Chicago Historic Property – 3500 Janssen – On the Market AGAIN

The renovated historic home at 3500 N Janssen is for sale again – this time it’s listed at $ 2,650,000. This Chicago historic property has been listed multiple times since May, 2012, and the quest to sell began at $ 2,950,000. As of 3 days ago, it was listed by a new real estate agent, Tim Salm, of Jameson Real Estate.

3500 N Janssen

The City of Chicago Landmarks Commission includes 3500 N Janssen in its list of architecturally significant properties in the city. It  was designed by H. C. Call.

Chicago Historic Property 3500 N Janssen - Chicago Rea Estate

Features and Amenities of this Chicago Historic Property:

  • Wide lot — 42 x 124
  • Brick Exterior
  • Recently renovated – Marshall Morgan Erb design
  • Twelve Rooms – 6 bedrooms
  • Gorgeous library on second floor
  • Roof deck over garage
  • Popular Hamilton Elementary School District – See Test Scores Here
  • Lower level includes family room, guest bedroom, and catering kitchen
  • Amazing wine cellar!
  • Gorgeous professionally designed landscape

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CPS High School Admissions Results – Selective Enrollment and CTE


The CPS Office of Access and Enrollment is feverishly finishing the selection process for this year’s Chicago 8th grade students.

Letters are to be mailed this Friday by the central office, letting 8th grade students and their parents know which selective enrollment high school, if any, they will be attending in the fall.

In addition, special program invitations will also be mailed.

For Jones College Prep, 390 “offers to attend” will be sent for selective enrollment seats. The class size should be about 350, so OAE Jones College Prepexpects around 40 students to decline the opportunity to enroll at JCP. For the 75 CTE slots, 75 letters will be mailed.

CPS has cross-referenced the selective enrollment and CTE  applications – if a student applied to both selective enrollment AND CTE at Jones College Prep, and he/she qualifies for the selective enrollment program, he will be slotted into that group. No one should receive an invitation to both programs at Jones College Prep.

This year, 4000 applications city-wide were submitted for the 75 CTE slots at Jones College Prep.   Last year, there were 1000 applications. For Jones, CTE is the pre-law and pre-engineering program that is geared to neighborhood students. Students are not separated from the selective enrollment students – they take all the same honors classes as everyone else. They have, however, a pre-law or pre-engineering  class each semester that relates to their particular interest.

After the selective enrollment assignments are made, the process for CTE selection begins.  OAE has 2 pools of applicants – a)  neighborhood, and b) outside the JCP boundary.  These applications are placed in order, beginning with the highest score. Students FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD are offered CTE slots first, in order of their scores. As seats are assigned, and the scores drop, eventually an application will have a score 150 points below the tier 1 cutoff for Jones (a number that’s not published as of this writing).  At that point, the selection process moves to the OUTSIDE – BOUNDARY students, and begins at the top. As previously mentioned, these 75 invitations will also go out in the mail on Friday.

We don’t know the ratio of “neighborhood” to “outside-boundary” applications, so it’s impossible to tell what any particular student’s chances are of getting in to this new and popular CPS program. This is only the 2nd year for the program, so historic numbers aren’t indicative of the program’s current popularity. Parents may remember that the program was recently announced that many didn’t even know of the program last year. That was last year! This year, based on the success of the program and the new building’s debut, the four-fold increase in applications isn’t surprising.

One fact remains — there are not enough seats available for students who want them, or for that matter, deserve them.

Great CPS school choices for B students are nil, and as the popularity increases for programs like Jones’ CTE (pre-law, pre-engineering), more private school elementary students will migrate to the Chicago Public School system for high school, leaving even fewer options available to students who grew up in the CPS elementary school system.

