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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
The Heritage, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - July 2020The Heritage is a single family home neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are currently 2 homes in The Heritage for sale ranging from $299,900 to $379,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $5,060 2,240 ft2 2002 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 11320 W. Green Tree Rd. 4 3.5 $299,900 6665 N. 113th 4 2.5 $379,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 11320 W. Green Tree Rd. 4 2.5 $160,000 11204 W. Meadowcreek Dr. 4 2.5 $375,825 11124 W. Meadowcreek Dr. 4 2.0 $345,000 6749 N. 109th St. 3 2.5 $286,000 Marco Amidei is a WI licensed real estate broker with RE/MAX Suburban. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity program of Metro Multiple Listing Service, Inc.. Real estate li...
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Hunters Ridge Estates, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin - July 2020Hunters Ridge Estates is a single family home subdivision built in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Hunters Ridge Estates is located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin north of Good Hope Road and west of Pilgrim Road. There is currently 1 home in Hunters Ridge Estates for sale ranging from $385,000 to $385,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $4,794 $3/month 2,255 ft2 1990 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price W158N7757 Hunters Ridge Cir. 3 2.5 $385,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold N76W15933 Countryside Dr. 3 2.5 $342,500 W77W15930 Hunters Ridge Cir. 3 2.5 $330,000 N76W16347 Sherwood Dr. 3 3.5 $404,000 N77W15855 Crossway Dr. 4 3.5 $329,900 N77W16279 Countryside Dr. 3 2.0 $279,900 N77W16216 Overlook Dr. 4 2...
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About Fairview South Elementary School Fairview South Elementary School is a P-8 school in District 72, and is located at 7040 Laramie Avenue in Skokie, IL. It services homes in Chicago, Mount Prospect, Niles, Schaumburg, and Skokie. Average taxes $6,577 Average year built 1968 Photos of Fairview South Elementary School Homes for sale that attend Fairview South Elementary School Address Beds Baths Built Price 4636 Birchwood Ave., Skokie, IL 3 1   $350,000 7601 Lincoln Ave. #604, Skokie, IL 3 2 1977 $259,000 5032 Fairview Ln., Skokie, IL 3 3 1957 $449,000 4931 Brummel St., Skokie, IL 3 2 1963 $329,900 4903 Fargo Ave., Skokie, IL 3 3 1941 $399,000 View all 31 homes for sale that attend Fairview South Elementary School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days ...
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Edgerton Middle School, Edgerton, Wisconsin - July 2020There is currently 1 home that attend Edgerton Middle School for sale ranging from $275,000 to $275,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $2,981 $6/month 1,614 ft2 1966 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 1201 E. Shane Ln. 3 2.0 $275,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 416 E. Richardson Springs Rd. 3 2.0 $220,000 372 Lake Shore Dr. 2 1.0 $195,000 790 Hain Rd. 3 2.0 $296,000 1023 E. Lakeside Dr. 3 2.0 $235,000 1509 E. Road Five 3 2.0 $187,000 910 E. Mason Dr. 3 2.0 $295,900 View All Recent Sales Marco Amidei is a WI licensed real estate broker with RE/MAX Suburban. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity program of Metro Multiple Listing Service, Inc.....
