Wildlife in Chicago – Your Other Neighbors

 

Nextdoor Online communityI’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:

LARGE RODENTS
This is our second Spring in this neighborhood. Last night, there was a large Possum in our backyard and then tonight two LARGE raccoons passing through our backyard. Is this normal? What city deparment should I call? And will they do anything about it? Any advice out there?

Neighbor #1:
This time of year as it is lighter later, you will see what has been sneaking in the winter darkness!
Neighbor #2:  Possums and raccoons are the main two animals you will see in the neighborhood. Two years ago, we had a possum going through our back yard on a regular basis and a couple of times our little dog faced it while doing her things in the back yard. We called an exterminator who quickly caught a possum, but we were never sure if it was the same one or not because we saw another one (or the same one) two weeks later. We just gave up, since it has never been out of control. This is unfortunately one of the downsides of living in a neighborhood with large back yards and lots of trees. Wild animals like it too!
Neighbor # 3:
We’ve lived here for 15 years. It is entirely normal to see possums and raccoons in the hood. The first couple of years we had a family of raccoons living in the cottonwood tree between us and the neighbor’s house. We regularly have possums traipse thru the yard. There’s nothing that can be done about it and nothing should be done either. It’s the normal fauna that goes with the territory. On the other hand, we have an inordinate number of squirrels that regularly dig up our yard in the spring. To prevent them from digging up freshly planted flowers, bulbs and other items I use a live animal trap, take them to the Radio Shack parking lot, and let them go there. It’s a constant battle, which I’ll never win. But it’s better than having our entire yard turned into a gopher field!
More from Neighbor #3 Oh, we sometimes have rabbits in the early morning as well. Plus, there are a large number of feral cats here. I’ve never lived in any city where there weren’t feral cats. They keep the rat population down. There’s one other thing you should be aware of. If you’re walking the sidewalks in the hood and you come across the freshly cleaned carcass of a pigeon or other bird, be aware that its from falcons. Once a year a family of them also occupying the cottonwood tree. They stay as long as their food source is plentiful, then they move on.
From New Neighbor:  Thank you everyone for your input. Knowing these creatures usually hang around makes me feel a little better. I have also learned that I should expect to see Falcons, feral cats and maybe a deer or two if I am lucky ;). Even though I grew up in the country in Michigan with creatures — these give me the willies!
Chicago WildlifeFrom Neighbor #4, past president of the neighbors association:  Opossum are calm and clean creatures, and although unattractive, tend to cause little harm. They do not carry rabies and will literally “play possum” when they feel threatened.Raccoons, while cute and cuddly looking, are a whole different story: they can transmit rabies, roundworm, and leptospirosis; they will attack pets if they feel provoked; they can cause severe damage to your property.Raccoons raise their young babies in trees, rooflines, or garages. After several months they move to a ground location and spend almost a year living together as a family. This is where they can become dangerous for you and your pet. Roundworm is transmitted through their poop, which can be inhaled when it dries.Raccoons are very territorial. It is estimated that up to 50 can live on a city block and they will not venture beyond a few blocks during their lifetime. At one time the city had funds to help with their removal, but those resources have been cut. If they are a nuisance on your property, you must contact a private company to have them removed. Because they carry rabies and roundworm, the state of Illinois requires that they be euthanized.Since these animals are among us, it’s best that they don’t take up residence on your property, and you can help prevent that by sealing access to your garage and underneath your deck or porch. Keep in mind that raccoons can crawl into very, very, very small spaces.There is a ton of information on the internet and these are just a few of the highlights, but the bottom line is that you don’t want them living anywhere near your property especially if you have pets or children.

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!)

Links and Resources:

Chicago Animal Control and Rescue

Chicago Wildlife- Chicago Forest Preserve Article

Chicago Historic Landmark – The Bedford

The Bedford

Chicago’s historic landmark – the Bedford Restaurant and Bar was on my “To Do” list —

It’s a restaurant and bar in Wicker Park – a renovated 1925 bank  that I discovered while reading the spring issue of Preservation Magazine.

Chicago Historic Landmark-the Bedford

The developers salvaged and incorporated countless elements of the original building, creating a striking decor:

  • black marble from the teller counters
  • the bank’s vault
  • banking tables
  • nickel-plated safe deposit boxes
  • copper-faced boxes inside the vault
  • glorious crown moldings
  • and more!

