Hemingway House in Oak Park under Contract

The Ernest Hemingway boyhood home went under contract on 3/8 of this year.  Located in Oak Park, it was converted nto a 3-flat, but retains much of its vintage 1906 charm. It sits on a 75 x 186′ lot, and was designed by architect H. Fiddelke.

To see similar Oak Park single family homes that are for sale or have just sold, select this personalized Buyer Tour.

If you are interested in learning more about homes in Chicago’s suburbs, please contact Anne Rossley of Prudential Rubloff.



Hemingway House for Sale (Chicago Tribune)

Hemingway House sells (Curbed Chicago)

Hemingway Foundation

CBS Article and Video

Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS
Prudential Rubloff

Chicago Homes for Sale on Large Lots


The typical Chicago city lot is 25 x 125 – this means homes have either small rooms with a center hall, or, bigger rooms that connect via one side hall (bedrooms up) while the downstairs is open. Are you tired of this floor plan?


Oversized Chicago city lots are the answer!

If you live in a house that’s 37.5-50′ wide, you have many more options for floor plan layouts.

If you have a deep lot – 152-183′ deep – you can expand the back and still have lots of space inside.

I’m frequently asked to show homes on Chicago oversized lots, so I’ve put together a Buyer Tour of homes available TODAY in Chicago’s north side neighborhoods.  For this tour, I’ve included homes in Uptown, North Center, Lincoln Square, and Edgewater.  To view information and photos of these homes, select this link.

5452 N Lakewood $ 1,695,000

Address Rooms BRs Stories School
6023 Kenmore $799,000 15 7 3 Swift
4527 Malden $845,000 13 8 3 Stockton
1805 Cornelia $899,000 8 4 1.5 Hamilton
4883 Ravenswood $950,000 13 5 3 McPherson
5345 Magnolia $950,000 10 5 Peirce
1842 Warner $959,000 11 4 3 Ravenswood
4148 Rockwell $1,099,000 10 5 3 Coonley
4930 Winchester $1,099,900 13 6 3 McPherson
1835 Berenice $1,160,000 11 6 2 Hamilton
651 Hutchinson $1,175,000 8 3 2 Brennemann
3649 Bell $1,199,000 10 5 2 Bell
3832 Bell $1,199,000 12 6 3 Bell
1931 Bradley $1,200,000 11 4 2 Bell
1426 Rascher $1,249,000 11 6 2 Peirce
4722 Malden $1,349,000 11 5 2 Stockton
5457 Wayne $1,570,000 14 5 3 Peirce
5452 Lakewood $1,695,000 13 7 3 Peirce
2160 Sunnyside $1,699,999 11 6 2 McPherson
3540 Ravenswood $2,795,000 14 6 2 Brennemann
817 Hutchinson $4,995,000 15 6 3 Brennemann
4132 Whipple $675,000 9 4 2 Bateman
2034 Giddings $895,000 11 5 3 McPherson
2120 Giddings $1,400,000 12 6 2 McPherson
1912 Belle Plaine $1,650,000 11 6 3 Coonley
4230 Marine $2,395,000 10 4 2 Brennemann

For a customized tour of Lincoln Park/ Lake View single family homes on oversized lots, please email me and I’ll reply with the tour link.

Other options for consideration – de-converting 2 flats to single family homes!  By getting a multi-unit on a big lot, you can save lots of money in purchase price, and maybe even property taxes!

Historic Homes Under $1Million

There are some fabulous homes for buyers looking under $1 Million in Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods – Uptown, North Center, Lincoln Square, and Edgewater.  Many are located in historic districts, where property tax savings are available.

I’m going to offer buyer home tours for various home categories in future weeks – today’s tour is “historic homes UNDER $ 1Million.” To see this month’s historic home buyer tour, select this link.

Make an appointment to see these or any other homes for sale — call me at 773.620.5333.

Or, complete this form and get your personalized home tour:


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Two Bedroom Condos for Sale Under $200,000 – Chicago’s North Side

Looking for a great 2 Bedroom condo under $200,000 in a smaller building with reasonable monthly assessments? There are some great condos available on Chicago’s north side – Uptown, Lincoln Square, Andersonville… close to transportation and a great value, too!

Here are four, but if you select this link ( Condo Buyer Tour–2 Bedrooms Under $200K   )  you can get a buyer tour that includes interior photos and property data.  These properties are available through MRED Multiple Listing Service, and I would be happy to speak to you more if you’re interested in making an appointment to view some or all of these.

Contact Anne Rossley, Prudential Rubloff (Select this email link) or call my cell — 773-620-5333.

