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Windy City Smokeout

by Allyson Hoffman

The Windy City Smokeout is this weekend, starting July 12th running through the 14th. Bring your friends and enjoy a weekend of beer, bands, and BBQ. The lineup for this event is spectacular with artists such as Eli Young Band, Chris Young, Old Dominion, Jessie James Decker, Cole Swindell, and more!

If the entertainment isn’t enough, sample custom BBQ creations from some of the world’s best BBQ pit masters. Don’t worry … there are non-BBQ options too!

Visit the official event website for additional information and to purchase your tickets today! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event. It is sure to be a smoking good time!

 

 

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Choosing a Neighborhood for Your Next Home

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’re moving to a new location, one critical decision in finding a new home is choosing the right neighborhood. While you may prefer a short commute or require quality schools, you’ll also want to select a community that fits your personality and your family. Here are three considerations to help with your analysis.

Know What You Want

Start by identifying what location features are important to you.  Are you seeking a picture perfect suburbia setting with tree-lined streets and children playing in the yards?  Perhaps you’d prefer an action-filled downtown with all of the best places to eat and hang out within walking distance. Or would a sophisticated neighborhood filled with fun amenities and young professionals be optimal?

Consider the amenities you need near your chosen location. Perhaps public transportation is a priority or access to city parks. Some buyers like to be within walking distance of a library or grocery store, while others feel that multiple choices of restaurants are appealing. Decide what is important to you and your family in advance of your search.

Consider the Type of Housing

In most cases, the majority of suburban homes will be single-family detached residences with smaller numbers of townhomes and condominiums mixed in.  Conversely in the downtown urban areas, condos and apartments will prevail with lesser numbers of free-standing homes. Consider the upkeep you’ll be willing to undertake and how much space you’ll want.

If you are looking for neighborhood amenities, newer subdivisions may be designed in their planning and construction phase to provide and offer more than traditional older single-family home neighborhoods where proximity to a downtown center may offer some of what you’d like and need, but it may be further from your home. If freedom from home maintenance chores is attractive, you might consider seeking a property in an area that includes lawn care and/or common areas with a pool, fitness center or entertaining space.

Drive the Neighborhood

One sure way to become familiar with any neighborhood is to drive to/through the area, park your car and take a leisurely walk down the streets. This will often provide insights as to who lives there and the sounds you’ll hear such as children playing, trains rolling by, the hum of a nearby highway, planes flying overhead or the soft silence of trees fluttering in the wind.

Multiple visits at different times of the day will provide the best overview of life in the area. While it may be relatively quiet during the day when everyone is at work and children are in school, nighttime could be the total opposite with cars cruising down the street or partying neighbors.

Searching for a home to buy is also committing to a neighborhood. Make sure you like both before you make that final decision. For additional information regarding the purchase of a new home, contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Chicago's North Shore, North or Northwest Suburbs, and/or help you find your dream home.

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Reduced - 1260 Sherwood Road, Highland Park, IL 60035 - $450,000

by Allyson Hoffman

Timeless Appeal!

Buyers, Builders and History Buffs Will Love the Abundant Bounty of Options Here!

Imagine the Possibilities -- A One-of-a-Kind Expanded Vintage Two Story Combines Endless Charm and Character on a Rare Third Acre in Sherwood Forest!

Don't miss this classic gem with limitless potential, a truly unique Sherwood Forest treasure located on a double-wide 100'x146' foot lot -- over a third of an acre! Check with the City of Highland Park for potential to sub-divide.

A covered porch greets you, opening to an inviting center entry foyer with an expansive and surprisingly sunny view through the entire house from front to back! On the east/street side you'll find the large gracious living room with its wood burning fireplace and an adjoining office/sunroom with windows on three sides. The separate dining with its direct kitchen access and a large adjacent family room are on the west side of the foyer.

Stairs from the foyer lead to the second floor with its wide upper hallway and two-bedroom wings separated by a relaxing library/study. The hallway leads to the master bedroom suite featuring wide base and crown moldings, a walk-in closet and full bath, and a family bath, second bedroom with built-in desk, and library/study with access to a second bedroom wing including two more large bedrooms.

