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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.



After reading about the tragic death of a young folk singer in Canada from an attack by two coyotes, I am reminded that these wild animals should be treated with caution and never, ever fed.  These amazing animals have been thriving in our urban/suburban environement.  Because they look like the ...
Every buyer I have ever worked with has asked me to explain the Cook County system of property tax assessment.  Explain?  How could I adequately do this when the Civic Federation  says this on their blog: "The Cook County property tax system is so complex that it is impossible to predict exactly ...
New Trier High School in Winnetka is hoping that the school board will vote to set a referendum for next February to allow voters to decide on going ahead with plans to refurbish portions of the campus.  The estimated cost of renovations is $185 million which translates into approximately $300 a...
    Great Winnetka Value! 2 Bedroom Condo in Downtown Hubbard Woods   You can't beat this sunny and bright condo for value . . . 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, hardwood floors throughout, end unit with south and west exposures.  A 1-minute walk to the Metra Station                                      ...
Summer wasn't so hot.  Fall has been cloudy and damp.  But then today happened - warmer temperatures and the sunshine just made the fall colors sparkle like rubies and garnets. Here's my take on today:  
No Dairy Queen for Winnetka! Winnetka residents waited all summer long for Dairy Queen to open up on the corner of Elm and Lincoln streets.  The windows to the old Depot restaurant were papered over and a hopeful sign there said Dairy Queen was doing the renovations. Month after month went by and...
As an agent who strongly believes in staging (and has staged homes since before the word "staging" became commonplace,) here's a little twist on that idea.  Use an upcoming holiday to dress up the house without spending a fortune.Anybody can dress up an entrance or yard by simple adding a seasona...
Just a few years ago, the  bewildering words "short sale" were starting to pop up in our realtor meetings. No one really bothered to learn much about them since things like that didn't happen on the North Shore.  Maybe in Evanston, Chicago, or the south suburbs.     Not so today.  Realtors have h...
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 lak...
Another month, another set of stats.  Sales are still below average (what is average nowadays, anyway?)  Sale prices have continued with downward pressure - except when priced properly.  As I've shown month after month, competitive price = quick sale and more profit.  It's really that simple. Win...

Margaret Goss

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