Once these admission letters are mailed, each high school will follow up with an information packet to their students. This packet will provide information on the school, as well as procedures for accepting the offer to attend. In the case of Jones College Prep, packets will go out right away, including an invitation for Freshman Welcome Night – March 4 and 5 — when students and parents can turn in their acceptance forms and learn about the registration process.

chicago public school admissions letters arrivingAt this writing, Jones College Prep does NOT have the list of accepted students from OAE.  They may not have the list until Friday, so the packets are now being stuffed to wait for the lucky winners’ address labels.

I’ve gone through this process 3 times, and my heart goes out to the Chicago families who are waiting to hear if they got into the selective enrollment high school of their choice. It’s a very stressful time. I wish you all the best!

Did anyone warn the mail carriers that Chicago parents will be stalking them on Saturday?!?!

If you have a question about navigating the Chicago Public School system,
and you’re looking for a parent who can give some insight or direction,
please give me a call!

I can’t promise I know every answer, but I can point you in a more helpful direction!

Anne Rossley


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Historic Chicago Properties – 3634 N Avers


This historic Chicago property has just been listed-  3634 N Avers in The Villa Historic District. Located between Irving Park and Addison near the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), it’s a hop, skip, and jump for every important location in Chicago!

Historic Chicago Property


The Villa Historic District

 OPEN SUNDAY – 2/16  

12 – 3 pm

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The vintage details are spectacular!
  • Oak hardwood floors
  • Craftsman fireplace flanked by bookcases
  • Original stained glass windows in Living Room over bookcases
  • French Doors (2 sets!) with 12-light design connect Living Room to full-width Sun Room
  • Formal Dining Room with original built-in hutch
  • Grand crown moldings – Tiger Birch and Oak


3634 N Avers The VIlla Historic DIstrict
Features and Amenities not found in Typical Chicago Homes:
  • Sited on 50′ wide lot on parkway boulevard
  • Newer Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, custom cherry cabinets
  • Breakfast Room overlooking lush back yard
  • One-way street – slow traffic and quiet!
  • Four season Front Sun Room offers idyllic view of tranquil neighborhood!
  • Master Dressing Room offers additional space and storage
  • Reconfigured staircase to basement means comfortable access, ready for your rec room finishes
  • Tall attic ready for your finishes – perhaps a simple gable addition?
  • New copper returns between radiators
  • Steel beam support – solid home for years to come!

 3634 N Avers Kitchen

Interested in learning more about The Villa Historic District?

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Other Links:

Chicago Historic Districts

The Villa Website

Maps of Chicago Historic Districts

Villa Historic District Neighborhood Photos


Historic Chicago Properties – Vintage Homes For Sale


– Historic Chicago Properties  –

Vintage Homes for Sale!

There are some terrific turn-of-the-century single family homes that have just hit the market — one-of-a-kind Chicago Real Estate…it’s time to

Take NOTE!

Take a Tour of the Inside of These Homes!

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See These Historic Properties –

Just Listed for Sale

On Chicago’s North Side

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4232N Kenmore-- Chicago Real Estate

4352 N Kenmore


824 W Castlewood - Chicago Historic Home for sale

824 W Castlewood


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3025 N Oakley


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3422 N Janssen


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Astor Street Historic District – Chicago Real Estate Update

Astor Street- the crown of the Gold Coast – Chicago’s premier Near North neighborhood…

What does a home cost on Astor Street?

The homes for sale range from $2,385,000 to $8,000,000.

1242 N Astor - chicago historic homes for sale

1242 N Astor


1442 N Astor- Chicago Historic Homes-Gold Coast

1442 N Astor


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Select one of the links below to see homes for sale and homes that have recently sold on Chicago’s famous Astor Street

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How Big are the Homes on Astor?

Several homes are 10,000 or more square feet – the smallest home that’s for sale or sold over the last 3 years has been 4500 square feet.

Homes for Sale and Recently Sold

The following chart includes homes currently for sale, as well as property that has recently closed. Contact Anne Rossley for more information on these listings.

