Jan. 22, 2019

Geneva IL Real Estate-301 Willow Lane-The Purcell Group

WOW, NEW PRICE $405,000!!!  Ranch home close to downtown Geneva!!!

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Jan. 22, 2019

301 Willow Lane-Geneva IL


You will love this gorgeous, redone, Geneva brick ranch, open and airy floor plan, and was featured on the Geneva Christmas Walk. 


You will love the redone kitchen (2016) that will be a chef's dream--enjoy views from bay window of professionally landscaped fenced yard! Redone cabinetry, granite counters, copper island making cooking a pleasure! Generous family room has stone fireplace with gas starter, newer hardwood flooring, wet bar with wine refrigerator, & beamed ceiling!


Large master bedroom with newly redone gorgeous master bath--stunning all white glass shower with pebble tile!!!  Beautiful private lot in Geneva with a large patio and fenced yard. 

New Price $405,000


Posted in Listings
Jan. 16, 2019

Top 20 Downtown Geneva, IL Restaurants

Restaurant Week Starts January 21 - 27th 2019

This is an overview of some of the downtown restaurants in Geneva, Illinois and what they have to offer the dining populace.   As small and quaint as it is, Geneva, IL., has got something to fulfill everyone's needs--from specialty stores to neighborhood butcher shops and everything in between. You will find many restaurants that will satisfy one's appetite and taste buds.

Top 20 Downtown Geneva, Illinois Restaurants

Bien Trucha, 410 W State St, Geneva, IL--Bien Trucha is a well-kept secret and hard to find--Fabulous Mexican cuisine all situated in a cozy atmosphere offering Guacamole de Dia, cazeulitas, or petite trough with Chihuahua cheese with mushroom served with tortillas.  The specialty tacos are to "die for." Cannot make reservations, so arrive, register, and they will call your cell phone when table is ready...Enjoy their bar specialties---Margaritas are excellent!

**The Walrus Room,  415 W State St #105 Geneva, IL-- The Walrus Room has a supper club" vibe, very trendy decor, and a bar with unique handcrafted cocktails and plenty of beer and wine choices too.  The menu varies by season, but love their different take on the traditional meat and cheese plate, french onion soup, and Brussels sprouts.   The pot pie was delicious, the vegetarian burger is a nice offering, Walleye Meuneire, and don't miss out on the Prime Rib Saturdays.  Love the ambiance at this restaurant, great for date night.


##Atwater’s Restaurant,  is located 15 S River Ln, Geneva, IL and is in the Herrington Inn--Atwater’s gives you a fine dining experience with custom-created menus with classic foods with a modern touch. Atwater’s offers everything from breakfast, lunch, and a memorable dinner experience seven days a week. This five-star restaurant is smaller (16 tables) and also has a fabulous outdoor dining experience, when weather permits...Reservations are a must, if wish to get a table.

Nobel House, 305 W State Street, Geneva, IL--At Nobel House you will find knowledgeable and quality service in a warm, friendly, and fun atmosphere. Their food is prepared from scratch and features smoked meats, fresh seafood, and many vegetarian options. The Burnt Ends appetizer is amazing. Nobel House has 30 beers on draft and a variety of bottles/cans featuring locally and nationally recognized craft breweries, handcrafted cocktails, and a fantastic wine list.

Fiora's, 317 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL--Fiora’s is not just a European-influenced cuisine with fantastic choice of wineries, but it has a very warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu is filled with delicious entries like the filet mignon Au Poivre, seared duck breast, braised short ribs, and much more. There is a patio area with a bar of its' own and sometimes you will find live music, when weather permits.

** Firewater BBQ & BREW, 524 W State St, Geneva, IL--  The name says it all--fabulous BBQ, pulled pork (delicious), Angus beef brisket (so good), baby back ribs (fall off the bone), jumbo wings, and pulled chicken.  Top any of those dishes off with craft beer.  Oh, and did I mention the five mouth-watering sauces???


 Villa Verone, 416 Hamilton Street, Geneva, IL--  An Italian restaurant with a twist--At night the upstairs turns into a Martini Bar and Dance Club.  Enjoy live music after your meal and dance the night away for a perfect evening! As far as food choices, you get the "Italian feel"as soon as you enter the restaurant and the menu is endless..You can also "special order" a custom meal of your choice!  Villa Verone has one of the best outdoor patios in all of Geneva.  Enjoy the fresh homemade soups, amazing pasta dishes, and the ambiance of ltaly.

Patten House Restaurant, 124 S 2nd St, Geneva, IL--The Patten house was transformed from a historical home and now is one of the best multi-level restaurants and bars featuring a unique menu with Cajun flair, an extensive outdoor patio, and multiple dining rooms. Their menu offers some vegetarian entrees, salads, ribs, steaks, and specials... The Brussels Sprouts are fabulous.  Reservations a must to ensure a wonderful dining experience.

