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Old 11-29-2011, 08:35 PM
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by busycaligal View Post
I've been reading the post comparing one town to another and have picked up some very interesting facts. I too I'm considering making the move to the Midwest Illinois area. I lived in Elgin many years ago (which is not one of my choices) and will be leaving California for a life back in the Midwest. It has gotten to be extremely expensive to live here in Cali and I'm heading home. My choices are Sycamore, DeKalb, Bolingbrook or Naperville. Can anyone give me any feedback on which is better in reference to my choice lifestyle; which is:quite town, low taxes, low crime, city ordinance that are actually followed and up held, no big chain stores in the middle of the town, moderate night life, nice parks, and well maintained homes. Looking for that that old town feel that is slightly updated; probably asking for too much. Mmmmmm Utopia sounds good.
Based on your criteria, Sycamore is the clear winner -- minus the nightlife, but there's a nice dose of that just down the highway in St. Charles. But "quiet" may only last so long as suburbia is marching its way outward and will eventually envelop Dekalb/Sycamore. They're already "officially" considered suburbs by the Census Bureau, but there's still a break of open, undeveloped farmland between DeKalb/Sycamore and the edge of the contiguous suburban development (Wasco/Elburn). It probably won't stay undeveloped more than a couple decades.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:03 PM
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With the collapse of the real estate market, I don't think you'll need to worry about the march of suburbia anytime soon. There's a ton of homes closer in to fill up first, and I think (or at least hope) that people will think twice about moving to the middle of a cornfield just for cheap housing.
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