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Summer in the Southport Corridor: Shops, Restaurants and New Construction

Summer in the Southport Corridor: Shops, Restaurants and New Construction

Many of us can agree, few things in life are sweeter than summer in Chicago. We have the Cubs, Sox, Millenium Park, Lake Michigan scintillating in the sun and neighborhood street fests.

One street (actually avenue) in particular beckons in the summer: Southport. Young, old, families, 20-somethings and even dogs love the Southport Corridor in Lakeview. That’s the only part that stays the same. So much about Southport is changing and for the better. New shops and restaurants keep cropping up, just in time for al fresco, dog-friendly dining season.

New construction homes are improving the landscape of the Southport Corridor as well. JM Partners is introducing three new construction homes by Bloomfield Development Company, LLC. Residences at 3716 N. Lakewood Ave. and 3643 N. Lakewood Ave. are each situated on a 30-foot, extra-wide lot. 3643 N. Lakewood also boasts two rare, highly sought-after features: a raised patio off of the family room and a breezeway to an attached garage. Both homes are just a couple of blocks from Blaine Elementary. Bloomfield expects to complete these homes this fall.3643 N Lakewood

Bloomfield is also starting construction on a new single family residence at 1452 W. Henderson. This home is only two blocks from the Southport Brown Line L stop and is close to all the shops and restaurants in the heart of the Southport Corridor.  Bloomfield is on track to complete the home on Henderson in spring 2016.    

Are you ready to live near Southport yet? At least grab lunch and maybe even a new outfit there. You just might get hooked.

Jim Miller and JM Partners can help you sell your current home and find that perfect next property, including these in Lakeview. Contact us at 773.617.6638 or

Five Quick Home Makeovers

Five Quick Home Makeovers

It’s time for a younger, fresher look for your home. Whether you’d like to sell this spring or just need a touch-up, injecting new life into your property doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming.

  1. Paint  — Keep extra paint cans of both your trim and wall colors for touch-ups. When potential buyers and even guests enter your home, they will notice scuff marks, kid drawings on the wall and cracks in your paint. Put down a drop cloth and cover up those blemishes.
  2. Door and Cabinet Hardware – Update the look of kitchens and bathrooms easily by installing shiny new pulls and knobs. Any home improvement store will have a large selection of inexpensive yet quality hardware. Make sure to know your measurements before heading to the store. New handles and hinges on interior doors is a small change that makes a big difference in the look of your home.Declutter
  3. Clutter – Removing clutter is crucial if you are selling your home. Dedicate 15 minutes a day to cleaning out your rooms. Start simple by tackling stacks of papers and magazines. Shred, recycle or store them away.
  4. Switch Plates and Vent Covers — While you’re heading to the home improvement store, pick up new light switch plates and vent covers. These details are like small wrinkles and fine lines that need a little attention. The result is a better overall appearance to your home.
  5. Light Fixtures—New lights brighten any room. But these range in price significantly depending on your needs and budget. Perhaps you’d like to start small by only focusing on kitchen and bathroom fixtures. You can find decent bathroom sconces for a relatively inexpensive price. If you’re thinking about a new dining room chandelier, the cost could be much greater. And if you’re selling your home, don’t forget light fixtures are considered part of the sale unless you indicate otherwise in writing. And remember to turn to Jim Miller and JM Partners for efficient, effective assistance in buying or selling a home. Contact them at 773.617.6638 or


Experience Lincoln Park In Your Own New Construction Duplex

Simply click on the link above. Then relax and enjoy the serenity of this video of 2607 N. Ashland Ave. #1E in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Situated near Wrightwood Park and Prescott Elementary, this lower duplex features a brick and cedar exterior with expansive floor to ceiling windows. An elevator allows you direct access to the unit, where you’ll be treated to Italian cabinetry and designer appliances from Gaggenau and Miele. The three bedrooms and three and a half baths invite you to decompress with a soaking tub and steam shower with body sprays. The floor plan encompasses 2,800 square feet. The outdoor living space includes a deck, fenced yard and professional landscaping. This is a smart home complete with an advanced home automation and security system.

There are only two units left in this contemporary new construction building. Unit #1E is listed at $850,000 and Unit #1W is listed at $830,000. For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Jim Miller and JM Partners at  773.617.6638 or

Spring Into Action on Home Maintenance

Spring Into Action on Home Maintenance

If you’re a college basketball fan, you might be setting your DVR to catch the March Madness games. But did you notice something else on the calendar? It’s officially Springtime in Chicago. That means besides the TV, there’s much more in your home that needs your attention.

Just like it was wise to prepare your home for our icy blast of winter, now it’s time to get ready for a warmer and wetter season. There are several things you can do both inside and outside your home that go beyond simple spring cleaning.

