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Old 10-26-2007, 06:42 AM
 
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I know South st. well-grew up not far from there. Our old bungalow is engulfed by monsters,but still standing. Bungalows have become popular again,,I think thats the only thing that saved it.
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:59 AM
 
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cw68, I will send you the link.

We know someone who used to live on south. They sold their house for 900K for a teardown. South is probably the most expensive street in elmhurst these days cause of the large lot sizes. They are also buying up 2 lots and putting mondo houses on the 2.

I knew lots of people who lived on chatham. I went to visitation gradeschool and parish for my formative years.

When we were buying, we really wanted to move there. But even 15 years ago it was getting too pricey for us. I am glad we did not move there, because we would be surrounded by $750,000 homes and would never fit into the neighborhood there now.

But many people I know live there (although most in our household $$ range have long ago moved to lombard) and like it a lot obviously. So I recommend it, esp. for location. I took the train downtown from there for years and it is a very short ride. Even driving is a short time.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:01 AM
 
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Here is the link: http://www.buildersgonewild.com/
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:53 AM
 
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Thank you!

One of my sisters still lives in Elmhurst in Crescent Park. I'm not sure why not, but there isn't a teardown on her street, though there are all around her. Her house is fine, but not big and it wouldn't be outrageous to think that someone could buy it to tear it down. I love turning onto her street because it's all quaint and green and comfy. ahhh. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of 'em anymore.
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:00 AM
 
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Hey, at least I didn't see any violations attributed to my friend's husband's company.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:03 AM
 
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That website is kinda crazy, but vaild to an extent. One thing some residents need to realize is that the inspectors cannot be to every construction all the time. But having concerned watchful residents is an asset, but it can also devolve quickly into to annoying harrasement.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:33 AM
 
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South is probably the most expensive street in elmhurst these days cause of the large lot sizes.
Kenilworth Ave between Marion and St. Charles looks pretty pricey, too: $2.6M for Frank Lloyd Wright's Henderson House, and others on Kenilworth for $2.5M, $1.95M, and $1.8M. The lots look pretty big at around 100x190.

But, wow! The real estate taxes - over $20,000 a year!
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:57 PM
 
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And elmhurst used to be known for fairly low taxes (considering) for dupage county. I wonder if that is still the case.

Crescent park has always been nice, too nice for teardowns I hope. Some of those houses in there should stay as-is. They are really nice looking classy houses.

Although I have relatives that live in Elmhurst and they said that some of these builders just had no regards for the neighboring properties and would trash them. So this website caused a crackdown of that I guess.
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:33 PM
 
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And elmhurst used to be known for fairly low taxes (considering) for dupage county. I wonder if that is still the case.
It is. Elmhurst's property tax rate as of last year is 4.9923, which is the 8th lowest in DuPage County. Also their school district has the 6th lowest tax rate for unit districts in the Chicago metro area.
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:49 PM
 
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It is. Elmhurst's property tax rate as of last year is 4.9923, which is the 8th lowest in DuPage County. Also their school district has the 6th lowest tax rate for unit districts in the Chicago metro area.

Yes, and this (low tax rate) is after a double referendum last year that increased educational funding and building funding. Almost every school had an addition this summer. The community really supports education and is involved in the decision making process. The teardowns have slowed down a lot. Although some hate the difference in house sizes on some blocks, the tear downs did get rid of a lot of run-down homes that were rentals.
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