Having lived in Wilmette and Kenilworth for nearly 20 years, and having raised two children (now 23 and 24) here, I can tell you with confidence that there are only pros to iving in Wilmette.
You can get downtown in half an hour on the El, the Metra or via the Edens / Kennedy expressways.
The schools are, in a word, fabulous. New Trier High School is known everywhere. The park system is outstanding. The people are friendly and unpretentious.
The housing stock is varied, and a lot more affordable than people realize. It does get fairly limited in the $2M+ range, if that's a consideration.
The best thing about Wilmette, in my take, is its stability. It's not a transferee in / out town. People who move here tend to stay here. Your kids will make friends that will be with them for a long time.
About the only thing lacking is much of a dining or nightlife scene, but good dining is available nearby.
There's a fairly decent supply of homes for rent right now if you want to give Wilmette a trial for a year.
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Northwest Akron, Merriman Valley and Wallhaven north of Market are nice neighborhoods in Akron...staying in the Firestone cluster of schools. All about 15 minutes to downtown on main roads. Akron is a very nice city to live in.... more
Town & Country is one of the classic neighbourhoods and safe. The average range is 180-300k. I personally have several friends who live in the area. You can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me 336-287-7193. I can share additional info with you. Are you planning to move to the area?... more