–If you have window wells, one of the best ways to protect your home during severe storms is to purchase well covers. These covers are made of polycarbonate plastic and prevent water from pooling in your well and overflowing into your lower level.

–Make sure your sump pump is operating properly. Invest in a battery backup if you don’t have one already. If you do have a backup system, make sure the batteries are charged.

–Clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure they’ll drain properly in a heavy rain.

–Check the caulk around your windows to see whether it cracked or dried out during the winter.

–After the winter season, it is important to have your dryer vents inspected and cleaned. Clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires.

–Look for any tears or caulk separation in the flat roofs commonly found in the city.

– Turn off your radiant heat systems.

– If you have a fire prevention sprinkler system in your home, spring is a good time to schedule a backflow inspection. You don’t want the sprinkler water to backflow into the water you use for drinking, cooking and showering. Illinois law mandates annual backflow inspections.

– If you have an exterior irrigation system, you can turn it on to test the sprinkler heads and check the timer.

– Adjust the timer on your outdoor lights if they don’t have sensors to turn on automatically at dusk. Check for any damage to your fixtures or for bulbs that need to be replaced.

–Have a heating and air conditioning professional inspect the exterior air compressor to ensure your air conditioner is ready when the weather heats up. Turn off the humidifier and clean or replace the filter. Also change the filter on your furnace and air conditioning unit. Always change your filters every season.

Now that your home or condo is ready for spring, let’s hope those temperatures stay on the rise. If you’re warming up to the idea of selling or buying a home this season, give Jim Miller and JM Partners a call. Contact them at 773.617.6638 or



Show Your Best Home

Show Your Best Home

The timing is perfect for buyers. They’ve received their bonuses. Mortgage rates are low. Despite the flurries and frigid temperatures, the spring home sales market is blossoming. 

If you’re a seller, this means you need to get in gear quickly. There are several ways to whip your home or condo into shape to make the best presentation at showings and open houses. 

Get Rid of Clutter

Now is the time to sell, donate or simply throw away anything you don’t want or need in your home. Or you may want to put some larger extra items in a rented storage space. Do whatever it takes to rid your home of clutter. Make sure you clean out your basement, garage and especially your closets. Buyers want to see plenty of built-in storage. That means you need to show them you have enough closets, drawers and shelves to fit all of their belongings neatly.

Clean Everything and Everywhere

Not only should your living space be neat, it should also be spotless. Windows, sinks, counters, showers, mirrors – pretty much everything should be free of dust, dirt and even smudgy little fingerprints. Either put on your rubber gloves and start scrubbing or hire a professional cleaning service to get the job done. Don’t forget carpet stains and household odors. Consider having the carpeting steam-cleaned or replaced if it’s heavily worn. And you may love your cats, but most buyers don’t want to see their litter boxes. The same goes for dog fur.

Remove Personal Belongings

Buyers need to be able to envision themselves in this now sparkling, clutter-free space. That means they can’t see reminders of you and your family everywhere they look. Take family photos off the walls and bookcases. Keep the kids’ toys organized and out of the way as much as possible. Put away your hard-earned diplomas and school sports memorabilia. You can reward yourself with them again later after your house is sold!

Consider Getting a Home Inspection

Now that your house or condo is starting to look like it’s ready for sale, you should make sure there are no potential underlying problems. A professional home inspection could alert you to any repairs you might need to make. Get the heating and air conditioning units looked at as well.

Stage for Success

Staging is a great way to put the finishing touches on a home and ensure it looks polished and inviting. An experienced Realtor like Jim Miller and JM Partners can help you with ideas for arranging the furniture and décor to maximize space and appeal. If the budget allows, a professional staging company can completely redecorate any room with furniture and accessories. According to the National Association of Realtors, some agents who represent buyers agree staging a home could increase the dollar amount buyers are willing to pay by 5-10 percent. Twenty-eight percent of buyer agents in a January NAR survey say their clients are more likely to overlook property flaws if a home is staged. The median cost of staging a home is nearly $700. If staging is not in the budget, you could do something as simple as displaying fresh flowers in vases for showings.

Show Emotion the Door

One of the hardest aspects of selling your home or condo is taking your emotions out of the process. Negotiations will be a lot easier if you can take a step back emotionally. Try not to look at this place as your home where you created some great memories. This is now simply a house you want to sell for the highest price possible. You may hear some negative feedback from other Realtors and potential buyers along the way. Don’t take it personally. It’s part of the business of selling a home. Stay positive and focused on the end result.

In the meantime focus on Jim Miller with JM Partners to assist you in buying or selling property. Contact them at 773.617.6638 or