Barrel and Rye, 477 S 3rd St, suite 184, Geneva, IL--Barrel and Rye restaurant has a lot to offer--fine food, and a whole new and comfy dining experience. Some of the best handcrafted cocktails in the area. They do not take reservations, but call ahead to avoid disappointment. 

Wildwood Restaurant 477 S 3rd St 190, Geneva, IL--When you are looking for traditional American cuisine like oak-grilled steaks in downtown Geneva, fresh seafood, poultry, or maybe a wonderful salad, Wildwood is definitely a restaurant to consider. During the warmer months, an outdoor courtyard dining experience is also available. You can also dine in the warm and inviting lounge with great service and attention to detail.

##GIA MIA PIZZA BAR, 13 N 3rd St, Geneva, IL--The menu here is authentic Italian fare with the farm–to-fork concepts like homemade mozzarella or thick piccata with sautéed spinach or fingerling potatoes, Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh homemade pasta, antipasto and much more.

The Burger Local, 577 S 3rd St, #102, Geneva, IL--Everything here is locally inspired, so do not just go there for a burger. Expect a diverse menu that is chef-inspired with comfort food with a modern twist. Many dishes that do not include meat...A lot of television here, so good place to stop by with kids.

Niche, 14 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL--In addition to its' incredible cuisine, Niche is well recognized for the wide selection of wine and beer. The meals range from the refined version of nostalgic favorites to the most innovative and satisfying seasonal entrees. All entrees can be individually "tweeked" to your taste---adding or subtracting as needed. The dessert menu is fabulous, as is the wine list, and try the homemade, freshly-spun cotton candy to top off the evening...Reservations are very helpful.

##**Craft Urban, 211 James Street, Geneva, IL--It is your local neighborhood "go to restaurant" for creating food and beverage pairings--Highlighting local artisan producers and presenting their product in a fun and approachable way.  Craft Urban offers numerous local craft beers, original custom cocktails, amazing fresh salads, and various delicious breads and spreads.  The dinner menu is highlighted by short ribs, craft burgers, grits, shrimp, and Korean BBQ Duck Breast.


Doughocracy Restaurant, 407 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL --Doughocracy is a new casual pizza restaurant. Customers are allowed to choose one of the 10 signature pies. You can select from freshly made pizza sauces with more than 30 toppings. This is one of the best "get it your way" pizza restaurants you will find!

##**Livia, 207 S Third St, Geneva, IL-- Livia offers the famous "THE BUTCHER + THE CHEESE + THE TOAST," which is a great combination of different toppings on fabulous fresh toast.  They also had fresh salads, pasta, steak, and seafood.  Below you will see a pic of one of their tasty flat breads---a must try!!!


Aurelio's Pizza, 330 W State St, Geneva, IL --Aurelio's Pizza is a long-time favorite in Geneva and is said to have some of the best thin and thick crust pie, pasta, and salads...Family friendly with great service!

 Altiro, Latin Fusion Restaurant, 308 Anderson Blvd., Geneva, IL--Everything created here is created with innovative flavors from classic Latin cuisine with realistic pricing.. The menu here is diverse from steak tacos, guacamole trio, burritos, al fundido tacos, al gallina tacos and so much more. Smaller, intimate atmosphere with good service...Dining outdoors when weather permits...Reservations are required.

##Foxfire Restaurant, 17 W State St, Geneva, IL--Foxfire offers some of the best aged prime beef, chop and seafood, but in an elegant setting of wooden trellises and beams dating back to the 1900's. Their large wine list, menu of surf and turf, pasta, as well as bar bites is sure to please...Huge, expansive dining area with bar.

##**Osteria Bigolaro, 317 W State St, Geneva, IL--Italian restaurant with the focus on the art of handcrafted pastas, homemade bread, and great wine.  Loved the shared plate options such as the Italian style pork ribs and house-made burrata--also the beet salad was very tasty!  Lamb, steak, or duck accompany various delicious fresh pasta options.


** Newer Restaurant In Geneva, IL 

## Taking Part In Restaurant Week 2019

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Jan. 4, 2019

Home For Sale Elgin IL: 2506 Rolling Ridge


 Looking for the perfect home in a 55 and over "lifestyle" community that backs to beautiful conservation area? Home features private den/office. Living room open to dining room for great entertaining. Kitchen has center island, Corian counters, 42" cabinets, stainless steel appliances, hardwood, and doors to "Trek" deck with automatic rolling awning to enjoy the scenic views on sunny days! Master bedroom has large walk-in closet and master bath with shower and double sinks. Laundry with tub and washer and dryer. Upgrades: Brick front, fully insulated garage with cabinetry & work bench, 50 gallon water heater 2018. Close to library, shopping, and restaurants. You will love the clubhouse, activities, pool, tennis courts, and friendships in this wonderful community! Make this your next home!


Posted in Listings
Dec. 28, 2018

Market Trends November 2018


As the year wound down, sales picked up a touch in November. Home sales in St. Charles and Geneva were all up from this time last year.  We attribute this to buyers wanting to be in a new home for Christmas or right after.  Rising rates and soft pricing also created some really good deals!!!

