Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nothing beats the dog days of summer

I have said it a number of times - I want to come back as my dog in my next life.  My dogs are spoiled, and absolutely adored.  And they love to take walks, and ride in the car, and play ball.  They hate the water.  Two labs, and they avoid lakes, ponds, sprinklers and our pool - at all costs.  It doesn't seem to bother them though - they make up for it where they can.

What fun is your dog having this summer?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Which renovation is your favorite?

I have always loved the architecture of older homes.  When Steve and I were buying our first home, it was between a 1915 cape cod that needed a ton of work, and a 1960's ranch that only needed an updated kitchen.  My head won over my heart, and we bought the ranch.  I still think about that cape cod, and what we could have turned it into.  I loved looking at these renovated transformations.  Who knows?  Maybe someday I will get the chance to do the same thing, to an older home that is in desperate need of some labor and some love.

Which one is your favorite?

Friday, July 11, 2014

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7458 Bittersweet Drive Gurnee, IL 60031

New listing video just posted:

Description: Mature trees provide a canopy of shade and privacy screen for this fine traditional-inspired Bittersweet Woods home. In 2002 the sellers designed a stunning addition to the residence. You’ll get to appreciate the quality built custom finishing features throughout every day! Buffered by evergreens, peek-a-boo views of Bittersweet golf course are captured out back. Warm weather enjoyment of the built-in Capital Cooking 52 inch natural gas grill, accompanied by a custom fireplace, is yours to enjoy from the intimate brick patio complete with its tranquil mini-pond.

Rich hardwood flooring welcomes you inside this split-entry traditional home. French doors lead from the formal living room into the family room. A butler’s pantry with marble counter joins the formal dining room to the custom kitchen area. Fine features include: designer paint tones throughout the home; upgraded carpet & padding; white colonist trim, wainscoting and 6 panel doors; hardwood floors; hearth room; screened porch; and a large first floor laundry room with cabinets, 2 closets & door to rear yard. A finished basement nicely expands the home’s living space for your enjoyment. The attached three car garage is accessed through the laundry room and provides great additional storage.

Let’s talk about the heart of this home—the outstanding custom kitchen! Vaulted ceilings dabbled with recessed lights include 3 chandelier lights over the island area. Look at the length of the granite counter space set beneath all those windows— providing a grand panorama of nature at her best! Amish cherry cabinetry is utilized throughout, including the snack-bar island. Two separate dishwashers and a cabinet-faced refrigerator/freezer go hand in hand with the Wolf and Viking appliances. The expansive kitchen eating area adjoins both the family room and hearth area with its see-through gas fireplace and access to the screened porch. Appliances: Viking down-draft cook-top, Wolf double convection/wall ovens plus a warming drawer, microwave, refrigerator and 2 Bosch dishwashers. Chefs welcome!

The family room has been designed for beauty and functionality as evidenced by its built-ins flanking the gas fireplace. This room enjoys the combination of marvelous space with intimate ambience. Cove molding along with the painted wainscoting highlight the rich oak flooring. Open to the kitchen & living room, this room is set for family entertaining, easily and comfortably.

Adjoining the family room is the screened in porch. Affording lovely views of the outdoors, especially summer evenings, this is just the perfect spot in which to unwind.

Now THIS is a master suite which will provide a retreat anyone would welcome at the end of the day! Simple yet elegant, this space enjoys built-ins, a flat-screen TV, lighted fan, shutters, and an ample size walk-in closet. Wait until you step inside the custom marble & tile bathroom - prepare to pamper yourselves in the oversized corner whirlpool tub, OR perhaps, the separate walk-in tiled shower with body spray, hand nozzle & overhead shower. The curved lines of the granite-capped furniture-style double vanity adds a delightful finishing touch. Lovely!

The secondary bedrooms are ample in size and have great closet space. Bedrooms 2 & 3 utilize the updated hall bath with a honed marble vanity, marble tiling in a subway tile pattern on the walls —which in turn is wonderfully complimented by a basket-weave tile floor. Tile carries right into the walk-in shower with its rain showerhead. Bedroom 4 is the largest with lighted ceiling fan, great storage and its own private bathroom.

Downstairs is the finished basement, home to an exercise room with rubber mat flooring. The TV in this room remains. Carpeting is utilized throughout the game and recreational rooms. Built in shelving sits on either side of the decorative fireplace. Speakers in the rec area remain. Tons of storage is provided as well.

Home Information:

Beds: 4

Baths: 3.10

Sqft: 3400

Price: $575000

MLS #: 08666027

Monday, July 7, 2014

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412 Claridge Court LAKE VILLA, IL 60046

New listing video just posted:

Description: 4 Bedroom home on a cul-de-sac. Includes rec room and exercise room in basement. Sunny kitchen with butcher block island, stainless steel appliances, solid surface counters. Family room with fireplace. Master suite includes private bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower and double sinks, walk-in closet. Nice backyard with patio! All blinds/shades stay. No smokers, no cats. 1 year minimum lease.

Home Information:

Beds: 4

Baths: 2.10

Sqft: 2076

Price: $2250

MLS #: 08664918