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Old 12-20-2011, 11:21 PM
 
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What would be a reasonable rent for an updated 3 bedroom house, say 2000 sqft, a small yard, within 60 minute commute to Chicago, in a desirable middle class family neighborhood with good schools?

I'm in New York, so I'm not familiar with the Chicago suburbs, but would Naperville fit the above description? And if so, can someone describe what I can get for say $2500 to $3000 per month on rent? Would I even have to pay that much or can I get something decent for under $2000?
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:42 AM
 
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Good school is probably an oxmoron after 6th grade. Most public K-6 are pretty good schools. If you want small yards, upscale, tons of services and several different options for transportation to the city you might like Oak Park. It is a village of about 60,000 that is roughly 9 miles out.on the western border of the city. It is very diverse and it is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings in the world. It is a very interesting place to live. With your income you can live just about anywhere you want. OP has some gorgeous units. The Oal Park Regional Housing Center is non-profit. They will help you find the perfect place to live.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Berwyn, IL
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I will also recommend Oak Park, and as mandated on this forum, Evanston

Both will get you downtown fairly quickly, as they share borders with Chicago.

If you are determined to live in Naperville, I do believe you could rent a modest three bedroom for about $2500. I know that you can rent a nicer 3BR apartment for $1600 or so, last time I checked.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:04 AM
 
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In my experience the value represented by rental homes in Oak Park is EXTREMELY poor. For the money you would spend (probably well over $2500 for a decent area...) you could get a much nicer / larger rental home in other towns. Naperville is FAR larger than Oak Park and has NO crime plagued areas to avoid.

If you are OK with a condo in an older building (often populated with VERY elderly folks that will complain loudly when you and your children do any normal things like watch TV, listen to music or even walk around your unit...) then you probably could rent in such a place for less...

I, unlike many on this board, have direct experience helping people move from unsuitable condos in towns that "on paper" are wonderful. In practice the benefits of towns nearer to Chicago are largely overrated. Folks in suburbs a bit further out can get to work with speedy Metra service FASTER than convoluted CTA transit offerings. Schools are SIGNFICANTLY less chaotic in towns with more uniform achievement across the various schools in larger districts. The lack of transient disruptions and battles over racial under-achievement allows the better school districts to focus on helping students attain their potential.

If your commute radius is truly 60 minutes there is NO REASON WHATSOEVER to include overrated towns that border Chicago...
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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If your commute radius is truly 60 minutes there is NO REASON WHATSOEVER to include overrated towns that border Chicago...
Some people just don't like sprawl burbs. There's plenty of non-financially based reasons to choose an inner suburb.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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Some people just don't like sprawl burbs. There's plenty of non-financially based reasons to choose an inner suburb.
No, Chet is right. Naperville is heaven on earth.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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No, Chet is right. Naperville is heaven on earth.
Northern Naperville isn't bad, especially the parts within walking distance of downtown Naperville. Its the newer stuff south of 75th st that are awful. I guess at least its cheap. Route 59 is a mess too.

Maybe the OP can give more specifics about what he is looking for in a suburb. There are over 200 different suburbs in Chicagoland.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:30 AM
 
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Northern Naperville isn't bad, especially the parts within walking distance of downtown Naperville. Its the newer stuff south of 75th st that are awful. I guess at least its cheap. Route 59 is a mess too.

Maybe the OP can give more specifics about what he is looking for in a suburb. There are over 200 different suburbs in Chicagoland.
I agree, it's just not some perfect place as Chet always infers.

Would I raise my kids there? NO F'ING WAY.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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I agree, it's just not some perfect place as Chet always infers.

Would I raise my kids there? NO F'ING WAY.
That's right! Towns like Robbins, Ford Heights and neighborhoods like Englewood represent much better options to raise a family in
Why move to a h***-hole like Naperville
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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That's right! Towns like Robbins, Ford Heights and neighborhoods like Englewood represent much better options to raise a family in
Why move to a h***-hole like Naperville
So our choices are Naperville or Englewood?
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