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Old 05-31-2010, 08:20 PM
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Moving to the area - with young kids. seems like oswego is much cheaper, but worried that you "get what you pay for.....". Any advice would be greatly appreciated. looking at the low 300's..... why is oswego so much cheaper in terms of home price?
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:48 AM
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Mainly because of the location it's pretty far out there, no train, far from the city,..etc. There are many nice houses out there that can be had for a song. The city just never expanded the way they were expecting it to.
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:23 AM
Location: Chicagoland
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Oswego is developing fast. The reason why Naperville is more expensive is because it's closer, has more jobs and has better schools. Oswego is still a nice place to live and the schools are fine.
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:45 AM
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Depending on where in Naperville you are comparing to Oswego the difference in price may or may not be worth it -- locations in district 203 generally command more than those in 204, as the performance of the schools has consistently been separated by a measurable amount.

Similarly if you are in the northern or central sections of Naperville and have better access to the library, park district offereings and even the more well developed shopping area that commands a premium.

As Naperville does stretch all the way into Will Co and that makes for some VERY long drive times to other parts of the city it makes a lot of sense to pay less attention to the name that is part of your address and more to the actual distance to work.

I do agree that in general you do "get what you pay for" and the is a very strong correlation between the quality of the schools and the costs of living in a place. That said if you really are comparing a handful of homes that are equally far from the amenities associated with a more established suburban town center AND the schools are close enough for your hopes then spending more money for a particular address may not really have much return on investment...
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:41 AM
Location: Chciago
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Default Oswego/Naperville/Plainfield

All three would be great places to live. Oswego developing super quick, just a few years ago it was all cornfields and you would consider it way out there but in reality its not that far from Aurora/Naperville in most parts, just a straight shot down Ogden.

Even just a few months back there wasn't taht much business down Ogden and now you got Menards, Sonic, Target, and every other gas statoni store and restaurants there now.

As someoen else said, its going to be cheaper b/c its a little further out and there's no train station. Taxes is all three places are high so don't let this be a deciding factor but b/c Oswego is growing so quickly and is going to be needing to build more schools I've heard taxes are really high.

As for Plainfield, I don't know too much about real plainfield and real plainfield as in out by caton farm road or further is really far out too I would say further or at least more of a pain than oswego but the new plainfield thats just past Naperville on Rt 59 would be a good place to live.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:17 AM
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Where is work? Commute times can be faaaaaaar longer than normal drive times.
It's a story of far, farther and farthest which effects home prices.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:20 PM
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will be working in naperville/east aurora.... thanks for all the input. It seems like all the homes for sale in oswego are new contruction...are there established areas as well? How are the schools? I have noticed the takes are about 2-3k higher in price range. It is just so tempting, seems like you can get a lot more home - would still only be a relatively short commute.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:33 AM
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If your driving decision is "newer larger home" than Oswego is worth looking at. If your decision is based on a more established community with a longer history of high performing schools, good input into local governance, mature park district with a broad range of offerings, lower taxes, city owned utilities and everything else that goes along with what makes Naperville a top choice for so many...

I suppose I come down a little hard on folks that choose "newer larger home" but the reasons I do this are that too often the VALUE is just not there, with long term costs and return on investment almost always favoring the more established community. Granted if you have a large family (which in today's way of thinking is probably four or more children) I do think that the size of the home itself is an important factor, but I have seen MANY people raise larger families BETTER in a smaller well built older home that was conveniently located near fine libraries, well programmed park districts, excellent schools...

Personal taste is HUGE part of this decision but I would not make that decision until your boots are on the ground and you get a feel for the actual neighborhood you may be considering. On the internet it is all but impossible to get a feel for how different it might be to have to drive 20 minutes of so to get to any grocery store or family restaurant. The opportunity that some folks have in living in area that is not just close enough to walk but laid out in a way / at a scale that encourages that sort of trip can only be measured by direct experience.

The funny thing too is that folks that regularly follow my posts will know that I am not a huge supporter of living inside Chicago itself for most people (especially those relocating with school age kids) yet I do think that a home in a portion of a suburb that has some of the better features of traditional city-style layout (where there are things that are worth walking too and doing so is not a freakish thing...) is about the best thing you can do to improve your family life...
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:54 PM
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Default thoughts on st. charles.....

Chet, I tend to follow the same perspective as you - prefer area over house....but given having 3 kids there is a minim. house needed. Does not sound like Oswego is what I would be interested in - I am not looking for new construction in an undeveloped area....regardless of home size. Sorry for being all over the place here, but I would like to focus my search so the boots on the ground can at least be centered. The more I look at St. Charles, the more I like it. Any thoughts on that area? Still less than 10 miles from my work, so would seem more than reasonable from a commute standpoint
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:19 PM
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The st. charles/geneva areas are a good place to look at well. Good schools, well established communities and downtowns. If you want to go even further west elburn is similar to oswego in aspects of newer construction and lots of house for the $$. Plus it has train service and is looking much more promising than oswego for establishment IMO.
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