Chicago Historic Landmark - the Bedford

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!

Links:

 

 

Chicago 2 Flats – 3623 N Ashland Ave

The initial response to my new Chicago 2-flat listing at 3623 N Ashland has been fantastic!

How do I measure the Initial Response?

Showing Appointments in the First Weekend

All real estate 3623 N Ashland-Chicago 2 flat in Lakeviewagents know that the first 3 weeks are critical to selling a property. Most of the showings occur during this time. Why is this? Anyone who’s been looking for a new home is watching new properties come on the market. That pool of buyers will inevitably find the new listing and, if interested, schedule a showing right away. After 3 weeks, showings are with NEW buyers. Often these new buyers are just educating themselves to the market, and aren’t necessarily READY TO BUY.

We had 6 showing appointments today at 3623 N Ashland!

Real Estate Agent Responses

Listing agents can track which buyers’ agents email listing information to their clients — IF the agents email directly from the MLS service. When the agent emails a link to a web address (url),then their correspondence obviously won’t be included in the Reverse Prospecting.

In the first 24 hours, 464 real estate agents have emailed information to their clients. Of these, 7 have responded to their agents as “INTERESTED.”

Viewings on Real Estate Feeds

Agents can see the “hits”, “views” and “click-throughs” on Feeds such as Trulia, Homefinder, VHT, and others. “Hits” are when the information comes up in a search, while “views” or click-throughs” are instances where the viewer clicks on your property to get more information, see photos, etc.

In the first 24 hours, Trulia alone reported that 3623 Ashland had 162 hits and 16 property views.

It’s just the first day —

I don’t think however, that this property will last long – it’s a solid investment for some lucky home buyer!

Links and Resources:

Search Chicago Real Estate Properties for saleSearch Chicago 2-Flats

Lakeview

Select this link to see 2-4 Flats for Sale in Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood

North Center

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Lincoln Square

Select this link to see 2 – 4 Flats for Sale in Chicago’s Lincoln Square Neighborhood

Edgewater

Select this link to see 2 – 4 flats for Sale in Chicago’s Edgewater Neighborhood

Uptown

Select this link to see 2-4 Flats for Sale in Chicago’s Uptown Neigborhood

 

To see 3623 N Ashland, or to learn more about multi-units as an alternative to condos in Chicago, contact
 
Anne Rossley
Baird & Warner
773-620-5333

3623 N Ashland – Lakeview 2 Flat For Sale

3623 N Ashland

Lakeview Brick Two Flat

$550,000

3623 Exterior 1April2013 web

Great opportunity to own a 2-flat in Lakeview!

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 Real Estate Update – March 2013

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.
5313 lakewood - single family home for sale in historic Lakewood Balmoral

5313 N Lakewood

$1,495,000

5224 n wayne lakewood balmoral

5224 N Wayne

Pending – $ 1,150,000

5316 n wayne - lakewood balmoral

5316 N Wayne

Sold – $985,000

Take a tour of these properties by selecting this link

see photos and get more information by checking out this virtual tour!

Lakewood Balmoral Virtual Tour March 2013

STHSNSTRClosed DateList PriceSold PrMTBRBATAXASFDIM
ACTV5313Lakewood$1,495,00025953.2$12,051.86461037.5X123
ACTV1244Bryn Mawr$1,049,00016243.1$10,624.00320026.5 X 139.5
ACTV1226Bryn Mawr$829,0003033.1$13,332.00319021X84
PEND5238Magnolia$859,000442.1$9,477.00035X123
A/I5224Wayne$1,150,0004253.2$11,655.00397030X123
A/I1310Bryn Mawr$1,650,0003364.1$14,115.09085 X 125
CLSD5248Wayne1/31/13$725,000$680,00019742.2$14,021.10391535X123
CLSD5252Magnolia2/28/13$699,000$695,000632.1$11,698.01310025X123
CLSD5245Wayne11/16/12$500,000$465,00014041$9,942.42032 X 123
CLSD5345Magnolia1/13/13$899,900$845,00048754$12,731.69037.5 X 123
CLSD5316Wayne12/19/12$989,000$985,0004053.1$8,876.00037.5 X 123
CLSD5339Ashland9/28/12$199,000$199,00029332.1$6,799.21025X125

For more information about this historic neighborhood, or to view properties for sale, contact Anne Rossley of Baird & Warner.

