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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!
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!
“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
Lakewood Balmoral – the historic Andersonville historic district in Chicago’s Edgewater Community, has 3 properties for sale today — 2 are on Bryn Mawr. There’s only one for sale in the heart of the district – 5313 N Lakewood.
Take a tour of these properties by selecting this link –
see photos and get more information by checking out this virtual tour!
|ST||HSN||STR||Closed Date||List Price||Sold Pr||MT||BR||BA||TAX||ASF||DIM|
|ACTV||1244||Bryn Mawr||$1,049,000||162||4||3.1||$10,624.00||3200||26.5 X 139.5|
|A/I||1310||Bryn Mawr||$1,650,000||33||6||4.1||$14,115.09||0||85 X 125|
|CLSD||5245||Wayne||11/16/12||$500,000||$465,000||140||4||1||$9,942.42||0||32 X 123|
|CLSD||5345||Magnolia||1/13/13||$899,900||$845,000||487||5||4||$12,731.69||0||37.5 X 123|
|CLSD||5316||Wayne||12/19/12||$989,000||$985,000||40||5||3.1||$8,876.00||0||37.5 X 123|
For more information about this historic neighborhood, or to view properties for sale, contact Anne Rossley of Baird & Warner.
The signs will be posted next week, as April 1 will be the first day for street cleaning in Chicago.
I just downloaded my ward’s map – each ward has a posted schedule and map to show boundaries – the 48th ward looks like this:
The boundaries and dates (below) And the section map for the ward (below)
All Chicago ward maps and schedules can be found on the Chicago webpage by selecting this link.
There is also a mobile app for both iphones and android phones – I have downloaded it and I’ll be testing it out, but I have to say that on my first visit, I was given incorrect information.
I picked out an address in my neighborhood, and compared it to the schedules above. The mobile app tells me street cleaning will be on April 10/11 while the city has April 9/10 scheduled for the same location. Perhaps it’s just not up to date, since this ward map was just posted this week.
Alas, I tried a location in the 42nd ward – the city has April 2/3 scheduled for Section 1 while the mobile app has April 3/4 planned. Again — mismatched dates!
It’s a great idea, and I had high hopes for using it… For now, I recommend you download the maps from the city!
If in doubt, check with your alderman’s office for the latest information, or call 311.
Wishing you clean streets and a ticket – free 2013 in Chicago this year!Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES Baird & Warner
401 E Ontario is a terrific East Streeterville building, and I saw a terrific loft-like condo there last week that sold (twice) almost immediately.
The building was built in 1989, and 394 studios, 1,2, and 3 bedroom units are found on the 50 floors. It’s a full amenity building – get information on the amenities by selecting the links toward the bottom of this post.
It’s a gorgeous building in a fabulous location – views from units can be wonderful, however that wasn’t the point of this condo – it was the flexibility of space and high ceilings/windows that aren’t found in most Streeterville condos, combined with the beautiful finishes that make it a very special property.
This unit (note – it’s not my listing – I was representing the buyer) isn’t like most of the units in the building, but it enjoys the same amenities! My buyer passed on it, reluctantly, for personal reasons. We both loved it, though, and we aren’t surprised it was snapped up immediately.
Check out some of the photos here:
|Fitness Center, Sauna and Showers|
|June’s Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Package Service|
|Other Retail Establishments In 401 East Ontario|
|Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi|
Streeterville One Bedrooms for Sale – Select this link to find Streeterville 1 Bedrooms for sale TODAY!
Streeterville Two Bedrooms for Sale – Select this link to find Streeterville 2 Bedrooms for sale TODAY!
To have a special search created just for you, select this link and include your search parameters.
|CLSD||606||$230,000||$230,000||0||10/8/12||151||1||1||S E W|
|CLSD||506||$200,000||$199,000||700||$284.29||11/19/12||193||1||1||S E W|
Kitchen renovation – it’s time for me to begin thinking of how I’m going to redo my kitchen.
Granted, it’s more of “making” a kitchen, since we currently live with one lower cabinet and assorted Metro shelving. There won’t be much to demolish!
I ran across this great guide by Houzz today — I’m going to start collecting ideas and visiting showrooms soon. This article has inspired me!
Our Foursquare is traditional 1908 – not exactly Craftsman – not MacIntosh –it’s considered “Transitional”, according to Thom Green of Greene & Proppe. Our highest priority is to make the kitchen as “historic” as the rest of the house, so it should include traditional style – inset cabinets. We have to work within a 14 x 13′ space, so we’re limited in our options.
The Southampton Kitchen with antique white stain looks more like a butler’s pantry – I’m a big fan of this one (forget the island – that’s NOT part of the look I’m going for!)
The Oak Park Cabinet is too stylized for us.
I think the Craftsman kitchen is too stylized, too.
The traditional cabinet doesn’t look right, either.
Tom and I have been fans of this cabinet for a long time! We started our journey by touting the quartersawn cabinet, but I think it’s not “soft” enough for us.
These kitchens are just gorgeous!
The cherry cabinet just might be the way to go…
I just love this Kennebec White Cabinet!