  Maybe deep dark clouds with a promise of rain?       How about 1 level living?  Not feeling like swimming in the lake?  Go ahead and try the heated pool or soak yourself in the hot tub.       For the unimaginable price of $188,000 you can have a premier two-bedroom, two-bath unit at the prestigious 1630 Sheridan Road building.  While the lake sits on one side, the other side offers Plaza del Lago shopping including dining, grocery shopping, Crate and Barrel, Starbucks, gift stores, clothing stores, and summer art shows.            Really . . . what are you waiting for?   View Larger Map
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I gave this presentation to the Wilmette, IL, Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of the Summer and have had several retailers ask for in-store consultations.  Just proves that "staging" is not only beneficial to your home, but any place where you hope to attract "buyers!"  Enjoy!   Create a Warm, Inviting and Profitable Retail Space: A Presentation for the Wilmette, IL, Chamber of Commerce Think slow sales at your retail store are due to the recession?  THINK AGAIN! It's true that most retailers are seeing slower sales in this tough economy, however, knowing how to increase your appeal, could be just the secret to coming out ahead.  Understanding the psychology behind a buyer's thoughts is the key to drawing customers in, keeping them engaged, and making sure they return. Step One:  T...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
President Obama promised some creative approached to fixing the economy.  His latest budget recommendation to reduce the mortgage interest deduction for high income taxpayers has produced many arguments on both sides.  The approach may be creative, but it is also very controversial. This year, the mortgage-interest deduction for owner-occupied homes is estimated to cost the government $100 billion. This makes it the largest government for subsidy for housing and one of the most expensive tax deductions.  The new budget hopes to raise over $318 billion over the next decade by lowering the itemized tax deductions for the wealthy, which includes interest paid on home mortgages. Those currently paying income taxes at the 33 % and 35 % rates would only be able to claim deductions at the 28 %...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
To help up to 9 million borrowers stay in their homes, the Obama administration has launched a "Making Home Affordable" program. This program is designed to keep struggling borrowers in their homes through refinanced mortgages or loans that are modified to lower monthly payments. To qualify for the modification program, which will run through 2012, you must provide your most recent tax return, two pay stubs, and "affidavit of hardship."  Your loan can only be modified once, and this is only for loans made on or before January 1, 2009. These mortgages are for single-family properties worth up to $729,750 (depending on the area.) Lenders could reduce the interest rate as low as 2 percent over five years, with the rate rising to 5 percent until the loan is paid off. The refinance program i...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
What will the Stimulus Bill mean for Cook county residents? The $787 billion stimulus package signed by the President recently is not only going to put more money in our pockets by lowering our taxes, it will rebuild our highways, modernize schools, rebuild main streets, update O'Hare, but most importantly put blue- and white-collar people back to work.  Like all American city mayors, Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago has a wish list - $700 million worth that is 32 pages long. Though final disbursement figures won't be released until March, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and other local public-transit operators will hopefully get a bit under $400 million for new capital projects. Chicago-O'Hare Airport should receive $1.1 billion for the expansion project. Chicago will also re...
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By Alan May, A moving experience!
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
We are fortunate, here on the North Shore of Chicago to have one of the architectural and cultural gems of the world right here in our front yard. I"m talking about the Baha'i Temple. There are seven existing Baha’l Houses of Worship in the world. Each has its own unique design, and yet conforms to a set of architectural requirements that give a unifying theme. It is required that all Bahai temples have a nine-sided circular shape, and that no pictures, statues or images can be displayed within, nor any altars or pulpits may be permanently affixed.  As of now, all Houses of Worship that have been build have a single undivided room under their dome, and in all seven existing temples have their seating in the auditorium facing the Shrine of Bahaullah in Acre Israel. There is one in Kampal...
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