Winnetka, IL Real Estate News

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Christmas Shopping in Winnetka - Keep it Local! East Elm There are just some things that need to be purchased in a big box store - electronics, computers, brand names, or outdoor equipment.  But for almost everything else, there is a store in Winnetka that can meet your needs.  In fact, Winnetka has 50 retail stores scattered throughout its three shopping areas:  Hubbard Woods, East Elm, and West Elm.   Shopping locally has been touted for years as a way cut down on driving, keep the money and taxes in town, and discover hidden treasures that no mall could possibly have (or if it did, you'd need a sturdy pair of walking shoes, a backpack for provisions, water . . .)  Here's what else it means to whittle your list down in your own town: Local stores are more tailored to local tastes and...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Rocky Wirtz - Owner of the Chicago Blackhawks - at the Book Stall in Winnetka In 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks brought home the Stanley Cup for the fourth time.  Chicago was ecstatic to see this young (in terms of player's ages) team plow through the competition and emerge victorious.  The Blackhawks are, in fact, one of the original six NHL teams and have been playing professional hockey in Chicago since 1926. Tonight, December 16, Rocky Wirtz, owner of the Blackhawks, will be at the Book Stall in Winnetka to autograph his new book "One Goal Achieved:  The Inside Story of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions" chronicling his team's 2009-2010 season.  The book is out of stock everywhere, but the Book Stall has limited copies for the event. Where:  The Book Stall              811 Elm St., Winne...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
I’ve written before about my partner Maureen Spriggs and how she never settles for the “standard” way of doing things. True to form, she had a great idea for this week’s broker opens. As usual she had a big spread of food and refreshments at the home that we held open. But she also sent out personal invitations to all the agents in the area asking them to bring food donations for the New Trier Food Pantry. And, for each person who brought a donation of food, she personally donated $5.00 to Coldwell Banker’s Charitable Foundation, which supports the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity and other agencies focused on home and family. Even though we have held a couple other broker opens at this house, we still had thirty agents show up, most bringing food donations. Maureen was parti...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Two Christmas Events in Winnetka at The Winnetka Community House This month of December, The Winnetka Community House is hosting several events just perfect for your holidays celebrations. Families with young children will love Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 11, from 8:30 to 11:00 am.  A delicious full breakfast will be served and children can have their pictures taken with Santa.  Craft making and goodie bags will be available.  Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration is recommended at:  Breakfast With Santa. Another holiday favorite with a definitively American twist is Entre Nous' version of the Nutracker Ballet, called The Nutcracker!.  American dance forms will be interspersed with classical ballet and sign language. This production has been a hit at the Winnetka Co...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Christmas Shopping in Winnetka - Keep it Local! West Elm There are just some things that need to be purchased in a big box store - electronics, computers, brand names, or outdoor equipment.  But for almost everything else, there is a store in Winnetka that can meet your needs.  In fact, Winnetka has 50 retail stores scattered throughout its three shopping areas:  Hubbard Woods, East Elm, and West Elm.   Shopping locally has been touted for years as a way cut down on driving, keep the money and taxes in town, and discover hidden treasures that no mall could possibly have (or if it did, you'd need a sturdy pair of walking shoes, a backpack for provisions, water . . .)  Here's what else it means to whittle your list down in your own town: Local stores are more tailored to local tastes and ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Closed Sales for November 2010 in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, and Glencoe     # Sales Avg. List Price Avg. Sell Price % List to Sell Avg.Market Time Winnetka 16 $1,895,000 $1,707,000 79% 201             Wilmette 16 $662,000 $615,000 90% 137             Kenilworth 3 $1,592,000 $1,480,000 80% 265             Glencoe 11 $1,141,000 $1,035,000 82% 327             Northfield 1 $425,000 $407,500 96% 476 Sales have remained fairly steady from October in Winnetka, Wilmette and Glencoe.   Northfield had 6 closed sales in October and Kenilworth had 1, but that is not important over a one month's period.   One notable sale was at 1175 Whitebridge Hill in Winnetka which started at $10,750,000 and closed for $6,500.000.  There were several new construction homes that sold in the $1.5 to $1.7 mill...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Christmas Shopping in Winnetka - Keep it Local! Hubbard Woods There are just some things that need to be purchased in a big box store - electronics, computers, brand names, or outdoor equipment.  But for almost everything else, there is a store in Winnetka that can meet your needs.  In fact, Winnetka has 50 retail stores scattered throughout its three shopping areas:  Hubbard Woods, East Elm, and West Elm.   Shopping locally has been touted for years as a way cut down on driving, keep the money and taxes in town, and discover hidden treasures that no mall could possibly have (or if it did, you'd need a sturdy pair of walking shoes, a backpack for provisions, water . . .)  Here's what else it means to whittle your list down in your own town: Local stores are more tailored to local tastes...
