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Dream Home in Illinois

Just blocks from Lake Michigan and approximately 16 miles from the city of Chicago, this Georgian Home in East Winnetka, Illinois has the luxury and elegance of 1918 updated with the magnificence of today’s standards.

“This home would be perfect for anyone that is into older homes with architectural details we don’t see today, but still has all of the updates and attributes of 2021,” says Lisa Kowalenko of Keller Williams Momentum, who is listing the property for $2.85 million. “It’s warm and inviting everywhere through the home, while still being spacious and efficient.”

The home features six bedrooms and four full and one half baths and an exquisite master suite with an incredible dressing and closet area that is the envy of the North Shore. Outdoors, the private country club-quality yard boasts a terrace, pool, and a hot tub to help create a lifetime of memories. “As you walk through the property you can almost feel the glory,” says Kowalenko. “This is definitely a true gem.”

Offering 100 feet of private beach frontage on Lake Michigan in Norton Shores, this two-bedroom, two-bath cottage showcases three miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.

“The property is contiguous to the P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, so no one can build to the left of the property — and you can enjoy private walks along the beach, miles of hiking and skiing trails and kayaking in the summer,” says Bradley Wisk of Keller Williams Harbortown who is listing the property for $1.5 million.

The home has been recently restored and features include a teak deck leading to the beach, an open floor plan, a chef’s kitchen with luxury appliances, a bath with a large walk-in shower and jetted bathtub, and a lower level with two bedrooms, a full-bath, and  laundry room. 


Photos courtesy of Bradley Wisk.

47 Lost Bear Trail in Wolcott, Colorado is on the market for $3.695 million, listed by Mac McDonald of Keller Williams Mountain Properties.

The property at 47 Lost Bear Trail is located in the community of Red Sky Ranch in the heart of the Vail Valley. This beautifully designed custom home sits on 12-plus acres and features 7,538 square feet of living space, seven bedrooms (including two guest rooms), eight baths, a main-floor master, three fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook, hearth room, lower-level recreation room with kitchenette, custom wine closet, two laundry rooms, three-car garage, outdoor hot tub, large beams, vaulted ceilings, reclaimed oak floors, high-end finishes, top-of-the-line appliances, and approximately 1,400 square feet of decking to enjoy the panoramic mountain views, “red sky” sunsets, and abundant wildlife that roams the property.

The community of Red Sky Ranch offers homeowners an active lifestyle throughout the year. In the summer, Red Sky homeowners enjoy two nationally-ranked golf courses at Red Sky Golf Club. In the winter, homeowners enjoy all that the world-class ski resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek have to offer. Red Sky Ranch is a Vail Resorts Signature Club community located in Wolcott, CO. This low-density private community features 87 homesites over 880 acres, a Ranch Manager, gated security, two clubhouses, a fitness center, and over three miles of hiking trails.

This property was recently featured as the cover property for the Spring 2018 issue of Keller Williams Domain. See the full digital issue here!

Keller Williams agent and The High End advertiser Michele Brown was recently recognized by Keller Williams International for being ranked in the top 3% nationwide, and qualified for the Real Trends list of top 1000 agents in the United States. The California-based Realtor®, who has 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, will be speaking in the South Bay Business Leaders Summit in 2017. Unique Homes spoke with Brown, who provided insight on everything from how she got her start in the Real Estate business to her plans for the future.

UH: What inspired you to get into Real Estate?
MB: I was originally a nurse and my husband and I were looking to buy our first home. We found we did not have enough information to process the purchase and selection, and I could not get my questions answered. This evolved into my developing a fascination for real estate and I ended up changing careers and studying real estate. My goal was to deliver a higher level of service in this industry.
UH: Can you tell me a bit about your background?
MB: I grew up with parents who had also been encouraging and entrepreneurial. I was always told that you could do anything as long as you were living with integrity and incorporated that into your work. My father said “find your passion and do it not for money”. I believe you should select your passion and do that for your life and your living.
UH: Have you ever faced a setback or challenge in your career? If so, how did you overcome it?
MB: I use a quote by Gary Keller “Fail forward” in relation to this question. I was working in a real estate commercial firm and lost my position after eight years for political reasons. I also went through a divorce at the time and an economic crisis. I discovered through that experience I was not aware about foreclosures and what was entailed in relation to this. Due to a house being foreclosed, I learned about timelines and what was involved. I became a Certified Foreclosure Expert and learned how to hold a client’s hand during a difficult time and how to go through the process. We are here in this business to put their mind at ease and smooth steps and legalities, not add to or have them live in fear.
UH: What makes your team stand out among others?
MB: Integrity and relationships with our client and community make us stand out among others. We never pressure people to buy or sell. It’s what they want and their choice. We can direct them on choices but without hassle and with no pressure. We feel we are there to educate and consult and do the right thing by our client.
UH: What is your personal favorite aspect of being a real estate agent?
MB: Friendships are my personal favorite aspect of being a real estate agent. The people we meet and the friends that we make. The great aspect is making lifetime relationships.
UH: You were recently recognized by Keller Williams International for being ranked in the top 3%, can you tell me a bit about that?
MB: It feels pretty amazing actually to be recognized internationally. I thought I would be in the top 10% but was excited to find it was actually in the top 3%. We can measure our production in months however we typically keep working and our service comes from the heart and not for money. Our organization, Keller Williams, was recently named #1 Training Organization in the world and my original KW MAPS Coaching CEO, Dianna Kokoszka always states “Training fuels all of our success”. When I received the call from Dianna about being recognized in the top 3% producers worldwide it was a huge honor and validation for myself and our team.
UH: Can you tell me about your experiences with the South Bay Women’s Council of Realtors?
MB: My experience with the Women’s Council of Realtors is very satisfying and it is gratifying to be involved with a network of peers who understand we are not each other’s competition. We are all partners in transition to provide a great outcome for our clients.MB
UH: Do you have any exciting plans or projects in the near future?
MB: We have many exciting plans and projects for the near future. Professionally, it is our expansion and taking our team and methods into other areas and then the exciting outcome is that people want to work with us again. For instance, we have clients with a $2 million property in El Segundo (they are musicians) and now, 4 years later, they want to sell this home and move to Nashville. We have put a property team in Nashville and are currently building our business there. Following our clients and forging relationships that follow us allow us to drive into expansion mode. When a client calls us, wherever they are, we are responsive and go there to provide excellent service and we consider travel no limit or issue to our team. Personally, my husband and I are building a Southern-style farm in Louisiana at this time and working on designing and completing that project. We have a 25-acre family compound for large family celebrations and our plans include two houses, a pool, yoga studio, vegetable garden and a pond for our family to enjoy over the years.

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