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Old 01-31-2008, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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Take a look at MLS # 06689376 on realtor.com, under zip code 60305.

This is the epitome of River Forest -classic elegance.

I am not a fan of Mc Mansions and prefer timeless and tasteful and so River Forest feels better, to me. I am also not a fan of excessive tear downs because they can and do change the feel of an entire neighborhood.

The population is more stable in River Forest ,while Hinsdale is more transient with inbound/outbound relocations.

iver Forest is a very Catholic village and many teens attend near-by Fenwick.

Taxes are a killer in both towns, especially compared to California.

Maywood and River Forest are separated by a river and forest preserve.

As others have said, you really need to spend some time in both places and determine what makes the most sense for you. I do not think you can go wrong in either area.
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Old 02-12-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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I was faced with the decision when I was moving to the area from arizona a few years back. It was a very difficult one to make because both communities have so much to offer. Eventually we chose River Forest because it is such an easy commute to the city, we are very happy with our decision but you really can't go wrong either way. good luck!
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I was faced with the decision when I was moving to the area from arizona a few years back. It was a very difficult one to make because both communities have so much to offer. Eventually we chose River Forest because it is such an easy commute to the city, we are very happy with our decision but you really can't go wrong either way. good luck!
Just curious.... what made you choose River Forest over Hinsdale?
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:11 PM
 
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Eventually we chose River Forest because it is such an easy commute to the city
^ and we really liked a home that we found in River Forest, I like that the homes in River Forest are older and more historical.
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Oak Park
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I grew up in River Forest and moved out in the late 90’s.
My brother still lives there.
It’s a lovely area, VERY safe. Kinda boring to me, but I’m an artist.
I would recommend it for the short commute to Fenwick.
Don’t know anything about Hinsdale except I’ve heard it’s nice.
A rather nice section is the houses that were built in the Priory in the late 90’s.
It’s on Williams street north of Division.
Fenwick’s baseball team also holds its home baseball games in the same park.
North of Dominican University has some great areas too.
Franklin and Ashland between Chicago and Division has the nices homes.
Good luck!
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Old 02-15-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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River Forest for sure! The teardowns in Hinsdale have completely ruined the character of the town. They are cheesy and showy, and show a complete lack of taste. As an architect, I'm completely appalled by Hinsdale. Whereas River Forest is one of the most beautiful older suburbs in the country. It's close to Oak Park, and better connected to the city. Hinsdale is close to what, Oak Brook? Yuck. If being close to a giant shopping mall is appealing to you, then by all means stay close to Oak Brook. But you can easily drive there from River Forest as well.
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Old 02-15-2008, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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I've got to agree with Lookout Kid on the tear-down frenzyr eally ruining some of the character. Just as an aside, I was thinking the other day about how upset I would be if I found out they were going to tear down my neighboring house and build a gaudy, poorly fitting house on top of the lot.

The construction would be bad enough, and then you'd always have some giant house blocking yours sunlight and ruining the neighborhood.
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