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Elmhurst Open House List for February 6-7

by Thomas Makinney

145 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst              

Saturday 2/06/2016

Sunday 2/07/2016

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (both days)           

$1,225,000

915 N York Rd    

Elmhurst              

Saturday 2/06/2016

1-3 PM                

$144,000

 

111 N Larch Ave 

Elmhurst              

Sunday 2/07/2016

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM     

$335,000

 

614 S Parkside Ave    

Elmhurst              

Sunday 2/07/2016

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM     

$359,900

 

149 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst              

Sunday 2/07/2016

1:00 – 3:00 PM     

$549,900

 

232 N Addison Ave    

Elmhurst              

Sunday 2/07/2016

1:00 – 3:00          

$645,000

 

380 N Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst              

Sunday 2/07/2016

1:00 -3:00 PM      

$935,000

 

168 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst              

Saturday 2/06/2016

Sunday, 2/07/2016

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (both days)  

$1,029,000

 

129 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst              

Saturday 2/06/2016

Sunday 2/07/2016

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (both days)           

$1,109,000

 

490 S Prairie Ave

Elmhurst              

Saturday 2/06/2016

1:00 – 3:00 PM     

$1,250,000

 

160 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst              

Saturday 2/06/2016

Sunday 2/07/2016

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (both days)           

$1,975,000

 

Gracik Makinney in Top 10 Realtors of DuPage County!

by Thomas Makinney

Gracik Makinney continues to rack up the recognition. Chicago Agent Magazine recently published its DuPage County Top 20 Agents of 2015, and we are thrilled to come in at #7! Our team of Tom Makinney, Maria Gracik, Marie McCall, and assistant Krista Waski sold more homes per agent than any other team in Elmhurst.

In 2015 our group listed more than 50 properties, and sold more than 40, for a total volume of over $45 million. 

We’re proud of our strong teamwork that works relentlessly to help clients sell or purchase their homes. We combine both our expertise and our resources to help buyers and sellers have a smooth and painless transaction. And our commitment to excellent customer service is evident by all the listings and purchases that we see to completion.

We know that buying and selling your home is one of the biggest decisions of your life and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.mariaandtom.com and find out why we’re such a winning team! 

York High School Named Among the Best in Illinois

by Thomas Makinney

York High School ranks in the Top 15 Best Public High Schools in Illinois 2016, beating out neighboring schools such as Naperville Central, Glenbard West, Oak Park River Forest, Lyons Township, and Downers North.

Results were tallied by Niche, a research site that blends millions of community reviews; student, parent, and expert insight; and hard data. Rankings take into account factors such as strength of academics, quality of teachers, student resources, and quality of student life. Also included are state test scores, graduation rates, and SAT/ACT scores.

Niche.com was founded in 2002 at Carnegie Mellon University and provides students, families, and professionals the content and information they need to make choosing a neighborhood, college, or K-12 school a more transparent process.

For results, visit https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-overall/s/illinois.

For more information about York High School and the city of Elmhurst, please call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit www.MariaandTom.com. We’re your experts on everything Elmhurst! 

Elmhurst Open House List for Jan. 30-31

by Thomas Makinney

140 N Geneva Ave 

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00 PM-3:00 PM  

$939,999

 

 

15W655 Lexington St                

Elmhurst     

Saturday 1/30/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$295,000

 

614 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$359,900

 

417 W Alexander Blvd                

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$374,900

 

260 N Larch Ave   

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-4:00 PM       

$409,500

 

376 N Larch Ave    

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$479,900

 

448 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$509,000

 

485 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$559,900

 

298 E Church St    

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$645,000

 

801 S Berkley Ave 

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$659,900

 

440 S Fair Ave      

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$679,900

 

318 S Fair Ave      

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$689,900

 

681 W Mary Ct      

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

2:00-4:00 PM       

$739,000

 

467 N Evergreen Ave                 

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$869,900

 

391 S Argyle Ave   

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:00-3:00 PM       

$929,000

 

391 S Argyle Ave   

Elmhurst     

Saturday 1/30/2016

11:00 AM-2:00 PM 

$929,000

 

129 Joanne Way   

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM 

$1,109,000

 

