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Transactions

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The number of property sales in Evanston is running nearly 6 percent below year-ago levels, and it's down nearly 19 percent from two years ago.

Transactions

The number of property sales in Evanston is running nearly 6 percent below year-ago levels, and it's down nearly 19 percent from two years ago.

Transactions

City of Evanston real estate transfer tax records, which include commercial as well as residential sales, still show a rise in prices for the city's fiscal year. That's largely the result of the sale in October of the Orrington Plaza complex, the city's first skyscraper, for $54.5 million.

Price

The average selling price for the year so far is $499,964, up 11 percent from a year ago and 26 percent from two years ago. If the 1603 Orrington Ave. transaction is excluded from the calculation, the average selling price is $462,228, up less than 3 percent from last year.

The city charges its transfer tax on real estate sales at a rate of $5 per $1,000 of selling price. The city expects to raise $4 million from the tax by the end of its fiscal year in February. It's still $420,000 short of that goal, but with three months left to go it seems almost certain to surpass the target.

1225 Sheridan

1225 Sheridan Road.

An English Tudor style mansion at 1225 Sheridan Road that sold for $3.4 million was the most expensive property changing hands in Evanston last month.

Three other single-family homes topped the million dollar mark. They included a 5,000 square foot home at 2146 Brown Ave. that sold for $1.365 million, a home at 1422 Forest Ave. that went for $1.15 million and a French Provincial style home at 3014 Payne St. that sold for $1.07 million.

The largest commercial property sale was of a gas station at 1201 Chicago Ave., across from the Jewel-Osco, that sold for $1.025 million.

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