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Old 10-02-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: North Shore, Chicago
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Hi
We are in the process of relocating from the UK to Chicago suburbs. I have been looking at Wilmette and Hinsdale however I need to widen my search. We will be renting and have 2 cats coming with us and will need to get a puppy as a 'win' for the kids. We are struggling to find properties that even allow pets so when the realtor sends us lists of houses I have no idea what the areas are like. I have posted on here before. The schools must be excellent. We would consider private schooling but again I'm struggling to find something that isn't catholic or Montessori.
Rent to $7000

Any help much appreciated
Thanks in advance
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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Hi
We are in the process of relocating from the UK to Chicago suburbs. I have been looking at Wilmette and Hinsdale however I need to widen my search. We will be renting and have 2 cats coming with us and will need to get a puppy as a 'win' for the kids. We are struggling to find properties that even allow pets so when the realtor sends us lists of houses I have no idea what the areas are like. I have posted on here before. The schools must be excellent. We would consider private schooling but again I'm struggling to find something that isn't catholic or Montessori.
Rent to $7000

Any help much appreciated
Thanks in advance
Where will you be working? What kind of commute will you want? There are plenty of suburbs you can rent in for that price if you really mean $7000/month. Most rents will be much less than that.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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AGreed, work location is the first starting point.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: North Shore, Chicago
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Hi many thanks
Working location is Itasca around 3 days per week, with 2 days down town. So a metro for down town and a max of 1 hour commute for Itasca. Must be a very good area with village shops. We live s. London high income area. I wanted Wilmette. Our realtor said I needed $10,000 a month. As I live on planet earth that comment washed over me as I laughed myself off the chair. Himsdale a great looking place. Just need to know where else to look as my rental Reqs are tricky apparently because I want pets and is need to get an idea of where to get my realtor to show me when we land next weekend. And apparently we are quite unusual in wanting to move in Winter!
Thanks in advance
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: IL
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so many choices, some rich, some upper middle class...Hinsdale, Northbrook/Glenview, Naperville, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, Wilmette, Glencoe, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, Elmhurst, etc.

I would look along train lines for your downtown trip and then map out to Itasca. Check Metrarail.com for train lines.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hi many thanks
I wanted Wilmette. Our realtor said I needed $10,000 a month.
I say find a new realtor, unless you're looking for a huge mansion.
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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Rental houses suitable for high income families are exceedingly costly in the region. The general assumption that drives this comes from practical experience: executives of high enough worth to be shipping over from London to the Chicago region is often going to get a massive housing allowance. That prompts real estate offices to generally not bother with rental homes that are more affordable.

Throw in the fact that the OP has pets and that starts to really make the task of finding a rental even harder to accomplish as even landlords with modest homes to lease out are often reluctant to allow a tenant to bring a new puppy into any property without adequaste reserves to deal with "training accidents".
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:09 AM
 
Location: North Shore, Chicago
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Rental houses suitable for high income families are exceedingly costly in the region. The general assumption that drives this comes from practical experience: executives of high enough worth to be shipping over from London to the Chicago region is often going to get a massive housing allowance. That prompts real estate offices to generally not bother with rental homes that are more affordable.

Throw in the fact that the OP has pets and that starts to really make the task of finding a rental even harder to accomplish as even landlords with modest homes to lease out are often reluctant to allow a tenant to bring a new puppy into any property without adequaste reserves to deal with "training accidents".
You've hit the nail bang on the head there Chet. We aren't coming with full expenses paid as we'd get hit by high taxes in the UK so theoretically they are trying to do us a favour. However even with a very good exec pay, paid in dollars all benefits from a tax saving are being wiped out with the stupid rental prices. So frustrating. Even if we were ex pat I'd be trying to save the company money somewhere. I hate it when they get ripped off. It's like owning a company car and the garage add an extra 0 on the bill because its a corporate invoice.

More work for me to look and I am trying to change my realtor!
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