Save Money & Apply for a Homeowner’s exemption in Cook County IL
by Vittoria Logli
Want to save money after you buy a new home? There are tax savings and advantages of owning a home! A Homeowner Exemption provides property tax savings by reducing the equalized assessed value. Save money today when purchasing a new home in Cook County Illinois. This next step is critical in saving you money on your annual property taxes. Visit the Cook County Assessors Office now to file for a homeowner’s exemption. https://bit.ly/3f6Bmhx
Which North Shore Suburb is better, Wilmette or Glenview? | Vittoria Logli
One of the biggest decisions a family can make is choosing the right suburb in which to live. For those who are lucky enough to have the option, there are many things to consider when making this decision. Two suburbs that are often compared are Glenview and Wilmette. While they share some similarities, there are also some key differences. Here is a look at some of the most important factors to consider when deciding between these two great suburbs.
First, at only about 5.4 square miles with a population of just over 27,000, Wilmette is much smaller than Glenview. On the other hand, Glenview is much larger, at 14 miles, and with a population of over 47,000.
Second, the public schools in these suburbs are both excellent. In Wilmette, elementary is K-4th, junior high is 5th-6th, and middle school is 7th-8th. All of these schools feed into New Trier High School, which is gigantic with over 4,000 kids and 2 campuses - including one for freshmen only. Glencoe, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Northfield & a small portion of east Glenview also feed into New Trier. In Glenview, schools are broken down a little differently. They are divided into, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and then high school. Almost all of Glenview feeds into Glenbrook South High School (GBS), with approximately 3,000 students but only one campus.
Third, between Wilmette and Glenview, the downtowns are pretty different. Wilmette has a traditional downtown area with lots of restaurants and many mom & pop shops. However, in Glenview, there are 2 different downtown areas. In the original downtown Glenview, the Village has been trying to redevelop for years and it has been taking some time. But in the newer part of Glenview, The Glen, there is the Town Center. It was the old Naval Air station used in WWII that was redeveloped in the early 2000s. Conveniently, both towns have metra train stops and are a quick 30-40 minute ride into the great city of Chicago.
Fourth, something that both Wilmette and Glenview’s residents enjoy is the abundance of nature and outdoor space. However, the biggest difference is that Wilmette has the lake - perfect for biking and running along the beach trails. Whereas Glenview has many luscious forest preserves where you can bike, walk or go for a run.
Lastly, let's talk about housing! Wilmette’s homes tend to be charming and older with less square footage - the lots are also generally smaller. However, there are always those spectacular and gleaming lakefront properties. In Glenview, the lots also tend to be bigger and there is a large mix of housing, from new multi-million dollar properties to more affordable older homes.
Homes in Wilmette are generally more expensive than in Glenview, with the home price at $851,000 compared to $619,000 in Glenview. Wilmette also has more homes that sell over $1 million, with between 140-180 homes a year vs Glenview, with 110-150 homes that sell yearly over $1 million.
So, which is better? The answer to this question really depends on what you’re looking for in a suburb. If you want easier access to the city and lake, then Wilmette is probably your best bet. But if you’re after more space and affordability, Glenview might be a better fit for you. In the end, both suburbs are amazing places to live and it’s hard to go wrong with either one.
Vittoria Logli | Top Real Estate agent | @properties | Home Sales in Chicago North Shore & Glenview, IL
Here are six things to consider before selling your home!
Number 1: Make sure to make minor repairs before selling. We all have that one leaky faucet or broken light switch that we've been ignoring for probably a long time. Although they are minor issues, buyers love to quickly jump to conclusions - thinking what else is wrong with this house? These repairs are once again minor, which also means cheap! So get them done to sell your house for top dollar.
Number 2: Freshen up the paint colors in your home. We have all fallen victim to Tuscan yellows and wine-red dining rooms. But, those colors are out! Simple neutral colors like a light gray, or even white can drastically change the appearance of your home, and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Plus, painting is relatively inexpensive and you'll definitely get your money back once you sell your home!
