Winnetka, IL Real Estate News

By Art Wilson, Realtor - Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
By Art Wilson, RealtorWinnetka's May Property sales were 23, down -4.2% from 24 in May of 2015 and 27.8% higher than the 18 sales last month. May 2016 sales were at their lowest level compared to May of 2015 and 2014. May YTD sales of 85 are running -1.2% behind last year's year-to-date sales of 86. The Median Sales Price in May was $1,075,000, down -3.5% from $1,114,000 in May of 2015 and down -10.6% from $1,202,500 last month. The Average Sales Price in May was $1,261,739, down -15.9% from $1,499,750 in May of 2015 and down -16.1% from $1,504,125 last month. May 2016 ASP was at the lowest level compared to May of 2015 and 2014. The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of May was 213, down -0.5% from 214 last month and up 10.4% from 193 in May of last year. May 2016 Inve...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
UPDATED 2020 As a Winnetka or North Shore home buyer, you are likely to be wowed by the pleasing interior of a home.  A kitchen with all the familiar updates, nice baths with granite tiles and steam showers. Perhaps closets with organizers and plentiful shelving  or trendy window treatments.  Maybe the decorating is exactly what you've wanted in your own home. All these things make a home more desirable - potential buyers think there is nothing left to do and they can move right in.  Homes in this condition also are priced higher and sell higher and faster because they "show well."  In contrast to this, you see a home with a galley kitchen that is tight, dated, and small.  The bathrooms have short vanities, tile from the 40s, and a bathtub with no gizmos.  The location is not great eith...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
 NEW HUBBARD WOODS LISTINGS 966 Pine Tree Lane$995,000Almost 3/4 of an acre and also being sold as "land"      1206 Tower$1,325,000Lovely older home with huge rooms, large lot, and pool     997 Vine$1,499,999Just west of Green Bay Road     1293 Westmoor Trail$1,550,000Beautiful remodeled home with 7 bedrooms     889 Private Road$1,700,000Older home with lovely lot and great space     1170 Oakley$1,795,000 (under contract)Purchased in 2013 for $1,705,000, I hear these folks are moving to Switzerland!     177 Scott$1,999,000 and reduced to $1,879,000Purchased in 2010 for $1,7000,000 the current selles have added significant upgrades including a new DiGiulio kitchen.    690 Ardsley$2,799,000Purchased in 2010 for $2,015,000 (as a short sale)Renovation and expansion was done     SOLD HUBBARD...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
UPDATE 2018 - Mrs. Green's has closed. If you've ever tried to prepare a nice meal for two people for $20, you may have found it a challenge. Just buying individual ingredients for a meal including salmon, a quinoa vegetable mix, and a tomato fennel salad would cost more.  What if I told you that you can buy one, fully prepared, delicious, and costs just $19.99 - in Winnetka. Just stop by Mrs. Green's Organic Grocery store (newly opened this year) on Green Bay Road in Hubbard Woods.  While it offers a handsome array of organic produce, meats, fish, wines, baked goods, vitamins, and supplements, they also prepare ready-to-go meals that just need reheating.    On the left (north) side of the store is where you can buy fresh sushi, prepared salads and sides, and meats. That is where you wi...
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By Art Wilson, Realtor - Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
By Art Wilson, RealtorWinnetka's April Property sales were 15, down -21.1% from 19 in April of 2015 and equal to 0.0% 15 sales last month. April 2016 sales were at their lowest level compared to April of 2015 and 2014. April YTD sales of 59 are running -4.8% behind last year's year-to-date sales of 62. The Median Sales Price in April was $1,230,000, up 16.7% from $1,054,000 in April of 2015 and up 28.3% from $959,000 last month. The Average Sales Price in April was $1,601,000, up 25.0% from $1,280,921 in April of 2015 and up 40.6% from $1,138,667 last month. April 2016 ASP was at highest level compared to April of 2015 and 2014. The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of April was 209, up 11.8% from 187 last month and up 11.8% from 187 in April of last year. April 2016 I...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
It's almost a festive atmosphere - neighbors hauling boxes, desks, toys, furniture, and other junk out to the curb.  Then the enterprising and industrious come by with their vans and trailers picking through our "junk" to to repair, refurbish, and resell.This year, the spring clean-up is Monday, May 9 through Thursday, May 12 according this schedule: Monday, May 9 - north of Tower RoadTuesday, May 10 - Tower to Pine StreetWednesday, May 11 - Pine to Willow RoadThursday, May 12 - south of Willow RoadThe village will pickup anything that two men can haul into a truck.   They will NOT pick up:  electronics, tires, yard waste, dirt, stones, construction debris, logs, and paint. Get your stuff out there and the Village of Winnetka (or someone else) will haul it away.  It's a yearly event and...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Two homes were listed this week that I think are good (if not great) values.  Both are located on the tree streets west of Green Bay.  1152 Cherry is listed for $759,000 and has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths.  Needs updating and just calling out for an addition, it's priced well for any work that someone does. (Listed by Coldwell Banker)      If you are looking for a home that is fabulous - this is it. 1027 Spruce was built in 1996, it has had some recent updates including the kitchen and baths.  A stunning home for $1,350,000.  If you are just reading this, it may be too late!(Listed by the Hudson Co.)