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
East Sutton, Waukesha, Wisconsin - July 2020East Sutton is a condominium community built in the late 1980's. East Sutton is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin on East Sutton Place north of Madison Street and east of Merrill Hills Road. There are currently 2 homes in East Sutton for sale ranging from $234,900 to $254,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,776 1,641 ft2 1989 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 106 E. Sutton Pl. #C 2 2.5 $234,900 109 East Sutton Pl. 2 2.0 $254,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 103 East Sutton Pl. #C 2 1.5 $210,000 110 E. Sutton Pl. #D 2 2.5 $287,000 103 E. Sutton Pl. #D 2 2.0 $218,000 115 E. Sutton Pl. #D 2 2.5 $225,000 117 E. Sutton Pl. #C 2 2.5 $205,000 117 E. Sutton Pl. #B 2 2.5 $205,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Bet...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Orchards of Bartlett is a single family home and duplex home community built in the early 1990's by Kirk Corp. Orchards of Bartlett features 160 duplexes with floor plans ranging from 1,450 to 2,005 square feet of living space. The single family homes feature ranch, split-level, loft-home and two-story floor plans ranging from 1,580 to 2,300 square feet of living space. The Orchards of Bartlett is located on Bartlett Road south of Stearns Road in Bartlett, Illinois. Average taxes in Orchards of Bartlett $6,571 Average association fees in Orchards of Bartlett $3 ($2 - $5) Average home size in Orchards of Bartlett 1,779 ft2 Average lot size in Orchards of Bartlett 0.27 acres Average year built in Orchards of Bartlett 1991 Homes for sale in Orchards of Bartlett Address Beds Baths Built Pri...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Stone Creek Farms, Mequon, Wisconsin - July 2020Stone Creek Farms is a single family home subdivision built starting in 2006. Stone Creek Farms is located in Mequon, Wisconsin on Stone Creek Drive north of Donges Bay Road. There is currently 1 home in Stone Creek Farms for sale ranging from $879,900 to $879,900. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $7,029 $125/month 4,297 ft2 2007 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 10518 N. Stone Creek Dr. 5 3.5 $879,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 10540 N. Stone Creek Dr. 5 4.5 $875,000 10540 N. Stone Creek Dr. 4 3.5 $985,000 10518 N. Stone Creek Dr. 4 3.5 $869,900 10502 N. Stone Creek Dr. 4 3.5 $865,000 10414 N. Stone Creek Dr. 4 3.5 $830,000 SCHOOLS School Level District Donges Bay Elementary School Elementary Mequon-Thiensvil...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Dalles, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin - July 2020Dalles is a condominium community built in the 1990's. Dalles is located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin east of Appleton Avenue on Main Street and Water Street. There is currently 1 home in Dalles for sale ranging from $179,900 to $179,900. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $2,389 $55/month 1,216 ft2 1992 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price W164N8925 Water St. #301 2 2.0 $179,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 16301 W. Main St. #C3 1 1.0 $108,000 W164 N8925 Water St. #405 2 2.0 $145,000 N89W16301 Main St. #C5 1 1.0 $112,000 W164N8925 Water St. #406 2 2.0 $150,000 N89W16301 Main St. #2 1 1.0 $82,000 N89W16301 Main St. #6 1 1.0 $60,500 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Riverside Elementary School Element...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Homes for Sale in Lebanon, Wisconsin - July 2020There are currently 3 homes in Lebanon for sale ranging from $185,000 to $380,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $2,174 $23/month 1,684 ft2 1965 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price N890 County Road R #N894 3 1.5 $185,000 N1778 County Road R 6 4.5 $284,900 N353 Wiley Rd. 3 2.5 $380,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold N1789 County Road R     $7,000 606 N. County Rd R 3 1.0 $135,000 W2896 Oak Rd. 3 1.0 $254,000 138 Serenity Oaks Ter. 3 2.0 $76,000 65 Mourning Dove Dr. 3 1.5 $56,500 16 Meadow Lark Ln. 2 1.0 $20,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Dodgeland Elementary School Elementary Dodgeland Douglas Elementary School Elementary Watertown Unified Honor Elementary School Elementary Herman-Neosho-Ru...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Lake Grove, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin - July 2020There is currently 1 home in Lake Grove for sale ranging from $254,900 to $254,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $5,221 1,966 ft2 1949 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 850 W. Wisconsin Ave. 4 1.5 $254,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 850 W. Wisconsin Ave. 3 1.5 $215,000 910 W. La Belle Ave. 3 2.0 $357,500 904 W. La Belle Ave. 3 4.0 $567,000 SCHOOLS School Level District Park Lawn Elementary School Elementary Oconomowoc Area Oconomowoc High School High Oconomowoc Area View All Schools Marco Amidei is a WI licensed real estate broker with RE/MAX Suburban. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity program of Metro Multiple Listing Service, Inc.. Real estate listings h...
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Northridge, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - July 2020Northridge is a northern subdivision situated in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Northridge is located directly south of Mequon Nature Preserve and is home to Kohl Park. There is currently 1 home in Northridge for sale ranging from $114,989 to $114,989. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,878 2,067 ft2 1991 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 8624 W. Green Brook Dr. 3 1.0 $114,989 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 9306 N. Burbank Ave. 4 2.5 $275,000 7938 W. Glenbrook Ave. 3 1.5 $200,000 8228 W. Glenbrook Rd. 3 1.5 $174,000 8651 W. Greenbrook Dr. 3 1.5 $165,000 9123 N. 85th St. #B-2 2 1.0 $44,000 7970 W. Glenbrook Rd. 4 2.5 $265,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Barton Elementary School Elementary Milwaukee View...
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Deer Creek Estates, Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin - July 2020Deer Creek Estates is a single family home subdivision built by Gustaveson Homes starting in the early 2000's. Deer Creek Estates is located in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin south of Northwestern Avenue and east of Fancher Road. There are currently 2 homes in Deer Creek Estates for sale ranging from $359,900 to $360,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,790 $16/month 2,240 ft2 2005 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 2752 Deer View Ct. 5 3.5 $359,900 2727 Red Fawn Ct. 4 2.5 $360,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 2751 Red Fawn Ct. 4 2.5 $365,500 7915 Whitetail Dr. 3 2.0 $305,000 2728 Red Fawn Ct. 4 2.5 $380,000 2751 Deer View Ct. 3 2.5 $245,000 2758 Deer View Ct. 4 2.5 $295,000 7816 Whitetail Dr. 4 2.5 $318,...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
River Walk, West Allis, Wisconsin - July 2020River Walk is a condominium complex built in the late 1990's. River Walk is located in West Allis, Wisconsin on Toldt Parkway south of Oklahoma Avenue and west of 108th Street. There is currently 1 home in River Walk for sale ranging from $195,000 to $195,000. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $4,670 1,544 ft2 1998 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 3147 S. Toldt Pkwy. 2 2.0 $195,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 3158 S. Toldt Pkwy. 2 2.0 $169,000 3138 S. Toldt Pkwy. 2 2.0 $188,000 3125 S. Toldt Pkwy. 2 2.0 $156,900 3169 S. Toldt Pkwy. 2 2.0 $189,900 3163 S. Toldt Pkwy. 2 2.0 $175,000 3114 S. Toldt Pkwy. 2 2.0 $172,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Hoover Elementary School Elementary West Allis-West Milwauke...
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By Valeria Mola, 305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent
(SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach)
Winston Towers Sunny Isles Beach was built from 1970 to 1983.Over 10 years took to built this complex on 174 Street and Collins Avenue. From 595 sq ft to 2240 sq ft condos in Winston Towers Sunny Isles BeachEach condominium in Winston Towers complex has gym, pool, sauna, library, auditorium, hobby room, security and more. Winston Towers 700 is the youngest of seven.  Winston Towers 700 Sunny Isles Beach Market Update    Buy, Sell, Rent Condo Winston Towers 700 Sunny Isles Beach with SIB Realty  Winston Towers 700  290 174 Street, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 The Winston Towers 700 Sunny Isles Beach faces the Intercoastal Waterway, and residents have the opportunity to enjoy the sight from their large private balconies. The Winston Towers 700  condos Sunny Isles Beach also has functional ...