Number 3: To make your home more sellable, replace your old and dated light fixtures. You would be shocked at all the variety and budget-friendly options for light fixtures there are now. Simply go on lightology.com or amazon and browse a bit. They have amazing options that aren't expensive. A new $100 fixture in your dining room and completely change the vibe.
Number 4: Remove dated curtains and balances, they are so not in anymore! You can replace them with inexpensive white light and bright cotton curtains from Home Goods, Amazon, or Target. You can even just leave the window naked if you want, it will allow all the natural light to seep in, and brighten up your room.
Number 5: If you can smell it, you can’t sell it! Clean clean clean like you've never cleaned before. A clean and organized home is key to selling for top dollar. If you don't want to clean your home, then hire somebody to clean it; having a clean home goes a long way.
Number 6: Finally it's super important to have professional photos taken. They show off your home in the best way it can look. Say bye-bye to your iPhone pictures; they take great photos and selfies of your family, but not of your home. Professional photos and drone videos will make your home shine and really stand out amongst the others.
What are home buyers shopping for these days? If you're a seller, it's important to know what features and amenities are on buyers' lists. There are some definite trends when it comes to what buyers want in their homes. So if you're planning to put your house up for sale, read on to find out what you should be highlighting!
Kitchens are a major part of most homes, and buyers want to be sure that they're well-designed. A modern kitchen should have beautiful white cabinets with a large quartz or marble island in order for it to look clean and fresh - without being too outdated or traditional looking.
The second thing buyers are looking for are finished basements. A big rec room is a perfect spot to host game nights, watch your favorite TV show or just have some peace in an open space without distractions from outside noise!
Clients are also looking for spacious walk-in closets that can accommodate their clothing, shoes, purses… everything! Buyers want a large enough area to store all of the items they collect over time, so the bigger the closet, the better!
With the growth of remote work, it is essential to have a home office. It is the perfect space for not only working but can be used for meetings and family projects. Nowadays, buyers aren't just looking for 1 office, but 2 - to accommodate the entire family.
Lastly, the key to getting your home sold is making sure it's "move-in ready." Sellers should focus on making minor adjustments that won't break the bank but will give the home a nice facelift - like a fresh coat of neutral paint, new curtains, and modern light fixtures from Amazon.
Southgate In The Glen by Top Realtor Vittoria Logli
Welcome to this voluminous brick home in a premier location in Southgate in The Glen. This home features beautiful curb appeal, voluminous open layout, tons of natural light, sleek hardwood floors, and is designed for a modern lifestyle and entertaining. Grand two-story foyer greets guests. Inviting and bright formal living and dining rooms; perfect for entertaining.
Cook and savor your favorite meals in this gourmet eat in kitchen featuring a center island, double ovens, stainless appliances, butler’s pantry, pantry, and planning desk.
Expansive family room with cozy fireplace and French doors leading to the backyard.
An essential office, mudroom with walk-in closet and powder room complete the main level.
Huge primary suite with tall ceilings, two walk-in closets and spa bath.
2nd floor boasts one-bedroom ensuite with new updated full bath, two additional graciously sized bedrooms with walk-in closets, full bath, and a convenient laundry room.
Huge unfinished basement boasts 2,168 SF of additional living space with roughed-in plumbing and ample storage – awaiting your decorating ideas.
Private outdoor oasis with deck, pergola, large paver patio and lush landscaping.
Prime location to The Glen Town Center, Metra Train, parks and so much more.
Glenview School District 34 & High School District 225 Westbrook Elementary School grades K-2, Glen Grove Elementary School grades 3-5, Attea Middle School grades 6-8 and the #2 Ranked High School Glenbrook South High School.
Look no further this is the perfect place and location to call home!
Welcoming front porch greets guests into this fabulously updated gem in a premier location in The Glen. Open layout, modern finishes, and details with an abundance of natural light throughout.
Cook and savor your favorite meals in the gourmet kitchen featuring a center island with seating, double ovens, and high-end appliances. Grand two-story family room with cathedral ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and a cozy fireplace.
