Villa Historic District – 3634 N Avers

3634 N Avers

3634 N Avers

$600,000

This gorgeous Craftsman Bungalow home is for sale in The Villa Historic District – located in Chicago’s Irving Park neighborhood.

Just as the The Villa Historic District Neighborhood is nestled near the Addison exit on the Kennedy Expy, the home’s tucked behind lush landscaping – people driving by won’t imagine the vintage architectural treasure that lies within!

3634 N Avers The VIlla Historic DIstrict

Like many homes in The Villa, 3634 N Avers sits on a double lot – 50′ wide. The home itself is a larger footprint than a typical bungalow floor plan (see brochure for details). The birch and oak woodwork is original, and where previously painted, it’s been restored to its former glory by the current owners (the 4th stewards of the property since being built in 1907). The original bookcase spans the Living Room’s width, and flanks a center fireplace. The original vintage stained glass with tulip motif completes this stunning focal point. Two original 12 light-panel French Doors lead to the sun room which overlooks the front yard, parkway, and idyllic neighborhood vistas.

3634 N Avers Kitchen

3634 N Avers has a newer chef’s kitchen – top of the line appliances, granite, slate, and custom cabinets. There are still cosmetic upgrades that could be done to the home, and the new owners could use home improvement expenditures to qualify for the property tax freeze, available to qualifying homes in historic districts such as The Villa. (Contact Anne Rossley for more information)

3634 N Avers Brochure

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3634 N. Avers Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Villa Historic District – Homes Sold

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The Villa Historic District Photo Tour

Street #Str NameListedSold# RmsBedsDate SoldYr BltLot DimRecent Rehab?
3734Harding$174,900$166,000635/2/11190850 X 137No
3731Pulaski$166,900$190,000733/2/11191550X125No
3723Pulaski$319,500$264,000625/16/08190350 X 125No
3655Avers$350,000$290,00012710/5/11191650 X 114No
3643Harding$350,000$320,0007312/28/11190850 X 103Yes
3731Pulaski$385,000$350,000932/5/07191550X125
3632Harding$375,000$350,0006310/3/11190750X136No
3616Avers$375,000$361,500834/16/10192050 X 114Yes
3614Hamlin$389,900$379,000638/25/08191933X125Yes
3601Harding$399,000$387,0001645/10/10192058X103Yes
3723Pulaski$439,900$397,000946/5/09190350X125Yes
3712Harding$399,000$399,000838/24/10192650X137Yes
3633Springfield$475,000$408,0001248/23/11190875 X 125No
3615Harding$450,000$409,5001051/2/08192050X103
3723Pulaski$439,000$410,000833/31/10190350 X 125Yes
3647Harding$450,000$465,0007312/11/12190950 X 120Yes
3732Springfield$499,000$472,50010412/30/08192150X105Yes
3648Avers$599,950$597,500736/11/07190550X113
3637Avers$699,900$670,0001348/5/12190850X113Yes
3663Avers$725,000$695,0001036/29/071900133X133X145X43Yes
3625Springfield$825,000$775,0001158/1/131916105X120No
 
 

Luxury Homes now more Affordable than Ever

Jumbo mortgage rates are inching closer to conforming mortgage rates; what does this mean for purchasers?

With lenders’ renewed confidence in luxury home values, “jumbo” rates have come down dramatically and are nearly the same as “conforming” rate loans.

During 2008 and 2009, when lenders were nervous about the luxury home market, the interest rate spread between a jumbo loan (>$417,000) and a conforming loan (=/< $417,000) was 1.5%.  The higher jumbo rate, coupled with stricter down payment and underwriting guidelines, paralyzed the luxury home market.

During 2012, the differential was .5%.  Today, we are seeing only a 1/8% rate difference in 30 year fixed rates between jumbo and conforming loan amounts.

The reasons for the shrinking interest rate spread are:

–       Higher fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are increasing the rates of conforming loans

–       Demand for luxury homes are on the rise resulting in more stable luxury home prices; lenders are more comfortable with luxury home collateral

–       Lenders are seeking to build a customer base or cement established relationships with high net worth client

Although the jumbo market we have now is very conservatively underwritten, it is the best it has been in the past years.  Some lenders allow up to 85% loan to value with most offering up to 80%.

The lenders are looking at the client in the jumbo loan sector and they see clients with liquidity, strong earnings, and ability to withstand financial shock.  Lenders are trying to find ways to cater to these clients.

