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Old 06-24-2007, 04:43 PM
 
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I am relocating to work in Downer's Grove and was looking for a few suggestions to live.

I am a single professional, no children who wants to buy a home/condo for <$400k. My preference is to have a short commute to work (15-20min) and be about ~1/2 hr from the airport(s). I like to golf, walk the dog and be able to walk to the local coffee shop. I also want to be fairly close to shops and restaurants. Getting to the city would be an occasional occurence.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can afford to live that fits my criteria (convenience)? Thank you all!
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:26 PM
 
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I'm sure you can find lots of nice homes/condos for that price range in a number of areas. I really only know the most about Naperville...so I'll tell ya about that one...
Downtown Naperville~lots of shops (quite a few coffee), restaurants, walking distance to train (close to 20 min drive to Downers--depending on traffic) and probably 30-45 minute drive to O'hare (again depending on traffic). Home prices vary here and some tend to be on pricey side because of proximity to the Riverwalk. Many houses are historical and need some refurbishing. The Riverwalk is nice, but tends to become overrun with teens in the summer. There are a few good bars in the area and I believe Naperville just passed a smoking ban and in 2008 everywhere will be smoke free. The bad side of downtown Naperville (unless you like these things): The summers can be crazy! Lots of people out and walking. During certain fests they close roads and parking/traffic is insane. There are often some parades that close roads as well and bring lots of people. Lots of teens walking around (especially after school hours/summers/half days). A lot of fire trucks, ambulances, and emergency vehicles run through this area (because it's close to Edward Hospital and there is a fire station nearby) and you'll likely hear them 2-4 times a day.

Downers Grove~Okay so I don't know much about this area, but the downtown has some quaint shops and a Starbucks. Again it is close to the train station, which tends to be a bonus.

Some other areas to look into...Lisle, Woodridge, Oakbrook, Winfield, Wheaton, Westmont. They are all fairly close to Downers (but drive time depends on traffic). Same goes with the airport commute (all depends on traffic).

I probably didn't help out too much with this, but if anything you might get a few places to look at with what I listed. Hope I helped a little bit!
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:14 AM
 
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That actually was a huge help! At least I know where to focus my research. Then it will be to actually visit and see what "feels" right.


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I'm sure you can find lots of nice homes/condos for that price range in a number of areas. I really only know the most about Naperville...so I'll tell ya about that one...
Downtown Naperville~lots of shops (quite a few coffee), restaurants, walking distance to train (close to 20 min drive to Downers--depending on traffic) and probably 30-45 minute drive to O'hare (again depending on traffic). Home prices vary here and some tend to be on pricey side because of proximity to the Riverwalk. Many houses are historical and need some refurbishing. The Riverwalk is nice, but tends to become overrun with teens in the summer. There are a few good bars in the area and I believe Naperville just passed a smoking ban and in 2008 everywhere will be smoke free. The bad side of downtown Naperville (unless you like these things): The summers can be crazy! Lots of people out and walking. During certain fests they close roads and parking/traffic is insane. There are often some parades that close roads as well and bring lots of people. Lots of teens walking around (especially after school hours/summers/half days). A lot of fire trucks, ambulances, and emergency vehicles run through this area (because it's close to Edward Hospital and there is a fire station nearby) and you'll likely hear them 2-4 times a day.

Downers Grove~Okay so I don't know much about this area, but the downtown has some quaint shops and a Starbucks. Again it is close to the train station, which tends to be a bonus.

Some other areas to look into...Lisle, Woodridge, Oakbrook, Winfield, Wheaton, Westmont. They are all fairly close to Downers (but drive time depends on traffic). Same goes with the airport commute (all depends on traffic).

I probably didn't help out too much with this, but if anything you might get a few places to look at with what I listed. Hope I helped a little bit!
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