StatStreet #Str NameList PriceSold PrClosed DateASFRmsBRBACarsMTTaxesBuiltLotRehab?
ACTV1242Astor$2,385,0005100964.30545$20,741.971891PER SURVEYYes
ACTV1308Astor$2,500,000NR944.11181$45,755.00188718' 6 X 100Yes
PCHG1224Astor$4,250,000NR1155.11615$26,100.00190924 X 90Yes
CLSD1431Astor$4,200,000$3,675,00012/13/07NR1554.32872$36,256.04189425 X 125
CLSD1511Astor$4,300,000$4,300,0004/2/0785451864.109$38,235.0030 X 125
CLSD1520Astor$4,950,000$4,425,0003/13/0861001244.21893$30,279.22191130 X 110
CLSD1451Astor$6,100,000$5,250,0003/17/0870001367.12310$29,441.77191028.5 X 125Yes

Historic Charnley House

Charnley House on Astor Street

Get information on Charnley House – Select this link

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Other links of Interest:

History – Gold Coast Neighbors Association

Chicago Landmarks Page

Potter Palmer Houses – Designslinger

Joseph Ryerson House

Junior League of Chicago

Frommer’s Walking Tour

MetroWalkz Self-Guided Tour

The Archbishop’s Residence in the Gold Coast

Marking a Spot in the City’s History

Curbed Chicago – John Wellborn Root’s Home – 1310 Astor

Rogers Park Manor Historic District – Chicago Real Estate Update




Rogers Park Manor  – a charming Chicago neighborhood of bungalows built in the 1920’s, offers wonderful homes at affordable prices.

To read more about the history of the Rogers Park Manor neighborhood, read this article (select link) written by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.

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Indian Boundary Park

Rogers Park Manor is located just south of Indian Boundary Park, one of Chicago’s best neighborhood parks. Facilities include:

  • Cultural Center
  • Lagoons and Ponds
  • Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Volleyball Courts
  • Community Gardens
  • Picnic Areas
  • Water Spray Features
  • Playgrounds

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Tour Rogers Park Manor Homes

For Sale and Recently Sold!

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Three homes available for sale today:

2600 W Coyle Rogers Park Manor

2600 W Coyle


2625 W Farwell Chicago Real Estate

2625 W Farwell


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2656 W Coyle


ListedSoldASFClosed DateRmsBRBABuiltLot Rehab?Taxes
ACTV2656Coyle$469,90038801042192133 X 124Yes$3,982.79
CLSD2628Coyle$400,000$380,00027268/29/131542.1192333 X 124No$5,535.13
CLSD2627Lunt$415,000$400,000NR9/11/13832.1192825 X 125Yes$6,262.45

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Other Links:

Map of Chicago Historic Districts

Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative

WBEZ – 100 Years of Chicago Bungalows

Vintage Homes for Sale – Chicago Historic Properties


lakewood balmoral historic district

New vintage homes for sale – built 1880’s  – early 1900’s — there are some great historic properties for sale on Chicago’s north side neighborhoods

Tour New Listings  – Vintage Homes for Sale

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3627 N Bell

4 Bedroom / 4 Bath


2124 eastwood

2124 W Eastwood

Lincoln Square 3 Bedroom 2 Bath


3757 bosworth

3757 N Bosworth – 2 blocks from Blaine


3 Bedroom   2.1 Bath

3024 hamilton

3023 N Hamilton

4 Bedroom   3.1 Bath


1915 wolfram

3752 N Wayne – Greystone in Blaine School District


5 Bedroom 3.1 Baths

2454 winona

2454 W Winona

3 Bedroom 3 Bath


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Million Dollar Views – Chicago Real Estate Update

Views!   Views!   Views!!

For the Chicago real estate buyer who craves a condo with a view — here’s your February update.

I have been trolling these properties for one of my clients, and she settled on a lovely unit at 1160 S Michigan.  It’s at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt, just behind Trader Joe’s and next to Yolk — the building has the benefit of being “in the thick of things” — perfect for those who love to leave their home and grab a cab in a jiffy.

