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Old 11-23-2007, 11:56 AM
 
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my husband and I are looking into buying real-estate. We don't want to spend beyond our means and work in the Elgin area. We have heard alot about the city of Belvidere. Do you have any info? PLEASE HELP, Thank you in advance

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Old 11-23-2007, 11:58 AM
 
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Belvidere is a middle of no where kind of joint.
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Old 11-23-2007, 12:10 PM
 
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Don Vito do you think it will be up and coming in the near future?
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Old 11-23-2007, 12:25 PM
 
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Near future? Not a chance. 20 or 30 years down the line, maybe. But there is just too much open space in between Belvidere and well anything else. Up and comming in the near future, say next 5 to 10 years with in communting distance to Elgin? I'd check out Huntley, Gilberts, or Hampshire.
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Old 11-23-2007, 01:13 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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It's a suburb of Rockford. They are doing a bit of building out there as some people are looking to get "out of the city" so to speak.

You can get a lot more house for your money in Belvidere.

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Old 11-23-2007, 02:32 PM
 
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Default Please Reverse Your Goals

Dear Friends:

I just skimmed your original post since I am having a rough time keeping a hand shake with my ISP.

So, your first goal should be to find employment, first. Did I miss that in skimming - - and have you already stated that?

Well, anyway... also consider looking at Cherry Valley a small town very close to Rockford.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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My family moved to Belvidere when I was in 8th grade and my parents still live there. (I moved back to Chicagoland after college.) What is your price range for a home? Belvidere is very affordable, and wouldn't be too bad a drive to Elgin. (Probably 35-45 minutes I'm guessing, maybe more on a bad traffic day.) I think one of Belvidere's main selling points is its affordable housing. As someone else mentioned, its more a suburb of Rockford than a suburb of Chicago. The actual downtown area I am not too crazy about, it has a bit of an illegal immigration problem imo. Some parts of the downtown are a bit run down and many store fronts are in Spanish, etc. I would avoid this area. Around the downtown area there are many new subdivisions going up, these are decent. The countryside in Boone county around Belvidere is beautiful, many sparwling neighborhoods with beautiful large custom homes on 1+ acre lots. If you can afford it, this is the best place to move in the Belvidere area. Schools in Belvidere are average, not terrible, not great. Belvidere is a 10-15 minute drive to Rockford's east side which has malls and all the big box stores, and resturants. (Belvidere itself doesn't have much shopping. A Super Walmart, K-mart, and a few grocery stores are about it in Belvidere.) As someone else mentioned, Huntley, Gilberts, or Hampshire might be worth considering, and are a bit more intigrated with Chicagoland than Belvidere is. I do not know what your price range is however, and just that little extra distance closer to Chicagoland that Huntley, Gilberts, and Hampshire is causes prices to rise considerably. Overall, Belvidere is a decent place if you are looking for affordable housing since it is so much cheaper than Chicagoland. Its not wonderful, not terrible, but o.k. Hope this helps!

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Old 11-23-2007, 03:52 PM
 
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Belivdere is an excellent option for someone commuting to Elgin and wants cheaper housing and less congestion. Unless maybe if you work on the very east side of Elgin, you'll rarely run into a traffic jam on the way to work. As others have said, there is a lot of building going on there, mostly to accommodate people who want to get out of neighboring Rockford. It has a decent historic downtown area and some very nice vintage homes on the east side. Some Belvidere residents have complained about rising crime, but the statistics just don't bear out their complaints. I think what they might really be saying is they're seeing a rise in the Hispanic population. For me the biggest concern is being so far from a vital job market. (I don't mean to step on anyone's toes here, but I don't exactly consider Rockford a "vital" job market). Suppose you lose your Elgin job, you might have a hard time finding another job within a manageable commute time/distance from Belvidere.
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Old 11-23-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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Belvidere has had increasing gang issues.
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