Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

The other day I wrote a blog called Historic Wilmette Home Being Moved To Evanston IL

The property was in FLW style and located in Wilmette IL which is one of my favorite villages with its cobble stone streets, vintage homes and beautiful Gilson Park Beach. The property was bought and the buyer was going to tear it down and build a modern house. Very sad for the vintage Historic home lovers like me.

Anyway, the home was saved and is being relocated to an even more favorite town of mine, Evanston IL which is my home town. During the time they are waiting to get it together they moved the home to a closed down grocery store in Evanston, the old Dominicks parking lot.

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Today I could not resist and I went over there and took some photos. I quote some of Wikipedia and its information on John Van Bergen first. Before I do that let me remind you that if you are ever thinking about property in Evanston IL or Wilmette IL you should talk to someone who really loves houses. That someone is me. I got into this business for my love and curiosity of architecture and getting to work with people. Some time check out Coldwell Banker Evanston.

I quote:

“John Van Bergen designed Prairie style homes, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Prairie style homes designed by Van Bergen are often considered “excellent” or “outstanding” examples of the style and some of them have been declared local landmarks. In 1909 he went to work for Frank Lloyd Wright at his studio in Oak Park. At Wright’s studio he did working drawings for and supervised the Robie House and the Mrs. Thomas Gale Houses. The city of Chicago declared the Miller House, a 1915 example of Van Bergen’s Prairie style on South Paxton Avenue, a landmark on December 1, 1993. The Miller House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1991. In the suburb of Wilmette the Bresbach House, another example of Van Bergen’s 1910s work, is a local landmark.”

This is the Bresbach Home

John Van Bergen

Homes for sale in Evanston IL

Homes for sale in Evanston IL is the topic of today’s Real Estate Report. Currently in Evanston Illinois there are 127 single family homes for sale and 108 under contract and waiting to close. In the last 4 months 107 houses have closed and are sold.


In April of this year, 2014 the average market time for all types of property was 75 days which is down from 140 days in April of 2013. The percent of list to sales price is 94.3%. The inventory of Foreclosures and Short sales has drastically been reduced in the last 3 years.

If you are interested to see what the entire picture is regarding what is for sale in Evanston and what has recently sold then please click this Evanston Real Estate link and browse freely.

Evanston has so much to offer. Starting on May 27th a whole series of Festivals and Concerts are beginning and most are free. Click the 2014 Evanston Festivals & Concerts link to plan your schedule.

Downtown Evanston has become a Mecca of Shopping, Dining and Events causing people to come from afar just to visit. Click this Downtown Evanston link and see what is offered. Maybe while you are in town you would want to visit the Lakefront and Beaches? If you are interested to find out more about that scene then click the Evanston Beaches and Parks link.

It is no wonder that Evanston has become such a popular spot for many people. If you are considering making a move to town then contact Coldwell Banker Evanston and find out how we can help make the transition a smooth and easy one. We can schedule property viewing at a time that fits your schedule.

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Evanston IL Rated The Most Exciting City In Illinois

Evanston IL Rated The Most Exciting City In Illinois as per the Movoto Blog which their moto is “the Lighter Side Of Real Estate”. In an interesting blog article written by Movoto’s staff writer Natalie Grigson.

I quote Natalie in saying “If you thought Chicago was the only thing going on in Illinois, think again. These are the 10 most exciting places in the Prairie State—and Chicago’s ranking might just surprise you”.

It makes us Evanstoniaons proud to know we are being thought of and rated number one. In the past 15 years Evanston has been built up quite a bit with many high rise condo buildings and Northwestern University has greatly expanded, When you add this there is a need for more dining, shopping and entertainment. That and the fact the we have wonderful parks, beaches a downtown with walking distance to multiple forms of public transportation such as the Metra and EL then its easy to see why Evanston IL is the winner.

I quote Movado again in:

“Let’s be honest here. When most people think of Illinois, apart from Chicago the word “excitement” isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind. Of course, that doesn’t mean Illinois isn’t a fine state—there are plenty of wonderful places there, but exciting?

As it turns out, yes, really. On our latest mission to uncover the most exciting places in the country, we headed to Illinois and found the 10 most exciting places in the state. Why? Because that’s part of what we do here on the Movoto Real Estate Blog.

Which place in Illinois was the most exciting of them all? Evanston, as it turns out. However, this city didn’t make its way to the top without some riveting competition. Here are the 10 most exciting places in the Prairie State:”

1. City of Evanston
2. City of Woodstock
3. City of Rock Island
4. City of Chicago
5. City of St. Charles
6. City of Carbondale
7. City of Champaign
8. City of Edwardsville
9. City of Bloomington
10. Village of Downers Grove

The criteria for this rating was done on:

Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
Live music venues per capita
Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)
If you want to read the full article they wrote then check out
The 10 Most Exciting Places In Illinois

If you are interested to see what Real Estate is for sale in Evanston or what has recently sold they you can click on this Evanston Real Estate link. If selling your property in Evanston or anywhere in Chicago Land is the goal we at Coldwell Banker Evanston can help. We offer a free and no obligation analysis of your homes value and a marketing plan. If you want to look beyond Evanston to anywhere in Chicago land try Chicago Land Real Estate too and browse freely.