The northeast view from the unit is spectacular, and to get a 2100 square foot unit at $800,000 was a terrific deal!

Here are some pictures of the condo, which closed 2 weeks ago at $00,000:

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1160 view 600

1160 from Bedroom 2014

1160 S Michigan

Love it?  Don’t Despair!

There are lots of condos available around $1MM if you love a great view — the rest of this post is dedicated to what’s available now, and I’ve included my favorites, too.

Chicago Condos for Sale — Buyer Tour

2 – 3 Bedrooms

Near North (Gold Coast/Streeterville), Loop, South Loop

Select one of the links below to see photos of these properties….

Chicago Condos for Sale February 4, 2014 (2-3BR)

My Favorite Chicago Condos (for sale now) With Great Views

Here are my favorite condos for sale today (2 – 3 bedrooms) that offer great views for around $1,000,000:

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The Parkshore – 195 E Harbor Drive # 1402


I love this building – go east on Randolph as far as you can go – take a left and you’re there! They allow dogs, the pool and fitness room are great, and they have tennis court and a lovely park area!

This is a smaller 3 bedroom, but it’s one of my favorite views in the city.

233 e 13th view

233 E 13th St # 1205


The price has been reduced since it was listed 130 days ago – the competing listing one floor below sold at $1,050,000, and it also had lovely upgrades. My client was considering this one – it’s larger and has more upgrades than the 1160 S Michigan unit, but it wasn’t worth the extra money for her needs.

Nadine did a lovely job capturing the views from this condo, don’t you think?

415 E North Water

415 E North Water 


This 2 bedroom split floor plan (1770 square feet) offers a different view than the South Loop condos – parking is extra, and the building includes a health club and indoor pool.

600 Fairbanks 3802

600 N Fairbanks #3802


This Helmut Jahn glass building was completed in 2008 – this 2 bedroom/2.5 bath 1536 square foot unit offers a recessed terrace, sun deck, and indoor dog run. Parking is extra.

1211 prairie

1211 S Prairie #2304


1212 lake shore 6aN

1212 N Lake Shore Drive 6AN


I love this building! Fantastic indoor pool, fitness center, roof deck, and each unit has a wide terrace overlooking Lake Shore Drive.

1300 lake shore 10D copy

1300 N Lake Shore Drive 10D


Margaret Carlson’s listing at 1300 Lake Shore Drive has some interesting upgrades! This view is phenomenal, both to the north AND south the East Lake Shore Drive. With a private entrance and  2200 square feet, this is a terrific unit for someone craving a great Lake Michigan view!

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Lincoln Park Home Sales- Chicago Real Estate Update


Lincoln Park Homes For Sale

Lincoln Park Home Sales

Have Proven to be a Fantastic Investment since 1993!

Today, the average home is listed at $ 2,490,000. Granted, this is not the average SALES price — homes in 2013 sold, on average, for $ 1,573,344.

Homes haven’t always sold at this price level!

I did some research to find out exactly how homes have sold over the last 20 years.

Below is a chart showing the number of homes that closed in Lincoln Park for 1993, 2003, and 2013 for various price levels. The number of homes in total didn’t vary by much – in fact, exactly 216 sold in 1993 AND 2013.

The interesting part, though, is how the prices were distributed.

Lincoln Park Single Family Home Sales

In 1993, only one home sold for over $2 MM – in fact, it sold for $ 2,700. By 2003, the highest priced home closed at $3,925,000. Last year, one home sold for $ 9,035,000.



Home Price Appreciation


How did the average priced home do over these 20 years?

Lincoln Park Single Family Home Price Appreciation

Average Price for Single Family Homes Sold

1993:      $ 434,741

2003:     $1,187,025

2013:     $1,573,344

I’m not a math whiz, so I can’t dazzle you with return on investment numbers,

nor can I calculate the gain if you leveraged your investment with a 20% down payment.

How, though, did real estate sales compare to the S&P 500?

We are all thrilled with how high the stock market has grown, aren’t we?