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Windings Of Pebble Valley, Waukesha, Wisconsin - July 2020Windings of Pebble Valley is a single family home subdivision built in the 1990's. Windings of Pebble Valley is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin east of Meadowbrook Road and south of Wilvernail Road. There is currently 1 home in Windings Of Pebble Valley for sale ranging from $310,000 to $310,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $4,023 $8/month 2,040 ft2 1978 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 2819 Berkshire Dr. 4 2.0 $310,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 2932 Coventry Ln. 4 2.5 $295,000 2819 Berkshire Dr. 4 2.0 $265,000 2819 Berkshire Dr. 4 2.0 $240,000 2932 Coventry Ln. 3 2.5 $227,000 2810 Coventry Ln. 3 1.5 $250,000 2815 Lincolnshire Ct. 4 2.5 $279,900 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level Distri...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Pheasant Chase is a single family neighborhood built in the late 1980s. Pheasant Chase is located in Plainfield, Illinois on Route 59 south of 135th. Average taxes in Pheasant Chase $4,805 Average association fees in Pheasant Chase $0 Average home size in Pheasant Chase 1,991 ft2 Average lot size in Pheasant Chase 0.27 acres Average year built in Pheasant Chase 1983 Homes for sale in Pheasant Chase Address Beds Baths Built Price 13728 Amherst Ct. 3 1.1 1979 $328,000 Sales Summary for Pheasant Chase  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 43 $265,683 $258,917 97.5% HomesByMarco has sold 71 homes in Plainfield Thinking of selling your home in Plainfield? We are experts in the area. We'll sell your home quickly and for the highest...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Merchant Plat, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin - July 2020Merchant Plat is a single family home neighborhood. Merchant Plat is located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on the southern end of Lac La Belle north of Highway 16 and west of Main Street. There are currently 3 homes in Merchant Plat for sale ranging from $1,199,000 to $1,950,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $6,557 $10/month 2,696 ft2 1918 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 259 Woodland Ln. 5 4.5 $1,199,000 [Address Unavailable] 4 3.5 $1,825,000 540 W. Glenview Ave. 3 3.5 $1,950,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 115 Woodland Ln. 3 2.5 $699,000 540 Glenview Ave. 3 3.5 $1,675,000 532 Glenview Ave. 4 2.5 $1,175,000 535 Glenview Ave. 4 2.5 $460,000 126 N. Maple Ter. 2 1.0 $263,500 505 W. Labelle Ave. 3 2.0 $364,000 Vie...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Ridgemoor Estates is a custom single family home neighborhood in Willowbrook, Illinois. Ridgemoor Estates is located on Ridgemoor Drive east of 63rd and Route 83. Average taxes in Ridgemoor Estates $9,429 Average association fees in Ridgemoor Estates $0 Average home size in Ridgemoor Estates 3,498 ft2 Average lot size in Ridgemoor Estates 0.59 acres Average year built in Ridgemoor Estates 1971 Homes for sale in Ridgemoor Estates Address Beds Baths Built Price 6507 Quincy St. 4 3 1964 $430,000 513 Ridgemoor Dr. 4 4.1 1994 $1,525,000 548 Ridgemoor Dr. 4 5.1 2000 $1,745,000 Sales Summary for Ridgemoor Estates  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 161 $1,292,983 $1,093,167 84.5% HomesByMarco sold over 300 homes last year Thinking...
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955 West Monroe is a 12 condo building built in 2006. 955 W. Monroe is located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Average taxes in 955 W. Monroe $8,446 Average association fees in 955 W. Monroe $374 ($353 - $403) Average home size in 955 W. Monroe 1,491 ft2 Average lot size in 955 W. Monroe 0.00 acres Average year built in 955 W. Monroe 2007 Homes for sale in 955 W. Monroe Address Beds Baths Built Price 955 Monroe St. #2C 2 2 2006 $649,900 Sales Summary for 955 W. Monroe  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 83 $563,967 $550,667 97.6% HomesByMarco has sold 47 homes in Chicago Thinking of selling your home in Chicago? We are experts in the area. We'll sell your home quickly and for the highest price. Call Us Today!  888...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Lauren Lane, Watertown, Wisconsin - July 2020Lauren Lane is a ranch side by side condo community built in the mid 2010's. Lauren Lane is located in Watertown, Wisconsin on Lauren Lane west of 12th Street and south of Air Park Drive. There is currently 1 home in Lauren Lane for sale ranging from $225,000 to $225,000. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,137 1,499 ft2 2005 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 323 Lauren Ln. 3 3.0 $225,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 313 Lauren Ln. 4 3.0 $193,000 338 Lauren Ln. 3 2.5 $187,500 328 Lauren Ln. 3 3.0 $178,900 323 Lauren Ln. 3 3.0 $163,000 338 Lauren Ln. 3 2.5 $166,900 305 Lauren Ln. 2 2.0 $144,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Riverside Middle School Middle Watertown Unified Watertown High School High Waterto...
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