And, that’s a good thing for jumbo borrowers right now.

diane pyshos

 

Article written by terrific lender and friend, Diane Pyshos.

For more information about luxury home loans, contact Diane Pyshos at A&N Mortgage

 

 

Old Town Single Family Home for Sale – $2.8 MM

 

This home is newly available for sale, but you WILL NOT find it in the Multiple Listing Service.

The brick single family home, near the Menomonee Club and Old Town Triangle building, was previously a 2-flat, and has been rehabbed by the current owners. Now it’s ready for buyers who crave grand spaces (7000 square feet!), privacy (brick walls enclose the compound), and fabulous entertaining spaces (both inside and out) in a location near everything Chicagoans love!

Do you Love to Entertain?

Outside, there are 3 entertaining spaces.  Over the 2 car garage is a lushly landscaped deck overlooking Crilly Court.

1740 N Wells Roof Garden over Garage1740 N Wells Garage Roof Deck

 Do you Love to Garden?

Between the house and the garage roof deck, a paved patio with landscaped planting beds provides privacy and and escape from the convenient city nearby.

1740 N Wells brick patio

Do you Love Flexible Spaces?

Bring the outdoors in to the house by opening the sliding glass doors which separate the 1st floor den from the front patio.

1740 N Wells Front Patio

Do you Love Custom Design Details unlike anywhere else?

A detail photo (below) shows the custom iron work that the owner had specially manufactured to add grandeur to the home – this delightful design detail is used to great advantage,  highlighting key areas throughout the home’s exterior and gardens.

1740 N Wells Old Town Chicago

1740 N wells - front gate

The interior photos will be posted in the next few days, but if you want to view the property right away, please contact Anne Rossley at Baird & Warner.

777 N Michigan Ave # 2401 – Best Value Condo for Sale on Magnificent Mile

It’s a race! Who will put an offer together first to win this BEST VALUE condominium?!

777 N Michigan Ave 2401

777 N N Michigan Ave #2401

$725,000

The sellers didn’t expect to sell, so their finest-quality upgrades will be enjoyed by the new residents for a fraction of the value!

Here are just of few of the many upgrades included in 777 N Michigan #2401:

  • Solid Brazilian cherry floors throughout
  • Luxury Kitchen with Fischer & Paykel dishwasher, Subzero, drawer microwave, Dacor cooktop…
  • Matching custom cabinet with Subzero refrigerator/freezer drawers
  • Solid custom doors and hardware, as well as custom HVAC cabinets
  • Top-of-the-line ventless Bosch washer-dryer
  • Built-in den/library with brand new Uline beverage refrigerator
  • Every bathroom (3.5 of them!) has been upgraded

777 N Michigan Ave 2401Master Bedroom

777NMichiganAve2401_viewer_177Kitchen

777 N Michigan Amenities

The building is topnotch! Located next to Nieman Marcus, the building offers

  • luxurious rooftop pool with comfy gazebos and grilling area,
  • new fitness center (currently under construction and opening in November)
  • soon-to-be-added hallway updates
  • 24 – hour door service
  • Valet Parking ($150/month)
  • Receiving Room
  • Party Room
  • Premium Cable/Wifi in assessments (as well as heat and air)

777 N Michigan ViewsViews from the Living Room

777 N Michigan Ave Floor Plan

777 N Michigan Floor Plan

For more information, to view the property, or to learn more about condominiums along the Magnificent Mile, contact

Anne Rossley

Baird & Warner

773-620-5333

East Ravenswood Historic District – June 2013

There are always lovely homes to be found in the East Ravenswood Historic District – the area known as Graceland West and the East Ravenswood area between Ashland and Ravenswood – Irving Park to Lawrence Avenues.

East Ravenswood

Homes Currently For Sale and Recently Sold

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Contact Anne Rossley to make an appointment to view homes for sale in East Ravenswood/Graceland West.

