Florence Lee

Florence Lee

ABR, ED.M., SRS - Broker                   

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Things to do this fall in Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, and more!


Thursday, 03 Oct 2019 at 04:27 pm

Summer always goes by way too fast. It feels like just yesterday school was getting out, we were having 4th of July celebrations, and heading out to all of the summer festivals. How is it October already?? 

The good news: Fall in the Buffalo Grove/Long Grove area is a close second place to summer. October and November are truly two of my favorite months of the year. 

My only complaint with the fall: It also goes by too fast. 

I've put together this fall list of things to do, places to go, events in the area, but I want this to serve as a starting point. Anything I've left off, feel free to email me - florence@atproperties.com and I'd be happy to run those additions in another post. Or, if you're a local business/restaurant, I would love to put together another article highlighting any of your events/fall specials. 

Pumpkin Fest in Highwood

I'm not sure words can describe what it's like to walk around the Highwood Pumpkin Fest at night and see something like this:

This is an incredible event kicking off with Community Appreciation Night on October 10th and then running from October 11th through October 13th. Here's a look at the activity and events schedule. The music schedule. And the festival map.

Didier Farms in Buffalo Grove

Taking my kiddos to Didier Farms for their Pumpkinfest was a wonderful annual tradition and now my son, Charley, is working there for the season! Talk about time flying! 

Open daily through October 31st, stop by Didier Farms for picking pumpkins, hayrides, and incredible apple cider + donuts. This is the best time of year to have one of their home-baked apple pies. They are proud to never use any canned pie filling. The result: An awesome dessert. 

It's also a great place to pick up your fall decor!  You'll find everything from mums and dried corn stalks to unique Halloween decorations!

Also, if you have kids with an October birthday, you can book a party on location. But these spots book up fast! 

For more information on Didier Farms and festival hours, check out their website here

Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk

I am looking forward to volunteering at this fun and spooky event! On October 25th from 6-9PM, just in time for Halloween, head over to the Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk. You'll go on a "haunted" tour of downtown Long Grove. But no worries, the event is completely family-friendly. Reservations are required.  

Participating village merchants are also hosting a trick-or-treat from 2-5 PM so make sure to bring your candy bags and wear your Halloween costumes!

Do It Yourself Scarecrow Day in Long Grove

Head over to historic downtown Long Grove on Saturday, October 12th between 11 am and 3 pm to build a scarecrow that will be displayed throughout the downtown village! 

How it works:

"The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business District will provide each guest with a basic structure for their scarecrow, bales of straw, and building guidance. Participants are asked to provide "old" clothing, shoes, hats, gloves, and accessories to dress their scarecrow. All of the leftover clothing will be donated. The Scarecrows will be on display throughout the month of October and town visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites."

You can register for the event here

Botanic Gardens In Highland Park

And if you're not "pumpkin'd" out after Pumpkin Fest in Highwood, plus a month of pumpkin spice lattes, then head on over to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for "Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-lanterns." 

Runs from October 16-20th and October 23rd-27th. 

Again, this is just a starting point. Feel free to email me (florence@atproperties.com) with more ideas and things to do this fall. 

Have a great October!


Long Grove Apple Fest starts Friday, September 20th


Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 01:47 pm

Long Grove Apple Fest is here! Our local community's annual Apple Fest will be held on:

 

  • Friday, Sept. 20th - 12 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 21st - 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 22nd - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

And this isn't just four tables at a farmer's market. Just like Strawberry Fest and Chocolate Fest, you'll be amazed at the scale of this event if it's your first time attending. There will be live music on two stages, games for the kids, and, of course, no Apple Fest is complete without a few epic pie-eating contests!

Tickets (can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time)

$5 per day for anyone over 12

3 Day Pass $10 ($15 dollar value!)  – available online ONLY – Click HERE

I want to share a quick flyover of the schedules, but for more information on events, parking, schedules, check out the Apple Fest website here - http://longgrove.org/festivals/apple-fest/. 

And make sure to stop by the Lions Club tent where I will be volunteering for some refreshing apple sangria! All proceeds benefit local charities! 

First, the Food

Here's the list from Apple Fest's website. If this doesn't make you immediately hungry, I'm not sure what will:

"At the heart of Apple Fest are the vendors doling out local made, apple-inspired cuisine. In the past, Apple Fest has featured countless handmade options, including items like: chocolate caramel apples, candy-covered apples, apple wine, apple sangria, hard apple ciders, fresh apple cider donuts, spiced apple lattes, granny apple popcorn, green apple cotton candy, apple crisps, apple goat cheese dumplings, apple cheesecake, apple pie, cinnamon apple ice cream, apple sugar cookie, apple tempura, a variety of farm fresh-picked apples from Frank's Farm Orchard, and much more." 

