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Old 02-29-2012, 07:08 PM
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My fiance and I are looking to buy our first home in the Chicago suburbs because I'm pregnant. Right now we live with my parents in Elmhurst, so we want to go out soon. My husband's job allows him to live almost anywhere (truck driver), so he has given me the steering wheel. I'm looking for a certain feel that I had when I spent my summer with my cousins in Wisconsin. Our budget is around $160,000 and we're looking for a 3+ Bedroom home.
I really want a small town feel, family oriented and good schools.
I'm looking for farther out suburbs because I want it to be quiet also because I think prices might be a little lower because it's farther from Chicago (Correct me if I'm wrong).

Any ideas? I really appreciate it!
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:34 PM
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Did some research but still don't know much. What about Yorkville or Oswego?
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:04 PM
Location: South Chicagoland
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Are you only looking north?

Monee, Crete, Beecher or Peotone can work.. Maybe even further our closer to Kankakee.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:31 AM
Location: Chicago
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If you want to be far out and have that sort of "Wisconsin" feel then the best place to get it is the lake communities right on the Wisconsin line in Lake County -- places like Antioch, Round Lake Beach, Lake Villa, Fox Lake, Richmond, et cetera, or maybe even across the border in places like Twin Lakes or Silver Lake WI. Your budget won't buy you a house on prime lakefront real estate or anything, but it can easily get you a cozy starter home.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:07 AM
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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Dont forget that some of the far out suburbs have very high property taxes.
Less industry and retail dollars to support the school system.

I believe the property taxes in WI are pretty high.

Give and take.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:40 AM
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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There are a number of areas that may work for you. I would suggest my hometown of Sugar Grove. It is just under 10,000 population, we have a nice mix of older and newer homes, both single family and townhomes. There are some really great housing prices currently. We are in the Kaneland School District.
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:41 PM
Location: Phoenix metro
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How far out are you willing to go? You shouldnt have a problem finding something in that range in Sycamore, but thats a good 70 miles west of the city or so. Its quiet, safe, schools are decent, and its a cute little town.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:59 PM
Location: Cook County
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If you are looking for a country feel, mchenry county would be more that way than Lake county if you are looking north...
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:32 PM
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Antioch, IL might have what you are looking for. Otherwise, why not go over the border into wisconsin? I would recommend Trevor, WI. It is just over the border and has pretty great schools for a small town. They just consolidated their schools with Wilmot, so there is a nice mostly new K-8 school in Trevor that is well rated and very nice. I know some parents there who are very happy with the school system. Might be worth checking out. Also, you're budget will go further in Trevor than most IL suburbs.

The downside of Trevor is that there isn't much shopping - you'll probably go to Antioch for groceries, or travel to Kenosha for more shopping. But when trying to find a good place to call home on a budget, it's all about trade-offs and compromises.

Congrats on the coming baby!
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:43 PM
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Sugar Grove and Elburn both have a nice country feel. There are a lot of foreclosures in Elburn--There are some newer neighborhoods there where people got in over their head. If you don't mind living in more of a cookie cutter neighborhood, you can probably get a short sale or foreclosure home that was built within the last 5 years.
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