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Old 12-09-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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I am looking for a safe suburb on the UP-NW line. I would like a 1 bedroom in the range of $900-1000 and in walking distance of the metra. I am pretty sold on Arlington Heights but want to make sure I am not missing out on any other towns. A thriving downtown would be nice to have in walking distance as well.

I would like to have three areas to compare in person before my move at the end of January. Des Plaines seemed like a nice area but haven't found an apartment complex close to the metra.

Any ideas???
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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I am looking for a safe suburb on the UP-NW line. I would like a 1 bedroom in the range of $900-1000 and in walking distance of the metra. I am pretty sold on Arlington Heights but want to make sure I am not missing out on any other towns. A thriving downtown would be nice to have in walking distance as well.

I would like to have three areas to compare in person before my move at the end of January. Des Plaines seemed like a nice area but haven't found an apartment complex close to the metra.

Any ideas???
Include Condos for rent when searching. May also want to include Palatine in your search.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:09 PM
 
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Park Ridge. Remeber Metra is a zoned fare system so the closer you are to Chicago the less your tickets will be. Plus of course you'll spend less time commuting.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I will do some research this weekend on these two areas.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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I am looking for a safe suburb on the UP-NW line. I would like a 1 bedroom in the range of $900-1000 and in walking distance of the metra. I am pretty sold on Arlington Heights but want to make sure I am not missing out on any other towns. A thriving downtown would be nice to have in walking distance as well.

Any ideas???
You haven't mentioned where you are going to work in the area. The UP-NW line covers no less than 65 miles from Harvard to the Loop.

If you are working in the Loop, I would move a lot closer to the city in Park Ridge or even into the city in areas like Jefferson Park or Edison Park. That reduces your commute time substantially. All are pretty safe areas.

Many of the towns along the line - Woodstock, Crystal Lake, Arlington Park, Mt. Prospect have business districts with a number of restaurants and living options. For years, condos have popped up along the line wherever there is a station.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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You haven't mentioned where you are going to work in the area. The UP-NW line covers no less than 65 miles from Harvard to the Loop.

If you are working in the Loop, I would move a lot closer to the city in Park Ridge or even into the city in areas like Jefferson Park or Edison Park. That reduces your commute time substantially. All are pretty safe areas.

Many of the towns along the line - Woodstock, Crystal Lake, Arlington Park, Mt. Prospect have business districts with a number of restaurants and living options. For years, condos have popped up along the line wherever there is a station.
I will be working in the loop. My office is located off of West Madison which from looking at the maps is a short walk from the Ogilvie Transportation Center.

Living in the city with a car may be more expensive. As long as my commute is 30 to 45 minutes I will be fine.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Arlington Heights is nice. Yesterday, I saw 2 buildings on River Rd. just north of Northwest Hwy in Des Plaines with for rent/leasing signs out front. if schools aren't a concern, Des Plaines is also a good choice. Bonus of Des Plaines is your within walking distance of the Des Plaines river trail that runs north south through the Forest Preserves and provides walking/hiking, running and biking opportunities. Great to have green space close by.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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None of the suburbs on the UP-NW are dangerous as in Englewood with rampant crime. I'd say Park Ridge, Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Palatine, and Barrington are among the most desirable suburbs. In general anything residential within walking distance of the metra is likely to be populated with working commuters.
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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I am looking for a safe suburb on the UP-NW line. I would like a 1 bedroom in the range of $900-1000 and in walking distance of the metra. I am pretty sold on Arlington Heights but want to make sure I am not missing out on any other towns. A thriving downtown would be nice to have in walking distance as well.

I would like to have three areas to compare in person before my move at the end of January. Des Plaines seemed like a nice area but haven't found an apartment complex close to the metra.

Any ideas???
AH to the loop is about a 35 minute commute on an express train. Think it may be challenging to find a 1 BR within walking distance, in the $900-$1000 range. It's doable albeit not likely the sort of apartment one usually associates with downtown AH.

Palatine is in the 45 minute range.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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If you are working in the Loop, I would move a lot closer to the city in Park Ridge or even into the city in areas like Jefferson Park or Edison Park. That reduces your commute time substantially. All are pretty safe areas.
It is not too substantial of a difference if you can take advantage of some of the express trains offered on the UP-NW line. From Arlington Heights, there is an 8:01 departure in the morning that makes only one stop between downtown AH and Ogilve (at Clybourn) getting you downtown in just over half an hour. I know there are some earlier in the morning as well, but they might make a couple more stops. Ditto for afternoon trains. I don't think there are express trains from Eddison Park/Norwood Park/Jefferson Park.
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