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Evanston IL Hottest Place to Dine

Evanston IL is named hottest place to eat by the magazine Time Out Chicago. This is a huge honor for Evanstonians and makes me proud. You see in the past years we have expanded greatly and many new condo and rental building have been built.
To go along with this, entertainment, shopping and dining is needed and the population has gone up quite a bit. I had a conversation with a coworker last week and we agreed that the caused data saying we have population of 74,486 in 2010 is way low now.

Evanston IL Map

Please let me quote Emily Stone the editor of the article I read who wrote this in the Evanston Patch. Emily said:

You probably already knew this, but it’s nice to hear others agree: Evanston’s restaurant scene is hopping.

Time Out Chicago just validated the fact by calling Evanston “the hottest place to eat right now.”

“The hottest dining area in Chicago isn’t Logan Square or the West Loop—it’s Evanston, where new bars and restaurants are opening at a rapid pace. And there’s more to come,”

I am quoting a person who is quoting another because the article came from Time Out Chicago so I want to give credit where credit is due.

Here is a link to the Patch article and the Time Out Chicago article.

Here are some Evanston Restaurants.

I am an Evanston Resident for over 35 years and a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Evanston and love the community. 

If you are interested to see what property is for sale or selling in Evanston Illinois at this time then I invite you to click this Evanston Real Estate Link and browse away.

If you are ever considering selling property in Evanston IL then you should consider Coldwell Banker Evanston and we can provide a free and no obligation market analysis of your home’s value and a marketing plan.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Evanston we can help and take care of all the steps needed to explain any questions you may have. We can show you property when it is good for you, before, during or after work hours.

If you are ever considering selling property in Evanston IL then you should consider Coldwell Banker Evanston and we can provide a free and no obligation market analysis of your home’s value and a marketing plan.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Evanston we can help and take care of all the steps needed to explain any questions you may have. We can show you property when it is good for you, before, during or after work hours.

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Evanston Il Real Estate a Look Through the Last Few Years

Evanston Il Real Estate a look through the last few years tells us that 2013 took off on sales of Single family homes, the market really came back strong. In the first quarter of 2014 things are still very busy but not quite as much as a year ago yet.

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Soon people are going to realize that they can get a good value for the home they own and wish to sell and things will get even stronger. We think 2014 will end up being another great year in Evanston homes sales but the properties still have to be priced correctly and marketed by a professional.

Evanston IL has so much to offer that it is a very desirable place to live and many people want to become residents of the great town of Evanston that has grown so much in the last decade. Often as a Realtor I hear people saying they want to be able to walk to stores, a variety of restaurants and easy access to public transportation, beaches and parks and Evanston offers all that and more.

If you are interested to see what property is available in Evanston IL then you can feel free to click on the Evanston Real Estate Link and see for yourself what is available and what has sold.

If you are considering selling your property then you should consult with the largest and most experienced Real Estate company in Chicago Land, Coldwell Banker Evanston.

If you are interested in living in Evanston then Coldwell Banker Evanston can help. We can provide you with access to all the current inventory on the market and show you homes when you have time and explain all the steps to a successful transaction.

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Fun Activities to Attend in March in Chicago Land

Here are some fun activities to attend in Chicago’s North Shore during March. Yes it is cold out but there is so much culture and so much to do. These are just a few suggestions to help you plan a fun time but there is so much more to add. If you have more suggestions, let me know.

Chicago North Shore Convention & Visiters Bereau

Thanks to the Chicago North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing us with this information, I am a long time member.

The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus which is going on now through March 23 at the Actors Gymnasium which is located at 927 Noyes Street, Evanston IL 60201. Celebrated Chicago clown, Dean Evans, returns to The Actors Gymnasium to headline this wild, circus adventure into the imagination. A simple creature who longs to be someone else, the Magical Exploding Boy learns that he cannot escape his unique destiny. This Main Stage circus event features original live music, aerial acrobatics, and the birth of a clown. Tickets are available online only and are $15 and $20. For more information

March “Entertainment” Madness At the North Shore for the Performing Arts which always offers wonderful musical and artistic events and has so much to offer. It’s is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie IL. You’re sure to be entertained with this month’s line-up at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. If you’re a Rick Springfield fan, you won’t want to miss getting up close and personal with the man and his music on Thursday, March 6 as he plays his most memorable hits and shares some wonderful stories. On Saturday, March 15, it’s Celtic Fire with famed Irish tenor Michael Londra who has created a blazing hot show featuring live traditional music, dance and song that beautifully sweep audiences off to Ireland. And, on Friday, March 28, it’s one of country music’s biggest and brightest stars, singer-songwriter Clint Black! For more information and tickets.

