The subzero weather shouldn’t prevent the US Postal Service from delivering 1st installment property tax bills to Cook County homeowners. Yours may have arrived in the mail by now, or it will shortly. The first installment of your 2013 property tax bill, due on March 4th, equals 55% of your 2012 tax bill. For more information, visit the Cook County Treasurer’s Office web site:
With New Year’s right around the corner, now is the time to plan ahead to enjoy some of the many festivals, concerts, fairs, etc. scheduled throughout Chicagoland in 2014.
While there are many other fun-filled events coming up in the city and surrounding communities, this is a good start. So get out your calendar and your pencil, and start planning!
N E W S B U L L E T I N: Effective immediately, Residents must now purchase stickers for their yard waste stickers.
Even-numbered addresses must affix a magenta triangle-shaped sticker in the lower-left corner of the yard waste sticker if their yard waste is collected on a Tuesday or Thursday, while odd-numbered addresses must affix a light green hexagon to the upper left-hand corner of the yard waste sticker (hereafter to be referred to as the “YWS”). For even numbered addresses whose yard waste is collected on Monday, Wednesday or Friday (MWF\E), an upside-down lavender question mark-shaped sticker must be affixed to the upper right corner of the aforementioned YWS, while all property owners or lessees residing at properties with odd-numbered addresses whose yard waste is collected on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays (MWF/O) are required to affix an orange hashtag-shaped sticker to the lower right corner of the YWS. NOTE: For fee schedule and/or further information on exactly what a hashtag is, contact The Department of Redundancy Department. (Note another note: please bring exact change,)
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See all these folks?
They’re looking up at the clock in the town square and realizing they all arrived at work an hour early!
So . . . Don’t forget to turn back your clock at 2am on Sunday, November 3rd!
Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services is proactively reminding everyone to also remember to change the batteries in all your home’s smoke and CO detectors.
As an incentive to get on board with this safety measure, Evanston’s firefighters/paramedics will be handing out batteries at the Central St. CTA station and the Davis St. and Main St. commuter train stations from 5:30-6:30pm on Fri., Nov. 1.
Smoke detectors save lives and approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke detectors or no working smoke detectors. To learn about the best detectors to have in your home and safety tips, click here.
Check out some of the hilariously spooky entries to this contest, sponsored by my friend Beth Lewis! Imagine you’re a realtor listing one of these properties . . . how would you draw in traffic? Who would you recommend to your clients for potential inspectors?
Can You Sell This House | Sponsored by Beth Lewis of PERL Mortgage, 847.964.5533
Choose your favorite listing! One vote per entry.
1313 KRUEGER LANE. AMITYVILLE, NY: A wonderful place to put your roots down! Don’t miss this custom carved home by Herman Munster! This home has all the bells & whistles, screams & howls. Surprisingly spacious inside, the home features a cathedral ceiling eat-in kitchen with natural stone counter tops, Gothic cabinets, a wood burning oven and a concealed trap door to the spacious dungeon – perfect for your pets or in-laws! Go green and enjoy candle lit dinners (no electricity in the home so you can cut down on your electric bills!) in the separate dining room that easily seats a pack of your closest frenemies. 3 nicely sized bedrooms (2 with built-in coffins) and an fully-equipped outhouse are the final touches on this truly one-of-a-kind gem! And don’t miss the widow’s walk with great views of the nighttime sky! Agent fully discloses that pop-by visits from Bilbo Baggins are common.
GHOULISH, multi-level, untrimmed but fertilized single family home in highly sought-after Warlock County subdivision. Exposed and reinforced beams for hanging guests. New Pella arachnid-style windows and Hunter Douglas custom cobweb curtains. Master bedroom with expansive walk-in broom closet and Murphy bed of nails. Additional bedrooms with blackout shades and candelabra sconces. Spacious kitchen with extra large Viking cauldron, two- person carving center and custom crushed bone counters. Deluxe LG front loaders to accommodate extra large loads of cloaks and capes. Outside cobblestone patio with séance seating for 20, built-in Ouija Board, designer scarecrow, Jack-o-Lantern lighting and private cemetery. Freshly painted with Benjamin Moore Blood Red, Pasty White and Bat Black throughout. Partially finished dungeon. Popular and award winning Wizard school district. Last extermination done in 1902. LEED Certified. Move-in condition. Must close by October 31. Drive by for early preview…1313 Mockingbird Lane Dracula, Illinois or for private showings after midnight, please contact Hilda at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.847.222.2BOO. Agent remarks: Please leave all stakes at the door during showings. Eye of Newt cookies for you and your clients!