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Here are all the sold home listings for April in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield: WINNETKA  WILMETTE KENILWORTH  GLENCOE  NORTHFIELD
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
You've all probably received the letter from the Village announcing that 826 Locust is slated for demoliton and that construction will begin soon.  That means another letter will be coming soon for the second house. . . As for the rest of Hubbard Woods, the numbers below will show what is happening in the North Shore. Not just here, but also in Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northfield, and Glencoe.  Many more new listings than sales - in the case of Hubbard Woods, 13 listings and 5 closed sales.  The 13 new listings do not include the 4 that were on the market last year and relisted this year in April.  Other parts of the country, even Evanston and Chicago, have a strong seller's market.  We are decidedly in a buyer's market with too much inventory - as you all know because of the abundance of ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
UPDATED 2019 Here in Chicago's North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield, homeowners are forever updating, adding on, taking off, but always improving the value of their homes. In a recent article by Realty Times, they outline 5 updates that you can do to your home that return the most money on resale. #1 Front door replacement Who would have thought a new front door would net 96.6% return on the amount you spent on the door.  They suggest a wood-look embossed 20 gauge steel door with a half-glass panel for durabilityand attractiveness, plus new jambs and locks. #2 Wood deck additionBecause of our short summers, Midwesterners love to be outside whenever we can.  And grilling on the deck is as time-honored here as anywhere else.  A new deck will y...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
While other parts of the country are suffering from severe home inventory shortages, the opposite is true here in Winnetka.  People are talking about the number of "For Sale" signs that are on display throughout town.As of today, April 18, 2016, there are 197 homes for sale (plus an additional 18 homes that are under contract.)  A year ago, there were 148 homes for sale.  This graph shows the increase in inventory from the low point in January 2014.  An increase in inventory is usually followed by a decrease in price - which shows up in this graph:   So while the National Association of Realtors loves to advertise that "Now is a Great Time to Buy" it would seem that this is really true in Winnetka - right now. View Winnetka Homes for Sale Under $500,000                                  ...
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By Art Wilson, Realtor - Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
By Art Wilson, RealtorWinnetka's March Property sales were 15, down -6.3% from 16 in March of 2015 and 25.0% higher than the 12 sales last month. March 2016 sales were at a mid level compared to March of 2015 and 2014. March YTD sales of 44 are running 2.3% ahead of last year's year-to-date sales of 43. The Median Sales Price in March was $959,000, down -13.8% from $1,112,500 in March of 2015 and down -4.8% from $1,007,000 last month. The Average Sales Price in March was $1,138,667, up 0.6% from $1,131,363 in March of 2015 and up 18.6% from $960,154 last month. March 2016 ASP was at a mid range compared to March of 2015 and 2014. The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of March was 185, up 10.8% from 167 last month and up 6.3% from 174 in March of last year. March 2016 I...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
UPDATED 2019  Communal condo living brings freedom from certain homeowner chores like landscaping, lot repaving, or installing a new roof. Unfortunately, those projects are considered "common" areas and still need to be done and paid for! This is typically done by the condo association which collects an assessment from each condo owner.The condo associations, called HOAs (home owner's association) are comprised of that particular condo's residents and are required to maintain stable reserves that must be audited periodically.  These assessments (typically paid monthly) are divided to cover the current year's operations with the remaining going into the reserve fund.So while condo living might be considered "maintenance free" the assessment actually pays for maintenance.  So why do condo...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
