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Naperville in Dupage county has everything that you have described, with diverse communities. Schools are well rated both private and public and there is no shortage of activities, restaurants and shopping centers.
Although I now live in Naples Florida I do have contacts in the area and would be happy to provide referrals.
Good luck to you and your family.
Best of luck.
Why not stay in the North part of the city, i.e. Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Forrest Glen, Sauganash, Edison Park, Norwood Park, etc...you may not be able to get "new" construction but you can certainly get that family environment that you apparently desire.
I ran a quick search and found some great possibilities with back yards, some back into the forest preserves, most built in 2k, spacious/roomy, granite counters, hardwood floors, etc...the bells & whistles you may be looking for in newer construction.
As to the school system only you can determine if they meet your criteria, simply go the CPS website or your buyers agent can help you gather this. All these areas are "close" to both of your employment venues also, at least transportation wise.
Feel free to call me if you would like to further check out some of these areas.
for statistics on crime in the area,shopping,churches,the distance from the train station,day care centers,and
generally a feel for the community and what it is offering you and your family. Debbie Bergthold-Smith
Classic Real Estate 708-267-5552
Its pretty tough to narrow this down for you. It matters where you are trying to go. North/south/west. It would probably make sense to stay north with where you guys work. You may want to check out Arlington Heights up north. Also, if you dont mind the commute, Naperville is a very attractive place, but it may be too much of a commute for you.
Americorp Real Estate
Brokers Associate, e-PRO
There are several great options out there for you and your family. You may also want to consider taxes and the Metra train schedules available in the area you choose. Having made the commute myself for years, I've become familiar with the fact that not all metra train lines are alike. Many Townships in the Chicagoland area have quaint downtown areas with newer construction avialable. I have experience with the River North real estate market as well.
Please feel free to contact me directly for more information.
I would recommend Naperville, Lombard or Elmhurst. All have wonderful downtown areas and any of these areas can get new construction in your budget. I know of a few homes in Elmhurst right now that you can get for a great deal. They all have excellent school districts and close to Metra, would be close to commute for both of you. I can also recommend some custom builders and help you deal with them. I sold new construction for 15 years, so I am very familiar with builders. And they all have parks and excellent school districts.
Plus, all these areas have great conveniences.... nearby grocery stores, restaurants, malls, stores, etc. And all the parking is FREE!!!
Call me and I can give you more information. I am very familiar with these areas and have sold many homes in both areas before. My experience and knowlege are at your disposal at no cost. Sellers pay all commissions.
Independent Broker Owner
I can't downgrade any particular area, however I can point you in the right direction to websites that offer great information on school rankings and area amenities. Illinois schoolreportcard.com or iirc.niu.edu is an excellent resource to compare school rankings. The Coldwellbankeronline.com & Realtor.com has excellent information on communities.
If you are considering areas that have excellent Park District Programs and have a Small Town Feel, located along a trainline that runs to Chicago, Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, and Palatine are within a 20-30 drive of Rosemont (depending on traffic). These are wonderful communities... I am a local Realtor that specializes in these areas along with the Northwest Suburbs.
I would be happy to discuss your search personally with you including the housing choices for your budget and search criteria.
I can be reached directly at 847-275-5528
David Jaffe-SRES, CDPE
If you are planning to have a kids move somewhere where the greatest schools are. Very good suburbs to raise your kids:
3. Arlington Hts.
5. any other with good schools ratings..........