Elgin Illinois Real Estate

Elgin Illinois Real Estate

 

 

The city of Elgin was founded in 1835 and built its early reputation by providing dairy and butter for the city of Chicago, which is a short 35 miles away.  The dairy industry became less valued in the city as time went by and with the incorporation of the Elgin Watch Company.  At its prime, the company was once the largest fine watch manufacturer in the country.  Today, Elgin boasts a continuously growing downtown along the Fox River that attracts many businesses and residential developments.  With a population of 112,456, it is the eighth largest city in the state. 

 

Parks and Recreation of Elgin Illinois

There are about 90 parks located in Elgin that offer activities and amenities such as dog exercise areas, picnic areas, basketball, tennis, soccer, golf, fishing and much more.  There are also three swimming pools in the city – two outside and one indoors. 

For those who like to spend extending periods of time outdoors, look no further than the Fox River Bike Trail, a 40 mile trail that runs along the Fox River and through many different communities in the area.  Residents can bike, hike, run, cross-country ski and snowshoe on the trail.  There are also three pristine golf courses in town that are both private and open to the public. 

 

Elgin Illinois School/Health/Transportation

The children in Elgin attend school in the U-46 school district, which serves 11 different communities in the area.  The district is comprised of 40 elementary, 8 middle and 7 high schools and serves almost 40,000 students district wide.  It is ranked in the top 15 districts for most diverse in the state. 

Advocate Sherman Hospital and Amita Health Saint Joseph are the two main hospitals in Elgin.  They both offer many specialties and quality emergency rooms.  Traveling out of Elgin is made simple when taking the Metra or the Amtrak out of nearby Naperville.  When needing to fly out of town, O'Hare International Airport or Midway International are just minutes away and can take travelers anywhere in the world that they desire.  

 

Shopping/Dining Options in Elgin Illinois

There are a limitless number of restaurants in the city that can cater to any member of the family.  Restaurants such as Alexanders Cafe and Burnt Toast offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a great atmosphere and are known for their top-of-the-line service.  The Walnut Speakeasy and Elgin Public House are both great restaurants for their food menu, extensive drink options and constant entertainment.  These restaurants make for wonderful date nights or a casual night out with friends.  For a more upscale ambiance, look no further than Al's Cafe.  Their in-house chef prepares each dish from scratch and there is always the perfect drink to pair with your meal. 

The Elgin Shopping Mall is one of the largest flea markets in the area and offers everything from clothing to home goods to jewelry.  Located downtown, Soulful Sparrow is a boutique where customers can shop trendy women’s clothing and gifts.  For shoppers interested in the rustic – chic décor and antiques, look no further than State Street Market Shops, an indoor mall that contains over 30 privately owned shops.

 

Living

Of the about 112,000 residents in Elgin (and an equal number of males and females), 52% are married and 57% have children.  Median home values are $193,600, with a 6.2% increase in the last 10 years.  It’s no wonder that Elgin continues to be a prime location for real estate with its lower than average cost of living and commute time and being a short 35 minutes from Chicago.