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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?
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:
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?
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.
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.
Milder climates have been the goal for many seniors – if you relax in warmer weather, then your move south won’t be unique!
How are you going to get to the doctor, the store, or your friends when you no longer want to drive?
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.
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!
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 questions, 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!
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!
The Villa Historic District is one of my favorite Chicago Landmark neighborhoods – located in the Irving Park community, with easy access to I-90/94, it’s a reasonably priced group of houses on wide lots and boulevards.
Spring is a great time to take photos, and I was able to get some early morning photos during the first week of May.
Here’s the slide show – enjoy!
|Hsn||Street||Closed Date||List Price||Sold Price||Days||RMS||BR||BA||ASF||Lot|
|CLSD||3655||Avers||10/4/11||$350,000||$290,000||248||12||7||2.1||2500||50 X 114|
|CLSD||3647||Harding||12/10/12||$450,000||$465,000||5||7||3||2.1||0||50 X 120|
|CLSD||3633||Springfield||8/23/11||$475,000||$408,000||33||12||4||2||3000||75 X 125|
|CLSD||3643||Harding||12/19/11||$350,000||$320,000||60||7||3||2.1||0||50 X 103|
This research is exactly why I hire the best professional photographer to capture your home.
This photo session ONLY occurs after we have staged the home, getting rid of clutter, cleaning, and moving the furnishings to show off the home’s best features.
The photographer needs to come at the right time of the day – not noon. The best time is when the sun is on the front door of the house.
I often have the photographer come twice – day AND night – to show off the house at various times fo the day.
Here are examples of some bad real estate photos on the MLS today – April 27, 2013
To find out how you can get the best photographs taken of your listing, contact
Baird & Warner
I’m a member of NextDoor, that great neighborhood website where residents nearby can raise questions to their trusted neighbors and get important answers. Usually, someone is announcing online that they’ve moved into the neighborhood, and we all welcome them. Other times, someone asks for referrals for a cleaning person, window washer, landscaper, or babysitter.
Tonight, a new neighbor asked about wildlife. It was an amusing exchange, and the conversation offers great insights into what a Chicagoan can expect to see in a neighborhood outside the Gold Coast/South Loop – type interior neighborhoods. I’m in Edgewater – and except for mentioning rats or the recent coyote sighting, this conversation will help you prepare to live outside of a Chicago high-rise building:
22 Apr From the New Neighbor:
Are you in a neighborhood that offers NextDoor? If not, I encourage you to start your own community by selecting this link. It’s a closed group opportunity that allows you to share important information, build a community, and Live Well in Chicago!
I want to give a “Shout Out” to Kate Welborn of my neighborhood, who started our NextDoor group. It’s a great service to all of us, and I’m so glad I have her as one of my neighbors!
Before I moved to Chicago, I thought it was an enormous anonymous city. Wow, was I wrong!
The communities of this city are vibrant, strong, and personal. It’s more of a small town than I ever dreamed, and I’m blessed to live in one of the greatest neighborhoods in Chicago!
(And … I’ve never minded our wildlife — it’s just fine!)
Chicago’s historic landmark – the Bedford Restaurant and Bar was on my “To Do” list —
The developers salvaged and incorporated countless elements of the original building, creating a striking decor:
I tried the “Dark and Stormier” cocktail, although I was tempted by the “Cucumber Cooler”. We noshed on mussels and oysters – yum! Then, instead of choosing one of the entrees, we instead chose to linger over the charcuterie and cheese trays.
It was a wonderful night in a charming historic venue. I definitely recommend you give it a whirl!
Staging your Homes means clearing out, organizing, de-cluttering…
Organizing experts say to put each item into one of 4 categories:
When I’m cleaning my home in the spring, after Christmas, and when certain VIP guests are arriving, I think of my cleaning as Staging My Home for Sale. I guess it’s an occupational hazard. I know, though, that we all love our homes the most when they’re presented well – Spring Cleaning just feels the same as Staging my House for Sale.
