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Old 11-04-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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We'll be moving to the Chicago area in the fall and are overwhelmed by the suburb choices (currently live in Bethesda outside of DC, which we love). Our priorities are 1) good schools (2 kids in preK right now); 2) short commute - preferably under 30 min (my husband's office will be in Northbrook but will move downtown next year so we're not necessarily restricted to the northern suburbs); 3) personality - we don't want to live in a cookie cutter neighborhood, but a newer/refurbished house would be preferred (in the 600k-700k range). Thanks for all your help!
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:28 PM
 
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Having lived in DC and being familiar with Bethesda, I might suggest you look at Park Ridge. I'm not sure you'll get exactly what you want with your housing budget, but I think the commute and the 'feel' may satisfy you. We just moved here this summer with a similar family situation (young children) and budget. My husband works in Des Plaines so we wanted to be in the NW 'burbs -- we chose Arlington Heights over Park Ridge simply because our dollars went farther. We're in a lovely historic district that is extremely walkable and doesn't feel cookie cutter at all.

For the western areas, I might suggest you look at Elmhurst or Glen Ellyn. Good luck! Chicago has some really lovely areas and I'm sure you'll find one to your liking.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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Good suggestion from runlolarun. I too think that Bethesda does have a bit in common with Park Ridge.

I think you will also be smart, in your price range, to try to check out towns along the BNSF from Riverside through Naperville. The bigger towns are going to have some cookie cutter subdivision, but closer to the core of those towns centered on the railroad you will see some real charming options.

I just posted a note to a gal relocating from MI and many of the points she asked about also would be helpful to you -- there are trade offs that you have to consider. Some folks will happily give up true top tier schools for a little more house, other folks prefer more diversity. Lots of options.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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First suburb (and second and third) to come to mind based on your criteria would be Oak Park, given the commute will eventually be to downtown.
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