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Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, October 28, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address: 1300 Degener Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$149,000

Scheduled for: 10/28/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:280 E St. Charles Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price:$359,900

Scheduled for: 10/28/2012 from 12:30 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:318 N Highview Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$469,900

Scheduled for: 10/28/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:275 N Ridgeland Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$479,900

Scheduled for: 10/28/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:479 S Cottage Hill Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$575,000

Scheduled for: 10/28/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:429 S Argyle Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$629,000

Scheduled for: 10/28/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:606 Hillcrest Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$799,000

Scheduled for: 10/28/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Fall Fix Ups for Your Elmhurst Home

by Thomas Makinney

Autumn is a wonderful time here in Elmhurst. Cool, crisp nights make the leaves take on new colors, and the warm, sunshine-filled days are perfect for catching up with the last of our summer activities. Taking advantage of this time to make a few home fix ups could help make your winter days a bit warmer, and your wallet a bit fatter.

If you have an unfinished attic, Mike Rogers of GreenHomes America suggests topping up your insulation to R-49 or even R-60 by adding rolls, batts or blown-in insulation. Also, seal any gaps in the floor and framing to keep your warm air in, and the cold air out. These steps may save you up to 10% on winter utility bills.

Any uninsulated space adjacent to your heated spaces can rob heat from your home. Adding weather stripping to the tops and sides of interior doors leading to the basement or garage will help keep heated air where it needs to be. Also, installing a door sweep along the bottom will not only help with winterizing, it will help keep out insects during the warmer months too.

Exhaust vents, such as a clothes dryer vent or whole-house fan, help keep your home fresh and dry by eliminating moist air, but they can also let in cold air when not in use. Low cost dryer vent seals are essentially an elbow pipe topped with a plastic cap and shuttle. When your dryer or fan is running, the exhaust floats the shuttle upwards allowing air to escape but drops down to seal tight when not in use.

Shorter days and longer nights mean you’ll use your outdoor lights for longer periods. Replacing incandescent bulbs in these fixtures with screw in LEDs can save you up to 75% in electricity use. These bulbs are pricier than traditional bulbs, but they may last up to 20 years or more meaning you won’t be climbing the ladder to replace them for a very long time.

Take full advantage of autumn in Elmhurst. With continuing low mortgage interest rates and wonderful neighborhoods from which to choose, Elmhurst is a great place to call home this fall. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is the best place to start on the road to your home ownership dreams. Contact us today at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, October 21, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address: 392 N Addison Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$532,500

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:289 E Adelia St

City: Elmhurst

Price:$380,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:765 S Berkley Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$279,900

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:123 Berteau Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$624,500

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:443 W Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price:$239,900

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:475 S Cottage Hill Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$565,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:530 N Evergreen Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$659,900

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:355 W First Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$565,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:353 W First Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$575,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 AM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:359 W First Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$599,900

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:357 W First Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$599,900

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:549 N Indiana St

City: Elmhurst

Price:$320,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:273 S Kenilworth Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$935,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:394 S Kenilworth Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$1,030,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:271 Lawndale Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$520,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:322 N Oaklawn Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$359,900

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:0S600 Old York Rd Unit 202

City: Elmhurst

Price:$199,000

Scheduled for: 10/21/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Safe Halloween Fun in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

Halloween is that time of year when it’s not quite winter, but it’s really no longer fall either. Here in Elmhurst, many families choose to celebrate the day trick-or-treating, and groups of brightly costumed children traipse from one house to another in our neighborhoods. This year, trick or treating will take place from 3:30 – 7:30 pm on the 31st. It can be a great chance to catch up with neighbors, but the combination of energy, excitement, and novelty can also make for some precarious situations. Help keep everyone safe this year with these tips from SafeKids.org.

For parents and children: Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult. Always be sure to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Only cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don't run, across the street.

For drivers: Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances. Remember that costumes can limit children's visibility, and they may not be able to see your vehicle. Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Costumes and Treats: Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers, and choose light-colored costumes to improve visibility. Choose face paint and make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision. Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup. Avoid carrying sticks, swords, or other sharp objects; instead, have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as to be seen better by drivers. The liquid in glow sticks is hazardous, so parents should remind children not to chew on or break them. Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is unwrapped.

