Graceland West Real Estate Update

No properties closed in Graceland West last month.  One home, 1422 W Berteau, went under contract.

The best deal for a single family home in Graceland West is 1424 W Berteau, now listed at $ 899,000.  This 1908 historic home sits on a 30 x 125 ‘ lot and is a great opportunity to buy a home in one of my favorite Chicago neighborhoods.

1424 W Berteau

1424 W Berteau

$ 899,000

These properties are currently for sale in Graceland West:

1424 W BERTEAU $899,000 10 3 3.1
1413 W BELLE PLAINE $1,299,999 8 4 3
1413 W WARNER $2,089,000 18 5 4.1
4248 N GREENVIEW $2,500,000 12 6 4.1
1454 W WARNER $3,389,000 18 6 5.2
4249 N GREENVIEW $974,000 10 3 3

Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update

Yes!  You can get into a single family in historic Lakewood Balmoral for under $ 560,000! Currently for sale is 5537 N Magnolia, a 4 bedroom 2 bath with fantastic woodwork.

5537 magnolia

5537 N Magnolia

$ 559,000

Status Price RMS BR BA
ACTV 5537 N Magnolia $559,000 10 4 2
ACTV 5323 N Wayne $625,000 14 7 2.1
ACTV 5253 N Lakewood $850,000 12 5 2.2
ACTV 5306 N Magnolia $1,025,000 10 5 2.1
ACTV 5511 N Lakewood $1,575,000 14 5 3.1
Pending 5400 N Lakewood $890,000 15 7 6
CLSD 1463 W Balmoral $567,500 9 4 2.1
CLSD 5239 N Wayne $710,000 11 5 2.1
CLSD 5437 N Wayne $1,075,000 13 5 3.1

5400 lakewood

5400 N Lakewood

$ 890,000

For more information on Lakewood Balmoral, Andersonville, or Chicago homes for sale, contact Anne Rossley of Prudential Rubloff.

Anne sells historic homes using tomorrow’s technologies!

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4605 N Hermitage – Abbott House

Abbott House is now available at a lower price – $ 2,338,000.

Abbott House

Once the home of Dr Wallace C. Abbott, founder of Abbott Laboratories, this  1891 Queen Anne victorian home was named a Chicago landmark in 2006.

The home sits on a 92 x 165 ‘ lot — nearly half an acre!  The 7 bedrooms and 7 baths – approx 6000 square feet — include fantastic original oak woodwork and carved details.

The recently rehabbed coach house is currently leased for $ 2400 / month.

Abbott House Coach House

There is no finer opportunity to own an historic home in East Ravenswood!

Abbott House BeforeAbbott House Before the New Paint

Abbott House Coach House Before Rehab

Coach House Before the Lovely Rehab

3 Ways to Thank a Vet on Veterans Day

Let’s mark the graves and decorate with flags.

But let’s also honor the vets who are among us today.

Here are three ways to thank a Vet on Veterans Day…

1.  Donate to Honor Flight Chicago

2.  Put November 19, 2009 on your calendar…

Attend the Welcome Home ceremony at Midway Airport.  It takes about 20 minutes, but from experience, I can say it’s an emotional and uplifting experience for you as well as the World War II vets.

3.  Thank a Vet.

From the website:

Honor Flight Chicago invites you to write a thank you letter to a very special, very deserving individual: a veteran of WWII, a person who, in the words of our founding fathers, helped to secure the blessings of liberty for the rest of us. Please take this opportunity to honor and pay homage to our veterans…and remember – we are the land of the free BECAUSE we are the home of the brave.

Please send your letter to:

Thank A Vet
c/o David King & Associates
1011 Lake Street
Suite 313
Oak Park, Illinois 60301

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5511 N Lakewood – Lakewood Balmoral Gut Rehab

From top to bottom, 5511 N Lakewood is undergoing a rehab.  Originally built in 1910, the lovely vintage exterior will remain while 2010 amenities are going in.

The home is listed at $ 1,575,000, and early buyers can choose their finishes.  Situated on a 37.5′ wide lot, the home will include 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths. The detail will be exquisite.

And one more thing — it’s not often you buy from a developer who lives around the corner and is entrenched in the neighborhood.  Dave Kirk is a long time friend to Lakewood Balmoral neighbors, and his is the kind of commitment  that all buyers should seek.

Built in 1910

Improved for 2010

With care and attention to detail for the ages…

5511 Lakewood

Anne Rossley of Prudential Rubloff sells historic homes using tomorrow’s technologies!

See historic homes in Lakewood Balmoral, an historic district in Andersonville,

part of Chicago’s Edgewater Community.

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In Fine Spirits – Andersonville

Shame on me for not taking advantage of this great spot before!  I have shopped but I have not “savored” !

Saturday night, we dined at In Fine Spirits on Clark Street in Andersonville.  What a night, wasn’t it?  The warmest November night I can remember, they had thankfully kept the outdoor patio prepared for dinner guests.  It was fantastic!