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Links for and about Lakewood Balmoral

Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES
Baird & Warner

 

Chicago Spring – Street Cleaning Schedules are up!

Street Cleaning and Sweeping is about to begin!

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)

48th ward street sweeping schedule48th Ward Street Sweeping Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Chicago ward maps and schedules can be found on the Chicago webpage by selecting this link.

Chicago Street Sweeping Mobile App

 

Chicago street sweeping mobile appThere 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.

chicago street cleaning mobile app

 

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 – Chicago Condo Building of the Week

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:

401 Ontario Streeterville condos

401 Ontario Streeterville condo for sale401 Ontario - Streeterville condos for sale

Lessons:

  • In this market, make sure you work with an agent who’s constantly on the prowl to find units that meet your needs.
  • Sign up for search alerts on agent websites so you have instant access to new listings the moment they become available.
  • Often, it’s not how much off the listing price that matters- it’s the value compared to other similar properties that have SOLD and how the property compares to your individual needs.
  • The appraisal must be high enough in price qualify for your loan, but that number isn’t derived from the listing price, either.

401 E Ontario Amenities:

Bike Storage
Club Room
Fitness Center, Sauna and Showers
June’s Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Package Service
Laundry Center
Other Retail Establishments In 401 East Ontario
Parking Garage
Storage Lockers
Sun Decks
Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi

Special Streeterville Condo Searches

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.

401 E Ontario Sales Analysis

Note:  some units include parking while others do not — check with your real estate agent or call Anne Rossley to get more information on sales at 401 E Ontario.
 
 UnitListedSoldSF$/SFDateMTBRBAEXP
ACTV2307$255,000800$318.7510/28/1213511N
ACTV2503$275,000800$343.752/10/133011N E
ACTV3206$277,900800$347.3811/10/1241611S
NEW303$375,0001200$312.503/4/13211N S
NEW1309$434,9001200$362.423/2/13722N E
PCHG3203$254,90002/28/134811
Pend4302$649,9001800$361.062/25/1314732S W
Pend3501$275,000900$305.562/17/131911N W
Pend4303$299,000775$385.812/24/132011N
CLSD2604$229,000$247,50002/13/124011S
CLSD2403$219,000$208,00004/23/12711N W
CLSD1108$245,000$259,000800$323.755/31/1217411S
CLSD2401$269,000$289,000875$330.296/1/1227611N W
CLSD2804$229,000$245,000800$306.256/14/125211S
CLSD601$235,000$241,250900$268.066/19/1231811N W
CLSD201$299,000$297,50007/9/124512N
CLSD4202$649,000$615,0001800$341.678/17/1216232N W
CLSD2603$239,000$255,000800$318.759/12/121611N E
CLSD606$230,000$230,000010/8/1215111S E W
CLSD710$205,000$220,000900$244.4410/19/125711E
CLSD1410$219,000$242,500010/30/127011E
CLSD506$200,000$199,000700$284.2911/19/1219311S E W
CLSD3201$274,500$267,000900$296.6712/20/12711N W
CLSD2505$245,000$245,000700$350.001/14/13311N
CLSD3404$279,000$267,000800$333.753/4/1317611S

 

Chicago Investment Property

Chicago multi-units – 2-4 flats … 6-flats … so many options for investing in real estate these days!

I helped out a colleague yesterday – while she’s recovering from back surgery, I showed 2 listings to her client.

I was tickled by the first one – I had actually showed this 6-flat near the United Center several years ago to a buyer. He didn’t buy it then, but someone else did. Now it’s on the market again!

chicago investment property near united center

When I saw it in 2007, it as listed for $850,000. My buyer passed on it, but some lucky soul picked it up for $ 450,000.

It was listed again in 2009, starting at $ 920K. It was then reduced to $770,000 before someone bought it for $ 730,000.

Today’s it’s listed for $799,000, and it’s been for sale for 60 days so far.

There are 6 units in the building, generating $71,546 per year in revenue. A boiler provides heat to the units —  after expenses the net income per year is approximately $44K. Currently. no income is derived from parking – the garages are boarded up and provide additional income opportunities.

The building is near I-290 and the Blue Line, and it’s in the shadow of the United Center.

I’m going to be keeping my eye on this one!