With this fabulous Chicago spring weather today, I found the Houzz article timely – it reminds me that other options exist:
The Villa Historic District Garage Sale is in June
Lakewood Balmoral Historic District Garage Sale is the Saturday after Labor Day
Post a comment to tell us when your neighborhood garage sale will take place;
If it’s an annual event, tell me that, too, so I can start keeping track on the resource page
The initial response to my new Chicago 2-flat listing at 3623 N Ashland has been fantastic!
All real estate agents know that the first 3 weeks are critical to selling a property. Most of the showings occur during this time. Why is this? Anyone who’s been looking for a new home is watching new properties come on the market. That pool of buyers will inevitably find the new listing and, if interested, schedule a showing right away. After 3 weeks, showings are with NEW buyers. Often these new buyers are just educating themselves to the market, and aren’t necessarily READY TO BUY.
We had 6 showing appointments today at 3623 N Ashland!
Listing agents can track which buyers’ agents email listing information to their clients — IF the agents email directly from the MLS service. When the agent emails a link to a web address (url),then their correspondence obviously won’t be included in the Reverse Prospecting.
In the first 24 hours, 464 real estate agents have emailed information to their clients. Of these, 7 have responded to their agents as “INTERESTED.”
Agents can see the “hits”, “views” and “click-throughs” on Feeds such as Trulia, Homefinder, VHT, and others. “Hits” are when the information comes up in a search, while “views” or click-throughs” are instances where the viewer clicks on your property to get more information, see photos, etc.
In the first 24 hours, Trulia alone reported that 3623 Ashland had 162 hits and 16 property views.
It’s just the first day —
I don’t think however, that this property will last long – it’s a solid investment for some lucky home buyer!
To see 3623 N Ashland, or to learn more about multi-units as an alternative to condos in Chicago, contact Anne Rossley Baird & Warner 773-620-5333
“The Villa” – a pocket of homes built in the early 1900’s – is one of Chicago’s historic neighborhood treasures.
The neighborhood is a small section within the Irving Park Community (named after writer Washington Irving), and is bounded by Addison, Hamlin, Avondale, and Pulaski. Haentze and Wheeler developed the neighborhood, building the first home in 1907. They named the community “The Villa”, asserting, “A home in a park can be made a reality by purchasing in ‘The Villa.’ ” They promoted it as the “most beautiful, attractive and artistic home spot in the City of Chicago today.”*
Between 1907 and 1925, Prairie and Craftsman-style homes were built in The Villa, with overhanging porches and slightly sloping gable roofs. Lots are usually 50′ wide, providing lots of landscape and separation between homes. There are 2 boulevards in the neighborhood – Avers and Harding – these make the neighborhood feel even more open and welcoming.
View The Villa in a larger map
The Villa’s incredibly well-located- jump on the Kennedy and you can get where you need to be in 10-15 minutes – downtown, O’Hare, the North Shore…. there’s great shopping nearby, too!
The neighborhood association, The Villa Improvement League, has achieved success in maintaining the integrity of the community, gaining acceptance in the National Register of Historic Places and attaining Chicago Landmark Status. The book, Villa – 90th Anniversary Book, published in 1997, is an absolutely stunning compilation of this neighborhood and its history. Compiled by the Villa Historic Committee, it includes information on all the homes, the history of the neighborhood, the developers, the architects, and how The Villa attained its historic designations.
For those who love history and bungalows, the book and the neighborhood are very exciting. Kudos to all residents in the neighborhood for supporting the Historic Committee’s efforts, but particularly to Roy Diez, Darcie Wadycki, Carol Brice, Gene Hartmann, Kin Waldack, and Wally Wadycki for creating this irreplaceable tome.
* Information about the neighborhood is based on The Villa 1907-1997
Each of the 2 bedroom units has 2 bedrooms, hardwood floors, separate heat/air, and enclosed rear porches.
The full basement includes washer and dryer for laundry, and the detached 2 car garage provides additional income.
The property will be listed in the MLS beginning April 5, 2013.
For an appointment, please call Anne Rossley, Baird & Warner.Anne Rossley Baird & Warner 773-620-5333