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Old 11-29-2011, 05:19 PM
 
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Hello, Chicago! My partner has been offered a job in Buffalo Grove and we were hoping to get some assistance in deciding where to live in the area. We currently live in rural Massachusetts and know that we obviously won't be able to find the same sort of town up there, but would still like to make an informed decision in choosing a quieter area with a lower population density. We are ~30, no kids and looking to rent a house with a small bit of land, ideally. We have family and friends in the city, so being able to drive in and visit would be nice, but not a necessity. We were also wondering how far one would have to travel for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping (Wisconsin?). I understand it sounds like we want the best of both worlds, but we do know what we're getting ourselves into. She grew up in Chicago, much closer to the city, and we just want to make the best decision given the circumstances. We're going to end up in the suburbs either way, but maybe someone could tell me a place like Kildeer would be preferable to Deerfield, for example. Thank you!
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Portland OR
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Check out Prospect Heights. Larger yards, no sidewalks, lots of trees.

There are neighborhoods there that can trick you into thinking you are "in the country"
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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Lake county actually has good forest preserves for hiking, and camping various places. I recommend Lake Villa or Antioch, a train ride away from Buffalo Grove.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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What is housing budget? Any kids-are schools important?
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies so far, everyone. I would say under $2000/mo for rent, and no kids.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Barrington
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Not likely you will find a home with land in Kildeer or Deerfield for $2K /mo.

You might luck out with a small place/large lot in unincorproated Barrington or Lake Barrington.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Not likely you will find a home with land in Kildeer or Deerfield for $2K /mo.

You might luck out with a small place/large lot in unincorproated Barrington or Lake Barrington.
That's what threw me; not familiar with rental housing market and OP's budget seemed too low for Kildeer, Long Grove, Deer Park, Hawthorn Woods.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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Sorry about the Kildeer/Deerfield thing, everyone. I literally just chose two names randomly off the map for the sake of an example. I obviously know nothing about either town and what I was trying to get at was that although no town may be perfect, someone might be able to tell me that one might be closer to what I'm looking for than another, a "lesser of two evils" if you will.
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