JUST LISTED! Rarely available single family domicile attributed to celebrated architect Nar Lee Roote, an early disciple of famed artist Salvador Dali. In keeping with the surrealist themes, each angle of the house appears to naturally melt as though made of active, molten lava, hardened by time, to resemble a traditional Hobbit Hole. The property, originally owned by Lewis Carroll, is said to be a source of influence for his famous inquiry “Why is the raven like a writing desk?” The master suite includes full bath with a huge walk-in wardrobe and easy access to Narnia. Original custom windows will catch more than your eye in their web of design. The state-of-the-art kitchen is no child’s play but you could bake one in the oven! The home has been updated to include modern amenities. Such as LEED Certified central air and forced gas provided by the aviary of guano producing bats in the adjacent utility closet. Close to trains, tunnels, shires, and lochs! A must see! You will become unhinged over this house so don’t miss out on this insane deal! Open house Sunday with food provided by Beth Lewis at Perl Mortgage!
GHOSTLY HAUNTED HOME IN A SPOOKTACULAR LOCATION! 24 Great Goblin Lane. Now offered at a devilish price. Enter the frightening foyer at your own risk. Monstrous-size rooms and snakes on the floor throughout. Delightful “da-vines” with entangled design surround the home. Custom windows made by award-winning “web” designer. Ghastly kitchen features custom cauldron to please any discriminating chef. Leads to wicked graveyard, great for entertaining your bewitched friends. Closet space galore with skeletons included. Extra storage with bats in the belfry. Attached 3-broom garage. Located near scary shops and your choice of transportation. Don’t be ghoulish and miss out on this one!
BE-DAZZELING & DIFFERENT!! This dramatic forest retreat is a natural inside & out! Surrounded by nature and buried deep in the woods! Inside you’ll find a cozy sunken Living Room which overlooks the woodsy grounds, natural gardens and graveyard. High ceilings that soar to the sky… Numerous windows and sky lights let in the sunshine or keep it out! You’ll love working in the well-equipped Kitchen/Laboratory (complete with ghastly experiments) Hauntingly exotic décor and completely distressed wood through out. Enjoy exploring all the many secret rooms & hidden passageways that wind along. All these spellbinding features and so much more makes this hauntingly unusual abode a most unique home and the ultimate in “GREEN” living!! As an added BONUS- Why not let curious tourists pay your mortgage??!! Who wouldn’t want to peek inside this curious & quintessential tree house!!
700 YEAR OLD ENCHANTING TROLL HOUSE for Sale! Your fairytale home awaits, hidden in the trees. A small but beautiful and fruitful land beloved by its inhabitants. House accessible via “Troll bridge” (be careful when crossing, who knows what lurks belong) The landscape includes a deep valley with a small stream running through it. Comfy Living Quarters, not just any hole in the ground. 5 foot Dwarf ceilings throughout Back yard deck overlooks gigantic mushroom garden and views of “Habitat Trails”. Nearby shopping at Elf Village. Main water supply provide by nearby “Wishing” Well. Forest views (disclaimer possible haunted forest). Perfect home for those of you who believe in magic. Home comes with a constant supply of Fairy Dust brought in daily via rainbows.
LOCATION, LOCATION fly over to this rarely available Mugglishous model, in the Hogwart’s subdivision. It’s truly magical! Current owners have upgraded the Bat Rooms and added a whole house Spider web media system. Note to agents: house sold in broom clean condition. Note: this property is not insurable due to burning of trees on lot and many weird calls to authorities regarding slithering creatures. Another fine property brought to you by The Beware Team.
