Moving to the Suburbs? Winnetka or Hinsdale? Hmmm . . .

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Moving to the Suburbs?
Winnetka or Hinsdale?  Hinsdale or Winnetka?  
Hmmm . . .

The truth is that if you are living in Chicago and considering one of these suburbs in which to Tower Road Beach, Winnetkabuy a home, you are indeed a very lucky person. The price point of homes, good schools, and a cute downtown are attributes that both Winnetka and Hinsdale have in common.

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Hinsdale, but I have plenty of good, positive things to say about Winnetka and the other nearby North Shore Suburbs of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe and Northfield where I have lived for since 1986..

Winnetka is part of a contiguous area that stretches along the North Shore of Chicago - it is mostly residential and there are no interruptions or major expressways.  Lots of tree lined streets with sidewalks and homes of all types - new construction and turn of the century historic homes.

The Union Pacific North Line commuter train runs from Milwaukee to Chicago and has three stops in Winnetka.  There is plenty of parking, it is first come first serve, and the cost is reasonable.

If the train is not your preferred way to go downtown, we have two ways to drive.  Hop on the Edens Expressway going south and it turns into the Kennedy which is a direct shot.  If you prefer a meandering and more interesting drive, you can take Lake Shore Drive, which starts out as Sheridan Road in Winnetka.  

New Trier High School, Winnetka, IlAll the elementary and junior high schools feed into New Trier High School - which is one of the most highly rated schools in the state.  You heard it was crowded?  The district tackled that several years ago by opening New Trier Northfield, which is a freshman-only campus - and the kids love it!

Lots of local shopping - every village has a downtown and Winnetka has three!  If you must head to the mall, it's a short drive to Northbrook Court, Old Orchard, or Edens Plaza. We have interesting shops like Oui Madame where everything is French or French inspired, the best stocked gift store, wine shops, clothing stores, and thrift stores.  Oh, there's also that chocolate shop that sells hot chocolate made from melted chocolate and whole milk . . .

Lots of great dining - casual, formal, French, Italian, Mexican, sushi, organic hamburgers, barbeque - it's all here.

Have young children?  Plenty of nursery schools that you don't need to sign up for when you're still pregnant.

And of course - the North Shore has the lake.  Winnetka has three beaches, Wilmette, Glencoe, and Kenilworth each have one.  We also provide for our canine buddies - Winnetka and Wilmette both have dog beaches.  

Winnetka Children's FairWait, there's more:  running, biking or walking along the Green Bay Trail, canoing or kaying in the Skokie Lagoons, buying ice cream from the ice cream man, parades, block parties, and the annual Children's Fair on the Winnetka Village Green.

What's not to love?  Parks, beaches, proximity to Chicago, good schools, short drives to unique places like the Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe) and Ravinia Festival (Highland Park) and Wrigley Field (that one's a bit of a stretch!)


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Margaret Goss is a full-time real estate broker since 1998 working in the North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield, Glenview, and Evanston.

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Comments (7)

Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

The Chicago Botanic Gardens, Ravinia and the beach too.  It is just divine what Chicago's north shore has to offer.

Nov 13, 2011 09:57 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

For the immediate Chicago area I have to agree!

Nov 13, 2011 10:18 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Barbara - Not over Vero Beach though!  :) 

Nov 13, 2011 11:43 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Margaret:  You mention so many great things about the Winnetka and North Shore area ... but perhaps the most compelling would be your mention of the school system in which they reside.  A HUGE factor to consider, whether a buyer has children or not.  The school system is indicative of so many things within an area.  You are very wise to include it in your posts ... kudos to you!


Nov 14, 2011 02:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Great post. Have a most productive November.

Dolores and I took advantage of the beautiful Sunday weather and visited the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

Yellow Chrysanthemums

The Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, October 29 - November 20, 2011.  Our visit was on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.  Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, PA.   Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

 Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Nov 14, 2011 03:26 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I moved to the suburbs three years ago and I'm glad I did.

I heard that the rate at which Americans are moving to the suburbs is now outpacing the rate at which they are moving to cities. 

Apr 25, 2016 07:21 AM