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Old 06-27-2011, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Glencoe, IL
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Father/mother/3 year old living in Chicago and then Evanston for years as renters, now we're thinking about buying. If we do decide to move out of Evanston, my wife doesn't/can't drive but works basically next to a Metra stop on the U/P North line.

So, what's on the line, suitable for a family soon to send kids to public school, and not in the Wilmette-Glencoe corridor I know we can't really afford? Take it all the way to Kenosha if you want to
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:37 AM
 
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Try looking in Highland Park. There's quite a variety of housing in this town as it is actually the 2nd largest town in the North Shore (after Evanston). Highwood would be even cheaper but I'm not sure that the schools there would be so hot. Both feed into Highland Park HS.

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Father/mother/3 year old living in Chicago and then Evanston for years as renters, now we're thinking about buying. If we do decide to move out of Evanston, my wife doesn't/can't drive but works basically next to a Metra stop on the U/P North line.

So, what's on the line, suitable for a family soon to send kids to public school, and not in the Wilmette-Glencoe corridor I know we can't really afford? Take it all the way to Kenosha if you want to
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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Some Highwood addresses go to elementary school in Highland Park. Technically, they're all Highland Park elementary schools that Highwood students attend. District 112.

If OP could be specific about price range, people with knowledge could get more specific about towns.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Bristol, WI
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I would recommend against going north of Waukegan, because most of the trains end there, with only a few going north to Kenosha. Waukegan has some nice neighborhoods fairly close to the station, the further north, the better. Schools are fairly decent with a few exceptions. North Chicago is not safe and the schools are terrible. Lake Bluff is nice, but a little spendy. Lake Forest is Lake Forest. Highwood is fairly nice in spots.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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Lake Bluff just had a house on Brier relist at a reasonable price. No basement, but if you think forward and passive solar (lots of south facing windows-- trees give shade in summer, lose leaves and give heat in winter-- can really be an energy saver), it seems like it has potential. Haven't seen it, so I don't know what kind of condition it's in though. Cul de sac. Nice for kids.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Are you talking about the place that's $459,000 and needs work? There are much better places in Lake Bluff than that. Lake Bluff can be expensive, but there are some decently priced homes in Knollwood which is part of the Lake Bluff school and park district. Lake Forest has much lower taxes though, and if you intend to stay long term your kids are better off feeding into LFHS from Lake Forest middle schools than LBMS. I'd definitely recommend the area as a whole for families though.
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