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The early development of villages in DuPage and western Cook counties occurred over the period of 100 years (1870 – 1970).  Half of this period preceded the invention of the affordable car. As a result, initial settlements centered on the BNSF and UP-West rail line stops, which now extend from Chicago to Aurora and from Chicago to Elburn respectively.  Many of these villages continue to be the most sought-after places to live in this area.  There is no shortage of quaint downtowns flanking these train stops.  Additionally, many of these West suburban communities boast the best schools in the State of Illinois.

western_springs_ilThe burst of the real estate bubble in 2008 hit all homeowners hard in the Chicagoland area; however, the established neighborhoods nearest these BNSF and UP West Metra stations held more of their value than outlying suburbs.  This statistic is important to note considering that buying a home is most often the biggest investment we make in our lifetime.  Investing in a home should be viewed similarly to investing in the stock market: maximizing potential gain while minimizing potential loss.  With this metric in mind, the villages along the BNSF and UP West Metra line have outperformed their competition time and time again.

While investing wisely in a home is prudent, other factors also weigh into the equation.  Quality of life and opportunities for children usually carry as much weight as the price of the home itself.  The villages along the Metra rail lines all have quality elementary schools and high schools, which add to the value of the properties in these villages.  Additionally, these towns all exhibit high levels of community spirit, pride, and volunteerism; which are all factors directly correlated to the quality of life experienced by residents.

Please click on the following links to learn more about these fine communities.

Clarendon Hills
Downers Grove
Glen Ellyn
La Grange
Western Springs