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Old 09-12-2010, 04:47 PM
 
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I don't have it yet, but I'm in the running for a job in Westchester, so my husband and I are trying to figure out where we might live. We'd be relocating from a small town in Southern Wisconsin (pop. 4,000), but are excited about the prospect of living in an area with more diversity and having shopping, dining and events readily available. Some high-level details:
We have a 10-year-old daughter, so schools are obviously our first concern
We're too liberal-minded for our current town!
Don't yet know where my husband will work, but he's searching in all the nearby suburbs
Looking for a commute of 30 min. or less to Westchester
House budget: $400K (ideally a 3BR with at least a modest yard)

So...what suburbs would you recommend? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Westchester itself, Northlake, Melrose Park, North Eastern Maywood, Berwyn, Cicero, Franklin Park, Stone Park....


Westchester, Northlake, and the newer parts of Melrose park are the more suburban, quiet ones.

The rest are a bit more urban, gritty, and kind of bad. ... Mostly Cicero and Maywood.

Depends where in the town you live.

Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Oak Brook, La Grange, Brookfield are no doubt the best burbs close to there but they are more expensive.

And the schools are better there too.

I just read the daughter part... woops.

Forget the whole list of first suburbs I mentioned if your daughter is going to public schools..

Although Morton West Highschool isn't that bad. Northlake and Franklin Park kids go to that one.
I don't know anything about the elementary school for those though.

Avoid any place where she will go to Proviso West or East.

Proviso East is the suckiest school west the Chicago city limits... trust me I went there.

But yeah... maybe someone else can elaborate on the second list I put.

Oh yeah, Broadview is a cool suburb too.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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River Forest, La Grange, Riverside all have great schools and homes within your price range. Also very safe.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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What about Elmhurst? Is that worth a look?
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:08 PM
 
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Elmhurst is a great town, and parts are quite convenient to the employment center(s) in Westchester. There are certainly many homes in Elmhurst priced well above your target, but also some that would be a good fit. Elmhurst has a fairly large "Community School District" but folks definitely drive up the prices in the more desirable attendance areas, so that might be a concern. York High School is very large and well liked by many.

As part of a "total package" the really well developed central downtown of Elmhurst, adjacent campus of Elmhurst College with municipal library, museums and parks makes for a hard to beat combination. Of course homes convenient to all that may be harder to find in your price range...
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Westside
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Westchester itself, Northlake, Melrose Park, North Eastern Maywood, Berwyn, Cicero, Franklin Park, Stone Park....


Westchester, Northlake, and the newer parts of Melrose park are the more suburban, quiet ones.

The rest are a bit more urban, gritty, and kind of bad. ... Mostly Cicero and Maywood.

Depends where in the town you live.

Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Oak Brook, La Grange, Brookfield are no doubt the best burbs close to there but they are more expensive.

And the schools are better there too.

I just read the daughter part... woops.

Forget the whole list of first suburbs I mentioned if your daughter is going to public schools..

Although Morton West Highschool isn't that bad. Northlake and Franklin Park kids go to that one.
I don't know anything about the elementary school for those though.

Avoid any place where she will go to Proviso West or East.

Proviso East is the suckiest school west the Chicago city limits... trust me I went there.

But yeah... maybe someone else can elaborate on the second list I put.

Oh yeah, Broadview is a cool suburb too.
Kids that live in Northlake and Franklin Park go to the Leyden High schools...Kids from Berwyn attend Morton West.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Kids that live in Northlake and Franklin Park go to the Leyden High schools...Kids from Berwyn attend Morton West.
right right.
Morton... Leyden... Proviso...
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