It sounds like you just love your area. My thought is to get involved with your neighborhood (such as a community organization or neighborhood council and also schools). Like a magnet other people will see your efforts and be attracted to the area also.
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
Bloom excitedly where you're planted...and others will follow. Blogging about your neighborhood is also a good way to attract attention. Try http://www.mystreet.com and other community based sites.
And Welcome to Winnetka!!!