Even with a positive November, the number of homes sold in Geneva and Batavia were both down 10%, compared to this time in 2017.  The number of homes sold in Geneva was 470 in 2017 compared to 419 in 2018.  Homes sold in Batavia were 354 in 2017 compared to 318 in 2018.  The St. Charles market has seen a 1% increase in the number of homes sold--780 in 2017 compared to 788 in 2018.

Data confirms our general thesis that there is a shortage of town homes under $300,000 in St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia.  So the number of sold units is down, but prices are up.   

With that being said, if the stock market gets worse and rates keep rising, nothing is immune to price swings.   We will see the end of the year numbers very soon!  


Happy Holidays From The Purcell Group!!!


Posted in Market Trends
Dec. 20, 2018

Purcell Group Xmas Give Way Part 2


Thanks, again, to everyone who has bought or sold a home thru The Purcell Group. Your loyalty to us means the world!!! Congrats to all the winners!!!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Your continued support and referrals got us, to our goal of over 21 million sold in real estate in 2018.  Thank you so much!!!



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Dec. 20, 2018

The Purcell Group 2018 Xmas Drawing

Thanks, again, to everyone who follows us on Social Media. Congrats to all the winners!!!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank You All for your continued support and referrals!




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Nov. 29, 2018

Market Trends October 2018


Top 5 Takeaways From The October 2018 Sales Data:

1.  Rising interest rates, the stock market decline, and seasonal slowness have finally caught up with the local housing market.  We started seeing weaker numbers in July and have been urging our clients to prepare for a slower end to 2018 and start to 2019.  Certain locations and styles will always command "top dollar."

2. Sales activity always starts to get slow in October thru the holidays, but this year with rising interest rates, we are starting to see the "reducing domino effect" cause concern for homes over $450,000.  Some times when the market weakens, you see the people who truly need to move take less for their home then they would in the Spring and Summer months.  This then turns into contagion and starts to force sellers to decide whether they wish to "be on a level playing field" with their competition or stick to their current asking price.

3.  Despite tougher conditions, median home prices in Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, South Elgin, and Elburn have either stayed stable or slightly increased in 2018. 

4. Town homes have seen solid price growth over the last 2 years--the downsizing trend can be attributed to this demand.  Also more buyers like the idea of a smaller space, no maintenance, and lower taxes.  We continue to think there will be solid demand for town homes under $300,000 in 2019. 

5.  In a tougher market the Realtor you work with matters, Choose the THE PURCELL GROUP to buy or sell your home in 2019!!!





Posted in Market Trends
Nov. 28, 2018

Sales Numbers For Kane County 2018

Baird & Warner Fox Valley still staying strong at the #1 position in all of Kane County.  Final results will be released in January 2019. 

We are currently the number 2 office for homes sold in St. Charles, the number 2 office for homes sold in Geneva, and the NUMBER 1 office for homes sold in Batavia. 

Posted in Market Trends
Nov. 1, 2018

Market Trends September 2018


In good times I think people forget that real estate prices are cyclical by nature, imagine if your home price was a stock--then your property price would go up and down hourly.  That would cause a lot of fear, or joy, depending on the economy and your particular home value at the end of that day.  Good new is that your home price is not changing hourly, but in a slower market it can change monthly.  In this market it is very important to keep up with the current data and market trends.

Your neighborhood and local area comps are very crucial to one's home value, but that only tells one side of the story.  Real estate is evolving, the way people buy and sell homes is also.  Here in IL with political uncertainly, Realtors need to go beyond just the "comps" and price per square foot. For us at the Purcell Group it is important that each home's value is determined on a case by case basis.  Location is always important--we break down each home's individual upgrades, paint colors, type of flooring, kitchen and master bath remodeling, Jack-n-Jill baths, finished basement space, size of the popular rooms, such as Kitchen, Family Room, and Master Bedroom, yard size, proximity to town, schools, and proximity to amenities. In today's real estate market all homes are not created equal. The current buyers values particular upgrades, features and accessibility over just size.    

As with other investments, it is important to focus on what your house is worth TODAY--not the price you paid for it, or what it was worth 5 years ago, PRICES are always fluctuating.  We are trying to guide our sellers away from their past value and help them sell now for the best prices possible.  Value in today's real estate market is truly a case by case basis and takes a true expert to help determine that for you!


September 2018 Trends:

  • Decline in the number of town homes sold in 2018...We feel this was actually due to less available inventory, especially under $300,000.  Prices had also increased in this segment in recent years, and a slight pull back was to be expected.  Demand will be strong in 2019 for town homes. 
  • Number of homes sold are slightly down in Geneva and Batavia in comparison to 2017...the number of homes sold in St. Charles is almost exactly the same as 2017.
  • Demand for ranches and/or 1st floor master bedrooms remains very strong.
  • Demand for updated homes under
  • $400,000 continues to be strong. 
  • Pricing of properties needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis, as interest rates rise, and seasonal slowness effects the local housing market. 



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