In Fine Spirits Andersonville

In Fine Spirits specializes in local and organic drinks and food.

It’s a tasting menu — perfect for savoring tasty bites and delicious beverages (have you had Death’s Door Gin from Wisconsin?)  The lamb orecchiette and braised beef shank were great, and the flatbread was marvelous.

It was a magical night — the weather, the food, the drink, the company…  Andersonville has become an outstanding destination — I’m just glad that my Lakewood Balmoral is steps away from Clark Street!


Anne Rossley of Prudential Rubloff specializes in selling historic homes using tomorrow’s technologies.
See historic homes of Lakewood Balmoral and contact Anne to see
homes for sale in the Andersonville neighborhood – part of Chicago’s Edgewater Community.

Best Trick or Treat Neighborhood in Chicago

Zillow has it all wrong…

But that’s okay – maybe it’s best kept a semi-secret!

Zillow lists the 5 top Chicago Trick or Treat Neighborhoods as

Halloween in Lakewood Balmoral

They don’t know about Lakewood Balmoral!

I have my 1500 pieces of candy ready ( I gave out 1200 + last year).  With historic old homes on oversized lots — home after home with great walkability, this is the place! Homeowners in the neighborhood have decked out their homes in scary-good cobwebs, lights, ghosts, and more…  they’re ready for the onslaught of goblins and ghouls.

Lakewood Balmoral residents celebrate between 4:30 and 7:30 on Halloween…check it out for a howling good time!

For information on real estate and  homes for sale in Lakewood Balmoral, an historic section of Andersonville in Chicago’s Edgewater Community, contact Anne Rossley at Prudential RUBLOFF.

Anne specializes in selling historic homes using tomorrow’s technologies!

Chicago High School Choices

It’s that time of year again — stress over the high school open house and application process.

Payton Grizzlies Kick Off

I have a sophomore safely settled at a selective enrollment high school, but with 7th and 8th graders, we are anxious and busy.  The open houses are packed with long lines.  We waited outside at Jones for an hour and a half before we could get inside.  We were able to get right inside Lincoln Park, but it was jammed.  I’m still pondering … when I complete the application, do I need to give priority to my child’s favorite school or the one he’s most likely to get in to?

Next week, it’s Walter Payton on Saturday and Lane Tech on Sunday. Our calendar is full (see open house schedule).

My son is taking a Selective Prep class, which the company claims will prepare him to get a higher score on the exam in January.  Will this make the difference in whether or not he’ll get in?  Are these classes as helpful as the businesses claim?

The courts struck down the ethnicity/race component to the selective enrollment process.  Previously,  schools were required to meet diversity goals, so the application included a checklist — is your child a (white/black/latino/asian pacific) (boy/girl)?  The swine flu epidemic has raised the attendance issue — I hear the 100 points for attendance will be handled differently than in previous years.  This year, with no diversity or attendance component, parents don’t know exactly how the 1000 point system will be implemented.  One more reason to stress out.

Chicago Public Schools

The Tribune just released ISAT scores for the Chicago schools.  How cool to have a top Illinois school right in our back yard!  But, what if our sons and daughters are just your average, hard working nice kids who score in the mid-80’s?  mid-70’s? Where is the best place for them?  There are just not enough good Chicago schools for them!

Alcott and Ogden are options, but they’re new …  part of Ren 2010.  They certainly are possibilities, but the class sizes are small (good if we’re in — bad if we’re vying for only a few spots!) and we won’t know about these classes until late in the season.

If you’re in the same “stress boat” as us,  I feel your pain.  Good luck to you and your child this season.

CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools

For information on the high school application process, or if your real estate needs are affected by your child’s education situation, contact Anne Rossley at Prudential Rubloff.

Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update

As of October 19, the following homes are for sale in Lakewood Balmoral:

Address Price BR BA
5323 N Wayne $625,000 7 2.1
5253 N Lakewood $850,000 5 2.2
5400 N Lakewood $890,000 7 6
5306 N Magnolia $1,025,000 5 2.1
5437 N Wayne $1,100,000 5 3.1
5511 N Lakewood $1,575,000 5 3.1

Just on the market — 5323 N Wayne, listed at $ 625,000.

5323 N WayneIn the last 6 months, the following single family homes have sold:

Street Name Search Price BR BA
5538 N Lakewood $680,000 4 2.1
5247 N Magnolia $900,000 5 2.1
5336 N Glenwood $960,000 4 3.1
5518 N Wayne $1,425,000 5 3.1
5456 N Lakewood $1,600,000 6 4.1

5456 N Lakewood

Of particular interest is 5456 N Lakewood, which has now closed at $ 1,600,000.

Currently under contract —

  • 5239 N Wayne
  • 5437 N Wayne

To see homes for sale in Lakewood Balmoral – part of Edgewater’s Andersonville Neighborhood, contact Anne Rossley at Prudential RUBLOFF.  Anne specializes in selling historic homes with tomorrow’s technologies.


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