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Old 12-22-2011, 12:19 PM
Location: Hinsdale, IL
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Try the parks closest to where you're looking on any particular Saturday or Sunday (in better weather of course). Chances are, if there are kids and parents there, they live in the neighborhood.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:08 PM
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Hi Everyone --

Wanted to bump up this thread and see if anyone has any additional feedback on the plusses and minuses to living in certain parts of Hinsdale. Please-- I'd prefer perspectives from folks who live or have lived there or who are extremely familiar with the area. Currently, I'm kind of favoring the SE portion of Hinsdale above 55th Street, as there seem to be some larger lots, which I prefer. I'd love any feedback on good or bad points about this part of town, and I welcome perspectives on other neighborhoods, too (e.g., "We love our neighborhood in the NW quadrant because....." or "I would try to stay north of 55th because....." or "I would only consider an in-town lot for the following reasons.....")

In a similar vein, I was hoping to get some insiders' perspectives on the various elementary schools in Hinsdale. Anything that I should know as we continue our house hunting? Are there any fundamental differences in how the schools are run, the school schedules, activities, or any odd quirks I need to know about?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:41 AM
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The BOE, various PTO / PTA groups and even the informal conversations of local business people throughout D181 are all very focused on UNIFORMLY high standards for all the neighborhood schools. The result is NO other district in the region has sogrest a representetion of schools on the State's Honor Roll for Academic Excellence.

SE Hinsdale has traditionally been the priciest part of town, the larger lots in the section know as the woodlands tends to allow folks to build the bigger homes and still maintain a nice amount of yard / landscaping / privacy. Trade-off? Harder to walk to train / town. And tax in Cook Co are EVERYBIT as high as DuPage,maybe higher...

Some families prefer the larger neighborhood schools like The Lane,mProspect or Monroe, others like the smaller schools like Walker, Oak or Elm. Curriculum is the same, schedule same, staff very very similar.

Schools that feed CHMS probably a greater percentage of kids walking to Middle School than those serving HMS, though you'll see lots of 7th and 8th graders hanging out in downtown Hinsdale. The Daily Scoop is a safe a popular hangout / family spot in Clarendon Hills.

Honestly if you find a home that are comfortable with the differnces are pretty minor. A couple of extra blocks to Metra, an extra five minutes to a grocery (Whole Foods in walkable from some parts of the The Lane attendance area, Kramer's from from parts of Madison & Monroe, Jewel on 55th from Walker, Standard Market from Prospect...). CH has a nice large Starbucks and a locally owned Quinn's coffee convenientely located for train commuters. Hinsdale has an in town Starbucks another at Whole Foods, Einstein Bro. Bagel, kind of in the certain if town, as well as a Cosi that is at the main train depot. Things are sparse at West Hinsdale and aside from the hospital not really any better at Highlands on the east side. I doubt anyone would veto a lovely home due to coffee shop choices but the ability to mingle a little really does give towns with the central setup of CH an edge for those that want to quickly acclimate...
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