Feb. 19, 2018

3304 Greenwood Lane

Beautiful new home for sale on a private wooded lot close to town.  Lovely 1st floor master suite, updated Chef's kitchen with a cozy breakfast room, huge 2nd floor master suite too, updated baths, and a full walk-out basement.  $575,000. 

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Feb. 19, 2018

945 Rule Street

New home for sale in Batavia in the popular Harvell Farms subdivision.  Gorgeous remodeled Chef's kitchen with painted cabinetry, granite, hardwood floors, and ample dining area.  Huge master suite with large walk in closet.  You will love this private location with open vistas of deer, birds, sunsets, and moonlit nights. $354,900. 

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Jan. 30, 2018

3705 Queen Elizabeth Court

Simply gorgeous home for sale in St. Charles.  3-car garage, open floor plan, redone fabulous custom kitchen with white cabinetry, subway tile back splash, center island breakfast bar, marble & soap stone counters, and a stainless steel farm sink.  Super cool office, a gigantic master walk in closet, 4.1 baths, a full finished basement, and the most amazing patio with TV, grill, and fire-pit!!! $589,900.  SOLD!!!

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Jan. 26, 2018

764 Kateland Way

Beautiful new listing in South Elgin, in the popular Thornwood subdivision with St. Charles schools.  Large extended garage, fantastic floor plan, huge kitchen with a ton of cabinets, and the family room opens to the kitchen with a custom brick fireplace. 1st floor mudroom, 1st floor den, 2nd floor laundry, 4.1 baths, and a one of a kind full finished basement.  $459,900. 


Posted in Listings
Jan. 25, 2018

New Luxury Apartment Complex In St. Charles IL


More people are renting now than any time in the past 50 years.

In 2016, 36.6% of people rented their homes which was similar to 1965  which totaled 37%, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center based on data from the Census Bureau. Each month the Census Bureau surveys a nation-wide sample of households for results...

The total number of households in the U.S. grew by 7.6 million over the past ten years, Pew reported. The number of homes owned did not increase, while rental households increased by nearly 10% during the same time period.

Depending on where you live, either rising home prices or declining home values and large student loan debt are some of the reasons why many people are renting.

One of the reasons why young adults prefer renting is that some don't have enough money for a down payment for a home, said Richard Fry, a senior researcher at Pew and one of the report's authors. Also, owning a home makes moving harder, and the younger age group prefers mobility and flexibility.  

And millennials (age 35 and younger) continue to be the most likely of all age groups to rent, Pew found. In 2016, 65 percent of households headed by young adults were renting, up 8 percentage points from 2006.

A new hot luxury apartment complex that fits this recent trend is Prairie Winds in St. Charles, IL.   

These type apartments are what younger people have flocked to. This complex offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom sophisticated and chic apartments.

This community offers spacious and open-concept style floor plans built to ensure your comfort and leisure, while enjoying condo-style, worry-free living. 

These enormous apartments are for the discriminating resident whom enjoys the space and comforts of a home. Each apartment includes a 1 or 2 car direct access garage. The sophisticated and chic apartments are fully loaded with every gourmet's dream-kitchen featuring granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances including a double-door refrigerator with ice and water dispensers, glass top stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, rich cabinetry, tiled back splashes, plank flooring, and large islands are all standard kitchens at Prairie Winds.

The community amenities will be second to none. They have a large luxurious clubhouse which includes an internet cafe, juice bar, game room, conference rooms, and package delivery system. Attached to the clubhouse will be an indoor lap pool with locker rooms, and a 4000 square foot commercial quality fitness center.

The outside amenities will include a resort style swimming pool, outdoor kitchen with 4 cooking stations, gazebo, fire pit, playground, dog park and nature trails. 

Community Features

  • Luxurious Clubhouse
  • Resort Style Pool
  • 4000 sq. ft. Commercial Quality Fitness Center
  • Indoor Lap Pool
  • Chef Style Outdoor Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Locker Rooms
  • Internet Cafè and Juice Bar
  • Multi-use Playground
  • Conference Rooms
  • Secure Package Delivery Area
  • Meticulous Landscaping
  • Game Room
  • Pet Park
  • Lake Side Fire Pit
  • Gazebos & Nature Trail
  • Across the street from the Geneva
  • St. Charles Schools

Interior Amenities

  • 9-10ft. Ceilings
  • Full Size Front Load Washers &
    Dryers in Every Unit
  • Stainless Steel Double Door
    Refrigerators with Ice Makers
  • Self Cleaning Glass Top Ovens
  • Stainless Steel Built in Microwaves
  • Stainless Steel Dishwashers
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Kitchen Islands
  • Granite Counter tops
  • Designer Lighting Packages
  • USB Ports
  • Subway Tile
  • Brushed Nickel Hardware
  • Garden Tubs
  • Double Sink Bath Vanities*
  • Enormous Walk-in Closets
  • 2 Inch Blinds
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplaces
  • Oversized Private Balconies/Patios
  • 1 & 2 Car Garages with Remote
    Control Access
  • Electric Car Charging Station in
    Every Garage
  • Garage Heating

Prairie Winds of St. Charles will provide residents the total package of quality living space with plenty of amenities to use and enjoy. So, if looking for a shorter-term rental, this might be a wonderful solution---New, clean, and upgraded with a wonderful  location close to shopping and downtown Geneva and St. Charles. Fabulous amenities combine to make your rental experience a pleasure. No worries about home maintenance and can be mobile at the end of your lease! If uncertain about what you wish to do and where you wish to be at this time in your life--this might be the place for you!

