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A flyer advertising the rental home at 346 Old Sutton Road in Barrington Hills is pictured March 10, 2020 outside the business where Cook County treasurer’s office records show the property’s tax bills are sent. The home became a crime scene after a Chicago man was shot and killed there March 7.(Pioneer Press / Pioneer Press)

Less than two weeks before a Chicago man was shot and killed at an Airbnb rental home in Barrington Hills, village officials discussed at a meeting the issue of short-term rentals.

Village officials discussed the issue at the Feb. 24 Village Board meeting, according to an audio recording of the meeting.

They mentioned nearby Lake Barrington’s decision a few years back to ban short-term rental after an early-morning shooting in April 2016 that left two people injured.

Ultimately, the Barrington Hills Village Board decided to wait for more information and research on what other communities have done.

According to village attorney Mary Dickson, the village code does not explicitly address short-term rentals, but it says that property in the residential district is only allowed for residential use, not commercial use. She said the fact that the owner did not live in the house and was only going to use it as a rental violates the code.

Dickson said the property owners were made aware of this violation prior to March 6.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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A Barrington Hills police vehicle outside remained parked outside a home on Old Sutton Road on Sunday morning as investigators continued to search for clues in a deadly shooting there during a house party early Saturday morning. (Steve Zalusky | Staff Photographer )

Authorities continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a man killed early Saturday morning during a house party at a rented Barrington Hills home, but they offered no new details about the slaying or the victim’s identity Sunday.

A Barrington Hills police vehicle and a truck from the Cook County Major Case Assistance Team stood guard behind yellow caution tape Sunday morning outside the residence in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road, a secluded area of large homes and sprawling fields.

Officers called to the home at 3:22 a.m. Saturday on a report of shots fired arrived to find the dead man, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office on Sunday said the man died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide,

A preliminary investigation revealed that a large party was being held at the home by people who live outside Barrington Hills and had rented the property on a short-term basis, reportedly through Airbnb.

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Barrington Hills police and firefighter/paramedics from Barrington -Countryside FPD responded about 3:34 a.m. Saturday March 7, 2020 to a report that multiple people were shot at or near a home in the block of 300 Old Sutton Road.

Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that there were multiple gunshot victims. At least two victim were transported to a local hospital. At least one victim was possibly dead at the scene.

Police are investigating whether an online marketplace for lodging, such as Airbnb, was being used to stay at a luxury home and host a party at the luxury home. The minimum property size in Barrington Hills is 5 acres, and the neighborhood includes horse ranches and multi-million dollar homes. A home down the street on Old Sutton Road is currently listed for $11.8 million dollars. There have been reports nationwide of disturbing parties at luxury homes or luxury apartment shared temporarily via Airbnb or other lodging sharing broker services using a smartphone app.

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The Louis Fredrick House, in Barrington Hills, has recently been restored and is called “in excellent condition,” according to its nomination for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. – Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Louis Fredrick House, Barrington Hills

Built in 1957, the former residence of interior designer Louis Fredrick was one of about 60 “Usonian” homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The famed architect created the homes, usually one-story structures, for “the typical American family,” according to the nominating application for the Frederick House.

The original owner actually rejected Wright’s concepts for his “dream home” until finally approving a modified version of a house designed for an unbuilt project in Michigan.

The privately owned home recently underwent a meticulous restoration. Sitting on 10 acres, nestled into a hillside, the house features Wright’s distinctive use of natural materials and glass panels to provide a connection to the natural world.

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The list of the 25 most expensive Chicago area zip codes in 2019 includes Wayne (14) and Barrington (17).

That ka-ching sound you hear could be coming from down the street or around the corner. Chicagoland has some pricey areas when it comes to real estate sales.

According to real estate website PropertyShark, of the 10 most expensive ZIP codes in the entire Chicago area, six are North Shore communities, three are western suburbs, and one is in the Loop. Kenilworth ZIP code 60043 is No. 1 at a median sales price of $1.24 million.

“There are multiple reasons why the most expensive ZIP codes are what they are,” said Bill Gill, a manager for Baird & Warner’s Naperville branch and a real estate veteran of 32 years. “Those reasons include: consistency in housing, schools, crime rates and cost of living.”

Clusters of high-priced residential areas — like on the North Shore — also make sense, Gill noted.

“Generally speaking, the most expensive ZIP codes are surrounded by other expensive ZIP codes, which ‘insulate’ the property values, therefore making the most expensive ZIP codes a ‘safe’ investment,” he said. “If there are little to no inexpensive homes in an area, it keeps all sales prices at a high level.”

Read more of the Chicago Tribune story here.

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Hoffman Estates officials have scheduled a pair of meetings for local governments and the public to weigh in on a proposed tax incentive to encourage development on the north corners of the intersection of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The village is proposing the tax increment financing district for 24 acres at the northeast corner and 16 acres at the northwest corner, independent of any existing development plan — including the Plums Farms concept that’s been stalled for two years.

Including adjacent right of way, the proposed TIF district would cover 64 acres. Initial revenue from the TIF would pay for public utilities on the land.

A Joint Review Board made up of the local governments that would see their tax revenues affected by the TIF district is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

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