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Go Green for Spring: 5 Green Home Gems in Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and if the Chicago River is going green, so can your home. These 5 green home gems in Chicago will save your wallet, the environment, plus your physical and mental health. If the bamboo flooring, recycled furniture, and plethora of natural lighting won’t sweep you off your feet, we’re not sure what will. Perhaps a Maxi-Lok push broom? Well it just might come in handy once you’ve checked out our list below for these Eco-friendly buys.

4732 N Keystone Ave ~ $560,000

This green gem comes with the best sustainability features sure to lower utility and water bills. The high efficiency thermal system, bamboo floors with radiant floor heat, tankless hot water heater, energy efficient windows, energy star appliances and high efficiency washer and dryer can reduce monthly utility bills. The tankless water heaters would mean less time and water being wasted while you wait for it to warm up. The home features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths.

189 E Lake Shore Dr STE 1W ~ $12,500 /mo

Nestled in the East Lake Shore Drive building with lake and tree views, this 3 bedroom, 4.5 bath, two-level maisonette features extensive bamboo flooring, which is a material made from natural vegetation. The bamboo plant is a renewable resource that finishes maturity at a much faster pace than hardwood trees. The oversize window, the master suite with skylights, and the luxury bath with an attached solarium makes this green gem a great buy.

2029 W George St ~ $1,395,000

A large home of 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, featuring walk through & walk in cedar closets, a staircase wrapped in birch-custom wood floors, and one of its most outstanding features, a 30 foot southern facing window. This allows natural light to brighten each corner of this large home. There are plenty of sustainability features that reduce energy costs all for a whopping $1.395 million.

2326 W Giddings St #406 ~ $550,000

This top floor 3 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse also features easy to clean bamboo floor, unlike those traditional carpets, and plenty of earthy views as it sits in the heart of Lincoln Square. It is housed in a green building that guarantees energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. The greenest homes are built to last.

802 N Mozart St ~ $650,000

A stunning 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths single family home described as “unusually energy efficient .” It is certified Energy Star 3.0 rated with extra thick walls, and subsequently, healthier indoor air quality—and a tankless water heater & high efficiency furnace, helping to reduce the causes of climate change. The home includes a two car garage with a full roof deck and small yard for entertainment.

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Landmark Victorian Home for Sale in the Historic Old Edgebrook District of Chicago

The Victorian home built in 1891 in the Historic Old Edgebrook District is now up for sale at a cost of $745,000. In an odd enclave surrounded on all sides by Cook County Forest Preserves, you’ll find 6173 N McClellan Ave on a hill overlooking the 18-hole Edgebrook golf course. The neighborhood in the Forest Glen Community area is found between Central and Devon Avenues. For more information about this historic district, check out the video by our friends at YoChicago featuring this turn-of-the-century Victorian house after the jump.

 

The home itself is one of the original residences in the area and is filled with stained glass windows, original pocket doors, and plenty of exquisite details as per Victorian standards. The kitchen is set up with custom Amish cabinets, while the bathroom has undergone full renovation. The fireplace is sure to keep you nice and toasty, and on summer nights, enjoy the wrap-around porch with a glass of lemonade. With four bedrooms on the second floor, 4 baths and 2 full baths, there is ample room for a single family, plus guests. Enjoy a third level, featuring a spacious, bonus room that you can turn into anything you’d like from an office to a play room. The windows offer plenty of natural sunlight and views of the unchallenged scenic woods of Chicago. The expansive garden and manicured lawn make this Victorian home all the more attractive.

OPEN HOUSE is being held this Sunday, February 25, 11 am to 1 pm.

 

 

 

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Kitchens

Kitchen Updates to Match Your Lifestyle

9 FABULOUS KITCHEN UPDATES TO MATCH EVERY KIND OF LIFESTYLE

Millennial renter? Mom of three? We’ve got you covered.

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to renovating your kitchen. What might appeal to a new homeowner or a Gen Y renter probably wouldn’t make much sense for a young family of five. Below, Nate Berkus—interior design guru and artistic adviser for LG Studio‘s high-end line of appliances—shares the best ways to upgrade your kitchen based on your lifestyle.

IF YOU RENT…

Get permission from your landlord to paint the cabinetry and swap out the cabinet hardware. I did it for my assistant’s apartment in Brooklyn, and it transformed the entire feeling of the space. The cabinets went from a standard wood tone to a beautiful chalky white. Upgrade the handles, and suddenly you’ll feel like you’re in a new kitchen.

IF YOU LOVE ENTERTAINING…

People who actually entertain and cook should invest in the best appliances out there. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter how much time you spent picking out the backsplash if you stick something in the oven and it doesn’t work. Also, if you have the room, add an island, whether it’s free-standing or built-in—there are a million options. It really helps change the traffic pattern of the space.

IF YOU HAVE A YOUNG FAMILY…

Most people don’t realize it until you already own them, but stainless steel appliances are really smudgy. I have a 17-month-old daughter, and there are handprints at her sightline on every single thing in our house. What’s nice about the LG Studio line is that we changed the graining of the stainless steel to go horizontally instead of vertically, which greatly reduces fingerprints and smudges.

IF YOU’RE AN EMPTY NESTER…

Do an edit. You don’t need a cabinet filled with dozens of cereal bowls anymore. Save a few for when the grandkids visit. Keep your best cookware and your prettiest linens, and donate the rest.

IF YOU LOVE TO COOK…

Smartly designed appliances should take center stage. LG Studio’s French-Door Counter-Depth refrigerator features a front compartment to store the things you need easy access to, so you don’t have to open the entire fridge every time you reach for them. It’s terrific for cooks because they don’t have to dig into the back of the refrigerator—and let out cool air doing so—to find the things they’re constantly using.

IF YOU’RE A DESIGN JUNKIE…

Go deep into the accessories. What’s the runner in front of your sink? What’s the fabric you’ve upholstered your counter stools in? Do you have gorgeous pendant lights hanging down? What do your cutting boards look like, and how are they displayed? Upgrade the tactile things that you touch everyday and incorporate patterns and colors that you really love.

Start with the kitchen. It is, in my opinion, the single most important renovation in terms of adding value to the home. Build exactly what you want, but always remain on the classic side of things. If it doesn’t look like it was around in 1920, then it’s time to move on from the idea.

IF YOU’RE A MINIMALIST…

I like kitchens that are largely designed to be under the counter, with the exception of the range, the hood, and the refrigerator. Consider skipping upper cabinetry so that you have a wall to hang a black-and-white photograph or a favorite painting.

IF YOU HAVE AN UNLIMITED BUDGET…

Use natural materials, like stone countertops that are an inch-and-a-half or two inches thick. Add custom cabinetry that’s designed with anything you could dream of: spice organization, dividers, drawers lined in anti-tarnish cloth for your sterling. Incorporate architectural salvage pieces into the design. For instance, a plaster hood with an old stone medallion. Or, you could use an 18th-century French marble fireplace to frame the hood over the stove. In general, just focus on improving the quality of the materials that you’re using.

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