PIE EATING CONTESTS:

Towner Green – Kids Area

Sign up in the Kids Activity Area on the picnic table.  There will be 2 contests at each time listed: 1 for children and the second for adults.

Saturday:  2:30pm & 4:00pm

Sunday:  2:30pm & 4:00pm

Kids Activity Schedule 

"Kid Zone" is presented by Primrose School of Long Grove. Check out the full schedule here, these are a few options:

Friday, 3:30 pm Medieval Times Jr. Knight Training

Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm Apple Arts & Crafts

Every day 12 pm - 6 pm Free lawn games

Live Music

Here's a look at the schedules for both stages. Make sure to check out "School of Rock - Arlington Heights" from 12 pm - 1 pm on Saturday! 

Carnival Hours:

Friday:  12pm – 9 pm*

Saturday:  11 am – 9pm*

Sunday:  11 am – 6pm*

I look forward to seeing you there!

 


Categories: Long Grove

Selling Your Home? Focus on Curb Appeal and Decluttering


Friday, 09 Aug 2019 at 11:16 am

Home. The place where you raised your family, hosted celebrations, and created a space to suit your lifestyle. Yet, there comes a point when we outgrow our home or need to downsize. 

Preparing your home for sale takes advanced planning and sometimes several months before it is truly ready to hit the market. The advice I share with my seller clients is based upon my experience successfully listing homes and the feedback I get from buyers as they tour homes. Buyers know and remark when a home has been well-maintained. They use words like "meticulous" and "cared-for" during open houses and showings. Those homes tend to go under contract sooner and for more than comparable properties. Here are a couple of tips to help you get your home ready for a successful sale!

Create a strong first impression

As you know, first impressions are everything and that's why maximizing your home's curb appeal is so important. Buyers are searching for homes online and the photograph of the exterior of your home needs to stand out from the rest. You also want to wow them as they are pulling up to your home. Spruce up your landscaping by removing trees and plants that are dying and shape unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs. Add some color with seasonal flowers and containers- my personal favorite are hydrangeas! Mulch the garden beds and around the trees. Paint the exterior and the front door to give your home a fresh look. Clean the windows and pressure wash the walkway, patio, and driveway. Sealcoat if you have an asphalt driveway. Tend to any roof issues and clean those gutters!

Declutter

Prior to listing, declutter and organize your home. When buyers walk through a home, they comment on the cleanliness and appearance of the interior. Buyers take their time walking through homes that are organized and uncluttered, and usually leave quickly or don't visit every room when the home is unkept. Clearing items off and minimizing items on surfaces, such as kitchen counters and shelves help immensely.  

Recently, a friend was trying to sell their home and was wondering why they were not getting a lot of showing appointments or offers. Upon looking at their photos, the kitchen had a lot of knick-knacks and plants that dated the kitchen and made it look cluttered. I suggested removing those items and retake the kitchen photos. Immediately, showings increased and they eventually received a couple of offers. 

Prior to listing, donate items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or the VA.  Some sellers utilize Craigslist, neighborhood Facebook garage sales, or hold their own garage sale. I also refer my clients to junk companies if the donation centers won't accept furniture, or if it's just an overwhelming job.

If you plan on listing your home, contact me for a complimentary listing consultation at 847-849-0149.  I will make suggestions on how to enhance your home's curb appeal and what decluttering needs to be done, and refer you to service providers for assistance. I wish you the best of luck with your home sale! 


4 things to know about Woodlawn Middle School


Friday, 02 Aug 2019 at 10:26 am

Woodlawn is one of two middle schools in District 96. Located at 6362 Gilmer Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047, the student body is a mix of Buffalo Grove, Prairie View, and Long Grove residents. 

As part of an ongoing series here on the blog, I want to share a few quick facts about each school + a bonus local food recommendation. For more detailed information, you can check out Woodlawn's main website here.

616

Number of students reported in the 2018 - 2019. 

Great Culture

Who better to talk about the culture than Woodlawn's very own, Principal Greg Grana! Principal Grana generously contributed this post for an earlier spot on the blog. 

My favorite quote from the article:

"Our students are valued in the classroom and there is a premium placed on our different background and beliefs. Woodlawn is a community, family and place where students feel safe and appreciated. In fact, our culture and educational system has been given prestigious, national and international awards. Schools from around the United States and the world have visited Woodlawn and District 96 to see how we operate in person.  I may be biased, but having been the Woodlawn principal for the last thirteen years, I can honestly say that no school matches the culture of Woodlawn."