THE BAKERS DOZEN LOFTS!!! Located in a shady meadow, surrounded by acres of enchanted forest, this previously famous cookie factory has now been converted into 13 cute and cozy lofts! Good things do come in small packages, so this is the perfect opportunity for the vertically challenged, or anyone looking to really downsize. Featuring 15″ tall ceilings, tons of natural oak woodwork, spun sugar windows and shaved pecan in-laid flooring. What a great place to put down roots, so get ready to pack your trunk. Log-in to our website, or call listing agent Coco Keebler at our branch office. She is stumped these haven’t sold yet…don’t be a sap, act now!!!
LOVELY HOME IN THE SHIRE. This stately manor offers a natural setting allowing you to anchor your roots. Making a bold architectural statement, this original home is for a discerning buyers who appreciate the finer elements of design. This personal retreat will make you feel like you are in your own private forest. Home features include beautiful wood throughout and rain showers. The nontraditional space offers wonderful opportunities for the creative interior decorator. Insulation features natural organic materials. Geo thermal heating and cooling. Ornate wood work in kitchen cabinets and counters. A true Zen experience. Perfect for meditation and finding your inner chi.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to own this unique two story home. Three bedrooms are all on the 2nd floor with moss carpets for barefoot comfort. Bathrooms have natural rain showers that are radar controlled through the roof. Kitchen has its own vegetable and herb garden at your fingertips for healthy meals. The exterior is fiber plate and never needs painting. Custom designed windows let in lots of light and air. Sitting on a cliff where your living room, with a hand carved front door, overlooks the sea, surrounded by gorgeous bougainvillea. Please contact me for a private showing by candlelight.
GNARLY HOUSE DUDES AND DUDETTES! Bring your board shorts, bikinis, surf boards and friends to this bitchin crib. Lot’s of party rooms with skeezy windows that will keep the Malibu breezes flowing throughout this wandering property. Previously owned by celebrity Marley Sheen. Organic in design with an organic ‘secret garden’ and from 9:40am to 4:20pm, the light shines just right to grow your favorite herbs. Rainbow hues from the ocean mist will blow your mind! This is your new ‘vibe’. Come down the garden path and pull the cord. The owner will show you your next house!!
RARE OPPORTUNITY! Never Before Offered! Gracious Living with Concierge Services in Exclusive Community. 16-unit Tiny Troll Condominium Complex Ready for Immediate Move-in! Now available: Completely rehabbed, Leed-certified units in attractive multi-family vintage building* with 16 fabulous units in prime location – each offering unparalleled living spaces and amenities for tiny trolls. Four residential floors with 4 gorgeous, spacious homes on each level. Each condo is filled with high-end features including: light-filled, whisper-quiet rooms with huge living/great rooms facing 5-story inner courtyard atrium, unique gossamer window treatments and central air, brand new fully equipped eat-in kitchens with breakfast bars, plus 2, 3, or 4 cross-ventilated bedrooms with private baths. Plenty of in-unit storage, plus 20×20 ft basement storage lockers. That’s not all! Top Floor Common Areas (featuring) 360-degree observatory with dining/party room, 3 massive stone fireplaces, and fully staffed 24/7 library and communal study & business center. On-site child troll care 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. M-F, and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat/Sunday. Concierge services and first floor coffee bar (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.) Cordon Bleu chef catering your dinners from 4 – 10 pm nightly Friday night Family Movies at 6 and 7:15 p.m. (popcorn included) 45-car garage and bike room connected via underground corridor and pedestrian ped-way (the moveable conveyers in airports?) Manicured lawns with year-round outdoor grilling and picnic/entertainment spaces.Your own victory garden plot in irrigated 4-acre organic farm adjacent to property. Perfect location just 1 block from shopping, dining, movies, and convenient public transportation hub “Jump-on-it-NOW”- priced for decisive buyers who meet our socio/economic screening criteria! Sturdy, earth-quake-proofed renovated construction with self-sustaining solar-heated water and heat. (Save the world’s resources while you save on utilities!)