Homes for Sale Under $1,000,000 in Kenilworth IL
If you know anything about the North Shore of Chicago, you have probably heard of Kenilworth, a tiny community with the distinction of being one of the three wealthiest neighborhoods in the US according to Forbes.com and Businessweek.com. The median list price of the homes currently for sale in this tiny village is $1,800,000 and the maximum price is $8,950,000.
Given that, most people think there's no such thing as a home for sale under $1,000,000 in Kenilworth. And it is, in fact, next to impossible to find a such a home in the original part of Kenilworth developed by Joseph Sears (east of Green Bay Rd).
But the part of Kenilworth west of Green Bay and east of Ridge Rd. that was annexed in 1920 from the defunct North Shore Golf Club, does have more affordable homes, ranging from the $300′s up to the $900′s. Both the lot sizes and the homes themselves are smaller than those in original planned community, but otherwise these homes still enjoy all of the benefits of the rest of Kenilworth: the excellent Sears School as well as close proximity to the beach, Metra station and Homer’s Ice Cream.
What's the Neighborhood Like?
Kenilworth is the smallest village on the North Shore, with a population of 2494, as of the 2000 census. Located between the villages of Wilmette and Winnetka, Kenilworth is 17 miles from downtown Chicago. The only planned community on the North Shore, Kenilworth was founded and developed by Joseph Sears in 1889.
The housing stock in Kenilworth is mostly traditional in style (colonial, Victorian, French and Tudor) and lot sizes tend to be larger than in neighboring areas (from a third to a half acre). The streets are lined with mature trees and the lawns are beautifully manicured. Unlike Wilmette and Winnetka there are no alleys, as these were expressly forbidden in the original by-laws.
What Types of Sctivities Are Nearby?
One of the best things about Kenilworth is that it borders Lake Michigan. It has its own beach and beach club, which is easily walkable from anywhere in the Village. It also has a park district that offers activities such as basketball, baseball and AYSO soccer. Kenilworth residents also have access to the Wilmette and Winnetka Park District facilities, but they must pay a slightly higher non-resident fee for these programs.
What Schools Will the Kids Attend?
There is one public school in Kenilworth (District 38) : the Joseph Sears School, named for the village’s founder. It serves grades JK-8, after which students attend New Trier High School. There are no private schools in Kenilworth, but some children attend schools in Wilmette or Winnetka: St. Joseph’s and St. Francis Xavier are Catholic primary schools in Wilmette, while Saints Faith, Hope and Charity and Sacred Heart are in Winnetka. Loyola and Regina Dominican are Catholic High Schools in Wilmette. Roycemore (Evanston) and North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka) are nearby private prep schools. You can download a free guide to schools on the North Shore here.
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