The S&P closed at 1756.65 on 12/31/2013, according to my source.

That’s 3.765 times the closing value (466.45) on 12/31/1993.

During the same time period,

Lincoln Park homes sold for 3.619 times the 1993 average price.

We think of the market as being so strong, but are we giving the real estate market the same love?!

Congratulations to those of you who bought real estate before 1993!

If you were late to the party, perhaps due to your birth year, or another circumstance,

Don’t Despair!

Real Estate continues to be a fantastic investment opportunity!

Rates are still low!

Now is the time to find your next (or first) real estate purchase!

Contact Anne Rossley today!


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Best Places to Retire – Chicago Seniors Real Estate Update

When we Chicago Seniors (and as I’m over 50, I have to include myself in this group!) enjoy a winter such as this one, when Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow (as he did yesterday), and when I see Facebook posts from far away Shangri-La destinations,

then the old question rings in my head…

Where are the best places to retire?

And how soon can I go there?!?!

Twenty years ago, when we were adopting Thomas from Costa Rica,  Everyone was touting Costa Rica as THE place to go – no taxes on unearned income, tropical paradise, eco-adventures, great fishing and surfing…

La Paz Waterfall - Costa Rica

La Paz Waterfall


We checked out a few places, but raising a family  (and saving for college) was more important than purchasing land in a far away land.

We visited Costa Rica whenever we could, and we dreamed of the time when we’d launch our kids and move near beaches with Mojitos and Cabanas.

Retire Outside the U.S.

A recent article by Kathleen Peddicord in US News listed the best places to retire outside the United States – based on what’s most  comfortable, affordable, convenient and rewarding for seniors.

Her top 5 Retirement Spots for Seniors:

5.  Chiang Mai, Thailand

4.  Cuenca, Ecuador

3.  Ambergris Caye, Belize

2.  Languedoc, France

1.  Coronado, Panama

Costa Rica was NOT one of them…  Hmmm…

Read the entire article here – select this link

Follow Kathleen’s blog – Live and Invest Overseas for more on senior retirement outside the U.S.

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Like Winter? Invest in a Ski Resort!

A recent article by Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine lists the top ski resort investment opportunities. Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana leads the list.

The Top 5 Resorts:

5.  Jackson, WY

4.  Avon, CO

3.  Vail, CO

2.  Truckee, CA

1.  Whitefish, MT

My Chicago Senior neighbor (and I mean senior – 76 years old!) – spends as much time in Steamboat Springs as he can, skiing away. When in Chicago, he teaches skiing at Wilmot. He was smart- he bought his ski retirement property a long time ago — when he was young. He’ll be skiing at least another 15 years, knowing him. Way to go, Joe — you’re my idol!!!

Not interested in owning, but an inexpensive vacation in a reasonably priced condo is appealing?  Check out my brother’s condo in Winter Park, Colorado — ask for the “sister discount!”

See the entire list of ski resort investment recommendation by selecting this link.

Regardless of where,

Regardless of why,

Invest in Real Estate for Retirement!

1.  Gain more leverage

2.  Grow Tax-Free

3.  Tax Free Cash-Flow

4.  Tax Write-offs against other income

5.  Rental Real Estate is a forced retirement plan

These 5 benefits are described in the recent article by Mark Kohler in Entrepeneur.

Where do Foreigners Invest?

Interestingly enough, of the top 6 places FOREIGN INVESTORS choose to purchase real estate, 5 are in the United States –

See the CNBC video and read the article here:  Select this link


Other links of interest for Chicago Seniors thinking of retirement:

Where famous expert recommend you invest

Milken Institute’s Best Cities for Successful Aging

10 Best Small Cities to Retire In

10 Low-Cost Cities for Retirement

Top 10 REITs for 2014 — Select this link


 Whatever stage of life you’re in,

when you need to evaluate your real estate holdings,

when you want to learn how much equity you have in your home(s),

contact Anne Rossley  

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