There is the 5th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Party Friday March 7 at the Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln in Winnetka IL 60093. Grapes or hops? Stemware or stein? Whether you prefer to imbibe red, white or amber you’ll find it at the Winnetka Community House’s 5th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting and Sale. Sample over 50 superb wines from around the world, alongside microbrew and premium beers, while indulging in delicious pairings of savory hors d’oeuvres, cheese and sweets. For those who wish to buy beer and wine for home, exceptional savings will be offered by the evening’s co-sponsoring vendor, The International House of Wine and Cheese. The event begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $50 in advance/$60 at the door.

Chapati staring John Mahoney Friday, March 7 through Sunday April 13 at the North light Theatre of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie IL. In this world premiere, romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan (John Mahoney) and his dog Chapatti cross paths with amiable Betty (Penny Slusher) and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship. After its run at Chicago’s North light Theater, Chapatti will be heading to Ireland’s Galway Arts Festival this summer.

Two Events Celebrate Frances Willard on Saturday March 8th and Sunday March 16. The Evanston Women’s History Project, which is located in the Evanston History Center, invites the public to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Frances Willard’s birth with two very special events. On Saturday, March 8, it’s a “Day of Service” in honor of Frances Willard. The theme is Do Something! Do Everything.

There are sine great new additions to Old Orchard Mall in Skokie IL. GNC has opened its doors at Westfield Old Orchard. Located near Helzberg Diamonds, GNC carries a wide variety of health, workout, and dietary supplements created for peak performance. Remaining on the cutting-edge of nutritional science, GNC has set the standard in the nutritional supplement industry by demanding truth in labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency – and is devoted to helping its customers improve the quality of their lives. Coming this summer to Westfield Old Orchard, Vince Camuto (high quality women’s accessories) and Uncle Julio’s (authentic border-style Mexican fine dining).

Just Ad Water Wednesday March 12 at 27 Live 1012 Church Evanston IL 60201. Just Add Water, Yale University’s premier IMPROV troupe will perform one public show in the Chicago land area at 27 Live at 8 pm. For ages 15 and up, the troupe tours only twice a year and has yielded many well- known performers including Allison Williams, currently seen as Marnie on the HBO series, Girls. Evanston Township High School’s IMPROV troupe, The Royal We, will be the opening act. 27 Live is downtown Evanston’s new neighborhood restaurant and entertainment venue.

Evanston Dance Ensemble, The Big Night. Friday March 14 through Sunday March 16. Josephine Louis Theater – Northwestern Campus 20 Art Circle Drive, Evanston IL 60201. The universal teen ritual of social dance events and the timelessness of dance as a social medium are the overarching themes of the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s (EDE) production called The Big Night. Presented in two acts, Graduation Ball and Prom 2014, The Big Night marks the first time EDE has created an evening of dance pairing a stylized classical ballet with a second act of individual contemporary concert pieces. EDE will present five performances of The Big Night (Friday, March 14 at 7 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, March15 and 16 at 1 and 4 pm).

Winnetka Historical Society Annual Luncheon on Wednesday March 19 at the Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka IL 60093. The public is invited to celebrate The Winnetka Historical Society during their annual luncheon from noon to 2 pm. This year, the luncheon will feature a program by the Amazing Women History Theatre with a Q & A afterwards. The performance (called Planes, Trains and Traveling Dames) portrays women who have broken barriers in the area of travel and transportation including Nellie Bly, Amelia Earhart and Anita Willets-Burnham, and ties into WHS’s upcoming 2014 rotating museum exhibit, The Adventurers: Winnetka’s Untold Tales of Travel, 1899-1929.

This is just a sample of what you can do to plan a nice evening away for the cold of our winter.

If you are interested in Real Estate in Chicago Land then contact Coldwell Banker. If you are interested in browsing what properties are available then click the Chicago Move link and browse freely.

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Evanston Skokie 60203 Skevanston Real Estate

There is a unique area in the Evanston IL and Skokie Real Estate section that uses zip code 60203. People call this area Skevanston. It is really sort of a Skokie IL area but has the benefit of the Evanston schools district but the Property taxes are closer to the rate of the Skokie area. This area has some very nice property and offers great value. 60203 map

In 60203 there are presently 12 single family homes available ranging from $299,000 which is a 3 bedroom 2 bath Split Level home to $779,000 which is a 5 bedroom 4 and a half bath English Tudor built in 1942. There are currently 7 condominiums available ranging from a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo priced at $159,000 and at the higher end a 2 bedroom 2 and a half bathroom townhouse listed for $300,000.

