Monthly Archives: March 2014

The View From 101 York – April 2014

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

ImageApril 10, 2014

Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921)

Take in a classic with expert commentary from film critic Robert K Elder. This dramatic comedy will be screened in the Large Meeting Room at 7:00 pm at the Elmhurst Public Library and is co-sponsored by the Elmhurst Historical Museum. The movie will last 68 minutes with discussion afterward.

April 11 through April 13, 2014

2014 Spring Festival – An Arts & Crafts Affair

You’ll have three days to check out over 350 artists and vendors of handcrafted pieces of artwork, unique home décor and furniture, personalized and holiday gifts, metal crafts and baby and children’s gifts. Don’t miss this arts and crafts extravaganza at the Villa Park Odeum Expo Center. Parking is free and admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and children under 10 are free. For more information, please click here.

April 12, 2014

Elmhurst Recycling ExtravaganzaImage

The Alexander Street Parking Lot at Elmhurst College will transform on Saturday, April 12th into a Recycling Center that is free and open to the public. A variety of items will be accepted including electronics, building supplies, clothing, bicycles, carpeting, and appliances. Please enter from Prospect Avenue or Walter Street to keep traffic moving smoothly.

For a complete list of recyclable items, please visit the college’s sustainability website.

April 12, 2014

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Start the week before Easter off with the Big Bunny himself. Color bunny pictures, take photos, and munch on a kid-friendly buffet breakfast. Finish off the fun with a rousing rendition of The Bunny Hop. Both parents and children must be registered. Ages 1-10 are welcome and the cost is $22 per person for residents and $27 per person for non residents. To register or for more information, visit the Elmhurst Park District website.

April 17, 2014

Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

On Thursday, the 17th, it’s the big kids chance for fun. Teens ages 11 through 16 should grab their flashlights at 8:00 pm and head over to Wilder Park for their own Easter Egg Hunt. Eggs filled with candy, money, gift certificates and other cool prizes will be scattered about for the taking. Bring a bag or basket to help carry your booty home.

April 19, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt and Doggie Eggstravaganza

ImageChildren, grouped by age, will hunt their eggs first at 10:00 am sharp at Wilder Park in Elmhurst. When not looking for eggs, take one more picture with the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget to bring a bag or basket for all your goodies and a canned or boxed food donation for the Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry.Image

At 10:30 am, our favorite four-legged friends, dressed in their Easter best, get a turn hunting treats throughout Wilder Park. Dogs must remain leashed and be wearing their current rabies tags. Of course they also need to bring a responsible adult over 16 years of age. The food pantry is collecting pet food for our furry friends as well.

April 23, 2014

Archery for All Ages

Arrows will be flying at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville on Wednesday at 4:30 pm when experts at the DuPage Forest Preserve will teach basic archery techniques to people aged 7 and older with adult supervision. The event is free, but participants must register, beginning April 10, by calling (630) 933-7248. Click here for more information.

April 26, 2014

Adopt A Park Kick-Off

It’s not too late to Adopt a Park in Elmhurst. LW Reedy has adopted York Commons and is looking forward to keeping it neat and tidy throughout the summer. You can adopt a park too. Just visit the Elmhurst Park District website and see what parks are left to adopt. You’ll get some exercise and contribute to the community, all at the same time.

April 27, 2014

 Ribbon Cutting CeremonyImage

The Wilder Park Conservatory  & Greenhouse will reopen with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:00 pm at the conservatory on the southwest corner of Wilder Park. The Conservatory has been completely restored with a beautiful new Greenhouse. The afternoon will include music, tours, and presentations by horticultural experts.

April 30, 2014

I Dwell in Possibility: An Intimate Evening with Emily Dickinson

The Elmhurst Public Library celebrates the end of National Poetry Month with a look at a woman many believe to be the greatest American poet. Betsey Means explores Emily Dickinson’s poetry in a unique and engaging way beginning at 7:00 pm in the Large Meeting Room. No registration is necessary.