 The first quarter of 2016 is behind us and has left some interesting statistics.  The chart below shows that the Winnetka real estate market has slowed down this year.  While sales are slightly up (+3) the average sale price is lower and the average market time is longer - quite a bit longer.    I usually use the average prices as my barometer - this time I am also showing the median price because of the large variation.2015 1st Quarter median price:  $1,288,000.  36 homes priced between $350,000 ad $1,750,000 is somewhat close to the average price.2016 1st Quarter median price:  $982,000.  39 homes priced between $365,000 and $3,905,000 has a much lower median than average because of the big spread in prices.Final home prices are ending up at 92% of the original list price, which is i...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Spring has sprung for real estate in Hubbard Woods - 12 new listings (not including ones that had been on last year and relisted) and 3 closed sales. 3 new listings under $1 million:1447 Tower - $699,000     1508 Edgewood - $715,000     256 Woodlawn - $929,000       6 new homes listed between $1-2 million 986 Asbury Ct. - $1,399,000 (under contract)     1169 Scott - $1,479,000        828 Bell - $1,890,000     699 Walden - $1,795,000     1182 Asbury - $1,895,000     1414 Asbury - $1,995,000     3 new listings over $2 million 2 new construction homes by Heritage Homes at         830 Locust - $2,395,000       826 Locust - $2,875,000      975 Pine - $3,335,000     There were 3 closed home sales: 1422 AsburyList price:  $1,095,000Sold price:  $1,050,000Market time:  6 days   925 Forest Glen ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
 See all homes that sold in your village - Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield in March. WINNETKA   KENILWORTH  WILMETTE  NORTHFIELD  GLENCOE    
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
900 Gordon TerraceOpen HouseSunday, March 20, 20161-3 pm   Hardwood floors throughout New roof - 2015 Screened porch plus deck Loads of storage 2 blocks to Hubbard Woods Train Station 1 block to downtown Hubbard Woods 2 schools within walking distance Well maintained and cared for  
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
This spring has seen a profusion of high-end luxury homes hitting the market in Winnetka and other North Shore communities.  While the general consensus of luxury varies from area to area, I've looked at the price ranges in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield and they stack up like this: Homes for sale over $1 million:  388Homes for sale over $2 million:  120Homes for sale over $3 million:  44Homes for sale over $4 million:  19Homes for sale over $5 million:  13 So where does true luxury start - it's more subjective than analytical.  But for the sake of space, I'm saying over $5 million - based more on price than on how someone might categorize luxury.  Of the ten luxury homes shown below, seven are on the lake front.  The 10 Most Expensive Homes in Winnetka and the ...
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By Art Wilson, Realtor - Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
By Art Wilson, RealtorWinnetka's February Property sales were 12, up 33.3% from 9 in February of 2015 and -29.4% lower than the 17 sales last month. February 2016 sales were at their highest level compared to February of 2015 and 2014. February YTD sales of 29 are running 7.4% ahead of last year's year-to-date sales of 27. The Median Sales Price in February was $1,007,000, up 6.0% from $950,000 in February of 2015 and up 10.7% from $910,000 last month. The Average Sales Price in February was $960,154, down -16.4% from $1,147,944 in February of 2015 and down -26.7% from $1,309,663 last month. February 2016 ASP was at a mid range compared to February of 2015 and 2014. The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of February was 165, up 19.6% from 138 last month and up 10.0% fro...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
UPDATED 2019 WINNETKA IL SCHOOLSHUBBARD WOODS, GREELEY, CROW ISLAND  Winnetka has three elementary schools that are for grades kindergarten through 4th grade.  After completing 4th grade, students go on to Skokie School (grades 4 & 5) and Washburn Junior High (grades 6th through 8th.)  Then all students proceed to New Trier High School.The three elementary schools are:Hubbard Woods School  - 1110 Chatfield Road, 847-446-0920.  Located along the northern end of Winnetka, homes in this area can be close to the train or the expressway. Prices range from $600,000s up to $7 million.See all homes for sale in Hubbard Woods School district.      Greeley School - 275 Fairview, 847-446-6060.  Greeley is located on the east side of Winnetka and is the closest to New Trier High School.  Because of ...
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