North Shore

The North Shore Office includes, but is not necessarily limited to the following areas of coverage:

Bannockburn, Deerfield, Evanston, Fort Sheridan, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnwood, Mettawa, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Riverwoods, Skokie, Techny, Wilmette, Winnetka

Summary.  The North Shore is made up of a unique group of affluent suburbs north of Chicago bordering the shores of Lake Michigan. These communities fall within suburban Cook and Lake Counties. The North Shore’s membership is often a topic of debate, and is sometimes expanded to include other affluent Chicago suburbs which do not border Lake Michigan. The North Shore has a vast array of neighborhoods and communities that reflect every available lifestyle. From private, waterfront homes, to golf course communities, to urban lofts, the North Shore and the surrounding areas offer a wide choice of housing alternatives. These great towns and villages are all within a train ride of downtown Chicago however each is unique and must be valued as such.  Each town and village has its own historic appeal and charm and distinct marketing aspects.  Schools and neighborhood amenities all play a large part in determining value.  All of these factors contribute to a unique and ever-changing housing market that requires a distinct local perspective.

Education.  School districts are often a determining factor when new residents begin their search for a home in the North Shore. As such, they can have a direct impact on your valuation. Whether your home resides in the Central Suburban League or the North Suburban Conference, it is important that your appraiser be familiar with the impact it has on your home’s value. Proximity to the large Private and Catholic School network in the area can also play a part in valuations.  Northwestern University offers a major college atmosphere within the southern section of the North Shore and brings it’s own appeal to the market.

Culture.  Today the North Shore remains one of the most affluent and highly educated areas in the United States. Seven of its communities are in the top quintile of U.S. household income, and five of those are in the top 5 percent. The North Shore is also the home of the Ravinia Festival, a historic outdoor music theater in Highland Park, Illinois. The Ravinia Festival, originally conceived as a weekend destination on the CNS&M line, is now a popular destination on the Metra Union Pacific North Line commuter rail. Other attractions which make the North Shore unique include the Chicago Botanic Garden, the North Shore Center for Performing Arts, Charles Gates Dawes House, the Block Museum of Art, Historic Wagner Farm, Kohl Children’s Museum, many equity theater companies, unique galleries, museums, and beaches and lakefront paths that hug the shores of Lake Michigan.

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