 

The College View Subdivision spans from West Avenue on the west to St. Mary’s/St map college viewPeter’s Cemetery on the east and from Alexander Boulevard on the north to Elm Park Avenue on the south, although some residents expand those boundaries south to St. Charles Road. One of the smaller subdivisions of Elmhurst, the homes here are an eclectic assortment of ages, sizes and architecture, which may explain why College View is widely considered one of Elmhurst’s most sought after neighborhoods.

On the eastern side of the subdivision is a little Imagecemetery that holds remains dating back to the beginning of Elmhurst’s history. With two names, the eastern part of the cemetery is marked as St. Peter’s Cemetery and adjacent is St. Mary Cemetery & Columbarium, run by The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Joliet.

In 1900, Thomas Edward Wilder joined with others to create The Elmhurst Golf Club, which stretched 70 acres and entertained prominent Elmhurst residents with golf, dining, card gaclub housemes and social events. The clubhouse, which sat where York High School sits today, was designed by local resident Walter Burley Griffin, who was famous for his Prairie style architecture. The Club had all the amenities of a gathering place of the day, including a broad porch for enjoying the fresh air, and sleeping accommodations for non-resident members who came into town for golf weekends.

ImageThe club’s course was considered one of the premier golf courses in the area and events including fireworks, dances and the Labor Day Golf Tournament were common. Mr. Wilder won the pictured cup at the tournament in 1914. (Picture used by permission of The Elmhurst Historical Museum.)

As Elmhurst became known as a desirable place to live, the need for residential land intensified. In 1924, The Elmhurst Golf Club was renamed and moved to Addison and the land was sold for residential development. Initially, it was thought that land closer to the college would be more expensive, with values decreasing as the distance from the college increased, but that did not end up being the case. College View is a nice mix of higher end million dollar homes and smaller starter homes in the $300,000 range.

There are currently five properties available in College View. Here is the link to our new MLS Mapping Search tool if you’d like to see for yourself. Or contact an LW Reedy Agent for information on College View or any of Elmhurst’s wonderful neighborhoods.

Residents of College View are in the award winning Elmhurst School District 205 and would attend Hawthorne Elementary School, Sandburg Middle School and York High School. Click here for more information on links to school reports and more.

 We gratefully acknowledge the time and assistance the good people at The Elmhurst Historical Museum provided in researching the College View Subdivision. They were, and will continue to be, an invaluable resource for this series.

The View From The College

LW Reedy Real Estate announces top sales agents for 2013.

LW Reedy Real Estate, located in downtown Elmhurst, recently held their annual awards ceremony recognizing the top agents in their organization. Larry Reedy, President, proudly announced the following top-producing realtors in the Elmhurst office.

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Earning the top five spots for Total Dollar Volume are Sue Hoerster, Pat Hill, Betsy Stavropoulos, Marilyn Fisher and Julie Sullivan. With sales volume last year of $116 million, these realtors contributed to LW Reedy’s success leading to recognition as one of the top 20 real estate offices in DuPage County by Chicago Agent Magazine.

In 2013, the realtors at LW Reedy Real Estate closed 319 transactions. Forging the way to the top in number of transactions closed were Kevin Connell, Betsy Stavropoulos, Sue Hoerster, Pat Hill and Marilyn Fisher.

In addition, the President’s award which recognizes outstanding achievements was awarded to the following realtors. These realtors have reached President’s Club status for 2013.

Jill Bennis
Kathy BrebnerImage
Kevin Connell
Jack Disimone
Marilyn Fisher
Pat Hill
Sue Hoerster
Tess Hill
Mindy Josephs
Nadine McKenna Stigler
Joyce Okal
Susan Nagel
Peggy Noldan
Margie Peterson
Pat Peiffle
Mary Beth Ryan
Julie Roth
Kevin Sliva
Betsy Stavropoulos
Julie Sullivan
Colleen VanDeWalle
Terri Vertovec
Sue Williams

Everybody at LW Reedy congratulates these award winning realtors for their success and hard work.