129 Joanne Way

Elmhurst     

Saturday 1/30/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM 

$1,109,000

 

145 Joanne Way   

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM 

$1,225,000

 

145 Joanne Way   

Elmhurst     

Saturday 1/30/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM 

$1,225,000

 

490 S Prairie Ave   

Elmhurst     

Sunday 01/31/2016

1:00 PM-3:00 PM  

$1,250,000

 

239 E South  St     

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

1:30-3:30 PM       

$1,370,000

 

160 Joanne Way   

Elmhurst     

Saturday 1/30/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM 

$1,975,000

 

160 Joanne Way   

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM 

$1,975,000

 

RENTALS:

207 N Glade Ave   

Elmhurst     

Sunday 1/31/2016

10:00 AM-1:00 PM 

$1,600

 

425 W Verret St     

Elmhurst     

Saturday 1/30/2016

10:00 AM-1:00 PM 

$1,600

 

Elmhurst Offers Best of Both City and Suburban Living

by Thomas Makinney

City people and suburb people tend to remain in opposite camps regarding their locations, each side defending its lifestyle.

City folks point to walkability, good restaurants, access to art and culture, and a diverse mix of residents. Suburban proponents point to good schools, bigger houses, and more yard space. But at certain predictable moments in life, city people may find themselves becoming suburban folks.

Studies point to families with one to two children as being the most likely to make the move. Families, who may enjoy raising a child or two in the city, often want to move before kindergarten starts. The sweet spot is to not move too early but not too late.

But what makes people pull up their roots and make the move? Chicago-based Suburban Jungle works with families considering a transition from downtown to the suburbs. The company helps people decide not only when the time is right, but also what suburb is right for them.

And while many city residents fear missing out on social factors downtown, many suburbs feature miniature downtowns that allow families to enjoy the best of both worlds. The isolated suburban town is often an unfounded stereotype.

Elmhurst offers a wide variety of excellent and ethnic restaurants, four museums, numerous art performances, award-winning parks, and a four-year college that brings in world-renowned speakers and performers throughout the year.

And of course Elmhurst is situated on the Metra line, allowing residents easy access to downtown happenings.

In addition to family-friendly, single-family homes, Elmhurst has a wide range of apartments, condos, and townhouses surrounding the downtown area. So if you’re looking to downsize and enjoy city living, you don’t need to move to downtown Chicago. You can move to downtown Elmhurst and enjoy the same amenities.

If you’re interested in upsizing or downsizing to Elmhurst, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or contact us at www.MariaandTom.com

Elmhurst Open House List for January 23-24

by Thomas Makinney

 

641 W Comstock Ave          

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

1:00 PM-3:00 PM                 

$319,000


1308 N Hillside Ave           

Berkeley 

1/23/2016

11:00 AM-1:00 PM                

$240,000

 

915 N York Rd                   

Elmhurst 

1/23/2016

1:00-3:00 PM  

$144,000

 

585 S Washington St         

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM  

$237,900

 

614 S Parkside Ave            

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

11:00 AM-2:00 PM                

$359,900

 

332 W Winthrop Ave          

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

11:00 AM-1:00 PM                

$425,000

 

0S562 Old York Rd

Elmhurst 

1/23/2016

12:00 PM-2:00 PM                

$469,999

 

591 S Berkley Ave              

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM               

$479,000

 

458 N Elm Ave                   

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

11:00 AM-1:00 PM                

$499,900

 

444 N Addison Ave            

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM  

$549,000

 

219 N Maple Ave                

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM  

$607,000

 

232 N Addison Ave            

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM  

$645,000

 

894 S Poplar Ave               

Elmhurst 

1/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM  

$929,000

 

Elmhurst Named One of 10 Happiest Cities in Illinois

by Thomas Makinney


If you’ve noticed big smiles on Elmhurst residents’ faces, you’re in the right place. Elmhurst was just named one of the 10 Happiest Cities in Illinois by CreditDonkey.com and we’re not surprised.

Citing the high median income and incredibly low crime, the report shows Elmhurst beating out Wheaton, Batavia, and Bloomington and coming in at an impressive #4 on the happy list.

