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Empty Nester Choices in Chicago

 

Today was an empty-nester real estate day.

Empty Nester Buyers

I took clients out to look at condos — they’re thinking of selling their historic home to move into a vintage condo on Lake Shore Drive – probably in Lakeview. Here’s what we saw…

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1.  2920 Commonwealth – 3 bedroom right behind St Joseph’s -

  • Lovely east view of Lake Michigan, if you don’t mind looking at the hospital parking lot
  • Great condition, if you like the fake stone around the doorways- added to remind you of the original stone in the building
  • Parking garage in the building, however it will be at least one year until the new owner gets to park in the building, since there aren’t as many parking spots as total units

2.  433 W Briar – Just south of Belmont and east of Sheridan Road — 2550 square feet

  • Front of the building, but north facing unit can feel dark, especially on the 2nd floor
  • Again, parking not available in the building
  • Doesn’t have the grand feel of the Lake Shore Drive condos

3.  3500 N Lake Shore Drive  9D - co-op building 4 blocks north of Belmont

  • East facing 3 bedroom unit- lovely views of Belmont Harbor
  • Totally renovated with painstaking detail – to the point of removing, stripping, and replating hardware!
  • Gracious unit – 2400 square feet, but one bedroom short for my clients

We’re going out again tomorrow — stay tuned!

Want to see what’s available in vintage condos and co-ops near Lake Michigan in Lakeview?

Select this link for currently available properties!

Empty Nester Sellers

At Mariano’s, I ran into one of my favorite clients, who sold her home to move into The Admiral. 

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She’s been there 2 years now, and reported that she’s thrilled that she made the move. This was particularly good to hear, given she’s one of those people who’s spry and young at heart – some might think she jumped the gun a bit.

The only thing she said she misses a bit is her kitchen – she did have a glorious Crown Point-high end kitchen!

Her advice to all – “Don’t die in your house! This is way too much fun!”

 

 

 

I truly enjoy seeing clients who are happy with the moves that they’ve made!!

Check out your choices for being an empty nester!

Get advice in helping your parents decide where to go next!

Contact

Anne Rossley

Baird & Warner

773-620-5333

Anne Rossley Chicago Real Estate Broker

CPS High Schools – Which Schools do Top Students Choose?

 

Chicago has 5 Selective Enrollment High Schools who score among the top 10 schools in the state.

Question:  

Are these schools truly the best, or are they just attracting the best students?

WBEZ posted a great article that graphically demonstrates the relationship between student EXPLORE scores and their eventual high school choice.

WBEZ voices the concern:

Is the city’s school choice system actually creating better schools, or is it simply sorting certain students out and leaving the weakest learners in separate, struggling schools?

Chicago Public Schools

There were 104 kids who scored a perfect 25 on the EXPLORE exam. One hundred of them — 96 percent — enrolled in just six of the city’s 130 high schools (Northside, Whitney Young, Payton, Lane, Lincoln Park, and Jones).

See how student achievement relates to high school choice in an interactive chart linking each score in 2012 to a school.  Sort schools by type, demographics or location, and explore and compare the distribution of scores at each school.

 

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Tell Governor Quinn to veto SB 2664!

 

Note from Ald. Michele Smith — I wholeheartedly agree, and ask that you take a moment to tell Governor Quinn that you’re opposed to this bill.

 

Anne Rossley-Baird & Warner

Oppose Senate Bill 2664

          Legislation under review by Governor Quinn will prohibit condominium associations from including special assessments, chargebacks, and limit a condominium association’s ability to collect late fees, attorney’s fees or court costs, from third-party purchasers following a foreclosure. The total amount that can be collected may never exceed 9 months of regular assessments. The end results in most cases would have associations receiving less repayment than under the current statutory scheme. Less repayment means more fees for unit owners.

 

 Gov Pat Quinn         The bill passed the House and Senate and now awaits the signature of Governor Quinn. I’ve spoken with the Governor to voice my objection to this legislation, and I encourage you to do the same.  For those buildings with units in foreclosure, this bill will bring about higher costs to the remaining unit owners, which I cannot support.

 

Click here to send an email to Governor Quinn to voice your objection to Senate Bill 2664
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