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Matt Gruwell, Other/Just Looking in Naperville, IL

What are the up and coming suburbs of chicago that are...?

Asked by Matt Gruwell, Naperville, IL Thu Dec 6, 2007

A.) close to a train station and
B.) no further west than Naperville?

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Brookfield has been popping lately.

Great high school, on the Burlington line and affordable homes many with decent land as well.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 3, 2008
Hi Matt,

One thing you may want to look for is whether or not a Starbucks moves in. They target areas that are going to be making significant improvement. Northlake, Franklin Park and Schiller Park are three neighboring areas where you would never have thought that a Starbucks would pop up...but they are now there. These are more industrial areas, but as far as being close to a train, Franklin Park and Schiller Park both have train stations.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2007
Tom,
Can you tell my wife about the Starbucks thing! She is soo hooked and I believe that the froth is about to go over the cup with Starbucks as they will be closing down lots of non performing stores in 2008
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 30, 2008
I agree with the others that Brookfield is a decent choice. Your money goes a little further considering all it has to offer... an 18-minute express train to Union Station, two nice downtown areas, solid brick homes, well-maintained parks, and reasonable taxes. Also, the two high schools that cover Brookfield (Riverside-Brookfield and Lyons Township) are highly rated. Depending on how much you'd like to spend, I've also seen some good buys lately in Clarendon Hills and La Grange/La Grange Park/La Grange Highlands.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 28, 2008
I think La Grange, Western Springs and Hinsdale have improved about as much as they can. Naperville is so big and new developments that you would have to look strictly at pockets. Brookfield is a good one. It can only increase so much because of the lot sizes. I also think Downers Grove has lots of room to go to the next level. I don't know what their tear-down rules are, or school rankings, but the town has a lot to offer.

New expensive town homes and condos in Oak Park just amazes me. But just like La Grange, I think Oak Park is already there.
Ruth
Web Reference: http://www.Oak-Park-IL.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 5, 2008
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