2018 Recipient of the DuFour award

In 2018, Woodlawn received the annual DuFour award. "This national award honoring the memory and work of Dr. Richard DuFour to help every student succeed is without precedent in School District 96. It's the third time the award has been presented and Woodlawn is the first middle school to receive it. Qualified applicants included schools across the United States, Canada, and Australia who met the rigorous standards of being recognized on AllThingsPLC."

More information on the award, read the full article here.

Blue Ribbon Recipient 

Woodlawn has received a National Blue Ribbon honor and was named an Apple Distinguished school in 2015. 

Great Tacos

Looking to start a weekly "Taco Tuesday" tradition with your family? Make sure to check out the street tacos at Chatterbox in Long Grove! 

Florence Lee is a residential real estate expert who proudly serves buyers and sellers in Cook County and Lake County, with a focus on Kildeer Countryside District 96 and Stevenson High School District 125 (Long Grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods, and Vernon Hills). Having grown up in the North Shore and now a Lake County resident of 11 years, Florence has extensive knowledge in these geographic areas. This blog is your go-to spot for information and profiles on the local communities, schools, residents, restaurants, and more. All of the things that make this area such a great spot to live!


3 things to know about Prairie Elementary School


Friday, 26 Jul 2019 at 08:37 am

Prairie is one of four elementary schools in District 96. Located at 1530 Brandywyn Lane in Buffalo Grove, the student body is a mix of Buffalo Grove, Prairie View, and Long Grove residents. 

As part of an ongoing series here on the blog, I want to share three quick facts about each elementary school + a bonus local food recommendation. For more detailed information, you can check out Prairie's main website here.

412

Number of students reported in the 2018 - 2019. 

Blue Ribbon Recipient 

In 2017, Prairie Elementary School was recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of 219 public schools to receive the National Blue Ribbon Awards. 

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, noted this about the selected schools:

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future. You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff."

After School Clubs

Prairie has a ton of variety here to choose from for after school clubs. Check out the full list here that includes a wide mix of things like Writing Club, After-School Rollerskating, and Rhythm Band Club. 

Great Chicken Dinner 

Looking for an absolute feast of grilled chicken and phenomenal side dishes?  And if you like spice, this is the place for you! I usually order the family platter and get a side of the cassava fries. Check out Porto's Peri Peri in Buffalo Grove!  

Florence Lee is a residential real estate expert who proudly serves buyers and sellers in Cook County and Lake County, with a focus on Kildeer Countryside District 96 and Stevenson High School District 125 (Long Grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods, and Vernon Hills). Having grown up in the North Shore and now a Lake County resident of 11 years, Florence has extensive knowledge in these geographic areas. This blog is your go-to spot for information and profiles on the local communities, schools, residents, restaurants, and more. All of the things that make this area such a great spot to live!


Categories: District 96

3 things to know about Ivy Hall Elementary School


Friday, 19 Jul 2019 at 10:46 am

Ivy Hall is one of four elementary schools in District 96. Located at 1050 Ivy Hall Lane in Buffalo Grove, the student body is a mix of Buffalo Grove and Long Grove residents. 

As part of an ongoing series here on the blog, I want to share three quick facts about each elementary school + a bonus local food recommendation. For more detailed information, you can check out Ivy Hall's main website here.

456 

Number of students reported in the 2018-2019 school year. 

Recognized by Apple 

https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-public-elementary-schools/c/lake-county-il/

Apple recognized Country Meadows as a distinguished program for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. 

Variety Show

Every year, the Ivy Hall PTO puts on a variety show in late spring. This is a great chance for your kid to showcase a talent on stage in front of their classmates, teachers, and parents.

Food recommendation - Sushi

https://www.facebook.com/Masas-Sushi-111672018872035/

For no-frills sushi that's high quality, be sure to visit Masa's Sushi in Buffalo Grove at 286 McHenry Rd. It's a family favorite for take-out night! 

Florence Lee is a residential real estate expert who proudly serves buyers and sellers in Cook County and Lake County, with a focus on Kildeer Countryside District 96 and Stevenson High School District 125 (Long Grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods, and Vernon Hills). Having grown up in the North Shore and now a Lake County resident of 11 years, Florence has extensive knowledge in these geographic areas. This blog is your go-to spot for information and profiles on the local communities, schools, residents, restaurants, and more. All of the things that make this area such a great spot to live!