In the last 12 months 56 single family homes in Skevenston have closed and 89 Condos. There are currently 8 single family homes under contract waiting to close and 1 condo.  The Chicago Tribune says that “A long-forgotten snafu created `Skevanston,’ an area of Skokie with Evanston addresses and schools but Skokie police and plowing”. “Right now there is not a clear answer,” said Mark Varner, an analyst with the city’s Geographic Information Systems office. “We’re hoping to get one [soon].”

Meanwhile, their quest to figure out what happened and when has pointed to an area that holds its own mystery: a half-square-mile cartographic oddity that is part of Skokie but where, for reasons unknown, all the houses have Evanston addresses.

It seems likely, officials said, that years ago someone added that area when totaling up Evanston’s size, and the mistake has been carried over ever since.

The only thing Evanston leaders are certain of is their land area is not 8.5 square miles, the number used as far back as anyone can recall. The truth lies between 7.8 and 8.

“It’s very complicated, which is why we haven’t come up with an actual answer for it,” Mark Varner said.

Whatever the mystery behind this is, we get many people interested to take advantage of the great values in this community. The quote I gave came from 2004 and in the last ten years has become gotten and is sort of an area that people who are familiar with Real Estate value love.

If you are interested to see for what real estate is available in Skevanston 60203 then click this Skevanston Real Estate link. If you would like any questions answered or are interested in buying or selling property then Coldwell Banker Evanston is your best resource.

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Evanston IL Real Estate Report in 2014

The Evanston Illinois Real Estate Market continues to improve over the last three years. In the period of January 2013 through December 2013 sales of Single Family Homes and Condos are up 28% to a total of 1,101 properties sold.

Usually during the season from Thanksgiving through the beginning of the following year the sales market slows down as people celebrate holidays. This year we did not see this happen. People are still actively looking for homes to purchase and are keeping us Realtors busy showing them houses and condos.

At this time in Evanston IL there are 83 single family homes available on the market and 130 Condominiums. There are also 52 Single family homes under contract and waiting to close as well as 67 condos. These properties will become closed soon and this is unusual for this time of year.

Also there are 19 multiple dwelling buildings like two or four flats actively for sale on the market and 7 under contract waiting to close. This is very good news because in the last few years we saw these multiple family residences become almost totally stagnant and this change all points to signs of a strong Real Estate Market in 2014.
Evanston has some fine middle and elementary schools in our district 65. In the Elementary category Great Schools rates Dewey, Orrington and Lincoln very highly, a 9 on a sale of 1 to 10. Haven middle school is highly rated too. Our High School Evanston Township High School is also considered one of the best. ETHS is a four year school on a 62 acre campus established in 1883. It is in our district 202 with 265 staff members and a majority of the teachers have a Masters Degree or beyond. To quote the motto of ETHS and their mission statement:
“Embracing its diversity, ETHS dedicates itself to educating all students to their fullest potential”

Another highlight of Evanston is Northwestern University. Which is considered one of the best Universities in the country.

If you would like to see for yourself what homes or condos are available in Evanston then please click the property search link here and you can even explore for yourself.

If you are interested in the finest Real Estate Sales help available you should consider contacting Coldwell Banker Evanston
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Horrible Fire Destroys Evanston Pine Yard

The Pine Yard and 3 other business in Evanston IL were destroyed late Saturday night by a horrible fine that started in the Pine Yard restaurant. the building was an Evanston landmark and also burned to the ground was Taco Diablo, Technicolor a nail salon and a bike store was heavily damages by smoke and water.

Here is a link to the Evanston Now online paper and their coverage. It is very sad because this was a beautiful old building and a horrible loss to these small Evanston businesses I had dinner with my family at the Pine Yard recently and have been going there for many years. How ironic that it happen on the 150 year anniversary of our town?

A very sad scene and our hearts go out to the people who lost jobs, the owners of the establishments and a fire fighter who hurt his ankle and was taken to Evanston Hospital.

Here is the local news coverage of the fire, this also was right across the street from our main post office which is a historic landmark building.

RIP the Pine Yard and the other places that were lost. Let us hope they rebuild and are even better for 2014.

Evanston IL Real Estate Market Report.

The Evanston IL Real Estate market continues to boom. The inventory of available properties is down -21% and there is a +88.2% gain in closed sales of all property types. That means if you are considering selling your house or condo you will be successful. We are experiencing many people still out looking at homes and it is unusual this close to the holidays. This is very good news for everybody and we predict the market to continue on an upswing. Why wait? If you want to buy or sell then call the experts at Coldwell Banker.


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