Posts by Julie Atencia

The ultimate greenhouse
The ultimate greenhouse

Looking to go off the grid? This solar-powered home features a sophisticated aqua-botanical system for growing fresh fruit and veggies. A fishpond runs throughout the home, feeding into the lush interior greenhouse...

Old school charm
Old school charm

This 1850s stone schoolhouse has been transformed into a cozy home, featuring restored hardwood floors, modern appliances and a quirky outdoor teahouse. The 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home includes original touches displayed throughout the...

A bizarre Hollywood villa
A bizarre Hollywood villa

Beautiful views, lush landscaping and ceiling murals are some of the many traits John Barrymore’s former home has to offer. Fair warning: The $19.5 million listing includes a strange opium den and a trophy room dedicated to bird eggs and...

The ultimate Star Wars fantasy
The ultimate Star Wars fantasy

At first glance, this 6-bedroom, 7-bathroom home in Los Angeles’ Hidden Hills area doesn’t jump off the page, but there’s definitely more to uncover below grade. Heading downstairs, you’ll be taken to a galaxy far, far...

Chicago makes 10 most walkable cities list
Chicago makes 10 most walkable cities list

A new report by Redfin ranks large U.S. cities by walkability. Chicagoland made the list, despite a small drop in its Walk...

New manager for Coldwell Banker, Wintrust’s leadership shakeup and more
New manager for Coldwell Banker, Wintrust’s leadership shakeup and more

Gianna Ricci will take over offices in five suburbs, Edward Wehmer will take the CEO spot at Wintrust, Doug Carpenter is Illinois’ next Realtor of the Year, and Proper Title is expanding....

Kitchen renovations surge, but so do prices
Kitchen renovations surge, but so do prices

As your clients look ahead to possibly listing in spring, make sure you understand what’s causing remodeling costs to increase so rapidly and how homeowners are adjusting in...

Ship shape
Ship shape

Built in the mid-1920s for a homesick Italian shipbuilder, this European castle located in the Bronx is everything but...

Chicago’s millennials still want to own, but the percentage is shrinking
Chicago’s millennials still want to own, but the percentage is shrinking

A generation marked by economic instability and student loan debt is giving up on homeownership, according to a new...

October market offers low rates but high demand in Chicago
October market offers low rates but high demand in Chicago

Reports from RE/MAX and MORe show increasing home sales and prices in Chicagoland, though no local data points are maintaining the same pace as national numbers. ...

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