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Posted in City Info
Jan. 22, 2018

Geneva Restaurant Week 2018


Restaurant Week Starts January 22 - 28th

Here is an overview of the restaurants located in downtown Geneva, IL who are participating in Restaurant Week and what they are offering. Geneva, IL, though small in population, makes up for size with charm, quaintness, and diverse dining options---you will find everything to satisfy your taste buds and your culinary wants! Enjoy the specialty stores, butcher shops, and many different every meals from traditional to uniquely exotic--all will satisfy your gourmet cravings!

During Restaurant Week only, Monday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 28, "would be food critics" will be able to dine at participating restaurants that will offer lunch and dinner menus for either $9, $19, $29, or $39.  Some are per person, some are for two and some are options are only available during Geneva Restaurant Week. 

Participating restaurants

• 318 Coffeehouse 318 S. Third St., (630) 845-3180;

• Atwater's in The Herrington, 15 S. River Lane, (630) 208-8920;

• Chianti's, 201 S. Third St. (630) 232-0212;

• Craft Urban, 211 James St., (331) 248-8161;

• Deane's Market & Deli 500 S. Third St., Suite 141, (630) 402-0139;

• El Molcajete on 3rd, 227 S. Third St. (630) 457-5348;

• FoxFire Restaurant, 17 W. State St., (630) 232-1369;

• Geneva Ale House, 319 W. State St., (630) 262-3877;

• GIA MIA, 13 N. Third St., (630) 405-5544;

• Houlihan's, 1322 Commons Drive, (630) 345-8000;

• Jose Maria's Mexican Restaurant, 730 E. State St., (630) 232-9135

• The Little Traveler Atrium Café, 404 S. Third St., (630) 232-4200;

• Livia Italian Eatery, 207 S. Third St., (630) 402-6444;

• Nobel House, 305 W. State St., (630) 402-0452;

• Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 201 W. State St., (630) 232-7962;

• Osteria Bigolaro, 317 W. State St., (630) 402-0597;

• Preservation Bread & Wine, 513 S. Third St., (630) 208-1588; preservationbreadandwine

• Stockholm's, 306 W. State St., (630) 208-7070;

• Sweet Natalie's Gluten-Free Bakery, 228 S. Third St., (630) 232-7434;

For more details on some of these restaurants click on our past post.


Two New Geneva IL Restaurants Spotlighted: 

1. Craft Urban:

You will enjoy the interesting "mural-like" exterior that really grabs your attention as you enter.  Upon entering, you will walk in to a good-sized bar with an open concept into the kitchen.  Then as you can see below, an ample dinning room with large, beautiful windows and gorgeous art work, brick walls, stylish lighting, bare wood tables, and comfy leather chairs.  Craft Urban really does give you a Chicago-type vibe in the suburbs.  The drink menu is both outstanding and diverse.  Numerous local to small upcoming craft beers, customized cocktails, and a good wine selection allow you to sample many of your choices.  The main dinner menu is not extensive, but offers some amazing choices.   I tried one of the bread and spread appetizers, and the pepper jam selection was extremely tasty.  A few healthy hot or cold salads are also available.  The compact entree menu offers fabulous meat and seafood options, from short ribs to Wisconsin rainbow trout.   

This is a nice addition to the growing restaurant scene in Geneva, and I highly recommend trying this spot.  Enjoy the drink selection, fantastic spreads, and choose from one of the fabulous entree options.


2. Livia Italian Eatery:

The canopied entrance with stairs leading down into the restaurant, heightens your anticipation for a fabulous dining experience. Walking into a smaller but chic bar, Livia offers a diverse drink menu including specialty cocktails, variety of wine options, and numerous craft beers.  The menu has small plates such as meatball sliders to barbecued  oysters.  Those appetizers can be accompanied by numerous salad option--my personal favorite was the kale + farro chicken salad.  My favorite appetizer was the numerous options of fresh baked toast, numerous meats, cheeses, and jams that were offered.  

 The main dining room has the look of a trendy Chicago restaurant, seating is a little close, but the general vibe is very cozy.  The dinner menu offers so many delicious choices. Below you can see one of the gourmet flat breads--this is the Butcher Block flatbread, tomato sauce, mozzarella, smoked bacon, pepperoni, speck, roasted onions, and chili flakes.  Fantastic flavor and crispy fresh crust--can upgrade to the cauliflower crust too.  Livia also offers fresh pasta dishes such as their classic take on spaghetti meatballs to four cheese stuffed pasta shells. The larger entrees included steak, chops, chicken, and seafood.   For more info on the menu


 Livia is a great addition to the ever growing trendy Geneva restaurant scene.  I recommend trying Livia if you are looking for fantastic drinks, a ton of small plates, amazing flat breads, and a large offering of delicious meat and seafood. 



Posted in Entertainment
Jan. 22, 2018

1013 Thoroughbred Circle

 Beautiful ranch for sale in St. Charles.  Located in the Hunt Club subdivision, this ranch offers a gorgeous updated kitchen with refaced cabinetry, granite counters, hardwood floors, a copper sink, and newer appliances.  The master bath has also been totally updated and has a huge glass shower. Large office, full finished basement, all on a fabulous private lot.  $539,900.  

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Jan. 16, 2018

2520 Edgewater Drive

New ranch in Elgin's Del Webb community.  Gorgeous updated kitchen, great open floor plan, tons of natural of light, large master suite, office, and an amazing outdoor entertaining space.  $324,900.  SOLD

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Jan. 15, 2018

2017 Year End Market Statistics

Posted in Market Trends
Jan. 9, 2018

619 Maple Lane

New ranch listing in Batavia on gorgeous landscaped 1/2 acre lot with incredible heated sun room with a beautiful wall of glass. Vaulted family room, living room with fireplace, den with fireplace, and partially finished basement.  $350,000. 



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