   ListedSoldDateDaysRMSBRBAASFLot
NEW1443Pensacola$825,0002943.10125.25 X 25
ACTV4523Greenview$749,00016843025X160
NEW1460Hutchinson$1,095,00026942.2030X125
ACTV4307Hermitage$2,650,000661365.173006725 SF
Pending1438Hutchinson$1,195,000521143.1435030X125
Pending1700Wilson$699,0002471151.2045 X 108
Pending4417Paulina$479,9007773215104727
Pending4011Greenview$1,450,0002071164.2025 X 161
Pending4134Hermitage$995,000431053.2025 X 163
Pending4226Greenview$1,350,000791153.1023X155
Pending4050Paulina$519,000706834350025X140
Pending1468Cullom$1,599,9902981053.1450025X125
Pending4223Greenview$3,850,0001491564.2014,814
CLSD1412Belle Plaine$1,199,000$1,130,0006/5/132593.13.1025X125
CLSD1440Pensacola$1,189,000$1,124,5005/28/132851253.1405025 X 121.75
CLSD4431Hermitage$2,850,000$2,850,00012/14/1211366050 X 165
CLSD4647Paulina$749,000$700,0002/28/13103843.1025X165
CLSD4307Greenview$795,000$765,0005/9/1318931.1025X120
CLSD4013Greenview$1,450,000$1,425,0005/3/13171164.2420025 X 161
CLSD4606Paulina$515,000$505,00012/14/12187942.1270035X100
CLSD1502Sunnyside$439,000$413,0003/5/13305941.1026X101
CLSD1725Belle Plaine$1,282,500$1,200,0006/11/138081265.1800046X125
CLSD1446Belle Plaine$1,495,000$1,495,0003/22/13791144.2452025 X 125
CLSD4348Greenview$918,000$885,0003/22/13316943.1035 X 75
CLSD4148Hermitage$989,000$975,00012/14/121632046 X 165
CLSD4335Greenview$789,000$769,0005/31/1315832.1025 X 120

1460 w hutchinson - chicago

1460 W Hutchinson

$1,095,000

Listed 6/10/13, this lovely Graceland West Foursquare home has been lovingly updated and includes 3 decks and a 2 car garage.

4223 Greenview

4223 N Greenview

$3,850,000

This landmark home went under contract in March, but it has not closed as of this posting. The 6 bedroom 4+ bath Victorian home is a one-of-a-kind beauty!

More  Historic Home Information

For more information on East Ravenswood Historic District,

see Anne’s website pages.

To find homes currently For Sale in East Ravenswood,

select East Ravenswood and Graceland West Links from Anne’s website.

Contact Anne Rossley

Baird & Warner

Your Historic Homes Specialist

Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES
773-620-5333
Anne@Rossley.com

 

Chicago Vintage Condos – Grand Historic Homes for Sale

 

Gracious vintage condominiums – there are some lovely historic buildings with grand homes for sale in Chicago – from the Gold Coast to Lincoln Park and Lakeview, here are just a few of the properties for sale throughout the city:

Chicago Vintage Condominiums for Sale

These properties range in price from $ 549,000 to $ 1,875,000. Co-operative apartments are not included in this tour – that will be published next week.

For today, check out listings such as…

1200 N Lake Shore

1200 N Lake Shore Drive #804

$549,000

3314 N Lake ShoreDr

3314 N Lake Shore Drive 7A

$595,000

2608 N Lakeview

2608 N Lakeview 8A

The Marlborough

$1,495,000

20 E Cedar

20 E Cedar 4A

$1,999,000

159 Walton Palmolive

159 E Walton 11F

The Palmolive

$1,450,000

Find your Chicago Historic Dream Home

Search Chicago Real Estate Properties for saleTo make an appointment to see these or other Chicago vintage condos

or co-ops for sale,

contact Anne Rossley – your historic home specialist.

Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES
Baird & Warner
773.620.5333
Anne@Rossley.com

Chicago Real Estate Bargains – Roscoe Village Single Family

Chicago parents are maneuvering now to make sure they’re in the right neighborhood school district before the August 1 CPS deadline.

Here’s a great Chicago real estate bargain –  across the street from Audubon Elementary School…

3536 N Hamilton

3536 Hamilton

$699,908

This is a terrific starter home – priced under $700,000, it’s a on the smaller side, but what’s there is finished well. As you check out the pictures on my website (select this link), you’ll see that there are more pictures than necessary.  Don’t let that put you off – it’s well worth making an appointment to see it in person.

One of the 3 bedrooms is on the first floor, and the home has 2 full baths. The basement offers a family room and laundry, and the 2nd level includes a HUGE master bedroom, 2nd bedroom, and den. The back yard is lush and landscaped! It was originally built in 1894, and there’s still lots of charm left after the recent rehab.

It’s not my listing – I’m posting this because I think that given today’s market, the home’s condition and location, and the timing (near school starting), I think this is a true…

Chicago Real Estate Bargain!