 

 

Lincoln Park Homes For Sale- Chicago Vintage Real Estate

Looking for Lincoln Park Homes for sale? Love vintage houses? Curious about historic districts? Read on to see great Chicago real estate- homes for sale under $ 1.5 MM.

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is still the “go-to” neighborhood for many single family home buyers in Chicago.  From new construction to Victorian, rowhouses to McMansions, the eclectic properties stand side by side, creating a vibrant architectural quilt.

My favorites are the vintage homes – brownstones, graystones, quaint clapboard cottages and historic row houses, all in various states of rehab. The stories those walls could tell!

Historic Lincoln Park Homes for Sale

I’m writing this post in honor of them. In doing the research, I found a row house that I sold years ago (see below), an historic home in the Bissell District, a gorgeous home in the McCormick District, and other lovely DePaul, Old Town, and Lincoln Park historic homes.

chicago real estate- 474 deming lincoln park historic homes

474 W Deming

$924,500

Tour Vintage Lincoln Park, DePaul, Old Town Homes

If you wish to take a virtual tour of vintage homes for sale and have sold (Under $ 1.5MM) in the last 3 months, select the link below:

Vintage Lincoln Park Homes for Sale and Sold – Virtual Tour Link

Lincoln Park DePaul Old Town Historic Homes for Sale and Sold

Search Chicago Real Estate With AnneSearch for vintage Lincoln Park Single Family Homes by selecting this link:

Lincoln Park Vintage Single Family Homes for Sale Under $ 1.5MM

Chicago Real Estate - Anne Rossley of Baird & Warner

To get more information about homes for sale on Chicago’s north side (Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater, North Center, Lincoln Square…) please contact me by phone or email!

Select the addresses in the chart below to get information on homes currently for sale.

STHSNSTRClosed DateList PriceSold PrMTRMSBRBATAX
NEW2103Bissell
$699,9003631.19,283.54
ACTV474Deming$924,500301833.114,922.00
ACTV919Wisconsin$1,079,0003241232.13,808.85
ACTV421Roslyn$1,225,00017942.114,034.46
ACTV1126Lill$1,329,0006984015,872.15
NEW2044Dayton$1,380,0003833.117,408.49
ACTV911Webster$1,450,0001801143.116,981.00
ACTV900Webster$1,450,00051943.113,427.26
A/I2427Orchard$945,00016873314,706.63
A/I1919Linc Pk Wst$999,000128843.113,773.93
PEND2426Burling$1,225,0002971043.114,700.84
PEND2237Cleveland$1,250,00030394415,691.53
A/I2112Clifton$1,380,00014193316,100.32
SS172Eugenie$1,400,00041784417,455.00
CLSD859Fullerton1/16/13$725,000$635,000342954.116,951.69
CLSD2102Bissell1/17/13$799,000$775,00028842.110,076.09
CLSD2031Bissell12/19/12$949,000$919,00029932.211,518.94
CLSD2336Janssen11/27/12$960,000$915,000143942.212,137.65
CLSD636Fullerton12/12/12$999,000$1,035,0001344314,897.71
CLSD841Fullerton11/1/12$999,000$987,50057842.115,804.23
CLSD2044Bissell12/14/12$999,000$960,00028733.114,932.55
CLSD554Fullerton12/14/12$1,049,000$1,015,0001732.112,217.00
CLSD2238Geneva11/29/12$1,280,000$1,217,000124742.117,626.90
CLSD2137Bissell1/15/13$1,299,000$1,167,50096933.118,307.00
CLSD2031Sedgwick11/30/12$1,399,000$1,333,7501551154.115,621.41

 

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Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES, RSPS
Baird & Warner
773.620.5333
Anne@Rossley.com

 

 

2650 N Lakeview Luxury One Bedroom for Rent

2650 Lakeview portraitLuxury One Bedroom For Rent  $1850/month

Full amenity building on the park  with views for MILES!

Building amenities:

  • Indoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Party Room
  • 3 Sun decks
  • Tennis
  • Mini-mart

Living Room

Apartment amenities:

  • Stainless new appliances
  • Hardwood floors
  • Upgraded bath
  • Floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed lake and city views
  • Wired for internet, cable
  • Included: heat, air, water, basic cable

Check out the slideshow for photos ….

Chicago Real Estate - Anne Rossley of Baird & Warner

 

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Anne Rossley
Baird & Warner
773-620-5333

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