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Old 05-02-2017, 06:35 AM
 
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My husband has accepted a job in Bensenville and we will be relocating from the Albany, NY area within the next month or so. I have never been to The Chicago area and I'm overwhelmed by all the different suburbs.
We have 2 children ages 10 & 12 so schools are very important. My husband would love a 45 minute or less commute if possible. I would like an area that has great parks and outdoor activities but is also close to shopping. My husband loves to play soccer and is in an adult league, so we want to have lots of extracurricular activities available. Our budget is around $450,000. Would appreciate suggestions to help narrow down my search!
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:24 AM
 
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Easy - elmhurst...
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:46 AM
 
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Elmhurst would be a good choice -- it has most of the qualities you want and is adjacent to Bensenville. Depending on where the exact work location is and what sort of home you could find in your price range commute should be very tolerable -- maybe under 15 minutes and even if things are on opposite ends of the respective towns still far below 45 mins...

The homes available in Elmhurst in your budget might be an issue. Other towns that have some of the nice features of Elmhurst but at a lower price point include Lombard and Villa Park, both are considered a set down in terms of schools and such...

You might consider Bensenville itself, housing dollars do go farther there, but its schools are not as well regarded. Other towns like Wooddale and Itasca have similar trade-offs.
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:09 AM
 
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The nicest towns within about 20 minutes of Bensenville are Elmhurst (directly south), Mount Prospect, and Park Ridge. You won't get a huge place, but you can likely find a 3 bed, 2 bath house with a fair amount of updates. Given that your husband doesn't need to worry about the Metra, it may be easier to find something in these towns away from the Metra station as there's usually a price decrease as you get further from the train station.


As others have mentioned Bensenville itself, Villa Park and Lombard which will allow you to get more house for your money, but the schools don't have as good of a reputation. Lombard has some good elementary schools, but quality drops off a little for high school.
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:19 AM
 
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Another vote for Elmhurst and Park Ridge.
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:46 AM
 
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I would vote for Elmhurst. I like Park Ridge but going around the airport for a commute is not my cup of tea.
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:49 AM
 
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My husband has accepted a job in Bensenville and we will be relocating from the Albany, NY area within the next month or so. I have never been to The Chicago area and I'm overwhelmed by all the different suburbs.
We have 2 children ages 10 & 12 so schools are very important. My husband would love a 45 minute or less commute if possible. I would like an area that has great parks and outdoor activities but is also close to shopping. My husband loves to play soccer and is in an adult league, so we want to have lots of extracurricular activities available. Our budget is around $450,000. Would appreciate suggestions to help narrow down my search!
Wheaton or Mt Prospect. Mt Prospect would be a straight shot down 83 to bensenville in the mornings. Just avoid the parts of Mt Prospect that feed into Wheeling HS if possible, you can do better elsewhere for the same tax $.

FWIW, back in the day I used to play adult soccer in Arlington Hts (outdoor), and at the Odeum (indoor) in Villa Park. There are plenty of other soccer options available for your SO once you guys get settled.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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Wheaton will yield many more homes at $450k than Elmhurst -- without sacrificing schools, amenities or charm. Wheaton is a more desirable option than Villa Park, Lombard, Wood Dale and some of the other towns mentioned, where a $450k budget really risks overspending, no matter the home size. Rush travel times from Wheaton average 40-45 mins.

Neighboring Glen Ellyn will have a little less at $450k, but is worth a look as well.
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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Thank you for all of your feedback! This is helping me to narrow it down!
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:22 PM
 
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We live in Mount Prospect. Hot market right now. Still a great value to be had compared to others. Prospect High School is ranked #9 in the state. Stay away from Wheeling HS or Rolling Meadows.

Feel free to PM for info on Mount Prospect.
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