Innovations in Kitchen Design Create Exciting Possibilities for Home Chefs

Some of the hottest trends getting home chefs excited these days are due to an array of new technological innovations offered from some of the top brands in kitchen appliances.

Urban River Getaway

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Allendorfer Family  Isabella Allendorfer described her goals for designing a second home just up the road as a place that would be “chic, slick and glamorous.” What she and her husband, Brian (a fifth-generation residential & commercial contractor) achieved was much more: it’s an urban river getaway for their family to spend quality time together.…

Creating Calm Spaces

 Article and Photography Aimée Mazzenga  This Nashville home was transformed from the ground up to be a calm and collected neutral haven. The designers, Clare Kennedy and Mitzi Maynard of Redo Home and Design, partnered with the home owners to “Make the minimalist architecture feel livable, inviting, and collected.” Once the home was finished, I brought the story to life…

The Long and Winding Road

 FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN TURNS AGO…  I arrived at the The End Of The Road.  It was difficult to imagine a home more exclusively private, or one more immersed in and protected by nature.

Space, Light, Warmth… Home

It wasn’t just how Marley had contentedly burrowed in to the pillows of the family room couch, wagging his tiny stub of a tail with a determined, “I’m not moving” vibe; it was easy to sense it was with more than a tinge of regret that the Smith family was moving on.

Highland Pines Has It All in Long Grove

The grand foyer of 6235 Pine Tree Drive in Highland Pines of Long Grove boasts a number of spectacular architectural features. A white eat-in kitchen has a large island, newer stainless appliances and opens to a sunny deck. The family room has a wet bar and floor-to-ceiling windows. A main level office has French doors and a view of the…

Summer Starts Here

This gorgeous brick home, located on a lush, spectacular lot, is the perfect place for hot and lazy summer days, thanks to a stunning pool. Just imaging floating under a brilliant blue SouthWest Lake County sky, without a care in the world.

Magnificent Beauty

Royal Melbourne in Long Grove is one of three gated golf course communities that readers of SW Lake Lifestyle call home. Nestled on a wooded lot, an easy wedge shot from the manicured, Greg Norman designed fairways of Royal Melbourne Country Club, sits a stunning home at 4712 Royal Melbourne Drive with more than 10,000 square feet of living space.

Four Reasons To Market Your Home Now

Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Star of the Big Screen with Bill Murray, and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire, said we’re in for a longer winter. Surprisingly, that could be great news if you are thinking about making a move this spring. Why, you ask; how can freezing cold weather be a good thing for any market? Here are…

Welcome Home to Long Grove’s Country Club Estates

Country Club Estates, located at the southern tip of Long Grove, is one of the village’s premier neighborhoods. The subdivision, between Route 83, Old 53 and Checker Roads, surrounds the Grove Country Club (formerly Hillcrest). It is one of the oldest subdivisions in the village, with homes built as early as 1960 and over the ensuing decades in nine phases.

Nature. Peace. Serenity.

At the end of a long day, every family deserves a special retreat like 3323 Country Lane in Long Grove. Soaring trees, perennial & vegetable gardens and a spring-fed pond define this beautiful 3.5-acre country estate.

Country Club Living

A short wedge shot from one of the fairways at Hawthorn Woods Country Club, this stunning home is in a secluded cul-de-sac location with incomparable views. A breathtaking entry greets all guests with a sweeping solid hardwood staircase, volume ceilings, bright windows and all-custom décor. Adorned with rich hardwood floors, a marble entry and generous room sizes, the home boasts…

Long Grove’s Indian Creek Club is Close to it All

Indian Creek Club is a community of single-family homes located at the northern tip of Long Grove off of Midlothian Road, just north of Gilmer. Built between 1999 and 2003 amidst beautiful rolling hills, this neighborhood features largely traditional Colonial-style homes ranging in size from more than 2,000 square feet to almost 6,000 square feet. Yard sizes are about a…

Presenting 21403 N. Meadowlark Court

We are pleased to present 21403 N. Meadowlark Court in the Ponds of Kildeer. This stately brick home is new on the market and boasts an open floor plan, beautifully remodeled Kitchen with cherry cabinets, stunning granite countertops, and high-end stainless appliances. The Kitchen opens to the spacious Family Room and an adjacent first-floor office. The second story boasts a…


SPECTACULAR home in Prairie Creek! With over 7,000 sq. ft. of living space, this CUSTOM 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is unique in every way! From the beautifully designed stone work on the drive and walkway, to fountains,, waterfalls and exquisite landscaping, this curb appeal is unmatched! 2 MASTER SUITES ( the 1st flr room offers access to the tranquility…

The Fields of Long Grove

Have you ever thought about the joy of living in a nature-filled community with walking paths, trees, and ponds? What if you found a home in a community that offered all of this—but none of the work involved in keeping it beautiful and fresh? It would be like living in a vacation paradise all year ‘round.

Determining the Value of a Home

When you are thinking about selling one big question comes to mind... how much can you get? This one little fact can be the biggest factor in deciding if now is the right time for you to sell. For example, if you owe more on the house than what you can get for your home, staying put until the market…

Beautiful Home in Prairie Creek of Kildeer

Nestled in on a ½ acre wooded lot, you will find exquisite landscaping with special attention to a beautifully created waterfall. Enjoy the trickling sounds on peaceful mornings with coffee or quiet evenings with a glass of wine! Relax on the beautifully designed screened in porch complete with brick paver flooring, cedar plank vaulted ceiling and soft music. Inside this…

Fall in LOVE

It’s the time of year that we all start thinking about love and pretty soon we’ll be in the busy spring market. If you do not love your home, maybe it’s time for a new one. Buying a home is a lot like dating. With time and effort you can turn a crush into a love if it’s meant to…

Five Most Commonly Asked Commercial Real Estate Questions

First let me say that I enjoy working with many residential agents who refer their commercial clients to me. Residential and Commercial real estate requires two very different skill-sets and resources. A seasoned commercial agent will have access to different databases such as LoopNet, CoStar, Showcase, Land & Farm, etc. which lists the majority of commercial properties. The typical MLS,…