Residents proudly point to the excellent schools, vibrant downtown, family-friendly neighborhoods, and commuter-friendly factors like the Metra line and easy access to major highways as the major reasons they love to call Elmhurst home.

If you’ve always wanted to live in a happy city, or want to upgrade to a bigger place in our cheerful town, give us a call. We’re experts on all aspects of Elmhurst life and we want to help you find your happy place. Call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.MariaandTom.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for January 16-17

by Thomas Makinney

302 S Poplar Ave                   

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$1,299,900

805 N Lombard St                 

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$298,500

 

197 W Butterfield Rd             

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$388,900

 

638 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

2:00-4:00 PM      

$405,000

 

166 E Jackson St

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$425,000

 

369 E North Ave 

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$482,900

 

349 S Arlington Ave              

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$524,900

 

517 S Fair Ave   

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$545,000

 

102 Knighton Pl

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$600,000

 

232 N Addison Ave                

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$645,000

 

801 S Berkley Ave                  

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$659,900

440 S Fair Ave      

Elmhurst     

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$688,500

 

509 E Atwood Ct

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$799,000

 

248 N Myrtle Ave                   

Elmhurst

1/17/2016

11:00 AM-3:00 PM

$824,900

 

380 N Kenilworth Ave            

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

1:00-3:00 PM      

$935,000

 

129 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,109,000

 

145 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst   

01/17/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,225,000

 

160 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst   

1/17/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,975,000

 

Elmhurst's future getting clearer and brighter

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst is rubbing its magic lamp and envisioning its future. The city has been compiling input from residents and businesses to generate ideas and plans about what the downtown should look like, and what role it should play, in the next 10 years.

The Downtown Plan was unveiled to the public last Thursday, Jan. 7. The plan will act as a road map guiding policies, planning and zoning in the coming years on issues such as land use, parking and circulation. The Plan seeks to answer the overarching question, “What should our Downtown look like in 10 years and how do we get there?”

The last comprehensive plan was done in 1990, with updates put in place every few years, most recently in 2006. But with the post-recession economy gaining strength and hot-button issues such as building height growing in concern, city leaders wanted to address new issues.

The city held multiple workshops, submitted hundreds of questions, and conducted dozens of interviews and focus groups before coming up with the top community issues for Downtown Elmhurst. Those priorities are:

  • Improving the business climate. Issues include regulatory practices, and retail competition from neighboring malls and shopping districts.
  • Diversifying the types of businesses. Focus on improving the ratio of restaurants, entertainment opportunities and variety of shops. Particular emphasis to be placed on attracting arts and entertainment activities.
  • Sprucing up the Downtown. Install more public spaces, greenery, outdoor dining and art.
  • Reducing vacancy in Downtown. Investigate parcel consolidation and redeveloping buildings with high rent to square footage ratios and those in need of repair and upkeep.
  • Connecting with other institutions. Connect Downtown with Elmhurst Public Library, Wilder Park, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst Art Museum and Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art.
  • Improving the parking situation. Implement a clearer, more coordinated strategy for customer, employees and tourists.
  • Enhancing pedestrian friendliness and connectivity. Better pedestrian access across the rail tracks, improved tunnel and better physical connections between Downtown businesses.
  • Establishing an identity. Determine whether city should be a local or regional destination and what sets it apart from other local suburban downtowns. 

Elmhurst Open House List for January 10-11

by Thomas Makinney

593 S Spring Rd      

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016

2:00-4:00 PM            

$450,000


1308 N Hillside Ave 

Berkeley  

01/10/2016

1:00-3:00 PM            

$240,000


711 N Geneva Ave    

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016 1

12:30-2:30 PM          

$261,000

               

332 W Winthrop Ave       

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$425,000

               

584 S Bryan St        

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016

2:00-4:00 PM            

$455,000

 

723 N Emroy Ave     

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016

1:00-3:00 PM            

$584,900

 

801 S Berkley Ave    

Elmhurst

1/10/2016

1:00-4:00 PM            

$659,900

 

318 S Fair Ave         

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016

2:00-4:00 PM            

$689,900

 

129 Joanne Way      

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM      

$1,109,000

 

145 Joanne Way      

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM     

$1,225,000

 

160 Joanne Way      

Elmhurst 

1/10/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM     

$1,975,000

 

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