1031 W Bryn Mawr - 1430 SF - $ 199,900

4929 N Wolcott- $179K Steps from Metra

5111 Kenmore - $ 167,500 - FHA Approved


1454 W Hood

$ 579,900

Fresh for 2012, this Edgewater Glen 1911 home is a terrific buy!

It’s currently a 3 bedroom 2 bath home, and it’s very liveable as it is, yet there are options for increasing the # of bedrooms and baths very easily. The home sits on a 30′ wide lot, and there is a tall attic with plumbing stubbed in  – terrific space for a master suite!  The basement is large and clean – it could be used as a play room or finished out as needed.

The home has been fully rehabbed, and it’s in mint condition – just what today’s buyers are looking for!! Pictures are available at this link, but don’t be fooled – it’s staged so well that the photos don’t do it justice – you need to see it in person.

It’s not my listing – I’m just reporting that I think it’s a good buy for someone interested in historic Chicago homes in Edgewater – Chicago’s north side.

To see all single family homes for sale in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, select this link.

If you are interested in finding out about home sales in  your area, please email Anne, who can either send a CMA via email or meet with you to discuss your home’s value.

For more information on Chicago Single Family Homes,

particularly historic homes,

contact Anne Rossley at Prudential Rubloff.

(773) 620-5333

Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update – May, 2011

Homes for Sale and Homes Sold in Lakewood Balmoral Historic District

Select the above link to be directed to a full market analysis, including pictures and greater details of the latest news in homes for sale and homes sold in this wonderful Chicago historic district in the Andersonville neighborhood.

It’s been a busy real estate month for real estate in Lakewood Balmoral.

This month, 2 big sales occurred:

5511 N Lakewood, a full rehab by David Kirk, closed for $ 1,530,000, the highest sale since 5456 N Lakewood closed in Sept, 09 for $ 1,600,000.

5511 N Lakewood

The house at 5459 N Lakewood, was listed for 2 days before going under contract.  Listed at $ 1,300,000, the home is scheduled to close in July.  On a double corner lot with mature landscaping and a wrought iron fence, the brick masonry and terra cotta roof home is a landmark in the neighborhood.

I am pleased to represent the sellers in this sale, and I look forward to being able to report the sales price once it closes.

5459 N Lakewood

For information on homes in Lakewood Balmoral, or if you’d like to learn about multi-units or condos in Andersonville, please contact Anne Rossley at Prudential Rubloff.

ST Address Price Days RMS BR BA SQFT Lot Size
ACTV 5453 Magnolia $640,000 8 8 5 2 2250 48X123
ACTV 5344 Lakewood $975,000 250 9 5 3.2 0 37.5 X 123
CLSD 5219 Magnolia $585,000 8 8 4 1.1 3375 37 X 123
CLSD 5310 Wayne $665,000 32 10 4 2.1 0 33 X 123
CLSD 5511 Lakewood $1,530,000 120 13 5 3.1 5500 37.5X123
PEND 5441 Wayne $779,000 22 12 4 2 2925 32X123
PEND 5459 Lakewood $1,300,000 5 12 6 3.1 4763 49 x 123

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Noble Square

Noble Square (800-1600N…1400-1600W) is a little-known treasure – affordable homes and great amenities!  Some of the top reasons to live in Noble Square…

10.     9th Annual Renegade Craft Fair – Sept 10,11

The Renegade Craft Fair differs from traditional arts and craft fairs by focusing on DIY and indie-craft culture. Each individual fair is juried from hundreds of applications to purposefully feature a curated, eclectic array of young and emergent designers producing original and handmade goods in a wide-variety of media.

9.   Lovely Bake Shop

8.   Wicker Park Farmers Market

1500 N Damen – June  – October

Sundays – 8 am – 2 pm

7.   Smoke Daddy —  1804 W Division

Famous and highly rated barbecue restaurant with live music

6.   Wicker Park —  1425 N Damen  …    YES  – – – the P – A – R – K !

5.   Shopping on Division and Damen

  • Ruby Room
  • Pump
  • Dress
  • BCBG
  • Lulu lemon
  • Marc Jacobs
  • G boutique

4.   Piece Pizza and Brewery

Not only a great spot and brew champion, Piece Pizza is a sponsor of the Walter Payton Grizzlies – another reason to support this fine establishment!!!

