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Mary Cole

Cell: 847-732-1681
Email: [email protected]

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. An avid outdoors person, I traded the Rocky Mountains for Lake Michigan when I attended Lake Forest College and decided to stay. I met and married my husband, Ted, had two children, and in 1985 started selling real estate for GGL in the LB office where I have been for the past 30 years. At age 54, I did my first Ironman triathlon race: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike followed by a marathon, 26.2 miles. And yes, it’s all in the same day. This year I will participate in Ironman Wisconsin, my eighth Ironman. I ran my first marathon at age 50, and last year I completed my 33rd marathon. My other passion is platform (paddle) tennis which I’ve played for 20 years. Do these long grey Chicago winters get you down? Play paddle! Living in Lake Bluff for the past 35 years and having had two children grow up in this community has given me a unique insight into what makes Lake Forest and Lake Bluff such wonderful places to live and raise a family. Our excellent schools, proximity to Chicago as well as open lands, Lake Michigan, and hundreds of miles of cycling trails sets us apart from so many communities. But it is our small town feel that makes us so special. I am forever grateful that by some stroke of luck I ended up being able to live my life here.

Licenses / Affiliations

Broker 2011
North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors®
Illinois Association of Realtors®
National Association of Realtors®
Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI Designation) 1998North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors®

Illinois Association of Realtors®

National Association of Realtors®


Licensed Realtor® since 1985
Griffith, Grant and Lackie Top Producer, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001


Attended Lake Forest College from 1968-1972
Graduated with BA English
Director of Research and Editor, United Educators, Inc

Personal Background

Native of Denver, Colorado
Resident of Lake Bluff since 1980
Marathon Runner, completed 32 marathons.
Competitive Platform (Paddle) Tennis player
Ironman Wisconsin 2015
Seven-time Ironman Triathlete (Ironman Wisconsin 2004,2005,2007,2008,2013; Ironman St. George 2010; Ironman Lake Placid 2011.)
Ironman World Championship Kona, Hawaii 2016

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