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By Anne West, Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker)
Indian Hill is  a posh Winnetka golf course community bounded by Ridge Rd. on the east, Locust Rd. on the west and Hill Rd. on the north. It was developed in the 1920’s and named Indian Hill because the club stands on the site of an old Potawatomi Village. In fact, the tenth tee is the high point on the grounds and once used as the look-out point. 87 acres of land for the club was acquired in 1916 from the Alles family, who were early settlers to the area from Germany. (The family sold their remaining land in 1936 for the building of Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Church on the other side of Hill Rd). The Club was designed by architect Donald Ross and built in 1920. The Indian Hill Club anchors the community and many of the homes front the golf course, though residence in the community ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Turkeys are Here! Hibbard Road Gardens, Winnetka No - not the ones you eat - you still have to go to the grocery store for those! Hibbard Road Gardens in Winnetka has 3 beautiful Narragansett turkeys on display during the Thanksgiving holiday period.  These birds are native to the east coast and are a seriously endangered historic variety of turkey. The Narragansett turkey is an American original, the parent of all other American turkeys. These birds are much larger (up to 40 lbs) than today's selectively bred commercial turkeys.  They have been rare for decades - just 100 breeding pairs 12 years ago, although the numbers have risen slightly.   These turkeys are guests from Garfield Farm Museum, a farm and inn in LaFox, Illinois that has been in continuous operation since 1841.  They st...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
October 2010 Market Statistics Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield Sales in October vary just slightly from September 2010, some villages up a few sales, and some are down.  But the difference is negligible and I expect November sales to be similar.  Sold price ratio to list price is also about the same for the 2 month period.   Total # Sales Avg List Price Avg Sold Price List/Sell Ratio Market Time             Winnetka 13 $1,700,308 $1,447,308 85% 342 days             Wilmette 15 $760,993 683,000 90% 170 days             Northfield 6 $761,000 $657,166 86% 79 days             Glencoe 9 $1,059,556 $910,444 86% 138 days             Kenilworth 1 $2,695,000 $2,050,000 76% 669 days Current  market statistics for the five villages:   For Sale Avg List Price Avg.Days on Market...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Ready Set Go:  Winnetka Annual Holiday Sale Yes - time flies and it's that time again!  Mark your calendars and plan to shop locally for all your holiday giving with this year's annual Winnetka sale.  It's a three-day event with many family oriented activities in the works. Friday, December 3 -  (from 6-7pm)   Tree Lighting                      Kick off the holiday season at the northeast corner of Elm and Chestnut.  Bring friends and family! Saturday, December 4 -  (from  8am to 4 pm) Holiday Festivities Participate in lots of different Holiday activities in the three main shopping areas: Hubbard Woods, East Elm, and West Elm.  There will be horse drawn carriage rides, caroling and a visit with Santa Claus.   Sunday, December 5 - (most stores open from 12-5 pm) - Discount Shopping Day ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Nigella Lawson Comes to the Book Stall   Award winning cookbook author Nigella Lawson is signing her newest cookbook "Nigella's Kitchen:  Recipes from the Heart of the Home" at two events sponsored by Winnetka's Book Stall. That seems to be a pretty tame title for an author whose flirtatious style of cooking has some calling her the "Queen of Food Porn!" Nigella's first cookbook "How to Eat" was published in 1998 and became a best seller.  She followed up that success with in 2000 with "How to be a Domestic Goddess," which garnered her the National Book Award for author of the year in Britain.  She went on to host her own show, Nigella Bites, and several other shows after that. Not bad for someone who majored in Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford!   On Wednesday, ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Winnetka Hosts an Intergovernmental Forum This is a great idea and really makes sense - the various governmental taxing bodies in Winnetka are planning to come together to explore "ways to control operational costs by sharing common resources or acting jointly."  In other words, let's see where we can share ideas and save some money. The Winnetka Village groups involved are the library, park, schools and Township.  This first meeting will be public and will be held on Monday, November 1 at 7:30 pm at the Winnetka Village Hall at 510 Green Bay Road. Village officials will be present - the administrators of the other districts have been invited to participate.   And of course, input will be welcome from Winnetka residents.  This is a great opportunity to voice concerns and propose ideas o...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