Inviting and bright living and dining rooms; perfect for entertaining.
An essential office, a convenient laundry/mudroom, and half bath complete the main level.
Primary retreat with cathedral ceilings, large walk-in closet and spa bath. 2nd floor boasts new carpet, a loft, 3 additional graciously sized bedrooms and a full bath.
Expansive fully finished basement with rec room, bonus room, full bath and ample storage and closets.
Lush backyard, paver patio and attached 2-car garage.
Everything is done for you to just move in and enjoy everything that The Glen has to offer!
Stunning townhome in premier Westgate at The Glen!
All the luxuries of a single-family home without maintenance.
This gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath unit has been completely updated with modern finishes and details throughout. Light and bright with a voluminous layout, sleek hardwood flooring and is made for entertaining and everyday living. Inviting and sundrenched living and dining room with floor to ceiling windows.
Cook your favorite meal in the gourmet kitchen highlighting stainless steel appliances, center island with seating, double oven, pantry, and adjacent breakfast room.
Retreat away to your primary suite on with two walk-in closets and spa bath.
Large family room with fireplace plus access to private deck.
Convenient laundry room and half bath complete the main level. 2nd floor offers an expansive loft/sitting room, two additional graciously sized bedrooms and full bath.
The finished basement has it all and boasts 1,534 SF of ultimate fun & entertaining with a rec room, wet bar, surround sound, fourth bedroom, full bath, and ample storage.
Private deck, lush landscaping and 2 car attached garage.
Amazing location right by The Glen Town Center, Metra Train, and so much more!
Maintenance free living at its best in the heart of The Glen. Light and airy 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo features an open and flexible floorplan with sleek engineered hardwood flooring.
Cook’s kitchen features large cabinets, and a breakfast bar with seating.
Expansive sunlit family room opens to the dining room with access to the balcony; perfect for entertaining.
Primary retreat with walk-in closet, spa bath with double vanities, jetted tub plus walk-in shower.
Two additional graciously sized bedrooms, and full bath.
Convenient in-unit laundry room.
Private balcony is the perfect place to enjoy nature and a cup of coffee.
Other amenities of this condo building include new balconies (April/May 2022) in-unit laundry, not one but two underground/heated parking spots around the corner from the elevator and a large storage locker.
Steps to Gallery Park boasting 142 acres of lush gardens, miles of walking trails around Lake Glenview, and access to The Glenview Park District.
Glencoe is an historic village with bluffs and ravines that weave through charming residential streets.
Meticulously maintained and updated 4 bedrooms, 3 bath ranch nestled on a quiet and serene tree-lined street. This special energy-efficient home has a voluminous open layout, sleek hardwood flooring and an abundance of natural light throughout. Welcoming bright foyer greets guests into the expansive open floorplan perfect for entertaining and everyday living.
Private formal sunlit living room with built-ins could be the perfect space for a home office.
Cook’s eat-in kitchen features a center island, high end appliances and ample cabinetry; perfect for making and savoring your favorite meals.
Huge family room with high ceilings, skylight and cozy fireplace open to the formal dining room with access to the deck/backyard.
Primary suite with walk-in closet and private full bath.
Three additional graciously sized bedrooms, two full baths and laundry/mudroom with backyard access complete the main level.
A gardener's delight with lush landscaping, a perennial garden that blooms from spring to late fall, and a private backyard oasis with a huge deck, covered pergola and SunSetter retractable awning is the perfect space to entertain this summer and endless fun.
Finished basement… It’s your own personal movie theater complete with a 6X9’ screen, HD projector, six speakers and room darkening shades. All you need to bring is popcorn.
Four large Velux skylights boasting remote control blinds plus a solar panel system that is capable of producing enough electricity to not only power your home for the year but also charge your EV.
Conveniently located near Glencoe Golf Club, Botanic Gardens, Glencoe Beach, shopping and dining.
Top rated and sought-after School Districts 35 and 203. South Elementary Pk-2nd, West Elementary 3-4th, Central Junior High & New Trier High School.