Additional highlights include a large unfinished basement, 2.5-car garage with a separate garden/workroom providing space to expand to three-car garage parking, majestic mature trees/landscaping and lush perennial plants, ground cover and flowers.

With an ultra-convenient location close to nearby park, shopping, highway access, two equidistant Metra train lines and the choice of Deerfield or Highland Park High Schools, this is truly a unique opportunity not to miss. Estate Sale -- Property to be sold as is.

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1260Sherwood.com!

Contact Allyson Hoffman for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.RealEstateNorthernIllinois.com or email [email protected]!

4th of July in Chicago

by Allyson Hoffman

Celebrate the Fourth of July with fun, fireworks, and festivities. Start your day off at the Fourth of July Parade beginning at 10 AM in the Irving Park neighborhood. With a host of great activities for all ages, you’ll want to be sure to bring the whole family.

After the parade, head over to the Grant Park Music Festival for their Independent Day Salute and enjoy the musical stylings of your patriotic favorites as performed by the incredible Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. The event will begin at 6:30 PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 

Lastly, what is the Fourth of July without fireworks? Don’t miss the iconic Navy Pier fireworks show beginning at 9:30 PM. Witness the spectacular sight of the stunning fireworks over Lake Michigan set to patriotic music!  Chicago is full of exciting events this Fourth of July – don’t miss the celebration and family fun!

Visit the official Chicago Tourism website for additional information and ensure your Fourth of July is a sparkling great time! 

 

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Maximizing Your Garden Areas

by Allyson Hoffman

For some, a garden is a sanctuary, hobby, or even a local market. In today's do-it-yourself world, gardening can be one of the most enjoyable things to learn about and explore.

If you plan to install or improve your garden, you’ll want it done right to add intrinsic value and curb appeal to your home. An overgrown garden that’s full of weeds and dead grass, will clearly elicit a totally different impression than one that has been thoughtfully well-maintained. 

So whether you choose to create a garden yourself or hire a professional landscaper, it's important to map out your plan. Here are some tips to consider.

Mapping the Land

Creating a garden can be fun, a truly creative project.  But be careful to not overextend yourself.

To start, be sure to understand what types of plants grow best in your area. This information can be obtained by talking to others in your neighborhood, local garden centers, or home improvement stores where you can purchase the perfect plants, fruits, or vegetables that work specifically for you.

Right Tool for the Job

Be sure to use the correct equipment for your project.  This should help to ensure that the results you want are achieved on the first try.  Also, be sure to maintain and care for the tools and equipment you use and purchase so that future tasks can be done with ease.  Basic gardening equipment will likely include a good spade, rake, trowel, shovel, cutters and gloves, amongst other things.  Make a list before you begin so that you’ll have everything you need readily accessible as the work progresses.

Start Planting

Let your garden express your vision and passion whether it be the creation of a longed-for vegetable garden, a stunningly-colorful bed of enchanting flowers, or an aromatic herb garden. Conditions will inevitably control part of the decisions made but the results are really only limited by the imagination. For inspiration regarding the possibilities, consider consulting home and garden television shows, magazines, and websites or take a stroll or drive through the area to find landscaping ideas that capture your heart.

With time and effort, your garden can be everything you want it to be, and can boost your curb appeal in the process. If are planning to sell your home in future, contact me for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.



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11th Annual Millennium Art Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

Kick off your summer of fun starting with Amdur Production’s 11th Annual Millennium Art Festival. This event is a FREE outdoor festival featuring amazing artwork and tasty treats. The festival begins Friday, June 28th and will continue through June 30th located at Michigan Avenue and E. Lake Street in Chicago.

This event will feature over 110 artists whose works range from paintings to ceramics, photography and more! Food vendors will include Hell’s Kitchen, Magic Circle Crepes, Mediterranean Cuisine, and El Campeon. Don’t miss your chance to take in some of Chicago’s most talented artists at this free three-day extravaganza!.

Visit Amdur Productions official website for additional information. Bring sure to bring your friends and enjoy one of Chicago’s top-ranked art and design shows!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Getting Organized Adds Order to Your Things and Life

by Allyson Hoffman

Now is the perfect time to consider the process of cleaning and organizing your storage space. Take a day or two to beat the heat or eliminate rainy-day boredom.

