As a town situated on the BNSF Railway Metra train line to Chicago and only about 18 miles from downtown Chicago, you can get to the city from La Grange via express train(s) in only 18 minutes from two centrally located stops at the La Grange Road and Stone Ave stations.
For many La Grange residents, the train stops are walkable and/or bikeable, which has made bike commuting very popular, even during winter months.
Add to that an increasingly environmentally conscious population, biking to the train has become an attractive alternative to driving.
While there is often a waiting list for train parking permit and many of the metered spots fill up fast and early during rush hour commuting times, there is always room to park/lock your bike at the station…and either park it at the station or take it safely on the train.
Some tips to make your bike commuting experience in La Grange safe and easy:
For other great tips on safe bike commuting, visit www.bikelib.org
And, for more information from the Village of La Grange on bike commuting, including how to attach your bike to Pace buses or board it on Metra trains, check out the brochure Bike to Metra available for download at https://www.villageoflagrange.com/DocumentCenter/View/374/La-Grange-Bike-to-Metra-Guide?bidId=
La Grange boasts more than 74 acres of park space and recreation centers. With 12 parks, including playing fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, tot lots, walking tracks and lush green spaces, you can find a park typically within just a short distance of your home. Whether you are moving to La Grange from Chicago or from another suburb, you and your family will enjoy the variety of parks – from small to large – all over town.
These parks are in addition to the walking and biking trails, picnic areas, park space, ponds, lakes and rivers of the Cook County Forest Preserve that surround La Grange and La Grange Park, including Bemis Woods and the Salt Creek Trail System. For a detailed map of bike trails visit https://fpdcc.com/places/pdf-maps/
Below is a complete list of La Grange parks with highlights of amenities:
Deming Park (4903 S Willow Springs Rd)
Stone Park (10 N Stone Ave)
Rotary Centennial Park
Community Center & Park
*Field and/or courts are lighted
Tilden Park (Ogden & Tilden Ave)
*Field and/or courts are lighted
Sedgewick Park (49th & 10th Ave} *
*Field and/or courts are lighted
Spring Ave Park (Springs Ave and 53rd)
Gurrie and Spring Ave Schools (Spring Ave. between 52nd and 53rd)
Recreation Center (536 East Ave)
Elm Park (Elm & Stone Ave)
Gilbert Park (Gilbert Ave.) *
*Field and/or courts are lights
Waiola Park (between Stone and Waiola)
Additional details are available from the La Grange Park District at https://pdlg.org/parks-and-facilities/locations
Designated Managing Broker Joan Smothers gives an overview of why Smothers Realty Group has supported our local community for more than 2 decades and is highlighting the local not-for-profit organizations making a difference in a new video series…
Written By: Nena Negovanovic, Broker, Smothers Realty Group
Selling your home, whether it is your first or fourth, requires a lot of thought and planning. There may be confusion as to where to start, what price is fair, or who to call first. Below you will find some useful information once you have decided to sell.
Prepare your home for showings.
Today’s home buyers are shrewd shoppers. They will research your home on the Internet, look into every closet during a showing, and pour over the inspection report once they write an offer. The better you prepare before that first showing, the easier this stage will be for you. Home buyers are looking for a home that they can call their own, so start your packing now! Personal photos, vacation memorabilia, the antique rug, all items that take away from the beauty of your home should be safely put away. Touch up the paint, dust every corner, clean the floors and carpets, change out the light bulbs and any other updates will be very appreciated by all buyers.
Hire a professional.
Navigating the sale of a house isn’t an easy task. Hiring a professional and reputable real estate agent assures smooth sailing. The knowledge of market conditions, the countless hours of working with buyers and sellers, the extensive understanding of all the contracts, the wide network of professionals that agents have worked with, and the continuing education that agents must accomplish is far more beneficial to you then simply putting a For Sale by Owner sign out front. Accurately pricing your home and an effective marketing strategy means a world of difference in this competitive market.
Understanding the expenses in selling a home.
Sellers often forget the expenses associated in selling a home. The brokerage commission fee is calculated on the purchase price. After that you have the attorney’s fee, the cost for a survey of your property, and sometimes a transfer tax depending on your county. Other fees may come into question as well such as paying for additional inspections, fixing outlying issues found in the home, and assisting the home buyer with closing concessions. Having the updated mortgage pay-off information handy will help when you receive your purchase offer.
Before it’s Sold, what’s the game plan?
It is important to decide what your next move will be after selling your home. Will you move into a condo, or a larger home, or into a new neighborhood? Having a game plan is essential when deciding to sell your home. If you require a home loan for the new purchase, will it be contingent on the sale of this home? What is your budget for the new purchase? Getting a pre-approval would be a necessary step at this point.
Putting your home on the market can be challenging and sometimes scary but putting your faith into a professional real estate agent can ease your mind and make the process a dream.
For more than two decades, Smothers Realty Group retained a leadership position in La Grange. In 2018, that includes Cathy Bier, Shannon Kutchek and Helen LaLonde as three of the Top 10 Brokers in La Grange.
The brokerage, founded by Managing Broker/owner Joan Smothers in 1996 and now with about 30 full-time Brokers, has consistently held leading market share positions over the competition, including national and global real estate offices in the same trading area who, in some cases, have more than four times as many Brokers.
Smothers attributes the long-term success of the brokerage to the community connections, partnerships and on-the-ground insights her Brokers have cultivated that allow them to share a more in-depth knowledge about the community and the inventory with clients than other Brokers.
Following are additional 2018 year-end highlights for Smothers Realty Group:
In addition to its long-time success in greater La Grange market, Smothers Realty Group has broadened its business in recent years throughout the western suburbs, including Westchester, Western Springs, Darien, Naperville and Aurora, to name a few.
*All statistics via MLSNI, 1/1/2018-12/31/2018.
For the 21st consecutive year, Smothers Realty Group retained its leadership position as the #1 real estate office in La Grange with over $64,000,000 and a 24% market share.*
The firm’s agent roster includes 3 of the Top 10 Brokers for residential sales for La Grange as well as for the La Grange and La Grange Park combined market for 2017: Cathy Bier, Shannon Kutchek and Helen LaLonde (pictured below).*
Joan Smothers, Managing Broker/Owner, attributes the long-term success of the brokerage to an intense focus on customer service and an in-depth knowledge of the greater La Grange market. “The combination of our brokers’ dedication to one-on-one client satisfaction with their hands-on approach to serving client needs and knowledge of our market place is what has allowed us to lead the market for 21 years in a row. We are grateful to our clients, many of whom are repeat customers over the years, for their loyalty and their contribution to our success.”
Following are additional 2017 year-end highlights for Smothers Realty Group:
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*All statistics via MRED and Terradatum 1/1/17-12/31/17.
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