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Old 11-11-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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We are moving from TN to IL for my husbands job next year. I have been completely ovewhelmed looking online at diff suburbs, houses, schools etc. We need to stay around 300K for a home....comp to what we have here which is 3br, 2 ba and approx 2200 sq ft.

His office is near O'Hare. I have not idea what to expect for him as far as travel time...car...train...we are completely clueless.

I have looked at places like Oswego (online) it just seems so far for a commute. I have also researched Barrington as well...since I read good things about their schools....also Lake in the Hills. We have 3 small children so I would love to be somewhere where there are things to do with the little ones...parks, libraries, gym, shops...etc. But I hate to think my husband would spend 2+ hours a day commuting

This is going to be a huge adjustment I'm sure! Also, I personally LOVE the older neighborhoods and older homes.....he prefers something newer...or the "cookie cutter houses" as some call them SO this could be very interesting/trying on us as we try and find some compromise! Any suggestions much appreciated!
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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I would look into the section of Hoffman Estates that feeds into Barrington schools. Basically you have access to everything Barrington has, but with significantly lower home prices. It's also 5 minutes from I-90.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Arlington Heights, homes in attendance zones for Elem. Dists 23 & 25 and Hersey or Prospect HS.
Mt. prospect, Elem Dist 57 and Prospect HS.
Small step down is River Trails Elem 26. The recent scores were improved and not drastically behind the others. Find a location that attends Hersey or Prospect. Depending where you end up in these towns combined with learning the smart routes to take, O'Hare is 15-30 minutes. And BTW, I-90 can resemble a parking lot some mornings so you want to be close enough to take surface streets and not be limited to I-90. Hoffman Estates is not un-doable, but if traffic is bad might be 30-45 minutes. For reference, I live near Palatine Rd and IL rte 83. Using surface streets I can make O'hare terminals in 20-30 minutes during rush hour and using I-294 during non-rush hour in 17-20 minutes.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:18 PM
 
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Near O'Hare can mean a lot of different places. Do you have something more specific than that?
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Near O'Hare can mean a lot of different places. Do you have something more specific than that?
Great point! Can make a big difference in the time it takes if near O'Hare is Franklin Park instead of Mt. Prospect. Can increase commute time by 20-30 minutes.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Westchester County
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This is ironic as we just moved from Mt. Prospect to TN (Brentwood)! We left behind a nice ranch w/basement, 3bd, 2 baths--wanna buy it? It fits your price range it seems! LOL :-). I do recommend Mt. Prospect, in D57 schools. Great scores, neighborhood schools with a fabulous music program. Our kids walked to Fairview and Prospect High School (Dist.214 for high). It's a fabulous area and the back way into the airport (avoiding the highway) would take us no more than 30 minutes in rush hour. We traveled extensively (both my husband and myself) so we went to OHare at all times of the day. Non-rush hour times would be significantly less. Some areas of MP aren't as well perceived, but the area by Fairview and Prospect is great--incredibly family friendly, welcoming neighbors who enjoy getting together for block parties in the summer and progressive dinners in the winter. While we love Brentwood, we do miss our friends and family in MP!
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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the office is in rosemont
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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vandy-bound: how funny! brentwood is very nice i m sure you'll enjoy it! thank you so much for the info! so you're house is forsale still??? have a link to it ?
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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Near O'Hare can mean a lot of different places. Do you have something more specific than that?
His office is in Rosemont Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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This is ironic as we just moved from Mt. Prospect to TN (Brentwood)! We left behind a nice ranch w/basement, 3bd, 2 baths--wanna buy it? It fits your price range it seems! LOL :-). I do recommend Mt. Prospect, in D57 schools. Great scores, neighborhood schools with a fabulous music program. Our kids walked to Fairview and Prospect High School (Dist.214 for high). It's a fabulous area and the back way into the airport (avoiding the highway) would take us no more than 30 minutes in rush hour. We traveled extensively (both my husband and myself) so we went to OHare at all times of the day. Non-rush hour times would be significantly less. Some areas of MP aren't as well perceived, but the area by Fairview and Prospect is great--incredibly family friendly, welcoming neighbors who enjoy getting together for block parties in the summer and progressive dinners in the winter. While we love Brentwood, we do miss our friends and family in MP!
I really like the neighborhood west of Fairview. Nice sized lots, lots of trees-reminds me of Prospect Heights.
With husband in Rosemont, Mt. Prospect and AH are 2 very good options; seek out schools I mentioned in earlier post.
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