Lakewood Balmoral Real Estate Update – November 2010

Lakewood Balmoral real estate continues to be a bargain!  This Andersonville neighborhood (part of Edgewater) is known for old historic Chicago homes on wide or double lots.  Home sale prices vary from $700,000 to $ 1,600,000 (2009-2010).

This month, one home sold – 5418 N Magnolia. Originally listed at $ 975,000, it sold very near its latest list price of $ 825,000.  The 1911 pre-foreclosure property sits on a 40′ lot and offers 6 bedrooms.  It was a terrific purchase!

List Sold Date MT BR BA
5210 N MAGNOLIA $849,900 146 4 2.1
5344 N LAKEWOOD $1,050,000 50 5 3.2
5440 N MAGNOLIA $1,150,000 194 5 2.1
1450 W SUMMERDALE $925,000 133 4 3
5255 N LAKEWOOD $995,000 12 4 3
5418 N MAGNOLIA $825,000 $810,000 10/27/2010 46 6 2

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.


Edgewater Homes for Sale — see all single family homes for sale in Edgewater

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce

Magnolia Glen Homes on Tour

This Sunday, Sept 20, the Edgewater Historical Society will be hosting its annual historic homes tour.  This year, Magnolia Glen will be the focus.

Nine homes will be showcased – interiors as well as exteriors – between 12 and 4 pm.  Tickets are $ 25, and will be sold at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at the corner of  Magnolia and Thorndale.

The Gauler Twin Houses, designed by the prominent Prairie School architect Walter Burley Griffen, and on Chicago list of historic landmarks, will be included.

Gauler Twin Houses

Gauler Twin Houses

Magnolia Glen Historic Home Tour

Magnolia Glen is one of several historic neighborhoods in Edgewater.  Others include Lakewood Balmoral and Edgewater Glen.

To view homes in Edgewater’s historic neighborhoods,  call Anne Rossley at Prudential RUBLOFF.   Anne specializes in the sale of landmark vintage single family homes.

Hopleaf “Sister” Spot to Open in LaDonna Space

Michael Roper, owner of the popular Hopleaf bar and restaurant in Edgewater, has financing in place to purchase the space next door – the former La Donna Restaurant.  He plans to open a 90 seat 2 story bistro by year’s end, with Mediterranean cuisine and 20 microbrews.

Don’t look for this to be the ‘best of Hopleaf’,though, he warns in yesterday’s  Crain’s article.  This will be an altogether different bistro.

As a Hopleaf fan, I can’t wait to see what Mr. Roper brings us next!


Bricolage Update

The Foster Avenue Bricolage is well under way — Edgewater and Lakewood Balmoral residents were on hand this past Saturday to lend a hand and put up tiles.

Bricolage South Wall July 2009

With a Native American theme, the wall includes photos and symbols of Native American Life in the area.

Andersonville Farmers Market is Fantastic!

Farmers MarketI hit the Andersonville Farmers Market yesterday, and I fell in love…

Between Clark andAshland on Berwyn (5300 N – 1500W)  there are many booths with treasures.

I found truly wonderful smells and tastes…

  • sweet smelling and beautiful guest soaps
  • chipotle salsa (my favorite — my daughter preferred the habanero)
  • cheese-  curds, fried cheese, 10 year old aged cheddar — all from a family cheese business (available for tasting!)
  • pulled pork
  • heirloom tomatoes
  • 5 cheese garlic spread (to die for!) along with spinach artichoke dip and roasted tomato salsa
  • fresh fruits and veggies, of course
  • scones, croissants, brioche…

There were 3 ensembles scheduled for entertaining the crowd and a chicken the kids could pet.

I recommend you check it out next week — Wednesdays 4 – 8 pm.

See you there!

Thom Greene Show at Edgewater Historical Society

I had been unable to get to Thom Greene‘s show at the Edgewater Historical Society until this week.  I’m so glad I got to see it before it closed.  What a delight!

Thom Greene Unbuilt Projects and Fantasy Architecture

The show, titled “Unbuilt Projects and Fantasy Architecture” was great fun.  I’ve always known Thom has vision and an imaginative eye.  His sense of color is fantastic.  And this show did not disappoint.

I have one question, though — where are  the developers/owners who didn’t choose the designs I saw displayed?  Hiding in the hovels, I suppose — losers for having not used Thom’s great design1s

This Saturday is your last chance to visit — 1-4 pm at the Edgewater Historical Society.

By the way …  it gives you a chance to see Thom’s proposal for the Lake Shore Drive Redevelopment Project — a project I wholeheartedly support.

Drawer Full of Dreams

Friends of the Park

Andersonville Farmers Market

On June 24,  the Andersonville Famers Market begin operations, continuing every Wednesday until Sept 9 between 4 and 8 pm!

Natalie Maynor on Flickr

NatalieMaynor on Flickr

Located on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland, the market will feature locally grown produce, and 3 will offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, where you can pick up your produce weekly at this location.  This subscription is a flat fee you pay in advance, so you can share in the bounty of what the farmer has harvested each week.  Subscriptions will be available from:

The market will also feature local chef’s demonstrations, prepared food from local restaurants, and entertainment for kids and adults.

This looks to be a great addition to the Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood, and I look forward to checking it out!

Thanks to the sponsors…

Jean Fishbeck
Alderman Patrick O’Connor
Andersonville Physical Therapy
State Senator Heather Steans
Painted Light Photography and Framing Studio

West Andersonville Neighbors Together

My Private Chef

T. Salon & Gallery

Bikram Yoga Andersonville

Joel Hall Dancers and Center

Chiropractic For Life

Creative Counseling of Chicago
Brown Elephant

Edgewater Bricolage III Update

This week, action heats up with the next Bricolage planned for the Edgewater neighborhood.  On Saturday evening, Tracey Van Duinen  and Todd Osborne will be projecting the image onto the Foster Ave underpass, and neighbors will have the chance to help trace the design on the wall.

Then, during the summer, the mosaic pieces will be applied and we will be able to see the project come alive!


For the first time, residents are invited to join in, tracing part of the design and participating in the initial steps of the art project.  The action begins at 7:30 for those who are interested in participating.

The theme this year is a tribute to Native Americans from the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods

I am so excited about this project — I love the art, I love the community involvement, I think Tracey and Todd are doing top notch work (and they’re great guys!), and I smile every time I walk or drive through the beautiful mosaic walls.  I think this project is one of the most under-appreciated in Edgewater and Chicago, but I’m grateful Ernie Constantino and Mary Ann Smith are fans of public art–we will appreciate their efforts for years to come as we enjoy this commemorative Chicago Public Art!


Bricolage on WTTW

Chicago Public Art Group

48th Ward Website

For more information on the Edgewater neighborhood, select this link.

To see homes for sale in these neighborhoods…



Anne Rossley, Rubloff, specializes in historic and vintage home sales on Chicago’s north side, including the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods.

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