To find homes for sale in CPS Elementary School Districts,

go to Anne’s website by selecting this link

Contact Anne Rossley

Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES
Baird & Warner
AnneRossley.com
773.620.5333

Chicago Historic Homes – Bargains to Luxury Properties for Sale

There are some terrific Chicago historic homes for sale today – from reasonably priced vintage bungalows to grand Victorian mansions.

Chicago Historic Home Tour

There are some terrific historic homes currently listed for sale in Chicago – select the link  to see this month’s tour. Homes range in price from $259,900 to $4,500,000.

Here are some of my favorite historic homes:

2814 ainslie

2814 W Ainslie

$400,000

This Lincoln Square bungalow is in terrific condition. The 3 bedroom brick home, was built in 1919, and is located in the Budlong Elementary School District.

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3402 Bosworth - Southport Corridor

3408 N Bosworth

$575,000

Terrific Single Family in the Southport Corridor area – 3 bedroom home in meticulous condition!

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1712 Carmen

1712 W Carmen

$974,000

Built in 1920 on a 32′ wide lot, this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home includes a 4th bedroom on the lower level, as well as a media room. This contemporary renovation is dramatic – the house is filled with light!

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3637 N Bell Chicago

3637 N Bell

$ 1,490,000

This lovely 1921 brick home offers 5 bedrooms and 4700 square feet on a 30′ wide lot. It’s a roomy and grand home in the Alexander Graham Bell school district – one of the most sought-after neighborhood schools in Chicago.

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817 Hutchinson

817 W Hutchinson

$4,500,000

This 1913 George W Maher residence in the Buena Park Historic District includes 6 bedrooms upstairs. The floor plan is a well-designed 12,000 square feet, and the mahogany woodwork and museum-quality stained glass are showpieces.

To see these or other Historic Homes for sale in Chicago,

Contact Anne Rossley

Your Historic Homes Specialist

Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES
Baird & Warner
773-620-5333
Anne@Rossley.com

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Retirement Relocation Checklist

 

What’s important to you in moving to your retirement home?

Are you thinking about buying your “empty-nester” home but you don’t know how to decide where to go?

Retirement Relocation Checklist

Prioritize and decide where to go!

The recent article by Dave Bernard in US News and World Report‘s Retirement section lists the following categories that seniors should consider:

  • Hospitals and Doctors

Should you live near an expert in a particular health field? Or simply, where can you rely on a quick response time from the EMT, taking you to a nearby trauma facility?

  • Local Amenities

Big cities offer symphony, museums, restaurants. and theater, however college towns are booming – many seniors are finding them to have the perfect mix of smaller town while offering terrific cultural options.

  • Good Neighbors

Fellow Drake trustee and Newton, Iowa native, Don Byers, answered my husband’s question about retirement this way:  “Why would I leave the friends and neighbors I’ve enjoyed my whole life?” To Don, good neighbors were his primary criteria for staying local in retirement.

  • Climate

Milder climates have been the goal for many seniors – if you relax in warmer weather, then your move south won’t be unique!

  • Public Transportation

How are you going to get to the doctor, the store, or your friends when you no longer want to drive?

  • Cost of Living

Obviously, it makes sense to live where it’s cheaper – when seniors retire and they don’t have to live where their job is (they’re retired!), it makes sense to go where homes, food, and taxes are cheaper.

  • Proximity to What you Like Best

If you revel in sunrise at the beach, you wake up invigorated to hike mountain trails, or scenic mountain views inspire the artist in you — then go there!

  • Your new “digs”

Do you want maintenance-free condo life or is tinkering in the garden your heart’s desire? Would you prefer to live in a sprawling ranch or a cozy bungalow?

Obviously, the answers to these questions vary for all seniors. As you consider where you’re going, answer these maytag cheesequestions, then weight each one as to how important that question is to the overall picture.

Don Byers obviously preferred neighbors to warm climates and public transportation. Others might place greater emphasis on beaches and warm weather.

Whatever you choose – if you are true to yourself, you’ll make the right decision!

What Retirement Area are you Interested in?

Let Anne Rossley put you in touch with the best real estate agent – wherever that is!

Find professionals to answer your questions about local amenities, housing options, and lifestyle…

Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES
Baird & Warner
773-620-5333
Anne@Rossley.com
 
Anne is a Senior Real Estate Specialist who loves helping 50+ buyers and sellers!
 

Dave Bernard’s article

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