Monday, October 31, 2011

Don't forget this Friday-Gift of Adoption Wine Event

Over 40 wine and hor d'oevres. At Katherine Legge in Hinsdale. I guarantee this is a fun evening and I will be giving away two tickets. Bring a group and taste over 40 wines and order all of your holiday wine. It will help a very special cause - Adoption!

Friday at the Ford - Jason Deroche, classical guitarist

Coffee house type concert starts at 7:30 Admission is free and no registration
Jason Deroche-Classical guitarts

November 4th

Western Springs Senior's Club Musical Performance by Karen Smith

Monday November 14th, 2011 at 1:00 PM

A musical performance by Karen Smith, a native of Western Springs. Karen graduated from Lyons Township High School and married and moved to Mexico City. She received her musical training there. Her musical talents include voice and keyboard.

Refreshments will be served following the program.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Western Springs Historical Society Heritage Breakfast on Saturday Nov. 5

Join in on the fun! First exhibit at the Ekdahl House Museum. Plus ribbon cutting ceremony and announcement of the winners of the essay contest- "Why I Love to Live in Western Springs".

In honor of the display of The Cobbler Shop please bring a pair of new or used shoes to donate.

There will be Swedish pastries, donuts and coffee.

Located at Wolf Road and 43rd Street

The Western Springs Raffle prize for Halloween is $50.00

There's no trick here, just a treat! Number 31 gets the $50.00.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sold 211 Dierks in Springdale of Western Springs

Here is the story of a foreclosure. Listed from December 2008 unil June of 2010. Started at $659,900-629-625-599-589-579-449-310. Home is a brick ranch in Springdale with an attached 2 car garage. Had been updated.

Taken off the market until 2011 when it was bank owned. Listed for $286,000 and sold in 28 days for $301,100. On a 75 x 140 lot with 3 br, 2 bath. At the time it was sold cabinets, trim, doors and more were gone.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Closed 5216 Ellington in Springdale of Western Springs

5216 Ellington is a bi-level in Springdale. On the market for 187 days. Listed for $425-400-385-375 and closed at $357,000 on Oct. 26th, 2011

Closed 4221 Garden in Old Town of Western Springs

Home was sold for land value. Built in 1932 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home on a 50 x 132
with a 1 car garage. On the market for 84 days. Listed for $279,000-$259,900 and closed for $200,000.

Closed 4733 Lawn in Forest Hills of Western Springs

Closed $485,000 Cash. Home is a teardown on a lot 75 x 187. Great location walk to train and schools. Originally listed $615,000-599,900-594,900-589,900-550,000-530,000.

Do you want to surprise someone this Holiday season with a new home here in Western Springs???

This is kind of the Nieman Marcus Ultimate Christmas Gift. Give me a call and I will be your realtor in the process!

Cross walk on Ogden into Bemis Woods in Western Springs

I was reading the article about the proposed cross walk on Ogden into Bemis Woods. It was agreed at the meeting this week to have a yellow light that is activated by pedestrians and bikers at Woodland and Ogden so people can safely cross into Bemis Woods. There is still more to the process but it looks like some progress.

I was wondering if you think it is a good idea or bad? Residents on Woodland fear for increased traffic on their street. I was concerned that a yellow light doesn't always stop drivers who are in a hurry but it may make the person crossing have a false sense of safety.

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Closed 4928 Woodland Avenue in Forest Hills

This home was built in 2006. The lot is 50 x 187. Home was listed for $1,599,000 and lowered to $1465000. Sold for $1,326,000 after 85 days. 4 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths on a block that is walk to everything!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Closed 5401 Central in Forest Hills of Western Springs

This home was originally listed in March of 2010 for $379,000. Last known list price was $299,900. Home closed on October 21, 2011 for $277,500. 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath on a 50 x 187 lot. FHA financing and 570 days on the market.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Grab some friends and come to the Gift of Adoption Fundraiser November 4

Wine Tasting Event with Hor d'oevres & over 40 wine selections. $40 per person or $75.00 per couple. Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 County Line Road in Hinsdale

Gift of Adoption is a national charitable organization that inspires adoption by providing grants to qualified parents-giving children who need families a permanent home and a chance to thrive.

I have been to the past events and will be at this one. It is a very pleasant evening from 7-10pm

RSVP online at

Leaf pickup time in Western Springs

Oct. 24-28 Entire Village beginning Field Park through Ridgewood
Oct. 31-Nov. 4 Entire Village beginning Field Park Through Ridgewood
Nov. 7-11 Field Park, Old Town North, Old Town South, Ridge Acres
Nov. 14-18 Forest Hills, Fairview Estates, Springdale, Ridgewood
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 Entire Village beginning Field Park through Ridgewood

Weather permitting-snow removal takes priority

Leaf pickup does not include Commonwealth and Timber Trails

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sold 5333 Caroline in Springdale of Western Springs

This home was built in 2002 and has 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths. Listed for $899,900 and closed at $865,000 in 20 days. Located in Springdale and it has a 3rd floor.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Write a review for me on Yelp Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty

I would appreciate the help of my past clients on this one. Please write a review for me on YELP

St. John of the Cross FIESTA this Sunday


All community residents are invited to attend the fundraising FIESTA this Sunday, Oct. 16th, which will include authentic Mexican food/hot buffet, entertainment by the Pequenos("little ones"), a raffle and the opportunity to sponsor one of the 3700 children served by Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos/NPH.

Tickets, at $10, may be purchased on-line at

On Oct. 12th, 16 Pequenos, ages 12-18, and the 3 chaperones arrived at St. John of the Cross. They are being hosted by parishioners who have volunteered their homes. Each day these visiting children will be bused to other venues in the Chicago area as they are here to raise awareness and fund for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos/NPH orphanages which are located in nine Latin and Caribbean countries. Your support is appreciated!

To sponsor a child or to make a direct donation, go to

Your support and attendance will be appreciated.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Gift of Adoption Wine Event on Nov. 4th

Come to a great fundraiser on November 4th from 7 until 10 pm. Wine Tasting and hor d'oevres. Over 40 wine selections. Buy your holiday wine and a portion goes to the Gift of Adoption. This is right at Katherine Legge Memorial on County Line Road in Hinsdale.

Sign up for the event!!

Win a pumpkin pie from Western Springs Raffle

Fall and pumpkin pie go together. And so does Pumpkin Pie and Whip Cream. That is what I will be dropping off at the winner's home.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Closed in Springdale of Western Springs-5109 Harvey

This home was on the market for 288 days. Large 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath on an 80 x 137 lot. Originally listed for $479,000, reduced to $459,000 than $444,900 and last list price $414,000. Home need extensive work and sold for $325,000.

Western Springs Is convenient to Chicago

It is often hard to make that decision to leave the city and move to the suburbs. Many young families find Western Springs and call it home. We have a charming town with a variety of houses and a train that gets you to the city in 20 minutes.

My friends and I jumped on the train last week and went to see Marilyn!

Teardowns in Western Springs

So far this year there have been approx. 12 teardown permits issued!