3.  Arami

Voted top new restaurant by Chicago Magazine, another successful and favorite dining destination by friend Ty Fujimura

2.  Transportation

Blue Line

Bus 9

Bus 70

Noble Square is moments away from I 90/94, the loop, the blue line, and easy ways to get just about anywhere!
View 1508 W Cortez – Noble Square Chicago in a larger map

1.  1508 W Cortez – #2     Two bedroom duplex condo for sale – $ 299,000

What a warm and wonderful home!  View the video to see the many amenities this home offers!

Contact Anne Rossley at Prudential Rubloff to view this fantastic Noble Square home.

More great dining options:

New homes in Jacksonville come with record-setting rattlesnake!

Found in KB homes subdivision, south of Jacksonville…

15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake– the largest ever caught on record.

A little research (source unknown) revealed the following:

  • One bite from a snake this large contains enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
  • The head alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man.
  • This snake was probably alive when George H. W. Bush was President.

A bite from those fangs would equal being penetrated by two 1/4 inch screwdrivers. A snake this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child.

A snake this size has an approximately 5 and 1/2 foot accurate striking distance.

(The distance for an average size Rattlesnake is about 2 feet)

Judging by the size of the snake, it is estimated to weigh over 170 pounds.

Top 10 Reasons to Live in the West Loop

10. Girl and the Goat Restaurant

“Top Chef” Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard teams up with partners Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm of Boka Restaurant Group at this “fun and funky” shared-plates spot focusing on Mediterranean flavors and local ingredients in the West Loop.

9. Harpo Studios now belongs to Rosie!

Now that Oprah’s retired from TV, Rosie has now taken her place – leasing Harpo studios in the West Loop neighborhood!

8 .  Viaggio Ristorante and Lounge –

This is a favorite of Yelp reviewers – visit Viaggio before heading to your next United Center event!

7. The Tasting Room

1415 W Randolph – a neighborhood wine lounge and restaurant in downtown Chicago. Strives to be the most comprehensive, comfortable, and attitude-free environment for the enjoyment of fine wines, brews, spirits, as well as for innovative nouveau-American dining.

6. Museum of Holography

Small space packed with terrific holograms – 1134 W Washington

5.  Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and Playoff-bound Chicago Bulls

Whatever the event, you’re close but not too close to the action!

4.  Mary Bartelme Park

Mary Bartelme was a  judge and youth advocate, and this terrific park (named for her) is not only wonderful green space – it’s a community gathering spot and social mecca

3. Maude’s Liquor Bar

What can we say?  If nothing else, it’s  a great blog!
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2.  Reverse Commuting

When you’re near transportation routes – you don’t have to live in the suburbs!  Your life is fun!  You matter!

1.  Fabulous living spaces  – like 950 Monroe  # 612

Offered at $ 237.59 per square foot, including parking, this one bedroom can’t be beat!  It’s a relocation sale – we must have an offer this month!

Find out how living in the West Loop is your best move!  Call Anne Rossley (773) 620-5333 at Prudential Rubloff to see this terrific loft condo!

Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update

Lakewood Balmoral real estate news –

5219 N Magnolia

The “bargain-basement” property at 5219 N Magnolia is under contract.  Priced at $ 599,000, it sold and went under contract in 35 days.

5340 N Magnolia

The home at 5340 N Lakewood, was originally last fall for $ 1,050,000, and it’s now available for $ 800,000. This is the lowest priced home in the neighborhood.  This 1903 home with great curb appeal is on a 37.5 ‘ wide lot and offers 5 bedrooms.

Also available for sale is one of the Greene & Proppe – award winning townhomes.  Listed now for 25 days, 1224 W Bryn Mawr is for sale at $975,000.  It’s a 3 bedroom 3.5 bath with 4 fireplaces, built in 2002 on a 21 x 80 lot.

1224 W Bryn Mawr

To view homes for sale in Lakewood Balmoral, contact Anne Rossley at Prudential Rubloff.  With over 23 years in real estate, Anne specializes in selling historic homes.  Download a full market analysis by selecting this link.

ACTV 5340 LAKEWOOD $800,000 11 5 4 37.5X123
ACTV 1224 BRYN MAWR $939,000 7 3 3 21 X 80
ACTV 5344 LAKEWOOD $975,000 9 5 3 37.5 X 123
ACTV 5511 LAKEWOOD $1,575,000 13 5 3 37.5X123
A/I 5219 MAGNOLIA $599,000 8 4 1 37 X 123
CLSD 5210 MAGNOLIA $757,500 9 4 2 37.5X123
CLSD 5418 MAGNOLIA $810,000 12 6 2 40 X 120
CLSD 1450 SUMMERDALE $837,000 10 4 3 50 X 125
CLSD 5255 LAKEWOOD $1,026,000 12 4 3 50X123

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