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  • Buffalo Grove working on business development plan Mar 5, 2015 12:40 PM
    Buffalo Grove’s new community development director is trying to breathe new life into the village’s economic development policy now that a developer’s massive proposal to build a downtown is dead. Christopher Stilling offered his itinerary for the village’s new economic development plan before village board members at this week’s committee of the whole meeting.

  • Wheaton council OKs plan to prevent ‘squashed’ looking roofs Mar 4, 2015 3:07 PM
    Architects designing homes in Wheaton will now have a little more freedom, due to a change in the zoning ordinance that allows for larger side yard setbacks. The city council unanimously approved the amendment Monday. Last month, Jim Kozik, director of economic development, said homebuilders frequently called Wheaton’s previous requirements for side yard setbacks “the most challenging for new and remodeling builders as they attempt to meet the desires of customers.”

  • Energy efficiency impacts the high-end market Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Harris Custom Builders is synonymous with Old World architecture in the Greater Barrington area. The company constantly work to keep up on the latest advances in luxury homes, founder Evan Harris said. Harris says his homes, for instance, are very energy efficient.

  • Home-price gains in 20 U.S. cities accelerated in December Feb 28, 2015 7:35 AM
    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values increased 4.5 percent from December 2013, after rising 4.3 percent in the year ended in November, a report from the group showed Tuesday in New York. The median projection of 30 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 4.3 percent advance. Nationally, prices rose 4.6 percent year-over-year in December.

  • High visibility and use put kitchens in the spotlight Feb 27, 2015 3:49 PM
    Beautiful and efficient kitchens take center stage in today’s open-style home designs. No longer walled away out of sight, today’s kitchens welcome family and friends into an entire living area where everything is open and on display.

  • Mt. Prospect might swap who owes transfer tax from buyer to seller Feb 26, 2015 5:59 PM
    Mount Prospect officials are discussing changes to how the village imposes its real estates transfer tax, but some fear the proposal might create double taxation for some residents.

  • Schaumburg panel recommends first new apartment complex in 30 years Feb 26, 2015 1:59 PM
    Schaumburg’s first new apartment complex in 30 years finally was deemed worthy by the village’s zoning board Wednesday after the developer dropped 12 of the originally proposed 192 units to allow more space for parking.

  • Home proposal floated for former Bobby’s Driving Range in Gurnee Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Tentative plans have surfaced for 100 homes that would be built on the former Bobby’s Driving Range in Gurnee. If constructed, Foxford Communities’ Wentworth development would have 56 single-family houses and 44 duplexes at the northeast corner of Hunt Club and Gages Lake roads. Conceptual plans also call for a commercial component close to the intersection.

  • Argiris, Helmer talk business in Wheeling, Prospect Heights Feb 25, 2015 10:58 PM
    The mayors of Prospect Heights and Wheeling are number guys. Looking back on 2014, the two packed their respective state of the city and village addresses Wednesday with loads of figures — most in dollars and cents. “I base our success on numbers,” Wheeling Village President Nick Argiris told about 150 people at a lunch hosted by the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce.

  • Listing of the week Feb 24, 2015 9:12 AM
    This beautiful brick Inverness home makes a statement. Set on a one-acre cul-de-sac lot in the Bonny Glen subdivision, it looks like it could have housed Thomas Jefferson or one of his contemporaries and literally oozes dignified style.

  • High-end rental community in Vernon Hills to add 32 more units to original plan Feb 20, 2015 5:27 AM
    The Oaks of Vernon Hills, a 304-unit luxury rental community under construction, will expand its footprint from the originally approved plan. Citing demand for rentals and less traffic volume, village officials agreed to rezone a portion of the former Kelly's day camp site north of Rouite 45 from general business to multi-family to allow for another 32 units.

  • Concord Mills in neighborhood profile Feb 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    Mark Lind lived in a townhouse in the Concord Mills subdivision in Palatine, yet had his eye on a single-family home with a large lot and great yard in the same neighborhood. So when the house came up for sale, he jumped at the chance to purchase the home he admired.

  • Lake Zurich board OKs senior complex for village’s north side Feb 18, 2015 5:56 PM
    Lake Zurich village board members have approved a proposed senior housing project along Rand Road, after developers revised plans to address neighborhood concerns about noise and other issues. Pathway Senior Living will build the three-story, 120-unit complex at Rand Road and Samantha Lane, north of Route 22.

  • Naperville weighing new rental housing regulations Feb 18, 2015 3:00 PM
    Naperville is planning a free event to help people become homeowners this spring as the city council began discussions about potential new rental regulations to prevent blight and crime. The first Naperville Housing Expo, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11 at the NIU Naperville Conference Center, will include speakers and resources “so you can rent in Naperville, so you can own in Naperville, so you can maintain and stay in Naperville,” Bill Novack, the city’s director of transportation, engineering and development, said.

  • New Arlington Hts. apartment building approved Feb 17, 2015 5:30 AM
    Plans for a seven-story apartment building in the heart of downtown Arlington Heights are moving forward after the developer received final approval from the village board on Monday. Parkview Apartments, 212 N. Dunton Ave., will include 45 apartments in a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

  • Using drones to sell land and homes from the air Feb 15, 2015 7:33 AM
    Douglas Trudeau waited 177 days for the Federal Aviation Administration’s permission to fly his $1,300 drone. Last month, Trudeau became the nation’s first agent to receive an exemption under the FAA’s rules, a move that will allow him to capture the sweeping mountain views and scenic vistas around his Tucson clients’ homes, as long as he meets the agency’s 33 restrictions, including having a licensed pilot operate the drone and applying for a certificate of authorization before every flight.

  • Older suburban homes appeal to baby boomers who downsize Feb 14, 2015 1:25 AM
    Baby boomers are bringing new life to those smaller, 1950s and 1960s ranch homes found in established suburban neighborhoods. These buyers want to downsize, but they want to create open floor plans with wide doorways.

  • Realtors see 2014 as a stabilizing year Feb 13, 2015 12:00 AM
    Illinois home prices continued to recover with median prices showing year-over-year gains every month in 2014. Home sales, while modestly lower than 2013, pointed toward a stabilizing market, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors.

  • Rosedale in neighborhood profile Feb 13, 2015 12:00 AM
    Dan LaVallie grew up in Roselle and was familiar with the upscale homes in the Rosedale neighborhood. Five months ago, when a home in the subdivision came on the market, LaVallie and his wife Katie purchased their dream home.

  • Neighbors, executive airport leaders spar over study Feb 9, 2015 5:30 AM
    A possible expansion of Chicago Exectuive Airport's main runway already has galvanized neighbors who fear the project would bring more noise and level homes. "It’s something that really touched a nerve with the residents," says Laurel Didier, a member of an opposition group. "They need to know that we’re reasonable and we’re not looking to make trouble, but no one wants an airport runway extension."

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