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:
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?
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!
From 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!)
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
nickel-plated safe deposit boxes
copper-faced boxes inside the vault
glorious crown moldings
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 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 agents 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!
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.
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.
Chicago Street Sweeping Mobile App
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!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
474 W Deming
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: