1303 Norwood in Edgewater Glen

1303 Norwood

$ 699,000


This 3 bedroom stucco homes in Edgewater Glen boasts new electrical, copper plumbing, wall insulation, wood flrs, door frames, windows, roof & slim radiators.  The third floor bonus room and partially finished basement provide additional living space, and the home and large deck sit on an oversized 30′ lot.

For information on Chicago Real Estate, homes for sale in Chicago, or information on the Edgewater Neighborhood, contact Anne Rossley at Rubloff.

New Bricolage Plans Unveiled for 48th Ward

The third Edgewater bricolage will be completed this summer  –  this one at the Foster – Lake Shore Drive underpass.  This mosaic will feature Chicago Native American history, culture, motifs, stories, and current day Indians.

The project will be unveiled tomorrow evening (5/21) in the president’s room at St. Andrews Church, 5649 N Sheridan.  Sponsored by 48th Ward Alderman, Mary Ann Smith, a series of talks is being planned for 2009 and 2010 on Indian Culture and archeology in the Edgewater and Uptown areas.

Workshops are being held over the next two weeks for residents to create the materials t0 be used in the mural.  On June 1, Lakewood Balmoral residents will be participating in a workshop, hosted by  St. Ita’s North Side Catholic Academy.  Then, in July, Tracy Van Duinen and Todd Osborne  (with their army of Uptown youth), will begin applying the tiles to the Foster Avenue underpass.

Edgewater Neighborhood ChicagoTo see WTTW’s video about the Edgewater bricolage, select this link.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, or if you would like to participate in a workshop, contact Anne Rossley of Rubloff.

5247 Magnolia Under Contract in 22 Days

Lakewood Balmoral homes continue to catch the attention of home buyers.  This lovely 1899 Classical Revival home at 5247 N Magnolia just went under contract.  Listed at $ 950,000, it’s a 5 bedroom home that sits on a 37.5′ wide lot and has tremendous curb appeal with its historic details and recent updates.


Lakewood Balmoral is an historic district in Andersonville, part of the Edgewater Community.  For a look at other beautiful homes in this neighborhood, see Anne Rossley’s photostream on Flickr.

To search for other homes for sale in Lakewood Balmoral, select this link and call Anne today!

North Side Home Sales in April Top 2008

I normally post market activity from the Gold Coast north through Edgewater, (and I will this week) but this article ONLY includes single family home sales from Uptown, Edgewater, North Center, and Lincoln Square neighborhoods.

Single Family homes closed (in these neighborhoods)  during April 2009 topped Apr ’08 sales figures.  This is the first time since August  ’08 that home sales surpassed monthly sales for the previous year.

At the same time, median sales prices were down 17% vs April ’08 to $ 603,750.  This could be due to

  • More lower priced homes selling, such as first time buyers getting into the market;   and/or
  • Homes selling below previous market prices due to seller need to move the property at any price.

In any event, there are currently 293 homes for sale in this northern geographic area, and the current median listing price is $ 799,900.   The  currently available homes in these neighborhoods represent an 11.5 month inventory of product — high and certainly not indicative of a healthy market —  but closer to normal than we’ve seen in previous months.



For more information on homes for sale in these neighborhoods:

Please contact Anne Rossley, Rubloff

To see these communities on the Chicago Area Community Map, select this link.

5400 – The Epicenter of Chicago Rock Music

What one block in the city…

…who’s also made Double Door in Wicker Park a favorite for music-lovers?

That question segues nicely to Double Door’s neighbor, Subterranean.

Three soon-to-be rock legends performed there with School of Rock today…

  • All three make their home on this very same impressive rock block in historic Lakewood Balmoral

and attended a recent block party…

“Studio 5400”

Still don’t know?

That’s okay — enjoy the video!

Edgewater Community Service and Care for Real Update

Edgewater Community Service Day – May 9

Mary Ann Smith’s office (48th Ward) just announced another community service day for the Edgewater Community.  On May 9, volunteers will gather at the ward office, 5533 N Broadway, at 10 am to clean and paint public areas and parks in the community.


If you are interested in participating…

  1. Please RSVP to Heather Steans’ office
  2. Arrive on May 9 wearing work clothes and carrying gloves

The Day of Service is sponsored by Alderman Smith, State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Harry Osterman, Edgewater Beautiful and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.

Care for Real Update

Care for Real provides food, clothing and counseling services to more than 1,500 registered households-  over 3300 individuals – who visit the pantry an average of 7 times during the year.  This is almost triple the number of families served just 18 months ago, and it means they helped Edgewater residents almost 24,000 times in 2008. The need is great, and Care for Real is staying on top of the changes necessary to help our neighbors in need.

1.  Clothing and other donations are accepted during business hours now at 6044 N Broadway.  There is an off street parking area in the back.

2.  The CFR Clothes Closet, for those wanting the clothes, will now be at Epworth Church (Kenmore and Berwyn), and will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 – noon.

3.  Food distribution and administration will remain at the 6044 N Broadway address.


Video Link – ABC News video – 2008

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Thom Greene show at Edgewater Historical Society

Unbuilt Projects and Fantasy Architecture

This weekend, Edgewater Historical Society Museum is hosting Thom Greene’s collection of designs, sketches, and renderings. The exhibition will run from April 24 until June 6, 2009. The first half of the collection, created over the past 20 years, consists of unbuilt designs and concepts for various sites within the Edgewater and Chicago area that have not been realized.  “Fantasy Architecture”, the second part of the exhibit, covers 31 years of intriguing creations ranging from high-rise works of imagination to highly stylized architectural oddities. The main thread that ties these two diverse bodies of work together is Thom Greene’s compelling rendering skills, practical sensibility, artistic style, and flare for color and form.Thom Greene Unbuilt Projects and Fantasy Architecture

Thom Greene, principal at Greene & Proppe Design, has been instrumental in preserving and rehabbing Chicago historic property in Edgewater’s Lakewood Balmoral and Andersonville neighborhoods, as well as throughout Chicago.

I have worked with Thom and his firm in several capacities over the years, including the exterior renovation of our 1908 American Foursquare.  It has been a pleasure to work with him — he has an incredible eye for design and color (I envy his talent!).  I am looking forward to seeing the show.

The Edgewater Historical Society and Museum is located in the renovated 1925 fire station at 5358 N. Ashland Avenue in Chicago. They are open Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and can be contacted at (773) 506-4849.

Luxury Bungalow in West Andersonville

For those who love historic Chicago property, this west Andersonville (Edgewater) bungalow is a delight.  It’s rehabbed with a lovely kitchen and baths.  The historic home’s woodwork and stained glass windows are sensational.  There’s a side drive and lovely brick back patio.


1718 W Gregory

$ 1,400,000

I don’t often see bungalows in such a great condition, nor do I often see such fabulous woodwork.  If you love historic Chicago homes, I recommend you consider this!!!

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