The strong sense of community we enjoy here in Elmhurst makes every season just that much more special, and it’s the perfect place to follow your property ownership dreams. The Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is here to help. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, our team is the best place to start on the road to your home-ownership dreams. Contact us today at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, October 14, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address:903 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$999,999

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:402 W Fremont

City: Elmhurst

Price:$699,900

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:116 S Fairlane Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$350,000

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:289 E Adelia St

City: Elmhurst

Price:$399,900

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address: 131 Adelaide St Unit 104

City: Elmhurst

Price:$439,900

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:468 S Kenilworth Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$539,000

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address: 251 N Highview Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$575,000

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:193 Orchard Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$649,900

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:356 N Highview Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$679,900

Scheduled for: 10/14/2012 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Will the Chicken Get to Cross the Road in Elmhurst?

by Thomas Makinney

It’s hard to resist a good chicken joke, but all giggling aside, the question of whether to allow backyard chickens here in Elmhurst is actually quite a serious matter. We’re not alone, either; communities across the nation are struggling to find the balance between individual freedom and public welfare, community property values, and personal finances. So, where are we so far in our own local debate?

The current municipal code (.pdf download available here) prohibits residents from keeping most farm animals, including poultry. In early September, 3rd Ward alderman, Dannee Polomsky, and 2nd Ward aldermen Bob Dunn and Norman Leader presented the issue to the City Council for consideration. At the time, it was referred to the Planning and Zoning Committee–too late to make the committee’s September agenda, but the Committee may take up the issue this month.

In the meantime, there has been a good deal of support for the idea from local residents. In particular, Sarah Makinney sponsored a petition asking the City Council to allow residents to keep a small number of hens within city limits (you can read, and sign, the petition here). Throughout our region, there are cities and towns that do allow chickens in urban backyards: Evanston, Naperville, Oak Park, and even the City of Chicago. Batavia also adopted a chicken ordinance, but it came about only after a protracted public debate followed by a narrowly split vote. Plainfield is also likely to join the list of municipalities allowing chickens in urban backyards before very long.

Proponents of the plan cite the potential economic and nutritional benefits of poultry keeping. Detractors worry about the possibility of noise, odors and disease. Proponents counter that these worries could also apply to any animals kept at home, and that we give away too much of our individual freedom by ceding control to our government. It’s a very complex issue from any perspective despite the urge to have a laugh about it.

No matter on which side of the debate you find yourself, it’s clear that Elmhurst is a vibrant, thoughtful community committed to the best interests of its residents. Why not join us? The Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is here to help. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, our team is the best place to start on the road to your home-ownership dreams. Contact us today at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, October 7, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address:549 N Indiana St

City: Elmhurst

Price:$320,000

Scheduled for: 10/07/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:677 W Albert Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$379,900

Scheduled for: 10/07/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:275 N Ridgeland Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$479,900

Scheduled for: 10/07/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:242 E Cayuga Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$525,000

Scheduled for: 10/07/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:475 S Cottage Hill Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$565,000

Scheduled for: 10/07/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:521 N Howard Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$650,000

Scheduled for: 10/07/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Less is More in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

McCormick HouseMies van der Rohe is perhaps best known for designing steel and glass skyscrapers as well as minimalist cantilevered furniture, but there is an important piece of his professional heritage right here in Elmhurst. The McCormick house is one of only three private residences in the U.S. that van der Rohe designed, and it was a prototype for a group of row houses planned for Melrose Park. The development was never constructed, but for years the house was a fixture on Prospect Avenue before being dismantled in 1994 and moved bolt by bolt to the grounds of the Elmhurst Art Museum.

The McCormick House is named after the Robert McCormick family who used it regularly from the time of its construction until 1961. Robert McCormick was a real estate developer who worked with van der Rohe to construct 860-880 Tower on Lake Shore Drive. While watching his plan take shape next to the lake, van der Rohe reportedly wondered aloud about the viability of building a horizontal skyscraper – a row of affordable homes that would tap into the construction principles of his skyscrapers using inexpensive, stock materials.

It turned out that the home was too far ahead of its time, and the modular design never caught on during the post-war building boom of the 1950s. Now, however, marking the 60th anniversary of the McCormick House, the Elmhurst Art Museum is working to highlight the home’s midcentury design as well as the historical impact of this important architectural artifact. Long term plans for the home include restoring it to its original residential state that will allow visitors to experience first hand not only the design itself but also life in the fifties. A documentary by DeStefano Partners, (linked here), narrated by architect Avram Lothan talks about the home, its history and design, and also includes an interview with Robert McCormick.

Elmhurst enjoys the best of both worlds. It’s close enough to an important urban center to benefit from the arts and culture blossoming there, yet it’s firmly rooted in a quiet suburban environment perfectly suited to family life. What’s not to love? When you’re ready to make the move to Elmhurst, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is here to help. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, our team is the best place to start on the road to your home ownership dreams. Contact us today at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.

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