UPDATED 2019 The Chimneys in Winnetka -  Courtyard Condos The Chimneys in Winnetka were originally built as apartments in 1929 and were considered an "experiment" for their time.  In a town of single family residences, The Chimneys offered a different kind of living style.  They remained as rental apartments until they were converted to condos in 1989. The architect, Howard Bowen, traveled to England for inspiration and came back to design the building as an English Tudor.  Brick, stone, and half-timbers are used to delineate roofs and gables, and each entryway feels like a different building.  And of course, topping it all off, are a dozen chimneys. There are 28 units total in The Chimneys and all have fireplaces and lovely architectural details.  Some have porches and most have views ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Make A Difference Day - Winnetka Do you have stuff you need to get rid of?  Stuff that maybe missed the Veterans or Cancer Federation pickups?  Well, gather up your unused or unneeded things - this is the weekend for you.  All  you have to do is take the items to the Indian Hill Train Station parking lot in Winnetka, at the corner of Green Bay Road and Winnetka Avenue.   This Saturday, October, 23, you can drop off items such as: prom dresses bicycles sports equipment canned food eyeglasses paper products laundry detergent gently worn shoes winter coats hats and gloves accessories What's really great is that the charities have already been chosen and MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY is like a clearinghouse to collect the donations.  Some of the charities receiving your things are:  Hadley School f...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Winnetka Market Stats - Absorption Rate - Year to Date To get a snapshot of where Winnetka currently stands in terms of closed sales for the year-to-date of October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010 here are the numbers: Total Inventory as of today (10/18/2010):   207 Closed in past year:                                 191 Sales per month:                                      16 Absorption Rate:                                      13 months The absorption rate is the number of months it would take for all 207 homes that are currently on the market to sell if no other inventory were introduced.   If you are planning to sell your Winnetka home it's important information to have.  Along with comps of sold and actively listed homes, knowing the absorption rate will help you with correctl...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
UPDATED 2019  Pagoda Red has moved to Chicago at 1740 W. Webster. The Scholar's Garden in Winnetka was closed.  Have You Ever Seen a Scholar's Garden?  There's One Right Here in Winnetka! When I entered Pagoda Red in Hubbard Woods (Winnetka) a few weeks ago I thought they would just have some really cool Asian antiques for sale. Well, they did, lots of them.  But after I toured the store the manager, Laurene Sutko, told me not to miss the Scholar's Garden in back.  The what?  The back of where?   She led me out the back door into a magical and peaceful oasis that used to be a parking lot, but has been transformed into a Scholar's Garden.  A Scholar's Garden is defined as a place for the the contemplation of nature and it was where Chinese scholars looked to for inspiration.  They have ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
September 2010 Market Report - Home Sales for Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth and Glencoe Winnetka - 11 home sales                                  Average List Price:  $1,513,636 Average Sale Price: $1,293,636 List Price to Sell Price Ratio:  85% Average Market Time:  144 days Wilmette - 12 home sales Average List Price:  $993,325 Average Sale Price:  $872,688 List Price to Sell Price Ratio:  88% Average Market Time:  139 days Kenilworth - 1 home sale List Price:  $2,695,000 Sale Price:  $2,165,000 List Price to Sell Price Ratio:  80% Market Time:  122 days Glencoe - 5 home sales Average List Price:  $1,357,958 Average Sale Price:  $1,036,800 List Price to Sell Price Ratio:  76% Average Market Time:  252 days Northfield - 4 home sales Average List Price:  $797,125 Average Sale Price:  $...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Winnetka & North Shore Number of Days in School - Compared to State Ranking An article in the Chicago Tribune (9/22/10) stated the traditional number of school days in American schools is 180 - Illinois has an average that is  below that number.  The requirement is 176 days which is already fewer than most states and is being cut back particularly hard in Chicago where the average is just 170 days and the state average is 171.  What's more, a school day can be less than a full day, even a half-day.  The daily minimum is set at 300 minutes for a full day and 180 minutes for a half day. These shortened number of days are done for the benefit of teachers, who need planning time to coordinate lesson plans and work on student achievement.  Sometimes it's for meetings with parents or to get t...
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