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Where is Winnetka?
Real Estate Overview
Winnetka’s first houses were built in 1836. Sheridan Road is famous for gorgeous “old-money” homes with backyards that open to the lake. Large, luxury single-family homes on large lots are generally what you’ll find here. A large portion of Winnetka’s housing stock was built prior to World War II, particularly in the eastern part of the suburb, and some of these older houses may be ready to be demolished to make way for new homes.
According to Redfin, the market view in summer 2015 looks like this*:
- Median List Price: $1,400,000
- Median Sale Price: $1,170,000
- Number of Houses Sold: 82
*Calculated in July 2015.
Zillow lists the median home value in Winnetka at $1,161,300.
About the Neighborhood
Located 17 miles north of downtown Chicago in northern Cook County, the Village of Winnetka is an affluent North Shore community. In fact, it is one of the most exclusive and wealthy suburbs in the nation. Winnetka is a village of fine homes on tree-lined streets, excellent schools, attractive public buildings, beautiful public beaches and boating areas, and four distinctive commercial areas — in a unique natural setting along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Because most of the village was built before 1930, it remains a charming, pedestrian-oriented suburb, which sets Winnetka apart from the majority of Chicago suburbs. Quaint shops occupy business sites, while strip malls and big-box stores are absent.
The Metra Rail Union Pacific North Line (UP-N) serves Winnetka residents. Commuters working in the Chicago Loop can board the train at any of these three stations — the Indian Hill Station, the Winnetka Elm Street Station and the Hubbard Woods Station — and arrive downtown in 35 – 40 minutes. Local bus service is available through Pace via routes 213 (Green Bay Road), 423 (Sheridan Road/Elm Street/Hibbard Road/Willow Road) and 213/423 (New Trier West/Loyola Academy Student Shuttle). Edens Expressway (I-94) is located just west of the suburb, providing convenient highway access north and south; the expressway is no more than three miles from any point in Winnetka.
Things to Do
Abundant forest preserve and park facilities are available for outdoor activities. Annual village-sponsored events include the Memorial Day Parade, the 4th of July Parade, the North Shore’s premier sidewalk sale, a special Veteran’s Day observance, Christmas tree lighting and the annual Holiday Red Invitation Sale. Two thriving, pedestrian-friendly areas of quaint, locally owned diverse shops, restaurants and salons offer unique shopping and dining experiences. Winnetka is home to more than a dozen tempting dining spots serving a variety of cuisines. Just a few miles away are two major upscale regional shopping centers: Old Orchard and Northbrook Court.