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Real estate and community information for Chicago's North Shore suburbs of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northfield, and Glencoe. Selling single family homes, condos, new construction, and land on the North Shore since 1998. Includes market statistics, sold properties, community events, zoning, sports, restaurants and various real estate opinions and thoughts.



In another life, Ellen Holthaus made a living as a nurse.  But about five years ago she did an about face and took a part time job at Multiple Choices in Winnetka.  The mother of two who lives in Glenview ultimately purchased the store in January of this year and renamed it Ellen's on Elm. Multip...
No Man's Land - Wilmette on the Lake - is a traingular shaped strip of land along the northern border with Kenilworth.  The unincorporated land was annexed in 1942 after much legal wrangling, and new zoning laws eventually allowed tall condo buildings to be built along the lakefront.  Map of No M...
Kenilworth Gardens is not in Kenilworth . . . it's actually in Wilmette!   Many of my clients are surprised to hear this, especially since Kenilworth Gardens directly abuts Kenilworth. The streets that make up Kenilworth Gardens run east -west just west of Ridge Road as it runs through Keniworth ...
 Gillson Park, a glorious 59 acres of open lawns, lighted tennis courts, playgrounds, and beach.  Most people who live in the CAGE just walk to the beach which is located at the north end of the park.  In addition to the above, the park also offers  Swimming Lakeview Center Sailing Sailboat Renta...
The Cage in Wilmette - clients always ask me what that term means.  It's easy: the four parallel streets named Chestnut, Ashland, Greenwood, and Elmwood  east of Green Bay Road make up the "Cage." The present Village of Wilmette is distinct among North Shore communities because it was created by ...
Hubbard Woods Winnetka Homes for Sale and Open Houses for Sunday, July 26 - I am amazed to say that there are 47 listings just in the Hubbard Woods area of Winnetka!  There are a total of 234 homes for sale in all of Winnetka! There is something for everybody here starting at $459,000 all the way...
UPDATED 2019 Getting a great education in Hubbard Woods, Winnetka IL is the goal of all parents with school age children.  My experience with buyers, particularly out-of-town buyers, is that any house they purchase must be in an excellent school district.  Here on the North Shore, including Winne...
Here's some good information about Cook County and the much despised sales tax:In these tough times economically, cities and counties across the U.S. are searching for new ways to bridge revenue gaps that often run into the millions of dollars. And how do County Officials and Mayors across the co...
Updated 2019 Hubbard Woods in Winnetka is close to everything you need, including schools, shopping, the Metra line, Edens Expressway, forest preserves, Lake Michigan beaches, and did I mention great houses for sale.  Hubbard Woods was named for Gilbert Hubbard who arrived in Winnetka in 1872 aft...
What is a Jumbo loan and why is it so hard to get?     The historically low interest rates that we have been seeing in the last few years apply only to "conforming" loans, or those less than $417,000.  If you need to borrow more than that amount, your are applying for a "jumbo" loan.  In Winnetka...

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