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Charming Home near Chicago and Northwestern, Walk to Beach and Train

Winnetka, Illinois, United States
Preferred Destination: Berkeley, California, United States
Alternate Destinations: Oakland, California, United States | Albany, California, United States | Open to any destination

House | House Sitting Requested
Available Dates:
From May 25, 2024 until June 10, 2025
Additional Dates:
From July 17, 2024 until July 22, 2025
From September 1, 2024 until June 1, 2025


Our home is in a uniquely beautiful neighborhood, three blocks to Lake Michigan and two blocks to the train and a charming downtown. The house is a friendly 2-story remodeled brick refuge, with lovely big windows and light throughout. You can zip to Evanston, home of Northwestern University, in ten minutes or to Chicago on the Metra train, a two-block walk from our house. We are responsive and welcoming homeowners; we take pride in renting a lovely up-to-date home. We will collaborate with tenants to assure a pleasant and productive stay. Everything you need is here, just bring your suitcase. Our white brick home has all amenities, was built in a charming 1923 style, and has been updated to keep its special character. The home is uncluttered and ultra clean. The kitchen and bathrooms are remodeled and attractive. All three bedrooms and two full bathrooms are upstairs; one bedroom has an attached sun porch (possible 4th bedroom). Downstairs is a cozy living room, remodeled kitchen, dining room with a connected screened porch, and a newer large family-entertainment room (or study), leading to a wide brick patio and backyard. The basement is remodeled, with laundry and a study area. Front and back yards are landscaped and come with weekly lawn care. There is an attached one-car garage and brick driveway with room for three or more cars. Visitors say it is a warm, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable home. The neighborhood is friendly, quiet, and completely safe at all hours of night and day, close to nearly everything you need. The house has stairs but is safe and welcoming for children (including toys, games, books). The leafy green neighborhood is on the border of Winnetka and Glencoe, two blocks to the Winnetka's Hubbard Woods downtown and train station, and close to Lake Michigan and Sheridan Road, famous for historical estates along the lake. We're surrounded by Victorian to modern homes of all sizes, in a friendly, diverse neighborhood for all ages. Walk through leafy ravines to beaches and to the village green. Walk to four other inviting downtown areas in Winnetka and Glencoe, with restaurants, coffee shops, libraries, theaters, pharmacies, galleries, grocery stores, and more. A playground at the end of our block leads to a biking-walking trail that goes for miles. We are in the excellent K-8 Winnetka Elementary School District (Hubbard Woods Elementary School, Washburne Middle School), and renowned New Trier High School District, with park and community services from both Winnetka and Glencoe. Excellent daycare and early education services are nearby. Our house is a bike ride, drive, or train ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern University in Evanston, Loyola University, Lake Forest College, and all metro colleges and universities. All the excitement of Chicago is 20-40 minutes away. We're open to considering options to travel to all places. We are especially looking for a rental or exchange that can take us to Oakland or Berkeley CA, to be near family, short or long-term. We're friendly, equitable, and conscientious homeowners and travelers. We appreciate people, music, and art across cultures. We love to hike, bike, and explore. We have flexibility to travel since we're recently primarily retired. One of us was the director of environmental nonprofits and the other continues to teach part time. We're fully vaccinated with boosters and we'll keep up with all vaccines. We're responsive, responsible, and conscientious to tenants, other home renters, and exchangers.




2,006 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From May 25, 2024 until June 10, 2025

Additional Dates

From July 17, 2024 until July 22, 2025

From September 1, 2024 until June 1, 2025

Minimum Stay

1 Week | Dates are flexible for this listing | Open to non-simultaneous exchanges

Comments: We're glad to discuss short or longer term stays.


House in Winnetka, Illinois, United States

Closest University

Northwestern University

Nearby Universities
Loyola University Chicago | Lake Forest College | DePaul University | Oakton Community College | University of Illinois Chicago

Hubbard Woods, Winnetka

Nearby Cities

Kenilworth | Northfield | Lake Forest | Deerfield | Chicago | Glenview | Evanston | Highland Park | Glencoe | Northbrook | Wilmette

Comments: Our home is in a lovely neighborhood two blocks from Lake Michigan and to a charming downtown. We're two blocks from the Metra train going to Evanston, to Chicago, and to all North Shore suburbs. It's a friendly, quiet, safe place to live.

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Suburban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Woods
  • Near Park
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Exchange Terms

Utilities are included

A cleaning service can be discussed

Comments: We're happy to negotiate rent and costs according to individuals' circumstances and our mutual needs.


The home is suitable for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

Ask about the availability of a car

Comments: We live in a uniquely beautiful leafy green neighborhood, three blocks from Lake Michigan and two blocks from Sheridan Road, which is famous for lovely historical estates along the lake. Short distance to universities, urban and suburban options.

House Sitting

I am looking for help while I am away

I would like help with mail and deliveries

There might be a few unexpected deliveries to bring inside.

I would like help with plants or garden

There is weekly lawn care but there could be a few outdoor plants to water. Snow removal is also included in the rent.

Comments: Gorgeous ravines and beaches extend both ways. We have a playground at the end of our block leading to a biking-walking trail that goes for miles. Walk to charming shops, restaurants, pharmacies, galleries, grocery stores, and more.





High Speed Internet





Balcony or Patio


Dedicated Parking




Temperature Control

Air Conditioning










Comments: Two-story brick home, built in 1923, remodeled to retain character and warmth. Three bedrooms, one with heated sunporch. Downstairs screened porch, large family room, patio. Landscaped front & back yards. Attached one-car garage and brick driveway.

Our Travel Preferences

Who's Coming?

Party of
2 Adults

Our Destinations

Preferred Destination

Berkeley, California, United States

Closest University

University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Destination

Oakland, California, United States

Alternate Destination

Albany, California, United States


Open to a home exchange in any destination

Comments: We're especially interested in Oakland-Berkeley to be near family. We are experienced, conscientious travelers open to explore anywhere in the USA and all countries. We appreciate all cultures and are respectful, responsible guests.

What We Are Looking for




1,000 ft2


I prefer smoking not allowed in the home


I would like a car if possible

Comments: We would be able to share our car with a guest/tenant and would like to be able to responsibly use a car, if possible. We understand if we cannot. We might travel with 2-4 more people (sons' families) at times.


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Listing Owner

Member Since 2022

Trust Score (74)
Independent Scholar or Retired Academic
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Member Since 2022

Trust Score (74)
Independent Scholar or Retired Academic
Matched Member
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