Saturday, January 26, 2013

Closed in Old Town of Western Springs 4053 Western

This house was on the market for 2435 Days. Started at $649,000 on Oct. 20th, 2006 and was at $399,900 when it sold. Sale price $385,000 closed on 1/25/2013. Previous recorded sale price of $171,000 in July of 1986. Home was built in 1965 and is on a 50 x 132 lot. 4 bedroom, 3 full and 1 half baths, over 2700 sq. ft.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Closed in Old Town South of Western Springs 4600 Wolf

Closed 1/24/13 $225,000 Listed for $249,000 Short Sale Previously recorded sale on 7/5/2005 for $361,500 On the market for 257 days this home has 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths and a 50 x 217 lot. Call today for a free market analysis-Linda Hanley Kelly 708-334-5356

Closed in Field Park of Western Springs 4241 Linden

Original List Price $1,249,000 List price at time of sale $1,199,000 Closed 1/23/2013 $1,130,000 Lot sold in 2003 for $315,000. This was builder's private residence. Built by Riordan. 4 finished levels - 5 bedrooms, 4 bull and 1 half bath - 10 foot ceilings on first floor - built in 2004. This home had high end finishes throughout.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Closed in Old Town of Western Springs 3825 Grand

Previous sale recorded 10/5/2005 $930,000 Closed 1/22/2013 $880,000 Market time 29 days Designer's own home. Built in 2005 and has a 50 x 135 lot, 3 full, 2 half baths, 3 fireplaces, finished 3rd floor. First block off Ogden Avenue and 6 blocks to train.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sold in Old Town of Western Springs 4328 Western


4328 Western is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath on a 50 x 189 lot. Was originally listed for $374,900 and reduced to $249,900 in a period of 557 days. This short sale sold for $285,000. Updated baths, French doors, hardwood floors.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How Many Teardowns were there in Western Springs in 2012?

Well last January I went into the building department and asked Kathy and Terry how many teardowns they thought we would have in 2012. They said 10 and 12. I guessed 21. So today I went in to find out the results. Kathy had the note in her desk drawer from last year. She pulled up the results and here they are: there were 21 new builds in the town in 2012 with 20 demo permits issued. A couple of the demos have not rebuilt yet and a couple of the new builds must have gotten their permits in 2011. However, I was right on the money. I had felt the growing desire to build and I personally had sold a couple of properties for that purpose. I think that the tumbling in price of the lower tier along with one's desire to build fueled the increase. It will be interesting to see how we do this year. If you have a number you think post it as a comment. I am going with 25. Happy New Year and call me to discuss real estate. I love talking about houses and I love meeting all of you. Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty 708-334-5356

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Children's version of The Big Read at Thomas Ford Memorial Library

This year's selection is Sharon Creech's Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, a warm tale about family, friends, and the traditions that tie us together. Kids Read program guides will be available February 1.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Big Read at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs

Beginning February 1st the popular reading event will begin with The Shoemaker's Wife written by Adriana Trigiani. About two star-crossed lovers whose journeys take them from the mountains of Italy to America. This is more than a love story. It captures the immigrant experience of the early 1900s. The Big Read is a cooperative project with the Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Indian Prairie, LaGrange, LaGrange Pk, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge public libraries. It seeks to connect our communities through literature. A complete program guide will be available at the Reference Desk. Located at the corner of Chestnut and Wolf Road just two blocks north of the train.

Closed in Ridge Acres-4622 Clausen Western Springs

Here is the type of home that sells fast in Western Springs! HW floors, granite and stainless in the kitchen, charm...Arched doorways, addition that can be breakfast room, sunroom or family room. Nice landscaped 50 x 213 lot. Expansion possibilites on second floor. Currently a 2 bedroom, 2 bath built in 1948 with an art studio above garage. Listed for $465,000 and closed for $455,000 in 3 days. 2 firplaces, deck and finished LL! Let's get together and talk if you are thinking of moving in 2013. Call me at 708-334-5356 Linda!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Closed in Ridge Acres of Western Springs 4456 Howard

This home was built in 1930 and sits on a 50 x 213 lot. On the market 66 days starting at 399,900 and lowered to 385,000 than 369,000 and sold for $349,000. There were two previous contracts that fell through. Home has 4 bedrooms, 1 full and 2 half baths. If selling is in your plans for the New Year please call me so I can give you a free market analysis. Linda Hanley Kelly, 708-334-5356 Charles Rutenberg Realty

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Congratulations to Me! I have my first grandchild and I am lovin it.

I am starting my year off right. I have been in California since January 2nd when Archer David Hanley was born. Will be back on the 14th ready to help all of you buy and sell real estate. It will be hard to leave here but I will return. Above is Archer getting his first bath in the hospital!

Monday, January 7, 2013

47 single family homes on the market in Western Springs

As of today the MLS has 47 single family homes on the market. If you are thinking of selling this year please give me a call. I would love to meet with you and talk about getting the home ready to sell. I have been a Full-time, local agent for a long time and I can provide you with many local references. Call me at 708-334-5356 or email me at Linda Hanley, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Broker

Western Springs Fruit Store Opened in 1927

Just as today, the store was located at 925 Burlington Avenue, across the street from the train station. In those days, they had to get up at 2 a.m., hitch up a horse and wagon, and travel to the Chicago produce markets where they would purchase the best fruit and vegetables available. And, when one of the boys went into the military service, his sister, Sally, worked in the store to help out. See third photo. Tony (left) and Sally Serio – circa 1940’s This is just a snippet of an article I received. I thought you may enjoy it!