While it’s easy to become overwhelmed as you prepare to start, a solid plan should ease that pain.

So, here’s a step-by-step guide to organizing, a task that is especially important if you are planning on selling your home in the near future.

Get Rid of All That Stuff

Decluttering your storage space, and your life, means eliminating little used items that you’ve been collecting for decades. Start with the old, broken things that you never plan to use again and can easily discard. Then move to harder items that hold sentimental value and consider which keepsakes such as baby clothes that have been hidden away for years must stay and which can be recycled, donated or eliminated..

Utility Zone

The utility zone houses the furnace, water heater, sump pump, breakers etc.  Most organizers advise that this area is free of obstructions.  So avoid using it for storage space. Should something go awry, you’ll need to access the problem area quickly. If you must store things in this area, be sure the storage containers are easy to move – wheeled storage racks would be best.

Storage Zone

Make a map of the zone and subzones. Common subzones include spaces such as camping equipment, tools, off-season clothes, lawn equipment, furniture, and holiday decorations.  Ideal organization is best achieved by not mixing areas.

Master Control

When organizing your storage area keep two things firmly in mind: accessibility and durability.

Accessibility means knowing where your items are, keeping like items together in a single location, and being able to reach them when you need them. Constructing shelves and using bin organizers enhances the result.  If the area looks neat, nice and organized it is more likely to stay that way.

A durable storage area will protect your items from the cold and damp. Investing in plastic bins and elevating other items off the floor either by placing them on shelves or hanging them from the walls should minimize concern for potential damage.

Label Everything

Effective organization requires arranging things in such a way that your belongings can be located with ease. So, purchase labels and a permanent marker. Place them conspicuously on both your bins and your shelves.

While few folks really wants to tackle the task of getting organized, once it’s done, most people who complete the process feel great and life becomes much simpler at the same time.

If you are considering selling a home or buying one in 2019, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home in Chicago's North Shore, North or Northwest Suburban communities.



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Long Grove Strawberry Fest

by Allyson Hoffman

Get ready for some sweet summertime fun at the Long Grove Strawberry Fest. The festival begins this Friday, June 21st and will continue through Sunday, June 23rd. Enjoy delectable strawberry-infused foods from some of the area’s best restaurants and chefs. You can find a little bit of everything … from prime rib sandwiches slathered in strawberry salsa to classic strawberry pie-eating contests. For those who like to mix it up, chef-driven barbecue and other decadent local treats offer something for every taste bud. 

And when it comes to entertainment, Strawberry Fest leaves nothing to the imagination either, with a classic carnival, multiple stages of live music, and the Kids Zone featuring enduring family activities at no charge.

Admission is $5 per person and children under the age of 12 attend free. Proceeds from Strawberry Fest go toward improving the full Long Grove experience throughout the year.

For additional information visit the official event website. You won’t want to miss this “berry, berry” good time!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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May 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The May 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports are now ready for your review. These market reports provide an insight on the real estate market statistics for Cook County and Lake County. These statistics are helpful when you are considering buying or selling in today’s real estate market.  And, remember should you need tailored reports on a subdivision or neighborhood in the North ShoreNorth, and Northwest Suburban Chicago, Illinois area, please let me know.



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Ribfest Chicago

by Allyson Hoffman

Celebrate Ribs and Rock and Roll at Ribfest Chicago this Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 16th. Did you know that Ribfest Chicago was voted Chicago’s Best food fest? Ribfest Chicago is also a nationally-recognized FREE music festival. Top local and touring acts make up a delicious blend of indie, roots rock and alt-country for one of the hottest all-original lineups in the Midwest.

With over 50,000 pounds of BBQ and 25 hours of live music, this event is sure to be fun for all. Bring the whole family; children can enjoy games and bounce houses at the Kids Square!

The festival is free, but donations are requested. Ribfest Chicago has contributed more than $350,000 to Northcenter schools and nonprofits to improve education, benefit critical nonprofit work, assist special needs and fight hunger, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming.  A $10 per person donation is requested to benefit Northcenter’s philanthropy and community programs.

For more information visit the official event website for additional information. Bring the whole family for three days filled with food, fun, and fantastic live entertainment!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX Villager
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