A vacant lot brought the highest sale price of any property in Evanston last month — a vacant lot that happens to be right on Lake Michigan.

The property, at 917 Edgemere Court, which includes just under a third of an acre of land, sold for $1.8 million — down from its listing price five months earlier of $2.1 million, but up from its previous sale price of $1.5 million in 2012.

Buyers were Adam and Susan Sabow. Sellers were Richard and Margaret Slayton.

The property has been vacant for about a decade.

For the first quarter of this year the value of property sales in Evanston is running 28 percent below the same period a year earlier, although the number of transactions, at 196, is slightly above the 191 recorded through March last year.

Ten other properties sold for a million dollars or more in March.

They included six new homes in the Kendall College development — 711 Colfax St. sold for $1.35 million, 715 Colfax sold for $1.516 million, 725 Colfax sold for $1.299 million, 732 Lincoln St sold for $1.564 million, 2370 Orrington Ave. sold for $1.473 million and 2380 Orrington sold for $1.405 million.

In addition two adjacent new homes on Leonard Place across from the Civic Center sold — 1125 Leonard for $1.425 million and 1129 Leonard for $1.437 million.

1220 Ridge Ave. sold for $1.425 million while 917 Greenleaf #A sold for $1 million even.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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